I read fifty-four books in 2010, plus probably a handful or so more that I’ve forgotten to jot down in my reading journal, and numerous random chapters/partials of critique partners’ manuscripts. Now, some of you might be thinking, fifty-four?! That’s it?! And others may be thinking, holy crickets, fifty-four?! Whatever. It’s about average for me. A bit pathetic for a writer, I suppose, but what can I say? I love books, but I’m a slow reader.
For those of you who are book-freaks like me and might actually care, here’s the breakdown:
- 12 middle-grade novels
- 21 contemporary YA novels
- 9 “other” YA novels (paranormal, dystopian…)
- 7 adult novels (as in, novels for grown-ups, not adult adult, lol)
- 5 non-fiction books
The best in each category? Usually that’s a pretty tough call, if not impossible, but this year, there were definitely some stand-out books for me, ones I highly recommend. Some are 2010 releases, others have been around a while.
Best books I read this year:
- middle-grade: WHEN YOU REACH ME, by Rebecca Stead
- contemporary YA:
- other YA: IMPOSSIBLE, by Nancy Werlin
- adult: THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, by Isabel Allende
- non-fiction: THE ART AND CRAFT OF STORYTELLING, by Nancy Lamb
That contemp YA section was the toughest to narrow down — so many good books! (And so many more waiting to be read. My TBR list is incredibly long, and I’m really going to have to figure out how to read faster if I’m to have any hope of getting through the list. Tips, anyone?)
What books did you really love this year?