It seems like I started this blog only a little while ago, while in fact it’s been just about a year. There’s so much to talk about that I don’t even know where to begin.
First, I guess, the vitals of 2006:
I capped off the year with 150 books read, which is about three per week. While this fell short of the four-a-week goal, I’m happy enough with it, given my new life circumstances.
Of those, 46 were fiction, 22 were audiobooks, and 19 were in French.
The most I read in one month was 18 books, in April.
My favourite books read this year were:
Beauchemin, Yves. Charles le Téméraire (just published in English as Charles the Bold)
Coe, Jonathan. The Rotter’s Club
Connelly, Karen. The Lizard Cage
Goldberg, Myla. Bee Season
Khadra, Yasmina. The Attack
Levy, Marc. Et si c’était vrai…
Liss, David. The Coffee Trader
Martel, Yann. The Life of Pi
Park, Jacqueline. The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi
Rushdie, Salman. Shalimar the Clown
Abu-Jaber, Diana. The Language of Baklava: a Memoir
Bader, Sara. Strange Red Cow and Other Curious Classified Ads from the Past
Friedman, Thomas. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
Levitt, Steven D, and Stephen J. Dubner. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Manguel, Alberto. A Reading Diary: A Year of Favourite Books
Moehringer, JR. The Tender Bar
Rapaille, Clotaire. The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People around the World Live and Buy as They Do
Salzman, Mark. Iron & Silk
Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle
Wheen, Francis. How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions
This coming year brings many new challenges and projects. I’ve already mentioned the classics one in a previous post, but I have people projects too. In 2006, it was my father who, despite having read only a few books in the last decade (all of which were business-related) became a pure Reader. He finished the year at 50 books, rendering me misty-eyed with pride and proving to me that I am a decent librarian. This year I have a colleague and friend to work on, and a series of people to get using the library. My work is cut out for me on more levels than you can imagine.
Happy New Year!