Best New Year’s Resolution: Read More!

January 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm 3 comments

Working in a Library affords me proximity to my ultimate objects of desire – books! However, a librarian’s work day does not always provide time to engage in that favorite activity, reading. With the advent of a new year and a new decade, I vow to read more, read wisely, and allow myself time to delve into new experiences through literature.

But where to start? The new year also typically brings dozens of articles, blog postings, and lists of the “best” pickings of the previous year. Such lists can form the basis of your personal reading program. Here’s a sampling of “bests” that I’ll be turning to:

2010 Edgar Award Nominees (the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in 2009)

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2009: Top of the List and Booklist Editors’ Choice 2009

Library Journal Best Books 2009

Los Angeles Times Favorite Fiction of 2009

National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2009… including a list of the Top Picks from Independent Booksellers, Best Books for a Book Club, Librarian Nancy Pearl’s 2009 “Under the Radar Books,” 10 Best Cookbooks of 2009, the Year’s Most Mezmerizing Mysteries, 2009’s Best Young Adult Fiction, and a dozen other lists.

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2009
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2009

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 List’s list of Best Non-Fiction of 2009’s Best Reads of 2009

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 2010 Best Books for Young Adults

I’m also planning on keeping a reading diary – a journal where I can jot down notes on the books I’ve read so I can remember plot lines, favorite characters, phrases, etc. since my Boomer brain no longer provides instant recall when friends ask for recommendations.

What books are on your “best reads” list for the past year? Please add your comments below and share your favorites with us. And don’t forget that most of the titles on the “bests” lists linked here are available at the Torrance Public Library. Resolve to visit us and read on!


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. fuddyduddy  |  January 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Haven’t read too many of the books on these lists – good place to start…thanks for the post!

  • 2. Torrance Public Library  |  January 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    The National Book Critics Circle just announced their finalists for their 2009 book awards. The following website will provide a complete list of finalists:

    More good reading for the new year!

  • 3. Torrance Public Library  |  February 26, 2010 at 1:00 am

    The Los Angeles Times has announced the list of their finalists for the LAT Book prize. There are 10 competitive categories including biography, current interest, fiction, graphic novel, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science/technology, young adult literature, and a special award for first fiction.

    Follow this link to see the full list of titles:


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