Book Log Review for 2010

Books read in 2004: 21
Books read in 2005: 28
Books read in 2006: 40
Books read in 2007: 30
Books read in 2008: 41
Books read in 2009: 22
Books read in 2010: 44

So we have a new record here. One might wonder what the secret of my 2010 success is, but there’s no one secret, but several:

1. Pretend a collection of graphic novels = one book.
2. Read a bunch of Young Adult fiction.
3. Read very short books.
4. Convert putting-kids-to-bed time into read-a-book time.

Aside from The Ancestor’s Tale, there are no Big Honkin’ Books here. To own the truth, Ancestor’s rightly belongs in 2008 & 2009 as well, as I did a lot of the reading during those years.

1. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Xmas present; An okay adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show.

2. How To Survive A Robot Uprising: Tips On Defending Yourself Against The Coming Rebellion by Daniel H. Wilson
Eh. The title is more entertaining that the actual book.

3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes! He’s a good character.

7. Peter and Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham
Okay. A pretty good story, told passably well.

8. Various Sherlock Holmes stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Yay! More Sherlock Holmes!

10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Shockingly, I never read it. Worth the wait.

11. The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins
Fascinating, took me a long time to get through it due to Information Density therein, as opposed to being a bad book.

12. El Bulbo Clasemedia por Sebastian Carrillo “Bachan”
The first spanish “book” I’ve read cover to cover and understood. Actually, a graphic novel.

13. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley
Okay. Probably won’t pick up the rest of the series.

14. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Okay. A somewhat interesting anti-hero. The author has my eternal disregard because of item #19 below.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud
15. Book 1 : The Amulet of Samarkand
16. Book 2 : The Golem’s Eye
17. Book 3 : Ptolemy’s Gate
Awesome. Great young adult fantasy novels.

18. One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau
Okay. Very short, by the writer for a softer world webcomic.

19. And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer
Horrible. Pathetically bad. An offense to Hitchiker’s Guide readers everywhere.

20. The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel by Brady Udall
Excellent: thoughtful, witty, well-written novel about a modern polygamist.

21. A Fictional History of the United States (with Huge Chunks Missing) by T Cooper and Adam Mansbach
Short story collection, some good, some meh.

22. Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
A very fine piece on comics making.

23. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
24. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
Reluctantly read because of #19. Okay. Not great.

25. 29: A Novel by Adena Halpern
This book is why I hate small airport bookstores and bestseller lists. I’m embarrassed this is on my list.

26. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 1) by Rick Riordan
Fun young adult. Derivative of Harry Potter, but whatchagonnado?

27. You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
Typical fun Christopher Moore, second vampire novel.

28. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel by Michael Chabon
Extremely rich storytelling, funny, interesting. Made me pick up another by this author.

29. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
A modern Brave New World; fine summer read.

30. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (translated by Reg Keeland)
Every once in a while, the bestseller lists get it right. It’s a shame the author passed away, I would have read all 10 books he was planning.

31. Legitimacy by M. H. Van Keuren
I’ve read this, and you haven’t. Nyah nyah. That’s what comes from having friends who are authors.

32. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (translated by Reg Keeland)
Ditto #30.

33. The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 2 by Rick Riordan
Ditto #26.

34. Slam by Nick Hornby
Love this Young Adult novel by Nick Hornby. Every teenager should read it, as it’s a vivid tale of teen pregnancy from the guy’s point of view.

35. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) By Rick Riordan
36. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) by Rick Riordan
37. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) by Rick Riordan
Ditto #26.

38. The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure by Jack Pendarvis
Okay humurous collection of short stories. Not quite David Sedaris, but amusing.

39. The Stonekeeper (Amulet series book 1), The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet series book 2), The Cloud Searchers (Amulet series book 3) by Kazu Kibuishi
Graphic novel for the younger crowd. I like the art and the story.

40. Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Best of the Bartimaeus books. Strong female main character.

41. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Fascinating alternate history of an Israel in Alaska.

42. 200 More Neo-Futurist Plays: From Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) by the Neo-Futurists
Saw the Neo-Futurists in Chicago, bought the book. They’re funny.

43. Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist by Thomas Levenson
Enjoyable telling of Newton’s time as master of the mint.

44. Scott Pilgrim: Books 1-6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
I didn’t write a book log on these, but I loved them. Different enough from the movie to be worth reading.