Saturday, January 03, 2009

Best of 2008

Just did a little inventory of my reading in 2008. It was a good year for books - I started a book club, which gives me no end of satisfaction - there's a great crew of people and we have really terrific conversations.

I read:
21 Fiction books
9 Non-fiction (that's a lot, for me)
20 books by women and
10 by men

Hmm... that list seems pretty small to me. You know what's funny? I either ride my bike to work or take a quick ride in the car in bad weather, so I no longer have a reading commute. Also, sometimes at night I listen to a short story podcast rather than read with my eyes. Usually when I think about retiring, the thing I get most excited about is having all the time I want to read!

My top five for 2008 are:
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz;
Fun Home (A Family Tragicomic), by Alison Bechdel;
Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym;
Murder in the Dark, by Maraget Atwood;
The Gathering, by Anne Enright


KHM said...

I'm *this* close to finishing The Brief Wondrous Life... what a great, great fun book. Yes---I picked it up after reading about it over at Bookish...thanks!

Its funny how changes in your morning/evening commute influences the time you spend in certain activities...for me, not driving to work has really decreased my time listening to news or audiobooks. And I do miss it.... but not the traffic (or the work, actually...)

E. L. Fay said...

Hey K - I've been on my sister's case about sending you a thank-you email, but she's a chronic procrastinator, being only 13. But she did like it, although she wasn't too fond of the ending. But it's first in a series, right?

One of my favorite 2008 reads was Watchmen. It may be a graphic novel about superheroes, but it is far from an ordinary kiddie comic. (The movie is coming out in March.)

Special K said...

Hi, EL, I got your sister's message - it was precious! I didn't finish it myself, so I'm not sure what happened at the end, but yes, I think there are about three more.

My boy's a big fan of the Watchmen - I haven't read it yet myself but would like to. Happy new year!