Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Books of 2010

Here are the stats on my reading this year-if you're brave enough.

How many books read in 2010?
Didn't keep an exact count, but more than two hundred were read.

How many fiction and non fiction?
Mainly fiction... maybe about fifty non-fiction.

Male/Female author ratio?
Half were male and half were female.

Favourite book of 2010?
Probably Les Miserables, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, or The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Least favourite?
This one won't make me too popular- but Pride and Prejudice. I just could not ignore the whining characters!

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins. I had that one preordered on Amazon!

Longest and shortest book titles?
Dune was the shortest book title, and On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Darwin was the longest.

Longest and shortest books?
 Les Miserables was the longest, ranking in at about 1280 pages, while The Communist Manifesto by Marx was the shortest at 70 pages.

 How many books from the library?
Almost all were from the library.

Any translated books?
Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, twenty manga in the Tsubasa series.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?
I happened across Michelle Paver's six-book series, the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. They combined two things I love- mythology, and archaeology. It's the Stone Age saga of a boy who can speak to wolves, and the dark sorcerers trying to use his powers for their own.
the first book in the series

Any re-reads?
Too many to name! I am a chronic re-reader, and if I find a book that I like, I will read it, and re-read it. I think the most times I've re-read something was when I discovered the Lord of the Rings. I re-read that trilogy about fifteen times.

Favourite character of the year?
 It's a toss-up between Valjean, Edgar Sawtelle, Todd Hewitt ( of the Chaos Walking trilogy), and Gemma Doyle (of the Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy).

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?
France, Japan, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdoms, many different planets and worlds.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It's an epic tale of intrigue, magic, and mystery.

Here's the author's summery: 'Elantris was once the city of the gods, where anyone who was 'chosen' went to live. Ten years ago, the Elantrians lost their powers and caught a terrible disease instead. From that point on, Elantris became a prison city/contamination zone for any who caught that disease—for the Dor continues to choose people and curse them.
Raoden, a prince, catches the disease...and is thrown into the city by his own father. Sarene, Raoden's sight-unseen fiancee from a political treaty, arrives in the city and gets involved in schemes, troubles, and politics involving Elantris. Hrathen, a priest and missionary, is sent to convert the people of Arelon—and is told that if he fails, the people of the country will need to be killed instead. The three stories intertwine as the truth of what happened to Elantris, and its inhabitants, ten years ago is unearthed.'

Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of?
Scott Westerfield, Libba Bray, Patrick Ness... I could go on for pages and pages- but I won't.

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read?
I'm annoyed that the sequel to The Maze Runner hasn't come in at the library- I need to read it!

 Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
Les Miserables, Dracula, Frankenstein, A Great and Terrible Beauty (by Libba Bray).

What books are you planning to read in 2011? 
Magic Study by Maria Snyder, Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.

 I'm looking forward to a new year- one that's full of books!