Well, my Top 15 of 2008 were listed yesterday, and now for something linked to it.
I did this meme at the end of last year, and thought it worth a revisit for 2008… I won’t tag anyone, but do have a go if you’d like to.
-How many books read in 2008?
137 (so far!)
101 Fiction/36 Non-Fiction, which leans less towards fiction than usual. Mostly literary non-fiction – letters, biography, lit crit.
62 male, 72 female, 3 where there were mixed contributors. Women were comfortably outstripping the men until the autumn when my course started, and the reading lists became dominated by men. Still, women just win out.
-Favourite book read?
Top 15 listed here…
Not including the occasional review book which I didn’t think much of (as I try to only write positive reviews of books if people have been kind enough to send them to me) – I was underwhelmed by Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, and bored by Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. And, of course, gave up on Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Quite a few read before they were published this year…
-Longest book title?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer will probably be most bloggers’ longest title for 2008.
-How many re-reads?
Far more than usual… 18. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day; Year In, Year Out by AA Milne; Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice; Cold Comfort Farm; The Garden Party; four Mapp & Lucia books; four St. Clare’s books, and four titles on my 50 Books… list: Speaking of Love; The Love Child; The L-Shaped Room; The Provincial Lady Goes Further
-Most books read by one author this year?
EF Benson and AA Milne win with 6 each; Enid Blyton managed 4; Jane Austen, EM Delafield, Olive Schreiner, Katherine Mansfield and Daphne du Maurier had a respectable 3 each.
-Any in translation?
2: The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby and Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. Considering I’d hoped to read lots of Scandinavian lit this year, I rather failed.
-And how many of this year’s books were from the library?
17, all the university library, which is better than none last year.