With a few exceptions, 2019 was NOT a great year for my reading. I read about 50 books fewer than in 2018 which is actually fine because I get a bit confused when I read more than 20 books in a month, more than 16 actually which is what I was doing. And I forget what I’ve read, too. Sad .
So this past year I read 133 books total and it varied between 20 books in a month (November) and just 1 book in a month (September). But I was sick and that interfered. .
I read 54 crime novels, 38 fictions, 37 nonfictions, 4 classics, and 1 sci-fi. The best of the lot were Milkman by Anna Burns in fiction and New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burk in Crime. I want to make a special notice of A Lot Like Christmas
by Connie Willis being a wonderful book of Sci-fi short stories with a Christmas theme – really! A++!
My Nonfiction reading was generally more satisfying with the best being:
1. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
2. The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California by Mark Arax
3. The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History of Seven Cities by Violet Moller