You can thank Simon of Savidgereads that I’m not going to post the tedious, statistical report I was in the process of creating earlier this week. Instead, I unabashedly stole most of this meme from him, while adding a few questions of my own, because it gives a much better picture of the year I spent reading than numbers ever could:

How many books read in 2009?

  • 108

How many pages total?

  • 28,373

How many fiction and nonfiction?

  • 99 fiction
  • 9 nonfiction

How many male authors, female authors or books written by both?

  • 52 male
  • 54 female
  • 2 by both

Favourite books of 2009? (Not in any particular order.)

  • Perfumes: The Guide by Lucas Turin and Tania Sanchez
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Oldest book read?

  • Candide by Voltaire, written in 1759

Longest and shortest book titles?

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Snow by Cynthia Rylant

Longest books?

  • The Bible at 1,123 pages
  • World Without End by Ken Follett at 1,014 pages

Any translated books?

  • Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami (Japanese)
  • Great Teacher Ozinga Volumes 1-6 by Tohry Fujisawa (Japanese)
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (French)
  • Eat Sleep Sit by Kaoru Nonomura (Japanese)
  • Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami (Japanese)
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago (Portuguese)
  • Candide by Voltaire (French)
  • Underground by Haruki Murakami (Japanese)
  • The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese)
  • Crow Boy by Taro Yashima (Japanese)
  • The Elegance of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French)
  • Yakuza Moon by Shoko Tendo (Japanese)
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (Swedish)
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Japanese)
  • The Bible (Hebrew and Greek)

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?

  • Haruki Murakami: 3

Any re-reads?

  • The Bible
  • Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • Little House on The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Little Town on The Praire by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
  • The Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Candide by Voltaire

Which books wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?

  • The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (thank you, Bookfool!)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (thank you, Lesley!)
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (thank you, Woolf in Winter sponsors!)
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (thank you, Carl, for hosting the Once Upon a Time III!)

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?

  • um…nope

How many tours did you participate in?

How many challenges did you complete?

Not complete? (I wish that I could have fit these in; they were worthy, interesting challenges for which I ran out of time.)

Did you learn anything about yourself and blogging this year?

  • Don’t agree to review so many books that you find yourself becoming hostile about your favorite pastime.
  • Don’t worry about stats, authority, rank or anything but your own best job of putting forth your blog.
  • Don’t neglect to visit all the sweet and friendly people who visit you and take the time to leave their thoughts.
  • WordPress is way more sophisticated challenging to learn than Blogger, but I’m glad I made the switch. It has great themes that fit a lot of information, yet still look clean.
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