My favourites among the books I've reviewed in 2009 will soon feature on Euro Crime, but in the meantime, here are my reading statistics for the year:
I read 105 books in 2009.
Of these, 42 were translated into English from other languages.
Of the 105 books, 51 were by women, 54 men.
40 of the books I read were by authors new to me – and of these, 30 (to my knowledge) were debut novels.
I published 81 book reviews this year, mostly on Euro Crime or Petrona. I wrote 16 more book reviews which are in the press at Euro Crime. The remaining 8 books are unreviewed, either because I didn't find enough to like or because I read them on holiday while I was offline from any form of electronic input medium for a couple of weeks.
All my book reviews are archived here, categorised by genre and country of author.
Turning to blogs, I discovered four new blogs in 2009 which I enjoy reading very much, and commend them to anyone who has not yet discovered them:
Confessions of a mystery novelist by Margot Kinberg*
View from the Blue House by Rob Kitchin
Big Beat from Badsville by Donna Moore
Crime Watch by Craig Sisterson.
* Additional commendation for consistently thoughtful posts and a friendly, active discussion salon.
Of the blogs to which I already subscribed before 2009, I'd like to mention some of my favourites (criteria are at least 2 posts a week):
Crime Scraps (Norman)
DJ's Krimiblog (Dorte)
Do you write under your own name? (Martin Edwards)
Euro Crime blog (Karen)
It's a Crime (Crimefictionreader)
Mysteries in Paradise (Kerrie)
Reactions to Reading (Bernadette)**
[Added later: International Noir Fiction (Glenn Harper)** ]
** Additional commendation for consistently excellent book reviews.
Reading (any genre):
I love lots of other blogs, many of which provide interesting links to external sites, but the above-named are the ones that consistently provide engaging (to me) content on a regular basis (I've excluded a few favourites that would have been included but which don't post very often).