To see the list of books I read in 2009, click here. Below are a few statistics about the books I read last year.
- Number of books read: 48
- Number of pages read: 15,928
- Longest book: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Shortest book: The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
- Most challenging book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Books read for book club: 10
- Young adult: 8
- Fiction: 44
- Nonfiction: 4
- Author who I read the most: Charlaine Harris
As compared to 2008, I read 2 fewer books and 147 fewer pages. I’m happy with that because my goal to read 50 books in 2008 had the intended effect of getting reading to be a regular part of my free time.
I set a goal to read the following books in 2009. I marked out the ones that I read, and you can see that I didn’t do very well!
- John Steinbeck – East of Eden
- Ken Follett – Pillars of the Earth
- Haruki Murakami – Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
- Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
- Tracy Chevalier – Girl with a Pearl Earring
- Ernest Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment
- Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own
- E.M. Forster – Howards End
- Geraldine Brooks – Year of Wonders
What I learned about myself this year is that I don’t do well with reading challenges. As soon as I sign up for a challenge, I lose all interest in reading the books because it feels like homework. My reading moods change fast, and I like to just read whatever I want to whenever I want to. Belonging to a book club means that I have about one book per month chosen for me already so limiting my choices further with challenges is not the way for me to truly enjoy reading for pleasure.
With that said, my only reading goal for 2010 is to read for fun (with the exception of the odd book club book that I don’t like). I am signed up for the Shelf Discovery Challenge, and I will see if I can complete it. I’m not making any promises on that. I am going to try to vary my reading selections a little more. I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse books in 2009 and tore through the whole series. I ended up burning out on that character and wishing that some of that time was spent reading other books.
I will put up another blog post with my favorite books of the year soon.