52 Books a Year

In 2009, I set myself my first reading challenge: one book a week, every week, all year. It was a great challenge, and it totally pushed the boundaries for me in terms of the types of books I read. I rediscovered my love of detective fiction - which lead to 2010's "Teen Detective Challenge" - and finally found out what everyone was raving about when they kept telling me to try Agatha Christie. I discovered I have a passion for Chinese and Russian modern history, although neither of those are things I've had a chance to indulge in much yet.

Even though my reading IRL went from January 1 - December 31, my blogging lagged behind somewhat, which is why the dates don't match up. Yes, that is a long-winded way of saying that I'm a lazy blogger.

Genres / Subjects:
Adventure | Biography | Children's | Detective | Fairytale | Fantasy | Girls' Own | Historical | Lit Crit | Manga | Non-Fiction | Science-Fiction | Thriller | Young Adult

The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Lost Staircase by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
Bomb, Book and Compass by Simon Winchester
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale

Austenland by Shannon Hale
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
The New Housemistress by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer

Le Testament Francais by Andrei Makine
Rosanna Joins the Wells by Lorna Hill
The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff

To the Hermitage by Malcolm Bradbury
A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French
Night Singing by Kierin Meehan

A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

The Flickering Torch Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon
The Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon
Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
Return to the Hundred Acre Woods by David Benedictus

Chanel: Her Life, Her World, The Woman by Edmonde Charles-Roux
Shock Waves by Carolyn Keene
Dangerous Games by Carolyn Keene
Robins in the Abbey by Elsie J. Oxenham
by Elsie J. Oxenham
Maid of the Abbey by Elise J. Oxenham
Ruey Richards: Chaletian by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
Cornelia of the Chalet School by Jackie Roberts
The Bettanys of Taverton High by Helen Barber

January '10
Boys and Girl Forever: Children's Classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter by Alison Lurie
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A. E. Moorat
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

February '10
Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
Tunnel Vision by Sara Paretsky
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
Gatty's Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Roadstrips: Graphic Journeys across America by Pete Friedrich (ed.)

March '10
And Another Thing by Eion Colfer

April '10
Cat among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome
Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichse