Friday, January 8, 2010

Books of 2009 - Review*

Total fiction read: 69 (nine more than last year)
Total non-fiction read: 77 (eight less than last year) Yes, I am ashamed of this.
Total: 146 (one more than last year)
Average per month: 12.16
Month with most completed books: October. (Also known as "almost died of pneumonia" month)
Month with fewest completed books: tie between September and November.

Favorite series fiction
: Ladies' #1 Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith. I read the entire series in '09.
Favorite series runner up: The Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd. (5 read in December)

Favorite novel: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. Read in September. (Incidentally, the only book I asked for as a gift that I actually received for Christmas)
Favorite novel runner up: A Long Time Ago & Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka. Read in November.
Number of Dickens' novels completed: 5
Favorite Dickens: Barnaby Rudge. Read in December.
Favorite Dickens runner up: Nicholas Nickleby. Read in October.
Least Favorite Dickens: The Old Curiosity Shop. Read in December.

Best Classic I've Been Meaning to Read: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Read in February.
Most Difficult Classic I Finished: Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy by Sigrid Undset (translated by Charles Archer & J. S. Scott), read in February.

Best Classic Re-Read: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. Read whilst in Great Britain!
Best British fiction Grand Prize: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Read in July.

Runner Up: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winnifred Watson. Read in August
Runner Up #2: Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson. Read in November

Best Book / Movie Combo: Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Read in October.

Best Austenesque: An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan. Read in June
Worst Austen tie-in: Pemberley by the Sea by Abigail Reynolds. Read in April. Casual s*x replaces romance, conservative politicians replace Lady Catherine = bad idea.

Most Influential Non-fiction: Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris. Read in January (a great way to start a year!)
Best Christian / Theology Book: Miracles by C.S. Lewis. Read in January.
Thought provoking: Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer. Read in July
Thought provoking runner up: NurtureShock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Read in October.
Thought provoking but annoying: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Read in June.
Most Important Political Work: Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin. Read in July.

Best Classic Non-fiction work: A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia Edwards. Read in April.
Best Biography: Abigail & John: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith B. Gelles. Read in October.
Books read as research for my novel: 16, most in latter half of the year.
Favorite research read: Since You Went Away, WW2 Letters from American Women by Judy Barrett Litoff & David Smith. Read in October.

Books about homeschooling or education: 13.
Best education book: The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. Re-read in March.
Diet books: Only 1. The Baby Fat Diet by Monica Bearden & Shara Aaron. Read in April.

I wish I would've read more non-fiction. And I wish I would have worked in a few more classics too (although my "read through every Dickens' novel got off to a good start). A few more numbers for you:

Books already completed in January: 3
Books waiting on my bedside table to be read: 9.

2010 is off to a great start!

*Reminder: I don't list books not completed, magazines, books I read aloud to the girls or, usually, books listened to on c.d. or tape.*

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