Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Booking the Books

I read a fair bit in 2010. By signing my name to the 10-10-10 Challenge, I also read in categories I would not normally have. Of course, I read a lot of romance. I found the source for this blog from Fizzy Thoughts and modified it a bit. Without further ado, here are the stats...

How many books did you read in total?

173: an average of one book every two days

How many works of fiction and how many non-fiction?

Nonfiction: 3, Fiction: 170 (wince)

Which percent of male versus female authors did you read?

Male: 2.9% (double wince)

How much romance versus all other genres?

More than 85%

Which was your top favorite book?

Barely a Lady by Eileen Dryer

Which were your surprise favorite books and why?

The Candidates by Inara Scott, my first young adult (YA) book, and Token by Alisa Kwitney, my first manga comic book.

Which were the oldest and newest books, by pub date?

Flowers from the Storm (Oct 1992) by Laura Kinsale and Somewhere Along the Way by Jodi Thomas (Nov 2010)

Which were the longest and shortest book titles?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Token by Alisa Kwitney

Which were the longest and shortest books?

Seize the Fire by Laura Kinsale and Special Orders: Poems by Edward Hirsch

Who were the most read authors of the year, and how many books by each author?

I bought and re-read the entire backlists for Jo Beverley (36) and Laura Kinsale (12). I was in thrall the whole year of the sheer talent the authors had in unfolding every nuance of every character in every situation.

Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of?

Michael Jecks who writes murder mysteries set Devon and Cornwall in the Late Middle Ages.

Any translated books?


Any re-reads?

Books by Jo Beverley, Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Cruise, Joanna Bourne, Jo Goodman, Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Connie Brockway, Julia Quinn, Anne Gracie, Monica McCarty, Loretta Chase, and Julie Garwood

Which books you wouldn’t have read without someone’s specific recommendation?

The Amelia Peabody Victorian mystery series by Elizabeth Peters without the specific urging of Robin L of and Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner on recommendation by Janga of Janga is my favorite go-to person for book recommendations

Which books are you annoyed you didn't read?

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?

Special Orders: Poems by Edward Hirsch, Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer


Victoria Janssen said...

How was the P.D. James? Planning to review it?

Keira Soleore said...

I really enjoyed it and felt it was an even-handed treatment of the entire genre though definitely British-centric. What was inexplicable, however, was no mention of Elizabeth George, which felt like a slight.

And yes, as a matter of fact, I have two days of reviewing scheduled in two weeks. :)