It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

I’m a little low on content these days, so thank goodness for memes like  It’s Monday! What are you reading?, hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Gives you something to read (and evidence that I’m still alive) without me having to think too hard.

Stay tuned for the reviews!

It’s time for a Review-a-Thon!!

Yes, I know, things have been quiet around here at 52 Books or Bust. Not only has my reading slowed down, but my reviewing has ground to a resounding halt. But I intend to remedy that this weekend by participating in the Write On Review-a-Thon hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen.

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th. Let’s get those reviews done!

If all works out as planned, here’s what you can look forward to in the coming weeks:

Feelings on Harper Lee’s Latest Book

Go Set a Watchman by Harper LeeYesterday the bookternet exploded with the news that Harper Lee is going to publish a new book. Yes, that Harper Lee. The new book, Go Set A Watchman, is reputedly a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. Everyone, it seems, is jubilant with the news. I’m a little more circumspect, shall we say. Continue reading

Mini-Bloggiesta To Do List

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I wasn’t going to participate in this Mini-Bloggiesta, but then I thought, why not? I’ve been so busy lately with other projects and travel that I’ve fallen woefully behind on EVERYTHING to do with my blog. I should take this opportunity to catch up with my blog and the blogging community.

So my To Do List:

  • write 2 reviews
  • update archives
  • clean out my feeder
  • organize my to read list
  • do one Bloggiesta challenge
  • comment on 5 blogs for Bloggiesta
  • tackle the chaos that is my Twitter

It’s not too late for you to join in too! Go to the Bloggiesta website for all of the latest news and the sign-up post. Best of luck!

2014: The Numbers

This post is so woefully overdue that I almost wasn’t going to write it. Then I thought, hey, what’s the use of all this data just sitting here all by itself? I know there are numbers nerds out there, so I’m going to share.

Total books read

97

This is down from 2013, which was at 101. Do I have excuses? You bet i do! Do you care? Probably not.

 

The gender break down: Not bad, if I do say so myself!! And more female authors read than the year before. But am I giving male authors a fair chance?

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The genre breakdown: Yowzers! Not a great split. And when you look at the gender breakdown of the authors, it’s even more depressing. Only 40% of the non-fiction I read was by women. Ponder to yourselves what that may mean. I think it means I don’t read many memoirs and that so-called serious books tend to be written by men, and yes, there is a problem with that.

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Author’s Nationality: Looks like I read a lot of Americans this year. Again. But I also read many more Brits, and that was one of my goals now that I’m living permanently in the UK. And you can see that CanLit suffered as a result.

I also made up the category of Global. There were quite a few authors I read this year that truly are global citizens. For example, born in India, went to university in the US, and divides their time between the UK and India.

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Where in the world my reading took me: Unfortunately, this neat little map does not show how much I read set in each country. So, for example, it looks like I did a lot of Russian reading, when in fact I read only one book set there. Australia, on the other hand, fared quite well in my reading in 2014.

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria

 

Map Legend: 10%, 27 of 263 Territories
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Where my reading took me


The Best of 2014

Here’s my idiosyncratic list of what I liked in 2015.

Hands Down Best Fiction: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Best Non-Fiction: Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman.

Best Book That I Wish I Had Written: Euphoria by Lily King.

Best Book I Should Have Read Sooner: A Visit From The Good Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Best Laugh Out Loud Funny Book: Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.

Best New To Me Author: Christos Tsiolkas. I read Barracuda and am desperate to read more by him.

Best Allegedly Science Fiction: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

Best Title: The Mother Who Loved All Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmilla Petrushevshaya.

 

 

52 Books or Bust is 2 Years Old

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Hip hip hooray! My blog is 2 years old today! And that means two things: a (very) little bit of analysis and a GIVEAWAY. Continue reading

Little Free Library – Woodstock

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Who among us is not obsessed with Little Free Libraries? They are the latest craze to sweep the nation and I for one could not be happier. How could I not support something that encourages and enables more people to read more often?

That is why I’m thrilled to announce that my mom has just unveiled a Little Free Library at her home in Woodstock, Ontario.

I know that I have fan base of loyal followers in Woodstock, so what are you waiting for? Go on over! Take a Book, Leave a Book!

WriteReads Podcast, starring moi!

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Oh boy, have I been slacking off on the blog or what? Busy, busy, busy with stuff like going off to Turkey for week.

A couple of weeks ago when I reviewed Skim and This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, I mentioned that I was going to be on a podcast of WriteReads soon. Well, that podcast is now available for download on iTunes or you can listen to it here.

If you don’t know already, WriteReads is “the Canadian book club podcast that will change the world of literature forever”, or so they claim. It just might be true. Kurt and Tania are a blast and they have wonderful guests (like me). I had such an amazing time talking with them, hopefully that comes through and they will have me back. If you haven’t subscribed already, what are you waiting for?

Wigtown – Scotland’s National Book Town

There is nothing quite like a town dedicated to the written word, and that is why I had to visit Wigtown while camping in the area. This quaint seaside town in Southern Scotland boasts more than 20 book shops and hosts an annual book festival in an attempt at economic rejuvenation.

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