What I Read In 2010: The Year In Review

The year 2010 was not a typical year for me, in any way. There were numerous breaks in my reading throughout the year, leading to the first year I haven’t cracked 10,000+ pages in some time. Still, I read some fantastic books, many of which I highly recommend to others.

I read the vast majority of my books this year on my Kindle, and saved myself a pretty penny, too. Though I spent less this year on books than in 2009, the average cost of an eBook rose slightly. Still, it’s a far cry from buying these books at full retail cost. I now have 124 titles in eBook format, out of 424 total titles, which means nearly 1/3rd of my books are in electronic format now. That’s a lot of shelf-space I’m saving.

The end of 2010 also finds me consolidating my libraries into a single interface. For a while now, I’ve been using WordPress to handle my journal entries, and blogs, but I am now in the process of integrating my book library, and movie library into my existing WordPress site. This means easier management, and hopefully, better search results in the longer-term. But I digress…

I did however discover a new author, who has quickly become another favorite: Robert Charles Wilson. I read a number of his books during the year, and was astounded by not just the inventiveness of his work, but the quality of his writing. It’s difficult not to get completely lost when reading his novels.

So without rambling too much further, here is what I read in 2010:

Totals:

– 30 books read
– 29 books bought
– $251.81 spent on books in 2010 (avg. $8.68/book)
– $198.70 saved in 2010 by buying eBooks (avg. $6.85/eBook)
– 9,490 total pages read (avg. 26.88 pages/day)
– 25 of 30 books read were eBooks (83% of books read)

Books:
  1. * Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson (12/29 – 1/26) [eBook ~288 pp.]
  2. Ark by Stephen Baxter (1/26 – 1/31) [Paperback – 457 pp.]
  3. Star Wars: Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp (1/31 – 2/13) [Paperback – 318 pp.]
  4. Starbound by Joe Haldeman (2/13 – 2/22) [eBook ~304 pp.]
  5. Frozen: My Journey into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death by Scott Baldyga and Larry Johnson
    (2/25 – 3/6) [eBook ~424 pp.]
  6. Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Paragon by John Jackson Miller (3/8 – 3/9) [eBook]
  7. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash by Aaron Allston (3/9 – 3/20) [eBook ~352 pp.]
  8. Able One by Ben Bova (3/21 – 3/30) [eBook ~400 pp.]
  9. Star Wars: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover (3/31 – 4/15) [Paperback – 366 pp.]
  10. The Lucky Strike by Kim Stanley Robinson (4/19 – 4/22) [eBook ~144 pp.]
  11. Mind Over Ship by David Marusek (4/22 – 5/4) [Paperback – 317 pp.]
  12. Impact by Douglas Preston (5/5 – 5/11) [eBook ~368 pp.]
  13. * Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (5/12) [eBook ~176 pp.]
  14. Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior by John Jackson Miller (5/13 – 5/15) [eBook]
  15. * Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick (5/15 – 6/7) [eBook ~496 pp.]
  16. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Allies by Christie Golden (6/8 – 6/17) [eBook ~384 pp.]
  17. * WWW: Watch by Robert J. Sawyer (6/17 – 6/24) [eBook ~368 pp.]
  18. The Forge of God by Greg Bear (6/29 – 7/5) [Paperback – 480 pp.]
  19. Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear (7/6 – 7/28) [Paperback – 448 pp.]
  20. Blasphemy by Douglas Preston (7/30 – 8/10) [eBook ~416 pp.]
  21. Coyote Destiny by Allen Steele (8/17 – 8/27) [eBook ~352 pp.]
  22. * Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson (8/28 – 9/7) [eBook ~416 pp.]
  23. Darwinia: A Novel of a Very Different Twentieth Century by Robert Charles Wilson
    (9/7 – 9/18) [Paperback – 320 pp.]
  24. * The Bradbury Report by Steven Polansky (9/18 – 9/24) [eBook ~336 pp.]
  25. * Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (9/25 – 9/28) [eBook ~368 pp.]
  26. Axis by Robert Charles Wilson (9/28 – 10/4) [eBook ~304 pp.]
  27. * Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson (10/5 – 10/13) [eBook ~400 pp.]
  28. The First Assassin by John J. Miller (10/14 – 10/28) [eBook ~384 pp.]
  29. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex by Troy Denning (12/1 – 12/11) [eBook ~400 pp.]
  30. Echo by Jack McDevitt (12/12 – 12/19) [eBook ~384 pp.]

* Highly recommended books

It should also be noted that I read nothing at all during the month of November, as I took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). During this 30-day writing challenge, I penned 51,880 words on a novel, currently titled The Next Giant Leap. Since December 1st, I have–sadly–not written any further on it, but hope to rectify that situation very soon. How this 30-day gap in reading affected my overall numbers for the year is hard to determine. I would likely have completed 1 to 2 more novels during that timeframe, but not necessarily added much to my total count for the year.

Looking toward 2011, there are a number of titles I’m eagerly awaiting for release, including titles by Robert Charles Wilson, Robert J. Sawyer. I have mostly stopped reading Star Wars novels, and will finish the remaining titles in the Fate of the Jedi series, but probably not too many more. If something comes along that catches my interest, I will pick it up, but otherwise, I believe I’ve finally outgrown this cash-guzzling franchise. Truth told, most of the books in the past couple of years have been sub-par, and most certainly not worth their cost.

Sadly, there aren’t as many books coming out in 2011 as I would like. Stephen Baxter is strangely silent these days. One of his series that I’m interested in is only available in the UK, and doesn’t appear to be headed for U.S. shores. I’m still unsure if I’ll end up ordering that one and having it shipped here; most likely not. I suppose it’s time to start a search for another new author that can capture my attention, preferably one with a large body of available work already out there.

Here’s to another great year of reading…