I read 73 books.
Total pages 13,568. Hours 240
New to Me Authors: 59 / Repeat Authors: 14
This year, I read my 7th Ann Patchett. Two authors, I read for the 3rd time: Thomas Hardy and Matt Haig. I read 11 authors for the second time. The only reread was Milkman, by Anna Burns, both this year – one by eBook and one by audio. I also read Say Nothing, a nonfiction view into the times and setting of Milkman. A themed combination that created a great reading experience.
Classics: 14; oldest book Candide 1759. Only 3 books published before 1900. Books published in 2019 = 20, in 2018 = 23.
Shortest book: No Small Gift, 110 pages. Poetry
Longest book: The Golden Notebook, 640 pages
Longest Audiobook: Wolf Hall (and the only series book?) 24+ hours
I took advantage of Audible’s monthly freebies quite often.
I completed the Classics Club 50 in 5 years!!!!!
I also completed – for the VERY FIRST TIME – the Back to the Classics Challenge at the 9 book level.
I already mentioned my Milkman twice + Say Nothing “Reading Experience”. Wonderful.
A renewed focus to blog and write reviews. Lots of Business/Leadership books = 5. Three books with the word GOLDEN in it. Another year of no readalongs. And no Stephen King. Anyone up for The Green Mile in 2020?
I did a fair job of reading books for the March Tournament of Books – always a wonderful time of year.
My top favorites to share are:
and, drumroll please for the 2019 Pie in Literature Award, the WINNER of my best book with pie is The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J.Ryan Stradal!
Edith would just as soon take another woman’s husband as another woman’s pie recipe, and she had the best husband in the world, so there you go.
Honorable Mentions: Where the Crawdads Sing for a boat named The Cherry Pie, and The Psychology of Time Travel for frozen butter pies on a stick.
Which reminds me, I read a few time travel books this year, too.
One more thing:
I read 8 books in 2018 that were on the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die: The Accidental, Candide, A Clockwork Orange, The Woodlanders, Naked Lunch, The House of the Seven Gables, A Handful Dust, Love in a Cold Climate
Happy New Year! Read and enjoy a slice of pie – in real life or in a book.
Diana frowned. “We told you, we don’t want cake, we want pie.”
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