In 2014, I read 75 books, which at the time tied 1994 for the year I read the most books. This year, I planned to exceed that by reading 100, which I knew was attainable because I planned to read smaller books. Well, by the end of 2015 I will have finished reading 124. Of course I've read more than that. But the 124 does not include books that I abandoned in midstream or am still somewhere in the middle of reading.
In the past, I read a lot more in different genres. But recently, and especially in 2015, I have focused more on poetry, especially by small presses, and much of it local. I find myself curious as to how it breaks down, so here are a few statistics on this year's finished books.
110 were print books
14 were e-books
115 were poetry books
9 were other genres
114 were published by small presses
10 were by big presses
73 were published in Ohio:
30 by NightBallet Press
14 by Crisis Chronicles Press
5 by Writing Knights Press
4 by Blood Pudding Press
4 by The Poet's Haven
1 or 2 each (16 in all) by other Ohio presses
56 were written either a) by Ohioans (loosely defined) or b) by multiple authors including Ohioans prominently
50 were published in 2015
18 were published in 2014
56 were published in earlier years
69 were written by men
43 were written by women
12 were collaborative works by both men and women
The last statistics surprised me, because I was fairly certain I read at least as many books by women as by men.
I'm sleepy, and tired or counting, so I guess that's enough for now. You can check out the full list of books I finished in 2015 at Goodreads, if you wish.
Meanwhile, I still have stacks and stacks of books I want to read and haven't yet. So let's keep reading! And I'll be back soon.