Thursday, October 18, 2018

My Year In Books

Since my way of figuring out my reading year is a bit different, I always explain in these blog posts. I count my reading year through my birthday. It starts October 14 and ends October 13 of the following year.

This year, I had a very good year, totaling 106 books read. This is up from a low of 67 last year.  A main reason for the change is that I eased up on some of my academic workload this year, and then I had an extended period after my heart attack where reading was about all I could do.  Six of these were also graphic novels, which was up from 0 last year and which do not take long to read.

I also classify my books by genre. One major change this year was my westerns going from 6 to 14. That's partially because I was writing my own western through much of the year and tend to like to read in the genre I'm writing in. The biggest change, though, was in mystery/thriller, which went from 14 to 19. The primary reason here was my discovery of Harlan Coben.  I binged on his books to the tune of 12.

Fantasy at 12 and SF at 11 continued to be staples for me. Poetry stayed about the same, at 5 versus 4 for last year. My nonfiction reading (not counting articles and essays but books only) has remained at 7 for the past three year.

Bizarre as it may seem, I also keep an average book-read stat. Figuring that I started reading actual books around the age of seven, I've averaged 80 a year for the past 53 years. I've only been keeping detailed records since 1987 but in that time my best reading year was 95-96 with 126 books read. The worst year was 2001-2002 with only 49. I had eleven straight years when I read at least a 100. I remember being disappointed when I dropped below that number one year to end the streak but it was because of family health issues.




16 comments:

Angie said...

Hey, Happy Birthday! {{}}

And that's a pretty good reading rate for someone with a full time day job, plus a side hustle. :)

Angie

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy belated birthday.
Eighty books a year over your lifetime is really impressive.

Unknown said...

Angie, I think I'm pretty much of a compulsive reader.

Alex, I'm addicted.

Seth Lindberg said...

How do you keep track? Excel? Goodreads?

Unknown said...

Seth, I just keep an MS word file. but I rely on goodreads now to give me the dates for books I read.

Erik Donald France said...

Cool beans, Charles! And, belated Happy Birthday ~ salud ~ cheers ~ huzzah ~ !

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Cloudia said...

Wishing you many more such lists, Charles!

Liane Spicer said...

That's a fantastic reading record you have there!

I must look into this Harlan Coben guy. Been hearing much about him in this Miami Herald Books FB group I belong to.

Liane Spicer said...

I had a phase some years ago where I read quite a few Michael Connolly mysteries back to back.

G.B. Miller said...

I was well on my way to probably hitting that century mark this year, but alas, I bought a smart phone as a b'day present for myself and discovered the wonderful world of podcasts. Since then, my reading has sadly dropped by 95%. Still looking to rebound hopefully next year when I should be caught up to my podcasts and I can concentrate on reading for fun and relaxation.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

That's a great tally of books read over the years, Charles. I hope to read more Westerns and SF in coming months, and some Classics too.

Charles Gramlich said...

Erik, thanks, man.

Cloudia, thank you!

Liane, Coben is great. I read a few of Connolly at one time too.

G. B., I've listened to a few podcasts but have not gotten hooked.

Prashant, I'm not sure where the new year is going to take me.

William Hiles said...

I keep a book completion list. Have since I was 12. Only problem is that it's been handwritten on paper and in a journal. Really need to transcribe into a spreadsheet but the task is daunting since it's now in the thousands.

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