Here we are on the last day of 2013. It was a pretty good reading year I think. I took a year-long subscription to the New York Review of Books Classics and while I have not yet finished reading all the books I was sent, I really enjoyed all the ones I have read so far. It is always interesting to look back over the year and see where my reading took me. This year I revived my interest in gardening and my reading choices reflect that. I am not generally a short story reader but I usually manage one or two and this past year I read not a single short story collection. Ouch. And for my long list of reading goals, well, I didn’t do so very well on those either. But what does it matter as long as I enjoyed what I did read? And what was it I read? Here is the breakdown.
Books Read: 69 (last year I read 78, the most I have ever read and 69 is still really high when I consider that prior to last year I generally averaged 52-56 books for as long as I have been keeping track. I don’t know what has suddenly changed. Maybe it is having a Kindle and time to read on my daily work commute. Whatever it is, I will not complain!)
Books begun but abandoned: 1 for sure and I think maybe one more. I didn’t do very well at keeping track of this one this year.
Fiction: 34 (10 fewer than 2012)
Nonfiction: 30 (4 more than 2012)
Poetry: 4 (same as 2012)
Anthology: 1 (one more than 2012)
Break down from the above (there is overlap between genres so numbers won’t match up to number of books read).
Books of essays: 2
Fantasy/ SF: 7
Books about books/reading/literature: 4
Books about science popular or otherwise: 3
Books about history: 1
Books about gardening/nature: 9
Collections of letters or books about letters: 9
Books by women: 25
Books by men: 40
Multiple authors: 3
Rereads: 1 (Northanger Abbey)
In translation: 9 (German, French, Russian, Greek, Italian)
19th century: 5
18th century: 3
Kindle: 13 (2 were ARCs the rest were public domain books)
Owned in print: 27
Favorite books, in no particular order:
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf
- MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
- Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban
- The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
- Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Place and Placelessness by E.C. Relph
- An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman
- Testing the Current by William McPherson
It is a testament to the quality of the New York Review of Books Classics I was sent that three of them ended up on my year-end list.
I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year! May 2014 be filled with good books and lots of time to read them!