Friday, January 1, 2010

Meditation on My 2009 Year in Reading

Last year's New Year's resolution was to read books that were new to me, and resist (for the time being, at least) re-reading old favorites. I think that I did an admirable job, having read many new books, especially over the summer months, most of which were not only new to me but newly published as well. I read a lot more nonfiction than I ever had before (mostly humorous memoirs, but still), and delved into the elusive genre of Literary Fiction. The jury's still out on the success of that experiment. Here are the stats for 2009, as accurately as I can determine:
Books Read: 87 [6 of those via audiobook]
Young Adult: 25
Manga/Graphic Novels: 21
Nonfiction: 7
Fantasy: 6
Romance: 6
Literary Fiction: 6
Mystery/Suspense: 4
Science Fiction: 3
Children's (not including picture books read to Baby G): 3
Historical Fiction: 2
Urban Fiction: 1
Books Resisting Categorization: 3
Favorites: Rampant, Scott Pilgrim, A Certain Slant of Light, Warbreaker, Soulless, Lord of Scoundrels
I had a couple other New Year's Resolutions in mind for the coming year, but since last year's resolution was the only one I've ever managed to keep in my entire life, I think I will go ahead and renew it for 2010. That is not to say that I won't re-read a few books for comfort, especially as I have a new audience with whom to share my favorites. However, I think that working on broadening my reading horizons in this way has also had a positive effect at my job! Reader's Advisory isn't just a catchphrase, you know . . . it actually happens. At the moment I feel more prepared than ever to recommend something to someone when they are looking for something new to read. I realize that my reading time in 2010 will undoubtedly be more curtailed, given the circumstances, but I still hope to enjoy many new books in the coming year! Happy New Year to everyone!


Amanda said...

Man you beat my 52 books read list! However, I am scolding you for only having 3 scifi books. *scold* :-P

Helgagrace said...

I know! To make up for it, I'm reading one right now . . .