This past year, in an effort to keep tabs on my reading, I added a few steps to my book routine. This blog was born, because my intention is to write a post about each book I read. In addition, I started a spreadsheet to keep tabs on book consumption. On the spreadsheet I am tracking the length of each book and how long it takes to read, as well as the format (physical, audio, or E-book). If it’s for my book club or through the local library, I have an indicator for that, as well.
There has not been a blog post for each book (oops) and my numbers for length of time are definitely skewed, for which I blame the Harry Potter series, because the speed at which I turned the pages of J. K. Rowling’s masterpiece meant I didn’t enter each of the seven books on my sheet until well after they were finished.
Regardless, I think the results are pretty interesting and look forward to next year. I spent this blizzardy morning starting my 2016 spreadsheet and fine-tuning last year’s to the best of my recollection. So here are the results:
In 2015 I read a total of 30 books. My first blog review was “Thousand Dollar Tan Line,” and I wrote about 18 overall (this includes a single post about the 7 Harry Potter books). Highest recommended are the following: “How to Start a Fire,” “It’s What I Do,” “Yes Please,” “The Invention of Wings,” and “In Cold Blood.” On writing this I was just hit with the realization that each of my favorites were written by females, aside from Truman Capote. Please send me recommendations by male authors!
2015 was my first foray into the world of audio books, and I’ve found I enjoy lighter content in this format–as a chronic multi-tasker, I lost focus or got engrossed in something else while listening to “We are All Completely Beside Ourselves” and had to rewind it at points. Books by entertainers are my favorite in this genre, especially when narrated by their authors, such as Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” or “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari.
Overall, I read 4 audio books, 7 for book club, and 8 on my Kindle. The total was 13,012 pages and I averaged just over 8 days per book. Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings 🙂 happy reading, friends.