and 2009 will soon be a mere memory. I shall be tucked up in bed at midnight as is my usual practice on New Year's Eve and, as this cold has really taken hold of me now, will be even happier than normal to be there. But before I do, I have been reading the end of the year meme by the Two Simons (Savidge Reads and Stuck in a Book) and as they are urging other bloggers to do the same, I have succumbed and here are my notes (I do love making lists like this..)
How many books read in 2009? 275 - this is the most I have ever read and think that the extra time that retirement has given me is the reason for this. No more falling asleep on the commute!
Fiction/non fiction ratio? 248/27 - which works out at two non fiction reads a month. As most of the non fiction read by me this year has been pretty hefty in terms of pages and poundage, I am quite pleased with this.
Male/Female authors? Totally staggered to see that I have only read ten books by male authors. Why?
Favourite Book Read? Obviously has to be Kisses on a Postcard by Terence Frisby as this was my Book of the Year, but there have been some really good reads this year which ran it close.
Least Favourite? If I am not enjoying a book I usually give up and I certainly don't write about it. Fortunately, there have been very few this year I have really disliked though I recently tried an Ian Rankin novel, as several people I know like them, but thought it was so dire I gave up half way through.
Oldest Book Read? Had to check bibliographies re this category as quite a lot of my reading htis year has been turn of the century. I was thinking of EF Benson, but it seems that the earliest published book I read was Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett which was published in 1886.
Newest Book Read - get such a lot of new books sent to me that they all fall into this category so cannot list them all.
Longest book title - think it must be Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran.
Shortest title - Emma by Jane Austen
How many re-reads? Dozens. Read all of the Georgette Heyer oeuvre again this year, some 35 then all the Ngaio Marsh, also around 35. I would say that about one third of my reading each year is re-reads.
Most books by one author? Well, it has to be one of the above mentioned ladies.
Any in translation? The Preacher and the Ice Princess - both by Camilla Lackberg; The Dreamers - Knut Hamsun; A Perfect Waiter - Alan Claude Sulzer.
Borrowed from the library - Very few though as I have only recently discovered P G Wodehouse and have about 80+ still to read, I have started to take them out from my local branch as there are far too many to purchase and shelve, and will continue this in 2010.
Recommended by a blogger - Too many to mention. As I roam from blog to blog I take notes of suggested titles and also have recommendations from my on line reading group, so really far too many titles to pin it down. Will say however, that I have We always Lived in the Castle by SHirley Jackson lined up, which I bought solely because Simon (Stuck in a Book) recommended it.
So that is that and the New Year beckons and looking forward to more reading over the next twelve months...