End of Year Book Meme

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.

30 thoughts on “End of Year Book Meme

  1. I'm constantly amazed by the achievements of all you book bloggers – not only that you read so MUCH, but that you can convey to the rest of us all the magic, enlightenment and occasional boredom you experience with such elan.I was especially taken by one title on your list, which pointed me directly to another book and a possibly interesting project.The first thing I thought of when I saw the title of Kaoru Nonomura's "Eat, Sleep, Sit" was Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love". Her book was published in 2006, his in 2009. I'm curious as can be. Did he pattern his title after hers? Both explore Eastern disciplines. What similarities are there? Differences?Now, I have two bookish resolutions for 2010 – to read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (there's that cat, after all!) and to read these two books and do a comparison. Thanks for stirring my curiosity!


  2. It's interesting that you draw a comparison between Eat Sleep Sit and Eat, Pray, Love. How similar the titles are! However, I doubt that was done on purpose. I've read both, being disappointed in the later, but I don't want to dissuage you from your fascinating project. Eat Sleep Sit was a recording of the author's experience in a Buddhist monastary; he tells of harrowing times, lessons learned, and ultimately, he leaves to return to his 'normal' life. It's very focused on Japanese and Buddhist traditions.Eat Pray Love was about the author's search for enlightenment as well, so I can see where one could draw many comparisons: eastern thought, searching for meaning, escaping one's routine in daily life. However, whereas Nonomura lives his adventure with the strictest discipline and training, Gilbert embarks on what I see as a great indulgence: into food, sex and pleasure in general.Still, I'd love to read your comparisons between the two. Best of all would be to share The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles with you. I love your insights, Linda, and I'll bet you could ennlighten me as to the cat/bird relationship there. Not to mention other themes I probably missed the first time around.


  3. I had THE HELP on my top 10'ish list this year as well. In fact, it was my top, top read for the year. Hope you have a lovely New Year, Bellezza! I'm planning on starting up my blog again in the new year. Please stop by and see me if you get a chance.


  4. I love Simon's meme too! I am very pleased to see Blindness on your list, as it is my favourite read of this year too. I enjoyed most of the other books on your list, but will have to make sure I read The Magician's Elephant in 2010, as it sounds great.


  5. Jackie, didn't Blindness make you think?! It's still with me, and I read it over the summer. He just had such interesting things to say about society/civilization, not to mention literally being blind. I think that's the handicap which would make me suffer the most.It won't take you long to read The Magician's Elephant, but you might want to spend some time reading it slowly; each phrase, each sentence, each allusion is so lovely.Happy reading in 2010! I'm looking forward to sharing books with you!


  6. I am thrilled you had a go at this Meme, and loved your additional questions (I added some to Stuck in a Books the year before) I liked the last question in particular and may use that in a post for the weekend if I may hehehe.


  7. It looks like you had a great reading year! This is a great meme but I almost have my post ready so will have to pass on it. Anyway, I love the bit about what you learned… I think some of those would apply to me as well :)Here's wishing you a lot of great reads in 2010!


  8. A wonderful meme indeed! Congrats on what seems to have been a wonderful reading year. I see a lot of books here that I want to explore myself, and I'm off to read your review of The Help next. It's atop my e-book wishlist for the coming weeks. Happy new year!


  9. You've got a really balanced male-female authors reading year! =)I'd love to read the books you've listed as your favourites for this year. Some of them I've had on my radar for quite some time, and some of them I'm only hearing about for the first time! I'm glad we both have The Wind-up Bird Chronicle on the list of favs.


  10. You read so many of my favorite books, and so many that I would love to read (but that's what resolutions are for, no?). And I still "owe" you Kafka on the Shore. Thank you for sharing your warmth and insights this year. I look forward to more in 2010!


