My Reading Year in Review

Never have I had a year in which I left more books abandoned than in 2019. Whether it was because my attention span was rattled, or the writing was disappointing to me, I cannot tell. But, the list of abandoned books stretched from June through October:

  • Trust Exercises by Susan Choi
  • The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • The Fall by Neal Stephenson
  • Isla Berta by Javier Marias
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (I know! I could not finish the co-winner of the Man Booker Prize this year! I appreciate her early works, particularly Cat’s Eye and The Robber Bride, so much more…)

What was successful were these reading events which enriched my year so much:

  • Spanish Lit Month (hosted by Stu)
  • Paris in July (hosted by Tamara)
  • R.I.P. XIV (review site here)
  • German Lit Month (hosted by Caroline and Lizzy)
  • Daphne Du Maurier Week (hosted by Heavenali)
  • Moby Dick read-along (hosted by Brona)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop read-along (hosted by Nick)
  • The Man Booker International Prize Shadow Jury (led by Tony)
  • The 1960 Club and The 1930 Club (hosted by Simon and Kaggsy)
  • Boekenweek with World Editions, celebrating Dutch and Flemish literature
  • My own Japanese Literature Challenge 12 (reviews can be found here)

And now for some stats for the number of books read this year. Of a small total of only 61 books read, here are the languages for which I read books in translation:

  1. Korean: (1 book)
  2. Swedish: (1 book)
  3. Polish: (1 book)
  4. Norwegian: (1 book)
  5. Chinese: (1 book)
  6. Hungarian: (1 book)
  7. Arabic: (2 books)
  8. German: (2 books)
  9. French: (3 books)
  10. Dutch: (4 books)
  11. Spanish: (5 books)
  12. Japanese: (10 books)

My Ten Favorite Books of The Year are:

I want to extend thanks to the following publishers who sent me books to review this year, their sites are worthy places to wallow within:

As we anticipate the joys that 2020 will bring, I want to remind you of the invitation for the Japanese Literature Challenge 13 which is open to all. The only “requirement” is to read one book which has been translated from Japanese. There will be a special place to leave links on the review page which will be published here on January 1, 2020.

I look forward with great anticipation to reading and sharing books with you in the year to come. What a privilege it is to share our love of literature together.

Blessings, Meredith