I’m pretty amazed by some of the other 2008 wrap up posts I’ve read in the last couple days. I never thought to keep track of so many stats and figures about the books I read; I just started being diligent about page numbers a few months ago! Natasha at Maw Books had a ton of stats about her reading habits, Eva at A Striped Armchair included some interesting top ten lists, and Fyrefly at Fyrefly’s Book Blog had some amazing graphs and charts. I’m so impressed.
Anyway, since I started Sophisticated Dorkiness in May 2008, I’ve read 55 books. When you add all the pages, plus the loads of required reading I did for class, I’ve read 16,248 pages since April. That seems like a like of reading to me, but I guess I won’t know for sure until I can make some comparisons next year.
My favorite books of 2008 were probably The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis, Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, and A Prayer for the City by Buzz Bissinger. Clearly, there is a bit of a bias towards literary journalism because of my classes, but I do plan to read more by all of these authors in 2009.
My favorite new genre of 2008 was comic books, which I read a lot of. They have been a nice break from heavier school reading, and I’ve grown to appreciate how complex they can be. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and Blankets by Craig Thompson were especially great.
As for 2009? I’ll wait to set some goals and such after the first post in the Blog Improvement Project, starting next Monday.