I spent part of New Year’s Eve updating my reading list for 2008, which was quite interesting. I couldn’t resist a few statistics:
There were fifteen fiction books, with my rating ranging from three stars to two at five stars:
Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and
How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale, by Cressida Cowell (a children’s book for the under 10s, but definitely worth a mention).
There were sixteen non fiction books, with my rating ranging from two stars to one at five stars:
The Logic of Life, by Tim Harford.
I didn’t keep tabs on all the books I re-read. But my memory says that there was a lot of comfort re-reads of old novels that don’t require much thought that I was too embarrassed to disclose here on my blog. I also notice that pretty much every paragraph I wrote about a non fiction book was accompanied by the comment, “I’ll write a review about this soon, but in the meantime…” But in reality, I only did three book reviews this year, despite having written a few more in my head while reading.
Reading through it all gave me a few New Year’s resolutions.
- Write one review a month on the blog. I’m clearly reading more than enough non fiction books (the ones I’m confident enough to review) to manage that. I only wrote three reviews this year, and I started this blog intending to write one a week.
- Keep track of all the books I re-read and increase the proportion of new books
- Be more confident in reading literary fiction – the ‘literary’ books I read last year were very enjoyable, but over the last few years a combination of parenthood and a few false starts have made me lose confidence in my enjoyment of fiction that might be deemed ‘intellectual’.
So I’d better get back to the book I’m in the middle of!
Happy New Year, and happy reading.