Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 - My Year in Books

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/4571039

According to Goodreads, I read 101 books in 2016.  Of these about 21 qualify as 'real' books.  The remainder are westerns, mainly Louis L'Amour, of which I have all his works in digital format.  I have hundreds of books on my e-reader but my brain was worn out so I gave it most of the year off.

Currently, I am reading The Black Count, a biography of Alexander Dumas' father, who was the original Count of Monte Cristo.  Rather fascinating account of racism and politics in late 18th century, early 19th century France.

Also reading Set Adrift Upon the World, the Sutherland clearances.  Commonly referred to as the Highland Clearances, this history covers one particular region and land owner. With the best of intentions, the landowners set out to 'resettle' the crofters with terrible unintended consequences.

My goal this year is 50 'real' books.  We shall see.

6 comments:

  1. 101 books! I'm impressed. If I get through a dozen books in a year, I'm doing good. That's because I piss away too much time on the internet.

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    1. I too spent a great deal of time on the internet, one of the reasons my brain was tired. Reading news stories for long stretches is tiring, especially the news stories of 2016.

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  2. I'd have to check with Nancy at library to find out how many I read this year..but I usually read about 200 a year..but I'm sure I didn't read near that many this year..too much tv.

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    1. Not watching TV is a plus for me but reading news on the internet makes up for it. 200 is a great many books

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  3. Wow, your goal of 50 "real" books is impressive - that's too heavy and serious for my tastes!

    Although... I do all of my "real" reading on the internet, where I track the latest industry-related news and information. It eats up at least half an hour of every day, and considering that I can read about 100 "book pages" an hour, that probably mounts up to a lot of "real" reading by the end of the year. I don't get nearly as much time for leisure reading as I'd like, but when I get the chance I'll gobble down two or three books in a day. My e-reader is a constant temptation!

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    1. Reading news on the internet was why I needed westerns to relax. Many of my real books are related to Russian history or current events and I just could not handle them after so many news articles

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