Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Life in Books

I just finished reading the fantastic Marathon Man by William Goldman (no relation) (that I know of), and this being the last day of the year, quickly wrote it down on my list of books-read-in-2009. And this being that sort of a time, I counted how many books I read this year and the number seems to be 38, which is a lot lower than I would have guessed; I thought I read about 50 books a year, but it appears that over the 8 years I have been keeping track (which is to say, the 8 years since I was bored at work and decided to learn some html to pass the time and keep the list online), my average is 42 per year. And this being that sort of end-of-decade looking-back tallying-up kind of day, (and also because I should be getting ready to go to a New Years party but we all know how terrible at going to parties I am so - hey, look, I better wash those dishes before I leave!) I went back and made you this little neat summary of the highlights of the books I've read since I started keeping online-nerdy-html track.

IMPORTANT NOTE: CLICK ON ANY OF THESE LINKS AND YOU WILL GET TO AMAZON.COM AND THEN EVEN IF YOU GO BUY SOME OTHER BOOK, EVEN *NOT THE ONE I'VE LINKED TO*, I WILL GET A SMALL MONETARY KICK-BACK FROM YOUR PURCHASE. Which is to say: PLEASE CLICK THROUGH! I haven't gotten a referral-bonus in ages :)










































200938 books readThis was the year I read all four of the Twilight series books. Not sure if I even get credit for the good stuff, considering. (WHY DID IT END? GIVE ME MORE!) (Just kidding.) (Sorta.) (And I'm not alone, even at my age: this article claims to get it.)
200844 books readI loved Eat, Pray, Love so just shut up. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and The Pillars of the Earth.
200755 books readLOTS of great stuff, including A Tale of Two Cities, The Moon and Sixpence, The Corrections, and The History of Love.
200639 books readnotably The Princess Bride, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Frankenstein, and The Satanic Verses
200540 books readA year of beautiful books: Truth & Beauty and The Time Traveler's Wife, and Everything is Illuminated
200438 books readOnly War and Peace. Only not really only. Also Unintended Consequences and Madame Bovary, for two.
200340 books readThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and this was the year I really read the Bible, one parsha every Friday night.
200243 books read
Anna Karenina
! and
The Brothers Karamazov
! and
Of Mice and Men
! AND Infinite Jest. What a year.


Happy New Year.

3 comments:

WishIcouldbepartofthatworld said...

Guess what!! Im going to see Elizabeth Gilbert on Tuesday and buy her new book! It's going to be my first book signing/meet the author ever, (and she happens to be one of my favs!) YAY! Great job on the reading. You beat me!! Happy new yearrrrr! xoxo

Briane P said...

RDB: Do you get kickbacks for purchases on a Kindle? If so, I'll purchase all my books through your blog; Sweetie gave me a kindle for Christmas and I'm looking forward to buying every book, ever.

ReadDanceBliss said...

SBG: enjoy!! you know i loooooove readings and signings; I hope you'll like it! Let me know how it is.

Briane: YES!!! I'm pretty sure I get kickbacks on everything, as long as it's sold by amazon and not a third-party seller (like the used books mostly are). How is the Kindle, do you love it?? Happy New Year!