who’s counting

I count how many books I read in a year, but I think I forgot to do that for 2010. So I just did: 50 books. About average for me.

Then I counted the number for 201134 books. Way down. I was afraid of this. Since starting to work for The Writing Life section of Hunger Mountain, I have tremendously less time to read.

As they say on the news, let me break it down for you:

Of those 34, 6 were rereads and 4 were debuts.

Of those 34,

    • 20 novels
    • 3 books on the craft of writing
    • 3 books of stories
    • 3 books of essays
    • 2 books of poetry
    • 2 books of nonfiction
    • 1 memoir

Anybody else count?

11 thoughts on “who’s counting

  1. Hi Cynthia! I didn’t count before but now that I’ve started VCFA I am counting. Using Goodreads.com to help me keep track. I’m also trying to do a better job of reviewing things I’ve read on Amazon and Goodreads.


    • Hi Sophfronia! Ha. It will be easy for you to count now since at the end of every semester you have to turn in a list of the books you read : ) Hope your semester is going great!


  2. 34 is almost three books per month, so still very good. I’d like to get my count even that high! Thanks for posting all the titles you’ve read. Some great stuff there that I need to add to my ever-growing “to read” list.


  3. Yes, do count: have kept a record for 25 years. I find the total (books per year) doesn’t mean very much – reflects other pressures on life and,in any case, quality of reading much more important than quantity. More revealing, I find, is the changing pattern of genres and subjects over the years. When I look back at my reading lists for different years, I sometimes wonder if I was a different person.


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