Friday, December 31, 2010

A List and a Challenge

I did something this year I've never done before, kept a list of all the books I read, fiction and nonfiction. Since it doesn't look like I'll be finishing any of the five or so books I'm currently reading by the end of this last day of 2010, here's Da List, the titles in each section listed according to the order in which I read them.

Books I read in 2010

Fiction (54 books)

A Parchment of Leaves, by Silas House
No Graves As Yet, by Anne Perry (audio)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Follow The River, by James Alexander Thom
Eclipse, by Stephanie Meyer (audio)
Walks The Fire, by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Children of the Longhouse, by Joseph Bruchac
The Red Heart, by James Alexander Thom
Arrow Over The Door, by Joseph Bruchac
Lost Mission, by Athol Dickson
Like a Watered Garden, by Patti Hill
The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley
Here Burns My Candle, by Liz Curtis Higgs
Her Mother's Hope, by Francine Rivers
The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, by Alexander McCall Smith (audio)
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons, by Ann Rinaldi
Mariana, by Susanna Kearsley
The Winter People, by Joseph Bruchac (audio)
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (audio)
All The Tea in China, by Jane Orcutt
Mutiny's Daughter, by Ann Rinaldi
A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
The Family Greene, by Ann Rinaldi
Named of the Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley
Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger (audio)
Royal Escape, by Georgette Heyer (audio)
Courting Morrow Little, by Laura Frantz
Sweetsmoke, by David Fuller (audio)
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (audio)
She Walks in Beauty, by Siri Mitchell
Ransome's Crossing, by Kaye Dacus
A Room of My Own, by Ann Tatlock (audio)
Every Secret Thing, by Emma Cole
Home Another Way, by Christa Parrish
Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant (audio)
Touching the Clouds, by Bonnie Leon
The Mountain Between Us, by Charles Martin
An Echo In The Bone, by Diana Gabaldon (audio)
Rainwater, by Sandra Brown (audio)
When Crickets Cry, by Charles Martin
The Education of Mary, A Little Miss of Color, 1832, by Ann Rinaldi
Chasing Fireflies, by Charles Martin
Wrapped in Rain, by Charles Martin
Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
The Letter Writer, by Ann Rinaldi
Summer of the Danes, by Ellis Peters (audio)
A Vision of Light, by Judith Merkle Riley
In Pursuit of the Green Lion, by Judith Merkle Riley
Where the River Ends, by Charles Martin
In The Company of Others, by Jan Karon
The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
Last of the Breed, by Louis L'Amour (audio)
Panther in the Sky, by James Alexander Thom

Nonfiction (41 books)

Madeleine L'Engle [Herself], compiled by Carole F. Chase
Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains, by Charles Eastman (audio)
Becoming a Vessel God Can Use, by Donna Partow
Writing the Other, A Practical Approach, by Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward
The Hemingses of Monticello, by Annette Gordon-Reed (audio)
The Art of War for Writers, by James Scott Bell
Horatio's Drive, by Dayton Duncan (audio)
Mohawk Blood, A Native American Quest, by Michael Baughman
A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, by Donald Miller
The Invisible Wall, by Harry Bernstein
Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose (audio)
Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell (audio)
Shouts And Whispers: Twenty-one Writers Speak About Their Writing And Their Faith 
Spunk & Bite, A writer's guide to punchier, more engaging language & style, by Arthur Plotnik
The Scene Book, by Sandra Scofield
The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
The Forest for the Trees, an Editor's Advice to Writers, by Betsy Lerner 
The Wilderness War by Allan W. Eckert
Forgotten Allies by Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin
Mohawk, The Life of Joseph Brant, by John Jakes
Indians, by Edwin Tunis
The Natures of John and William Bartram, by Thomas P. Slaughter
Ark of Empire, The American Frontier, 1784-1803, by Dale Van Every
Mohawk, The Life of Joseph Brant, by John Jakes
Frontier Living, by Edwin Tunis
A Company of Heroes, The American Frontier, 1775-1783, by Dale Van Every
The Bloody Mohawk, by T. Wood Clarke
The Realm of the Iroquois, Time-Life Books
Christopher Columbus and His Legacy, Opposing Viewpoints, by Mary Ellen Jones
Martha Washington, An American Life, by Patricia Brady
The Adirondacks, A History of America's First Wilderness, by Paul Schneider
The Hemingses of Monticello, by Annette Gordon-Reed (audio)
Sifters, Native American Women's Lives, edited by Theda Perdue
Patriot Doctor, the story of Benjamin Rush, by Esther M. Douty
Doctors on Horseback, Pioneers of American Medicine, by James Thomas Flexner
The Lost State of Franklin, by Kevin T. Barksdale
The Story of Medicine in America, by Geoffrey Marks and William K. Beatty
From Ulster to Carolina, the Migration of the Scotch-Irish to Southwestern North Carolina, by H. Tyler Blethen & Curtis W. Wood Jr.
First Frontier, by Rebecca Stefoff
Born Fighting, How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, by James Webb

