Okay, so what happens when I’m going out of town and I already have my planned posts scheduled and then I hear about something new and it sounds really fun but I can’t throw anything together in the time I have left?
I’m late to the party, is what happens.
But I’m back now, so here’s my introduction post for A Month of Favorites, hosted by Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T. I won’t be doing every post on the schedule, but there were a few topics that jumped out at me, so I figured I’d better start at the beginning, even if I am a week late.
Faves Month Introduction
About YOU and Your Reading this year (eg. fave genre, fave author, how you read (percentage (%) physical, eReader, audiobooks), when you read, what genre did you read the most from this year, which author was most prolific on your reading list, how many books did you read, give us a clue about what your fave book read this year is – but don’t tell us – let us guess!)
It’s been a pretty good year of reading for me. At the end of November, I’d read 87 new books and 21 re-reads. (And I DNF’d 5 additional books.) Of the new reads, here’s how they break down:
- 1-star: 1 (1%)
- 2-stars: 14 (16%)
- 3-stars: 35 (40%)
- 4-stars: 37 (43%)
- 5-stars: 0 (*sad panda*)
- print: 63 (72%)
- ebook: 24 (28%)
- NetGalley ARCs: 12 (14%)
- ITW Must-Reads: 13 (15%)
- Other (aka, “I Read What I Want”): 62 (71%)
All 87 books are fiction. (For what it’s worth, I do read the occasional non-fiction, but they feel so far removed from my “regular” reading that I’ve never tracked them. I suppose maybe I should start…)
I read primarily adult novels; only 14 (16%) of my books this year were MG/YA/NA, including 2 comic collections.
I’m not even going to try breaking these down by genre, because that’s not something I track as I go (and anyway I suck at putting books in genres). A quick glance tells me what I already suspected – most of my books fall somewhere on the thriller/mystery/horror spectrum, with about a third that don’t fit those descriptors… a smattering of science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and historical.
Stephen King was my most-read author this year with five books, which makes me feel a little better about how much of his backlist I have yet to read. At least I’m getting through them faster than he’s putting them out!
As for my favorite book of the year… it’s hard to give hints for something I’m not sure of. Assuming that elusive 5-star book isn’t still ahead of me this month – *fingers crossed* – I’ve had a lot of great reads, but my favorite? Well, I’ve narrowed it down to five contenders:
- All five are adult novels.
- I read them in April, June, July, August, and November.
- Three of the five currently have reviews (not just mini-reviews) here on my blog.
- Four of the five were new-to-me authors.
- All four of these remain the only books by those authors I’ve read.
- None were ITW Must-Reads.
- One was from NetGalley.
- Two are by women; three are by men.
- The oldest of the five was published in 2001.
Feel free to make your guesses; I’ll verify any that are correct, and I’ll reveal all the answers on December 31st. I’ll be wrapping up the month – and the year – with my top books, in the form of the Second Annual Cheapy Awards! (So when I skip the day that we’re all supposed to be sharing our top picks, don’t worry… they’re coming.)
What has your reading looked like this year?