In 2009, I read:
92 total books (an average of 1.76 per week)
65 books for the first time
33 books were for children or young adults
13 books were Austen or Austen-related
23 books were fantasy
27 books were science fiction
8 books were nonfiction (mostly biographies, mostly for work)
5 were classics I read for the first time
The total number is a bit disappointing; I think I usually read more than 100 books a year (at least two a week), but all the extra assignments this year, plus the gap caused by NaNoWriMo, brought the number down. I actually read more books for the first time than I did old favorites, which surprises me. (Thank goodness for the library.) Over a third of the books were for younger readers, which is something I worked at this year. I was also surprised to see that I read more science fiction than fantasy; usually the proportion is the other way around, but between my yearly re-reading of Bujold's Vorkosigan series and my discovery of YA author Scott Westerfeld, I got a lot more in this year. (YA sci-fi is pretty unusual, at least compared to the amount of fantasy out there, so I was curious to check it out, and was glad I did. Westerfeld is a fun author to read.)
So now it's time to consider what were my favorite books I discovered this year (ie, read for the first time). This is a toughie, picking just five out of 65, but I'll try my best.
Favorite book in the 1st quarter
Richard Peck, The River between Us, a wonderful YA historical set during the Civil War with a fantastic twist to it.
Favorite book in the 2nd quarter
Scott Westerfeld's Peeps, a welcome, SF-oriented antidote to all the angsty romantic Twilight vampire madness.
Favorite book in the 3rd quarter
John Green's Paper Towns, an Edgar-winning YA mystery that's more about discovering character than solving a puzzle.
Favorite book in the 4th quarter
Cormac MacCarthy's The Road, and yes, I know I'm late to this classic apocalyptic elegy, but I love a good end-of-the-world story and this one is beautifully written.
Favorite book of the year
Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, The 2009 Newbery Award winner that begins with a toddler fleeing a murderous killer with a dripping knife, but is more a coming-of-age tale than a horror story. Gaiman remains one of my favorite authors writing today.
Hmmm. Four of my favorite new books of the year were written for young adults. Either I'm immature or I just know good literature. In any case, it's good to know I'm writing in a genre I really enjoy.