Granted, there are much bigger questions a person might wish to ponder at this point in the year. Questions that would help realign goals with those beginning-of-the-year resolutions. Questions about where you want to be at the end of the year. Both are good things to ponder, but not nearly as much fun as checking over my Excel "Books Read in 2010" spreadsheet.
The number of books read to date is just about where I expected it to be: 36. Compared to 34 at the end of June 2009, I'm pretty much on par with my usual pace. If I keep it up, I can expect to read another 39-41 books this year (for some reason I always read more books later in the year). This means I won't be topping 100 books this year, which was never a stated goal, but something I've wondered if I could do. Maybe next year I should make it a goal.
Of those 36, 21 of the books I've read this year have been by new-to-me authors. No genre has shown itself as a forerunner, either. The fantasy and romance genre are tied at 8 each, unless you count paranormal romance in the same category as regular romance, and then romance dominates by 7.
My top five favorites of the year are (in order read):
- Janet Evanovich, Eleven Big Ones
- Gail Carriger, Soulless
- Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight
- Robin D. Owens, Heart Fate
- Laurell K. Hamilton, Skin Trade
Nonfiction is, as always, a distant last, with only 4 books making it onto my list so far. I've been feeling this strange (for me) desire to research a topic that I've wanted to write a book about for at least a year now, so maybe the nonfiction numbers will jump. I'll be sure to keep you posted, as I know you all wait with bated breath.