Sorry for the delay on this post, folks. Apparently my ISP decided to say “Happy New Year” by letting service flake out just as I was about to hit “schedule post” last night. Some days I’m not at all excited about paying my cable company. Before this turns into a full blown rant, however, here is the post I managed to save in a text document before the internets could steal it from me. *I* was the victor! Muhahahahaha!!!! [If ever a victor could be described as someone who just managed to save her work while still not being able to do what she had set out to do.]
This little meme is courtesy of Mae (go check out her very wonderful blog) and, obviously, it’s so awesome I thought I’d steal it (I also had no will to create something of my own as I’m still unwinding from holiday insanity and other neuroses).
How many books read in 2010? 40 (this is a somewhat educated guess, I reviewed more than thirty, some to “air” this month, while others didn’t get reviewed)
Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio? 37/3
Male/Female authors? 13/27
Favorite book read? Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein (you can check out my review to find out why)
How many rereads? I honestly don’t know. There were a few as I discovered a wonderful used book store in my state that seemed to only encourage me purchasing old romance novels I remember reading in my youth.
Most books read by one author this year? I’m going to go with the qualifier “new to me” for author and say Meredith Duran. She only has four books out so far and I’m clinging to one of them unread so I have a treat just prior to her new book comes out in the spring. Three, however, were read in rapid succession.
Any in translation? A couple. I think. The Housekeeper and the Professor was certainly one.
And how many of this year’s books were from the library? 16
Favorite New-to-Me Author: Meredith Duran
Favorite Classic: Brave New World
Most On-the-Nose Title: I’m going to cheat and use a book I read in 2009 for this one – The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was brilliant work and the title was absolutely perfect.
Most Disturbing: The Chocolate War
Most Accessible Author Who Intimidated Me for No Good Reason: Toni Morrison. She’s an excellent author but, in my opinion, not at all someone to be intimidated by.
Most Discouraging Realization: Two parts for this one. First, is that books that show “the mob” in a poor/undesirable light seem to take the banned list by force. Second, that certain big-to-do literary review newspapers pander shamelessly to the person anointed “genius”, or so it seems to me, by some random and anonymous someones. Although, that isn’t so much a discouragement, more a very large irritation.
Most Reassuring Realization: Those controversial books were still published and now people like me, who obviously hold censorship with great disdain, now have a great checklist from which to build our TBR lists.
2011 Reading Goals: War and Peace, The Satanic Verses, and many others!