Where does the time go? Shouldn't it still be early November or something like that? That's the only reason I can come up with for why I should have failed to remember to buy a new calendar while at the mall this afternoon.
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.
I guess not.
Anyway, I'm reading Can You Forgive Her? and The Master and Margarita this week, and there's no chance I'll finish either of them before midnight tomorrow, so it's time to post my 2009 reading stats.
I read 101 books this year! I'd not managed triple digits since 2001 and would not have not read near that many this year were it not for the 17 books I completed in October, thanks in large part to those pulled muscles in my lower back--and truth be told, I'd rather never reach 100 again if it means my back won't hurt.
The stats break down thusly:
Books of short stories: 7
Library books read: 48
Newly-acquired books read: 32
Newly-acquired books stockpiled for later reading: 140
Free e-texts read: 5
Books just published in last year or so: 55
Works I consider classics: 10
Works written prior to 20th century: 7
Books written by women: 55
Authors I read multiple books by: Anthony Trollope (4); A.L. Barker (2); A.S. Byatt (2); Richmal Crompton (2); Amy Hempel (2); Susan Hill (2); Patrick O'Brian (2); and Dan Simmons (2).
Plays: Zilch (at least I did go to see Hamlet, so there's that)
Have I ever gone a year without re-reading something? This may be a first. I'm also disheartened by the fact that I'm reading more library books while simultaneously acquiring more books than ever before. Even R. turned on me this week and called me a hoarder when I hesitated on donating a duplicate copy of Don Quixote to charity--so if anyone ever complains that we're down to only the Grossman translation, it's her fault, not mine.
Stats/favorites from previous years:
2008: Favorite books and reading stats
2007: End of year stats
2006: End of year reading stats
2005: A look back, a look ahead
2004: It was a good year for reading