Challenge Wrap-Up, End of Year Wrap-Up, READING CHALLENGES 2010

2010 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

So I didn’t do as good on my reading challenges as I had hoped, but that’s okay. I’m still pleased with what I accomplished in 2010. Here’s where I stand in terms of my challenges for 2010:

FINISHED CHALLENGES:

  • Random Reading Challenge (12/12)
  • Thriller & Suspense Challenge (12/12)
  • Finish That Series Challenge (3 Series caught up with)|
    ALEX KAVA’S MAGGIE O’DELL SERIES
    JAMES PATTERSON & MICHAEL LEDWIDGE’S MICHAEL BENNETT SERIES
    TESS GERRITSEN’S JANE RIZZOLI & MAURA ISLES SERIES

 

UNFINISHED CHALLENGES:

  • 2010 100+ Reading Challenge (67/100)
  • Celebrate the Author Challenge (10/12)
  • Countdown Challenge 2010 (45/55)
  • Harry Potter Reading Challenge (1/7)
  • RYOB 2010 (45/50)
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End of Year Wrap-Up, Reading Statistics

2010 Reading Statistics

Well, here it is. The breakdown of my 2010 reading. I had a good year this year, and I’m very happy with where I’m at. I especially like that I was able to read 45 books off of my shelves. That’s great in my opinion (now if I could just get through the other gazillion books on my shelves, haha!) Anyways, without further ado, here is my 2010 reading year in review:

Overview

  • Books Read: 67
  • Books Un-Finished: 6
  • Pages Read: 24,551
  • Male Authors: 22
  • Female Authors: 18
  • New-To-Me Authors: 22
  • Longest Book Read: The Camel Club by David Baldacci (593 pages)
  • Shortest Book Read: The Fun of Dying by Roberta Grimes (149 pages)

Best & Worst

  • Best Reading Month Based on Number of Books: September (8 books)
  • Worst Reading Month Based on Number of Books: November (3 books)
  • Best Reading Month Based on Number of Pages: September (2820 pages)
  • Worst Reading Month Based on Number of Pages: November (1322 pages)

Averages

  • Average Books Read Per Month: 5.58
  • Average Pages Read Per Month: 2045.91
  • Average Pages Per Book: 366.43

Top 10 Favorites (In alphabetical order):

  • The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
  • 14 by J.T. Ellison
  • The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
  • 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan
  • Black Friday by Alex Kava
  • The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
  • Victim Six by Gregg Olsen
  • The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
  • The Spire by Richard North Patterson

Breakdown of the Numbers

  • Page Distributions
    • 0-200 pages: 2
    • 201-300 pages: 8
    • 301-400 pages: 33
    • 401-500 pages: 19
    • Over 501 pages: 5
  • Publication Date
    • 2011: 1
    • 2010: 16
    • 2000-2009: 35
    • 1990s: 11
    • 1980s: 3
    • 1970s: 1
  • By Genre
    • Fiction: 64
    • Non-fiction: 3
  • By Rating
    • 5/5: 18
    • 4.5/5: 7
    • 4/5: 25
    • 3.5/5: 3
    • 3/5: 14
    • 2/5: 0
    • 1/5: 0
    • 0/5 (DNF’s): 6
  • Source of Book
    • Owned: 45
    • Library: 11
    • Review Book: 11
  • Authors Read Multiple Times This Year
    • David Baldacci: 3
    • Patricia Cornwell: 13
    • Tess Gerritsen: 6
    • Erin Healy: 2
    • Alex Kava: 3
    • James Patterson: 9
  • Challenges
    • Challenges Completed: 3
    • Challenges Unfinished: 5
3.5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Fiction, Kay Scarpetta, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, SERIES

REVIEW: Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell

Book of the Dead
by Patricia Cornwell

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 511
Rang: 3.5/5
Read: Dec. 24-27, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge; RYOB 2010
Yearly Count: 67
Format: Print

First Line: Water splashing. A gray mosaic tile tub sunk deep into a terra-cotta floor.

Blurb: Starting over with a unique private forensic pathology practice in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, seems like the ideal situation for Scarpetta and her colleagues, Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy. But then come the deaths… A sixteen-year-old tennis star, fresh from a tournament win in Charleston, is found nude and mutilated near Piazza Navona in Rome. The body of an abused young boy is dumped in a desolate marsh. A woman is ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. Meanwhile, in New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections among the deaths that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones facing her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names – and the pen may be poised to write her own.

Review: (There will be SPOILERS in this review). This is the 15th book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Overall, I felt as if the plot line was much better than the last few in this series have been. But, I do have a few issues with this book (and the series, really). First, let me just state: Pete Marino is a jerk with a capital J. Ms. Cornwell has managed to take a rough, yet likable, character and just totally ruin him and turn him into a disgusting excuse for a man. And Kay, well, if she forgives Marino one more time for a unexcusable offense, I think I will throw up. In general, the characters have really gone downhill as far as their characteristics go. Lucy hasn’t been in a good mood ever since the tumor was found. Benton, well besides the fact that you “kill” him off to bring him back 2 books later, has some serious communication problems when it comes to his feelings and Kay – and he’s a psychiatrist of all things, he should know better! But what really gets me is the fact that Dr. Scarpetta can’t stay in one place! In the last two books, she has moved to 2 different places (Florida, then South Carolina). And, having picked up Scarpetta, the 16th book of this series off my shelf to read next, I know that Kay has once again moved (Boston/NYC). I don’t know why Ms. Cornwell can’t just let her be in one place, all this moving is confusing. You meet new supporting characters, and then never hear from them again because she has once again picked up and moved. Anyways, I guess if you take away all my gripes and get down to the storyline, it’s slightly disappointing as well. There’s all this lead up to the who-dun-it part of the book, and then the killer is revealed (no big shocker, but somewhat of one) and then he’s effectively caught and imprisoned with only a slight mention in two sentences. Really? That’s how you’re going to end this book? Not sure I really care for this series anymore. I know of quite a few people who have given up on this series simply because the writing is not up to par with her early books and the characters are no longer enjoyable. It may be time for me to hang up Dr. Scarpetta as well. I suppose I will give it two more chances (since I have two more books on my shelves), after that I’m not sure I will pick up the latest installment (Port Mortuary) anytime soon.

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, E, Fiction, RATING, Read in 2010, READING CHALLENGES 2010, Review Book

REVIEW: At the Crossroads of Terror by Lenny Emanuelli

At the Crossroads of Terror
by Lenny Emanuelli

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 224
Rang: 4/5
Read: Dec. 22-24, 2010
Challenge: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge
Yearly Count: 66
Format: Print

First Line: They threw the woman to the ground, naked, on top of a pile of dirt at a construction site on the corner of Front Street and Noble Avenue in Philadelphia

Blurb: An Asian Crime family with the perfect setup, an unsolved double homicide, a billion dollar drug business, a wanna be, big time, news reporter, creating the perfect setting for a suspenseful romantic mystery thriller. Charlie Johnson, a man suspected of killing a local merchant, reluctantly teams of with a television street reporter, Sherry Mann, trying to prove, he is innocent which takes them both deep into the world of an organized Asian street gang, who is on the verge of making their biggest stride, in their drug business.

Review: I received this book for review from Amy at Phenix & Phenix Publicists. This is a very fast-paced, enjoyable thriller. I will say, that I can see where some people might have some issues with the subject matter. But I’m not easiliy upset by what I read, so I had no problem with this book. I throughly enjoyed this book, especially since I probably never would have been made aware of this book had I not had the opportunity for review. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this book for anyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.