My 2010 in Books

One of my goals for 2010 was to read a book a week. For the calendar-challenged, that meant 52 books for 2010. I was happy to hit my target in October and ended up with 61 books for the year.

Even with all of that reading, the list of books I want to read has not gotten any shorter. Actually, it’s gotten longer. The more I read, the more I want to read and the more attention I pay to new books being published.

The Kindle

I picked up a Kindle this year and managed to read seven books on it. I’m ambivalent about it. It fits nicely in your hand and makes it easy to read a book with one hand.

But the Kindle lacks the substance, feel and permanency of a paper book. I find it inferior. I expect to pay less for a Kindle book than I would for a hardcover book. I found instances where the Kindle edition cost more than the hardcover.

I originally bought the Kindle in anticipation of our canceled trip to Belgium. I definitely understand the advantage of a Kindle holding lots of books and how that could be better than traveling with a thick stack of books.

I do like the immediacy of the Kindle. I can find the book I want, buy it and start reading it minutes. That is a big timesaver.

GoodReads versus LibraryThing

My continuing quest for a way to track the books I read and the books I own continues. [See Catalog your Books Online.] I have been using LibraryThing for several years and it contains nearly all of the books in my library. I have also been using GoodReads concurrently to track my library.

I found that LibraryThing did a better job organizing my books and GoodReads had better tools to interact with fellow readers. I was ready to jettison GoodReads because very few people I knew were using it. Then I found that several people at work use GoodReads. So the social side of the site started adding some value.

I’m still adding the books I own and the books I read in both platforms.

My Books

From looking at the list, you would have a hard time seeing much in the way of themes in my reading.

I read the Percy Jackson book series to The Boy, so those five books ended up on the list. I also read the first three Harry Potter books to him. He seemed to lose interest in Book 4 so we are stalled in completing that series. I thought these books had enough substance, so I included them in the list. There were lots of other books we read together that I thought did not have enough substance to include on the list.

I also jumped into the Walking Dead graphic novels so those five books made it on the list. They contain fewer words and more images than your typical book but they have incredible depth, interesting themes and complex story lines. Plus, I like zombie literature.

Fifteen of the 61 were given to me by publishers in anticipation of a review. Those were a mixed bag. Some were really good and some were really bad.

The Books I Read in 2010

Title Author Date Finished Rating
Makers Cory Doctorow Jan 4, 2010 ***
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust Chris Brogan Jan 7, 2010 ***
Wake Up Dead: A Thriller Roger Smith Jan 11, 2010 ****
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) Rick Riordan Jan 15, 2010 *****
Planets X and Pluto William Graves Hoyt Jan 17, 2010 **
Crossing The Gates Of Alaska Dave Metz Jan 23, 2010 **
Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities Frank Jacobs Jan 26, 2010 ***
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) Rick Riordan Jan 29, 2010 *****
Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed Gregg Easterbrook Jan 30, 2010 *****
Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew Alex Kershaw Feb 3, 2010 ***
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic David Wessel Feb 10, 2010 ****
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) Rick Riordan Feb 13, 2010 *****
Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years John Booth Feb 15, 2010
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) Rick Riordan Feb 28, 2010 *****
Shades of Grey: A Novel Jasper Fforde Mar 2, 2010 *****
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan Mar 12, 2010 *****
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5) Rick Riordan Mar 12, 2010 *****
Face of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel) Lis Wiehl Mar 16, 2010 **
The Informant: A True Story Kurt Eichenwald Mar 30, 2010 ****
Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense Sam Eastland Apr 3, 2010 ****
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine Michael Lewis Apr 7, 2010 *****
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) J.K. Rowling Apr 12, 2010 *****
The Strangler William Landay Apr 22, 2010 ****
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll Apr 29, 2010 ****
Sleepless: A Novel Charlie Huston Apr 30, 2010 *****
Money for Nothing: How the Failure of Corporate Boards Is Ruining American Business and Costing Us Trillions John Gillespie May 13, 2010 ***

No Sleep till Wonderland: A Novel Paul Tremblay May 16, 2010 ***
The Girl who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson May 21, 2010 ****
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right Atul Gawande May 27, 2010 *****
Mixed Blood: A Thriller Roger Smith May 29, 2010 ****
Warning the Witness: A Guide to Internal Investiations and the Attorney-Client Privilege David Z. Seide Jun 3, 2010 ****
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson Jun 10, 2010 **
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) J.K. Rowling Jun 12, 2010 *****
Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea Linda Greenlaw Jun 17, 2010 ***
Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World Matthew Fraser Jun 25, 2010 *
WAR Sebastian Junger Jul 2, 2010 *****
Boston Noir Dennis Lehane Jul 7, 2010 ***
World Without End Ken Follett Jul 19, 2010 *****
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) J.K. Rowling Jul 29, 2010 *****
Accidents in North American Mountaineering 2010 Jed Williamson Aug 4, 2010 *****
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Niall Ferguson Aug 16, 2010 ****
The Walking Dead, Book 1 (Bk. 1) Robert Kirkman Aug 27, 2010 *****
Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn Larry D. Rosen Ph.D. Aug 30, 2010 ***
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean Susan Casey Sep 5, 2010 ****
The Walking Dead, Book 2 Robert Kirkman Sep 5, 2010 *****
The Walking Dead, Book 3 Robert Kirkman Sep 6, 2010 *****
The Walking Dead, Book 4 Robert Kirkman Sep 7, 2010 *****
The Walking Dead Book 5 Robert Kirkman Sep 9, 2010 *****
Gilded: How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort Deborah Davis Sep 18, 2010 **
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jane Austen Sep 29, 2010 **
Miles Away… Worlds Apart Alan Sakowitz Oct 9, 2010 ****
The Little League That Could: A History of the American Football League Ken Rappoport Oct 19, 2010 ****
The Hunger Games: Book 1 Suzanne Collins Oct 29, 2010 ***
Impact Douglas Preston Oct 31, 2010 ****
Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do Michael Tougias Nov 13, 2010 ***
The US Private Equity Fund Compliance Guide Charles Lerner Nov 23, 2010 ****
Memories of the Future, Vol. 1 Wil Wheaton Nov 30, 2010 ****
America Bowl: 44 Presidents vs. 44 Super Bowls in the ultimate matchup! Don Steinberg Dec 7, 2010 ****
Cleopatra: A Life Stacy Schiff Dec 10, 2010 *****
The Familiars Adam Jay Epstein Dec 28, 2010 ***
The Good Son: A Novel Michael Gruber Dec 30, 2010 ****