I'm a celebrator. I like to celebrate silly milestones. For example, I was recently devastated to discover that I missed my car hitting the 150,000 km mark. Seriously, I had been monitoring the odometer for weeks. I was so close. 149,968... 149,987... Then one day, I wasn't behind the wheel. And it slipped my mind. Next thing I knew: 150,013... 13 kms. Just missed it. Crushing defeat ensued.
But I wasn't going to miss this one. I've been monitoring my blog stats like a crazy woman the past few days, several times a day. And today was my lucky day! I caught the 2000th page view. My only wish is that I could know who it was. So if you viewed my blog at about 2:30pm EST, let me know! There's no prize or anything... But you can certainly make my day!
Every milestone needs a celebration. My 1000th page view got one and so this one will too!
If you follow me closely, and have checked out my Bookshelf, you'd know that I'm a big enjoyer of GoodReads. It has excellent book ratings, discussions, and a fun feature called "Listopia." I love lists. So, I turned to one such list as my source of celebration.
The Best Books of the Decade: 2000s - The top 100 reader-voted best books from 2000-2009
Of course, I read through the entire list and wanted to share the books I've read and their rankings (in brackets) on the GoodReads list:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (#1)
2. The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (#3)
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (#4)
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (#5)
5. Twilight by Stefanie Meyer (#6)
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (#7)
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (#8)
8. Breaking Dawn by Stefanie Meyer (#17)
9. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (#18)
10. Eclipse by Stefanie Meyer (#19)
11. New Moon by Stefanie Meyer (#22)
12. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (#23)
13. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (#25)
14. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (#34)
15. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (#62)
16. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (#90)
And here is a brief analysis of what I've learned from this:
1. I've read entirely too much youth and young adult fiction.
2. I've read nearly the entire Top 10. Books I'm missing:
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (#2)
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (#9)
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (#10) --- I should add that this book IS on my must-read list. Although that is partly due to the fact that I'm dying to see the movie, largely because R.Patz is in it, in which case I ask you to review my #1 lesson learned from this celebratory evaluation.
3. The inclusion of Vampire Academy on this list at all is incredibly shocking, let alone in such a middle of the road position. Don't get me wrong, I loved the whole series (See #1), but I'm starting to think the voters of this list are from a much younger demographic.
4. Finally, there is SO MUCH out there left for me to read. And we're already getting well into the next decade. I better get to reading!
Thanks for always checking in!