Friday, December 24, 2010

2010 Book Round-up & The Stephen King Challenge 2011

I will be participating in The Stephen King Challenge 2011!! More about that at the end of this post. First, here's a round-up of books read in 2010:

Unfortunately, this year has NOT been much of a reading year for me. According to my entries on GoodReads, I have only read 28 books this year. Only. Last year I logged 35 (also a bad year); contrast that to 2006 where I consumed 80. I have a good reason though... starting that Massage Therapy certification program really sucked A LOT of my time and energy away from books (and no, I'm not going to log my text books here, although I guess that would add at least two more: Trail Guide to the Body Book and A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology)(but it doesn't explain the dry spell in the first half of the year either, shhhh!)

So here's my tally for 2010:

    Many of this year's were re-reads:
  1. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  2. Grave Peril - Jim Butcher (I was going to reread the entire Harry Dresden series, but kinda got bored here :p oops!)
  3. The First Betrayal - Patricia Bray
  4. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss (a "reread" b/c I listened to the audiobook version this time around, and had Kosh listen in too, during some long-distance driving.)
  5. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

  6. I had some serious, non-fiction books too:
  7. NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children - Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
  8. On Writing - Stephen King
  9. Who Moved My Illusion?: Discover The Secrets Of The Mover, The Moved, And The Moving - David Cain
  10. Energy Medicine for Women: Aligning Your Body's Energies to Boost Your Health and Vitality - Donna Eden
  11. Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality - Donna Eden

  12. And my usual fantasy fare mixed with some random regular fiction, Buffy graphic novels, and a horrendous foray into the realm of paranormal romance fantasy thingy (gag!):
  13. The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 Vol. 1)
  14. No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 Vol. 2)
  15. Wolves at the Gate (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 vol. 3)
  16. The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson
  17. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
  18. The Tower of Solitude - Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  19. Nothing To Lose (Jack Reacher Series, #12) - Lee Child
  20. The Book of Fathers - Miklós Vámos
  21. Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #1) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
  22. The Colorado Kid - Stephen King
  23. U R - Stephen King
  24. Burn Me Deadly - Alex Bledsoe
  25. Horizon (The Sharing Knife, #4) - Lois MacMaster Bujold
  26. The Sword-Edged Blonde - Alex Bledsoe
  27. The Girls with Games of Blood - Alex Bledsoe
  28. Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson
  29. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury (audiobook)
  30. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Yes, I went through quite a few of Alex Bledsoe's works this year :)

As usual, you can find my ratings and reviews over at GoodReads, so click on over and enjoy! (I'm not sure, do you need to be my friend in order to easily access my reviews? if so, feel free to do so, just please drop me a line saying how you found me, k?)

.... and now, back to The Stephen King Challenge 2011 I started this post with

According to wikipedia, As of 2010, Stephen King has written and published 49 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, five non-fiction books, and nine collections of short stories: I count at least 37 that I have read.

I do not recall the first book of his that I read, but I do know the one that made the biggest impression: IT!! I still remember reading it back when I was in Form 3 (I had bought it for my brother's birthday but he wasn't to read it until he was done with his exams so I went ahead and read it first ... couldn't put it down,,, but my oh my, I was reading it in bed in the dead of night and I could have SWORN Pennywise was under my bed, ready to grab me if I dared dangle my feet over the side, if I wanted to go pee... I was terrified!

Loved The Stand (got the revised version as a gift in college), and remember laughing out loud at a short story where the protagonist realises "OMG I'm watching a vampire pee" :)

I remember squealing in joy when I discovered Wizard and Glass on the bookshelves, and proceeded to buy and consume all four (then available) Dark Tower books, so thirsty was I for Roland, his ka-tet, and the Man In Black.

My long-distance romance with Kosh featured the then-newly-released Wolves of the Calla.

When I was done with Book 7 of the Dark Tower series, I bitterly, grudgingly acknowledged that Mr King probably could not have "ended" it any other way. Kosh on the other hand felt angry and cheated: I totally understand!

In the meantime, I've been rather unimpressed with Mr King's more recent works. “Cell” was an insipid rehash of The Stand. Then there was Lisey's Story (thanks, Zuzu!) that I could barely get through. I picked up The Colorado Kid only because I wanted to know just how much of the book was reflected in the SyFy series (hardly). Under the Dome sounded like the plot of The Simpsons Movie. The title Full Dark, No Stars sounds interesting, but I've not bothered to find out what it's about.

And this brings us to the end of 2010. Just a few weeks ago I was telling Kosh that it's high time I reread the Dark Tower series. Just today I realise that I last read them through back when Book 7 came out, way back in 2005. That's over five years ago. Ummm, yeah, high time.

Then I find out from Sezin that there's this Stephen King Challenge 2011 organized by Book Chick City, where participants will read and review 6, or 12, or more of Mr King’s works.

Heh. The Dark Tower series alone will get me to 7 ... and I intend to (re)visit a few of the DT-related books (The Talisman, Black House, Desperation, The Regulators, some of the Richard Bachman short stories...) and would put me right past 12, and that's not including excursions into his more recent works, because, you know, I’d love for Stephen King to redeem himself in my eyes :D

But why join The Stephen King Challenge 2011? Well, just because I've read most of these books before, it doesn't mean I've reviewed / properly written about them. And I want to (re)read them anyway. So here I am, throwing my hat into the ring of The Stephen King Challenge 2011.

Won't you join me?

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  1. are making a round up for books in 2010, i will do the same too :) but i will do it near theend of the year,probably on Dec 30

    Welcometo the challenge and thank you for sharing it the love forSKin my blog :)

  2. Thanks, Novroz! I'm doing the 2010 Book Round-up a little early because I know I won't be finishing any books between now and the end of the year, and I have the time now to do it :) Have a great SK year! :)


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