Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all had a great time welcoming 2011!
2010 was a great year. In late December 2009 I moved my blog from Vox to wordpress and so 2010 was the year I really started book blogging and discovered a wonderful community and my tbr list exploded from all the amazing books that I found through your blogs. So I want to say thanks to everyone for being so nice and inspiring and interesting people with wonderful blogs!
As for my reading in 2010, I managed to read 100 books which makes me quite happy since this (well 100) was something I was hoping for last year (when I read 90 books, and 100 is a more satisfying number). I also like those even numbers, so I squeezed in the Crispin and what a fun quick read it was! I spent quite a bit of time trying to come up with a list of favorites, it’ so difficult! But here’s my top 16 in no particular order and likely to change very day:
1.) The Female Malady (Elaine Showalter)
2.) The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam (Lauren Liebenberg)
3.) The Night Watch (Sarah Waters)
4.) Cider with Rosie (Laurie Lee)
5.) Regarding the Pain of Others (Susan Sontag)
6.) After the Armistice Ball (Catriona McPherson)
7.) The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Alan Bradley)
8.) What Was Lost (Catherine O’Flynn)
9.) Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn)
10.) The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (Maggie O’ Farrell)
11.) A Single Man (Christopher Isherwood)
12.) The Moving Toyshop (Edmund Crispin)
13.) In the Shadow No Towers (Art Spiegelman)
14.) Beside the Sea (Véronique Olmi)
15.) Man Walks Into A Room (Nicole Krauss)
16.) Ex Libris (Anna Fadiman)
A few stats:
I read ten more books in 2010 than in 2009, but the more striking difference was the amount of books I read by female authors (61 to 39). I think my reading has usually been quite balanced with regard to gender but in 2010 I seem to have discriminated against male authors’ works
Looking at the ratio of fiction to non-fiction I read, it’s very obvious that I almost exclusively read fiction, with a lousy 11 non-fiction Also, most of the non-fiction I read were memoirs. Perhaps I should start counting the articles I read for uni, but I really hope I’ll read more non-fiction this year without making a resolution out of it. Any non-fiction that you can recommend, which also makes good reading?
Since graphic literature isn’t my favorite medium, I’m a bit proud that I read a couple of comics in 2010 (small steps, right?). And the most prominent genre is of course crime! So here’s a break-down of genres plus graphic literature (and some of them overlap):
Heh, I guess it’s no surprise that I read a lot of mysteries, it’s my escapism and comfort genre. But I did branch out and only read two Christies! In terms of nationality, I clearly favour English (American) literature. Perhaps that will change at some point (when I’m done with uni?). So here’s the nationality breakdown (cause I just enjoy playing with my new notebook so much)
So that was my reading year 2010. What are my plans for 2011? Jo from Bibliojunkie and I are hosting the Read A Myth Challenge which I’m very excited about and I hope a lot of you will join us in. I also couldn’t resist signing up for A Year of Feminist Classics which sounds fantastic. Other than that I will read whatever I want, whenever I feel like it!