Thursday, April 2, 2009

First quarter book report

At the end of 2008 I saw many bloggers list all the books they had read that year. I read a lot of books, too, but since I didn't write them down I'm not sure how many I actually managed to finish. (With over 200 newspaper and magazine issues that make up most of my reading during the year, I have less time nowadays for books.) I decided that for 2009 I would keep track of all the books I read, and make note of it. So here's my report for the first quarter of 2009; there's a guide to abbreviations below, and the number in parentheses refers to how many times I've read the book.

Key: F: Fantasy; H: Historical; M: Mystery; MG: Middle Grade (ages 8-12); NF: Nonfiction; SF: Science Fiction; YA: Young Adult (age 13+)

01/08/09: Leslie Connor, Waiting for Normal (MG, 1)
01/05/09: Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (1)
01/19/09: Kim Stanley Robinson, Forty Signs of Rain (SF, 1)
01/26/09: Robinson, Fifty Degrees Below (SF, 1)
01/30/09: Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice (10? 15? I've lost count)
02/01/09: Richard Peck, The River between Us (YA, H, 1)
02/08/09: Robinson, Sixty Days and Counting (SF, 1)
02/12/09: Julia Barrett, Presumption (H, 1 or 2)
02/15/09: Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (MG, F, 1)
02/18/09: Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (YA, H, 1)
02/20/09: Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary (3 or 4)
02/22/09: Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now (YA, 1)
02/26/09: Emma Tennant, Pemberley (H, 1)
02/27/09: Tennant, An Unequal Marriage (H, 1)
03/05/09: The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century (SF, 1)
03/07/09: Richard Peck, The Teacher's Funeral (YA, H, 1)
03/10/09: Stephen R. Donaldson, The Mirror of Her Dreams (F, 4-5*)
03/12/09: Donaldson, A Man Rides Through (F, 4-5)
03/14/09: Jane Dawkins, Letters from Pemberley (H, 1)
03/15/09: Stephenie Meyer, Twlight (YA, F, 1)
03/21/09: Carrie Bebris, Pride and Prescience (H, M, 1)
03/24/09: James Kennedy, The Order of Odd-Fish (YA, F, 1)
03/31/09: George Cantor, A Season in the Big House (NF, 1)

*but not in the past 10 years

23 books total
8 middle-grade/young adult
6 Sci-Fi or Fantasy
7 Austen-related

That's actually more books than I thought I'd read, almost two per week. It's because I'm spending at least 30 minutes a day on the exercise bike, which is great reading time. It's also more first-time reads than I usually have; most often I'm re-reading an old favorite, but this year I'm trying to keep up with the children's marketplace. It will be interesting to see if the proportions change next quarter. How many books have you read so far this year, and which was your favorite? I believe of the books I read for the first time this quarter, I would choose either The River between Us or The Graveyard Book as my favorite.


  1. It's my kind of woman who creates a whole coding system for her book lists...

  2. Yes, I think I've mentioned before that I'm totally anal retentive about organizing books, music, etc.

  3. You've read so many books this year so far!

    I started keeping a list last year as well. And then a friend showed me this site, which has made my life so much easier. Give it a try, if you're into that whole organizing sort'a thing. ;)