Books from 2010

My dear friend Robin posted some of the books she read in 2010. (The short time she needs to get through a book is incredible. I’ve known her to finish dense academic tomes in the time it takes me to read the first hundred pages.) Well, her list reminded me of something. One thing I made a concerted effort to do this year was to read more. You see, after my time in grad school, where we were reading 3-4 books a week for classes, I lost any interest in reading. And for someone who, growing up, saw the library as a second home, this sucked.

Well, time heals all wounds — even the ones perpetrated by graduate school. And this year, my love of reading returned in full form. I’m not a fast reader, but I was proud of the number of books I went through this year. Like her, I’m going to post them. I’m pretty sure I read these books this year, but one or two might have been from 2009. (The site I used to track my reading is nicht so gut.) They aren’t in any order.

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Stieg Larsson), Lit (Mary Karr), Duel at Dawn (Amir Alexander), The Magicians (Lev Grossman), Admission (Jean Koreliz), Getting In (Karen Stabiner), Codex (Lev Grossman), Wired (Robin Wasserman), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Stieg Larsson), Born Round (Frank Bruni), Methland (Nick Reding), Of Bees and Mist (Erick Setiawan), Euler’s Gem (David Richeson), Lightness of Being (Frank Wilczek), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson), When You Are Engulfed in Flames (David Sedaris), The Majesty of the Law (Sandra Day O’Connor), The Supreme Court (Jeffrey Rosen), The Falls (Joyce Carol Oates), How To Solve It (George Polya), Becoming Justice Blackmun (Linda Greenhouse), Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin), Zero (Charles Seife), The Lost Language of Cranes (David Leavitt), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky), The Brethren (Bob Woodward), e (Eli Maor), Dead Until Dark (Charlaine Harris)

I also purchased a bunch of books which I haven’t read yet. So here’s to hoping I can continue the trend in 2011.




  1. Sam, I’m so glad to hear that your love of reading has returned! I went through something similar a while back and also found that time heals all wounds. Hooray! May your new year be brimming with excellent reading!

  2. Sam, Did you use a handy app to make that book image composition, or did you have to compose it laboriously by finding each book and using a graphics tool to do it? (Great book list btw!)

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