It’s such a cliche to talk about how fast the year went, how weird it is to be starting a new year when it seems like we only just started 2009, and yet I can’t help myself. I’ve become that person. And the weird thing? I’ve become that person because it’s true. The year did go fast, and it feels like we did just start 2009. I’m sure with each year that passes, those things will become more and more true. Time stops for no one, and it laughs at us as it flies by.
For this Year In Review, I’m going to share some things I’ve learned over this year, both in my personal life and in blogging. To wrap everything up, I’ll talk about the best and worst books (for me) of 2009.
The one thing I’ve left out of this post is goals/resolutions, because goals are something that I form, tweak, and work on throughout the year, not something that I’m spurred to create because of a new year. So I could tell you what ongoing goals I have right now, but that’s not nearly as interesting as what my least favorite books were. In my opinion. The only goal I have at the beginning of 2010 is the same goal I had at the beginning of 2009: to read 100 books this coming year. I didn’t make that goal in 2009, but I’m hopeful I can do it in 2010!
What I’ve Learned (personal):
- As nice as it is to have a clean house before I leave for a vacation, it won’t kill me if this doesn’t happen.
- My dog Samson will never cease to have health problems.
- Dave is a great nurse.
- I still hate change.
- Taking the bus to work instead of driving my care gives me more reading time and helps keep me sane.
- Even someone who seems nice can send a hateful, vicious email.
- Also? Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true.
- A wedding dress waiting to be cleaned that hangs from a hook on the ceiling can be ignored — for a whole year.
- Peeing is a big milestone for someone who just had surgery.
What I’ve Learned (blogging):
- Bloggers really are as fabulous in person as you imagine they’ll be.
- Also, you never run out of things to talk about.
- As important as my blog is to me, sometimes it has to take a back seat to other things in life.
- The world won’t end if I’m not on Twitter.
- But the world is a lot more fun when I AM on Twitter!
- I can get rid of 100 books and still have a house full of books.
- Getting books in the mail never gets old.
- I will always be jealous of how fast some people can read.
My Favorite Books of 2009
These books are in no particular order.
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
- The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- The Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
- The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
- Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire by Margot Berwin
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Good People by Marcus Sakey
- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
My Least Favorite Books of 2009
These books are in no particular order.
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
- Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan
- Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Books I’m looking forward to in 2010
- The Victors by Suzanne Collins, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy
- Tana Fench’s new book
- I read 72 books in 2009.
- Of those books, there were 27 male authors and 45 female authors, for a total of 72 books.
- 62% of the books I read in 2009 were written by females, and 38% were written by males.
- 37 books I read this year were fantastic.
- Out of those 37 fantastic books, 14 were written by males and 23 were written by females, which exactly follows my overall reading habits: 38% of my favorites written by males, and 62% were written by females.
What were some of your favorite and least favorite books this year? Do you make goals for yourself at the beginning of the year? Did you read more or less than you’d hoped to?