Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Books of 2008, Reading Year in Review

My wonderful friend Kelly was good enough to remind me that I never made my "2008 Reading Review" post. So, without further ado, here it is:

Total Number of Books Read: 145. This bests 2007 by seven books.
Fiction: 60 (17 more than last year)
Non-fiction: 85 (10 less than last year) I wish this number hadn't fallen off. Maybe I'll do better in '09. Or not. It depends on how much reading for escape I require this year, and I suspect I'm going to need a lot.

Month with the most reading completed: August, with 16.
Month with the least reading completed: September, with 8.
Average per month: 12. (That works out to a book every 2.5 days in case you were wondering).

Most Important Non-fiction Grand Prize: Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. Read in April. Read it now, if you haven't already. This book was truly eye-opening.

Most Important Non-fiction Runner Up #1: Death of the Grown Up by Diana West. Read in January.

Most Important Non-fiction Runner-Up #2: Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. Read in May.

Favorite Fiction: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. Read in March. (And we also listened to the audio book of this later in the year). *I suspect I have a wee, tiny, little crush on Sir Percy Blakeney. He joins Mr. Darcy, Mr. Tilney, Mr. Knightley, Captain Wentworth, and, strangely, Gilbert Blythe in that respected group (Karen's Fictional Crushes). Don't worry about Prince Charming. My real life crush on him continues to grow stronger with every passing year. And he actually reciprocates.*

Favorite Fiction Runner-Up: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. Read in February.
Favorite Fiction Series: Anything by Alexander McCall Smith. Any of his books are perfect for curling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a snack. The best is probably his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency but I didn't actually read that one in '08.
Favorite Non-Fiction Series: Winston Churchill's WW2 series. I haven't read them all yet, but all the ones I have are excellent.

Best Fiction I've Been Meaning to Read for a Long Time: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Read in October.

Best Fiction I've Been Meaning to Read for a Long Time Runner Up: Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton. Read in June.

Best Fiction Honorable Mention: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read in February.
Phenomenon that I Completely Do Not Understand: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I read the first two books in the series in August. Yuck. My apologies to those of you who love it (you know who you are...) but it just does nothing for me and I'm actually pretty sure that no hormonal teenager needs to be reading these.
Book With Most Deceptive Title: The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer. Let's just say Mr. Beyer's idea of "never told" is very different from my own.

Best Book On Education: Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto. Read in May.

Most Inspiring Christian Living Book: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. Read in August.
Least Inspiring Christian Living Book: Home by Choice by Brenda Hunter. Read in March. (Try Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey & Stacy McDonald instead.)

Favorite Austen Re-Read: All of 'em except Mansfield Park. I can't say I've grown any fonder of that one. Read in January & February

Favorite Austen Spin-off: The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street. Read in March. And Prince Charming gave it to me for my birthday in May (good man!).

Best Book / Movie Combo Grand Prize: Cranford

Best Book / Movie Combo Runner Up: All of Jane Austen, in spite of those (mostly bad) new adaptations

Best Book / Movie Combo Honorable Mention: A Room with A View. (And here I reference the Merchant-Ivory adaptation, not the horrible Andrew Davies thing masquerading as A Room With a View)
Number of WW2 Non-fiction Books Read: 14
Number of WW2 Fiction Books Read: 7
Number of Books About Writing: 7
Number of Books With Dragons: at least 3, maybe 4. My memory's a bit rusty.

That's my round up for 2008. Remember you can always check the labels on my left sidebar (or under a specific post) for more. Will I be able to best my 2008 record in 2009? Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I enjoy books! You lis tis always informative to me.

Love,

Pastor Dad

I also recommend Churchill's History of the English Speaking World

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