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I feel as though I’m a bit behind in these monthly and yearly wrap-up posts, but finishing off the WWII Reading Challenge at War Through the Generations in preparation for this year’s Vietnam War Reading Challenge was a bit exhausting.  I’d fallen behind in updating the site due to a non-functioning computer, and I got the new laptop just in time.  I certainly broke it in between Christmas and the new year!

Anyway, I made good on my 2009 blogging goals.  First, I’d wanted to read 100 books last year, and having read 7 in December, my total for 2009 was 126 books!  Second, I’d wanted to review every book I read, and though I finished the last review of my 2009 reads in the early days of the new year, I’m happy to report that my goal was accomplished!

Here are the books I read in December and links to my reviews:

The Sky Rained Heroes by Frederick E. LaCroix*

Night by Elie Wiesel*

The Silent Gift by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illus.)

Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen***

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith**

Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French*

*counts toward the WWII Reading Challenge at War Through the Generations
**counts toward the Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanie’s Written Word
***counts for both challenges

Reading is not about quantity; it’s about quality.  Yet I felt a need to set a goal for the number of books read to push myself to use my time on the train and at home more wisely than napping or watching television (I have a serious addiction to anything and everything on the Food Network).  And while it’s not necessary to review every book I read, I enjoy doing it and like to keep track of my thoughts so when I encounter a book and think I might have read it already, I need only check back here to make sure.  (Am I the only one who forgets books a year or so after reading them?  Not all books, but more than I’d care to admit.  Oh, wait, I just admitted it.)

In 2010, I’d like to continue to read a lot and review every book I read.  Also, I plan to accept no more than a handful of new review copies because I’d like to concentrate on clearing away the review copies already on my shelves, as well as read the unread books that have made up my personal library for quite some time and the new books I can’t stop myself from acquiring at library sales.  For me, it’s all about balance.

Did you achieve all of your 2009 reading goals?  What do you have planned for 2010?

© 2010 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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The first reading challenge that Serena and I hosted at War Through the Generations ended yesterday, and I want to thank the more than 100 participants who chose to read World War II books with us in 2009 for helping to make it a big success.  At the beginning of 2009, I had planned to make it a personal goal to focus a large part of my reading on WWII, and after discussing it with Serena, we thought it would be fun to create a resource for war-related books and host a different war-themed reading challenge each year.  After one year, we’ve collected hundreds of WWII book reviews from all over the Web and amassed a list of hundreds of WWII books to provide a starting point for interested readers.  I’d like to thank each and every one of you who’ve contributed in some way to these lists.  Although the site will focus on Vietnam books in 2010 (and we hope you’ll join us; more information here), we will continue to add to these lists and hope you’ll continue to use them as a resource.

Apparently, I couldn’t get enough of this challenge, and I completed 32 books!  Here’s my list with links to my reviews:

1.  10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colbert
2.  Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas
3.  The Holocaust: The Nazis Seize Power, 1933-1941 by Stuart A. Kallen
4.  Keeping Hannah Waiting by Dave Clarke
5.  An Obsolete Honor: A Story of the German Resistance to Hitler by Helena P. Schrader
6.  Coventry by Helen Humphreys
7.  Memory by Philippe Grimbert
8.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
9.  A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal
10.  Bloody Good by Georgia Evans
11.  Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
12.  Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz by Lucette Matalon Lagnado and Sheila Cohn Dekel
13.  The Seventh Well by Fred Wander
14.  T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
15.  The Wave by Todd Strasser
16.  The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst
17.  Our Longest Days: A People’s History of the Second World War edited by Sandra Koa Wing
18.  Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli
19.  The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
20.  He Was My Chief: The Memoirs of Adolf Hiter’s Secretary by Christa Schroeder
21.  Night of Flames by Douglas W. Jacobson
22.  The Apple: Based on the Herman Rosenblat Holocaust Love Story by Penelope J. Holt
23.  Bending Toward the Sun: A Mother and Daughter Memoir by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie with Rita Lurie
24.  Fire in the Hills by Donna Jo Napoli
25.  Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino
26.  The Sentinels: Fortunes of War by Gordon Zuckerman
27.  Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen
28.  The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
29.  Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
30.  The Sky Rained Heroes: A Journey From War to Remembrance by Frederick E. LaCroix
31.  Night by Elie Wiesel
32.  Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French

The Girl also participated in the WWII reading challenge, and while she’d hoped to read 5 books and officially complete the challenge, she read 4, which I think is awesome for a 9-year-old.

1.  10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colbert
2.  The Holocaust: The Nazis Seize Power, 1933-1941 by Stuart A. Kallen
3.  T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
4.  Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French

MY TOP 5 WWII READS

Choosing my top 5 was difficult because I read a lot of good ones, and all of the Holocaust memoirs in particular are important.  But here’s my list:

5.  Night of Flames by Douglas W. Jacobson — An engaging, action-packed story of the Belgian resistance

4.  An Obsolete Honor: A Story of the German Resistance to Hitler by Helena P. Schrader — A detailed novelization of the Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler

3.  He Was My Chief: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler’s Secretary by Christa Schroeder — An inside glimpse of the man who was Adolf Hitler

2.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows — A charming epistolary novel that is realistic in its portrayal of the people of Guernsey during the Nazi occupation without being too depressing

1.  Night by Elie Wiesel — A heartbreaking story of one Holocaust survivor’s time in the concentration camps

That’s a year of WWII reading in a nutshell.  And considering that I still have dozens of WWII books on my shelves, I expect to read more in the coming year.

What’s your favorite WWII book?

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Wow, is it really December already?  November just flew by!  Well, last month I read 14 books, bringing me to 119 for the year.  I had set a yearly goal of 100 books completed for 2009…now I’m wondering what goal I should set for myself for 2010.

I’ve been doing pretty well with my other goal, which was to review every book I read.  I fell behind a bit because of my Thanksgiving vacation and computer troubles, but I should catch up with that over the next several days.

Here’s a list of the books I read in November (the links will take you to my reviews):

Conscience Point by Erica Abeel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

The Hierophant of 100th Street by Cullen Dorn

Riddle in the Mountain by Daryl Burkhard

Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino*

Being Written by William Conescu

The Sentinels:  Fortunes of War by Gordon Zuckerman*

The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan and Mike Benny (illus.)

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink*

Fairy Glade & Other Enchanting Tales by Dawn Beaumont-Lane

Otis:  The Musical Owl by Joseph N. Chappelle

The Adventures of Songha:  The Amazing Savannah Cat by Linda R. Caterine

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay*

*counts toward the War Through the Generations WWII reading challenge

So tell, me…how many books did you read last month? Are you meeting all your reading goals?

© 2009 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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