Back in the New Year of 2009, I made a set of ‘Reading Resolutions’. One of them was ‘I shall read more books published before I was born.’ So including all books read up to the beginning of December, how did I do?
Not very well actually! I managed to read a huge 90 books from the noughties with 37 of them being published this year. Those published before I was born comprise just the five at the top of the doughnut – a mere 4.5%, and of those only two were from the TBR mountain – Oh Dear! However the five were gooduns …
- Old Peter’s Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome (1916)
- The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler (1939)
- Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker (1940)
- The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)
In mitigation, I am now reading Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone (1868). The real question is though – did I read more pre-1960 books in 2009 than in 2008? Well, no – actually I read five less! Hence your suggestions for reading more classic fiction in 2010 would be very welcome.
RESOLUTION #1 – FAILED!