January 3, 2010

TSS: 2009 Reading Wrap-Up Post


Well, it has been a tremendous year in reading for me. I started off the year with a bang by joining reading challenges and creating a little book blog to keep track of those challenges, along with what I thought of the books I read. Little did I know that by the end of the year I would have over 200 followers! How cool is that?

Not only that but I have read some amazing books and I have read more books this year than any other year of my life! I am so proud of this accomplishment. And, as an added bonus, I have met some really cool people and made some new friends! What could be better than finding kindred spirits? :)

As a close to the year I have gathered up all my statistics (you know I love it) and have compiled a reading wrap-up post for 2009.

NUMBER OF BOOKS READ: 93
NUMBER OF BOOKS DNF: 3
BIGGEST READING MONTH: May with 13 books read
SLOWEST READING MONTH: February and November tied at 5 books
MONTH WITH HIGHEST OVERALL RATINGS: September
MONTH WITH LOWEST OVERALL RATINGS: April
NUMBER OF BOOK REVIEWS WRITTEN: 88
NUMBER OF CHALLENGES COMPLETED: 6

NUMBER OF FICTION BOOKS: 39
NUMBER OF NONFICTION BOOKS: 53
ADVANCED READER COPIES: 17
LIBRARY LOOT: 16
BOOKS FROM OWN SHELVES: 58
BOOKS BORROWED FROM FRIENDS: 2
MOST READ AUTHOR: James Patterson - 4 books

THE BIG LIST O' BOOKS COMPLETED:
(List may be ordered differently than it says on the review depending on what order I read them in as opposed to reviewed them in, as well as DNF books reviewed, and books read that were not reviewed. Books rated 4.5 or 5 stars are in pink for easier locating.)
January
1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (4.5 Stars)
2. The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by Brian Browne Walker (5 Stars)
3. The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh (3 Stars)
4. The Tall Stranger by Louis L'Amour (3 Stars)
5. Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks by Lynne Perrella (5 Stars)
6. Notes from My Travels by Angelina Jolie (4.5 Stars)
7. The Sugar Solution by Sari Harrar (4 Stars)
8. Celebrate Life: New Attitudes for Living with Chronic Illness by Kathleen Lewis (4 Stars)
9. The New Girls by Beth Gutcheon (2.5 Stars)
February
10. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (4 Stars)
11. On the Couch by Alisa Kwitney (3 Stars)
12. Imagist Poetry: An Anthology (3 Stars)
13. Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (4 Stars)
14. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (3 Stars)
March
15. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (4 Stars)
16. Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away by June Cross (4 Stars)
17. 1st to Die by James Patterson (5 Stars)
18. 2nd Chance by James Patterson (5 Stars)
19. Become a Person of Influence by Gordon A. MacFarlane (2 Stars)
20. Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters and One Man's Search to Find Them by Andrew Carroll (3 Stars)
21. My Antonia by Willa Cather (3 Stars)
22. Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne by Ben Hills (2 Stars)
23. Deeper Than Tears: Promises of Comfort and Hope (3 Stars)
24. Surviving Grief...and Learning to Live Again by Catherine M. Sanders (4.5 Stars)
25. What's My Cat Thinking? The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior by Gwen Bailey (3 Stars)
26. Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's Really Making America Fat by Hank Cardello with Doug Garr (4 Stars)
April
27. How to Be Totally Miserable: A Self-Hinder Book by John Blytheway (4 Stars)
28. Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick (2 Stars)
29. Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler (3.5 Stars)
30. 100 Names of Mary: Stories & Prayers by Anthony F. Chiffalo (3 Stars)
31. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage (4.5 Stars)
32. What Does Your Doctor Look Like Naked? Your Guide to Optimal Health by J. Warren Willey II (3 Stars)
May
33. Call Me Sonya Grey: A Young Girl's Poems about Death, Life, and Adolescence by Sonya Tupone Lloyd (2 Stars)
34. The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D. and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt (4 Stars)
35. Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life by Abbot Christopher Jamison (4 Stars)
36. Shattered Reality by Kimberly Cheryl (5 Stars)
37. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (4 Stars)
38. I'm Fine with God...It's Christians I Can't Stand by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz (4 Stars)
39. In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories, and Prayers by Mother Teresa (3.5 Stars)
40. Coffee with the Buddha by Joan Oliver Duncan (4.5 Stars)
41. Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch (3.5 Stars)
42. Good Books Lately by Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens (4 Stars)
43. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs (3.5 Stars)
44. Beloved by Toni Morrison (4 Stars)
June
45. The Funny Thing Is...by Ellen DeGeneres (4.5 Stars)
46. Simple Taoism by C. Alexander Simpkins and Annellen Simpkins (4 Stars)
47. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (3.5 Stars)
48. Maximum Ride Series (Book 1): The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (4.5 Stars)
49. Your Guide to Living Well with Fibromyalgia by The Arthritis Foundation (4.5 Stars)
50. From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum (3 Stars)
51. Chief Modern Poets of England and America, 4th Edition: An Anthology (3.5 Stars)
52. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (4 Stars)
53. Memoirs of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh (4 Stars)
July
54. Fibromyalgia for Dummies (4.5 Stars)
55. The Fibromyalgia Relief Book: 213 Ideas for Improving Your Quality of Life by Miryam E. Williamson (5 Stars)
56. Cafe Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli (3.5 Stars)
57. A Worthy Legacy by Tomi Akinyanmi (4.5 Stars)
58. The Attraction Distraction by Sonia M. Miller (4 Stars)
59. Fire of Love: Prayers of St. Therese by James McCaffey (4 Stars)
60. The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver (4.5 Stars)
61. The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur (4 Stars)
August
62. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (4.5 Stars)
63. Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD by Terry Matlen (5 Stars)
64. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (4 Stars)
65. The Lie by Fredrica Wagman (2.5 Stars)
66. The Illustrated Guide to Massage and Aromatherapy (4 Stars)
67. The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired by Francine Prose (4 Stars)
68. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (4 Stars)
69. 10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain by Tearman (4 Stars)
September
70. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman (4.5 Stars)
71. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (4 Stars)
72. I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti (4 Stars)
73. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (4.5 Stars)
74. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (4.5 Stars)
75. True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin (4 Stars)
October
76. Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah (4.5 Stars)
77. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster (4.5 Stars)
78. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (4 Stars)
79. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (4 Stars)
80. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson (4 Stars)
81. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (4.5 Stars)
82. Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro (2.5 Stars)
November
83. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (4.5 Stars)
84. How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful by Diana Laurence (3 Stars)
85. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (4.5 Stars)
86. The Emotionally Abused Woman by Beverly Engel (5 Stars)
87. The Laceyville Monkeys Say the Right Words by Harriet Ruderman (5 Stars)
December
88. White Fang by Jack London (4.5 Stars)
89. Life is Like a Line by Cynthia M. Sabotka (3.5 Stars)
90. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (4 Stars)
91. Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn (4.5 Stars)
92. A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey (5 Stars)
93. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (4.5 Stars)


