2010 by the numbers…
80 books read
63 movies watched
53 books given away
45 Tuesday Quizzes
10 awards- thank you
9 movies reviewed for my Top 100 movie list
7 Quiz prizes awarded
7 Challenges, 6 Fails
3 puzzles found new homes
2 trips (San Fran & France)
2 blog events – Bloggiesta and Book Bloggers Appreciation Week
I love movies and with an infant in the house it is nice that watching movies is something I can share with my husband and still take care of the baby. So, I’m sure 2011 will bring more moving watching and less book reading. This year I’ve added reviews of some of my favorite movies- Only You, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Few Good Men, Four Weddings And a Funeral, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Romancing the Stone, Silence of the Lambs, Pride & Prejudice miniseries. The rest of my favorite 100 movies is here. It’s an ongoing project.
I also keep track of movies I see for the first time in my monthly 5 word reviews. This year I watched 63 movies and here are my favorite 10 with their 5 words…
If you’ve seen any of these movies leave me your 1-5 words in the comments and I’ll add them to the post. Or, if you are feeling ambitious and want to do this on your own blog leave me a link in the comments and I’ll add it to the bottom of the post. Of course, you can always just comment.
Crime Scene Cleanup Made Heartwarming.
Touching sister story. Interesting setting. (Nolatari)
Cute and quirky. Adams ‘shines.’ (Heather)
I’ll Watch Tina in Anything.
Always bad idea swiping reservations (Kay)
Steve Carrell Perfectly Adorable Husband (Beth)
Crap your parents get into… (Heather)
Should Have Stopped At Two.
Unlikeable Chracters in So-So Story.
A bit sexist, no chemistry. (Heather)
I only read 80 books this year. I knew I’d been reading less, but I had no idea it was only 80 until I counted them up last night. At the beginning of the year I set my reading goal at 105 with 12 of those being fiction and I did read 10 non-fiction and I consider that a success considering how many fewer books I actually read. A few interesting stats…
I read 51 women authors and 29 men.
The state I most visited was California followed closely by New York.
I read 7 Brenda Joyce books, making her my most read author.
And now for the FAVORITE FIVE BOOKS I READ THIS YEAR (in order)…
I’m not much of a memoir reader so I am surprised to find this my very favorite read this year. Reviewed here.
A historical romance that will keep you reading far past when it’s time for bed. Reviewed here.
You chose it for me and I was surprised at how much I loved this novel set in Spain in the 1940’s. Reviewed here.
I had no idea I liked magical realism. An enchanting read. Reviewed here.
Little Cee Cee grew up not far from where I live in Ohio but it wasn’t until her move south that she blossomed. Reviewed here.
I love participating in challenges. They help me focus and try books and authors I wouldn’t have otherwise. In 2009 I completed all 4 of my challenges. This year? Not so much. Having many months of morning sickness and then the arrival of little Gage 10 weeks ago have forced me to prioritize and I’m okay with that.
I only completed one challenge this year – The New Authors challenge where I committed to read 35 new to me authors. My favorite is Beth Hoffman, author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, because not only did I love her debut novel, but she is a super nice person, an inspiring speaker and she actually interacts with the book blogging community. Three cheers for Beth.
I failed the A-Z Challenge this year and plan to try again in 2011. I also failed The RYOB Challenge where I had you all vote for 50 of the books I’d read this year. I have 14 left and will be reading them in 2011. You guys really picked some winners for me, you chose 4 of my top 5 reads this year! I failed the States challenge and Color challenge and will try again in 2011. I also failed the Short Story and 100 mile fitness challenges.
I’ll be a bit choosier in my 2011 challenges. Unless I can start counting board and cloth books 🙂
1. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – 12 votes (Mary, Marce, Jo-Jo, Amanda, Calico Critic, ‘Nise, Jo Ann, Allesandra, Piroska, Mom, Literary Feline, Melissa)
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – 10 votes (Mary, BermudaOnion, Word Lily, Linda B, Em, Literate Housewife, Ms. Mazzola, Jessica, Mille, Margie)
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – 10 votes (Gofita, Carol, Staci, Ms. Mazzola, Heather, Kerri, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Julie H., Rhapsody)
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – 7 votes (Carol, Staci, FleurFisher, Vasilly, Ms. Mazzola, Angie, Amanda)
11. Emma by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Ms. Mazzola, Alita Reads, Kathrin, Literary Feline)
14. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire – 5 votes (Shanyn, Jo-Jo, Calico Critic, Donna S, Lisa-Marie)
