How many books read in 2009?
I have beaten my own personal best by reading 133 books this year and I'll finish another before midnight on New Year's Eve.
How many fiction and non fiction?
I have only read eight works of non-fiction this year but that is actually rather good for me. I foresee me reading more non-fiction titles in 2010, with a few lined up already for the beginning of the year.
Male/Female author ratio?
35 male authors (two books at least but a few of them) and 78 female authors, which doesn't surprise me at all.
Favourite book of 2009?
The Group by Mary McCarthy, published in 1963 but reissued in 2009. For my favourite new book of the year, check back tomorrow.
Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill.
Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why?
I've been lucky (for the most part) with my choices this year and haven't picked anything up that I couldn't finish although I'm still stunned that I managed to finish The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt and there were definite moments when I suspected that it would never end.
Oldest book read?
I finally read my last remaining unread Jane Austen novel, Persuasion, this year and that was published posthumously in 1817 and the oldest book that I had this year.
After the Fire, A Still Small Voice was most likely the most recently published that I have read but I have read 24 new titles this year
Longest and shortest book titles?
After the Fire, A Still Small Voice and Mort.
Longest and shortest books?
Wolf Hall was the longest (even if The Children's Book felt like it) and I read a number of novellas.
How many books from the library?
I've utilised the library as much as possible this year and 38 of the books read were borrowed from the library.
Any translated books?
Fourteen books, predominantly French.
Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?
Seven Terry Pratchett novels, six of them set in the Discworld.
Favourite character of the year?
Terry Pratchett's Death.
Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?
Perhaps a world tour? London through the ages, Scotland, Ireland, The Czech Republic, the Deep South, North America, Domincan Republic, Colombia, Spain, Poland, Brazil, France, Russia, Australia, India, Japan, Afghanistan, Switzerland, Egypt, Iceland, Sweden, China, Australia, Brazil, Africa, a couple of deserted islands and the Disc.
Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?
It being my first year blogging, there have been several!
Which author was new to you in 2009 that you now want to read the entire works of?
Esther Freud, John Wyndham, Mary McCarthy, Jhumpa Lahiri, James Scudamore, J.M. Coetzee, Sam Taylor and a few debut novelists who I will seek out future writings from.
Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read?
There are a few books that I have been wanting to read for some time that I am annoyed with myself for not reading - look out for those in 2010! On the plus side, I read more new fiction this year than I ever have any other year but next year I would like to strike a balance between new fiction and those books that I have been meaning to read.
Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (pre-blogging) and Brighton Rock by Graham Greene