Tuesday, February 01, 2011

New Years Resolution 2011: January Update

Okay, one of my new years resolutions for 2011 was to keep track of all the books that I read this year. I read a lot, but I have never really kept track. I was inspired by several friends who had challenged themselves to read 100 books in 2010 and they either met or exceeded their goals. Ryan also keeps track of every single book that he has read since June 15, 1990!! So this is new for me to keep a running list of my reading.

Here are all the books that I read in January:

A Week At The Airport: A Heathrow Diary by Alain de Botton library
Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty library
The Passage by Justin Cronin library
The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald library
Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay library
Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things by Randy O Frost and Gail Steketee library
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach library
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
The Dog of the South by Charles Portis
True Grit by Charles Portis
Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
Alfred Hitchcock’s Noose Report (short story collection)
Dead Low Tide by John D MacDonald
Soft Touch by John D MacDonald
Matched by Ally Condie library
The Drowner by John D. MacDonald
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women who dared to dream by Tanya Lee Stone library
Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane library
Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
Malpractice in Maggody by Joan Hess
Alfred Hitchcock’s Killers at Large (short story collection)
The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb

I read and reread a lot of Children's Literature and Murder Mysteries and stuff from favorite authors. A lot of John D. MacDonald this month, I have been rereading him and Agatha Christie lately. I had never read Mildred Pierce and was fascinated by it, remembering the movie with Joan Crawford. But the book really had me annoyed. Why that woman ever cared what her stuck up daughter thought of her is a mystery to me??!!

Riding Rockets was a terrific look at what modern day astronauts really go thru and I really enjoyed it (It was recommended in Packing for Mars)

The Passage is very similar to The Stand by Stephen King and I might have to reread The Stand this year too! :-)

Matched by Ally Condie is the start of a new YA trilogy that is very similar to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I quite enjoyed it.

The photo at the top is from early 1990's when Lea Fox and I were shopping for books at a Nancy Drew (Whispered Watchword/Phantom Friends) convention in Maine.

23 books


Stacy Christian said...

You should try Goodreads.com It's a great way to keep lists of books that you have read and want to read. There are lots of author blogs, and recommended reading list based on how you rate books. :)

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Matched reminded you of the Hunger Games. I just finished Matched yesterday. I can see why you'd say that--because of the rebellious feeling toward the society. But, I think that's the only similarity. It reminded me more of City of Ember and The Giver.....there's a *little* bit of those in there too. But I did enjoy it!


Anonymous said...

Wow, you really DO read a lot! Are you able to read while on airline flights for your job?

Last month I had the privilege of being allowed into the home of a friend who is a compulsive hoarder. So fascinating! I went to the library to read up on the subject.

Thanks for inspiring me to read.
--Laughing Gravy

sarcasmo said...

What are your reading inspirations? I have a hard time picking non-periodical material because I find the choices overwhelming. I need to go to our super used-bookstore to find some new authors. I'll have to give Goodreads.com a try.

Lea said...

I keep a spreadsheet on my iPhone (I'm sure it would work on your iTouch) of books I've read by year. It's always with me to jot down the latest title so I don't have to keep track of a piece of paper. I wonder if I've read all those books I bought in Maine (in the picture)?

-- Lea