I really didn't make many reading goals last year at this time (I think I only wanted to try and read more classics and choose ten books from the Modern Library list to read), but I think I might make a few for next year. I am always a little curious to look back at what sorts of books that I read, and although I really don't like to quantify things, I'm sorry, but I am going to quantify things just for today (because it is not quantity but quality--right?!).
- I am cheating a little here--I think I will finish two more books before the end of the year, so in the end I will have read 73 books. This is quite a lot for me as I usually average between 45-50 during a year. I didn't try and read more this year, so I am not sure how to account for it really. I think my other hobby (needlework) suffered in part as I have been reading more than stitching, and I think all the reading challenges have sort of helped me read more, too. Also, please keep in mind I don't have children or what you might call an exciting social life!
- 43 of the books were written by women and the remaining 30 were by men.
- 32 books were plain old fiction.
- 6 were nonfiction (actually I thought I read fewer than that...).
- Only 1 was a YA novel.
- 8 were mysteries (a pretty scrawny number considering how many I used to read).
- 25 were classics, or at least what I consider a classic (either they were on the Modern Library list or were a "classic" edition--like what Penguin publishes). I am pretty pleased with this!
- 18 books were library books. I won't admit to how many got checked out and returned unread...
- Countless numbers of books were bought (do you think I am possibly going to own up to a number here?!).
- Not many short stories were read.
- Fewer essays.
- Even fewer poems.
- Not a single play.
Much reading enjoyment was had in 2006!