Monday, January 04, 2010

A new year, an attempt at resurrecting a blog.

I cannot believe how infrequently I have been posting over here. I fully intend to make 2010 a much more productive year in terms of this blog, Mostly Soup, creative outlets, my Etsy shop, maybe a redesign of my website, etc. I am going to be doing the Photo a day challenge for 2010 and I will post a weeks worth of photos at a time most likely, as I will not be able to post every day, knowing myself.

But for my first blog post of 2010, I am going to do a summary of all the books I read this year, as that has been probably the most consuming aspect worth blogging about in 2009. Since I was unemployed from January to July, I had plenty of time for reading and rediscovered how much I love to read, and was able to continue at a pretty steady pace throughout the last half of 2009. 27 books total!

Thanks to GoodReads I have been logging all the books I have read because I never would have remembered all of these on my own. I do not think I have ever read as many books in a year as I did in 2009, and maybe that can be another goal of mine for 2010, to top my 2009 books read number. In any case, here we go:


I should probably write a short summary or review of each of these but I really don't want to. It's my blog, I'll do what I want! :) If you have questions about a specific book I would love to elaborate. My brain is just not up for 26 summaries right now. And yes I read Oryx and Crake twice. The second read was to refresh my brain after reading Year of The Flood. The second time made me love it even more.

Here is the list, with my ratings.

12/16/09, On Love by Alain De Botton, 4 stars
12/3/09, Into The Beautiful north by Luis Alberto Urrea, 4 stars
11/22/09, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, 5 stars
11/15/09, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, 4 stars
11/8/09, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, 5 stars
10/16/09, The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, 5 stars
10/16/09, Memories of my Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 3 stars
10/3/09, 1984 by George Orwell, 5 stars
9/12/09, Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov, 4 stars
9/4/09, Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote, 4 stars
8/21/09, Everything is Illuminated by JOnathhan Safran Foer, 5 stars
7/28/09, Drown by Junot Diaz, 3 stars
7/21/09, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, 4 stars
7/15/09, Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk, 4 stars
7/1/09, Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 4 stars
6/6/09, Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, 5 stars
6/2/09, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, 3 stars
5/19/09, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, 5 stars
5/1/09, Eeeee Eee Eeee by Tao Lin, 4 stars
4/21/09, The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy, 5 stars
4/9/09, Forever by Pete Hammill, 3 stars
4/1/09, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, 5 stars
3/20/09, Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, 5 stars
3/10/09, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, 3 stars
3/1/09, Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland, 4 stars
2/7/09, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, 5 stars
1/15/09, Fugitives and Refugees, A Walk In Portland, Oregon by Chuck Palahniuk, 5 stars

Ok that's the end of this nerdy book post. Any book recommendations?

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