jjbrozenske (jjbrozenske) wrote,

Book a Week: 2019 in Review

It's been another rough year for reading. I had the same issues with moving again, and this time I bought a house to boot. The house needed renovations, so it's been a stressful year. I didn't get in as much reading as I would have liked. However, I was able to read more things I've been wanting to read. At least that was a bonus. I finished out the year with 27 books, my lowest score since I started. As in years past, the scripts aren't counted toward my averages.

The Breakdown:
Good: 78%
Eh: 11%
Bad: 11%

>-The Lindbergh Child by Rick Geary
>-The Secret Lives of Men and Woman by Frank Warren
=-The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
<-Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
<-Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
>-The Circle by Dave Eggers
>-Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
>-The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
=-Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
>-Murder at the ABA by Isaac Asimov
>-The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt
>-Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
>-Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
>-More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
>-Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
>-The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
>-Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
>-Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer
Dashing Through the Snow by Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, and Jessie Jones
Nora Sawn: Murder Most Personal by Sapperstein and Murway
Now and Then by Sean Grennan
Mindgame by Anthony Horowitz
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig
Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman
Things My Mother Taught Me by Katherine DiSavino

Recap of 2019:

I had no goals for this year, and I'm glad for it. I needed the freedom to just read. I started The Witcher series, something I've been wanting to do for a few years. Same thing for Good Omens. Funny how a TV series can push you into reading. I finished Snuff, a book that had been languishing. I started but didn't finish Manners and Morals of Victorian America. I also downsized my personal library. Some books were released back into circulation so that I could make room for Geralt of Rivia.

Quote of the Year:

“It's not that I'm not social. I'm social enough. But the tools you guys create actually manufacture unnaturally extreme social needs. No one needs the level of contact you're purveying. It improves nothing. It's not nourishing. It's like snack food.” - The Circle by Dave Eggers

With the introduction of social media, it's a very different world now than say 20 years ago. I can't imagine growing up as a kid in this time. It's hard enough as an adult.

Expectations for 2020:

I'm now living closer to a library than I ever have. It's a few blocks down the street. I've only been in it once since I moved. I need a long, good day to hang out there. I guess I'll have to rebuild my reading list based on what they have. So, that's my only goal I'll set on myself. The house still needs more renovations, and I need to give myself some breathing room. The benefit is that I might be able to spend time recreating the reading list and getting a new perspective on what I want to read.

Here's to new adventures in reading in 2020!
Tags: books, books: year in review, quotes
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