Showing posts with label a year in books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label a year in books. Show all posts


2017: A Year In Books

2017 was not the greatest year. It was a trying year for my country. 'Nuff said.  Then, between the stress of relocating across country again, and my mental health taking a nose dive into extra-ville, I think it's fair to say that my seven-year relationship's endurance was tested. I've come out of this trial-filled year with some important lessons about myself learned and with more determination to make 2018 kick ass than ever before, so every cloud does have a silver lining, I guess.

One thing that didn't suck in 2017 was that I finally got my reading mojo back! I really want to take a moment here to thank Multnomah County Library. Every city I've lived in has had a solid public library system, but it wasn't until this move to Portland this past Spring that I really embraced it. I think it's a combination of Multnomah County's great inventory, easy to find and use locations, and, probably most importantly, a stellar app that let's me place items on hold, extend holds and checkouts, and check due dates all from my phone. Also, to the awesome librarian who joined in my search for diverse children's picture books on world mythologies AND didn't judge me for getting distracted by Not Quite Narwhal, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Another big contributor to my reading mojo returning, which still wouldn't have happened without my library access, was my Nancy Drew Review project. While I've been terrible about posting updates for the NDR, I have been steadily reading my way through the original 64 books. There hasn't been a lot of rhyme or reason to the order I'm reading in, it's largely determined by what I find on the shelf at the library and which titles appeal most to me. Right now I am halfway through the NDR with 32 out of 64 books read. I've learned that it takes me almost exactly 2 hours to read one of them, making them excellent filler/reading slump books. At the moment, I need to whittle my current TBR down a bit before I check any more Nancy Drews out, I might just back in in a few weeks.

Like I said, if 2017 was only good for one thing, it was good for me falling back in love with books and reading. I completed a total of 85 books in 2017. I tracked my reading throughout the year on Goodreads, because it's easiest on the go, and the barcode scan function helps me make sure I pick the correct edition.

Towards the end of the year I started populating a spreadsheet with expanded data so I could be a total #datanerd and have all my charts and graphs. If you want a complete list of everything I read this year, check out my Goodreads: 2017 Reads Shelf.

My favorite read this year was Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popović - it was magical, has me anticipating the next in the series, and just really inspired me. My least favorite read was Zombies Vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier - I was disappointed, didn't end up enjoying most of the stories, and had to make myself finish it. 

In 2018, I'm aiming for 100 books read, but I'm over feeling pressured by that goal. It'll either happen or it won't. But I do want to continue reading women, authors of color, queer authors, and works in translation (which was only 3.5% of my reading in 2017). I'm also really committing to Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge this year. 

So how was your 2017 in books? Any goals for 2018? If you want to see the books I'm especially excited about in 2018, check out my Most Anticipated Books of 2018 post. 


2016: A Year In Books

2016 was, in general, a giant dumpster fire of a year and, quite honestly, not my personal greatest year, either. That being said, I am finally reading again. Not quite back up to my old numbers but I did surpass my goal of 30 books this year by reading 39 titles total - totalling 11872 pages! And I don't feel the need to justify some of them being graphica. Huge progress for me. After the jump is a rundown of my 2016 in books:


2014: A Year In Books

[Chart showing my (self-assigned) genre breakdown for 2014 reading]

I know, I know. It's January 3rd and I should have had this post up a couple of days ago. But, as an extreme introvert, I should probably not work in a retail centric job, that way I'm not drained of all energy and joy by the end of December, either. Also, I'm still recovering from a flu. So take your meaningless complaints about this bloggers punctuality and shove 'em...somewhere. (What? My mom reads this, she'll tsk at me if I get too descriptively vulgar.)

I did not read nearly as many books in 2014 as I intended to. I read 68 total. Which is a low number for me, possibly not for the average person. It's terrifyingly low compared to some of my book buddies, though. The thing is, reading is not a competition. Reading the fastest or the most only benefits you, so if rapidly accumulating knowledge is what you want, do it. If you'd rather savor a read or prefer not to treat it as homework, slow down. There are some books I have to read quickly because I'm reviewing them for a publication and those often bump my personal reading aside for a bit. I've also had a busy year with a promotion, a(nother) move, starting and running a teen book group, and my mom visiting. I gave myself permission in the late spring to take the pressure off myself. And I'm glad I did, it's helped me evaluate some of my habits, ruts, and preferences and compile some new goals for 2015. But more on that in another post. This is about the past. The list below is of the 68 books I read in their entirety this year. I have not included ANY partial reads, even if they were, say, 90% finished.

