Archive for January, 2010

100 books in 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2010 by Chris Bowsman

This isn’t a top 100 list, but rather a statement of my goal to read 100 books in 2010. Since I discovered podcast fiction in 2007, I’ve been slacking on my consumption of dead-tree fiction. Plus, I probably bought nearly 100 books last year (love the library sales!), so I need to get caught up.

I’m definitely not quitting the podcast fiction, but they aren’t going to count toward the goal. So far, we’re 12 days into 2010, and I’ve finished three, and nearing the ends of several more.

Why am I reading more than one book at a time? Several reasons: I’m taking several literature classes this quarter, so I’m always reading for that. Also, one of my oldest friends gifted me an old, beat up iPod Touch for Xmas, and it turns out that reading on the Touch is loads of fun. There are currently 67 books loaded onto it, several of which are “complete works of…”

So, now for the exciting part… The books I’ve read thus far:

1. THE BEARD by Andersen Prunty

2. JACK & MR. GRIM by Andersen Prunty

3. MORNING IS DEAD by Andersen Prunty

and I’m close to finishing:


– THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe (reading this one for school)

If it’s not evident by my reading three of his books consecutively, I’m a big fan of Andersen Prunty’s writing. It’s bizarro, but very accessible. I’m going to take a short break and read some things from other authors, but only because he’s not Bentley Little or Dean Koontz, with a virtually limitless back catalog to tear through. Gotta make them last.

The next bizarro title I’m checking out is Garrett Cook’s ARCHELON RANCH.

Even though they don’t count toward the 100, I’m going to keep track of everything I listen to. These will be in varying degrees of completeness, based on which episodes are available.

1. DEAD MECH by Jake Bible

2. THE CRYPT by Scott Sigler

3. MURDER AT AVEDON HILL by P.G. Holyfield

4. GOBLIN MARKET by Jennifer Hudock

So, can I do it? I think so… if not, there’s always next year.