Thursday, December 31st, 2009
It’s time to say goodbye to 2009 and I thought I’d do my annual year in review. I just talked about the favorite books of the year and now I get to tell you a bit more of what my reading year was like.
Total books read in 2009: 83
* Books by women: 55
* Books by men: 28
* Fiction: 36
* Mystery: 29
* Classics: 2
* Memoirs: 1
* Non-fiction: 2
* Young Adult: 8
* Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 2
* Graphic Novels: 3
* Short Stories: 8
* Books in translation: 12 (Sweden, Iceland, Finland, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Austria, Norway)
* Books borrowed from library: 14
I read fewer books than I’ve read in previous years but what I liked a lot about this reading year is that it felt a bit more inclusive, especially in the beginning of the year. I felt like my reading was taking me to lands faraway (real & imagined), I was reading more short stories, more non-fiction, etc. I felt like I was really covering more ground with my reading.
Towards the end of the year with all the craziness of house move, holidays, etc. I relied a lot more on mysteries to get me through the stressful times and so that number got a big bump in the last two months of the year. I don’t mind though as I’m a big fan of mysteries and I read some wonderful ones.
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions but I do have a few bookish wishes. For example, I am still hoping to read more classics, more poetry, more short stories and more non-fiction. I want to continue reading books that take me to faraway places. I want to discover more gems from collections such as Persephone Books and NYRB books. But most of all, I want to keep discovering new authors to call favorites.
Here’s wishing you all the best in the new year!