A Year in Books|
2009-12-27 9:17 a.m.
LibraryThing really is a wonderful place. The link will take you to a list of all the books I read in 2009. The ones tagged both "2009" and "*" were read in 2009, but are no longer part of my permanent collection. (I want to keep my LT account as a catalog of books I own, not just books I have read, so I will be deleting the "*" books sometime next week. If you happen to see this entry after that, do not be alarmed.)
So. 76 books. Is that a lot? It really doesn't seem like very many at all. I blame the internets.
I really was thinking about this far too long last night, so here are some additional statistics:
The total page count is roughly 26,300. I can't be exact, because a few of the asterisked books have no page numbers listed on LT, and I can't check the physical copy because it is no longer here. I checked Amazon, but I don't know if the edition Amazon currently has for sale is the one that I read.
This works out to an average of 70-some pages per day. This actually sounds about right. I read a lot more some days, but there are occasionally days when I don't read paper at all. Again, I blame the internets. If only I had thought to count web pages in my yearly page count...
There are a few graphic novels and other fluff. These are balanced out by numerous 500+ page books.
Only 12 books over the entire year were deemed not worthy of a place in the permanent collection. Only two of those were actually terrible. The others were all just not my kind of thing. They held my interest all the way through, but I had no desire to re-read them.
There are at least another 1000 pages worth of books I started but did not finish in 2009. One of them I will wrap up this week.
Overall, I read a lot of pretty excellent things this year. I read Pride and Prejudice concurrently with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I read The Sot-Weed Factor and Breakfast at Tiffany's. I now own ALL the Jeeves books, and I had a Wodehouse re-reading orgy in Sept. or so to celebrate.
I'm not sure if I will keep track of everything I read next year. I'm glad I did it, but it did change how I read. Even though I abandoned those 1000 pages, I was overall much more inclined to stick with a book I wasn't enjoying. That's just dumb, and I know it. There are too many good things to read as it is. There is absolutely no reason to waste valuable reading time on crap.