Ding, Dong the Year is Gone ~ 2010 in Review

by Gwen


December could not finish soon enough for me, but it is hard to say goodbye to the rest of 2010. Let us all observe a moment of silence for the year that is passing…….Enough already, let’s get to the hits!

I read a grand total of 200 books as of this moment. That blows last year’s total of 106 out of the water. A friend did the math for me, that is a book every 1.8 days. Apparently, I have an abundance  of free time. I sort of knew that already, but don’t like seeing the facts in black & white. If you know what I mean.

My non fiction favorites from 2010, in no particular order are {insert cool drum roll here}

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell ~you may have seen the show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, on Planet Green, but Josh in written form is MUCH better and a lot more fun.

Julita’s Sands: A Memoir by Emily Placido ~I keep meaning to review this and interview her here, but just haven’t gotten to it yet….. No matter, if you have ever had a loved one with Alzheimer’s, this will make you smile, cry and want to hug Emily Placido all at the same time.

Denial: Memoir of Terror by Jessica Stern ~part memoir, part investigation into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this is Jessica’s story of rape and  the  search for her rapist. What made him the person that does that? and her coming to terms with how it effects her today.

The fiction that is really sticking with me this year is ……{insert even cooler drum roll here}

The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary 2010 ~Historical fiction/mystery with real life characters? How can you go wrong?!

Dogfight: A Love Story by Mike Burgess ~A dark yet hopeful inner-city story that makes me grateful to have what I have.

The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell ~The story of Feliks disassembling after the fall of the Soviet Union.  It proves that what you think is true about your past, just might be a load of crap.

I sort of flew off of the track the last month or so here, but my goals are to get it back in gear by the time Bloggiesta starts on January 21st. I am also going to keep plugging along with 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die as well. (so far, the books that I have read are sort of weird and not exactly life changing)


So, happy 2011!  This New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.



17 Comments to “Ding, Dong the Year is Gone ~ 2010 in Review”

  1. The “sort of weird and not exactly life changing…” statements in your reviews are why I think you’re the best.
    Twenty-Ten brought me you, bring it on Twenty-Eleven! I’m sharing this on FB.

  2. 200 books is crazy good! I have Bucolic on my lists of something I HAVE to read next year!

  3. Excellent year in books..especially those non-fiction reads!!

  4. Excellent year in books..especially those non-fiction reads!!

  5. I missed you

  6. Fantastic reading year for you! I haven’t read any of those books but they all sound fantastic. Congrats again and all the best in 2011.

  7. Wow! 200 books! That’s incredible! I’m pretty sure I did about the same, but quite a few of mine were under 40 pages each. LOL

    Happy New Year! Hopefully the coming year treats you wonderfully!

  8. Holy cow that is a lot of reading. I don’t know how you were even able to trim it down to a hit list here. I remember your review of The Breaking of Eggs and it eagerly awaits me on my To Read shelf…

  9. I’ll add The Bucolic Plague and keep it in mind for my non-fiction challenge. It sounds great! I’ll also keep an eye out for The Alchemy of Murder. It sounds like something I would love, but, more importantly, it also sounds like something my husband would love. I’ve got him reading, but it always feels like a fragile thing.

    And, holy cow! 200 books! I am in awe!

  10. love the title of this post, and i’m with you on kissing 2010 goodbye. blech…not the best year in recent memory. as for your faves, i haven’t read a single one. worse still, i haven’t HEARD of any of them. (crawling back under my rock) wishing you a bright, book-filled 2011. i’m off to investigate the memoirs you mentioned–it’s one of my favorite genres.

  11. I really liked The Bucolic Plague as well! Welcome back to blogging 🙂

  12. Happy New Year! I’m truly in awe of your 2010 reading total, but can understand why the numbers look just a little scary when written down.

  13. Happy New Year. So Murphy likes the not so dry riverbed? I’m not surprised. I hope you’ve got some really big towels! What is it with the Chit Chatters and all the Wizard of Oz imagery? I had a dream… and you were all in it. Ding Dong, gotta run someone’s at the door.

  14. That is where I got it! I have had Wizard of Oz on the brain lately and I couldn’t figure out why. It was chit chat. Dag nab it, Murphy can drip dry for all I care.

  15. Did you ever get a chance to watch the show? It has such a different feeling, but I do love the goats.

  16. Woohoo!!! Congrats on 200 books!!! I am shooting for 50 this year…sheesh! 😉 I’m definitely going to look into the Alchemy of Murder.

  17. I was excited that I read more than 10 books in 2010:) You sure are amazing Gwen!

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