It seems like a long time ago that I started this meme. I was four months late (the introductory entry was published on April 1st, 2005), and worried at the time that I wouldn’t make my goal (which, if you haven’t been paying attention, was 52 books in
52 39 weeks). I’m proud to say that I actually managed an impressive (to me) 64 books as of Friday the 30th.
The total number of pages digested was 21’418, although this is a misleading figure since the books varied wildly by size, print face, and type. Still, I’m hoping that next year, with the full 52 weeks, I can top these numbers easily.
Some of the books I read were simply new additions by authors I am familiar with and enjoy. The new George Carlin, for example, which fell flat on its face. Others were gambles, and I am delighted to say that I was taken by surprise in many cases. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was excellent, as was The Time Traveler’s Wife. A few, like David Bodanis’ Electric Universe or Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance were disappointments.
In the end, I’d say this meme was an overwhelmingly positive experience, and there’s no doubt that I will do it again in 2006.