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Chatterbox's 2010 Reading Log!

What have you read in 2010? Post your list here and update it as you go along! (One thread per member, please.)
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Chatterbox's 2010 Reading Log!

Post by Chatterbox » Sun January 3rd, 2010, 8:53 am

First half of January:

Non-Fiction:

The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
The Peasant Prince by Alex Storozynski
The Book of William by Paul Collins

Fiction:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Angel with Two Faces by Nicola Upson
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (re-read)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (re-read)
A Good Death by Elizabeth Ironside
The Master of Bruges by Terence Morgan
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (ARC)
The Disappeared by M.R. Hall (ARC)
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Le saga de Medicis 2: le lys de Florence by Sarah Frydman
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
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Post by Chatterbox » Tue January 19th, 2010, 10:40 pm

Second half of January:

Non-fiction:


Passionate Minds by David Bodanis
God's Secretaries by Adam Nicolson
Americans in Paris by Charles Glass (ARC)
On Moving: A Writer's Meditation by Louise deSalvo
The Spy Who Loved Us by Thomas Bass
Not Quite Paradise by Adele Barker
Autobiography of an Execution by David Dow (ARC)
The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift

Fiction:

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
The King's Touch by Jude Morgan
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
The Watcher in the Pines by Rebecca Pawel
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
The Tehran Conviction by Tom Gabbay
Daughters of Spain by Jean Plaidy
Rebels and Traitors by Lindsey Davis
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Post by Chatterbox » Wed February 3rd, 2010, 10:26 pm

First half of February:

Non-fiction:


Sailing the Wine Dark Sea by Thomas Cahill
My Home and Native Land by Michael Ignatieff
The Snow Tourist by Charlie English

Fiction:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Unit by Ninni Holmquist (re-read)
Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline (ARC)
Death of a Wine Merchant by David Dickinson
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon Rees
L'échappée by Valentine Goby
Passion by Jude Morgan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Worst Case by James Patterson
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
The Master by Colm Toibin
The Serpent Pool by Martin Edwards
Pearl of China by Anchee Min (ARC)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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Post by Misfit » Wed February 3rd, 2010, 11:06 pm

First half of February:
Umm, isn't it only the third? :p ;) :o :D
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Post by Chatterbox » Thu February 4th, 2010, 3:37 am

yup -- this is a 'so far' list. Finished The Lovely Bones & the Cahill book on my birthday, finished the Scottoline book (which I started on Sunday) yesterday, as well as re-reading The Unit, today finished the Dickinson book. A bit faster than normal but I had all day Monday as a reading day, and none of them are real heavyweights. Unlike the Lindsey Davis book (poof!) which I just reviewed for Amazon...

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Post by Ariadne » Thu February 4th, 2010, 4:38 am

I wish I could read that fast! I'm lucky if I get through a book a week...

Incidentally, I just looked at existing reviews of Rebels & Traitors on Amazon. There's one by Harriet, and it's clear she didn't read the book, only the plot blurb.

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Post by Chatterbox » Thu February 4th, 2010, 6:18 pm

Well, I don't have kids to deal with, only cats. And if I don't read 4 or 5 hours a day, I start getting edgy and irritable. (edgier & more irritable??) While I don't speed read a la Harriet, I do read rapidly; always have done. My mother used to have to ration my books on family vacations; there are giant chunks of all the books I read back then that I can still almost recite verbatim. I think that's why my parents were relieved rather than worried when I moved on to the adult book section aged about 9. It's hard to race through "The King's Peace" by C.V. Wedgewood (speaking of the English Civil War) at the same pace as a children's book. And they really didn't have YA books of the kind they do today back then -- adult-length books, geared for the teen/preteen market.

Yes, Harriet's review of Rebels & Traitors was rather bizarre. And there is no way she could have sped read that one and emerged with even a basic understanding of the plot!! Just posted my own review (three stars). It took a day to clear the system and make it up there into public view.

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Post by Misfit » Thu February 4th, 2010, 6:26 pm

I saw your review. The book just hit the library hold shelf but I think you've convinced me not to bother at the moment. I have enough on my plate as it is without slogging through a huge book that isn't all that great.
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Post by Telynor » Fri February 5th, 2010, 11:47 am

I tried to read The Lovely Bones, and it turned out to be a DNF. I just could not get past the opening chapters -- the memories that it triggered in me were just too horrible and vivid. I keep hearing it's a wonderful book.

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Post by Chatterbox » Fri February 5th, 2010, 9:09 pm

Telynor, I think that's one reason why I put off reading it for so long, and why I never plan to read Lucky. Ultimately, it was one of those books that was intriguing and creative, although it boiled down to one of those stock dramatic plots once I had finished reading it. Perhaps what helped me get past the early bits -- and some of the stuff in the middle -- is the fact that I've been reading a lot of dystopic fiction lately, which kind of makes you think about the myriad ways in which people abuse and misuse each other, or treat others as objects.

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