The Year in Books 2010

This year my goal was to read more books than any previous year.  By my best reckoning I read 24 books in 2008, only 16 in 2009.  I decided to round up and try to read 50 books this year.  That comes out to four (and some change 4.166) books a month.  Here are the books I read and what I thought about them, along with some statistics.

In order to meet my goal of 50 books, I listened to a lot of them, 58%.  I also read print, and on an iPad.

Some interesting quick facts:

  • I read a total of 6,815 print pages.
  • Average length of the print books was 324 pages.
  • The average length of the audio books I listened to was 9 hours and 50 minutes.
  • I listened to a total of 285 hours and 9 minutes of audio books.  That’s almost 12 solid days of audio (11.875 days).
  • I abandoned reading 3 books this year.  They were:  Classical Music 101 by Fred Plotkin, The Art of War: The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life by Sun Tzu, Harmony by Charles Hrh The Prince Of Wales

My Favorites:

Hamlet – I never really read much Shakespeare before.  Just a little in high school, so I’m really glad I picked this book up.  I really enjoyed it.  So much that I read it twice and while reading it I also read the Cliff Notes, which I haven’t read since high school, as well.

Call of the Wild – Just a really excellently written novel.  Kept me wanting more.  Riveting story.

Time Travelers Wife – A very pleasant surprise.  I had watched the movie prior to reading the book.  In fact, I read the book because I liked the movie.  But as it usually the case, the book was much better.  This may be the best book I read all year.

A Prayer for Owen Meany – Not something I would have found on my own.  This was a recommendation from a friend.  I had never heard of it before and was skeptical at first, but this book really did come through.  A really great story with deep character description.  You really come away feeling that you knew these characters.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – A strange science fiction story.  This book is public domain, which means it is free, and an audio reproductions of it are also free.  I listened to one of these audio reproductions and was really pleased.  Its one of those sci-fi books that erally doesn’t give much background on the way things are.  It just dives into the story and you have to figure things out.

The Girl Who Played with Fire – This was a hugely popular series this year and last.  It will be coming out as an English speaking film soon.  All the books are already movies in Sweden.  The first two movies I have seen and liked, but the books (again) were SO much better.  I highly recommend the whole series.  But so far this is my favorite in the series.  I still have yet to read the last book the series.

The Books:

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  1. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Oxford World’s Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet by Alicia Silverstone
  4. The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) by Robert Ludlum
  5. Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer
  6. New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer
  7. Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
  8. The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat by Tal Ronnen
  9. Eclipse (Twilight, #3) by Stephenie Meyer
  10. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Dover Thrift Editions) by Harriet Ann Jacobs
  11. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright
  12. Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) by Stephenie Meyer
  13. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  15. Classical Music 101 by Fred Plotkin
  16. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  17. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
  18. Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care by Alan Greene
  19. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  20. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  21. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer
  22. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  23. Nano Comes to Clifford Falls: And Other Stories by Nancy Kress
  24. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  25. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
  26. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  27. The Call of the Wild (Unabridged Classics) by Jack London
  28. White Fang (Unabridged Classics) by Jack London
  29. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  30. Hamlet (Cliffs Notes) by J.K. Lowers
  31. The Associate by John Grisham
  32. The Sherlock Holmes Theatre by Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #1) by Douglas Adams
  34. The Art of War: The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life by Sun Tzu
  35. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
  36. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  37. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
  38. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson
  39. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  40. Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History (Modern Library Chronicles) by Margaret MacMillan
  41. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  42. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  43. Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America by Glenn Alan Cheney
  44. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion by Jude Fisher
  45. A Prayer for Owen Meany (Modern Library) by John Irving
  46. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) by Stieg Larsson
  47. The Prince (Bantam Classics) by Niccola Machiavelli
  48. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  49. The Essential Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark Expedition) by Meriwether Lewis
  50. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  51. Harmony by Charles Hrh The Prince Of Wales
  52. The Tristan Betrayal by Robert Ludlum
  53. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde