I'm not copping out on you on December 29th. But, my mother just left yesterday, readership is low this week, while people are still enjoying or recovering from the holidays, and I have a book review due soon for Library Journal. Perhaps the best reason to do a year end wrap-up is to do justice to the authors. It's not really fair to write a book review when readership this week is a third what it normally is. So, I'll summarize this year's reading in the next couple days, toast and remember the year on Dec. 31st, and kick off the new year with the Treasures in My Closet post. Watch for the listing of new books on January 1st.
In the meantime, here's part one of the 2010 book recap.
I read 178 books this year, down 23 from last year. But, 2009 was my best year ever, with 201 books.
There were a few mitigating circumstances this year. My husband died in February, so I lost some reading time for a while. And, I worked on a chapter for a forthcoming reference book every weekend for a month. So, it's not surprising I lost 23 books. Eighty-nine of the books read were mysteries and crime novels, exactly half. Hmmm. Maybe I should change that comment at the top, "with an emphasis on mysteries." No. Those are still the books I'm most passionate about, and I'm most interested in mystery authors.