DID NOT FINISH
1. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
2. Octopussy, Dry Kidney, & Blue Spots: Dirty Themes from 18-19c Japanese Poetry edited by Robin Gill
3. The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki (but will go back to this one eventually)

21 comments:

  1. That's a LOT of nonfiction. I'm really bad at reading nonfiction...

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  2. GREAT year-end post! You have done a great job at reviewing the books you read.

    I look forward to following your posts in the upcoming year.

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  3. I bet you do feel happy. You chose lots of lovely books and---wow---that's a lot of followers. I've only been blogging for about a year and a half, so I still feel pretty new. Hope to learn a lot next week at Blogista.

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  4. What a year! I'm impressed! Hope your 2010 is just as great.

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  5. You are a prolific reader, and you've devoured a lot of great stuff! I hope 2010 is a great year for you. I know you're grieving, and I think of you often.

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  6. Congratulations Rebecca - what a wonderful achievement 0:)
    Tracey

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  7. Great progress in your reading this year, looks like you've read a wide variety of books and seemed to learn a lot from all that non-fiction. Here's to happy reading in 2010

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  8. You've had a great year! I'm so glad you joined the book blogging community this year.

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  9. It sounds like you've had a wonderful year of both reading and blogging. Here's to another great year of reading!

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  10. I hereby crown you The Queen of Lists!!

    Loved reading it!

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  11. You had a great year! Congratulations!

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  12. Wow! That is a lot! Congratulations! I know you're really really happy with this achievement. I can feel your happiness!

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  13. Happy blogoversary and congrats on you finishes

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  14. Well done my friend!! You accomplished quite a lot in one year!

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  15. I think its wonderful how many books you’ve read in a year and how well you’ve kept track! I hope 2010 is a great reading year for you too.
    Happy reading,
    Sarah

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  16. You've had such a great year, congrats! Like you I think this was my biggest year of reading ever, and I do believe joining the reading community is the reason!

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  17. Those are some very impressive stats! I am definitely looking forward to Lost in Books in 2010!! :)

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