Total: 95 books! Goodness, who knew? If I had to choose a favorite title from each section, the one book that impacted me the most, or that has stayed with me the longest... this is hard... so many engaging novels, so many intriguing research titles and nonfiction books....

For Nonfiction, The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. Please everybody, read this book!

For Fiction... I know this is lame, but it's a three-way tie between The Mountain Between Us, by Charles Martin, The Red Heart, by James Alexander Thom, and The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley. I choose these titles for the same reason, they were my introduction to Martin, Thom, and Kearsley, each of whom shot like rockets to the top of my favorite authors list. I can't choose between them.

A new list starts Jan 1, 2011, when I'll also begin taking part in a Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by the Historical Tapestry blog.
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Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created (at Historical Tapestry blog). To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
  • everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)
  •  add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)
  • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,...)
  • you can overlap this challenge with others kind of challenges
  • During these following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:
  1. Severe Bookaholism: 20 books
  2. Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books
  3. Struggling the Addiction: 10 books
  4. Daring & Curious: 5 books
  5. Out of My Comfort Zone: 2 books
The challenge will run from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.
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I plan to do a review once a month, so I'm committing to Struggling the Addiction: 10 books (though I'll actually review 12). Judging from my reading list, doesn't look like reading at least one historical fiction title per month will be a stretch.

7 comments:

  1. Yay, so happy you are going to join the historical fiction challenge too! I look forward to your posts!

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  2. First off -- I didn't know that Madeleine L'Engle wrote an autobiography! Definitely have to hunt that one down!!!!

    And that historical reading challenge sounds like fun. I love historicals, though I don't read them exclusively. I'll have to look into it.

    Happy New Year!!!!!

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  3. Wowie Zowie, Lori! That is quite an impressive reading list! Amazing how you find time to read all that and write as well. I want to read more in 2011... you inspire me!

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  4. Doree, I take a book with me everywhere, in the car, to bed, the bathroom!

    Kav, the L'Engle book isn't an autobiography, per se. It's mostly thoughts on the writing life. It's a wonderful book, and seems to be outrageously expensive. I had it on wish lists for months before I found one at a price I was willing to pay.

    Ruth, I'm not a great reviewer (unlike you!), unless I'm head over heels for a book, but I'm willing to give one a month a shot. Seems like it will be fun if it's a group thing, and I'm looking forward to all the new books/authors I'm going to hear about from the other reviewers.

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  5. Welcome to the Historical Fiction Reading challenge!

    I am so pleased to see The Shadowy Horses listed as one of your favourites for 2010!

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  6. Wow, now that's a list! And they all sound so great! I'll have to write some down and see if my library has any. Although my bedside table is already covered in books...good thing its a socially acceptable addiction I seem to have ;)
    Happy 2011! Hope its an amazing one!~

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  7. Marg, Susanna Kearsley was a great find for me this year. Looking forward to more from her.

    Heather, I love finding lists like this, but my TBR stack is already toppling too!

    Happy New Year!

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