What I read last year.

 Whew!  I can't believe I kept track of my reading habits for an entire year.  Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement!

Here's the 2009 breakdown...

Total books read: 193
New books read: 101
Books read twice: 20

Breakdown by Genre:

Adventure/suspense: 43
Fantasy: 49
Historical: 10
Humor:  18
Inspirational: 7
Mystery: 55
Nonfiction: 14
Science Fiction: 13
Short story collections: 3

Breakdown by age:

Adult/mainstream 120
Young adult: 37
Younger readers/classics: 36

 This is a very interesting list from a writerly perspective, since my stories usually contain mystery/fantasy elements and are rarely funny on purpose.  This year my reading resolution is to read more middle-grade stuff, specifically books with boy protagonists.

AND since you all de-lurked so kindly to tell us what you were reading a few months ago, I'm asking you to do it again. Please de-lurk and tell us...

What do YOU want to read in the next year?


  1. I want to read all the Inde-Debut Novels!!

  2. Oh my goodness!!!! I wrote a post about this (will go live on Wednesday) and how sad my reading list was last year compared to everyone else's...most were around the 100 marker -mien significantly lower...I can't even mention the number here.....far too embarrassing compared to yours!!! LOL!! How on earth do you have time for that many books!!!! Kudos to you!!!

  3. My goal is to actually keep track of how many books I read! I'd like to catch up on SF & Fantasy classics. And read new horror, since I caught up on the classics last year. :)

  4. You rock the world on reading. Amazing! I made it to 88 and was thrilled. I want to continue to split my reading YA and MG with a random adult novel and book on craft thrown in.

  5. Funny... the last time you asked this, I had just posted my list on my blog a day or two prior. And on the first I posted a new list of what I'm reading.... I'm sensing a trend here.

    And to answer the question:
    Under the Dome by Steven King
    A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West by James Donovan
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    Frankenstein: Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz

  6. My list of books I want to read is WAY to long to tell you here; it's ten Moleskine pages long and growing daily. But I CAN tell you that I upped my goal from 100 books to 150. So we'll see how that goes.

    And since you reminded me of Anne Shirley the other day, I've taken up those books again. So that's the plan for now. :)

  7. Your reading ability has always amazed me!! I read 32 in 2009 and I was impressed with that! ;)

  8. Amy- ME TOO! :)

    Stephanie- The only number that is too small when it comes to book counts is zero. *grin* As for me, I read fast and obsessively, though I've noticed I'm slowing down lately.

    Winnie- You should join the book count crew. It's actually quite fascinating. And I know what you mean about classics, last year I re-read all the Issac Asimov robot stories and they were AWESOME.

  9. PJ- I think I'm going to need some good recommends for MG, I've fallen quite behind in that area. :) Also, I'm half-way through The Navel of the World and I'm loving it!

    Nic- Hehehe. I can read your mind you know. (Also, when you finish Under the Dome, you should tell me all about it since I'm too scared to read the thing.)

    Nicky- 32 is a really good number! But you know me, I'd rather read than do almost anything else...

  10. Miriam

    Not sure what MG books are, but I do have some adult fiction recommendations. First for light but good thrillers I recommend Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series and especially his new Issac Bell Series.

    For fantasy you must read Raymond Feist's Rift War saga. It starts with Magician Apprentice - Excellent fantasy

  11. On more thing. According to statistics posted at Amazon the average number of books read per year is 5. When you factor in all the readers who read way more than that it means a significant number are not reading any books. So sad.

  12. Marty- Thanks for the recommends! MG stands for middle grade. And those stats are sad. Obviously I need to read more to push the average up, right? :)


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