Friday, December 31, 2010

State of the Blog, Part One: The Lists


Christmas is sadly over, the new year approaches, and it is time for me to assess my reading progress for the year.  I approach this "winter" assessment with trepidation and excitement, since it lets me see how much progress I did -- or didn't make -- in 2010 and let's me plan ahead for 2011.  Out with the old; in with the new!

This is the first of my quarterly blog assessment posts.  This first part addresses the book lists. Part Two, coming soon, will take a look at the author lists.  Part Three will deal with the challenges I joined this year.

My List of Lists is over in the right-side column. These are Prize Winners, Must Reads, and other lists of books I have read or intend to read for some reason or another. Also in the right-side column is a list of my favorite authors. I add to both lists from time to time.

NOTE: If you are working on any of these lists, please leave a comment here or on the post for the list (click on the title below or in the right-hand column) and leave a link to any related post. I will add the links on the list post. 

In 2010, I read aaround 45 books from my various book lists. I got the most bang for my book buck by finishing The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien, so I could scratch The Lord of the Rings off several lists, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, which was also on several lists. 

THE LISTS


Books read so far: 8/100
Books read in 2010: one, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. The Moonstone by Willkie Collins
  2. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Books on my TBR shelf: 19


Books read so far: 76/100
Books read in 2010: 2 and 2/3
  1. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  2. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion (reviewed here)
  3. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (one-third of The Lord of the Rings)
  4. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (the last third of The Lord of the Rings)
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
  2. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Books on my TBR shelf: 14


Books read so far: 30/99
Books read in 2010: 2
  1. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (reviewed here)
  2. Titus Groan by Mervin Peake (reviewed here
  3. The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
Books I hope to read in 2011: a couple, but I don't know which ones yet
Books on my TBR shelf: 19


Books read so far: 58/100
Books read in 2010: 6 and 2/3 (wow!)
  1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  2. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake (reviewed here)
  3. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (reviewed here)
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  5. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (one-third of The Lord of the Rings)
  6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (reviewed here)
  7. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (the last third of The Lord of the Rings
Books I hope to read in 2011:  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Books on my TBR shelf: 6


Books read so far: 19/19
Books read in 2010: 4
  1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  2. The Red Tent  by Anita Diamant
  3. Small Island by Andrea Levy (reviewed here)
  4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (reviewed here)
Books I hope to read in 2011: six, but Cutting for Stone is the only one I know so far
Books on my TBR shelf: none


Books read so far: 75/101
Books read in 2010: one (Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney)
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (I am reading this now)
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Books on my TBR shelf: 20


Books read so far: 6/24
Books read in 2010: 3
  1. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (reviewed here)
  2. Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney 
  3. Small Island by Andrea Levy  (reviewed here)
Books I hope to read in 2011: Felicia's Journey by William Trevor
Books on my TBR shelf: one


Books read so far: 57/100
Books read in 2010: 2
  1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas 
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (I am reading this now)
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Books on my TBR shelf: 20


Books read so far: 8/56
Books read in 2010: 3
  1. New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith
  2. Citizen Vince by Jess Walter (reviewed here
  3. Down River by John Hart
Books I hope to read in 2011: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
Books on my TBR shelf: 6


Books read so far: 33/100
Books read in 2010: 4
  1. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbon (reviewed here)
  2. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion (reviewed here
  3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (reviewed here
  4. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  2. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Books on my TBR shelf: 22


Books read so far: 48/113 (and counting -- there are more books to add to the list)
Books read in 2010: 5
  1. The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris by Edmund White (reviewed here
  2. L'Affaire by Diane Johnson
  3. My Life in France by Julia Child (reviewed here)
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas 
  5. Corked by Kathryn Borel (reviewed here)
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
  2. Death in the Truffle Wood by Pierre Magnan
  3. The Messengers of Death by Pierre Magnan 
  4. The Food of France by Waverley Root
Books on my TBR shelf: 24


Books read so far: I don't keep track, because I delete them after I read them
Books read in 2010: same
Books I hope to read in 2011: 11 more (but my resolution is to not freak out about it)
  1. The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott
  2. Soldiers in Hiding by Richard Wiley
  3. Jumptown: The Golden Years of Portland Jazz 1942-1957 by Robert Dietsche
  4. Another Way the River Has: Taut True Tales from the Northwest by Robin Cody   
  5. An Architectural Guidebook to Portland by Bart King 
  6. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees
  7. To the Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home by Evelyn Searle Hess 
  8. 42 States of Grace by Maureen Hovenkotter
  9. Where the Crooked River Rises: A High Desert Home by Ellen Waterston
  10. Fish With What You Find by Jim Gilsdorf
  11. Because You Might Not Remember by Don Colburn
Books on my TBR shelf: 11


