photo by K
Well, it appears to be time for a six month reading checkup. Let's take a look, shall we?
Last year at this time I had read 66 books (22,509 pages). This year? 61 books totaling 19,218 pages.
I think the main reason for the drop is that last year Z was in afternoon preschool. I spent most of those free two hours reading. This year he had morning kindergarten and I spent a lot of those two and a half hours sleeping, showering and cleaning house. I'm definitely not a morning person and the most I usually read in the morning is the news and other blogs.
I had 3 re-reads with the Tolkien read-along. You might have wondered what happened to The Return of the King? I just wasn't in the mood for it. I hate when they sail away at the end. Silly, huh?
I had 1 "did not finish" with Skin Lane. The dark tone of the book was not sitting well with me at the time. I actually regret not finishing it though after reading some of the discussion about the book.
25 of my reads were borrowed from the library. That's 41% of my books at no cost to me -- well, except for that property tax levy that we just passed to keep our libraries operating with minimal cuts.
17 of my books were received for review from publishers, authors and LibraryThing. Last year at this time it was already 28. This is good news because I wanted to reduce the number of review copies I received and be a bit more picky.
11 of my reads were for book groups (NTTVBG), read-alongs (Japanese Literature, Tolkien) or group reviews (The Spotlight Series). 9 books were chosen to complete challenges (Hello Japan!, Take Another Chance Challenge).
I've had 7 books that I would not consider reading again.
Only 3 of my reads in these six months have been non-fiction. This is one more than last year but will bring me up short of my goal of 12 for the year. I need to grab more of the wonderful non-fiction titles I have in my TBR stacks!
So, how are you doing this year so far? Are you reaching your reading goals? Are you surprised by your reading habits?