It was a slightly below average year for me (my annual average is 153), but pretty close to average, and better than I was expecting, actually, given the challenges and events of the past year. Maybe it was all the middle-of-the-night reading during sleep training?
Here's how my reading this year broke down by category: (I typically only break out a series or author if I read more than one in the past year)
|SERIES/GENRE/AUTHOR||# OF BOOKS||BOOKS/ MONTH||% OF ALL BOOKS|
|Planet of the Apes||1||0.1||0.7%|
|Media Tie-In Subtotal||39½||3.3||27.1%|
|Ursula K. Le Guin||3||0.3||2.1%|
|General SF&F Subtotal||47||3.9||32.2%|
|Legion of Super-Heroes||2||0.2||1.4%|
|Other DCU Comics||3||0.3||2.1%|
|Brian K. Vaughan||3||0.3||2.1%|
|Hornblower by C. S. Forester||11||0.9||7.5%|
|Other Victorian Literature||11||0.9||7.5%|
|James Bond by Ian Fleming||3||0.3||2.1%|
|General Literature Subtotal||30||2.5||20.5%|
1. Comic books in series that are predominantly not comics I don't count under my "Comics" category, but under the series's main designation.
2. Nonfiction connected to a particular series or author (e.g., Le Guin, Hornblower) is included in that series or author's count.
I always kind of fret about this distribution; somehow I never read as much "literature" as I intend. Last year, "General Literature" was 5.8% of my total, so that is a pretty nice increase. On the flipside of the high/lowbrow divide, I went from 20 Transformers comics last year to just 5½ this year! Thank God I finally got to the end of all those Humble Bundles. As always, my non-tie-in SF&F is buoyed by reading Hugo finalists, which was the whole idea of doing it.
Here's a graphical sense of how this year compares with previous ones:
You can compare this to previous years if you're interested: 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18. (I didn't do ones for 2010/11 and 2013/14.)