State of the Blog: September 2017

State of the BlogI had my first pumpkin spice doughnut of the season a few weeks ago. It must be fall, which means it’s time for the quarterly bookish update!

The basics

  • Books read since January 1: 43
  • Pages read: 14,311
  • Books reviewed: 28
  • Books not enjoyed: 4
  • Books not finished: 0
  • Library books: 18
  • Ebooks: 6
  • Audiobooks: 0

Genre breakdown

  • Fiction: 28
  • Non-fiction: 15
  • Fantasy: 3
  • History: 7
  • Memoir: 2
  • Mystery/Thriller: 18
  • Paranormal/Supernatural: 4
  • Young adult literature: 2
  • Children’s literature: 1

Reading challenges

  • Charity Reading Challenge: 43 books read
  • Monthly Motif Challenge:  9 of 12
  • Off the Shelf Reading Challenge: 2 of 9

Check out my reading challenge progress.

Some thoughts

  • The end of September snuck up on me. Between moving and various family activities, I haven’t had much time to read or post.
  • I enjoyed writing about my approach to minimalism.
  • I finished a 3,000+ word story for The Write Stuff! It’s the longest thing I’ve written since college.

Looking ahead

  • I’ve been doing some soul-searching and trying to answer the “Where do you see yourself in five years” question. It’s frustrating, and I’d love to get some next steps in place for my goals.
  • I want to finish out The Write Stuff challenge. I need to knuckle down and focus on brainstorming.

How’s your reading going this year?

State of the Blog: June 2017

State of the BlogWhy is it so freaking hot? Let’s drown our sorrows in books.

The basics

  • Books read since January 1: 28
  • Pages read: 9,522
  • Books reviewed: 20
  • Books not enjoyed: 3
  • Books not finished: 0
  • Library books: 14
  • Ebooks: 6
  • Audiobooks: 0
  • Genre breakdown
  • Fiction: 15
  • Non-fiction: 13
  • Fantasy: 2
  • History: 6
  • Memoir: 2
  • Mystery/Thriller: 12
  • Paranormal/Supernatural: 3
  • Young adult literature: 2
  • Children’s literature: 1

Reading challenges

  • Charity Reading Challenge: 28 books read
  • Monthly Motif Challenge:  6 of 12
  • Off the Shelf Reading Challenge: 2 of 9

Check out my reading challenge progress.

Some thoughts

  • I’m loving book club! I can’t believe it took me so long to join one.
  • I’ve read more ebooks in the last six months than I did in all of 2016. I blame reading challenges and book club, as well as my book buying ban. And I still prefer the real thing.
  • We’re moving in — holy shit — a day and a half. Almost everything is in boxes, but thanks to the Pre-Move Purge we’ve got fewer DVDs, books, clothes, and dishes to schlep across town. It feels so good to toss out trash and donate good items to people who will use them.

Looking ahead

  • I asked for and got some lovely books for my birthday. I’m excited to jump into those once we get moved and settled.
  • I’d like to make some more progress on my reading challenges, especially Off the Shelf.
  • Where the hell am I going to get a fourth story idea for The Write Stuff?

How’s your reading going this year?

2016 State of the Blog and Wrap-Up

State of the BlogIt’s just a few days til Christmas. I haven’t recovered from Thanksgiving yet, but soon I will be stuffing my face with even more delicious things and wallowing in a sea of wrapping paper. I’m hoping for good things in 2017, but first I want to take a look back.

First, the basics

  • Books read in 2016: 58 (32 since 7/1)
  • Audiobooks: 5 (0 since 7/1)
  • Ebooks: 9 (7 since 7/1)
  • Pages read: 19,528 (10,504 since 7/1)
  • Books reviewed: 33 (18 since 7/1)
  • Books not enjoyed: 3 (2 since 7/1)
  • Books not finished: 0 (0 since 7/1)
  • Library books: 38 (23 since 7/1)
  • Re-reads: 4 (4 since 7/1)

Genre breakdown (year totals)

  • Fiction: 33
  • Non-fiction: 25
  • Young adult: 6
  • Fantasy: 8
  • History: 14
  • Memoir: 6
  • Mystery/Thriller: 14
  • Humor: 5
  • Gender/sexuality: 6
  • Paranormal/supernatural: 7
  • Period piece: 5
  • Children’s literature: 4
  • Reading for work: 3

Reading challenges

  • Charity Reading Challenge: 58 books @ $2/each = $116 donated to Camfed
  • Monthly Motif Challenge: 12/12 – COMPLETE
  • The Mount TBR Challenge: 3/6

Mount TBR is a bust once again. I think it’s time to switch it out with something new. But I’m so proud of myself for completing the Monthly Motif Challenge, and definitely excited to donate $2 for every book I read in 2016.

