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Monday, January 1, 2018

2017: 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). I will be away from computers for the last week of the year so this is through Dec. 19.

How many books read in 2017? 
132+

How many fiction and non fiction? 
88/63. Huh, I thought this was going to be a lot more skewed towards fiction.

Male/Female author ratio? 
42/91. Wow, I've never had my list be so skewed. I don't think even in the year when I was trying to mostly read women writers!

Favorite book of 2017? 
P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy

Least favorite? 
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Any that you simply couldn't finish and why? 
No DNFs this year.

Oldest book read?  1986, Annie John. I usually have read a classic or two, but this year I only read this modern classic, and otherwise since I was mostly reading for work, very little backlist.
Newest?  Aug 07, 2018. Yep, won't be published for 8 months.

Longest and shortest book titles? (not including subtitles)
Longest:  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making 66
Shortest:  Rise 4

Longest and shortest books?
Longest: The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati 741 pages
Shortest: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell 56 pages

How many books from the library? 53, mostly audio.

How many audiobooks? 31, a huge new record.

Any translated books? one

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author? Rainbow Rowell, I read 4. And what's awesome is that last year I had her listed as a new to me author who I wanted to read the entire works of. I have read all but 1 of hers.

Any re-reads? no. I started listening to A Wrinkle in Time but it expired before I finished it. Ditto for Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

Favorite character of the year? Sandra Pankhurst from The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein. Sandra was born a man, had one of the first sex reassignment surgeries in Australia, fought to have an abusive customer prosecuted when she was a sex worker, and eventually went into trauma cleaning, because she's just the most empathetic person alive, given what she's been through. She's a real character, funny and quirky and flawed, but also really inspirational and not pitiful at all. This book comes out in April and trust me, Sandra will stay with you for a long time.

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading? The Netherlands, India, Antarctica (does it count as a country if no one lives there permanently and there's no government?), Australia, South Africa, England, Afghanistan, Germany, Soviet Russia, Antigua, and France.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? 
The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati (Jessica)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Nicole's daugher who is obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda)
In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton (Jordan)
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Amy Cherrix of Malaprop's)
This list is so much shorter this year because of all the pre-pub books I'm reading. Instead of getting recommendations, I'm giving them!

Which author was new to you in 2017 that you now want to read the entire works of? Steve Sheinkin. I read 2 of his YA nonfiction books, and 2 that I didn't count because they're basically early readers (I read each of them in under an hour!) I have another YA one on my shelf that I'm dying to get to and a bookseller was recently raving about another. Basically, when it comes to children's nonfiction, he's the best.

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? None really. There are a few that I'll be annoyed if I don't manage to read them by this time next year, but I'm not annoyed yet!

How many books did you read for work?
100. Not counting dozens of picture books. I also didn't count the 3 Macmillan books I read purely for fun that I haven't mentioned more than once in a sales call.

How many different publishers (not imprints) did you read?
11. Unimpressive, but when you consider how many books I read for work, and only 2 publishers count there (Macmillan and Bloomsbury), it's not bad.
 
Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read? 
If "always" means for the last 3-4 years, then:
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

2016 TOP EIGHT Book Events in Carin’s Book Life:
8. Finished my first year as WNBA Immediate Past-President.
7. Read a seriously new record number of books.
6. Visited the oldest bookstore in the United States, Moravian Bookshop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
5. Finally found a new book club in Montclair!
4. Got my copy of Women in the Literary Landscape, the WNBA book!
3. Celebrated the WNBA's 100th birthday!
2. Met Carla Hayden! (I know, I didn't get a picture with her, but here I am in the background of a picture of her, proving I was there!)
1. Got my new job at Macmillan!

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