Quick Facts:
  • I read 19946 pages this past year. (As I read a ton of advanced copies, some of my numbers are based on the final published text counts).
  • As you may have noticed from the chart above I read most heavily in Fantasy (primarily Young Adult) and Mystery.
  • Nature was my least read category, and it was only nature essays, but I actually read something in it!
  • I started 14 new series.
  • I finished 3 series.
  • I reread 2 books.
  • Favorite read of 2014: It's a 3 way tie, all for their own reasons - The Weird Sisters, Jackaby and The Girl in the Road
  • Worst read of 2014: The Iron Trial.
Books Read* in 2014 
*In their entirety
  1. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  2. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised By Wolves by Karen Russell
  3. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  4. Fade to Black by Francis Knight
  5. Fluff Dragon by Platte F. Clark
  6. The Shape Stealer by Lee Carroll
  7. Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh
  8. Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis
  9. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana C. Simpson
  10. Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso
  11. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  12. The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
  13. Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
  14. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  15. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  16. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
  17. The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
  18. The Thickety: A Path Begins by J. A. White
  19. The Given by Vicki Pettersson
  20. Unicorn Magic: Bella's Birthday Unicorn by Jessica Burkhart
  21. Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton
  22. The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
  23. The Empty Glass by J. I. Barker
  24. The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
  25. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
  26. The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn
  27. Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo
  28. The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
  29. The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King
  30. Greek Street: Blood Calls for Blood by Peter Milligan
  31. Morning Glories: Volume One by Nick Spencer
  32. The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
  33. American Innovations by Rivka Galchen
  34. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  35. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
  36. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  37. A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
  38. Gris Grimly's Frankenstein by Gris Grimly
  39. The Unofficial Middle-Earth Monster's Guide by The Mordor Collective
  40. Starting From Happy by Patricia Marx
  41. One Kick by Chelsea Cain
  42. Zooburbia by Tai Moses
  43. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  44. Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Treyvane
  45. Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  46. The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
  47. Grim by Christine Johnson
  48. Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  49. Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls by Karen Finneyfrock, Mindy Nettifee, and Rachel McKibbens
  50. Rooms by Lauren Oliver
  51. The Rumplestiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
  52. Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
  53. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  54. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  55. Displaced Persons by Derek McCulloch
  56. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
  57. The Tombs by Clive Cussler
  58. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
  59. Jackaby by William Ritter
  60. The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
  61. Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke 
  62. The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
  63. The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford
  64. Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
  65. Rest in Pieces by Bess Lovejoy
  66. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
  67. The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
  68. The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
So how was 2014 for you?


2013: A Year In Books

The year's over already. It was a big year all around. Big moves in location and in career. My first year as a bookseller meant that I had a legit excuse to keep my nose in a book, and despite what my friend Kenny claims, I swear these numbers are correct. (For the record, he claims I read way more, not less.)

Quick Facts:

  • Total number of books read: 109
  • Month I read the least: January
  • Month I read the most: September
  • Poetry books read: 4
  • Short story collections read: 6
  • Picture books read: 4 (That are worth counting, at least)
  • Kids' (beginner & middle grade) books read: 14
  • YA books read: 34
  • Mystery/thrillers read: 11
  • Graphica read: 1
  • Non-fiction read: 9
  • Memoir read: 4
  • Top three books of the year: Bad Unicorn, The Snow Child, Perfect Ruin
  • Worst books of the year: The Resurrectionist & Asylum
  • Most painful cliffhanger of the year: Perfect Ruin
  • Number of series started: 18
  • Number of series completed: 2
  • Book I thought I hated but I actually wound up loving: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
  • Number of started, but currently unfinished books this year: 18
After the jump, you can see a month-by-month guide to all the books I read in 2013 (with links to any reviews I may have done for them).