One of my big joys at the turn of the year is to look back at what happened the previous year, especially at what I read.
Books read in 2010: 61 [62 in 2009]. This is an average of 5.08/month.
Among these , 13 were Audiobooks [16 in 2009], and 1 a manga – The 14th Dalai Lama
Actually, I should add the number of books I translated, that is, 6 this year, for a total of over 100 pages, and so it means also 6 written!
Favorites: too tough to choose only 1!
- my favorite audiobooks: Fall of Giants, The Historian*, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I can’t believe I forgot to write a review on the Fall of Giants!!
- my favorite Fiction book: The Help*
- my favorite Non Fiction books: Unbroken, The Last American Man*
- Best spiritual reading: Inside the School of Charity
Books started and abandoned: I don’t keep track of those usually, but I will in 2011. I do remember giving up on Mrs Dalloway…
Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio: 29/32 [39/23 in 2009]
Male/Female authors ratio: 30/25 [26/18 in 2009]
Books by the same author:12 [20 in 2009], that is, 6 authors with 2 books each
Re-Reads: 1 [3 in 2009] : Great Lent *
Oldest: The Catcher in the Rye – 1951
Newest: Unbroken – nov 2010
In translation: 7 [9 in 2009]
- 1 from Spanish, One Hundred Years of Solitude
- 1 from French, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
- 1 from German, Metamorphosis
- 1 from Italian, The Solitude of Prime Numbers*
- 1 from Japanese, Kokoro*
- 1 from Coptic, Orthodox Prayer Life*
- 1 from Russian, We Shall See Him As He Is*
Other countries these books led me to: [20 in 2009] South America, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Vietnam, Sweden, Egypt, Russia, Ireland, England, India
Set in the Middle-Ages:4 [13 in 2009]
Longest: Fall of Giants – 985 pages. In 2011, I’ll write each time the number of pages/hours for books and do a yearly average
Funniest: The Great Typo Hunt*
Favorite character of the year: Renée, in The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? The Help
Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of? Ken FOLLETT
Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? The Pillars of the Earth
Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Catcher in the Rye
Best title: Eats, Shoots, and Leaves
Longest book title: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Shortest book title: Kokoro
Books coming from:
- my personal bookshelf: 1 [1 in 2009]
- books received for review: 1 [9 in 2009]
- my city Public Library: 59 [52 in 2009]
And to finish here are the section I enjoy most for my wrap up:
– When I was younger I was : The Dreamgiver
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: The Good Thief
– I will never be: The Constant Princess
– At the end of a long day I need: The Great Typo Hunt
– Right now I’m feeling: A Parisienne in Chicago*
– Someday I want to: [The] Search for the Perfect Language*
– At a party you’d find me: Finding Atlantis*
– I’ve never: (Taught) [Teaching] a Stone To Talk* – that’s the best I could do on that one!
– I really don’t enjoy: The Devil’s Door*, but I enjoyed the book !
– My advice is to: (Have) Appetite for Life*
– In my next life I want to be…: The Invisible Man
– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Planet Google*
– Your favorite form of transportation: The Ladder of the Beatitudes, a ladder allows you to go from point A to point B, right?
– Your best friend is: Kokoro
– You and your friends are: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
– What’s the weather like: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
– Favorite time of day: A Walk in the Woods*
– If your life was (a) : One Hundred Years of Solitude
– What is life to you: Metamorphosis
– Your fear: The Solitude of Prime Numbers
– What is the best advice you have to give: Learning True Love
– Thought for the Day: We Shall See Him As he Is
– How I would like to die: Inside The School of Charity
– My soul’s present condition: Unbroken
And now to 2011:
I have signed up to 4 Reading Challenges:
1: What’s in a name. 6 books : http://whatsinaname4.blogspot.com/
– Number: The Crying Of Lot 49
– Movement: Running with Scissors
– Life Stage: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
– Gem: Cutting For Stone
– Size: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
– Evil: Strong As Death
2: My own challenge: Books Published in The First Years of My Life. Kid level : 5 books https://wordsandpeace.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/books-published-in-the-first-years-of-my-life-challenge-2011/
– 1966: The Crying Of Lot 49
– 1967: Company for Henry, by Wodehouse
– 1968: Do Butlers Burgle Bankers, by Wodehouse
– 1969: Edible Woman
– 1970: Bluest Eye
3: Victorian Literature Challenge: 1-4 books: Sense and Sensibility level: http://subtlemelodrama.blogspot.com/p/victorian-literature-challenge.html
– The Invisible Man, by HG Wells
– War And Peace
– Victoria, byElizabeth Longford
4: 2011 Audio Book Challenge – Fascinated: 6 Audio books. Hosted by http://teresasreadingcorner.blogspot.com/p/2011-audio-book-challenge.html
Books as I read along
I plan as well:
– to keep track for books I start and abandon
– to keep track of the number of pages/hours of books I read/listen to
– if possible, read at least 65 books
I have not published any book/article this year, but an article on Liturgical Objects in Cistercian Art should be coming out in 2011. I also plan to finish very very soon a lengthy translation of a book on the Rule of Saint Benedict.
*= this is on my older blog, or earlier on on this same book blog, when I was unfiortunately not writing one post per book. Sorry. If you are interested in reading specifically about this book, do a Search, with CTRL=F, and type the title of the book
New post coming soon with a renewed TBR list
IF YOU HAVE A SIMILAR LIST OF QUESTIONS
TO WHICH YOU ANSWERED WITH TITLE OF BOOKS YOU READ IN 2010,
I WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO SEE IT.
HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!