2010 turned out to be a very tough reading and blogging year for me. I don’t know if it was the out of sorts feeling I had while Hubby was deployed for five months or what but I totally sucked at keeping up with things. At times it seemed as if I had become a slower reader and was easily distracted by everything and anything. I fell into the habit of only reading before bed and that never is a good thing for me. I get tired and after only reading a few pages its lights out. Book club should have helped but it really didn’t. I only read (if I liked it enough) the selected title and didn’t read other titles in the second half of the year.
Good news is I’m still in love with my Kindle and 2011 will bring an iPad 1 or 2 into my hands thanks to my folks generous birthday gift on the 1st. I will download the Kindle App to whichever version of iPad I end up getting (waiting for the MacWorld 2011 conference to see if Steve Jobs introduces the 2.0) and that will allow me to read without the lights on when Hubby goes to sleep. I don’t really like book lights. I am off to a good start in 2011 though. I finished my book club’s selection for Sunday’s brunch just last night. I’m going to try to read one book of my choice for every book club selection this year. That is my reading goal for 2011.
There were some fabulous books that I read in 2010 though and I have listed them below. The scariest ones, all for different reasons, were Room, The Blue Notebook and Born on the 4th of July. All very realistic stories inspired by true accounts, like Kovic’s retelling of his experience in Vietnam and the aftermath of the war back home, these books still haunt me.
The Postmistress and The Help are books that I will always recommend to the reader looking for a great novel to lose themselves in. They are simply fantastic. Others I listed made the list because they were either extremely unusual, Raven Stole The Moon, or made me laugh my ass off, My Fair Lazy. How To Be An American Housewife took me back to Japan and made me miss the country, culture and it’s people all over again.
I have also taken the liberty of listing my 20 favorite tunes of 2010. I rediscovered Pop music last year and I am so thrilled that it’s laced with hot beats, fun lyrics, melodic melodies and strong construction. Thank goodness! Country music didn’t disappoint and the highlight for me was going to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN last June with one of my best friends, Jesse.
What were some of your favorite reads in 2010? Tunes? Discoveries? Please share them with me and any readers I still may have after being MIA in 2010!
My FAV reads of 2010 (in no particular order)Room – Emma Donoghue The Blue Notebook – Dr. James A. Levine How To Be An American Housewife – Margaret Dilloway Born on the 4th of July – Ron Kovic My Fair Lazy – Jen Lancaster Raven Stole The Moon – Garth Stein The Postmistress – Sarah Blake The Help – Kathryn Stocket
My FAV 20 Tunes of 2010 (in no particular order)F You – Cee Lo Green Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida Dynamite – Taio Cruz Teenage Dream – Katy Perry Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars Paris (Ooh La La) – Grace Potter and The Nocturnals 1983 – Neon Trees Undo It – Carrie Underwood Lover, Lover – Jerrod Neiman Put You In A Song – Keith Urban Smoke A Little Smoke – Eric Church Empire State of Mind – Jay Z & Alicia Keys Bullet Proof – La Roux All About Tonight – Blake Shelton Raise Your Glass – Pink Telephone – Lady Gaga & Beyonce Colder Weather – Zac Brown Band Crazy Town – Jason Aldean Roll With It – Easton Corbin Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
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