19. Roots by Alex Hailey – 5 votes (Cee-Cee, Staci, Literate Housewife, Sarah E., Angie S.)
35. Good Grief by Lolly Winston – 3 votes (Staci, Jenners, Margie)
36. Testimony by Anita Shreve – 3 votes (Marce, Allesandra, Mystica)
40. Three Junes by Julia Glass – 2 votes (Golda, Soft Drink)
42. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins – 2 votes (Carol, Mille)
46. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – 2 votes (Golda, Heather)
49. The Human Stain by Philip Roth – 2 votes (Jackie, Mille)
50. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster – 2 votes (Candice, Jenny girl)
California The Husband by Dean Koontz, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini, The Proof is in the Pudding by Melinda Wells, This One is Mine by Maria Semple, Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker, Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver, This Time Together by Carol Burnett, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Keeper of the Keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy
Minnesota Storm Prey by John Sandford
Montana Die Trying by Lee Child
New Hampshire The Pact by Jodi Picoult
New York Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Pleasures by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Affairs by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Desire by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Caress by Brenda Joyce. Deadly Promise by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Kisses by Brenda Joyce, The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Think of a Number by John Verdon
North Carolina Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Oregon The Shack by William P Young
West Virginia The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Washington DC Inside Out by Barry Eisler
(England-Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Sister by Poppy Adams, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophi Kinsella, The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher , Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James) Italy-The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes Russia- War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy Canada- White Fang by Jack London, Botswana- The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Angency by Alexander McCall Smith Scotland- Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher) Spain- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Jan-March = 100 miles 96 miles (as of 1-8-10) 94 miles to go (as of 1-15-10) 91 miles to go (as of 1-22-10)
I’ve never been into comic books, so my favorite movies based on comics are the basics. I first fell in love with I loved the first two movies.
And while I liked Michael Keaton’s Batman I didn’t love the movies until Christian Bale came on board. I like the darker side.
2010 opened quietly with Jason and I enjoying dinner out, going to the movies and planning trips but is closing a bit differently, with quick dinners in, Netflix, and no trips on the horizon. At the end of February, the evening before we left for San Francisco, we found out I was pregnant. It was a fun and scary trip. My mood went from excited to scared to happy and around again. Here I am in San Fran 6 weeks preggers with Gage .
Here’s my post about our trip.
Once back in Ohio we still weren’t telling anyone, not even parents, and we had to plan our trip to France. I’m so glad we started planning before we knew I was pregnant or we may not have done it. The trip was wonderful but Gage did make his presence known in the form of morning sickness and lots of it.
Here’s Gage in France and my two posts about our trip (post 1)(post 2). You can see that he is already showing himself 🙂 I was a little nervous about being in a foreign country during pregnancy, but no major problems and the trip was a huge success.
After France we had a relatively quiet summer and fall until he officially made an appearance.
I don’t know what our travel plans will be in 2011, but I’m sure traveling with an infant will be a bit more complicated!
Gage and Jason and I hope you had a very happy Christmas.
I love a good series. I especially love a series that ends with me wanting more rather than me plodding through the same plot over and over again. I keep track of my series reading here, only adding a series once I’ve read the second book.
I continued with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series (The Burning Wire) and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport series (Storm Prey). I’ve read every book in both of these series, 29 in all, and highly recommend them. I caught up on the Melinda Wells’ Delilah Cooks mystery series and love that one as well. I also finished up the Merci Rayborn trilogy by T. Jefferson Parker and can’t recommend it enough to police procedural lovers.
I continued on with Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher series and it is a new favorite. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and I have a lot of good reading to look forward to since I just finished #4 out of the 14 book series. I decided this was the year I would finally give up on Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. This is one series that I used to love, but has been recycling the same story over and over again. Enough was enough for me and I didn’t read the latest.
I re-read a favorite series of mine, Brenda Joyce’s Deadly series. The first one in years is coming out in 2011. A great series for historical romance readers.
I read a few books that have sequels or are the beginning of a series and I plan to continue with…Love Walked in by Marisa de los Santos, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, The Tea Room by Jennifer Donnelly, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, and Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. Wow, that’s more than I thought!
There are a few series that I read the first book of and am not interested enough to continue…The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, and Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards.
I’m hoping that I can catch up with the series that I’ve already started and read fewer new ones in 2011. I enjoy so much about series reading, it’s like catching up with old friends, but I need to keep in touch with the friends I already have before adding more to my list!
I love quizzes and polls and games and if I can’t play ’em or take ’em I like making ’em up. I loved making up games when I was younger and now thanks to all of you who like to play along I get to make up quizzes. So here’s a big THANK YOU to all of you who have participated in my quizzes this year. I appreciate each and every one of you. My Quizzes will return in January new and improved and I hope you’ll continue to play along with me and your fellow book lovers. If you have a great idea for a quiz I hope you’ll email me. I’m always open to ideas.
Round 4 of 2010 has a winner! Jennifer of Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings has won with 913.25 points!! Congratulations, Jennifer! And the randomly selected winner is Hannah of Word Lily (my mom chose 750 and her score was the closest)!! Both of these wonderfully bookish women will be receiving a fun surprise in the mail for their efforts. A total of 35 of you participated this round and I hope the newcomers will come back and play again. And tell your friends 😉
And now for the 2010 Quiz recap…Jennifer and Nise dominated the top spot this year, so congrats on a great year, ladies!
A list of the 2010 Quizzes in case you missed one 🙂
We headed home this weekend to celebrate Christmas with my Grandma and the family. My Grandpa was the oldest of 12 and my Grandma the second oldest of 9 and they had 6 kids (and in-laws), 8 (then 10) grandchildren (and 8 in-laws), and with Gage 12 great-grandchildren. My Grandpa died in 1992, but the rest of the family he and my Grandma made still get together every year in the house that he built. It’s a favorite time for me because I grew up surrounded by a lot of family and it is a treat for me to travel home and be surrounded by the love of relatives. As an only child my extended family is important to me and I am thankful for them.
This year was special because Gage is the first baby in 7 years so he got lots of attention and as you can see by his picture he was worn out by the time we headed back today. And today marks two months that Gage has graced us with his presence and we are excited to celebrate his first Christmas next week even if the only part of his presents he showed any interest in yesterday was a ribbon (and I’m using interest in very lightly).
Hope this holiday season hasn’t worn you out as much as it has Gage 🙂