Early last year I took up the challenge, from Alex at Beso Mami, of keeping track of the books I read in 2008. I agreed with her premise that people seem to be reading less. I know that between knitting and spending time on the Internet, my reading had declined. I started recording the books on my previous blog and moved the reviews over here in April.
I had hoped to get to 60 books this year, and only made it to 59, but compared to the statistics that most women in this country read 9, that feels pretty good. 21 I read on my Kindle, a birthday gift from Pure Luck last May when it became apparent that pain in my wrists and hands made it difficult to hold a book of any size for enough time to get anywhere. Thanks, honey!
Many people have asked along the way about my level of satisfaction with the Kindle. I continue to feel it is great as a piece of adaptive equipment, but if I could hold a book, I would rather do that. There are many books I cannot get on Kindle, and I will continue to read those of reasonable size the old-fashioned way. Really big books? I probably will not be able to read them unless I come up with a different scheme. But my usual style of reading is carrying a book everywhere I go around the house and the Kindle is good for that, as long as I don't take it to a bubble bath, which would pose an unnecessary risk to the Kindle (says Pure Luck, who replaced the one I broke when I fell a few months ago).
I've decided to do the same thing in 2009. How about you?
The last three books I read in 2008 were:
#57-"The First Christmas" by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan–I like their mindset, and they supplied historic details I did not know, but they didn't have to convince me of anything.
#58-"Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama–This is a good book and what a fascinating thing to have a President write a memoir BEFORE becoming well-known!
#59-"No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith–I'm the last one to read this, right? Loved it. I started reading it immediately after finising the Obama book, so I went from his visit to Kenya directly to Botswana. I'm sure I'll be reading more of this series in 2009!
And, my first book of 2009~~~
#1-"The Magnificent Ambersons" by Booth Tarkington–This has been sitting on my Kindle for months after I saw a mention of it on KathyR's blog. I really enjoyed reading it. Tarkington's reflections on the way automobiles and coal changed the life of a city feel timely 100 years after the era he describes.
(P.S. I'm retiring the 2008 book list to my "About" page.)