Twelve months ago, I was pondering whether to keep a record of the books I read during 2016. I’d never done this before but, after the discussion on this blog post, set up a spreadsheet. I recorded the basics – title, author, reading method (paperback, Kindle, audio), genre – and a précis of the story. Just enough to remind me of which book this was.
Along the way I added three columns: series name/number, a 1-5 score, and setting. For next year I will add a column for the year of publication. I discovered this past year just how far behind I am in my reading, as in, how many books are in my TBR (both ‘real’ books and digital.) In 2017 I’d like to read a better balance of new releases, TBR pile, and old/comfort favourites.
With only a couple of hiccups, I kept the spreadsheet up to date and can now – drum-roll!!! – report on my year of reading.
Total books read: 72 (I recorded 75 but 3 were DNF.) I’m pretty amazed by this total. I think I can safely say my reading slump is over. Of this total only 3 were non-fiction. This year I aim to double that.
Breaking down the genres:
- Category/Series Romance: 23
- Crime/Suspense: 14
- Single Title Romance: 11
- Womens’ Fiction: 11
- Novellas (romance): 9
- Historical Fiction: 1
- 5*: 17
- 4*: 25
- 3*: 17
- 2*: 8
- 1*: 5 (kinda surprising that I finished the 1s and 2s, but perhaps the recording project pushed me to persist when I might, in the past, have given up)
What do you do with books you no longer wish to keep? Who do you give/donate them to?
And how was your reading year in 2016? Did you read more or less than usual? Have you set reading goals for 2017?