Scanning through the pictures on my hard drive, it looks like I finished about 2 dozen pairs of socks this year, plus seven hats, six scarves, one clapotis, three pair of felted clogs (one pair a disaster), and one sweater. Most of which I've already talked about endlessly here (in the 89 blog posts I made in 2006).
I read fewer books in 2006 than in any of the years I've been keeping track. In fact, I only read one book between the end of March and the beginning of September. Knitting did cut into my reading time, as did sudoku and kakuro -- I got in the habit of doing number puzzles rather than reading before falling asleep. I started off the year as usual, with lots of new books lined up on my shelf to be read, but I found it difficult to get into any of them. I just wasn't enjoying them, and I'd had such high hopes, so I put them down and hoped I would be in a more receptive mood later.
In September, I put the LibraryThing sidebar on my blog, on the theory that public exposure would cure my aliteracy. Since 60% of this year's reading was done since September, that might have worked.
- Totally Joe. Not spectacular, but a plausible coming out story for teens in a post-Will & Grace world.
- Big Over Easy and Fourth Bear. Dumb jokes in an endless succession. I loved it. Chapter epigraphs are like Onion stories.
- Two series came to satisfying ends: Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy and Westerfield's Midnighters.
- The 2006 Best American Science & Nature Writing was the best I've read since 2003.
- Anansi Boys. This was one I had trouble getting into at the beginning of the year. But the audiobook was amazing. With a 30-40 minute commute to and from work, I predict 2007 will be the Year of Audiobooks for me.
Mike and I only made it out to see movies in theaters about 20 times last year. Favorites: