>Mid-Year Reading Stats, and other stuff


First, Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday today πŸ™‚

In other news… I decided to post my reading stats for the first half of the year. Honestly, they’re not where I wanna be. So I’m hoping to get super-amounts of reading done during the rest of the year. Honestly, I’m only about 5 to 10 books behind where I’d like to be… Ideally, I want to read 130 books this year.

So here’s how the first six months of this year have gone…

January: 13 books read, 5502 pages
February: 10 books read, 4407 pages
March: 8 books read, 4195 pages
April: 13 books read, 4631 pages
May: 8 books read, 3349 pages
June: 6 books read, 2825 pages

Total books read: 58
Pages read: 24,909

Broken down my genre…
Classics: 2
Comic: 1
Fantasy: 7
Historical Fiction: 4
Non-fiction: 3
Poetry: 2
Romance: 6
Sci-fi: 1
YA: 13
General fiction: 19

And here’s my thoughts…

  • Stupid June. I was pretty busy in June… my little brother graduated, and we threw a baby shower for my little sister Amanda who is supposed to have her baby at the end of July.
  • OK, so it wasn’t just that I was busy in June… I’ve been relying on DVD’s at work to keep me awake, because I don’t get enough sleep beforehand. But work is a huge chunk of my reading time, so I gotta cut that mess out and start sleeping right so I can read more. Plus I did more crocheting/sewing this month than usual. Which is awesome, but means less reading.
  • January was awesomesauce. Partly because I was re-reading the Harry Potter series in the beginning of the year, and I flew through those.
  • Also, 8 of those YA books were Harry Potter books. So if you don’t count those (because they’re amazing and should have their own genre), my YA count is actually only like 5.
  • Fiction is all of the books that don’t really fit into my other categories…
  • I need to read more classics, sci-fi, and non-fiction.
  • I didn’t list it, but 12 of those books were re-reads. But since my goal this year was to kind of focus on re-reads, that’s okay.
  • I’m sick of these bullets.

SO, that’s my reading info for the first half of this year. OH also, I’ve accrued 108 books so far this year, and spent $532.86 on books. Crap, that’s a lot when you really look at it. Kind of regretting starting that “book purchases” spreadsheet now…

ALSO, because this is one long-ass post and I’m too lazy to do a seperate post….
The Summer Mini-Readathon is only SIX days away! Yup, it’s on this Sunday. I can’t wait!
I’m a big one for preparing. I have most of the challenges figured out, so lately I’ve been planning out my snacks / drinks / books!
Food stuff:
Probably just waffles & coffee for breakfast.
Homestyle popcorn as some point. Because it’s delicious and perfect snacking-while-reading food.
I’m thinking soup & bread for lunch. If I have the A/C on. I really, really like to read while I eat soup. I have no clue why.
Deviled eggs, if I’m not too lazy to make them. Because they’re SO GOOD.
Not sure about dinner… maybe I can ask the honeyman to make a pizza. That way I don’t have to worry about cooking πŸ™‚
Oh, and that coffee I mentioned earlier? There will be coffee all day. Because I love coffee.
And near the evening… probably wine, or some amaretto sours.
Definitely, Maybe by Heather Webber (a short-story that I’ll be reading on Kindle-for-PC)
Shambling With the Stars by Jesse Petersen (a short-story that I’ll be reading on Kindle-for-PC)
Into the Dead by Jesse Petersen (a ARC of nine short stories that Jesse sent to me for review, also reading on the computer)
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (might re-read if I get outside at all that day)
Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand (one of the poll-winners for this month!)
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (other poll-winner, I have it on hold at the library, hopefully it comes soon)
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (might start re-reading this by the end of the readathon)
1776 by David McCullough (actually currently reading this, so I’m hoping to get a couple chapters in during the readathon. Trying to celebrate Independence Day and up my non-fiction numbers all at the same time)
Obviously that list is way too long. But I like to have options ready! I never know what I’ll feel like reading next. And I fully expect to read those three short-story novellas right away, hopefully they’ll only take a couple hours.
*Also, I linked to the books where I could in case you were interested in them. I linked to Amazon (mostly out of laziness), but I don’t get anything from Amazon for doing so. It just seemed easiest.

So, are you getting ready for the readathon? Books picked out? Food all planned? Tell me about it!

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  1. >Nothing picked out or planned yet although I am relishing the idea of a whole day of reading because "Sarah says I can". Definitely diet coke stocked in the fridge, some dark chocolate and something salty too. I'll get my hub to serve me my meals couch-side or porch-side or driveway-side depending on where I'll be sitting for those lovely 12 hours. I'm only hung up on how to parent those very loud but very loveable middle school boys during this 12 hour me-time. I'm thinking I could send them to the pool for a few hours. Maybe I could buy them a new x-box game.I'll take any ideas on how to keep them controlled.


  2. >I haven't planned much yet. I have some books on my shelves I've been saving for the readathon, but haven't given any thought to other things yet. I am planning a visit to the library one day this week, though.


  3. I'm impressed with your reading stats! I'm only at 42 books. I have Beauty Queens out right now from the library. I'm going to start reading it tonight, and hopefully you're the next one on the holds list after me at our library. The cool thing is that our NEW books don't get sent out to other libraries for holds. They stay within our library only, and only meet our holds… so maybe you're next. A little insider library info right there πŸ˜‰ hahaha.


  4. Wow, you have a crazy amount of books read so far. Impressive! I like that you have your food and drink mapped out for your readathon. Food, drink and books, all the important bases covered.


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