Sunday, January 10, 2010

My reading year 2009

Hard to believe it's been a whole year since I wrote this same post for 2008. o_O Weirdness. If you want to compare, you can see the stats for my previous reading year here. :-)

Books read
Fiction: 94
Nonfiction: 40
Audiobooks: 54
Total: 188

Also four that I started in 2008 and finished in 2009. Haven't counted these.

This is up 23 books from 2008. An increase that can be attributed entirely to the mp3 player, because I read fewer printed books than last year. I love my mp3 player ... !! :-) And I've read so many wonderful books on audio, too. Yay. :-)

I said last year that I was going to count the number of pages as well as the number of books in 2009. I did keep count and as far as I can tell the number of pages read in 2009 ended up at 36,389. Since I was aiming for a minimum of 24,000 (ie 2,000 per month) I'm kind of impressed with myself. :-)

I read 20 books from the original list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Also 2, or was it 3, from the revised list, as well as 2 rereads from the original list.

Some of the best books I read in 2009, in no particular order:
Cloud Atlas by Dave Mitchell
no tears for queers by Johan Hilton
Det tredje tegnet by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
Frp-koden by Magnus E Marsdal
En såkalt drittjobb by Lotta Elstad
Doppler by Erlend Loe
Pinnsvinets eleganse by Muriel Barbery
Evelina by Francis Burney
Dette visste vi ikke noe om! by Peter Longerich
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Some new authors - ie new to me - that I will definitely be reading again:
Johan Theorin
Måns Kallentoft
Helena von Zweigbergk
Åsa Schwarz
Arto Paasilinna
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Siân Rees

Yes, I do like Swedish thrillers ... ! :-)

Some literary disappointments:
Sirkelens ende by Tom Egeland
Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
Maria Q by Cecilie Løveid
The Broken Crown by Michelle West
Sementhagen by Ian McEwan
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

For lists with links in them, where available, click here.

One new book-related thing I started doing this year has been my book reviews on video. You can see all of them on my Youtube channel. I'll be doing more of those this year. :-)

My prediction from last year did come true. But that was an obvious one. I don't know what I can predict for this year. o_O But I do wish all of my readers a very happy new reading year in 2010!! :-)


Paz said...

well done, you must be the one bringing up the average for Norway to bring it to top of the list.
What was prediction for last year? too lazy to go back and look

Leisha Camden said...

It was that with the mp3 player, I would read a *lot* more audiobooks in 2009 than I did in 2008. Up from 9 to 54. Not too shabby. ;-)