Reading Counts, 2018

I read 129 books this year, assuming I’ll finish the one I’m reading by the 31st. I expect I will.

Here’s the breakdown:

More than ever, my reading is slanted toward mysteries, with fantasy, science fiction and, surprisingly to me, non-fiction. That’s more non-fiction in a year than I’ve read in more than a decade. In looking at the list, it’s mostly biographies and autobiographies, though I broke a couple out on the chart.

The mystery reading is all over the genre, from golden age to hard boiled, amateur detective and police procedural. I don’t read true crime, so none of that is included.

More on 2018 and my favorites in the next Monday post.

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22 Responses to Reading Counts, 2018

  1. Steve Oerkfitz says:

    Read 168 books this year. Didn’t break it down by category but most would be crime/mystery.

  2. Jerry House says:

    Lord willing and the creek don’t rise I’ll have read about 239 books in 2018. I say “about” because some of them were anthologies and omnibuses which also include previously published novels. I also say “about” because counting above ten (twenty if I have my shoes off) is a monumental task for me.

    May 2019 bring many more good books your way, Rick.

  3. Wow! The commentators on this blog are big readers! I read 179 books in 2018. I’m in the middle of a Big Fat Book right now so I won’t be able to count it until next year so no Round Number for me. I’ve been reading old Science Fiction with THE GREAT SF STORIES series. And I love the pulp fiction reprints from ALTUS PRESS. And, with my new iPad Pro, I’ll be reading more ebooks. So, 2019 looks like a promising year for reading!

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Nice totals, guys. I did not have what I consider a good reading year, and I bet the total is down. I will add things up and get back to you later. A number of factors seemed to conspire against reading too often. Many days I couldn’t concentrate on more than my daily short story. At least that category is not down, as I am still over TWO stories per day on average.

    Also, there were two many disappointing books for me this year, blogs that were a slog to get through, books that I quit not only 50 pages in but halfway or more And there were a number of George’s BIG FAT BOOKS (which I did enjoy) eating up time.

    And the broken shoulder has killed the last month.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    OK, it looks like my total was a pathetic 107 books. I did read 748 short stories, 39 collections and anthologies total. Also 20 non fiction, including big fat books. Of the other 48 books, I’ll check, but I’d guess most were mystery and science fiction. The years of reading 80% mysteries are well behind me, though this year in particular I had a tough time finding stuff I really loved.

    • Jeff, my annual goal is 104, two books per week. I consider that – at my reading speed – a goodly amount of reading. When we think of the amount of books the average American reads in a year, between 4 and 12, our totals are significant. I certainly wouldn’t characterize 107 books read as “pathetic”.

  6. Jeff Meyerson says:

    We did get a lot done on the “other than reading” front this year. Travel – nearly three months in Florida plus trips to Connecticut, Washington DC, Tampa/St. Petersburg (Bouchercon) and New Orleans. Also saw plenty of theater (8 shows) and concerts (13), as well as movies once or twice a week in Florida. So it was a busy year, just a down year for reading.

    Looks like Jackie read 77 books this year.

  7. Patti Abbott says:

    I am betting I read less than 75 books. Maybe less than 60. Back in the day it would have been 150-200 but not in a long time.

  8. tracybham says:

    Wow, I cannot believe how many books most of you have read. I hope my reading count goes up when I retire. This year I have read 112 books, more than I expected to read. Regardless, it has been a very good reading year in quality of books for me.

  9. Jeff Meyerson says:

    OK. as long as we understand this is not an exact count but just a quick attempt to categorize, and there are a few things I just wasn’t sure if I should put in mystery or science fiction/fantasy, here is a partial breakdown:

    mystery 48 (15 short story collections)
    science fiction/fantasy 24 (3 ss)
    horror 7 (5 ss)

    There were probably five to ten I’d characterize as straight fiction, most of them short story collections. A few things in the SF category could be called YA.

    The non fiction varied, some mystery related, one or two SF, a couple of Presidential biographies (not ones you are likely to guess), collections of essays, etc.

  10. Todd Mason says:

    And looking forward to any further music writing you’re moved to post! Happier 2019…

    December’s Underappreciated Music

  11. Richard, a very Happy New Year to you and your family!

    I’m hoping to touch 100 books this year and create a new milestone. I have never crossed three digits. Besides, I’d also like to read more nonfiction, especially history and politics, my favourite subjects.

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