I didn’t really have much in the way of reading plans for 2010 other than to read from the TBR Challenge pile and I managed to do okay with that. Between working full-time and going to library school I tend to leave things up in the air and read more by whim than anything. It both works and doesn’t as I like the flexibility but tend to also feel directionless. Still, it was a pretty decent year of reading even if the books I read tended to be rather short-ish sandwiched in between big fat books.
I am halfway through 2666 so that one will get pushed into 2011 and will show up on the list this time next year. I suppose I could rush through it to finish, but that’s no way to read a good book.
So, here’s how 2010 shakes out:
Books Completed: 56
From the Above:
Graphic Novels: 2
Multimedia Novels: 2
Books of Short Stories: 2
Books of Essays: 3
Books in Translation: 10
Published BCE: 5
Before 1900: 9
1900 – 1999: 14
2000 and after: 28
Books by Women: 18
Books by Men: 37
Books By Multiple Authors: 1
From the Library: 23
Books begun but abandoned: 0
Five Books I liked Best (in no particular order):
- The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Have I ever mentioned that Atwood is one of my favorite authors?
- The Gates by John Connolly. This one makes top five because of its sheer quirky delightfulness and because it still makes me smile whenever I think about it.
- Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. A wonderfully told tale about the wonders of telling tales.
- If Not, Winter by Saphho, translated by Anne Carson. Even in fragments Sappho’s poetry took my breath away and Carson’s translation is most excellent.
- A Scrap of Time by Ida Fink. These short stories are deeply sad but not depressing and oh so beautifully written.
- My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. Any book that can make me laugh out loud on an airplane has got to be good.
- Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov. A fascinating look into a changing Russian society and a very enjoyable read even though I frequently wanted give Oblomov a kick in the pants to try and get him off the sofa.
- The Master by Colm Toibin. A beautifully written book that seemed to capture the essence of Henry James.
- Reader’s Block by David Markson. How a book made up of fragments that often aren’t even connected can possibly be enjoyable and make sense I have no idea. But it is and it does. So there you go.
- Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee. I nominate Hermione Lee as Goddess of Biography.
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. This has got to be one of the best ghost stories ever.
Weirdest Book I have ever Read: Sartor Resartus by Thomas Carlyle. And I’ve read some weird ones, but so far this one takes the cake.
I thought it pretty good that I didn’t have to abandon any books this year. The gender imbalance is bothersome. The fact that I only read 21 books that I already owned is also bothersome especially since I am certain I bought more than 20 books during the course of the year. There is always 2011 to do better in, right?
More on 2011 plans tomorrow.