2007: a summary at Stray Talk
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3rd January, 2008
2007: a summary
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I meant to post this a couple of days ago, but somehow never got around to it. I have to admit, though, that this sort of post is almost the highlight of my reading year — I experience a geeky sort of pleasure at seeing the stats written down. I also quite enjoy looking at other people’s stats posts.

In 2007:

  • I read 140 books by 92 authors.
  • I read 52 male authors, 40 female (which confirms my suspicion that I tend to go for the blokes. I thought there’d be more of a difference, though.)
  • I read 56 authors I’d never read before, and 23 who were Swedish.
  • I read 103 books in English, 36 in Swedish and 1 in French.
  • I read 35 books that were re-reads.
  • I read 108 books that were works of fiction and 32 that were non-fiction.
  • The busiest reading month was January, when I read 31 books.
  • I failed to reach my reading goal, which was 60 000 pages. I’d read 38 274 pages by the end of the year.
  • Best books (no re-reads) were:
    • Finns det liv pÃ¥ Mars? by Inger Edelfeldt
    • The Virtu by Sarah Monette
    • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (despite the epilogue which I have still not learned to like, and most likely never will)
    • Linas kvällsbok 2 by Emma Hamberg (more for nostalgic reason than it being a proper great book. And no, I’ve never read it before—the nostalgia stems from the fact that the main character goes to the same type of highschool I did.)
    • Now & Then by William Corlett
    • Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates
    • Flying Colours by CS Forester
  • Most disappointing was The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, which was really, really dull and I wanted to like it, but couldn’t. Every time I started to get into it and wanted to know what happened next, the story jumped backwards in time so it was like starting all over again.

For 2008, I don’t have any specific reading goals, except to try to complete as many as possible of the reading challenges I’m signed up for. I’d also like to try to read an average of four books a week. It won’t be a big deal if I don’t succeed, but I am at least going to attempt it.

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