2016 In Books: A Look at What I Read This Year, By the Numbers

Sunday, December 18, 2016

At the start of 2016, I set out to read 30 books throughout the course of the year, but when I hit that goal pretty quickly, I decided to try to double it. Now, in the last few weeks of the year, I've read 94 books in total, more than tripling my original goal. Last year, I decided I wanted to read more, period; this year, I did it.

When I mentioned this on Twitter, someone asked me, somewhat incredulously, "How many hours a day do you devote to reading?" The answer is... whatever I feel like on any given day? Some days, I don't read a single page; other days, it's all I do. I haven't been watching much TV lately, probably because Mike doesn't, & so my natural default has been to hit the books. In a separate post closer to the end of the year, I'm going to share a post summing up my 10 favorite books read in 2016; in the meantime, here are last year's 15 favorites.

I have a few days left before the end of the year, & I expect to finish another book or two in that time - still, a little early, here's a look at my by-the-numbers reading report so far.

Books read: 94
Total pages read: 27,445
Memoirs : 28
Non-fiction (excluding memoirs): 5
Adult fiction: 35
YA fiction: 26Sci-fi fantasy books: 11
Murder mysteries/thrillers: 27
BookBub buys: 11
Kindle First reads: 5
Book of the Month Club books: 10
Rereads: 5
Series broached (in whole or in part): 6
Books written by celebs:11
Books with Jewish themes: 6
Books written by authors of color: 11
Books written by women: 83
Books with "girl" in the title: 10
Books about body image: 4
Books about serial killers: 9
Books about school shootings: 4
Books about cults &/or weird religions: 4
Harry Potter-related books: 8

I have... weird taste, maybe, I know. You can see the full list of books I read in 2016 on my Goodreads Reading Challenge page. At the start of each month, on this blog, I review the books I read in the previous month; I also post those short reviews to Goodreads, if you'd rather find it all in one place.

I never meant for this to be a book blog, & I honestly don't know if anyone cares about stuff like this, but I like to keep track of it, & I hope at least someone is finding reading list ideas from my monthly reviews. I promise to keep writing about other stuff, too, but this has become a nice little hobby.

Reading anything good? Let me know what I should add to my to-read list in 2017! 

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