Where to start? Honestly, there weren’t too many personal highlights, so we’ll go straight to my reading, and I’ll get to knitting and spinning in another post.
My notes say I read 50 books last year. They ranged from children’s books, such as the Jack Russell Detective series, books 1-4, to non-fiction. I didn’t track pages, and thought I might this year, but… it’s too much like work. I’m not going to keep a separate spreadsheet. As much as I like statistics, I need to keep it simple. I’m considering using Goodreads again or a switch to Shelfari, because I don’t love Facebook’s I’m Reading. What do you use to track your books?
Cozies were by far the bulk of my reading this year. You know… those easy-reading little mysteries that don’t get bogged down with sex or skin? My favorite is definitely the Tea Shop series, even though G and I are both really mad at the main character right now. I also enjoyed the Crochet Mysteries, but the knitting cozies were hit and miss. I do want to catch up on the Maggie Sefton series, but since I am committed to only purchasing Nook or Kindle editions, I have to figure out what to download next.
I did several series, actually. I like to read a series in order… I think. I don’t know that I’ve ever read more than three of a series in a row. I know I had a discussion with a friend just yesterday, and she’s burned out after reading all seven Harry Potter books in a row and thinks she’s off series for a while. How do you prefer to read a series, assuming there are several (more than three?) books in the series available?
New favorites found in 2010:
- Neil Gaiman. I REALLY like his stuff. I read Anasi Boys, American Gods and Stardust.
- Mary Dora Russell. Heavy reading, but ever so compelling and I know I’ll re-read The Sparrow and Children of God.
- Ken Follett. Wow, I missed a few buses, eh? Late to the party, but that means I don’t have to wait for his next release.
Re-read: Just Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was shocked that I liked it this time. Pre-conceived notions are dangerous things for a reader, aren’t they? That’s what made the book such a painful read the first time; I had my own ideas on how JKR was going to tie it all up, and it didn’t work that way. With some distance between us, I was able to accept her ending as presented without bitterness.
I read twelve of those books on the Nook. I hope that number will be a higher percentage of my yearly total this year, but considering the Nook came to live with me in August, I suppose that’s not bad at all. Since the Nook came to the Woods, I’ve only purchased a handful of literature – not to be confused with knitting books that have come to live here. I now have the Kindle app on the iTouch and access to Apple’s iBookstore, so even more books should be available to me electronically in 2011.
I’m pleased with my total. It’s an average of roughly one book per week, even though some of the books were little, light readings done in a matter of minutes or hours. I’d like to make it to at least 52 books this year, even if it does mean less knitting… which we’ll discuss soon.