Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: 104 Books

Total: 104 Books (excluding books written in Chinese)
Non-Fiction: 76 (73%)
Fiction: 28 (27%)
Average Page: 285
Oldest: Published in 1988
Newest: Published in 2009

01. Something for the Pain (One Doctor's Account of Life and Death in the ER) by Paul Austin.
02. A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood's Biggest Movies by Janet Hirshenson & Jane Jenkins
03. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
04. The Traveler by Daren Simkin, Daniel Simkin
05. Two Cats and the Woman They Own: or Lessons I Learned from My Cats by Patti Davis
06. Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Noah Goldstein, Robert B. Cialdini, Steve J. Martin
07. Walk on Water: The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives by Michael Ruhlman
08. Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse
09. Marley & Me: Love and Life with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
10. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
11. Toast by Nigel Slater
12. Flipping Confidential: The Secrets of Renovating Property for Profit In Any Market by Kirsten Kemp
13. Photographers and Their Images by Fi McGhee
14. Gimme Shelter by Mary Elizabeth Williams
15. How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq by Matthew Alexander
16. A Dance With the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath by Barbara Bentley
17. Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
18. Designed to Sell: Make any home the hottest property on the block by HGTV
19. Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love by Nate Berkus
20. Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children by David L. Parker
21. Karsh: A Sixty-Year Retrospective by Yousef Karsh
22. The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir by John Grogan
23. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
24. Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People by Ken Watanabe
25. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
26. Apartment Therapy presents real homes, real people, hundreds of real design solutions by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
27. Cent-sible Homemaking by Jean Clark
28. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
29. $500 Room Makeovers by Lisa Quinn
30. Columbine by Dave Cullen
31. Forty-four years with the Mayo Clinic, 1908-1952 by Harry J Harwick
32. Do Your Own Home Staging by Tina Parker
33. House Beautiful - The Home Book: Creating a Beautiful Home of Your Own by Carol Spier
34. No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine by Brooks Brown
35. The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez
36. Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood by Julie Gregory
37. Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung
38. Oil Painting: The Workshop Experience by Ted Goerschner
39. The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl by Shauna Reid
40. I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany by Mark Greenside
41. Blue Collar Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon by Michael Collins
42. The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done by Dave Crenshaw
43. Eco Craft: Recycle Recraft Restyle by Susan Wasinger
44. The Lost Art: The Magic New Way to Paint and Draw by Christian Furr
45. It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather Armstrong
46. A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive by David Pelzer
47. Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village by James Maskalyk
48. The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe by Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen
49. Living Well: 21 Days to Transform Your Life, Supercharge Your Health, and Feel Spectacular by Montel Williams
50. Insider Beauty - Secrets of the Fit and Fabulous by Diane Irons
51. Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself by Sean Stephenson 
52. Notes on Cooking: A Short Guide to an Essential Craft by Lauren Braun Costello
53. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer
54. The 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman by Carmindy
55. The Sweet Life in Paris: A Recipe for Living in the World's Most Delicious City by David Lebovitz
56. Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption by Kamal Saleem, Vincent Lynn
57. Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag by Michael Tonello
58. Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction--and Get It Published by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato
59. This Lovely Life by Vicki Forman
60. Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood by Donovan Campbell
61. Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni
62. Dirty Dishes: A Restaurateur's Story of Passion, Pain, and Pasta by Pino Luongo and Andrew Friedman
63. I Love Yous are for White People: A Memoir by Lac Su
64. Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges -- and Find Themselves by David Marcus
65. Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves by Crystal Renn with Marjorie Ingall
66. Josie's Story - A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King
67. Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado
68. Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal by Regina Brooks
69. Shattered Silence - The Untold Story of a Serial Killer's Daughter by Melissa G. Moore with M. Bridget Cook
70. Career Diary of a Pastry Chef: Gardner's Guide Series by Yuko Kitazawa
71. Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo
72. Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self by Monica Seles
73. You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs
74. Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson
75. Soft Spots: A Marine's Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Clint van Winkle
76. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

01. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
02. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
03. Miracle Myx by David Diotalevi
04. All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison
05. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
06. Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and a Daughter - A Novel by Alice Kuipers
07. Scarpetta (Scarpetta Book 16) by Patrician Cornwell
08. Testimony by Anita Shreve
09. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
10. The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle
11. Life Sentences: A Novel by Laura Lippman
12. The Myth of You and Me: A Novel by Leah Stewart
13. Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel by Mahbod Seraji
14. Fear Itself by Barret Schumacher
15. Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance #2) by Jeffery Deaver
16. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
17. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
18. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
19. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
20. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
21. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
22. My Sister's Helper by Jodi Picoult
23. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Settlefield
24. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
25. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
26. Before I Die by Jennifer Downham
27. Missing by Karin Alvtegen
28. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Unfinished Books * :
01. The Killing Circle: A Novel by Andrew Pyper
02. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro   
03. The Houses of Time by Jamil Nasir
04. A Cat Named Darwin: Embracing the Bond Between Man and Pet by William Jordan
05. Welcome to the Aquarium: A Year in the Lives of Children by Julie Diamond   
06. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel     
07. The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison  
08. The Shack by William P. Young
09. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang   
10. The Day After He Left for Iraq: A Story of Love, Family, and Reunion by Melissa Seligman
11. My Happy Life by Lydia Millet
12. Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want by Bridgette Raes and Lori Berkowitz (photographer)
13. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
14. Invitation to a Murder by Gail Zimmerman
15. Confessions of a Subprime Lender: An Insider's Tale of Greed, Fraud, and Ignorance by Richard Bitner
16. A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
17. Lucky by Alice Sebold
18. Hotel Babylon - Inside the Extravagance and Mayhem of a Luxury Five-Star Hotel by Anonymous and Imogen Edwards-Jones
19. A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures: A Memoir by Quinn Bradlee with Jeff Himmelman

Chinese Books:
3 (should have written down the names...)

* Note - the books I couldn't finish aren't necessary bad books. For example, The Shack, is very popular and I read that many people bought copies to give out to friends. For some reasons, I was either not in the right mood to read these books, or that the writing just didn't engage me. I can't explain what is good writing and what is bad writing, I just simply go with what speaks to me. I hardly read classics or literature - I basically am drawn to books due to their content. So these books attracted me for one reason or another in the first place, but somehow they just couldn't hold my attention. Not the authors' faults, just not the right timing I guess.


  1. I've always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There's a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:

    They're all gorgeous.

    The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

  2. I'm impressed! That's a lot of books- you had a great year in reading!

  3. @Marie - thanks! It was a good year. However, after seeing other bloggers who read 400-500 books a year, 100 is nothing :)