I also see that I spent most of my time in the land of unreality. Obviously an attempt to remove myself from my day to day hum-drums.
This is what I filled my brain with:
The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larson
Knit Two, Kate Jacobs
Last Night on Twisted River, John Irving
Faceless Killers, Henning Mankell
Fool, Christopher Moore
The 8th Confession, James Patterson
7th Heaven, James Patterson
Lifeguard, James Patterson
Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously, Adrienne Martini
Harvest Hunting, Yasmine Galenorn
Night World No. 1, L. J. Smith
The Return: Nightfall, L. J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle. L. J. Smith
The Reunion: V. 3 & 4, L. J. Smith
The Fallen 1 & 2, Thomas E. Sniegoski
Wuthering Bites, Sarah Grey
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Jane Austen & Ben H. Winters
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith
Dawn of the Dreadfuls: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Steve Hockensmith
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter, A. E. Moorat
Down and Dirty Viking, Sandra Hill
Viking Heat, Sandra Hill
204 Rosewood Lane, Debbie Macomber
A Hunger Like No Other, Kresley Cole
Pleasure of the Dark Prince, Kresley Cole
Dark Desires After Dark, Kresley Cole
Kiss of a Demon King, Kresley Cole
Dark Needs at Night's Edge, Kresley Cole
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night, Kresley Cole
No Rest for the Wicked, Kresley Cole
Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean, Justin Somper
I probably enjoyed Steig Larson's books the most this year. It's a pity he passed away shortly after submitting them to the publisher. Staying with Swedish authors, Henning Mankell was also a pleasant surprise and now I need to get more of the Kurt Wallander mysteries.
John Irving. Author of World According to Garp. One the most troublesome books I've read and it still haunts me much like Metamorphosis by Kafka. I had high hopes that after 20 years, with age and maturity giving me a different view of life, that Irving would be a much better experience this time. Nope. I trudged through this as I did with Garp and thought at the very least I could say I read it.
James Patterson is becoming the Stephen King/Danielle Steele of the mystery genre. Dude, seriously, how many books do you have to publish a year to consider yourself successful? Allow us some down time between publication dates to at least savor an inkling of anticipation.
This was the year of Zombies and Vampires. I fell into the trap, managed to steer clear of pablum such as Little Women and Werewolves or Little Vampire Women. (Close call) The most enjoyable one was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The movie rights have been secured, and that should be a fun romp. DH is reading it now, and he hardly ever picks up a hard back.
Kresley Cole and Yasemine Galenorn were most enjoyable. They have created worlds where Vampires, Werewolves, and the Fey walk amongst mortals. Junk food for the brain - and no calories! Kresley has a new book coming out next month and it's already on the Amazon Wish List! Yasemine's series is going to take a bit to acquire, but it will be worth in the end, I think.
I wanted to read more books in 2010 then I did in 2009, and I accomplished that goal by 4. We'll see what I can do in 2011.