Thursday, April 22, 2010

R is for Reading

I posted at the start of the year about how important it is for us writers to read, and how easy it is to forget to read in our busy grown-up worlds (at least for me). That's why I signed up for a couple of reading challenges: 100 Books in 2010, 50 library books in 2010, 12 Debut YA authors.  Since I've been missing out on my usual weekly update posts, I thought I'd talk about reading so far in 2010!

This is what I've read so far this year:
Books read from the library:
Everyone Is Beautiful: A Novel  Reviewed here
The Life You Longed For: A Novel  Reviewed here
Exclusive: Reporters in Love...and War: A Novel Reviewed here
Liar Reviewed here
Going Too Far Review coming soon
Jacob Have I Loved Review coming soon
Some Girls Are Review coming someday
Shiver Review coming someday
The Fiction Class Reviewed here
Impossible  Review coming
Chasing Brooklyn  by Lisa Schroeder, Review coming soon
Switch by Carol Snow, Review coming soon
Story of a Girl  by Sara Zarr
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  by Jamie Ford
The Dark Divine  by Bree Despain
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials  by Rosalind Wiseman
The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins
See Jane Write: A Girl's Guide to Writing Chick Lit by Sarah Mylnowski, Farrin Jacobs
Lady Vernon and Her Daughter: A Novel of Jane Austen's Lady Susan  by Jane Rubino, Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
The Good Nanny: A Novel  by Benjamin Cheever
Hush, Hush  by Becca Fitzpatrick
Beautiful Creatures  by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)  by Suzanne Collins
Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones
House Rules: A Novel  by Jodi Picoult
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
The Everafter by Amy Huntley
Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Body Finder  by Kimberly Derting

Books read from other sources:
Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction)
The Lightning Thief by Rich Riordan

It's been amazing to me what a difference it makes to have the challenge of reading a hundred books this year -- I'm making just a slightly more concerted effort to read, and I feel like I've gotten to read much more than usual! Of course, I've also read differently -- so far this year I haven't read any of the fun but thick non-fiction tomes I tend to pick up, like Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (the first is a great book about the Warsaw Uprising, when the Poles tried to overthrow the German occupation -- highly recommended for history geeks like myself).   I'm hoping to get ahead of my count a  bit and then I can pick up some non-fiction to round out my reading.

So talk to me, fellow readers -- what should be up next on my list, in any genre?


Jen said...

Wow great list! I know that had to take time to compile but I'm still in awe of you!!!

I believe Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkings, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and last but not least Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard.

All different Young Adult and all spectacular!

Lynn said...

That is an amazing list! You have listed a few that are on my to read list but many that are not. Thanks!

If you're looking for a short story collection, I'd suggest Close Range by Annie Proulx.

Happy reading!

Old Kitty said...


What an amazing and impressive list!

And what a wonderful goal to set yourself to do. I am so, so in awe!

I'm currently reading Terry Pratchett's Nation - and am really enjoying it and would recommend him and his prolific Disworld series.

Happy, happy reading!

Take care

Ellen Brickley said...

I liked Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Definitely worth a look!

Tracy said...

I highly recommend the "Succubus Blues" series by Richelle Mead. It's a paranormal romance, which is a really fun and sexy read. Plus there are five books currently out, so if you get hooked you can read the whole series and knock 5 books off your 100 list. :o)

Lynn Colt said...

wow, that's a lot of books. My list is much shorter, but maybe I'll catch up a bit on vacation!

I'm reading Eyes Like Stars at the moment and enjoying it, so that's my suggestion.

sarahjayne smythe said...

That is a really impressive list. I am totally in awe of you now. :) Happy reading.