Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Year in Review 2009

Hosted by Kathrin at Secret Dreambook of a Bookoholic.

January 1- December 31, 2009.

Keep track of the number of pages read in all forms of books. I am aiming to read 40, 000 pages this year; a wild guess since I have never recorded this information before. My running total:

1.The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates (592 pages)
2.Letters Between Us by Linda Rader Overman (168 pages) Total: 760 pages
3.The Museum Guard by Howard Norman (320 pages) Total: 1080 pages
4.The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (256 pages) Total: 1336 pages
5.The Rabbi's Cat 2 by Joann Sfar 2008 (144 pages) Total: 1480 pages
6.Hannah's Dream by Diane Hammond (336 pages) Total: 1816 pages
7.What We All Long For by Dionne Brand (336 pages) Total: 2152 pages
8.We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (432 pages) Total: 2585 pages
9.The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (336 pages) Total: 2921 pages
10.Jenford: A Short History of Upland by Henrik E. Sadi (200 pages) Total: 3121 pages
11.The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin (320 pages) Total: 3441 pages
12.What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn (256 pages) Total: 3697 pages
13.The Bird of Night by Susan Hill (176 pages) Total: 3873
14.The Seamstress by Frances De Pontes Peebles (546 pages) Total: 4419 pages
15.A Mercy by Toni Morrison (176 pages) Total: 4595 pages
16.No Such Creature by Giles Blunt (288 pages) Total: 4883 pages
17.To Siberia by Per Petterson (256 pages) Toatal: 5139 pages
18.Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (160 pages) Total: 5299 pages
19.The Sister by Poppy Adams (288 pages) Total: 5587 pages
20.Disquiet by Julia Leigh (128 pages) Total: 5715 pages
21.The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (272 pages) Total: 5987 pages
22.Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards (384 pages) Total: 6371 pages
23.The Leper by Steve Thayer (400) Total: 6771 pages
24.A Father's Affair by Karel Van Loon (199) Total: 6970 pages
25.Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (270 pages) Total: 7240 pages
26.The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax (554 pages) Total: 7794 pages
27.The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe (542 pages) Total: 8336 pages
28.Dog On It by Spencer Quinn (320) Total: 8656 pages
29.Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes by Tamar Yellin (200 pages) Total: 8856 pages
30.Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (336 pages) Total: 9192 pages
31.The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (468 pages) Total: 9660 pages
32.The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (364 pages) Total: 10,024 pages
33.Shelter Me by Juliette Fay (433 pages) Total: 10,457 pages
34.Little Bee by Chris Cleave (271 pages) Total: 10,728 pages
35.The Interrogation by J.M.G.Le Clezio (243 pages) Total: 10,971
36.Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf (200 pages) Total: 11,171pages
37.A Mad Desire to Dance by Elie Wiesel (274 pages) Total: 11,371pages
38.An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark (350 pages) Total: 11,721pages
39.The Blue Fox by Sjon (112 pages) Total: 11,833 pages
40.The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks (324 pages) Total: 12,157 pages
41.The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald (64 pages) Total: 12,221 pages
42.The Music Teacher by Barbara Hall (292 pages) Total: 12,513 pages
43.Asta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson (314 pages) Total: 12,827pages
44.I Had a Black Dog by Mathew Johnstone (48 pages) Total: 12,875 pages
45.The Cradle by Patrick Somerville (204 pages) Total: 13,079 pages
46.The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende (321 pages) Total: 13,400 pages
47.Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (357) Total: 13,757 pages
48.The Fat Lady Next Door is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay (252 pages) Total: 14,009 pages
49.The Disappeared by Kim Echlin (2009) (235) pages Total: 14,244 pages
50. This One and Magic Life by Anne Carroll George (276 pages) Total: 14,520 pages
51.The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville ( 308 pages) Total: 14,828 pages
52.The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch (368 pages) Total: 15,196 pages
53.Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser (280 pages) Total: 15,476 pages
54.The Madwoman of Bethlehem by Rosine Nimeh-Mailloux (368 pages) Total: 15,844 pages
55.The Spare Room by Helen Garner (196 pages) Total: 16,040 pages
56.The Snow Geese by William Fiennes (254 pages) Total: 16,294 pages
57.Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (353 pages) Total: 16,647 pages
58.Possession by A.S. Byatt (562 pages) Total: 17,209 pages
59.The Prospector by J. M. G. Le Clezio (340 pages) Total: 17,549 pages
60.The Accordionist's Son by Bernardo Atxaga (488 pages) Total: 18,037 pages
61.Hard Rain by Janwillem Van De Wetering (314 pages) Total: 18,351 pages
62.Carpentaria by Alexis Wright (517 pages) Total: 18,868 pages
63.The Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch (176 pages) Total: 19,044 pages
64.Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel (247 pages) Total: 19,291pages
65.Wanting by Richard Flanagan (256 pages) Total: 19,547 pages
66.The Great Lover by Jill Dawson (310 pages) Total: 19,857 pages
67.The Pages by Murray Bail (199 pages) Total: 20,056 pages
68.Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (398 pages) Total: 20,454 pages
69.The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing (133 pages) Total: 20,587 pages
70.Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani (125 pages) Total: 20,712 pages
71.Ben, In the World by Doris Lessing (178 pages) Total: 20,890 pages
72.Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg (328 pages) Total: 21,218 pages
73.The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (466 pages) Total: 21,684 pages
74.The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover (243 pages) Total: 21,927 pages
75.Little Bee by Chris Cleave (272 pages) Total: 22,199 pages
76.The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar (367 pages) 22,566 pages
77.Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden (232 pages) Total: 22,798 pages
78.The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (531 pages) Total: 23,329 pages
79.Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (169 pages) Total: 23,498 pages
80.And Let the Earth Trembles at its Centers by Gonzalo Celorio (50/152 pages) Total: 23,548 pages
81.The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey (374 pages) Total: 23,922 pages
82.Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (343 pages) Total: 24,265 pages
83.Addition by Toni Jordan (260 pages) Total: 24,525 pages
84.The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee (346 pages) Total: 24,871 pages
85.The Signal by Ron Carlson (184 pages) Total: 25,055 pages
86.Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura (180 pages) Total:25, 235 pages
87.This is How by M.J.Hyland (377 pages ) Total: 25,612 pages
88.The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (157 pages) Total: 25,769 pages
89.The Sign for Drowning by Rachel Stolzman (194 pages) Total: 25,963 pages
90.Conceit by Mary Novik (403 pages) Total: 26,366 pages
91.Silver Birches by Adrian Plass (192 pages) Total: 26,558 pages
92.All in the Mind by Alastair Campbell (297 pages) Total: 26,855 pages
93.A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert (239 pages) Total: 27,094 pages
94.Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins (279 pages) Total: 27,373 pages
95.An After-Dinner's Sleep by Stanley Middleton (224 pages) Total: 27,597 pages
96.The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (390 pages) Total: 27,987 pages
97.The Entropy of Aaron Rosclatt by James Sandham (193 pages) Total: 27,790 pages
98.After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld (397 pages) Total: 28, 187 pages
99.Dancing Backwards by Salley Vickers (261 pages) Total: 28,448 pages
100.In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien (303 pages) Total; 28,751 pages
101.The Music Room by William Fiennes (216 pages) Total: 28,967 pages
102.The Last Woman by John Bemrose (323 pages) Total: 29,290 pages
103.The White Garden by Stephanie Barron (326 pages) Total: 29,616 pages
104.Invisible by Paul Auster (308 pages) Total: 29,924 pages
105.Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (507 pages) Total: 30,431 pages
106.Blackmoor by Edward Hogan (272 pages) Total: 30,703 pages
107.Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (324 pages) Total: 31,027 pages
108.Duchess of Nothing by Heather McGowan (216 pages) Total: 31,243 pages
109.The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault (370 pages) Total: 31,613 pages
110.The Appointment by Herta Muller (214 pages) Total: 31,827 pages
111.Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian (430 pages) Total:32,257 pages
112.The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker (243 pages) Total: 32,500 pages

