Most days you can find me divided between multiple books, in both print and audio editions. As I look back on the stories that kept me company during the winter, spring, summer, and fall, it’s interesting to spot trends. For example, I’m scanning the covers on my Goodreads’ Read shelf and found that most of the nonfiction I consumed this year were memoirs (Daring to Drive, Surpassing Certainty, etc.) and science-based (Hidden Figures, Cosmos, etc.), with a few queer histories (Undercover Girl & Marie Equi) added to the mix. Some of my goals for 2017 included taking time to enjoy poetry; I’m happy that I did! Sideshow Concessions and Inside Out & Back Again inspired me to include poetry collections and poetry-stories as part of the holiday book bundles I give to family.
If you’re all about that data, like me, and have a Goodreads account, prepare to salivate over charts (pie and graph!) and page count (I read/listened to more books this year, but fewer pages than 2016). I had to hunt for it again just now because it wasn’t located in an in my face spot on the site. Head to your “My Books” and you’ll find it hanging out with the other “Your Reading Activity” links on the bottom left side of the webpage. For every time that your stories share more than one of the top categories listed in your pie chart, have a goody! Maybe next year I’ll land on that sweet spot: contemporary zombie queer romance series audiobooks…
Next year my commute shortens by about 90 percent, so I’ll have to reevaluate when and where I’ll get in quality story time, especially for audiobooks. And to that I say, challenge accepted! I’ve had a wonderful year of reading. I’m thankful for my eyesight, for my level of access to books, and for my ability to read. Thank you all for sharing 2017 with me! I wish you all a fantastic year to come. I hope your books are fun, empowering, challenge you and affirm you.