I read only 24 books this year–compare that to 59+ last year! I suck!
19 non-fiction/79% (47 last year/-1% last year)
5 fiction/21% (12 last year/+1% from last year)
10 audio/42% (16 last year/+15% from last year)
My commute drastically shrunk this year. Not only do I live about 40 mins closer to work, I work from home 2 days a week and half my commute has internet access. I think there’s no doubt that my iPhone has put a MAJOR dent in this list–in good and bad ways. All of my audiobooks were listened to on my iPhone, as the train in Chicago is quiet enough to listen to audiobooks on (NYC was not). But clearly all my email checking and music listening in the morning made me less likely to read. I can’t even say I’ve been spending my time reading magazines–I have totally fallen down on reading. The Chicago Public Library has also contributed to this drop off. In short, it’s awful. Their byzantine policies and ridiculous fining structure (if you have even a 1 cent fine you cannot use online resources, e-books, or renew anything) very much contributed to me never using their e-audiobooks, which was a large number of the books I read last year.
Biggest surprise: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson It was pretty witty!
Biggest letdown: 33 1/3 Series books that I read. Sometimes they are awesome, but the ones I read (Prince & The Smiths) sucked.
Favorites: The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux; Pyongyang by Guy Delisle; I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me by Trevor Paglen
Most Overrated: Fucking Twilight
Books I could not finish this year included: SO MANY
I most recommend: The Singing Creek Where the Willow Grows; Anything Trevor Paglen or Guy Delisle
Book tech: Book tech sort of failed me this year. My new public library’s policies around their digital books makes them essentially unusable. Which sucks because they have ipod downloadable books. For the first time I have used audible books, which I liked except the files are WAY too big, so if you lose your place it takes forever to get back to it. Ipod technology has still found no good way of bookmarking audiobook files, especially if the files are not born digital. The one good thing is that I DID start reading e-books on my iPhone! I am excited about this tech!
Book Wish(es) for 2k10: Mostly the same things as last year: