2007 = 34
2006 = 38
2005 = 51
2005 was a bit of an anomaly, given that I finished up the year reading a grand total of 105 books. That's a personal best, and I haven't been able to duplicate it since. I would say my average is somewhere in the neighborhood of 75/year. Which really isn't that terrible. That is more than a book a week - which isn't anything to sneeze at.
I have no idea what my problem is this year. The irony is that my reading quality has gone way up! So far I've given 9 books an A rating this year. That's unheard of for me. In comparison, in 2007 I read only 3 books that I gave A status to. Seriously. And going down the line? 2008 has seen 9 A, 10 B, 9 C and 1 D. So yeah, it's not like I'm reading crap. I'm reading some pretty darn good books. If I was slogging through garbage I could understand my numbers being down - but damn, quality usually means I read faster, not slower!
However, I'm thinking I might have turned a corner. Hopefully. So far this month I've read 6 books. Yeah - 6. And it's only June 11th. I largely have Sybil to thank for this, since she declared it Harlequin Historical month over at TGTBTU. HH's are my "comfort reads." That means that as long as they're a C or higher I can usually plow through one in 1-2 days.
I don't know why I keep forgetting this. Every slump I've ever found myself in? I pull myself right out of it the minute I zip through an HH. That's usually all it takes for me. I just need to remember this from now on. Feeling a little blue? Feeling a bit crispy? Hit your HH stash Wendy and get reading!
Which has me wondering? Anyone out there have a surefire sub-genre or "line" that can pull them out of the reading doldrums? Or am I the lone freak in the corner? Sigh, again.