Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 In Summary and New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope that you all are having a good time hanging out with your families or sleeping off crazy parties from last night. I'm ready to start a new year, and I'm hoping to improve a few things both blogwise and in my personal life.

I only have two resolutions blogwise, and they're fairly simply. One is to post regularly. December proved to be a busy month, and the blog was put on the back burner because of it. I was able to post sporadically, but not as much as I would have liked. I would like to be really good about scheduling a good amount of posts ahead of time, like I know blogger extraordinaire Nicole of WORD for Teens does. I'm starting off on the right foot in this respect, so hopefully I will keep it up. I'm hoping to pay a bit more attention to my new features, namely Adaptation Corner and Consume and Contemplate. My other resolution is to read the books I get for review from publishers in a more expedient manner.

Personally, my resolutions aren't terribly exciting. I am considering running in June, so getting in shape is a definite goal (I would officially start training in March). Another one? Read The Bible. I was raised as a Lutheran (ELCA) and unless you are currently living under a rock, you are probably aware that this book has ha kind of a massive impact on western civilization. So I figure I should probably read the whole thing. I might not get through the whole thing this year, but perhaps I can at least cover an entire testament. I also have my usual goal of being more organized, which I have every year. I get a tiny bit better all the time, but I still need a lot of work.

But before we move on entirely, let's look back lovingly at 2010. Here is a full list of the books i read in 2010. Just click on the book title to see my review. The beginning of the year is very heavy in classics, and that's because I was still in college as an English major (the shock of graduating might have worn off by now, but it's hard to tell). My goal was to read 75 books this year, and I just barely made it!

1.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2.) American Pastoral by Philip Roth
3.) The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin
4.) Kim by Rudyard Kipling
5.) Shell Shaker by LeAnne Howe
6.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
7.) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
8.) Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
9.) Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
10.) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
11.) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
12.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
13.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
14.) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
15.) Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
16.) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
17.) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
18.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
19.) Dracula by Bram Stoker
20.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
21.) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
22.) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
23.) Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa
24.) Meanicures by Catherine Clark
25.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
26.) Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
27.) The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley
28.) The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
29.) Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
30.) The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
31.) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
32.) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
33.) The Shadow Hunt by Katherine Langrish
34.) Grace by Elizabeth Scott
35.) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
36.) Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
37.) Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
38.) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
39.) Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
40.) Salvaged by Stefne Miller
41.) Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
42.) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
43.) Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
44.) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
45.) Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
46.) Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
47.) The Fool's Girl by Celia Rees
48.) The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
49.) The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
50.) The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer (I won't be reviewing this title here.)
51.) Sea by Heidi R. Kling
52.) The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
53.) Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires by Molly Roe
54.) Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love edited by Trisha Telep
55.) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
56.) Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
57.) Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
58.) Need by Carrie Jones
59.) Shadow Days: A Nightshade Novella by Andrea Cremer
60.) The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
61.) Blood and Flowers by Penny Blubaugh (Review to come in 2011.)
62.) Cloaked by Alex Flinn (Review to come in 2011.)
63.) Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi (Review to come in 2011.)
64.) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
65.) Entwined by Heather Dixon (Review to come in 2011.)
66.) StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce
67.) Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
68.) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
69.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
70.) The Way It Is by Donalda Reid
71.) Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Review to come in 2011.)
72.) Pegasus by Robin McKinley
73.) Slayed by Amanda Marrone
74.) The Lion and the Swastika by Anna Bruni Benson
75.) Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

And of all of the books on this list, here are my very favorites, the ones that you need to go out and buy right now if you haven't already.


  1. Ooh I've read all of your faves except Anna and the French Kiss - I've heard so many wonderful things about it that I may just have to order a copy! Great list and good luck for this year's reading!x

  2. Okay, so I am seriously behind on reading. I have both Shiver and The Hunger Games, but I have yet to read them. Also, I'm so glad that Pride and Prejudice ranks among your favorites! :)

  3. awesome goals for 2011!! here's hoping for another year of fantastic reading!!

  4. I'm with you on trying to schedule more posts in advance! I'm horrible with that. I'm always scrambling to post something. Here's to us being more organized in 2011!

  5. We definitely have more than a few similarities on our lists...and BEFORE I FALL was in my top 10! That book seriously touched my life in a way I wasn't prepared for.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Great 2011 goals! You can definitely do the running on!

    Also, I think 75 is impressive, I mean look at the books you read. There's a wide variety and some are classics, which definitely take longer than YA to get through, so be proud Liz, be proud as you rocked out.

  7. Good luck with the Bible! I am doing that too, but it will take me a while. I've slacked lately. And here's a tip, in order to finish it in one year you need to read 3 chapters a day. :)

    Good luck meeting your 2011 goals!



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