Books I read in 2010

cropped pic of an open book

As one of my goals for 2010, both to improve my brain and my writing, I committed to reading a book per week, that’s 52 of ’em, in 2010. The rest of my goal starts didn’t happen until mid-February, but I got the ball rolling on this on January first (or a little sooner, truth be told), because I just didn’t want to wait.

If you’re interested in attempting a similar project, I strongly suggest reading Julien Smith’s post on how he finally accomplished his goal; it’s what motivated me to commit to mine!

Where I’ve reviewed the book in question, I’ve linked to the title.

  1. Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun (222pp) on 2010-0102 [30pp in 2009]
  2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (235 pp) [started in 2009]
  3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (241pp) on 2010-0103 [70pp in Nov/2009, but re-read from beginning]
  4. Autobiography of Ben Franklin (157pp) on 2010-0107
  5. Writing About Your Life by William Zinsser (228pp) on 2010-0111
  6. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (160pp) on 2010-0113
  7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (285pp) on 2010-0117
  8. Linchpin by Seth Godin (236pp) on 2010-0120
  9. Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg (195 pp) on 2010-0125
  10. Communication with All Life by Joan Ranquet (242 pp) on 2010-0126 [50pp read in 2009]
  11. Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin (368 pp) on 2010-0131 [Kindle for iPhone, 3G]
  12. The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr (320 pp) on 2010_0205
  13. The Safety of Objects by A.M. Homes (173pp) on 2010_0207
  14. Booklife by Jeff VanderMeer (329pp) on 2010_0213 [50pp read in 2009]
  15. The Kid by Dan Savage (246 pp) [started in 2009]
  16. The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner (277 pp) on 2010_0221
  17. The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R.Crumb on 2010_0224
  18. The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz on 2010_0228
  19. Sweeping Changes by Gary Thorpe (147 pp) on 2010_0304
  20. Holy Land by D.J. Waldie (179 pp) on 2010_0306
  21. The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames (136 pp) on 2010_0306
  22. Genderspeak by Suzette Haden Elgin (292 pp) on 2010_0319
  23. If the Buddha Dated by Charlott Kasl (206 pp) on 2010_0320 [re-read]
  24. Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madsen (148 pp) on 2010_0322
  25. The Color of Water by James McBride (291 pp) on 2010_0325
  26. The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini (276pp) on 2010_0331
  27. Epilogue by Anne Roiphe (214pp) on 2010_0405
  28. The Book of Awesome (393pp – proof) on 2010_0412
  29. The Guinea-Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs (230pp) on 2010_0416
  30. slide:ology by Nancy Duarte (261pp) on 2010_0419
  31. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (590pp) on 2010_0429
  32. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle (221p) on 2010_0430
  33. Ill-Equipped for a Life of Sex by Jennifer Lehr (330p) on 2010_0504
  34. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (503p) on 2010_0514
  35. The Shadow Effect by Chopra/Ford/Williamson (189pp) on 2010_0520
  36. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain (298pp) on 2010_0524
  37. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud (270pp) on 2010_0608
  38. Traveling Mercies: Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (272pp) on 2010_0611
  39. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (320pp) on 2010_0613
  40. The Quality of Life Report by Meghan Daum (309pp) on 2010_0619
  41. Life Would be Perfect If I Lived in That House by Meghan Daum (245pp) on 2010_0628
  42. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (220pp) on 2010_0702
  43. Grace (Eventually) Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (253pp) on 2010_0706
  44. On Writing Well by William Zinsser (294pp) on 2010_0717
  45. Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson (172pp) on 2010_0719
  46. Walking on Water by Derrick Jensen (216pp) on 2010_0728
  47. The Best Year of Your Life by Debbie Ford (191pp) on 2010_0806*
  48. My Misspent Youth by Meghan Daum (175pp) on 2010_0807
  49. Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody (228pp) on 2010_0810
  50. Life Makeovers by Cheryl Richardson (209pp) on 2010_0811*
  51. Cowboys Are My Weakness (171pp) on 2010_0813
  52. If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone (208pp) on 2010_0815 [ePub on MacBook]
  53. Waltzing the Cat by Pam Houston (pp) on 2010_0819
  54. Drive by Daniel Pink (pp) on 2010_0820 [Kindle for iPhone, 3G]
  55. Sight Hound by Pam Houston (342pp) on 2010_0825
  56. Influence, by Robert Cialdini (268pp) on 2010_0827
  57. The Art of Non-Conformity, by Chris Guillebeau (256pp) on 2010_0903
  58. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost & Gail Steketee (304 pp) on 2010_0908 [Kindle 1G]
  59. Secrets of a Fix-up Fanatic, by Susan Shapiro (240pp) on 2010_0911 [Kindle 1G]
  60. All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost, by Lan Samantha Chang (208pp) on 2010_0917
  61. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (576pp) on 2010_0927 [Kindle 1G]
  62. Clearing Your Clutter with Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston (210pp) on 2010_1005 [re-read]
  63. The Mesh, by Lisa Gansky (220pp) on 2010_1016
  64. A Framework for Understanding Poverty, by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. (192pp) on 2010_1021
  65. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby (132pp) on 2010_1025
  66. Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard LeMieux (433pp) on 2010_1030
  67. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, by Jerry Weintraub with Rich Cohen
  68. The Career Clinic, by Maureen Anderson (200pp) on 2010_1111
  69. Sh*t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern (158pp) on 2010_1114
  70. Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert (279pp) on 2010_1120
  71. Understanding the Alcoholic’s Mind, by Arnold M. Ludwig, M.D. (170pp) on 2010_1201
  72. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery (325pp) on 2010_1205
  73. The Soul of Money, by Lynne Twist (257pp) on 2010_1209
  74. The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine N. Aron (232pp) on 2010_1210
  75. I Remember Nothing, by Nora Ephron (135pp) on 2010_1211
  76. Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, by David Lipsky (and David Foster Wallace) (310pp) on 2010_1217
  77. For You, Mom, Finally, by Ruth Reichl (120pp) on 2010_1226
  78. The Night Bookmobile, by Audrey Niffenegger on 2010_1229

*These are video reviews on Amazon.com, although I include a little written intro on all of them.

Image by Darwin Bell via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

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