reading review 2019

January 6, 2020

I read 48 books in 2019. This includes novellas and graphic novels — if you take out the novellas especially, I didn’t read that many books at all. But there’s some really good work being done in novellas right now, so why not?

Eleven of these were re-reads, which seems like a big number. A chunk of that is the Ursula K. Le Guin collected Earthsea novels that came out last winter — read the whole thing, most of which I’d read before, and I decided to count those separately rather than as just one book. Several were revisiting books I read as kids, because I’ve been interested in getting a handle on my teenage/preteen reading aesthetic. I really liked short zippy adventure stories as a kid. I feel like this explains a lot about me.

Ten of these were non-fiction.

Four of these were Robin Hood novels, not my own. I haven’t even scratched the surface of Robin Hood novels out there — four new ones, not my own, came out just this year. I’m debating whether I should try to read more. This is a subject where everybody has wildly different takes. It’s fascinating.

My Robin Hood is completely different from any of the others I’ve read. Completely. As I said, it’s fascinating. You know, I do think I want to read some other takes on him. . .


3 Responses to “reading review 2019”

  1. mervih Says:

    Which Robin Hood books did you read? My favorite retelling is the 80s BBC show Robin of Sherwood.

  2. carriev Says:

    Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson, Sherwood by Parke Godwin, Hood by Stephen Lawhead, Sheriff of Nottingham by Richard Kluger.

  3. mervih Says:

    Thanks! I’ve read Lady of the Forest which was nice but I prefer Roberson’s other books.

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