In 2010, I read a total of 90 books. I keep a list of the books I read, just something for my own record. The list includes all the books that I complete in a year, excluding children's picture story books that I read to the nieces and nephews when they are visiting (those could significantly increase the total!). You can see my list for 2010 and watch the 2011 list grow on this page of my blog (there's a link at the top of the page underneath the blog banner). I must note also that Robbie is an avid reader and completed 95 books in 2010, excluding the textbooks he read as he finished all except two courses for his MBA program (he'll finish up this spring). And we enjoyed three audio books together on our long road trip in the fall.
I also have a list of the current books I'm reading in my sidebar. Please know that the books I'm currently reading are not always ones I would recommend, obviously I can't come to that determination until after I've read the book. Most of the books I read are ones I choose myself, however I also read the books voted on by the book club I attend at our local library once a month as well as books that my niece or my sister or a friend might be reading or recommended. I am hoping to be more diligent this year about including book reviews of the books I complete. (On my Books Read page, I will include a link to my book review if I include one on the blog.)
My goal for 2011 is to read 100 books! For January, I plan to complete the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I love these books!), to complete Blogging for Bliss that Cheri was kind enough to share in a Round Robin format (I'll be sending it on to the next reader in a couple of weeks), and at least begin George W. Bush's Decision Points.
The first book I completed for this year was the book club book for Januarys' meeting earlier this week - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. This is not a book I would have chosen for myself and am not sure that I would recommend it to many readers. It is a Swedish book and the original Swedish title was Men Who Hate Women because the book centers around men who assault and molest women. There are some pretty vulgar scenes and inappropriate language is scattered throughout the book. I personally didn't think the story centered all that much on the girl with the dragon tattoo, but I learned that this was intended to be a series of 10 books about her, thus the American publishers changed the title of the first book. (As a side note, the author died before the first book was published, so to-date there are only three books.) The storyline involving the solving of a 30+-years-old murder is intriguing, but is unfortunately tied into the theme of assault and molestation of women. Thus, this book is only for very mature readers. I have no interest in reading the additional books in the series.
How about you? Do you enjoy reading? I would love your book recommendations!