Sunday Salon: 2009: A Year in Books
Happy Sunday, everyone! And happy first Sunday of 2010! I’m sure everyone is up to their eyeballs in 2009 retrospective posts and “best of” lists, but if you’ve got the patience for one more, here’s mine.
(If you want to make your own pretty graph, you can download my reading tracking spreadsheet here, newly updated for 2010!)
– 155 new books read! (and 27 old books re-read!)
– 123 of those new books were actual books, and 32 were audiobooks.
– That makes a total of 38,186 pages (of new books) read, and 14 days, 17 hours, and 3 minutes listening to audiobooks.
I acquired 136 TBR books in 2009, read 71 books off my TBR pile, and purged 50 other books, for a net total of only 15 books added to the pile this year! I also read 52 books that I didn’t own – borrowed from the library or friends.
The Best of!
|I’ve read some fantastic books this year, and so many entertaining and enjoyable ones, that it’s hard to pick. Her are some of the winners, in no particular order.
– Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
|Some other great books you may have missed:
– Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant by Jenni Ferrari Adler et al.
The Resolutions for 2010!
I’m not going to set any firm reading resolutions, other than to read *less* – because 2010 is going to be the year of the dissertation, and writing has got to be the priority. But I will set a few minor reading and blogging goals:
1) I really don’t like having a review backlog. It can make blogging feel like a responsibility rather than a fun hobby, and after a while I start forgetting details, which makes the reviews even harder to write, so I procrastinate more, and the cycle gets worse. So, I got myself caught up before 2009 finished, and in 2010, I’m going to do my best to review books within 24 hours of finishing them whenever possible.
2) I’m not setting any book-acquisition bans, since I know I wouldn’t stick to them. However, I am going to try to limit my book borrowing. I can cut my acquisitions down to zero, but if I only read books from the library, that TBR pile is never going to shrink. I haven’t decided if I want to limit it to two borrowed books per month, or do one borrowed for one of my own, but somehow I’ve got to shift the balance. (I’m exempting graphic novels from the “borrowed” count – I can’t afford to acquire them for myself, plus they generally only take an hour or so to read.)
What about you, readers? Got big reading plans for 2010? What’s your top book from 2009 that I should make sure I get to in 2010?