The Month in Books: December

Here’s what I completed in December 2009. Links below take you to my reviews on

I read or listened to a total of 63 books this year, down from 73 last year. I finished the most in June (9) and the least in November (1). Not counting 12 of them (6 that I didn’t bother to finish, 2 cookbooks and 4 craft/design books), that’s 4.25 per month or just shy of one per week. I knew the fall had been bad for reading, so I’m not that surprised to see this.

I’ve found that I enjoy listening to audiobooks and podcasts on the way to and from work (I tend to not buy music very often, yet get tired of what I do have, go figure), and so I’m excited to try out, which my parents kindly got me a membership to for Christmas. I’m looking forward to not having to rip the CD into MP3s that need to be renamed!

Five-star reviews: Marketing Today’s Academic Library, Song Yet Sung, Sew U, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Song Yet Sung was definitely the best out of the two top works of fiction, go read it now.

Additional breakdowns by type (there is overlap here):

  • 6 audiobooks
  • 15 for bookclubs
  • 2 cookbooks
  • 4 craft/design books (1 graphic design and 3 sewing)
  • 3 books about library stuff
  • 36 works of fiction
  • 3 books of short stories
  • 16 works of nonfiction
  • 6 I didn’t finish