How Many Books Have You Read This Year?

Yesterday, I read Roni Loren’s post A Dangerous Side Effect Of Becoming A Writer, which talked about how we writers tend to slack on our reading when we’re Balls to the Wall with our writing.

Well…I’ve been Balls to the Wall for a while now and yes…my reading has slowed and I hate it. I believe reading is what fuels our writing. And here I am…nearing the end of the year and I’ve only read 22 books.

These are a couple of my problems:

  1. I can’t find anything to read – LIE. I have a bookcase FULL of books I haven’t read. Thing is, I read everything, but I’m so in the zone right now I only want GOOD paranormal romance/urban fantasy. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated 😉
  2. I’ve become highly critical – TRUTH. I’ve said before, I study the writing when I read now. It’s become a habit. Poor character development? Sagging middle? Fall apart plot? I find it. And it makes me want to quit reading. I think it’s just part of being a writer. It’s what we do. We know what to look for, and if it isn’t there, our radar goes off. I’ve put down more than one book because of this issue.
  3. I’m a Repeat Offender TRUTH. If I love a book, I’ve been known to re-read it. Even more than once. I’m like that with movies too. I’ve seen Lord of the Rings about 50 times. Each one. I’ve re-read a handful of my faves this year.
I thought I’d list the books I’ve read in 2011:
  1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  3. The Vampire Academy Series Books 3, 4, & 5 by Richelle Mead
  4. Germline by TC McCarthy
  5. Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
  6. Making Waves by Tawna Fenske
  7. Gone by Michael Grant
  8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  9. Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  11. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  12. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
  13. The Fever Series – 5 Books by Karen Marie Moning
  14. The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
  15. Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
  16. Secrets of Story Structure by Martha Alderson
I think that’s it (not mentioning the ones I’ve re-read and the books I’ve critiqued & beta read). A total of  22 books. By the end of the year I wanted to reach 50. Doesn’t look like that’s happening unless I start picking up picture books 😉 Maybe 30. That’s doable.
What about you?? What keeps you from reading? How many books have you read this year? I really want to know…it amazes me how many books some of you people ingest LOL.

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  1. I have not kept count. Is that bad? I simply try to read when I have time, but I feel like I'm not reading enough.

    So many other things ranking higher on my priority list than reading, like writing, revising, spending time with my family, staying engaged in social media, sleeping. At the same time, as a writer, I know it's crucial to make time to read. If I can get in two books a month, I'm good.

  2. I think this is why I like e readers so much… if I find myself stuck somewhere, I can use my phone which I always have if I forgot my book, by my bed. I just ordered Stephen King's new book and I'm really excited!

  3. Nothing keeps me from reading, I'm a true addict. But I don't watch TV and rarely watch movies. Your question of how many books intrigued me and since I joined GOODREADS (which I love, BTW) last April, I actually have a way of keeping track. So 82 since April. Which means the total for this year is probably around 120 or so. Fiction addiction. But I don't let it intrude on my writing time, mostly.

  4. Lately, I've been reading at least one fiction novel every other month…but I read a non-fiction history book every month. It ends up being around 15-20 books per year I would guess.

  5. I try to read 100 books a year. That's my goal, anyway. I still have 32 books to read before the end of the year.

    I listen to A LOT of audio books. I listen to books when I exercise, clean, pull weeds, etc. In Tennessee we have a program called Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. where you can check out audio books and ebooks online (for free – it uses your library card). I don't know how many other states have something similar, but it's worth researching if you like audio books.

  6. Thanks for linking to my post. Obviously, I understand where you're coming from. I've read 26. I keep a list on my website of what I've read and what reading challenges I've entered. I'm woefully behind on my goals.

  7. I avoid avoid books with determination, knowing that once I start reading one only the end will stop me, even if it is a poor read.

    This has proven to be detrimental to my studies as I emerse myself in the fictional world instead of focusing on studying. So I must wait for holidays til I can forage for a story.