Tuesday, January 06, 2009

2008 Year End Wrap-Up

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Once again, I did not reach 50 books but I am quite satisfied to have reached 34. This year I did not really make a great effort to crank through the books until the latter third of the year. Also, I had 2 pretty substantial magazine subscriptions which took up a good chunk of my reading time. However, 2009 is going to be the year I rededicate myself to hitting 50.

In terms of the titles I read this year, I have to say that I feel like I made some great choices. The Spanish Civil War book I read was a great intro to the subject along with Hemingway's stories. I managed to throw in a few more post-apocalyptic titles (Tripods trilogy, Three Californias trilogy, A Secret History of Time to Come, Empty World). I made a little bit of a start on cracking the Western genre which I will be continuing in a limited way this year. Of course, crime made up a big component of my reading as ever. On the 1st of this year the great Westlake passed away so I intend to revisit his books this year.

I also joined a cool book trading site called BookMoochfrom which I obtained a number of the titles I read this year as well as getting rid of quite a lot of the chaff from my bookshelves.

Onward and happy new year to my few readers!


Redwing said...

And happy new year to you!

And 34 is a very resectable number! Especially when the consumption is inconsistent, bursts of books.

Crumbolst said...

Thanks for the great reviews this year. Although I didn't comment much, I read them all.

Buzby said...

You rock! I enjoyed reading your reviews and some of the subjects have even made it on my on deck shelf.

Olman Feelyus said...

You've got to wean yourself from those magazines!

Great year, nonetheless. I was particularly impressed with some of the heftier history tomes you read. Good to increase one's factual knowledge.