Friday, January 21, 2011

2010 Reading in Review

2010 FireworksEven though I wasn't actively blogging in 2010, reading was still a big part of my life. My goal for 2010 was to read at least 75 books and I fell short of that goal with only 31. I took extensive notes for almost every book I read, so there is a very good probability that I will still be sharing reviews of many of the books I read in 2010.
  1. Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier
  2. Doctor Who: Sick Building by Paul Magrs
  3. Doctor Who: Wishing Well by Trevor Baxendale
  4. Doctor Who: The Planet of Oblivion by Justin Richards
  5. Doctor Who: The Eyeless by Lance Parkin
  6. Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion by Simon Guerrier
  7. The Lightning Thief by Rich Riordan
  8. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  9. The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson
  10. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFevers
  11. The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer
  12. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  13. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  14. The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America by Thurston Clarke
  15. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  16. The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi
  17. Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters
  18. Claude Monet by Kent Hoo
  19. Van Gogh's Van Goghs by Richard Kendall
  20. Who Was Claude Monet? by Ann Waldron
  21. Van Gogh: An Appreciation of His Art by Gerhard Gruitrooy
  22. Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick
  23. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  24. The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters
  25. The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
  26. Doctor Who: Apollo 23 by Justin Richards
  27. Torchwood: Bay of the Dead by Mark Morris
  28. The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Veiled Detective by David Stuart Davies
  29. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie
  30. The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Ectoplasmic Man by Daniel Stashower
  31. Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
Best Reading Month: August (7 books)
Total Pages Read: 8131 pages

My favorite read of the year was, without a doubt, Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Very honorable mentions include Garden Spells, Messenger of Athens and Sunflowers.

You may have noticed a couple of themes in the above list: Doctor Who and Vincent van Gogh. In January of 2010, David Tennant left Doctor Who as the Tenth Doctor. During the gap between the end of his tenure and the start of Matt Smith's time as the Eleventh Doctor, I decided to catch up on the Doctor Who novels.

Van Gogh started out as an unintentional theme. I've often regretted never seriously studying art and wanted to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge of the subject. I have always been drawn to both Van Gogh's art and tragic life story. So, while I started out with some general art books from the library, I quickly zeroed in on books about Van Gogh. My aunt sent me Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick, a novel based on Van Gogh's last two years of life, which I devoured over a vacation in the Pocono Mountains. (In a weird, wonderful moment of synchronicity, my favorite television show and my favorite artist came together in a fantastic episode of Doctor Who, "Vincent and the Doctor", later in the summer.)

So what's on tap for 2011? I have several big goals for this year and will be sharing them in a separate post. I'm eager to improve on 2010 which, while it turned out to be a good year for me personally, was not my best year as far as reading was concerned.


  1. The Fiddler's Gun and Sunflowers sound good to me. I love all things Van Gogh too. I'd be interested in your thoughts on those two if you do write something about them. I read all the Christie's many years ago and enjoyed those too.
    Sounds like you still kept your hand in reading-wise. I had a very bad blogging year too, I can read but I can't form a sentence or work at the computer when I'm ill so I read my usual 120 books but haven't written up even a best 10 list yet. I still keep up with awards and reading challenges but writing posts does doesn't come easy.
    You're back in the swim of things now, here's hoping this year is a better one for you. Take care.

  2. Looks like you had a great month. Look at all those Doctor Who books! :-)

  3. I love Doctor Who! I haven't read any of the books yet, but the Van Gogh episode from last season was one of my favorites.