Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Best of the Year, 2009
Time once again for a look back at the year's reading. Did I meet the goals I'd set for myself? Well, since my reading goals are not too strict I don't have a lot of problem meeting them - the one thing I had wanted to do which I didn't end up doing a lot of was rereading old favourites (hopefully the Flashback Challenge will help me with that in 2010).
I posted a list of ten great books a few weeks ago, for Weekly Geeks, books I enjoyed and thought were well worth the time spent reading them, but who knows how many will appear on my best-of list now? And next month I could have a different list also...there are too many great books in the year to only love a few. ;) I had a great reading year -- I found so many excellent reads, which was very satisfying. Last year those kind of reads were a bit scarcer on the ground.
Here is a statistical look at my reading in 2009.
Books Read 2009: 180
By women: 119
By men: 54
non-gendered reading (multiple authors, etc.): 7
In Translation: 7
1 German, 1 Norwegian, 1 Chinese, 1 Portugese, 1 Quebecois, 2 French
Challenges undertaken: 5
Challenges completed: 2
Review copies read: 18
Library copies read: 137
My own books read: 29
(far more books bought than read on my shelves this year!)
Best of the Year
The Post Office Girl / Stefan Zweig
Broken / Karin Fossum
Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard / Eleanor Farjeon
Come, thou tortoise / Jessica Grant
The Children's Book / A.S. Byatt
Making It Up or Family Album / Penelope Lively
The Blythes are Quoted / LM Montgomery
Incident Report / Martha Baillie
The Good Mayor / Andrew Nicoll
The Day the Falls Stood Still / Cathy Marie Buchanan
Script & Scribble / Kitty Burns Florey
In Bed with the Word / Daniel Coleman
Read for your Life / Joseph Gold
Where our Food comes from / Gary Paul Nabhan
The Little White Horse / Elizabeth Goudge
Puppet Master / Joanne Owen
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter / R.J. Anderson
1000 Shades of Blue / Robin Stevenson
Next year? Well, as my last two posts prove, I am going to sign up for a lot of challenges, read some of my own books, and hope to enjoy continued reading and blogging relationships. Can't wait to add to my own tbr when I read everyone else's end of year lists as well!
I also enjoyed taking part in the Year of Readers project in 2009, but did feel as if I wasn't really doing enough to raise money. Still, the total raised is a few hundred dollars, which will help PLOW a little bit. Thanks again to Jodie at Bookgazing for that great initiative.