1. Nightlight: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon – 154 pages
2. A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton – 366 pages
3. The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 2: The One Tree by Stephen Donaldson – 472 pages
4. Mistral’s Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton – 302 pages
5. A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton – 342 pages
6. Temping Fate by Esther Friesner – 279 pages
7. Swallowing Darkness by Laurell K. Hamilton – 365 pages
8. Hatter M: Volume 2: Mad with Wonder by Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier; illustrated by Sami Makkonen – 204 pages
9. Divine by Blood by P.C. Cast – 443 pages
10. He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 other double standards every woman should know by Jessica Valenti – 213 pages
11. Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton – 333 pages
12. Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner – 305 pages
13. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy – 212 pages
14. Elphame’s Choice by P.C. Cast – 426 pages
15. Brighid’s Quest by P.C. Cast – 507 pages
16. From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology edited by Lawrence Cahoone – 600 pages
17. Divine Beginnings by P.C. Cast – 71 pages
18. Aphrodite’s Blessings: Love stories from the Greek myths by Clemence McLaren – 202 pages
19. Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast – 344 pages
20. Next by Michael Crichton – 540 pages
21. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler – 287 pages
22. Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant – 379 pages
23. My Favorite Earthling by Susan Grant – 378 pages
24. How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in 10 days by Susan Grant – 377 pages
25. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory – 486 pages
26. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory – 514 pages
27. Moonstruck by Susan Grant – 378 pages
28. The Warlord’s Daughter by Susan Grant – 314 pages
29. Sureblood by Susan Grant – 376 pages
30. Contact by Susan Grant – 369 pages
31. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown – 620 pages
32. Once A Pirate by Susan Grant – 315 pages
33. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – 341 pages
34. She’s Such a Geek: Women write about science, technology and other nerdy stuff edited by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders – 223 pages
35. The Truth about Diamonds by Nicole Richie – 224 pages
35 / 50 books. 70% done!
12261 / 15000 pages. 82% done!
Top 5 books (not including re-reads):
Usually I try to narrow myself down to only 5 books but this year I was lucky enough to read so many good books that I’ve had to consolidate a little – in most circumstances I was lucky enough to come across trilogies and two-parters that were exceptional so I have approached it in this way, as below.
5. Swallowing Darkness
4. Female Chauvinist Pigs
2. The Otherworldly Men trilogy/The Borderlands trilogy (the Susan Grant books numbers: 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29).
1. Elphame’s Choice/Brighid’s Quest
Improvement on last year: 3 books (493 pages)
Library books: 2
Most read author: Susan Grant – 8 books/2886 pages
Followed by: P.C. Cast – 5 books/1791 pages
Laurell K. Hamilton – 5 books/1708 pages
Books with a fantasy element: 25
Sequels/Not a stand-alone or the first in a series: 17
Comparison to 2009:
35 / 32 books. 109% done!
12261 / 11768 pages. 104% done!
Progress against 2010 goals:
- Beat 2009 – read at least 33 books/11800 pages = success as noted above
- Finish off some of the series I’ve started, including:
o Merry Gentry series = success; I’ve now read all that exist (does anyone know if she’s gonna write more? I can’t decide if I want her to or not…)
o The Tudor Court novels = fail; I only read two of the three left in the series. Definitely going to have ‘The Other Queen’ at the top of the 2011 pile.
o The Partholon novels = success; I finished the entire series including the short story ‘Divine Beginnings’ released half-way through the year.
- Read more classics = epic fail on this one. I have quite a few ones I really want to get into near the top of my list but keep getting distracted by other books before I get there. Definitely need to focus on this one in 2011.
- Finish that modernism anthology = success as noted above
- Read more non-fiction = success as noted above – I set a goal of 3 and made 5, so am very pleased with myself.
Goals for 2011:
- Beat 2010 – read at least 36 books/12500 pages
- Read at least three classics, those being:
o Wuthering Heights
o The Iliad
o The Odyssey
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books
- Read/finish off the following:
o Finish the last Tudor Court novel (The Other Queen)
o Finish reading all of Susan Grant’s books (The Star Trilogy, and the 2176 series)
o Finish reading the Robert Langdon books (The Davinci Code and The Lost Symbol)
o Read the next four Kathy Reichs books (Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones)
o Read the Howl & Sophie series by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, House of Many Ways)
o Read the Wicked trilogy (Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men)
o Read the next four Goddess Summoning books (Goddess of Spring, Goddess of Light, Goddess of the Rose, Goddess of Love)
Probably a bit ambitious but it’s worth a shot!