A little bit below average for me, but not by a lot. This is fair, as my teaching and writing responsibilities were definitely higher than they've been in the past.
Here's what I've been reading this year: (I broke out series/authors only if I read more than one book of that series/author)
|SERIES/GENRE/AUTHOR||# OF BOOKS||BOOKS/ MONTH||% OF ALL BOOKS|
|Media Tie-In Subtotal||44||3.7||30.1%|
|A. Conan Doyle1||2||0.2||1.4%|
|General SF&F Subtotal||28||2.3||19.2%|
|Legion of Super-Heroes||2.5 ||0.2||1.7%|
|Other DC Comics3||6.7||0.6||4.6%|
|Avatar: The Last Airbender||3||0.3||2.1%|
|James Bond by Ian Fleming||2||0.2||1.4%|
|General Literature Subtotal||20||1.7||13.7%|
1. This also includes the novel Dinosaur Summer, by Greg Bear, a sequel to a Doyle work (The Lost World).
2. This also includes Summa Technologiae, a nonfiction book by Lem.
3. These also include novels about these comics-originated characters/premises.
4. Comics based on a particular series (e.g., Doctor Who or Star Wars) are included with that series's count.
5. Nonfiction connected to a particular series (e.g., Star Trek or Avatar: The Last Airbender) is included in that series's count.
Tie-ins had a big upsurge for me this year, based on a couple things: my working through the Doctor Who Humble Bundle, and my reading of one novella per month from the 50th anniversary collection. I've also been rereading old Star Trek and Star Wars books a lot this year, something I don't often do. I read lots of Victorian literature this year, but most of it was proto-science fiction, so it gets lumped into the sci-fi category, making me look like a poor Victorianist! Most other categories stayed pretty flat, except for nonfiction, which dropped down to its usual levels when I'm not reading for exams.
As usual, I picked a book every month as the "Pick of the Month"; here's the full list in alphabetical order by author:
- Bernice Summerfield #8: Genius Loci by Ben Aaronovitch
- Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
- The Next Crusade by Robert Cromie
- A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
- The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery by Amitav Ghosh
- Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
- Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture: An Oral History by Preston Neal Jones
- Dubliners by James Joyce
- Absolute Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
- Catwoman: When in Rome by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
- Escape by Manjula Padmanabhan
- Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor by Matthew Stover
And finally, the customary graph of reading share over time:
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You can compare this to previous years if you're interested: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13. (I didn't do ones for 2010/11 and 2013/14.)