READING STATS

Books read: 145
Fiction: 91
Non-fiction: 54

This is the 2nd lowest number of books I’ve read in a year since records began in 1997 – but this is due to being on the Book Diet Jan-Jun, when I read a mere 46 (out of an allowed 52) – my natural reading speed is obviously twice that. I believe that December 2005 has seen the highest number of books read, at 28 – but that is pretty well all I’ve done over my Christmas break!

BEST 10 READS OF 2005 (in order of reading them)

LARRY MCMURTRY – Moving On
RUTH OZEKI – All Over Creation
ASNE SEIERSTAD – The Bookseller of Kabul
KIT PEARSON – The Guests of War Trilogy
ELIZABETH WARNOCK FERNEA – Guests of the Sheik
TEMPLE GRANDIN – Thinking in Pictures
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI – Arranged Marriage
JULIE OTSUKA – When the Emperor Was Divine
REBECCA WEST – The Fountain Overflows
SHARON MAAS – Of Marriageable Age

HONOURABLE MENTIONS FOR 2005

NICHOLAS BASBANES – Patience and Fortitude / A Splendor of Letters
HELEN HOOVEN SANTMYER – And Ladies of the Club
WILLA CATHER – My Antonia
POLLY TOYNBEE – Hard Work
JENNIFER CHIAVERINI – The Elm Creek Quilts novels
JOHN & ELIZABETH NEWSON – Four Years Old In An Urban Community
ROBERT INMAN – Dairy Queen Days

WORST READS AND DISAPPOINTING READS

Bad:
HANIF KUREISHI – My Ear At His Heart
UMBERTO ECO – On Literature (sorry, I just couldn’t understand most of this!)
JOHN DONAGHUE – Shakespeare My Butt
ADELE PARKS – Husbands

Bad and disappointing:
CATHERINE RYAN HYDE – Pay it Forward
ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS – Fault Lines
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI – The Mistress Of Spices

Disappointing (not that bad):
ZADIE SMITH – On Beauty
HARI KUNZRU – Transmission
MALCOLM GLADWELL – Blink

Happy New Year and Happy Reading for 2006 to all my LJ friends!