End of 2009 meme

Saw this at The Boston Bibliophile’s and then traced it back (via Care’s Online Book Club and Fizzy Thoughts) to the originator, Savidge Reads. I had been wanting to do some kind of a year-end wrap-up, even though I’m so tardy, and when I saw this meme, I thought it would fit the bill.

How many books read in 2009?

I read 89 books in 2009, up from 75 in 2008, the only two years I’ve successfully counted. Short of my goal of 100, but I’m still pretty happy with the number.

How many fiction and nonfiction?

14 nonfiction, 75 fiction (16% and 84%, respectively)

Male/Female author ratio?

I read 31 books by male authors and 58 by female authors (That’s 35% and 65%.)

Favorite book of 2009?

Um, I posted about this several weeks ago — my best 2009 reads

Least favorite?

Philip Kerr’s A Quiet Flame

Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why?

Shadow Government by Grant R. Jeffrey and Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo — Looks like I never got around to posting about Blonde Roots, but it’s just as well. Thinking about it (and Shadow Government) just makes me angry, anyway. I had such negative responses to Shadow Government. Wow.

Oldest book read?

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome (1889)


The Sweet By and By by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck (January 2010) (review soon!)

Longest and shortest book titles?

Longest: Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures by Kay Gardiner and Ann Meador Shayne

Shortest: Skid by Rene Gutteridge

Longest and shortest books?

I really don’t feel like going back and checking the page numbers of all the books I read. I didn’t read any 1,000-page tomes, and I don’t think any of the books I read were less than 100 pages. But I’m not going back to check.

How many books from the library?


Any translated books?

Yes, five.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?

I read 4 books by Rene Gutteridge. I read 3 books each by a couple authors, and two books each by several others.

Any re-reads?

Nope, not this year.

Favorite character of the year?

This is a really hard question. Also: I hate picking favorites.

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?

England, USA, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Israel, Romania, Poland, Pakistan, France, Sri Lanka, Greece, Scotland, Mexico, China. I know this is an incomplete list, but it’s still a list.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?

There are too many answers to this question! I should answer it, but I also want to get this post up, some time this month …

Which author was new to you in 2009 that you now want to read the entire works of?


For sure: Jennie Nash, River Jordan, Carlos Ruiz Zafon (except they need to be translated first!), Lisa Lutz, Athol Dickson, T.L. Hines, Carolyn Wall

Maybe: Charlene Ann Baumbich, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Beth Pattillo

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read?

The Help. Others too, but especially this one. Oh, and more from the Image Journal Top 100 list. I aimed for 13 and got 3. :p

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?

Well, The Shadow of the Wind was first recommended to me (a recommendation I fully intended to follow through on) years before I actually read it. Does that count?


6 responses to “End of 2009 meme

  1. A wonderful year of reading! and here’s to 2010 being just as fabulous.

  2. You had a great year in books!

  3. I’m opening a new page on my blog so I can keep track of the books I read in 2010. I’ll do this meme next January, because I can’t for the LIFE of me remember what I read last year…

  4. That’s a great meme! Your stats are also quite impressive, especially the countries you visited and new authors you read. I know that Beth Patillo is either coming up or have already published a new book this year (I think the title is Mr. Darcy broke my Heart but I’m not sure).

  5. The favorite character question was a toughie for me, too…I took the easy way out and went with someone from one of my non-fiction reads.

    But overall, this remains my favorite way to do a year end summary. I’m glad you used it, too!

  6. You had a great year! I didn’t read The Help either, even though I really wanted to : hopefully we’ll get to it in 2010!

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