Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019: 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. 

How many books read in 2019? 117. Sigh. First time I didn't hit my goal. I came incredibly close (goal was 120). Oh well. It's still an awful lot.

How many fiction and non fiction? 59 F / 58 NF

Male/Female author ratio? 36 M /91 F*
*I counted illustrators (if different from the author) of graphic novels, and I know some of these authors prefer to use "they," and I am simply classifying them in order to keep my own stats, not to say something about their gender. But wow, I've never had such an unbalanced year, including years when I was explicitly trying to read more women! Cool! 

Favorite book of 2019? 
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Least favorite? 
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. It won the National Book Award. But was definitely not my cup of tea!

Any that you simply couldn't finish and why? No whys here, but some audiobooks that just didn't grab me. Some books just don't work as well on audio (for me) for one reason or another and it's not always (or often) a failure of the book itself:
Range by David Epstein
Pioneers by David McCullough
Fifty Things that Aren't My Fault by Cathy Guisewite
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre

Oldest book read? Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule 1992
Newest?  Displacement by Kiku Hughes, comes out August 4, 2020

Longest and shortest book titles? (not including subtitles)
Longest: Why My Cat Is More Impressive Than Your Baby by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal
Shortest: by Therese Anne Fowler

Longest and shortest books?
Longest: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 604 pages
Shortest: Articulated Restraint by Mary Robinette Kowal 26 pages

How many books from the library? 24, all audiobooks.

How many audiobooks? 30, a new record!

How many graphic books? 17, including two cartoon books and a cross-stitch book.

Any translated books? Nope, not this year.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author? Mary Robinette Kowal and Therese Anne Fowler, 2 each

Any re-reads? 

Favorite character of the year? Daniel Mayrock from Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading? England, Mexico, Singapore, Australia, Morocco, Romania, Ireland, Lebanon, France, Italy, and the Moon!

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems by Matt Simon I believe this was recommended by my friend Brad who works at Random House. The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling by Jeanne Safer, recommended by Tony, a therapist. Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks, recommended by Emilie, a bookstore buyer.

Which author was new to you in 2019 that you now want to read the entire works of? Hilary Mantel

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? I had hoped to read the new Olive Kitteridge book by Elizabeth Strout, Olive Again, and the new Mary Norris, Greek to Me

How many books did you read for work? 88. Plus about 120 picture books that I don't count here.

How many different publishers (not imprints) did you read? 9

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read? Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel! I counted this as a book I read for work because I read it while selling in the third book in the series.

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