Reading everyone else’s end-of-year posts, plus reading Jenna Freedman’s Lower East Side Librarian Reading Log 2009, made me want to make a wrap-up post of my own. In 2009 I did not read as many books that I own as I wanted to—though I hope that will change in 2010 with the help of the TBR challenge. I did carry on reading Proust, and still am: I’m about a hundred pages into The Captive now. I read a whole lot of poetry in April, May, and June, and surprisingly few works in translation compared to last year.

This year I read 33 books total (that’s four fewer than last year), categorized as below:

  • Poetry: 11
  • Adult fiction (novels or short stories): 9
  • Adult nonfiction: 9
  • Kids’ books/YA books: 4
  • Books translated from languages other than English: 2
  • Books by women: 14
  • Books by men: 19


  • The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott
  • The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch
  • The Printer’s Devil by Paul Bajoria
  • The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller
  • Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems by Mark Doty
  • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit

Re-reads: just one: The London Scene: Five Essays by Virginia Woolf

Books I expected to like way more than I actually did (though I didn’t hate either of these, just didn’t like them as much as I thought I would):

  • Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
  • Forgetting Elena by Edmund White

One Response to “What I Read in 2009, Numerically Speaking”

  1. letters and sodas: booknotes » Blog Archive » What I Read in 2010/Plans for 2011 Says:

    […] My book list for this year contains 63 books, which is significantly more than the amount I read last year, though note that I’m counting three picture books, and I read a whole lot of kids’/YA […]

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