Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013: The Year in Review

In 2010 I got this meme, but alas I did not note where I found it. Still, it was a fun way to summarize the year, so I thought I'd do it again.

How many books read in 2013? 76 new and 6 rereads.

How many fiction and non fiction? 34 fiction, 42 nonfiction. Normally this is closer to a 50/50 split, but I think the genre challenge skewed it.

Male/Female author ratio?  25 male, 51 female. This is normally also a 50/50 split. This is the first time I've had a big difference, and it's actually 1/3 to 2/3 which is big. I can't attribute this to the genre challenge, so it's just an anomaly.

Favorite book of 2013?  Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

Least favorite? Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why? Sadly, I attempted and failed at rereading The Great Santini by Pat Conroy. I had loved this book in my early twenties, but it really didn't speak to me now. I just couldn't do it.

Oldest book read? The Inimitable Jeeves P.G. Wodehouse, 1923 (This is one of the three books included in the omnibus, Life With Jeeves.)
Newest? Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh, Oct. 29, 2013

Longest and shortest book titles? (not including subtitles)
Longest: Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson (35)
Shortest: Gulp by Mary Roach (4)

Longest and shortest books?
Longest: Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon 976 pages
Shortest: Blue Nights by Joan Didion 188 pages

How many books from the library? 12 - a new record! (as an adult)

Any translated books? not this year! Hm, that's sad, and also a first since I've been doing this annual summary.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author? Michael Connelly 2; and Bill Bryson 2. This is unusually low for me but I think it is due to the genre variety Challenge that I did. Instead of reading a lot of the same author, instead I had some themes. The last couple of years I've been reading more books on the Native American experience (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg), the African-American Experience (Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line by Martha A. Sandweiss), and women's rights (Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, The Group by Mary McCarthy, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins)

Any re-reads? Yes, Seven. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden; Older Men by Norma Klein; Bizou by Norma Klein; The Queen of the What Ifs by Norma Klein; Now That I Know by Norma Klein; Summer Sisters by Judy Blume; The Great Santini by Pat Conroy (DNF)

Favorite character of the year? Budo in Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading? Cambodia, France, Algeria, Scotland, England, Egypt, Israel, Vietnam, Iran, Greece, Korea,

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? There were two: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins was raved about by Emily, and The Bride by Julie Garwood was a gift from Jessica

Which author was new to you in 2013 that you now want to read the entire works of? Gail Collins. I already have her book on the earlier history of women in American on my To Read list.

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash; Smonk by Tom Franklin; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; March by Geraldine Brooks

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read? Life With Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

2013 TOP EIGHT Book Events in Carin’s Book Life - in no particular order:
8. Went to the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville for the first time in probably 13 years.
7. I got married! This is so low on the list because it only had a little bit to do with books (but it did!)
6. I met the very lovely Susan Gregg Gilmore at Bibliofeast and we had a great chat about Nashville.
5. I have two students I'm mentoring who both want to go into book publishing. It's been a lot of fun working with them over the semester. They remind me why I like my job!
4. Went to Laura Ingalls Wilder's house in Mansfield, MO!
3. Went to The Little House on the Prairie! These books have always been super-important to me. My youngest sister is named Laura (no coincidence - we were reading Little House in the Big Woods when she was born). I was blown away by this experience!
2. Met Jill McCorkle, one of my all-time favorite authors! Did tell her what a big fan I am and I think I didn't totally embarrass myself.
1. My editorial business is continuing to go really well, exceeding the sales goal I set for myself for 2013, and I had my first summer intern.

1 comment:

Harvee said...

Congrats on your marriage, your editorial business, and your books read. Onward to 2014....
Book Dilettante