Friday, December 31, 2010

What Have You Read 2010? What Do You Hope To Read 2011?

We did this at the end of the year last year, and so I suppose it shall become the very first regular feature of my very irregular blog.

The Challenge: What have you read this past year? What was your favorite? What was your least favorite? What book would you most recommend to others to read? Also list one or two reading goals for next year. What do you hope to read? Do you hope to read more? Do you hope to read more of a particular type of material?

Even if you haven't read any books- what blogs, news sources, message boards, or magazines have you read?

Either leave your list in the comments or on your own blog with a link in the comments!!

What I Have Read 2010

My Detachment Tracy Kidder
Dog Soldiers Robert Stone
A Soldier's Heart Elizabet Samet
Generation Kill Evan Wright
Lolita Nabokov
The Quiet American Graham Greene
Girl With The ( fucking) Dragon Tattoo Steig Larson
Count Of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Dias
Gifts Of Imperfection Brene Brown
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey
Paco's Story Larry Heinemann

Favorite: Read some very life changing and really great books this year it's hard to narrow it down. Least Favorite: Duh...Girl With The Dragon Tattoo . What Everyone Should Read: Cuckoo's Nest, Gifts of Imperfection, Generation Kill.

I did complete the War Through the Generations Challenge! Woot! (But only since they counted movies!) Next year is the American Civil War, and there is not much from there which calls to me to read right now, so I might skip it.

Goals for 2011
Really to just try to read steadily. I got waaay bogged down in several books this year, and that always spells disaster. I even quit in the middle of a couple books, and that is very unlike me. I'd like to read some Dicken's this year--it's been a couple years since I've read him and I miss him. Would like to read Henry Miller, too--I feel like he is a big gap in my American reading.


  1. I'm not sure how many books you read for the challenge, but there are 3 giveaways up for participants of the Vietnam War Reading Challenge. I hope you'll enter and spread the word.

  2. I will! I read 4 and watched a bunch of movies!

  3. Lolita is my favourite book EVER.

    I have been told that Larson is a better writer than Dan Brown, but then again, that's a bit like saying he's a better person than Hitler.

    I bought The Road, but I'm not sure I'm starting it already. I've just started Alasdair Gray's Lanark, which, so far, is difficult and confusing and brilliant, but I'm not sure I'll remain interested after five hundred pages.

  4. i just want to tell you that you do a fantastic job sharing your reading lists.. i always think i'm going to, and i never do. i didn't even read dragon tattoo, and i really didn't like the movie so i know not to bother.. the ones you said everyone should read i am going to get my hands on.
    <3 mm

  5. Thanks M...I'd love to peek at what you've read!