annual book roundup 2010

I read 33 books this year–9 more than last!

24 non-fiction/73% (19 last year/-6% last year)

9 fiction/27% (5 last year/+6% from last year)

4 audio/12%  (10 last year/-30% from last year)

10 digital/30% (0 last year)

19 paper/58% (14 last year/0% change)

Far less audio this year–and a new category–the e-book.  As you can see, this year, the e-book didn’t put any dents in the paper book reading, just made me read more books.  I have to say I think this will dramatically change next year.  A few months ago I started 12 Books, 12 Months and that (for me at least) required reading paper books.  I know that upped the number of paper books I read!

Biggest surprise: That I’ve become an e-book CRAZY EVANGELIST.  I never thought I’d like it, but I wanted to try it out, and woot had an e-reader that allowed library book checkout for under $100.  It’s definitely the best thing I bought all year.  I never worry about not having something to read. I use the library WAY more, especially because I don’t have to go in.  I never have to carry heavy books.  I never have overdues, both because the ebook system doesn’t allow them, and, if I had them on physical materials I wouldn’t be able to checkout electronic versions.  I love it and I’d recommend them to anyone.

Biggest letdown: Out of the Ordinary by Jon Ronson.  One of my favorite authors, I had to push myself to finish it, but the majority of the stories were SO boring.  There were about two really excellent ones though!

Favorites:

Most Overrated

  • American Gods: I didn’t hate American Gods I just have no idea why anyone LOVES it.
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: I hated it so much I went on a cruise.  When people say they love DFW, I judge them like they said they love Ayn Rand.  Though I’ve never read his fiction, so maybe that’s awesome.

Books I could not finish this year:

  • Fordlandia: Mega repetitive and made me realized I was far more interested in Henry Ford than in Fordlandia.
  • The Shack: Oh Lordy. This was the most boring convoluted drivel ever.  I’ve read THIRTEEN Left Behind books and I couldn’t read more than a couple dozen pages of this.
  • Kraken: Because it expired!  Waiting for it to be check outable again.

I most recommend: reading John Green and buying a non-Kindle e-reader.

Book tech: Big win for book tech this year though my library’s website and especially its downloadables have user-antagonistic websites.  My first wish from last year was this!

Book Wish(es) for 2k11: Mostly the same things as last year:

  • Less crazy DRMs on ebooks I check out from Overdrive; (same as last year)
  • A more universal book wishlist export standard (so every time a new book website comes out, I don’t have to put all 658 books on the new list manually.  Seriously people, Amazon is the standard.  Find a way to import it. (same as last year)
  • Downloadable library materials more integrated with other materials & more browsable.
  • One comment

    1. Vanessa says:

      You know I back you all the way on DFW, girl.

      I actually think his nonfiction is *more* palatable than his fiction.

      Shudder.

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