Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Impressing Myself

On a whim, I decided to count up how many books I read in 2012.  I knew it would be a lot, but the numbers shocked even me.  Especially since I didn't read at all in the months of January (while I was finishing up RULES OF PROTECTION), or November or December (while I was participating in PitchWars).  So from February to October (only nine months out of the year, people!), here are my book reading stats:

218 Books (nineteen were books on writing)

That's not counting any that I bought (on my kindle or in store), as well as any manuscripts I read for my CPs.  And I read all these books while editing RULES, which I didnt start querying until August 2012.  And going off of memory alone, about twenty of those books were rereads.

Most women (okay, maybe all women) can have a baby in nine months.  But can they read 218 books in that amount of time?  Hah!  I think not. ;)

So, needless to say, I'm pretty impressed with myself right now.  Might have even broken my arm while patting myself on the back.  *grin*  Because, for me, it's a huge reading accomplishment.  Sad thing is, I won't even come close to that number this year.  It's already April and I'm way behind.  My TBR list is piled high and growing daily.

I didn't set out intentionally to read that many books last year.  It just sort of happened, but my question for you is...

Do you set reading goals?  If so, I'd like to hear about them.




  1. I'm thinking you must not do anything but read and write! Wow! I don't keep track, but I went and did a quick, rough count just because I was curious. I read 82 books on my iPad in 2012. There are 20-some books on my shelf that I probably read last year, plus whatever books people loaned me, plus a few from the library, plus 3 or 4 manuscripts of friends. So I'm nowhere near 2018, but I'm definitely over halfway there... plus working full time and writing and all the other stuff moms/wives/friends do :-). I still choose to be impressed with myself, even if nobody else is! And no, I don't set reading goals, I just read — mainly while I drink coffee in the morning and right before bed, plus, well, any meal I happen to eat by myself or any time spent waiting in the car for kids. But that's all :-).

  2. I'm always impressed with you, Kelly! :) You are one crazy-busy woman. I have no idea where you found the time to read as many as you did! That's fantastic!

    I've been told before that all I do is read and write, but it's not true. Strangely enough. LOL

    In 2012, we took the kids to Disney World for nine days, had a death in the family where we attended an out-of-state funeral, moved my mom across country, had the flu, etc...

    And it helps that I'm a fast reader (Yay for that!). Also, I get very little sleep. Yep, I'm that narcoleptic woman falling asleep in odd places...all because I like to read and write.

    *shrugs* At least I'm dedicated, I guess. :)

  3. Well, if nothing else, it proves we're doing what I always hear is the best thing for a writer to do when she's not writing — reading! It sounds like it's kind of second nature for both of us. I will literally read the bottom of a kleenex box if nothing else is available. I think part of why I love my iPad so much is that I can stick it in my purse and I nearly ALWAYS have a book to read. And if I finish one at 10:30 and I'm not tired yet (or there's a sequel) I can download and start the next book within seconds. I think it's an addiction. But it's one I don't want to conquer!

  4. Haha I know the feeling. My kindle goes everywhere with me. And it always has new books on it! :)