Sunday, December 31, 2017

Year in Review: Reflections

According to GoodReads, I read 668 books in 2017. I trust their math more than my own. But I do have my own way of keeping track. I do track the number of books read each month in various categories. And these--when totaled--present me with a lovely graphic chart.

Here are my categories:
  • Board books and picture books
  • Early readers and early chapter books
  • Contemporary (realistic) fiction
  • Speculative fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Mysteries
  • Classics
  • Nonfiction
  • Christian fiction
  • Christian nonfiction
Here's how I did compared to last year:

In 2016, I read 105 picture books.
In 2017, I read 281 picture books.
In 2016, I read 38 early readers.
In 2017, I read 81 early readers.
In 2016, I read 28 contemporary books.
In 2017, I read 32 contemporary books.
In 2016, I read 71 speculative fiction books.
In 2017, I read 64 speculative fiction books.
In 2016, I read 51 historical fiction novels.
In 2017, I read 49 historical fiction novels.
In 2016, I read 28 mysteries.
In 2017, I read 30 mysteries.
In 2016, I read 47 classics.
In 2017, I read 67 classics.
In 2016, I read 63 nonfiction books.
In 2017, I read 66 nonfiction books.
In 2016, I read 31 Christian fiction novels.
In 2017, I read 39 Christian fiction novels.
In 2016, I read 120 Christian nonfiction books.
In 2017, I read 124 Christian nonfiction books.

I've spent the past few days making best-of lists.

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Kailana 9:52 AM  

I had one of my worst reading years ever. Hoping 2018 will go better. Looks like you rocked it like normal.

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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