Books abandoned:

1.2666 by Roberto Bolano after140 pages
2.Sleepwalking in Daylight after 50 pages
3.City of Dreaming Books after 40 pages
Total for 2009 : 32,730 pages
While I have your attention:

Books read in 2009?

112, down from last year's 143 but nothing to sneeze at.

All were fiction except 4:

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Music Room by William Fiennes
The Snow Geese by William Fiennes

Male/Female author ratio?

48 male/62 female

The Best:

Possession by A.S. Byatt
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Blue Fox by Sjon
Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
Wanting by Richard Flanagan
The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
The Madwoman of Bethlehem by Rosine Nimeh-Mailloux
Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards
The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
The Leper by Steve Thayer
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Appointment by Herta Muller
The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee
Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
Conceit by Mary Novik
All in the Mind by Alastair Campbell
The White Garden by Stephanie Barron
The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Those reviewed.

Donated to The Camel BookMobile charity through The Year of the Reader 2009: $112.00

All comments or questions welcomed.


  1. I think I've commented before about what a cool idea this is. I really should start to keep track.

  2. Hi Sandra, how did you like the Le Clezio? And the Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes? (I know, I'm always asking about that book haha.)

  3. I think you have had a great year, and I like your systematic status report.

    I am so glad you have joined my global reading challenge, by the way.

  4. Hello Sandra - what a great summary. I've never thought of adding up pages - I might go back and do that for my 2009 summary out of interest. Thanks for recommending Coventry - I'll add it to my list of books to read.



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