I kept telling myself I wasn’t going to do an end of 2010 wrap-up post. But as everyone else’s kept popping up in ye ole feedreader I thought, hmmm, maybe I should. Introspection can be kind of fun. So last night I told myself I would get up this morning (because I was too busy last night playing Angry Birds) and take a look at the list of books I read in 2010 and write a few rambley thoughts. But then I got up and looked at the list and the thought of wading through the 150 books to tally up male/female authors, and countries visited, and fiction/non-fiction just seemed like too much work for a Saturday (or any other day) morning.
So, instead, here are just a few random thoughts on my reading (without any links, because as I just said, it’s Saturday morning and I can’t be bothered):
♣I read 150 books in 2010, less than I read in 2009, but still more than any other year. I read more at the beginning of the year, then I slowed down a bit. Not really sure why, but it’s not anything I’m worried about. I have no reading goals for 2011…I’m more of a “let’s just see what happens” type of person.
♥I’m also a vacation reader…if I’m in a place I’ve already visited. The family reunion last summer at Lake Tahoe was good for my reading, as was our recent trip to Hawaii. This year my mom and I are planning a trip to Boston, a place new to both of us. I’d put good money on the fact that there will be little reading accomplished. Although I’ll probably seek out some books on Boston before the trip. Any suggestions?
♦This year I read some classics, which I previously avoided like I avoid mayonnaise (the food I hate above all others, with the possible exception of salmon). The reading of classics was both good (The Odyssey) and bad (The Brothers Karamazov). I’ve decided that classics are more fun when read with other people. That way if they suck, you have people in pain with you. You know that saying, “Misery loves company?” It’s totally true when it comes to reading the classics. I will definitely be reading more in 2011, starting with War and Peace (my year-long date) and Ulysses. And I hope to drag you guys down with me.
♣Although I finished the Women Unbound Challenge, I totally failed at all the other challenges I joined, including my own. So I’ve decided no more challenges for me. Readalongs, yes. Challenges, no.
♥I still tend to gravitate toward female authors, although I’d be willing to bet my ratio of male to female authors was pretty close to 75:75 this year. I also read more non-fiction this year, and I can see that reading trend continuing, as well. Yesterday I bought a biography of the Mitford sisters that I can’t wait to dive into.
♦Although I love my nook, and I try to listen to audio books, paper will always be my preferred media for reading. I love browsing through the aisles of bookshops, and being surrounded by books. In fact, 2010 could very well be known as the “year of the bookshelves” in our house, since I bought 5 of the beauties (not all at once).
And that’s enough of that. On to the good wishes…
I hope you all have a fabulous 2011…that it’s a happy and healthy and safe year, filled with wonderful books and wonderful friends!