>It’s already midafternoon on December 31 here, so I’m just going to go ahead and announce that I had a fantastic reading year — 104 books! This beats last year’s record of 100 books and it’s my all-time personal best. It’s also a far cry from 1999 (graduate school daze) when I read just 23 books.
I’d like to thank the Seoul Metro for providing me with hours and hours on the subway. I’d also like to thank Erewhon University for providing me with a well, if quirkily stocked library. Finally, I’d like to thank my 3 book groups, BOOKLEAVES, Talya’s Book Group and Cracked Spinz for always suggesting reads that are outside either my comfort or awareness zones.
Here’s what my stats look like:
Pages read: 29,480 (I thought this would be higher for some reason)
Average # of pages per book: 283
Fiction: 56 (Hmmm…same as last year)
Nonfiction: 48 (my nonfiction reading list for 2009 kicks ass. As always, I’m sorry that there wasn’t an even split. I did this once, back in 2000 — 17 fiction and 17 nonfiction)
Graphic Novels: 8 (I love Rick Geary’s work and I’m pleased he’s from Kansas City, Missouri.)
Shortest Book: The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch (24 pages)
Longest Book: Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry (945 pages)
Newest Book: Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie (2009)
Oldest Book: The Old Curiosity Shop – Charles Dickens (1841)
Chunky Monkeys (books with more than 500 pages) : 8
Skinny Minnies (books with fewer than 100 pages) : 8
Funniest Book: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith
Saddest Book: Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Give Me Back My Time! (books I finished but didn’t really care for) : 6
Shanghai Baby – Wei Hui
Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner (with apologies to my friend and coworker Faulkner Guy)
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
Girlfriend In A Coma – Douglas Coupland
Clay – Suzanne Staubach
Divisadero – Michael Ondaatje
USA: 69 (sigh…this number is always too high)
South Africa: 1
New Zealand: 1
Male authors: 65
Female authors: 39
Books written 1800-1899: 5 (an improvement over last year’s 3, but my Tough & Cool Inner Bookworm is keening to beat the band. Cheer up, Tuffi — I’ve got a surprise for you in 2010…I just hope it doesn’t kill me…)
Books written 1900-1950: 17 (this is the time frame that I aspire to most strongly, so Tuffi and I are destined to be at loggerheads forever.)
Books written 1951-1999: 35
Books written 2000-2009: 47
Pulitzer prizewinners: 3 (I’ve built a pretty good shelf of these and I need to get back to it.)
Happy discoveries: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Dashiell Hammett, Aravind Adiga, Linda Sue Park and Peter D. Sieruta’s excellent blog Collecting Children’s Books
2009 Challenges completed: The Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge, The Canadian Book Challenge, The Support Your Local Library Challenge, The 100+ Reading Challenge
Flushed with success and on vacation until March 1, I’ve got grand (grandiose?) plans and resolutions for 2010, which I’ll elaborate on in an upcoming blog post.
Best of luck to Jessica at Both Eyes, as she strives for her goal of 500 books. She explained quite lucidly in a recent post how she does it, but I still don’t know how she does it. My mind boggles to think of what she could accomplish if she had access to a subway.
Happy Book Year! See you in 2010!