Friday, December 19, 2014

Year End Reading Wrap Up

I'm a fairly indiscriminate reader. Heck, I'll read the cereal box if it's right in front of me.

Of course, I love suspense and thrillers - naturally, I'm a Killer Chick after all - but I'll pretty much read any genre.  In fact, I think my brain requires it.  I get... bored isn't the right word... complacent? if I read the same genre book after book after book. So, my reading tastes are all over the map.

Just to give you a breakdown, as of the creation of this post, I'd read 98 books this year.

Suspense/Thriller/Mystery - 36
Romance - 27
SF/F - 25
Nonfiction/Memoir - 6
Literature - 3
Historical - 1

Of course, that's simplifying things quite a bit.  And there are crossovers.  Paranormal anything can be tucked into SF/F, but I plopped those into Romance or Suspense, depending on their underlying theme.  Dystopian got stuffed into SF/F.  Adventure and Action got shoved into S/T/M.  Most of the historical novels I read got the same treatment as Paranormal, except for that one - which didn't meet Suspense or Romance. (Probably should've shoved it into Memoir.)

I expect I'll read at least two more books before the year's done.  (Because my Goodreads goal is 100, so I have to squeeze those last ones in, if I can.)  I expect those last couple titles will be a regular romance, and the new paranormal romance I've been saving.

I don't add in the data for any beta reading I do.  Most times, those books have already seen publication and made it onto my list anyway.  And I can't count my own books, for obvious reasons.  If I could, I've probably read at least a dozen more book-length manuscripts (if you count each read-through as a new read, that is).

What can I say, it's been a busy year.

Do you keep track of the books you read?  Have you ever broken it down?  I mean, if you're like me.  If you only read one or two genres, you probably wouldn't need to.  ;o)

What genre do you read the most of?


Karyn Good said...

Yep, same here. I read all over the map too. Although my favorite genre is romantic suspense. Go figure. But I like variety. However, I've never broken it down or kept serious track of what I've read. I really should. It would be interesting to look back and see how my reading has ebbed and flowed over the years.

jblynn said...

I've never tracked it. Maybe next year. I read A LOT of non-fiction.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I keep track on Goodreads and on my blog, Karyn. Then it's just a matter of going back and tallying things up. It's an interesting thing to do, if you have time.

I should probably read more NF, JB, but I have so many novels I want to read, the NF gets squeezed out.

Silver James said...

I hit 200 the other day for my goal, though I actually read 205 as of today but because 5 of those were rereads, Goodreads doesn't count them. There's still 12 days before the end of the year. I might have up to 10 more books before all is said and done. I have to keep track--not only of what I've read but what books I actually own. Otherwise, I'd be buying doubles. LOL

B.E. Sanderson said...

Like I've said before, Silver, you totally rock. Thank goodness for Amazon telling me I already downloaded a book, or I'd have the same problem. ;o)

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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