2010: Year In Review

2010 was a great year here at I'd So Rather Be Reading! 
Here's a summary of our 2010 milestones:

  • Blogs started in 2010: One.  On April 16 Natalie created I'd So Rather Be Reading.  It was all Natalie's idea: I agreed to write reviews and she agreed to do everything else!  We've had the best time meeting other bloggers, authors, and finding new books to love (and obsess over).  
  • Books Kelli read in 2010: 228 books.  See the entire list here.   
  • Books Natalie read in 2010: Who knows?  She doesn't keep track!  
  • Number of pregnancies: Two.  Natalie is 16 weeks pregnant with her third child and I am 26 weeks pregnant with my first (and probably only) child.
  • Number of epic "DREAMS SHATTERED" moments: Two (one for each of us).  Mockingjay left us both so depressed that we could not read for days.  We still cannot even say Mockingjay without talking about how disappointed we were with the dark, violent end to one of our favorite series.
  • Number of conversations about the Vampire Academy series: Unmeasurable.  We talked about these books almost every day.  We were so, so, so happy with Last Sacrifice that it almost made up for our MDD: Mockingjay Depressive Disorder.
  • Most unforgettable books we read in 2010: In no particular order, here are the books we read this year that we can't stop thinking about (most of these were published before 2010):
  • The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett
  • Her Mother's Hope and Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
  • The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • Go Small or Go Home by Heather Wardell
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  • A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
  • Infinite Days by Rebecca Maziel
  • Plans for 2011: Just keep reading.  With both of us having babies this year, we know we won't be reading as much as we do now.  But, we plan to keep blogging as usual.  Just don't expect the same number of reviews that we are putting out now.  Please excuse us if we are slow to return comments and answer emails.  Actually, with both of us having difficult pregnancies, we're having that problem already!
Thank you to all of our followers, blogging friends, authors and publishers who have made this year unforgettable!  We appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to 2011!


  1. I need my own little Natalie. LOL

    OMG woman! You read 228 books? I didn't even make it to 100.

    That is so awesome that the two of you are pregnant at the same time! That happened with me and my BF for both of our pregnancies (totally not planned at the same time).

    You're scaring me with Mockingjay. I'll be reading the series soon. We'll have to discuss when I'm done. I'm also anxious to read Unwind and VA.

    Happy New Year ladies! I'm glad we "met". I look forward to our chats via email and on Twitter on a daily basis :)

  2. Happy New Year to you both! I think 2011 will be a very exciting year for you both with your new arrivals :o)

    I still haven't started reading the Hunger Games series but I'm determined to get to it next year, I hope I'm not as disappointed as you both are - I've heard very mixed reviews of Mockingjay.

    228 is an impressive number of books Kelli, I know I read more than 200 full length books but I need to check the final total (my Goodreads list isn't correct as it includes novellas & short stories) :o)

  3. How lucky for all of us that you got together to create this blog! And that you read so darn much so that there are always reviews to look forward to!!

    We'll be looking forward to more news of your sweet little babies :)

  4. GOOD LORD that's a lotta books!!!

    You guys are awesome, wishing you a New Year filled with more happiness than your hearts can hold!!!

  5. Love that pic and wow! Great reading batman! Hope your new year is rockin'! With a lot of good reads as well!

  6. Can you believe I STILL have not read The Hunger Games Series??! WTH is wrong with me?? LOL
    I have only read the first VA book as well. I am so behind the times. I think I will resolve to read an entire series that I own this year. Hmm. Which one?

  7. I am excited for 2011 and I don't care what Kelli "thinks" will happen when these babies get here but I KNOW she will still be a reading machine! :) And I will still float around and read all the 3.5+ Star books with a big smile on my face! Kelli you are awesome :)

    I will also continue to haunt twitter and facebook... I love talking with everyone!!

  8. Happy New Year Kelli and Natalie! OMG, Kelli - I can't believe you read so many books this year. You are a reading machine!! I love reading both of your reviews and look forward to more from you guys in 2011!

  9. Girls... i am freaking out about VA and just finished number 4 Blood Promise... NOooooooooooooooo not Dimitri! Rushing to read number 5 and now have to find a way to get number 6 since the library has no copy!

    PS Just heard that UnWind might be made into a movie. Thought Kelli would love hearing that one. :)

    All the best to you in 2011 and thinking of you and babes to come. Those tiny tots are so lucky to have such readaholic moms. As Natalie can attest.. read now and sleep later for when the baby comes.

  10. 228 books?! You are a champ! Well done! I struggled this past year, and I'm so disappointed haha my hiatus kind of screwed my average. Here's to hoping 2011 is even better! :)

  11. Amen on just reading :) Good luck with the upcoming babies :)

  12. Awe, ladies! I love this. Congrats on the little bundles to come.

    And wow Kelli, that is a lot of books! Awesome!


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