  11. What an interesting book post! I'm really impressed by the number of books you've read this year. My favorite book this year is The Elegance of the Hedgehog. And since you've listed Gurnsey as one of your faves, may I suggest you listen to the audio book. The different characters are read by various voices, great entertainment! All the best for a book-filled 2010! I look forward to more informative book posts from you. Have a very Happy New Year, Bellezza!


  12. The Elegance of The Hedgehog was my mother's favorite book of the year; she even read it twice which is something she never does. But, for the me the ending spoiled it. I liked everything about the concierge and the 'little' girl until then.I would like to listen to Guernsey Literary Society on audio. Thanks for suggesting it!


  13. Congratulations on a fantastic reading year! The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Housekeeper and The Professor are on my list for 2010. Happy New Year, Bellezzza!


  14. I think this is a very complete way to look at one's reading year. I see several books on your list that I've not read, but hope to read in 2010. Thanks for this comprehensive look at your reading this year.


  15. Do you include the equivalent word count if you listen to an audio book?I've copied your meme and made it my own. :)http://educatingpetunia.blogspot.com/2009/12/end-of-2009-reading-meme.html


  16. Petunia, my word count is so arbitrary I'd count anything if I were you. How could I say a page in a children's book is equal to a page of, say, Leviticus? They aren't even remotely comparable as to the number of words per page, but I wanted a loose approximation. I think next year I'll just count 'books read' period and skip page numbers entirely. I'm off to see how your year of reading was.


  17. You had a great reading year! I look forward to reading your reviews and hearing about your teaching and your life in 2010. Happy New Year, dear friend.


  18. You had a great reading year!I'm noticing that you and I have a lot of the same books in common as favorites: Savvy, The Year the Sparrows Came Early, Blindness, and more. I've just checked out A Game of Thrones and plan on reading The Housekeeper and The Professor in a few weeks. Happy New Year!


  19. I've never counted the children's books I've read through the year. Since I homeschool it could double my "books read" list. Maybe this year I should. I see what you mean about page counts but I'm curious what mine would come out to.


  20. "Don’t worry about stats, authority, rank or anything but your own best job of putting forth your blog."Holding on to this bit of homespun wisdom throughout 2010 will give you peace of mind and soul! 🙂


  21. You have had an amazing year. I really enjoyed The Help, and I love the way Saramago writes as well. I see lots of similarity in owr reading taste. Happy Reading in 2010.


  22. I love WordPress as well, glad you made the switch.You're very welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed the first Martin book so much. I really need to read it myself, I've had a copy for a couple of years now. Also awesome to see Magician's Elephant on their, it was such a sweet book. And of course I would suspect something was wrong if there wasn't any Murakami on the list! :)Your lessons learned are all great! Couldn't agree more.


  23. You had a good year of reading, didn't you? And look how close you were to being exactly equal with male and female authors!I loved Blindness when I read it several years ago. The images are still vivid in my mind's-eye. I've got the movie in my Netflix queue and am interested to see how true to the book it will be.I haven't tallied up all my favorite reads for 2009, but it's probably safe to say that The Help was my favorite. Now I'm listening to the audio and it's just as good as the book. All four readers are fantastic! I really enjoy listening to the audio version of a book that I loved. I may give The Guernesy book a try once I'm finished The Help.Or maybe Water For Elephants, which I just finished and thoroughly enjoyed.Here's to a great New Year of reading.


  24. Les, I don't think I'll ever forget Blindness; the images are so clearly seared in my mind! It's a horror of mine, becoming blind (how could I read then?!), but most interesting of all was how society handled it as an epidemic. I loved that the little group was ultimately saved by one woman's courage and strength.I agree about The Help being a favorite. I can't say it was my number one, that's such a hard thing to commit to, but as you can see in this post it is dearly loved. I didn't like Water for Elephants as so many did, but I suspect that it's because one of the circus trainers reminds me far too much of someone who was once very dear to me. (Yeah, I'll explain that in private.)Here's to a great year of reading and friendship!


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