Some thoughts

  • My reading is down from last year (when I read 73). The goal-oriented part of me is sad, but my rational side thinks I made good reading choices.
  • Fiction is still beating out non-fiction, but the ratio is much closer this year than last.
  • As much as I enjoy young adult novels, it’s been nice to see that number drop this year.
  • The commute to my new job is much shorter, so I haven’t listened to any audiobooks since April. I don’t really miss them.
  • I’ve gotten hooked on podcasts. Currently I’m subscribed to more than 20. It’s a sickness.

Looking ahead

  • I’ve sent my Christmas wishlist to my family, so fingers crossed I get some yummy books to take me into the new year!
  • I recently learned that Emily Nagoski (author of the fabulous Come as You Are) wrote what some people call a feminist version of Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m so in I could explode!

How did your 2016 reading turn out? What are you most looking forward to in the new year?

State of the Blog: June 2016

State of the BlogYea, yea, the usual drivel about how fast the year is going. Let’s just get to the numbers!

The basics

  • Books read since January 1: 26
  • Pages read: 8,842
  • Books reviewed: 16
  • Books not enjoyed: 6
  • Books not finished: 0
  • Library books: 14
  • Ebooks: 3
  • Audiobooks: 5

Genre breakdown

  • Fiction: 14
  • Non-fiction: 11
  • Fantasy: 5
  • History: 9
  • Memoir: 2
  • Mystery/Thriller: 10
  • Paranormal/Supernatural: 4
  • Young adult literature: 1
  • Children’s literature: 2

Reading challenges

  • Charity Reading Challenge: 26
  • The Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 3 of 6
  • Monthly Motif Challenge: 6 of 12

Kickin’ ass and taking names! Check out my reading challenge progress.

Some thoughts

  • I’m at about the same place with my reading now as I was at this time last year. I was feeling like I’d fallen behind, so it’s nice to look at the numbers and realize I’m keeping pace with myself from year to year.
  • I’m doing better with my reading challenges than in previous years. I think I found a handful that are the most fun for (and valuable to) me.
  • The last 12 months have been awful, but have taught me so much.

Looking ahead

  • I’m also really enjoying stretching my creative writing muscles with writing prompts. Going to keep this up in the second half of the year.
  • My book-buying ban continues, but I’ve amassed some gift cards that are begging to be used. Time to stock up on psychology texts and other books I can’t find at the library!

How’s your reading going this year?

2015 State of the Blog and Wrap-Up

State of the BlogHow is 2015 over already? Let’s talk nerdy.

First, the basics

  • Books read in 2015: 73 (46 since 7/1)
  • Audiobooks: 13 since 7/1
  • Pages read: 24,911 (15,838 since 7/1)
  • Books reviewed: 54 (27 since 7/1)
  • Books not enjoyed: 11 (5 since 7/1)
  • Books not finished: 1 (1 since 7/1)
  • Library books: 37 (21 since 7/1)
  • Re-reads: 9 since 7/1

Genre breakdown (year totals)

  • Fiction: 51
  • Non-fiction: 22
  • Young adult: 9
  • History: 17
  • Fantasy: 11
  • Mystery/thriller: 26
  • Humor: 1
  • Gender/sexuality: 1
  • Paranormal/supernatural: 15
  • Autobiography/Memoir: 9
  • Children’s literature: 1
  • Marketing: 2
  • Self-help: 2

Reading challenges

  • Monthly Motif Challenge: 10/12
  • The Mount TBR Challenge: 6/12

Missed it by that much. I tend to get a slow start on challenges, so what I really need is something that last 10 months instead of 12. I have fun, so I’m trying not to stress about completion rate. Here’s all the reviews from my 2015 reading challenges.

Some thoughts

  • I read 20 more books this year than in 2014. Managed to review a few more, too. Cool!
  • Looks like my normal fiction to non-fiction ratio has reasserted itself. But 2015 was a great year for non-fiction reads, so it all balances out.

Looking ahead

  • Christmas is nearly here, and I’m hoping Santa brought me some fun reads!
  • My morning commute continues to be shitty, so audiobooks will be an even bigger part of my life this coming year.

How did your 2015 reading turn out? What are you most looking forward to in the new year?