Last year, I read 11 books! This year I also read 11. One of those books is A Series of Unfortunate Events book that I started with my babysitting charge and finished on my own, so I’ve completed my usual goal of 10 books on my own, like last year. I’m glad I’ve kept up my reading pace.
Overall, I read 4 fiction books (2 classics, 2 new–same as last year!), 5 non-fiction books (1 theater book, 2 pscychology/parenting/self-help books, 1 feminism book, and 1 book of essays–overall, 2 more than last year), 1 Children/Young Adult series books, and 1 book of poetry. I increased by number of non-American authors from 1 to 2 and increased the number of women authors from 5 to 9 (a major increase!), with 5 of the 9 being women of color. 6 books were for my virtual book club with my college friends, and 2 were for other book clubs, both at work. Usually I read 1 book by someone I know, which I didn’t this year, but I did meet one of them who is a friend of a friend of a friend. 1 I read because it related to something I was writing/working on.
These stats are fairly similar to last year’s but with some improvements, especially in the women author category. Two years ago my ratio of women to men authors was 3/9, last year it was 5/10, and this year it was 9/11. I also increased in reading non-American authors and went back to my resolution to read 1 feminism book a year. I kept up my good mix of fiction, non-fiction, children/young adult books, and poetry. My resolution has been to read 1 poetry book a year, and I have stuck to that. However, one of my resolutions last year AND the year before that had been to read a biography, and I still did not do that. I also have a resolution to read 1 Thornton Wilder book a year, and I almost didn’t make it this year, but we are reading The Bridge of San Luis Rey for my book club at work, and even though I’ve already read it, I figured this would be a good one to re-read in the last few days of the year since it’s very short, thus fufilling my goal. I basically achieved all my reading goals except for biography. Next year: Continue with at least a 50:50 ratio for women to men authors and continue with my reading variety–make sure to continue to read 1 poetry book a year, 1 feminism book a year, and 1 Wilder book a year–but make sure to read a biography as well.
I also read 7 New Yorkers (2 fewer than last year, which was already down from 1 the previous year) and 5 New York magazines (3 fewer than I read last year after being down 2 from the previous year) in between each book, as well as various other magazine and website articles. Plus, every Time Out New York. Next year: Try to bring myself up to previous years’ numbers of 10 New Yorkers and 10 New York magazines a year.
This year I’ve also added a list of my online reading/writing classes, since I did a lot of reading for those as well, and the short stories I read this year. Most of these short stories were for one of the online classes.
My favorite book(s) of the year:
Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof
I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems