For some reason I didn’t read more than 14 books last year (2010), and that’s pretty low. I guess I must’ve been busy. 14 books compared to 33 the year before (2009). That’s 6,430 pages (2010) compared to 12,410 pages (2009). Average page count for 2010 is 459 pages per book. That’s pretty decent.
Let’s look at the stats for the long haul. Since I started chronicling my readings, way back in 1994, I’ve read 363 books. The page count is a dazzling 149,981. I’ve been as low as five books in a year (1999) and as high as 52 (2005). The record-breaking page count of 20,562 from that same year, still stands.
Why? You ask. Why read so much, and why keep score?
As Stephen King told us in his book On Writing: It’s important to read if you’re gonna write. For me, reading both collects and creates ideas. The books are my ammo cache. That’s where I go to refuel and better myself. As for keeping score: It’s mostly for fun.
Now comes the hard part: crowning the best book read for the first time in 2010.
Among the best you’ll find Stephen King’s Under the Dome, Peter F. Hamilton’s Fallen Dragon and The Evolutionary Void, Michael Crichton’s Pirate Latitudes, and two classic novels by H.G. Wells: The Time Machine and The Invisible Man. All of these are very good, yet in the end I chose
Alastair Reynolds’s Terminal World
as the undisputed winner of 2010.
It’s a great story from beginning to end, almost unputdownable. At the end of the novel I was sorry, because the adventure had ended. This is also the second year I put Reynolds on top.
Yeah, he’s that good!