Ratty (blinger) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

2009 Round-Up

Another year down and what a year it was. I survived another year in my crazy job, got promoted, came within three chapters of finishing my debut novel, went to the Middle East and Europe, became a godmummy. And as my godson turns 1, a new year begins. I have so many hopes for this year with finishing my book and maybe, hopefully, finally getting it published as number one on that list - it would mean the whole world to me to see some of the readers on this community reviewing my baby. But for the time being, I will do what all auditors are good at – reviewing the year just been.
I did not make the 50 challenge, nor did I get to 15000 pages but I improved on last year, and that’s all I ever hope for really. My list for 2009 is as follows:

1.      New Moon by Stephenie Meyer – 563 pages

2.      Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer – 628 pages

3.      Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – 754 pages

4.      Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – 316 pages

5.      Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons – 105 pages

6.      Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs – 509 pages

7.      Sex with the Queen: 900 years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman – 295 pages

8.      Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs – 436 pages

9.      A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the First: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – 162 pages

10.  The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 1: The Wounded Land by Stephen Donaldson – 499 pages

11.  The Host by Stephenie Meyer – 617 pages

12.  Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs – 382 pages

13.  Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast – 537 pages

14.  Divine by Choice by P.C. Cast – 358 pages

15.  Oddly Enough: Unbelievably outrageous but true stories from the news edited by Robert Basler – 256 pages

16.  The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot by Jeffrey Archer – 101 pages

17.  Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot – 328 pages

18.  My Steve by Terri Irwin – 270 pages

19.  The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor – 376 pages

20.  Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars – Volume 1: Issues 1-4 by Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier; illustrated by Ben Templesmith – 171 pages

21.  Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs – 432 pages

22.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll – 357 pages

23.  The Looking Glass Wars II: Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor – 391 pages

24.  Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney – 263 pages

25.  Sacha Baron Cohen: The Unauthorized Biography: From Cambridge to Kazakhstan by Kathleen Tracy – 263 pages

26.  Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs – 315 pages

27.  The Looking Glass Wars III: Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor – 370 pages

28.  A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton – 521 pages

29.  Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee – 220 pages

30.  A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton – 326 pages

31.  The True Story of Butterfish by Nick Earls – 280 pages

32.  Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton – 367 pages


32 / 50 bookss. 64% done!

11768 / 15000 pages. 78% done!
Top 5 books (not including re-reads):
5. Sex with the Queen
4. Love, Stargirl
3. Divine by Mistake
2. The Host
1. Arch Enemy
Interesting facts:
Improvement on last year: 5 books (1363 pages)
Library books: 10
Non-fiction element: 4
Most read author:
            Books: 5 – Kathy Reichs (2074 pages)
            Pages: 2562 – Stephenie Meyer (4 books)
            Followed by: Frank Beddor – 4 books/1308 pages; Laurell K. Hamilton – 3 books/1214 pages
Books with a fantasy element: 17
Re-reads: 2
Sequels/Not a stand-alone or first in series: 15
Comparison to 2008:

32 / 27 books. 119% done!

11768 / 10405 pages. 113% done!
Goals for 2010:

-          Beat 2009 – read at least 33 books, 11800 pages

-          Finish off some of the series I’ve started, beginning with:

o       Merry Gentry series

o       The Tudor Court novels

o       The Partholon novels

-          Read more classics

-          Finish that modernism anthology

-          Read more non-fiction

In case anyone is interested, I am also keeping a running list on my journal of the books I want to read. This list is not complete, as livejournal deems its too long, but some of you may find it interesting. It can be found here and here.
Hope everyone had a fantastic 2009 and best of luck for 2010!

Tags: biography, classic, fantasy, magic, murder mystery, music, myth and legend, non-fiction, paranormal, political thriller, race, romance, sci-fi, supernatural, vampires

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