Monday, June 29, 2009
In the mailbox and mid-year musing
I've been too busy with packing and moving to go book shopping lately but I have received a few books this month, all thanks to some generous bloggers and publishers.
The Crimes of Paris: A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
This one arrived about a week before we moved, from the very generous Marcia of The Printed Page, as part of her Read it Forward project.
In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
Courtesy of Bancroft Press, it arrived the very day we got the keys to our new apartment and so was my very first piece of mail at our new address. How nice that it was a book instead of a bill or something else less appreciated.
No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
Won in a giveaway at Musings of a Bookish Kitty. Thanks Wendy!
Beyond the Blossoming Fields by Jun'ichi Watanabe and Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
Both courtesy of Alma Books, these two Japanese titles will be perfect for the upcoming Japanese Literature Challenge 3.
Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.
Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about mid-year reading…
Now that we’ve come to the middle of the year, what do you think of your 2009 reading so far? Read anything interesting that you’d like to share? Any outstanding favourites?
I'm quite pleased with my reading so far this year. As for the numbers, I'd only read 28 books by the end of June last year, and tend to average somewhere between 25 and 30. This year I've already read 37 books. If I keep at this rate I'll be able to have a yearly total of over 60 for the first time since I started keeping track. I'm unofficially aiming for 70 this year, but we'll see how it goes. However, even though I enjoy keeping track of the numbers and other various stats, it's the quality that's ultimately most important. Of those 37, only a couple of them were disappointing. Otherwise they've all been pretty decent reads.
If I had to choose favourites, I'd go with Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, as they're the two books that reached out and touched me the most so far this year.
I think I've also read a fairly nice variety of books, from my first experience with manga, to fantasy, literary fiction, and even a handful of classics. As for the rest of 2009 I'm hoping to read more Japanese literature and world literature in general, along with whatever else tempts me.
What do you think of your reading so far this year?
Musing Mondays is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page.