January 1st, 2011

books

2010 book poll, second attempt

Sorry for the annoyance caused by my poll yesterday; I think I had jammed too much HTML into it for those who share my reading tastes reasonably closely. I'm therefore trying again, leaving out the hyperlinks to reviews this time; hopefully this will work better. (Leaving yesterday's poll up, though, and will post grand totals from the two in due course.)

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Books and audios of 2010, reviewed

I read 278 books in 2010, counting the ten volumes of the Bloody Sunday Report as a single work (and I seem to have mislaid another book somewhere in my counting). This is down a bit from 2009's 346 and 2008's 374, mainly because I've been watching a 25-minute episode of Doctor Who every day, usually on my commute, and then writing it up. (Total page count however is down only to about 91,000 from 100,000, so in 2009, so I've been reading longer books.) 65 (23%) were by women (20% in 2009, 12% in 2008) and 24 (9%) by people of colour (5% in 2009, 2% in 2008) so I feel I am getting a little more diverse. 25 (9%) were rereads (11% in 2009).

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Best audios:
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Most read author of the year: Ian Rankin (7 books) unless you count the ten volumes by Lord Savile of Newdigate and his colleagues. Also-rans in this category: Lois McMaster Bujold, Justin Richards and Brian Lee O'Malley with 5 each. (2009: William Shakespeare; 2008 and 2007: Terrance Dicks; 2006: Ian Marter; 2005: Charles Stross.)

Book of the year:
Certainly the one I spent longest reading, and wrote and thought most about: The Bloody Sunday Report.

Least favourite book of the year (that I actually finished):
Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV, by Brian J. Robb; a total ripoff.