What a year. In a way, with all the retreating from reality I’ve felt compelled to do, I’m not surprised that I read 106 books over the last 12 months.
On Instagram, there’s a Best 9 meme. I did a best 9 books that I read last year.
My longest read was Parade’s End at 912 pages. It’s not one I’d recommend wholeheartedly. The shortest was A Geisha for the American Consul, Lesley Downer’s delightful short story, which was only 56 pages but packed a good amount in.
I gave 13 books 5 stars and only the two above a 1 star rating.
51 of the books I read were by women. I made an effort to only read books by women in October and discovered that I prefer a mix of voices in my reading.
I read plenty of books I would never have picked up, thanks to the reading challenges run by The Reader’s Room. The Olympic Challenge they set led to some creative reading, with plenty borrowed from the library.
I tried to diversify my reading to include more books by or about differently abled people, something I found really difficult. I discovered that I don’t know how to search for books that fulfill that as a criterion. If anyone has any tips, please leave a comment below.
Parade’s End was 2016’s World War One book. In 2017, I plan to read Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy as part of my personal challenge to read a Great War book for each centenary year.
I also intend to blitz my TBR this year. I was shocked to calculate that I had 123 on the list in November. In December I managed to read seven books I already own, but then got books for Christmas which cancelled a few of those out, so the list is still 121 strong. One of the books my husband bought me for Christmas was Susan Hill’s Howard’s End is on the Landing, which is inspiration for reading more from the pile before I buy any more. I wish myself luck with with that, yes.
How did you do last year? What were your highlights? Which books did you wish had never darkened your door?