Fifty-Two

Loyal readers may recall that last January, inspired by the movie Julie & Julia I decided to take on my own project that would require similar daily dedication. Well, as 2010 comes to a close, I’m sure many of you are on the edge of your seats waiting to hear what happened with my 365 Days Scrapbook project.

Umm, yah, about that… I did it for a while, and then, well, you know how life is, things got busy, more urgent projects arose, and the scrapbook fell by the wayside.

However, as 2010 comes to a close, I must make it known that I have quite unintentionally completed a separate project.  A few weeks ago, as I was talking to a friend about books I’ve read recently she remarked on how much I have been reading this past year. That got me wondering, “How many have I read?”  A careful look through my Nook, our bookshelf at home, and my classroom bookshelves revealed that I had read 49 books.  Last night at 1 AM as I closed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I cheered for myself, 52 books in 52 weeks!

Now, before you glance over the list and say to yourself, “Oh, well she really only read about 20 books, most of these are kid’s books!” keep in mind that children’s literature can be just as gratifying as literature written for an adult audience. Lois Lowry’s The Giver certainly contains more complex questions and advanced themes than some of the romance novels on the list below! (Romance novels were like candy, I knew it wasn’t good for me or even really worthwhile, but they were enjoyable to read nevertheless).

Glancing over the list, it didn’t take more than 10 seconds for me to decide what my all-time favorite book of the year was. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen was certainly the best book I read all year.  However, you are not here for me to pontificate my musings about books, so onward to the list!

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

2. Boy by Roald Dahl

3. Going Solo by Roald Dahl

4. Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

7. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

8. Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurty

9. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

11. House Rules by Jodi Picoult

12. Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins

13. Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins

14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

15. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

16. Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

17. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

18. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

19. Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

20. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

21. Out of Patience by Brian Meehl

22. The Lemonade Wars by Jacqueline Davies

23. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

24. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

25. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

26. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

27. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

28. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

29. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

30. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

31. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

32. Tex by S.E. Hinton

33. Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

34. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

35. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

36. Holes by Louis Sachar

37. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

38. Blue by Lois Lowry

39. The Calder Games by Blue Balliett

40. Hoops by Walter Dean Myers

41. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

42. The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell

43. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

44. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

45. Going Rogue by Sarah Palin

46. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

47. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

48. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

49. The True Tale of Zachary Beaver by Kimberly Willis Holt

50.  At Home by Bill Bryson

51. The Wizard’s Map  by Jane Yolen

52. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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