Wednesday, July 06, 2011

2011 Reading Update

With the year half over, I thought I'd take a quick peek back at what I've read so far. I have nearly one hundred items (ninety-six, to be exact) on my list, with only one item in progress. Here's a quick breakdown by category:

Magazines: Thirteen completed, one in progress. They're evenly divided between Scientific American, which I read in paper format, and Locus, which I read on my Kindle. My Locus subscription just ended; I'm debating if I want to renew it.

Book Format: Not counting magazines, I've read thirteen books in paper. Everything else (sixty-nine!) has been in Kindle format. I haven't completely switched to e-book format -- I may never do so -- but it sure predominates my reading.

Genre: Some of these books could have fit into multiple genres; for example, much of the YA could have also been classified as science fiction. (I tend to read these books more for the SF aspect than the YA part.) But here's how I categorized them:

YA: 8
Mystery: 6
SF: 11
Fantasy: 37
Non-Fiction: 14
Other: 7

It's pretty obvious which category is my favorite.

Despite all this reading, my to-be-read paper pile and Kindle collection are larger than ever.

I'll do another reading wrap-up at the end of the year. In the meantime, how many books have you read so far this year? Have you noticed any trends in your reading?


Trisha said...

That's a LOT of reading. all my books this year have been read in paperback...and I want to keep it that way ;) Spend enough time as it is on the computer at work :P

Jasmine Walt said...

Goodness. I have no idea how many books I've read this year. I've been devouring J.D. Robb's In Death Series and am waiting for more to become available through my book swapping site-- and in the meantime have been waiting for eagerly for upcoming releases from other favorite authors of mine.

It'd probably be a safe bet to say I've read around sixty books or so since the year started. :)

Michael Offutt said...

WOW. I've managed to read seven books since January and several of them were 1400 page lap busters but I bow to your greatness. I just can't consume books as fast as

Deborah Walker said...

Since I've become a writer I have difficulty reading for pleasure. I'm always analysing as I go along. I was reading my son a book last night, about extreme animals. And I was thinking, hmmm water-bears there's a story in there. It hasn't stopped me though.

I've joined a book club recently and am reading out of genre (The Scarlet Petal and the White). That has really helped.

I really want to start reading non-fiction, too. I saw an interesting book on Bioluminescence on the Golden Eagle's blog.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Trisha--E-book readers use e-ink and non-glare surfaces, so it feels different from reading on a computer. Try it sometime; you might be pleasantly surprised.

Keep up the reading, Jasmine!

Michael--1400 page books? I'd say one of those is equivalent of three-four novels. That's a lot of reading!

Deborah--Yes, it can be hard not to analyze other's writing. I either find all the faults or feel unworthy in comparison. ;) And that book Golden Eagle discussed yesterday does look interesting.

Krispy said...

Wow, go you! I'm behind on my reading, according to goodreads. Most of my reads have been YA, and I think dystopian?

I don't need to comment about the state of my books because you've seen the pictures. Haha. Maybe it's time I make more use of my Kindle? But I do love the pretty books so...

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