Time for the annual review and stock-take of what I’ve been up to this year:
Books acquired – 42 (up from 37 last year)
Books read – 71 (down from 88 last year) what on earth is going on here? Retirement was supposed to mean more reading, not less! Looking back through the log, it appears that I did next to no reading whilst away on holiday, and I did have quite a few holidays this year.
Looking through what I actually did manage to read, there’s quite a lot of Shakespeare; there have been a number of plays I’ve wanted to re-visit, and I still haven’t quite finished. Also a lot of science fiction, as I’ve been filling the gaps in my Ursula Le Guin collection (and reading more SF was one of last year’s resolutions), and a vast amount of travel writing. Very little ordinary fiction, I’m afraid, and the resolve to re-read Jane Austen I made last year did not happen, either.
Weirdest book read in 2015: Ferdydurke, by Witold Gombrowicz
Most disappointing book of 2015: Blindly, by Claudio Magris
Best non-fiction book of 2015: From the Holy Mountain, by William Dalrymple
Best new book of 2015: no award this year, as I haven’t read any new books…
Reviews of the books mentioned above can be found in this blog if you search for them…
Some resolutions to break in 2016:
I shall continue to work on diminishing the unread pile. Actually, I didn’t do too badly this year, and managed to get rid of quite a few books too, which suggests that with some books, the moment just passes… perhaps this will encourage me to buy fewer books. Next year I may include a ‘books disposed of” count.
I shall read more Shakespeare.
I shall read some more poetry. I love poetry, but somehow it does get overlooked; when I want something to read, I don’t naturally reach for poetry.
In summary I can report that there is little that beats lying on the sofa with a good book (sometimes accompanied by a glass of Belgian beer. I have acquired a new and stronger pair of glasses this year…