Monday, July 7, 2008

Six Months Worth of Reading

I've noticed several people around the book blogging community posting their reading stats for the first half of 2008. So, I thought I would play along and post mine. I'm pretty happy with my numbers for the first half of the year. I'm no where near close to some of you -- I swear I don't know how you find time to do anything else! But, with a full-time job, house, hubby, two kids (even though they're practically grown) and other obsessive hobbies, such as knitting, this is all I can do without giving up sleep. I keep up with what I read through LibraryThing, which works well for me.

Books Read January 1, to June 30, 2008
Listed in no particular order:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Pushing up Daisies by Rosemary Harris
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Essential C. S. Lewis edited by Lyle W. Dorsett
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell
The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams by Alexander McCall Smith
Speaking of Love by Angela Young
Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Penelopiad : The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel
Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Just for Fun:

Total: 35
Fiction: 31
Non-fiction: 3
Poetry: 1
Classics: 4
YA: 7
Challenge Books: 11
For Book Clubs: 5
Short Stories: 2
Books in Series: 7
New to me Authors: 24
Number of Pages: 10,509

Lisa's Top 5 for the first half of 2008 (in no particular order):

The Book Thief
The Book of Lost Things
Great Expectations
Speaking of Love
We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I've already read 4 for July, which puts me in good shape to reach my goal of 52 books (an average of one per week) for the year.


Jill said...

Congrats, Lisa, on reaching the half-way point right on target for your overall yearly goal! Some great books on your list!

Take care,

Anonymous said...

Good job, Lisa! That's a great list!

Lisa said...

jill, thanks! It's always nice to go back and look at what you've read. I have been pretty lucky with my reading this year. I've read some really good books.

ravenous reader, thanks, it was really hard to pick a top five.

Literary Feline said...

You and are about in the same place number wise (I think I'm a little behind you). I haven't been reading as much as I did last year, but I think my reading is a bit different this time around, not to mention life has a habit of getting in the way sometimes. As long as we enjoy what we are reading, that's what matters most, right?

I really do hope to get to The Book Thief this year.

Lisa said...

literary feline, you're right about life getting in the way of reading time! Luckily I have enjoyed most everything I've read this year, some more than others, but overall it's been a good start to the reading year. I do hope you get to The Book Thief. I think you'll like it. However, I have heard of some people that didn't care for the writing style. I had no complaints about the book whatsoever.

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

You'll easily reach 52 before you know it! Doing great!

Lisa said...

natasha, thanks for the encouragement!

Angela Young said...

It's an honour to have Speaking of Love included in your top five. Thank you.

Lisa said...

angela, you're welcome. I enjoyed it so much and continue to think about it. I'm trying to spread the word! Have a great weekend.