2010 Review & Goal for 2011

My goal for 2010 was to read 50 books but I fell short, managing only to read 38 books. What happened is that in 2009 I made a goal to read 100 books, and I reached that goal, but I think that I experienced “burn out” and lost some of my enthusiasm in 2010. I also spent too much time reading on the internet. Here are the books I managed to read:

1. Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin {x} *****
2. Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya {x} *****
3. A Glass of Water by Jimmy Santiago Baca {x} ***
4. Salvador by Joan Didion {x} **
5. Crazy Loco by David Rice {x} ***
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins {x} *****
7. A Rainbow in the Night by Dominique LaPierre {x} ***
8. The Groom to Have Been by Saher Alam {x} *****
9. The Memory Thief by Rachel Keener {x} *****
10. Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda {x} ***
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett {x} *****
12. The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen {x} ***
13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll {x} ****
14. Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll {x} ****
15. The Gift of An Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison {x} *****
16. Easy as Pi (Reader’s Digest series) by Jamie Buchan {x} ****
17. How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth by John E. Wade II {x} ***
18. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins {x} *****
19. A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi by Chloe Rhodes {x} *****
20. The Lunatic Express by Carl Hoffman {x} ***
21. Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky {x} ***
22. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck {x} *****
23. The Chalupa Rules: A Latino Guide to Gringolandia by Mario Bósquez {x} ***
24. The Republic of East L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez {x} ****
25. The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse {x} *****
26. Unforgettable You by Daisy Fuentes {x} ***
27. Confetti Girl by Diana López {x} ***
28. Amigas Fifteen Candles by Veronica Chambers {x} ***
29. Sudden Fiction Latino Edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas and Ray Gonzalez {x} ****
30. The Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea {x} *****
31. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien {x} *****
32. Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez {x} *****
33. The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins {x}*****
34. The Black Minutes by Martín Solares {x}**
35. Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pajamas {x}*****
36. The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates {x}*****
37. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris {x}****
38. My Name is Pablo by Aimee Sommerfelt {x}*****

For 2011, my goal is to cut back on the time spent online and get back to reading real books – one hour each day. My plan is to do this in the evenings as a family – each person with their own book, unless we come upon one we all want to read together.

What were your favorite books of 2010? What are your reading goals for 2011?

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