Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Pub Challenge

It's time for another 2010 challenge to join.  This one is the Pub Challenge hosted by Michelle at 1 More Chapter.  Go here to see all the rules, to sign up and see the others that are signed up.

The main rules for this challenge is to read at least 10 books that are published for the first time in your country in 2010.  Young Adult and Children's books don't qualify and at least 5 must be fiction.  I love reading new books so this one will be fun for me. I think I will set my personal goal at 30 books.

I'll list books and link reviews as I finish them on this post.
  1. Becoming Lucy by Martha Rogers
  2. Conflicts with Interest by Michael Ruddy
  3. Screen Play by Chris Coppernoll
  4. The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  5. A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine
  6. Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda
  7. Jenna's Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater
  8. Dreams That Won't Let Go by Stacy Hawkins Adams
  9. Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner
  10. The Cougar Club by Susan McBride
  11. Sworn to Protect by DiAnn Mills
  12. Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze
  13. Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason
  14. Hush by Kate White 
  15. Flaherty's Crossing by Kayla McFerrin
  16. Secrets of the Playboy's Bride by Leanne Banks
  17. Caught by Harlan Coben
  18. Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline
  19. Never Let You Go by Erin Healy
  20. Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas
  21. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
  22. Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase
  23. Sins of the Mother by Victoria Christopher Murray
  24.  Last Track by Sam Hilliard
  25. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffen
  26. The 9th Judgement by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  27. Unspeakable by Laura Griffin
  28. Shattered by Karen Robards
  29. Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah
  30. Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  31. Past Tense by Samantha Hunter
  32. The Chill of the Night by James Hayman
  33. Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
  34. Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler
  35. Last to Die by Kate Brady
  36. Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
  37. Finny by Justin Kramon
  38. Terminal Care by Christopher Stookey

2009 Summary

What an interesting year.  I started blogging regularly and kept it up.  I've made new friends in other book bloggers, authors and people who comment on my blog.  In my personal life I have had two brain surgeries and I am hopefully on the road to recovery finally after 2 years of not knowing exactly what was wrong with me.

Thanks so much to all of you who have stopped by my blog, commented on my blog or to you authors and publicists who have sent me books to review.  I love reading and reviewing and I am looking forward to another great year.

So before I step into that new year - let's see what this past year held for me reading-wise:

Books Read: 208
Books from home (includes review books and my bookshelf): 101
Books from the library: 73
Books from 34

Print books read: 169
Audio books read: 37

Total Pages read: 60,373

New-to-me Authors:  101

and here is some breakdown of genres:

Suspense/Thriller/Mystery:  38
Romantic Suspense:  12
Historical Romance: 4
Young Adult: 60
General Fiction: 13
Historical Fiction: 4
Horror: 4
Christian Fiction: 7
Christian Suspense: 9
Christian Historical Romance: 2
Christian Romantic Suspense: 1
Children's Chapter Books: 20
Christian Romantic Suspense:

Publish dates:
Before 2000: 25
2001: 4
2002: 4
2003: 12
2004: 7
2005: 4
2006: 9
2007: 14
2008: 39
2009: 85
2010: 2

My favorites from the year:

I'm not going to pick specifics from each genre - I'm just going to go with my most memorable books of the year, in no particular order.  Click on the book for my review if it's available.

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox
Fatal Gamble by J.P. O'Donnell
The Cutting by James Hayman
Terror by Night by Terry Caffey with James H. Pence
The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
The Hunger Games & Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Love's First Light by  Jamie Carie
Easy on the Eyes by Jane Porter
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Fragment by Warren Fahy
The Actor and The Housewife by Shannon Hale
Deadfall by Robert Liparulo
Isolation by Travis Thrasher

It was a great reading and blogging year and I'm looking forward to another one this year!