I have been going over what I read for 2010.
I was under the impression,
that I had read much less than 2009.
2009: 58 books
2010: 54 books
Not much of a difference.
If you consider that 2010 had the following factors going against it,
1-Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics,
two weeks spent in front of the television.
2-My mom’s heart attack,
non stop worrying and no concentration.
3-The summer of hell,
4-The Habs making it to the Stanley Cup semi-finals,
first time in 15 years.
That makes for several weeks of no reading,
well not much reading,
I always read.
I started my reading year with,
Last Night In Twisted River,
John Irving, my man.
I will be ending it with,
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.
Rich and full.
I am shocked to see,
I have read 1 French Language book,
It was a decent one but,
by no means a masterpiece,
L’Élégance Du Hérrison by Muriel Barbery.
I must do better in 2011!
I read 12 mysteries in 2010,
I used to read 30-40 a year,
quality more than quantity.
As far as Male/Female author ratio is concerned,
22 were by male authors,
that leaves 32 for the women.
The author I read most this year,
Somerset Maugham, 4 books.
The author I discovered this year and will be reading more of,
Non-fiction reading not much,
mostly literary memoirs and collections of letters.
I like fiction.
I didn’t count rereads but,
there must be 4-5.
I also didn’t count the 4 novels I read in manuscript form,
they are by a good friend of mine,
I’ll tell you about them when they come out,
if she wants me to.
So for 2011,
I will be participating in The GLBT Q Reading Challenge,
( I also added the Q, following the example of Amy, it is as it should be)
here is the list of books I will be reading:
The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Maurice by E.M Forster
Normal by Amy Bloom
The Gilda Stories by Jewel Gomez
The sixth is to be determined.
Also I would like to read Thomas Wolfe’s,
Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time And The River,
Big, thick, Southern fiction.
Since I was a child,
I have been attracted to the tragic destiny of Wolfe.
This year I try,
I’m hoping Cass doesn’t make us read our Bunker List,
I may never be heard from again:-)
I will let her reveal the said Bunker list when she sees fit but,
let me tell you it’s a doozy.
More French language books, GLBTQ, and some dense Southern Literature,
so goes the objective for 2011.
Let’s see how well I do.
I wish you all a Healthy and Happy New Year celebration.
Grab your girl/guy or whoever and tell them you love them.
Because the world needs more love and more readers:-)