Thursday, January 24, 2019

*Book Blogger Hop* 25 January 2019

We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This weeks questions is:
How many books did you read last year? Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
According to Goodreads, in 2018, I read 105 books, which is five fewer books than I read in 2017. This number is somewhat misleading however because I work as a freelance proofreader. Not all of the books that I proofread (especially towards the end of the year) are even listed on Goodreads yet, so I read more books than I was able to claim credit for. Not many, but at least a few.

While I would like to say that my goal this year would be to surpass the number, as I get busier with proofreading which takes more time than just reading, I don't see that as being possible. But beyond that, I look more toward the number of pages read than the number of books completed. I could go on a short story or children's book kick and read 100 books in just a few days without really adding many pages to my numbers at all. And while I would have read more books, in the end I would have read less overall (especially if I were reading children's books which have fewer words per page than the average novel). And while I'm on the topic of pages read...even though I read five fewer books last year than in 2017, I read 400 more pages (and that's just with the books I've been able to count).

So no, I'm not really worried about surpassing the number of books read, and will instead simply strive to read more pages if at all possible.

What about you? How many books did you read last year and are you going to try to read more this year? - Katie

*If you're stopping by from the linkup, please be sure to drop a link to your post below so I can stop by and see your answer.*


  1. My target for this year is the same as last year. You make a very good point about pages read... Some books last year were 500+ pages and others were 100 pages. Just counting book totals isn't the most helpful sometimes.

  2. Oh great point! A lot of my books I read weren't on Goodreads yet either. This year I started a spreadsheet to track my reading more in depth :) It will be interesting to see how the two differ!

    My BBH

  3. I've tried to track pages but I get impatient with it or forget to write down page counts or whatnot. I can see how proofreading would eat into your reading! I would think that would affect reading for pleasure quite a bit.

  4. That's a lot! For me at least but I've never thought about "pages read" against "books read". You make a good point.