What I Read in 2010

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2010 was a good year for reading. I stumbled upon some great series and continued reading some others that I have enjoyed for years. I even found time to read a classic or two that I’ve had on my list for a quite awhile.

In the end, I read 17 novels and 6 graphic novels in 2010. That’s one novel (and six graphic novels) over 2009. Those 23 novels totaled 9301 words, compared to 2009’s 6939. You can see even more stats at goodreads.com.

So I think I can be happy with the amount I read, but even more so, I’m happy with the quality. I ended up ranking everything I read between 3 and 5 stars, with 5 claiming the greatest number of novels. Here’s the breakdown:

3 Stars

  1. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  2. The Dispossed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin
  3. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert

4 Stars

  1. Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
  2. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
  3. Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
  4. Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher
  5. Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher
  6. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  7. Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
  8. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  9. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

5 Stars

  1. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  2. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
  3. Changes by Jim Butcher
  4. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  5. Scott Pilgrim vs The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  6. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  7. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  8. Scott Pilgrim vs The Universe by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  9. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  10. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  11. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Assassin’s Apprentice

Assassin’s Apprentice is the first book in the Farseer Trilogy and I thought it was fantastic. Fitz was such an amazing character–it was impossible not to related to him on some level. I really liked the magic system as well–it was nice to see something a bit more subtle. Really excellent.

The Dresden Files

Turn Coat was great, but I was also very impressed with Changes. Just as the title suggests, Jim Butcher introduced some major plot twists in this novel, the biggest coming on the first and last pages. I won’t say more so as not to spoil, but I will say that I can’t wait to read Ghost Story, which is slated for an April release.

Scott Pilgrim

I’ve talked a lot about Scott Pilgrim on this blog. In short, I saw the movie, I loved it. Then I read the comics, I loved them too. They really spoke to the hipster inside me that I didn’t even realize was there.

Mistborn

I had been dying to read something by Brandon Sanderson for some time and this novel came to me with high acclaim. Despite all the hype, Mistborn lived up. The characters were fantastic and the magic system was so creative. I bought the whole trilogy and I can’t wait to dig into the next one.

The Hunger Games

Of the 5 stars, I really loved them all, but The Hunger Games was probably the biggest surprise. I really had no idea what I was in for–it was just so engaging; I couldn’t put it down until I was finished.

As I mentioned, I really lucked out in 2010 and read a lot of novels that I really enjoyed. I’ve already locked up several novels that I can’t wait to tear into in 2011 and I’m anticipating another great year in reading. I’m planning another blog already where I discuss what’s in store!

2010 in Review

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With the coming of the new year, I decided to reflect on the books I read and the movies and television that I watched in 2010.

Books

Best Reads

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Changes by Jim Butcher
  4. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Best Surprise

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Changes by Jim Butcher

Biggest Disappointment

  1. Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
  2. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Best Character

  1. Winner: Kelsier (from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn)
  2. Runner up: Fitz (from Robin Hobb’s Farseer series)

Movies

Best Movie

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  2. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  3. Inception
  4. Tron Legacy

Most Anticipated Movie

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Television

Best Television Show

  1. Lost
  2. Chuck

Best New Television Show

  1. The Event

Best “New to Me” Television Show

  1. Supernatural
  2. Arrested Development

Best Good Guy

  1. Chuck (Chuck)
  2. Hurley (Lost)

Best Bad Guy

  1. The Man in Black (Lost)
  2. Volkov (Chuck)

Hottest Lady

  1. Greta (Summer Glau) on Chuck
  2. Sarah on Chuck

So long 2010 and thanks for all the fish.

What to Read

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Last night, I finished the fourth book in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series, Captain’s Fury. I started reading it on the plane ride to Comic-Con and finished most of the book over the course of the trip. It was probably the best in the series so far.

One of my favorite things about Butcher’s novels–especially in the Dresden Files, which I prefer over Codex Alera–is his pacing. He never lets his foot off the gas. His novels are a constant thrill ride and I love that. The fourth book was no exception.

The other thing that Butcher does really well is write compelling characters. I do think he does a better job of it in the Dresden Files–there isn’t a character that I don’t love or love to hate–but Tavi is really developing into an interesting, if not a little too perfect, character.

The last point I want to make about the fourth book was that it was awesome seeing some of the plot devices from earlier novels reemerging and seeing many questions get answered. I really like how there is a clear, underlying plot that helps string each novel together.

But now that I’ve finished the book, I can’t decide what to read. I’ve got several novels on my shelf that I still need to read including God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert and Shadow Rising (Book 4 of the Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan, but I think I have decided upon Royal Assassin, which is the second novel in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb.

Well, I’m out. Godspeed.