Well, Christmas is behind us, but the week I like to call Boxing Week is upon us. This generally means there's still a lack of time for folks visiting the ole blogstead.
So, it's a perfect time to put up my long-winded end-of-year reading wrap-up. Below the fold, you'll find a list of all the books I read this year. It looks like I doubled my reading count this year (when compared with last year's post), but I think this is due more to improved record-keeping than to any real change in reading habits.
Other statistics for the year:
- Blog Posts: 328 in 2008, 322 in 2009. A slight decline, but there are a few days left. I think it's more interesting that I went from 174 in 2007 to 328 in 2008. I suspect that's due to a general shift away from text-heavy posts to picture-heavy posts. I'll want to keep an eye on that.
- BookTale Book Tales: 12 in 2008, 11 in 2009. (For new readers: I used to have visits from imaginary friends after I read particular books. Posts labeled 'book tale' generally provide an emotional/psychological study based on my reaction to the book at hand.) I am surprised to count as many as 11 in 2009, to be honest. I haven't done one since September. I was all prepared to blame the precipitous drop on moving and changing work patterns, but now I have nothing to say, except that I expect to come close to the overall total breaking 100 in 2010.
- Wee Toaty Explorers: 0 in 2008, 16 in 2009. This number is easy to explain. I did not start making small clay figures and leaving them in travel destinations until this year. I continue to hope that some random people come upon these and enjoy them, but mostly it just keeps me occupied while traveling. My favorite is still the Topeka Traveler, not only because she got the most comments, but because there's a mixture of adventure and isolation in her setting.
- Greenbelt Report,NevadaGreenbelt/Nevada County Reports: The biggest news for me this year were the job and house change. I started working for a company based in Boulder, and the Brunette and I moved all the way across the country from Maryland to California. So, the significant change isn't in the number of neighborhood posts, it's in the location. (I suspect as we settle in, the balance of neighborhood, geek, bicycle and travel reports will return to its 2008 level. I'm also guessing that we won't see many more commuting reports, though.)
BicycleReportBiking: The move really squashed my biking. The bikes got packed up in early October and are actually still at the bike shop in Nevada City being repaired from the move. I have no idea what the change in terrain is going to do to my biking, but I'm hoping that it doesn't reduce the number of rides. I have no doubt that it will decrease the distances at least at first. I think the quick 20 mile jaunt is over for now.
This year, I'm going to switch from storing the data in XML and rendering it with a perl graphic module to giving JSON objects to a script to render with Raphael, so it looks nicer and I learn more about REST.
Read on to see the list of books. Unless otherwise noted, the links go over to librarything. These are listed in the order in which I read them.