But I kept on with noting the books I read and the total for 2006 was 83 books, which breakdown as follows:
62 first time reads
The full list of the books I read in 2006 is here.
I gave each book a star rating between one and five and 19 books got five stars:
Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly - non-fiction: the very funny story of one man's journey to each of the areas in the shipping forecast
Under World by Reginald Hill - crime fiction: part of the Dalziel and Pascoe series of Yorkshire based police thrillers
Pictures Of Perfection by Reginald Hill - crime fiction: as above
The Stand by Stephen King - supernatural thriller: King's best book to my mind, a classic tale of good, evil and a deadly virus
Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky - non-fiction: amusing, heart-warming story of a young man's attempt to save Yiddish literature
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly - crime fiction: the first of the Charlie Bird series that brilliantly blends modern day crime with the supernatural
Angels Flight by Michael Connelly - crime fiction: my favourite of Connelly's Heironymous Bosch series of cop thrillers set in LA
Decider by Dick Francis - crime fiction: I love Dick Francis books and re-read a few each year.
Reflex by Dick Francis - crime fiction: Another horse-racing based mystery from the best
The Waste Lands by Stephen King - epic fanasy: book 3 of the Dark Tower series
Wizard's Glass by Stephen King - epic fanasy: book 4 of the Dark Tower series
Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King - epic fanasy: book 5 of the Dark Tower series
Song of Susannah by Stephen King - epic fanasy: book 6 of the Dark Tower series
The Dark Tower by Stephen King - epic fanasy: book 7 of the Dark Tower series
Saratoga Backtalk by Stephen Dobyns - crime fiction: One of the Charlie Bradshaw series, amusing, easy to read and utterly gripping
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler - crime fiction: classic private eye fiction and deservingly so, Chandler is a genius
Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane - crime fiction: dark andvoilent, a story that stays with you after you've read it
Disney War by James B Stewart - non-fiction: the highly-entertaining tale of Michael Eisner's paranoid and power-crazed reign at Disney
The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde - crime fiction: very funny story from the Reading Nursery Crime division when Detective Jack Spratt tries to solve the murder of Goldilocks while a seven-foot psychotic Gingerbread Man is on the loose
I think 83 books is a decent amount to read in a year so I'm not going to challenge myself to read more in 2007, rather I'm going to challenge myself to read more new (to me) authors. This year I read nine new authors (not counting non-fiction). So next year I will set a target of fifteen.