2010 was another great year for reading.
I won a an autographed copy of Lucille O'Neal's (Shaquille O'Neal's mother) book in a giveaway hosted by Kathryn from the fabulous blog, From the Inside...Out.
I also went to a book signing in 2010 and met Apolo Ohno, the Gold Medal Olympic Speed Skater and got an autographed copy of his book.
I became a member of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book when Anny from RandomAnny.com sent me a copy of the book by Crystal Renn entitled Hungry, A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves. Now that I'm done with the book I will be mailing it on to the next person on the list, Della of Della Grace's Life and then Della will send it to the next person and Voila...a traveling book!
Also in 2010 I discovered pagebypagebooks.com and spent time reading the Anne of Green Gables book series using my cell phone.
I also paid many visits to my favorite bookstore, the Goodwill Bookstore we have locally. Believe it or not we have a Goodwill store that has nothing in it but books, all organized by author and under 80cents each! They have a couple of tables and some comfortable chairs so that you can sit and browse...if they just had a coffee shop in there it would be perfect!
So needless to say I read quite a few books in 2010. I tried to list them on my sidebar but unfortunately there were quite a few that didn't get listed. I'm going to try to do a better job of it this year.
A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend. ~Author Unknown
1. Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
2. Legacy of Silence by Belva Plain
Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, - from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. ~Charles Kingsley
3. Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark
4. Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh. ~Judah Ibn Tibbon
5. Married in Black by Christina Cordaire
6. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. ~Francis Bacon
7. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
8. My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great by Dixie Cash
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~Chinese Saying
9. Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup
10. The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. ~Anatole France
11. The Deep End by Joy Fielding
12. The Last Juror by John Grisham
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. ~Mary Wortley Montagu
13. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
14. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
A good book is always on tap; it may be decanted and drunk a hundred times, and it is still there for further imbibement. ~Holbrook Jackson
15. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Satterfield
16. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
A blessed companion is a book, - a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend,... a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own. ~Douglas Jerrold
17. Hungry by Crystal Renn
18. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate. ~Henry Miller
19. Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O'Neal
20. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
21. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practised at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness. ~Holbrook Jackson
21. Zero Regrets by Apolo Ohno
22. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
23. Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
24. Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome. ~William Ewart Gladstone
Funny thing is I read 24 books in 2009 and ended 2010 with 24 also. So I guess I'm reading about 2 books per month. Can I beat my own record in 2011? Anyone have any suggestions?