Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Recap - or, What the hell did I do with all my time this year?

In 2010 the number of books that I read dropped sharply.  You see, for the last 15 years or so I used to go every night to a local sports bar/restaurant, where I would drink coffee, smoke, and read for several hours.

Every night.

In 2008, for example, I read a total of 132 books.  At the beginning of 2009, however, smoking was outlawed in public establishments, and I stopped going to coffee and reading every night.  Consequently, in 2009 I only read 58 books.  Not too bad, really, still more than one a week, yet still less than half what I read in 2008.

In 2010, I quit smoking completely, but didn't get back into the habit of going to coffee and devoting two or three hours per night to nothing but reading.  The total number of books I read in 2010 dropped to only 41.  However, the 41 books that I read were mostly meatier and more substantial than (higher page counts!) than what I'd been reading in the previous two years.

So while I really don't do New Years' Resolutions, I am going to try to read more this year, and spend less time fooling around with things that aren't as important to me.  But we'll see how it goes!

And in case anyone is interested, here is the list of books completed in 2010.  The number before the title indicates the books' place in a series, and the date is the date I finished reading it.

4. The Charlemagne Pursuit Steve Berry 1/8/2010
6. First Lord’s Fury Jim Butcher 1/15/2010
1. The Innocent Mage Karen Miller 1/28/2010
2. The Awakened Mage Karen Miller 2/4/2010
1. Empress Karen Miller 2/16/2010
2. The Riven Kingdom Karen Miller 2/25/2010
3. Hammer of God Karen Miller 3/7/2010
1. Foreigner C.J. Cherryh 3/15/2010
4. The Sunrise Lands S M Stirling 3/25/2010
10. Small Favor Jim Butcher 4/2/2010
11. Turn Coat Jim Butcher 4/8/2010
Your Heart Belongs to Me Dean Koontz 4/16/2010
Breathless Dean Koontz 4/20/2010
A Magic of Dawn S L Farrell 5/6/2010
7. Tragic Magic Laura Childs 5/11/2010
6. The King’s Buccaneer Raymond E Feist 5/12/2010
7. Shadow of a Dark Queen Raymond E Feist 5/21/2010
8. Rise of a Merchant Prince Raymond E Feist 5/31/2010
3. Eclipse Stephanie Meyer 6/7/2010
9. Rage of a Demon King Raymond E Feist 6/17/2010
10. Shards of a Broken Crown Raymond E Feist 6/25/2010
Cold Fall (James Bond) John Gardner 7/7/2010
3. The Infinity Gate Sara Douglass 7/15/2010
10lb Penalty Dick Francis 7/19/2010
Zorro Isabel Allende 7/29/2010
5. The Paris Vendetta Steve Berry 8/9/2010
6. Aloha, Candy Hearts Anthony Bidulka 8/12/2010
16. Sweet Poison Ellen Hart 8/25/2010
17. The Mirror and the Mask Ellen Hart 8/31/2010
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson 9/7/2010
2. The Girl who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson 9/23/2010
3. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson 10/6/2010
2. The Moses Stone James Becker 10/12/2010
4. Vieux Carre Voodoo Greg Herren 10/19/2010
1. Soulless Gail Carriger 10/25/2010
2. Changeless Gail Carriger 11/2/2010
3. Blameless Gail Carriger 11/22/2010
13. Towers of Midnight Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson 12/9/2010
The Dying Earth Jack Vance 12/13/2010
Here Abide Monsters Andre Norton 12/19/2010
Cross Fire James Patterson 12/27/2010

Happy New Year, everyone - and Happy Reading!!


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