I finished 95 books in 2006. Some of you will think this is very impressive (my sisters), while others of you will think, "Geesh, Wendy is either the World's Slowest Reader or a major slacker." I'm marginally happy with this number. I finished 105 books in 2005, so my total was down, but when one factors in that my previous all-time high before '05 was around 80 books - well 95 still looks pretty good.
Out of those 95, 48 were books I reviewed for The Romance Reader. Which means at this rate, as long as I keep reviewing I will never be in danger reading through my TBR mountain range.
Breaking it down by month, June was a personal best with 18 books read. I spent most of June not reviewing and reading through some series and Harlequin Historical titles. That bumped up my total considerably. October was dismal, with only 3 books read. In my defense, I was in the middle of moving and lordy, how I hate moving.
As far as grades went, I had this preconceived notion that the quality of my reading was pathetic in 2006, but not so! Here are my grades compared to my 2005 totals:
A Reads = 8
A Reads = 7
B Reads = 34
B Reads = 37
C Reads = 34
C Reads = 41
D Reads = 16
D Reads = 17
F Reads = 3
F Reads = 3
So I didn't get any "nicer" or "meaner" in 2006. At least I'm consistent.
As far as genres, I had a decent mix this year. My system for catagorizing books is a bit convoluted. I often times classify the book as two or more genres (for instance a western anthology is marked under "western" and "anthology"). Here's the breakdown:
1 American Historical (non-western)
5 English Historicals
1 Literary Fiction
4 Romantic Suspense
16 Series (Harlequin, Silhouette etc.)
1 Time Travel
1 Women's Fiction
2 Young Adult
Next blog post - let's start with the good first shall we? The best reads of 2006.