Friday Morning Bookclub

December 7, 2010

My Year Of Books

Filed under: Literary Tidbits — susanbright @ 12:08 pm

Last year Esther had the brilliant idea of keeping track of all of the books she had read throughout the year. This year I decided to do the same and kept a running list, rating the books as I went along. So far this year, I have read 34 books. Perhaps I can get in a few more before the end of the year if I put my mind to it. I am going away next week and plane rides are great for getting some reading in.  Throw in a hair appointment, manicure and pedicure and who knows how many more books I can read before the end of the year!

I actually had quite a few 5 star books on my list. I loved Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and gave both The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire 5 stars. Moloka’i, The Red Thread and The Linnet Bird, three of our book club selections were also on my 5 star list. I couldn’t put down Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a historical fiction by Jamie Ford. One of my favorite books was a book that I have heard very little about; The Lost Summer Of Louis May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees, a sweet fictional book based on the life of Alcott before she wrote Little Women. 

Another book worth mentioning is Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss. While not necessarily a 5 star book, this book about a psychiatrist and his experiences with his patients and their past lives had a profound affect on me and I would highly recommend it. I also enjoyed Lisa See’s newest book Shanghai Girls and My Enemy’s Cradle by Sara Young,  two fascinating historical fictions. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman and Look Again by Lisa Scottoline fulfilled my need for suspense and mystery.

Now, if I could only finish reading Cutting For Stone, this month’s book I can add that to my list. With about 200+ pages to go, I have quite a bit of reading to do before this Friday’s meeting!



  1. What a great idea to keep track of all the books you’ve read. Do you include books you didn’t finish because you couldn’t get into them? I often put down a book if I can’t get into it, figuring there is so many other books to read.

    Comment by Laura — December 7, 2010 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

  2. Oops. I can’t stand grammatical errors and there is a blaring one in my comment. Should be “there are so many other books to read.”

    Comment by Laura — December 7, 2010 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  3. Actually that is a good question. I did not count any books that I did not finish. There were several books that I started and put down for various reasons. Some I couldn’t get into and some were just the wrong book at the wrong time. For instance, after loosing a dear friend to breast cancer, the last think I wanted to read was a book about someone dealing with cancer. As for the grammatical errors…. I make them all the time and hope that no one notices!

    Comment by susanbright — December 7, 2010 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  4. I’ll be posting my final book count, as well as my choice for best book of the year at the end of December. Hmmmmm, I wonder what it will be this year???

    Comment by Esther — December 7, 2010 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

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