Books read so far: 8/96
Books read in 2010:
  1. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry; for my Battle of the Prizes, British Version  challenge
  2. The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
Books I hope to read in 2011: 3
  1. G by John Berger; also for my Battle of the Prizes, British Version challenge
  2. Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd
  3. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Books on my TBR shelf: 10

LT EARLY REVIEWERS

Books read so far: 29/33
Books read in 2010: 8
  1. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (reviewed here)
  2. Maimonides: and the Biblical Prophets by Israel Drazin
  3. Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow (reviewed here)
  4. The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain, published by Words Without Borders Anthologies (reviewed here)
  5. Short Stories, Book I by Anton Chekhov (reviewed here)
  6. A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks (reviewed here
  7. Burmese Lessons: A True Love Story by Karen Connelly (reviewed here)
  8. Peaceful Places, Los Angeles by Laura Randall (reviewed here)
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. Just Enough Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  2. American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen  
Books on my TBR shelf: 4



Books read so far: 22/43
Books read in 2010:
  1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  2. The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch (reviewed here)
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. G by John Berger (for my Battle of the Prizes, British Version challenge)
  2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  3. How Late it Was, How Late by James Kelman or Shindler's List by Thomas Keneally
Books on my TBR shelf: 13


Books read so far: 23/30
Books read in 2010: 1 and 2/3
  1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  2. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (one-third of The Lord of the Rings
  3. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (the last third of The Lord of the Rings
Books I hope to read in 2011: maybe David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Books on my TBR shelf: 4


Books read so far: all of them!
Books read in 2010: zero (finished this list a couple of years ago)
Books I hope to read in 2011: none
Books on my TBR shelf: zero



Books read so far: 27/64
Books read in 2010: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (reviewed here)
Books I hope to Read in 2011:
  1. Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
  2. The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck
  3. Them by Joyce Carol Oates
  4. Morte d'Urban by J.F. Powers
Books on my TBR shelf: 15


Books read so far: 16/34
Books read in 2010: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Books I hope to read in 2011:  
  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 
  2. Counterlife by Philip Roth
Books on my TBR shelf: 11


Authors read so far: 20/106
Books read in 2010: Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney
Books I hope to read in 201: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Books on my TBR shelf: 32 (but most by authors already read)


Books read so far: 59/100
Books read in 2010: 3 and 2/3

  1. Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  2. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  4. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (one-third of The Lord of the Rings
  5. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (the last third of The Lord of the Rings
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1.  The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (I am reading this now)
  2.  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Books on my TBR shelf: 15


Books read so far: 3/15
Books read in 2010:

  1. Small Island by Andrea Levy (reviewed here)
  2. The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville (reviewed here)
Books I hope to read in 2011: maybe none
Books on my TBR shelf: 2


Books read so far: 3/20
Books read in 2010: zero
Books I hope to read in 2011: maybe none
Books on my TBR shelf: 2


Books read so far: 7/30
Books read in 2010: zero
Books I hope to read in 2010: 3
  1. The Human Stain by Philip Roth (which I am reading now)
  2. Soldiers in Hiding by Richard Wiley (also on my Guilt List)
  3. Seaview by Toby Olson
Books on my TBR shelf: 12


Books read so far: 41/85
Books read in 2010:
  1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  2. Olive Kitteridge is Elizabeth Strout (reviewed here)
Books I hope to read in 2010: at least 2 (for the Battle of the Prizes Challenge) 
  1. One of Ours by Willa Cather
  2. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
Books on my TBR shelf: 25 (thanks, in part, to a great Christmas present)


Books read so far: 91/100
Books read in 2010: 4 and 2/3
  1. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster (reviewed here)
  2. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  3. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (reviewed here)  
  4. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (one-third of The Lord of the Rings
  5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (reviewed here)  
  6. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien (the last third of The Lord of the Rings)  
Books I hope to read in 2011:
  1. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (I am reading this now)
  2. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  3. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Books on my TBR shelf: 6


Books read so far: 10/10 (it's my list)
Books read in 2010: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbon (reviewed here)
Books I hope to Read in 2011: one change this year is a big step already
Books on my TBR shelf: who knows?


Books read so far: 35/60
Books read in 2010: zero
Books I hope to Read in 2011
  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  2. Them by Joyce Carol Oates
Books on my TBR shelf: 14


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