The 2010 Reading List

In looking back over my reading habits of the year, I find that I returned to authors and series for comfort while forcing myself to sample new writers. I make a point of trying at least one new author a year and accomplished that with my second book of the year. All in all, I read a respectable 62 books for the year. Add in daily copies of the Connecticut Post and USA Today plus occasional issues of the New York Times. Then there are the weeklies: Time, Entertainment Weekly, and The Week; and the monthly Smithsonian. Now add in over 125 comics a month plus graphic novels – I managed to get a lot read. I am better educated and better entertained for the trouble.

As I wrote recently, I truly enjoyed One Day, which was a gimmick idea that was incredibly well executed. A little less so was The Imperfectionists. Stieg Larson’s second and third books were gripping reads and he will be missed but boy, he left behind a memorable character. The trip to Spain inspired me to read Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra which is the first classical work I’ve read in a many a year, perhaps a precursor to my return to college. I also read a few anthologies this year, something I don’t always do, and really enjoyed Stories for its breadth.

Among the non-fiction works, I was particularly pleased with Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend.

In 2011, I will need to be more selective since I suspect grad school and interning will severely cut down on my free time for books of my choosing. And with that, behind the cut, is the complete list of 2010 books read.

Star Trek: Mirror Universe-Sorrows of Empire David Mack
Bottom of the Ninth Michael Shapiro
Strength in what Remains Tracy Kidder
The DC Comics Guide to Writing Dennis O’Neil
Silver Steven Savile
Star Trek: Inception S.D. Perry & Britta Dennison
A Tale of Three Cities Steve Travers
The Girl who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between Peter David
Star Trek: Myriad Universes-Echoes and Refractions Geoff Trowbridge, Keith DeCandido, Chris Roberson
Blood Rites Jim Butcher
Patriot Acts Greg Rucka
Soon I Will be Invincible Austin Grossman
The Art of Carlos Diez Carlos Diez
Tales of the Alhambra Washington Irving
A Wizard of Mars Diane Duane
Star Trek: Unspoken Truth Margaret Wander Bonanno
Destination Future Z.S. Adani & Eric T. Reynolds, editors
Split Image Robert B. Parker
The Adventures of Nate Banks Vol. 1-2 Jake Bell
Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many Michael A. Martin
Angelology Danielle Trussoni
Parisians Graham Robb
No Small Bills Aaron Rosenberg
The Lonely Polygamist Brady Udall
Counterstrike: The Last World War Dayton Ward
The Imperfectionists Tom Rachman
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson
Winning Elections Dick Simpson
Star Trek: SCE – Out of the Cocoon Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
Strip Thomas Perry
Blue-Eyed Devil Robert B. Parker
Star Trek – The Children of Kings David Stern
Pledged Alexandra Robbins
Running for Office Ronald A. Faucheux
Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend James S. Hirsch
Loverboy Irwin Hasen
Shattering Glass Gail Giles
Waiting for Normal Leslie Connor
Captain Midnight Chronicles Christopher Mills, editor
Star Trek: SCE – What’s Past Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
Winter in Madrid C.J. Sansom
Star Trek 365 Paula Block with Terry Erdman
Drama! The Four Dorothys Paul Ruditis
The View from the Bridge Nicholas Meyer
Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics N.C. Christopher Couch
Stories Edited by Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantino
I am Legend Richard Matheson
Confessions of a Teen Nanny Victoria Ashton
DC Comics Year by Year Various
The Horror! The Horror! Jim Trombetta
Heat Wave Richard Castle
Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins Margaret Clark, Editor
One Day David Nicholls
Weight of Stone Laura Anne Gilman
Shazam! Chip Kidd & Geoff Spear
Painted Ladies Robert B. Parker
Living Theater Edwin Wilson & Alvin Goldfarb
Star Trek – Zero Sum Game David Mack
Star Trek: Seize the Fire Michael A. Martin
Fortune & Glory Brian Michael Bendis
The Somnambulist Jonathan Barnes

One comment

  • Heather Dean

    Congratulations and you’re right, grad school does cut into pleasure reading significantly, but doesn’t eliminate it. I’m curious though, how many books did you read last year for pleasure, more or less than this year and do you set a goal other than reading one new author each year?

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