I was inspired by this Vic books post: December — A Time to Review the Year’s Reading. We have all been busy picking our Best of the year, but the idea here is to go a bit deeper – to look at your reading habits, and maybe stir them up a bit.
- 111 books read
- 18 New Zealand titles
- 88 non-fiction
- 28 graphic novels
- 15 memoirs
- 18 books about art and photography
- 32 on fashion and style
- 7 music-related titles
- 5 books about science
- and in a meta meta thing – 6 books about reading or books.
I thought I’d read a lot of New Zealand books this year – but is 18 out of 111 a lot – or not? Either way – my impression is of a stellar year in New Zealand publishing all round.
I think what my list tells me is:
- When pushed for time (and who isn’t), a nice book on fashion, style or art can be consumed (and savoured) more quickly than a novel.
- Girl gotta have her graphic novels/comics.
- Where are all the history books I used to read? And the occasional historical novel? In 2013 – not a lot.
- NEEDS MOR SCIENCE.
- I definitely used to read more music books too …
What the list doesn’t reveal is my chronic overarching bookily ambition. I can never read all the things I borrow – my book consuming eyes are bigger than my stomach. Still, it is fun to try and gorge.
Here’s my next targets that may slip in before the end of 2013:
- An imitation library book – S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst …read The Guardian review. Sounds well intriguing and I do like a challenge.
- The World is ever changing by filmmaker Nicolas Roeg. A memoir, a directory, a plan. It has been extravagantly reviewed.
- And the memoirs of Geoffrey Palmer too. I think he is a great New Zealander. And a dude.