Happy New Years, everyone!

…Resolutions for some people. The start of diets, exercise regimes, or other plans. Fireworks, and staying up until at least midnight. Champagne. Parties. Funny hats and glasses that spell out the year.

What does it mean for you? Any New Years traditions?

For me, among other things, it means reading stats.

For years, people who saw me with a different book every few days asked me how many books I read in a year. I’d reply, ‘I don’t know exactly. A lot.’

A book usually takes me a few days to finish, piecemeal–a half-hour here, a few minutes there. The average paperback takes me perhaps 3 hours to read straight through. If I don’t have much to do, I can easily read a book cover-to-cover in a day. If the books are particularly interesting, or if it’s very cold outside, I can manage two or three books a day. Sometimes more.

A few years ago, I decided to start keeping track of the books I read. Each month I keep a running tally in my phone, and at the end of the year I add it up. Looking at other people’s tallies, I can mostly conclude I have far too much free time.

And that this year, where I both started a blog and started following book-review blogs has only increased my numbers.

But so it goes.

2009: 383 books

2010: 454 books

2011: 419 books

2012: 551 books

Side note: I got 100 followers, just a couple of days before the New Years! 100 followers in (slightly less than) a year, seems not bad at all to me.


Thanks everyone, for choosing to listen to my ramblings!

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

8 responses »

  1. Alison D. says:

    Congrats on the 100 followers and the plethora of books you’ve read. I think of myself as an active reader, but I’m a little in awe of your numbers.

  2. laurah88 says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of books, you’ve inspired me to hit my goal of 35 this year 😛

  3. Mabel says:

    Ha! I think I read 40-something books last year. I could never read 500+!! 😉

    • caitlinstern says:

      It’s a combination of a bunch of things–free time, fast reading speed, and the willingness to read several books back to back.
      And maybe genetics–my mom reads as much as I do. 😀

  4. Whoa… That’s a lot of books 😀 I wish I could read that much in a year. My goal this year is 115, but my reading pace has slowed down quite a bit… Hopefully I can make it!

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