Apart from being a year of great tragedies - on a personal level and also on a more general cultural level - 2016 was my first year as a published writer. Yay! I think I'll do a blog post on what I learned in these last few months soon. But I want to close the year and begin the new one in a role I feel a lot more comfortable in: a reader.
Brought on by my personal devastating Year in Books report on Goodreads (3 books, Goodreads? Huh. That only shows all YOU know), I took some time today to make a list of all the books I actually have read in 2016. In grand total: 95.
Three columns over three (!) pages in my bullet journal are: Fantasy, Re-reads, Non-fiction, also Other, and my favorite column Started but not finished...
Say whaaaaaat? I know. I was a bit shocked myself. Statistically that means I read nearly 2 books a week (1.8 actually)! Go me!
I read 55 fantasy titles. This sounds like a lot but I read a number of series and trilogies which quickly added up, like Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire (reviewed here) and Red Queen trilogies (6 books!), or Lindsey Buroker's Emperor's Edge series (totals 9 books), Sapkowksi's Witcher series (up to Der Schwalbenturm - yes I read it in German because the translation from Polish into German reads great, so there!), and also Craig Schaefer's Revanche cycle (which I mentioned wanting to pick up here). And I read a lot of non-fiction surprisingly (24 books). Mostly a lot of indie publishers giving advice on how to write faster -must have been my subconsciousness working ...
The Started but not finished list was relatively short: 12 books. Some I dropped quickly because I just wasn't into them. But some I just haven't managed yet, unfortunately, like: Phil Tucker's The Black Shriving, Josiah Bancroft's Arm of the Sphinx, and Michael R Fletcher's Beyond Redemption which hurt my bilingual brain so much switching from English to German in every sentence that I got myself the German translation. ... It's not as funny. And the names are all different - which has taken some getting used to ... Oh well. Started, not finished. Yet.
However, what I took from listing all the titles was the realization that maybe I read a bit too much Fantasy. And non-fiction. And OMG I didn't do my yearly reading of the Silmarillion? So that segues nicely into me setting myself a reading challenge for next year that doesn't follow someone else's list, and doesn't include a specific number of books in total. (I stole that idea from this excellent blog post on Litreactor ...)
Here's what my list looks like (and also my fingers, and my attempt at writing neatly):
So ok, a few numbers ... but it is supposed to be challenging. And the good thing is, in theory, all 25 books could encompass the other categories too ...
Nyahaha, so you want a detailed list right?
I also got some great book tips from readers on my email list that I look forward to reading, too. So, if you have any books you'd like to recommend, sign up and tell me directly 😉