Saturday, December 31, 2005

Year In Review

I started Pie Not Included at the beginning of the year, and now I have a delightful way to look back on the books I read this year. My goal was to read fifty books this year (I think last year I read fortysomething, one of which was Ulysses which obviously counts extra).

So this year I read 72 books, most of which were reviewed right here. (I still need to post my Cloud Atlas review but it's on my work computer, and I'm in California for the holidays.)

Of these 72 books, 28 were written by women; 44 were written by men. (Damn.) 22 were for my reading list project. I've been focusing on the Radcliffe list; I have 33 books left to go on that list. (I'm not looking forward to Finnegans Wake or The Fountainhead.)

My top five books of the year were:

The Sun Also Rises, just magnificent writing. The reason Hemingway is considered great.
The Corrections, a contemporary classic. Perfect characters.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I never officially reviewed, but loved. Her best yet.
Invisible Man, impressed me with its use of symbolism especially.
Appointment in Samarra, another classic that's worth your time.

My bottom five books were:

The Wind in the Willows, which featured a toad in a dress and was annoying.
Main Street, so very boring.
Kim, almost impossible to get through.
Artemis Fowl, horrid little titular character.
The Virgin, amateurish.

My overly ambitious reading goals for the next year are to finish off the Radcliffe list and also to read at least one hundred books. Thanks for reading my book blog this year! See you in 2006.


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Blogger mo pie said...

You may want to look up the word "inquisitive," dude.

4:16 PM  
Blogger K said...

Mo, the above comment just made me snort with laughter, at work.

72 books is pretty impressive. I've totally fallen behind in recording mine, apart from on a scruffy bit of paper.

4:43 AM  
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10:27 AM  
Blogger ian said...

I did not love The Wind in the Willows, but I would like to see a deeper critique of the book from you. I found these tidbits on the Inter Net:

"originally written for his son Alastair who shared the waywardness of Toad" ...and who later committed suicide. So that answers the question why anyone would find Toad a sympathetic character: if Toad was their son.

"The creatures seem to be at once their 'real' size and also a size compatible with the human world. The amazing thing is not so much that we accept this as that it needs no acceptance--we never really even think about it at all."

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might like it better if you read it as a metaphor about modern US politics, with Clinton as Toad, Bush and the GOP as the weasels, and a collection of Democrats (and others?), to be specificed later in the roles of Badger, Rat, etc.

9:37 AM  

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