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The Great Annual Reading Tally for 2019

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Year Three of combining my love of books with my obsession with making lists and the numbers are in!

2017

2018

 

2019

31 books

49 books

 

71 books

376.24 hours

432.05 hours

 

694.95 hours

10,133 pages

14,309 pages

 

23,948 pages

1.03 hours per day

1.84 hours per day

 

1.9 hours per day

12.14 hours per book

8.82 hours per book

 

9.79 hours per book

If anyone wonders if I have a slight obsession with books, just look at this photo and you will be left without a doubt.

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This year past year, my goal was to get to an average of two hours of reading per day and I almost made it. Of course, are days that I just don’t get a chance to read, so I try to read for three hours on the days that I can, to make up for those missed ones, but it just wasn’t enough. Maybe next year!

On New Year’s Eve I had a wild idea to go around and gather up all the books I read this year and make a big pile of them. I got my reading notebook out and went on an Easter Egg Hunt around the house. A couple books I couldn’t find and I can’t remember what I did with them. A few a let my son borrow when he moved to Virginia earlier this year. And a couple I read on my Kindle, so I don’t have the physical book, although I may go back and buy them.

It was fun hunting them down and an interesting thing happened while I was searching the shelves for the titles. First of all, I realize that I need a better shelving situation. My shelves are overloaded and, although I have gone through and organized them by genre before, they soon end up all shuffled again. I add books over the years and don’t want to spend the time moving everything around to accommodate the new books or books that should be shelved with others of its genre are too big to fit on the shelf the previous books were given. I’m not sure what I can do about that other than marvel that I have so many wonderful books. And it does give me the opportunity to happily hunt through the shelves from time to time, so there’s that.

The other interesting thing that I didn’t expect was how exciting it was to see those books again and remember them. It’s one thing to see them written out in a list, but another to see the cover in your hand. It’s like seeing a friend in the grocery store verses reading their Facebook posts. Memories came flooding back and I’d flip through the pages and see my notes. “No, Michelle, we have to stay on track. This is a gathering mission. You can read and reminisce later.” Seeing them all on my dining room table at once made me proud of my work. And it was infinitely easier to pick out my favorites!

Something that I would like to do this year is keep track of books that I’ve bought for future reading, whether or not I have the book in possession or if I loaned it or gave it away for whatever reason. It drives me bonkers not knowing what has become of my precious babies!

Fiction: 34

Non-Fiction: 37

Novel: 16

Biography/Memoir: 5

Historical Fiction: 3

Essays: 2

Short Stories: 4

Sociology: 9

Classics: 4

Self-Help/Spiritual/Religion: 11

Thriller: 6

Writing: 4

Fantasy/Sci-Fi: 1

History: 4

DNF (Did Not Finish): 4

Economics/Politics: 2

As I flipped through the pages making compilation lists of genre, pages, and hours read, I started to think maybe I should make up an Excel spreadsheet and tally the books as I read them throughout the year. It would make this part of my hobby much simpler, but then it probably wouldn’t be nearly as fun.

Yes, I’m a little strange, but I can’t think of a better way to spend New Year’s Eve and Day than going through my notebooks and visiting with the friends I made this year.

2020 is going to be an amazing year for books. I’m continuing to use my Instagram page to post pictures of the books I’m reading and quotes I find in them. I’ll keep sharing my own work on my blog and Medium. Facebook is a good place to keep up with what I’m posting anywhere else. If you find anything share-worthy, please do so! Sharing my posts really helps widen my audience and I appreciate all the help I can get.

I’m excited to keep reading and writing more this coming year and I hope you’ll enjoy what I find! If you want to see the titles, check out my READING LIST page. You’ll find them there in the order I read them and which ones were my favorites.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading, my friends!

Annual Reading Goals Achieved!

Why is this so fun for me? It’s a sickness.

My annual reading goal last year was to increase my daily reading to two hours a day and I’m proud to say that I almost got there. I was only slightly disappointed to miss the mark though. I really thought I read more than I did.

My habit is to read when I get up in the morning and most days I do. Some days I can only get in about an hour and a half, some days I get in three hours. There are some days, like the days when we need to be somewhere early in the morning, that I don’t get any reading in at all. Those days really can’t be avoided, so this year I’m going to make my daily goal at least two hours and see if I can’t reach an average of two and half hours. Dare I say three hours?! You never know!

To show my exciting progress, here is a comparison of the two years side by side.

2017

 

2018

31 books

49 books

376.24 hours

432.05 hours

10,133 pages

14,309 pages

1.03 hours per day

1.84 hours per day

12.14 hours per book

8.82 hours per book

 

I’ve had some great leads on books this year! I get them from articles I’ve read, podcasts, and suggestions from friends. Sometimes I’m just pulled to books I find on my thrift store tours. In addition to just more daily reading time, I’ve added more fiction to my reading list, so it was about half and half fiction and non-fiction.

There was a lot of classic fiction, Crime & Punishment and Les Misérables being favorites. I also fell in love with a few new authors, like Neil Gaiman and John Fowles. The best memoir I read was by Stephen King. I feel like I’ve reconnected with an old lover after reading his book On Writing. I read lots of amazing non-fiction this year too, some history and a lot of philosophy and “self-help” stuff. Napoleon by Andrew Roberts was my second favorite history book next to Indianapolis by Vincent & Vladic, which left me breathless. Plato at the Googleplex, Quiet, and Sex at Dawn were amazingly enlightening. And Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life was wonderful.

I already have several books on my shelf ready to read and some on their way from Amazon. It’s going to be a great year!

If you’d like to see my book tally post from last year, click HERE!

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