December 29, 2010

Books in 2010

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book."
 ~Author Unknown

When the blogging tapered off, so did my keeping track of the books we were reading.  I'm pretty sure Robotson's and my lists are complete.  We read many, many more books in the evenings before bed this year, but it could take me a month to compile them all at this point.  I'd like to get back into the habit of recording what we are reading each week, even if it's just a quick list thrown together, and not a summary for each.

I'm actually surprised that my reading didn't fall off this year.  I kept pace with 2009, though there are several children's books thrown in there.  I got tired of waiting to read them with the kids.  Several books I started, but never finished.  I included them because I really did try to get into them.

The books in bold are favorites for this year.

My Reading in 2010

1.  The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
2.  Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
3.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
4.  You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh
5.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
6.  Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh
7.  A Wind In the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
8.  Jennifer Government by Max Barry
9.  The Meaning Of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist by Richard Feynman
10.  Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
11.  North By Northanger by Carrie Bebris
12.  Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
13.  Suspense and Sensibility by Carrie Bebris
14.  The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
15.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
16.  The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron
17.  Vermeer by Norbert Schneider
18.  The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
19.  Words Fail Me by Patricia O'Conner
20.  Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge (partial)
21.  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (too boring)
22.  Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
23.  The Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday (got completely confused and had to stop)
24.  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (so boring, couldn't finish)
25.  Emma by Jane Austen
26.  A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
27.  Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Robotson's list is disappointing.  We had a tough few months this summer where we were at each other's throats every day.  The good news though is that he did a lot more reading on his own this year.  I didn't keep track of those books.  Also, as I said above, we read many more smaller books at night with the girls.  Overall,  I think we might have read more of a variety.

Robotson's reading in 2010

1.  The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
2.  The Black Stallion Returns by Walter Farley
3.  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
4.  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
5.  George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
6.  The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
7.  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
8.  How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
9.  The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
10.  Jeffrey Strangeways by Jill Murphy
11.  Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh
12. The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (partial)
13.  By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
14.  Eager by Helen Fox
15.  Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle
16.  Time Warp Trio - Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Bridge? by Jon Scieszka

Dimples favorite book hands down for 2010 is The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang.  This has been her choice for months now.  She's an excellent counter, so I can't complain.  I don't know that Funny Girl had a clear favorite.  Both girls really love books that scare them.  Some recent reads in that category are Engelbert Sneem and his Dream Vacuum Machine by Daniel Postgate and Velcome by Kevin O'Malley.

That about wraps up 2010.  Looking forward to more reading next year!

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