Better Late Than Never: My 2017 Reading Stats

Normally, I would have posted this sometime between late December 2017 and about the 10th of January 2018, but the timing of my blog posts have been non-existent to irregular at best. So for what it’s worth, here is a brief accounting of my reading in 2017.

The total books read in 2017 was 115, a little higher than my usual average of about 90 and above my yearly goal of 104, or two per week.

2017 books by Quarter  
    Genre 1st 2nd 3rd 4th totals
Adventure 1 8 3 2 14
Autobiography/Biography 2 1 0 0 3
YA 1 0 2 1 4
General fiction 4 0 0 1 5
Graphic Novel 0 1 2 2 5
Humor 1 0 2 0 3
Mystery 13 8 14 13 48
Non-fiction 5 4 9 2 20
Science Fiction / Fantasy 4 3 3 3 13
Totals 31 25 35 24 115

Compared to other years, my mystery reading was a much higher percentage of the total, while science fiction/fantasy was way down. I’m not sure of the reason for this, other than mystery was apparently what I was in the mood for. I do notice I have four SF novels sitting here from last year, still with bookmarks in them, so maybe I just ran out of steam for the genre. The other thing of note is the non-fiction number is way up. Not sure why, just came across many interesting books, I guess.

In future posts (soon, soon) I’ll get more specific about the reading I did since I put the blog on hiatus early last Fall, but for now you at least have the numbers.

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13 Responses to Better Late Than Never: My 2017 Reading Stats

  1. Patti Abbott says:

    That’s pretty eclectic reading, Rick. Mine would be split between crime and mainstream fiction with a few non-fiction. Probably more like 60 books a year. It used to be 150 back in the day.

    • You not reading science fiction or fantasy weighs your list more toward general fiction and mystery, I suppose. Are you reading less because you’re writing more?

      I really got into the non-fiction last year, though as I said, I’m not sure there was any reason except finding things that looked interesting. Usually I read maybe 3 or 4 a year.

  2. Jerry House says:

    It’s always great when you post on your blog, Rick! I hope 2018 is bringing many more great reads your way.

    • Thanks, Jerry, I’m planning on starting to post at least once a week, either a Friday Forgotten or a Current Reading or maybe both. I’m feeling more “blogging energy” lately.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Great to see a post. There were years “back when” that I read maybe 80% mysteries, so don’t feel bad. Read what you’re in the mood to read. Since we’ve been down here I’ve read more non-fiction than usual, but that’s because I brought the things on hand that I was interested in reading, plus I downloaded a couple more from the library. I feel like I’ve been reading fewer mysteries these days than in the past. Of course, I start each day with a short story or two.

    • I’ve been reading a few more short story collections of late than usual for me, but then I did my short story February thing. It’s cool that we can download books from a library far away, isn’t it?

      • Jeffrey Meyerson says:

        I love it. Because Jackie had hand issues, she was finding it easier to use the Kindle than to hold a mass market paperback open, so before we left she picked out the books she wanted to bring with her, and I checked the library for their availability. She’s read more than usual this year.

  4. Glad to have you back blogging. I go through binges at times. I might read a half dozen mysteries in a row. Sometimes, I read a number of books by one author in a week or two. But usually I read a fiction book and then alternate with a non-fiction book. In 2017, I read 168 books.

  5. I didn’t make 100 this past year, which is what I’ve averaged the previous few years

  6. tracybham says:

    I did see this post earlier, Rick, but we were getting ready for a fumigation so I did not have time to comment. I am eager to hear about what you have been reading since last Fall, and I am very glad to hear you will be getting back to blogging more. I always enjoy your posts.

    Even though mysteries made up almost half of your total reading, you did read a lot of other types of books. Very impressive.

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