2016: The Year in Review
In 2010 I got this meme, I think from Boston Bibliophile. It was a fun way to summarize the year, so I now do it every year. This year I've added a couple of new categories (how many books for work and how many different publishers).
How many books read in 2016?
My Goodreads goal was 100. Made it!
How many fiction and non fiction?
42 fiction / 58 non-fiction. Normally it's closer to 50/50 but this was a rough year and then I tend towards NF.
Male/Female author ratio?
39 Male / 61 Female. Well, that's weird. I am usually very 50/50 here and this year I really wasn't paying attention. I wasn't expecting it to be so skewed. But cool!
Favorite book of 2016?
A Man Called Ove by Frederick Bachmann
Sex and the City by Candice Bushnell
Any that you simply couldn't finish and why?
I had no DNFs this year.
Oldest book read? Basin and Range by John McPhee (1981)
Newest? Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon (April 2017)
Longest and shortest book titles? (not including subtitles)
Longest: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Longest and shortest books?
Longest: The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee (592 pages)
Shortest: Montclair by Elizabeth Shepard, Royal F. Shepard Jr. (128 pages)
How many books from the library?
37. I love our new library! And two of these count as both--I read it from the library and then I got a copy.
Any translated books? 3
Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?
Hampton Sides and Peter Lovesey, 2
Favorite character of the year?
Sebastian/Mort(e) from the book Morte(e). He is a badass and yet his goal in life is to be a boring old guy named Mort. I get that.
Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?
England, Australia, the American Colonies, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, France, Nigeria, New Mexico (yes, the country, not the state), Denmark, the USSR
Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?
Idaho (Jerry of PRH), The Book of Unknown Americans (Sally of Park Road Books), Black Water (Ali, who didn't recommend this book specifically but the entire backlist of Joyce Carol Oates), The Bookshop (Michael Kindness on the Books on the Nightstand podcast), A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip (Elaine Ruth), Lost Among the Birds (Brian of Toadstool Bookshop), Joe Gould's Teeth (Rudy at Soho), Mort(e) (Brad of PRH). Thanks everyone for the recs!
Which author was new to you in 2016 that you now want to read the entire works of?
Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read?
How many books did you read for work?
How many different publishers (not imprints) did you read?
Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
Sex and the City, The Bookshop, One Thousand White Women
2016 TOP EIGHT Book Events in Carin’s Book Life—in no particular order:
8. Lead the WNBA Annual National Meeting in San Francisco.
7. Finished my term as President of the WNBA.
6. Let go from my job at Soho Press. (Normally everything on this list is a positive thing but the list doesn't specify that they must be.) (Sept)
5. Have had some great interviews, good prospects for jobs in the new year.
4. Got a job as Sales Manager for Soho Press (April).
3. My husband graduated from grad school (I know not a thing in my book life but it was an enormous stressor for us both and it allowed most of the rest of the things on the list to happen.)
2. Moved to the New York City area (Montclair, NJ).
1. Managed to get through 2016 in one piece, still standing. What a not-great year!