2009 Wrap-Up and My Stint in Reading Rehab

Happy New Year!

The magic number of books read this year: 70.

I have a confession: I am an EXTREME person. When I really like something, I do it to the extreme. Call it an addition. Call it a compulsion. I love to read. I haunt the library. If unchecked, I could read my life away and neglect everything else. I guess there’s worst things to be addicted to…like crack…or hookers…but apparently, compulsive reading could get dangerous too…I guess.

Around mid-June, my boyfriend shook me gently by the shoulders: “You have a problem. You read TOO much! If only you can write as much as you read…”

To make a long story short, I’ve entered into reading rehab, capping my reading time from unlimited to 1 hr/day. During the first week, I went through major withdrawals. If you noticed my lackluster blogging habits this year, this is the reason why. To make a longer story shorter, I’m still an EXTREME person, but I’ve managed to steer my obsessive tendencies from reading to writing. A strategic maneuver? Yes. A new can of worms? Double Yes.

Now that I have a time limit, I’ve morphed into a pickier reader. With the exception of next year’s Horrible Dare Challenge, bad books, mediocre books just won’t do. I will only touch the cream of the crop.

Jan 2009

The Ghost Writer—John Harewood
The Little Prince—Antoine De Saint-Exuprey
Fingersmith—Sarah Waters
No Plot? No Problem!—Chris Baty
Stein on Writing—Sol Stein
20 Master Plots—Ronald Tobias
Housekeeping vs. the Dirt—Nick Hornby

Feb 2009

Here on Earth—Alice Hoffman
Silk—Alessandro Barcio
How I Write—Janet Evanovich
Nefertiti—Michelle Moran
Aquamarine—Alice Hoffman
Indigo—Alice Hoffman

March 2009

Garden Spells—Sarah Addison Allen
Incantation—Alice Hoffman
Holidays on Ice (Santaland Diaries)—David Sedaris
The Heretic Queen—Michelle Moran
The Sugar Queen—Sarah Addison Allen
Tipping the Velvet—Sarah Waters
The Hunger Games—Suzanne Collins

April 2009

Graceling—Kristin Cashore
Paper Towns—John Green
What I Saw and How I Lied—Judy Bundell
Danse Macabre—Stephen King
The Running Man–Stephen King
Rapunzel’s Revenge–Shannon and Dean Hale
Wintergirls–Laurie Halse Anderson

May 2009

Perfect You—Elizabeth Scott
Dreadful Skin—Cherie Priest
Someone Like You—Sarah Dessen
Stuff White People Like—Christian Lander
Those Who Went Remain There Still—Cherie Priest
The Big Sleep—Raymond Chandler


June 2009

That Summer—Sarah Dessen
Liquor—Poppy Z. Brite
Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels—Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan
Nerd in Shining Armor—Vicky Lewis Thompson
My Nerdy Valentine—Vicky Lewis Thompson
The First Five Pages—Noah Lukeman
Lord of Scoundrels—Loretta Chase
Shadowed Summer—Saundra Mitchell


July 2009
Cooking up a Storm—Emma Holly
Tender Morsels—Margo Lanagan
Notes on a Scandal—Zoe Heller
The Notebook—Nicholas Sparks
The Babysitter’s Club: Claudia and the Little Liar—Ann M. Martin
The Patmans of Sweet Valley High—Francine Pascal


August 2009
Bad Girls Don’t Die—Katie Alender
The Favored Child—Philippa Gregory
Along for the Ride—Sarah Dessen

September 2009
The White Darkness—Geraldine McCaughrean
Catching Fire—Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go—Patrick Ness
Vintage L.A.—Jennifer Brandt Taylor
Cleopatra’s Daughter—Michelle Moran
The Princess Bride—William Goldman


October 2009
Wicked Lovely—Melissa Marr
An Echo in the Bone—Diana Gabaldon
Her Fearful Symmetry—Audrey Niffenegger


November 2009
Thirst No. 1 (The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice)—Christopher Pike
The Ask and the Answer—Patrick Ness
Liar—Justine Larbalestier
The Minotaur—Barbara Vine
Once Was Lost—Sara Zarr


December 2009
The Man From St. Petersburg—Ken Follett
The Godfather—Mario Puzo
The Lightning Thief—Rick Riordan
The Woman in White—Wilkie Collins
Thunderstruck—Erik Larson
Screenplay—Syd Field

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6 thoughts on “2009 Wrap-Up and My Stint in Reading Rehab”

  1. I think someone might get hurt if I had my reading time cut back to an hour! But finding time to write is also a good thing. Good luck with that!

  2. Um, I just cut mine back, but it wasn’t to an hour a day. I’d die! lol That’s good that it makes you picker though!

  3. I’m not sure I could live on just an hour’s reading a day! I’m glad to hear it’s helped with your writing, though.

  4. I was googling Stephen Bonnet while listening to Drums of Autumn and happened upon your blog. (Listening to books has become my new addiction–I’ll wake up at night and reach for my mp3 player to listen for a few more minutes before falling back to sleep. It’s been an adjustment, letting someone else read to me, but I can now simultaneously “read” and vacuum, drive, walk the dog, etc. There’s a lot less guilt about what else I should be doing!)) Anyway, I love your lists, your writing style, and your casting ideas for the Outlander series.

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