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This year I read 70 books (15 nonfiction, 55 nonfiction) and listened to 29 Doctor who audios (lots of long walks and commutes). The most memorable works of fiction were My Most Excellent Year of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park and Julian Comstock. My favorite works of nonfiction were The King's Best Highway and Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years with honorable mentions to We've Got Issues and How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming.

Below is the list of all the books I read in 2010, roughly in reverse order of reading and split by category. I also ask for recommendations from the list of books on my shelf and those I don't have but have tagged as interesting.

[Poll #1662693]

Thanks for taking part in the poll!
Date: 2010-12-31 07:20 pm (UTC)

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You have some great books in your to-read pile, hope you enjoy them. Hundred 1000 Kingdoms has a huge amount of positive reviews from all over, but I haven't read it yet so just crossing my fingers for you. But I remember finding Fatal Shore completely absorbing, though mostly (years later) remember the convict parts, may have been reading less attentively the later chapters.

By the way, have you also seen a book called The Floating Brothel, by Rees, which is about a specific sailing out from england to australia, with a cargo of transportees male and female? The women found "protectors" on board, for survival and one of the crewmen thought it was true love rather than his being the better of 2 unappealing options; he spent the rest of his life trying to hook up with his wife, who had moved on. It was one of those micro histories that stay with you for ages.
Date: 2010-12-31 07:38 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile]
I think I only marked one, but you have several books listed that are in my to-be-read stack.
Date: 2011-01-05 03:45 pm (UTC)

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I get a lot of my potential reads off the year end book polls. In fact, I have to restrain myself from requesting too many books from the library at this time of year so I don't get more than I can read before they are due!
Date: 2010-12-31 07:45 pm (UTC)

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If you are thinking of The Dragon and the George because it is the basis for the Flight of dragons, don't. I was very, very disappointed in the book. I did like the Abhorsen trilogy though :)
Date: 2011-01-05 03:43 pm (UTC)

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The Dragon and the George is one of by husband's that I thought I might read someday. I guess I'll put it low on the list then.
Date: 2010-12-31 08:39 pm (UTC)

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There are four on your shelf that I recommended (The Master and Margarita, Ragtime, The Cunning Man, and Like Water for Chocolate, but if I had to pick just one for you to read, it would be the Bulgakov.
Date: 2011-01-05 03:43 pm (UTC)

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Thanks. I tend to put a low priority on the books I own over those from the library since I can read them anytime, but then I end up postponing a lot of good books. My goal is to read several from the home shelf this year.
Date: 2011-01-13 01:22 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile]
I know what you mean! I find that the deadline of a due date helps make sure that I get around to reading a book, unlike the ones that are just sitting on one of my shelves.

Now I want to look at the Calculus Diaries -- I'd never heard of it before.
Date: 2011-01-13 01:25 pm (UTC)

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Oh, and I can recommend the Ken Macleods, but not any one in particular. And of all Zelazny's books, I see those two as occupying opposite ends of the complexity spectrum. Okay, that's not quite right, but it's as close as I can get....


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