Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What Cathy Read in 2008

I read 173 books this year. That's 20 more than I read in 2007. I think Denis's job this summer where he was basically gone every weekend helped with this particular increase. I read quickly, but I don't speed read. Reading is truly an addiction for me, and I have to have my fix every single day. No matter what curve balls life throws at me, I must read. It's amazing how many blocks of time you can carve out of a day for reading if you put your mind to it. As I once told someone: "Fire burns. Dogs bark. Birds fly. I read."

Here are some breakdowns of what I've read in 2008:
  • 9 Advanced Reading Copies (something I just started this year)
  • 107 Mysteries
  • 13 Fiction
  • 11 Historical Fiction
  • 5 Science Fiction
  • 18 Young Adult (another new category for me because of fellow bloggers' reviews)
  • 9 Non-Fiction (this is the one category that suffered this year)
How well did I like what I read? Here are the Grade statistics:
  • 23...A+
  • 41...A
  • 23...A-
  • 30...B+
  • 21...B
  • 9....B-
  • 2....C+
  • 11...C
  • 2....D
  • 1....F
  • 10...DNF
Not too many mediocre or poor grades, eh? Since I've started keeping book journals, making notes and grading what I read, I've become much better at choosing books that I like. I still make an occasional error, and that's where that Did Not Finish category comes in. Even that number is lower than previous years.

Now all I need to do is compile my Top Ten reading lists of 2008. Something tells me that post will be showing up rather quickly. The heat pump died, and I'm typing maniacally to generate some warmth! Call me a wimp, but this desert rat thinks 60 degrees in the house is a tad cold! Just a short break to make another pot of tea....


  1. Cathy sure did read a lot of good books.

  2. You did awesome! I also MUST READ every single day. I can always find time to open a book and read at least a couple of pages.

  3. Wow! what a lot you read! I have to read every day too or I get grumpy and feel deprived.

    I like the new look blog!

  4. Cathy,

    I totally agree with you on a couple points. I have to read, and, unless I finish the book I'm reading, I'll end the year at 168.

    The most important point is - I'm with you! 60 degrees is too cold. My office was 60 yesterday morning when I came to work, and I keep telling staff if I have to wear gloves to work, I'm going home.

  5. That's an incredible number of books Cathy. And so many good ones - you do choose well!

  6. I am humbled. I didn't even break 100 this year. If only I didn't have this pesky job. But I do agree with you that a day without reading is no fun at all.

  7. 173 books!? That's just crazy! But then again, aren't we all.

  8. If one doesn't have time to write, read a little. 160+ isn't that many. I can't write in the truck so I take a book to read while unloading the larger loads.
    I just posted a comment about writing/reading and entertainment a couple of days ago.


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