Friday, 3 January 2014

Reading List - December 2013 and an end-of-year review

 "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan.
"Christmas Delivery" by Susan Willis.
"The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks.
"December" by Elizabeth H. Winthrop.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt.

It's been an interesting project, this recording of my reading habits. I've read 71 books in 2013, which works out at almost one and a half a week. Of course, it doesn't happen as steadily as that, some weeks I'm plodding on with something I'm not really enjoying, getting distracted by magazines, or articles on the Internet and at other times (usually school holidays) I'll devour 3 or 4 books in a week.
I have always considered myself a fiction-only reader and it was a surprise to note that I've actually read 13 non-fiction books. Most of those are related to housekeeping or parenting, so not exactly weighty intellectual tomes but that's not what I look for in a book nowadays.
I did try and choose a "Book of the Year" but found it too hard. I've loved every Persephone-published book I've read this year, all 8 of them and my favourite books by contemporary writers have been "The Betrayal" by Helen Dunsmore, "Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling and "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan. Other books I've read - usually those which I've picked up somewhat randomly from the library - have proved to be absolutely forgettable. This seems a shame when there are so many wonderful books out there waiting to be read but I still feel it is always worth taking a chance on unknown authors.
I've really enjoyed this small project, so much so that I think I'll continue to record the books of 2014. It's exciting to think of all those books waiting for me. I hope this new year brings you some wonderful reading too....


  1. Happy of happiest New years, Jo! Lets hope it's your biggest and bravest year yet...Wow your a 'reader' all-right... ~ I started a wonderful book last eve called, Midwinter blood... By Marcus Sedgwick..I even dreamt about it in my sleep...Quite haunting...
    Twinkles and hugs **** maria

  2. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Jo! Lovely to find your blog, and to see we like many of the same books (especially Barbara Pym and Persephone books!) I look forward to visiting you this year.
    Helen xx

  3. Hi Jo, I just found your blog the other day and am a new follower. I like Donna Tartt but find her a bit slow to read. LOVE Ian McEwan, though, I've been on a bit of a kick with his books lately and will have to read that one soon. Happy New Year!

  4. I'm reading The Goldfinch now, halfway through. Am really enjoying it but can't work out where it is going. I got a lovely stack of new books for Christmas and I am going to start posting a monthly reading list like you do.