It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I know it’s time to dust off my blog when I’ve the urge to talk about what I’ve been reading (or not reading), though I find myself woefully out of practice. (I must have written and re-written the previous sentences at least five times.)
I’ve started to collate my favourite reads of the year, which has turned out to be an interesting way of looking back over 2019. There’s some “oh yes, I was on holiday when I flew through Rachel Neumeier’s Black Dog series” and “ah, I had a total glom of Mary Burchell’s backlist when I was working out my notice period”. Also a bit of “how on earth did I have time to read so much” (to be fair, this was possibly tied to me switching jobs and having some, ahem, winding down time). Having said that, I feel like my reading has tailed off dramatically in the second half of the year, especially when I look at the number of books I was reading in the first few months of 2019. And I had forgotten how many re-reads I completed earlier in the year as well (practically all of Andrea K. Höst’s backlist, I think).
The various “best of the 2010s” articles out there had me wondering how my annual favourites have held up over the years (scroll down a bit for the listing by genre). You know what? I look at the titles on that list and, bar a handful, I have really fond memories of reading each book (I possibly need to revisit the ones I don’t quite recall). Not all the authors listed there continue to be autobuys for me, but as you’d expect, my reading tastes have changed over the past ten years.
Right, enough rambling for now. It’s nearly the end of the holidays and I’ve a couple more books I’d like to finish this side of the new year (plus I need to finish adding all my 2019 reads to Goodreads!). Whether you celebrated Christmas or not, I hope you’ve had some time off to recharge batteries and prepare for a new year (and a new decade, depending on how you count decades!).