2010 50 Book Challenge

Here’s a list of the books I read in 2010. This was my pre-book-blogging days, so I just made simple notes on each title if I felt it necessary.

(links go to reviews I’ve written after re-reads of some novels)

1.) Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

2.) Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes

3.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4.) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

5.) The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

6.) The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer — I think Susan Beth Pfeffer intends to just rip my heart out…and not even tie up any loose ends to make me feel better. And I think I like that.

7.) Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie — Funny! And left me feeling good, despite the rough and tough situations Junior has faced (and will face…life is not going to get better on the rez).

8.) Night Journeys by Avi — dull, but a very fast read. Had to read it for 8th grade book talks.

9.) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood — Very, very good.

10.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult — Another book I couldn’t put down, even though I thought I wouldn’t like it.

11.) Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney — Only took me about an hour to read. I liked it more than I thought I would, I though that the slightly-unlikeable character of Greg was realistic and relate-able. That really is how middle school kids act!

12.) Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz

13.) A TV Guide to Life by Jeff Alexander — Finished both over Thanksgiving break.

14.) Best Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison — Okay, so The Clique books are my guilty pleasure. Complete drama and fluff, I know. I lose brain cells every time I read one.

15.) Truesight by David Stahler Jr. — Basically The Giver by Lois Lowry. VERY similar stories.

16.) The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

17.) Locked in Time by Lois Duncan

18.) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. — Way too long. Should have ended sooner, it just kept going and going!

19.) The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
20.) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson — I found both hard to read. Child abuse and rape, heavy topics.

21.) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier — Didn’t like it, thought it was boring and I wasn’t convinced about the characters actions.

22.) Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan — Made me hate men.

23.) Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan — Did not end the way I thought it would, I think this book would make a good movie!

24.) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart — Was impressed with the feminist message, the complex character that is Frankie, and the fact that she does not get the boy in the end.

25.) Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly — Incredibly boring, but I stuck it out and finished the book. *YAWN*

26.) Forever… by Judy Blume — Borderline pornographic at times, but I found it to be quite realistic and true to a teenage voice. Impressed.

27.) Cast Member Confidential by Chris Mitchell — An adult book! It feels good to read something for grown-ups for a change.

28.) Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding — *yawn* too long. Not my thing.

29.) The Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle — Surprisingly good at the end, though I would not have read this on my own. A good book, though.

30.) Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson — Quite good, and I don’t even like historical fiction. I’m glad I read this one, and had to read it all the way to the end. A great book.

31.) Ransom by Lois Duncan — A more traditional suspense story…but with a very abrupt ending.

32.) The Third Eye by Lois Duncan — A fast read, but Duncan could have cut out about 20-30 pages in the middle that did nothing for the plot.

33.) Chapters: My Growth as a Writer by Lois Duncan — Not what I thought it would be…it is more about writing than it is her autobiography. I want to read more about her from HER point of view.

34.) Looking for Alaska by John Green — Sad. But no crying. Just very very sad.

35.) Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan — Another Lois Duncan. Two more to go…

36.) The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan — I really enjoyed this one, I couldn’t put it down at the end. Duncan did a good job with the suspense and twists in this story…I was wondering how she was going to pull it off!

37.) The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause — Vampire books are not my thing. This was no exception.

38.) I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan — Quite different from the movie. For one, nobody dies in the book except the boy on the bike.

39.) Paper Towns by John Green — Really good, actually. Though slow in parts. And quite philosophical.

40.) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead — Very good, made make think and kept me on my toes. Would recommend to my friends and students.

41.) American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang — A graphic novel with three seemingly different plotlines that all come together at the end. A quick read, I would like to read it again to make it all come together better.

42.) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins — Couldn’t put it down, but hated the ending. Now I have to read the third book.

43.) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult — The ending was not uplifting by any means, but it didn’t make me sob like The Pact and My Sister’s Keeper…which probably means that this book won’t stay with me as long as those two did. I guess it was kind of forgettable overall, I felt Picoult could have tied up some of the lose ends better and given us more gut-wrenching twists.

44.) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver — An interesting concept, it definitely kept me reading to find out what Sam would do each day and how she would end the cycle. Was surprised by the ending, but found it appropriate and thought it was well done.

45.) K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs — A good read, but Viestures does lose his way with the writing a lot. However, what will stick with me are the stories that he eventually told, not the way they were written. I’m glad I read this book. I want to learn more about K2!

46.) Schooled by Gordon Korman –A cute book, kind of predictable and wrapped up way too well at the end. Reminded me a lot of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

47.) The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart — I don’t understand why this book has not been made into a kid’s movie yet.

48.) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins — I could not get into Mockinjay like I did with the rest of the series, but I was glad to find an ending to the story. I found the book dull in parts and hard to get excited about.

49.) Smile by Raina Telgemeier — Smile was a cute, quick read. It made me feel better about my own dental problems.

50.) Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by various authors — This was my first full story collection, and it was a good one! Lots of geekiness, a little heavy on the geeks that are fans of movies/TV shows/gaming, but still wonderful to read.

8 responses to “2010 50 Book Challenge

  1. I was interested to find out that you were reading most of the same books I was just last year or even this year. I always have been a little late on things but I never imagined I’ve been that late. A lot of the books I’ve never heard of though. Since you seem to be a rather nice person who seems to care, I was wondering if you might want to help me get started on my new blog. I’m new at blogging and by the looks of it I’m not very good at it but with some help I might be able to make some improvements! So are you interested in helping? Here is the link: http://geekygirls027.wordpress.com/about-this-blog/ just leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

  2. I was interested to find out that you were reading most of the same books I was just last year or even this year. I always have been a little late on things but I never imagined I’ve been that late. A lot of the books I’ve never heard of though. Since you seem to be a rather nice person who seems to care, I was wondering if you might want to help me get started on my new blog. I’m new at blogging and by the looks of it I’m not very good at it but with some help I might be able to make some improvements! So are you interested in helping? Here is the link: http://geekygirls027.wordpress.com/about-this-blog/ just leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

  3. Love that you’re keeping a list. I wish I had done this from my younger days! Would be cool to go back and reread + some I’ve just forgotten about all together and that’s a shame.

  4. Love that you’re keeping a list. I wish I had done this from my younger days! Would be cool to go back and reread + some I’ve just forgotten about all together and that’s a shame.

  5. Killing Mr. Griffin! That brings back memories. I read that in the 1980s when I was in junior high, and I remember being really disturbed by it. I don’t have the best memory so I guess that I remember a book I read 27 or so years ago says a lot about the quality of the story, eh?

  6. Killing Mr. Griffin! That brings back memories. I read that in the 1980s when I was in junior high, and I remember being really disturbed by it. I don’t have the best memory so I guess that I remember a book I read 27 or so years ago says a lot about the quality of the story, eh?

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