1. How many books have you read so far this year?
78 books, comprising a total of 17.766 pages. (If you are curious about how my reading spreadsheet works, I made a video about it. You can download the spreadsheet here, and read the corresponding blog notes here.)
Publishing Year Number of books Percentage
|1900 – 1800||8||10,26%|
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Author Nationality Number of Books Percentage
2. What’s your favourite book so far this year?
Appius and Virginia, by G. E. Trevelyan (1932) & Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, by Heather Clark (2020).
3. What’s the most disappointing book you’ve read this year?
Breasts and Eggs, by Mieko Kawakami (2020, tr. Sam Bett & David Boyd. Original: 夏物語, 2019), Zero, by Gine Cornelia Pedersen (2018, tr. Rosie Hedger. Original: Null, 2013), Milk Fed by Melissa Broder (2021), and Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers, by Lauren Burke and Hannah K. Chapman, illust. Kaley Bales (2021).
4. What genre have you read most this year?
The genres I read the most were Literary fiction (43,6%), Classics (12,8%), Nature writing (11,5%), Biography (7,7%), Essay (6,4%), and Poetry (5,1%). The rest comprises literary criticism, memoirs, letter collections, diaries, and plays.
5. Name a new favourite author that you’ve discovered this year.
6. What’s the most surprisingly good book you’ve read so far this year?
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (2020) & Nine Moons, by Gabriela Wiener (2020, tr. Jessica Powell. Original: Nueve lunas, 2009).
7. What are your favourite and most anticipated 2021 releases?
Favourite books I read from my list of most anticipated 2021 releases: Unsettled Ground, by Claire Fuller (2021), Betrachtungen einer Barbarin, by Asal Dardan (2021, not translated yet), and Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, by Gail Crowther (2021).
Most anticipated books for the second half of 2021: The Letters of Shirley Jackson, ed. Laurence Jackson Hyman (due in July 13th), Checkout 19, by Claire-Louise Bennett (due in August), Hannah Arendt, by Samantha Rose Hill (due in September), The Strangers, by Katherena Vermette (due in September), Frauen Literatur: Abgewertet, vergessen, wiederentdeckt, by Nicole Seifert (due in September), On Freedom, by Maggie Nelson (due in September), H of H Playbook, by Anne Carson (due in October), The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk (due in November, tr. Jennifer Croft. Original: Księgi Jakubowe, 2014), The Fell, by Sarah Moss (due in November), Burntcoat by Sarah Hall (due in November).
8. What’s your next big priority for your reading?
9. What’s been your bookish highlight of the year so far?
10. What’s a book you started reading this year and still need to complete?
The Brontës: A Life in Letters, ed. Juliet Barker (1997) & The Brontës by Juliet Barker (1994)
11. What’s the best classic book you’ve read so far?
A Double Life, by Karolina Pavlova (1978/ 2019, tr. Barbara Heldt. Original: Двойная жизнь, 1848), The Victorian Chaise-Longue, by Marghanita Laski (1953, a reread), Millenium Hall, by Sarah Scott (1762) & Life and Death of Harriett Frean, by May Sinclair (1922).
12. Who do you tag?
Everyone who enjoyed reading this post