It’s so hard to believe that 2008 is winding down. Now is the time to look back over my reading year and catalogue the good and the bad. I think I had a pretty remarkable reading year; lots of great books were read and not too many bad ones. Of course, I think my tendency to set aside books I don’t care for may have something to do with that! The biggest surprise of my reading year is how many non-fiction books I read, and enjoyed! So here is the break down:
Books read: 66
Young Adult: 16
Graphic Novels: 9
Classics: 2 (oh that’s bad)
Short Story books: 2 (definitely less than I meant to read)
Books by women: 40
Books by men: 26
Audio books: 5
Rereads: 12 (another surprise)
Challenges finished: 1
Challenges attempted: 5; RIP III, Once Upon a Time, My Year of Reading Dangerously, and the Short Story Challenge. Oh, and the 24-hour-readathon.
It was hard to pick out ten, let me tell you. But these all got top marks from me, so I went with them. I am honestly shocked by how many non-fiction books are on here. Here are my Top Ten Favorites:
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Spiritualist by Megan Chance
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
West With the Wind by Beryl Markham
Here are a few Honorable Mentions, because I just couldn’t bear not to mention them.
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by AJ Jacobs
The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost
Wow, I really need to review better! I will make a better effort to review in 2009.
So, there you have it. May 2009 be a wonderful year for all of you!