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Three great blogs, Traveling with T, Estella’s Revenge, and GirlXOXO are hosting A Month of Favorites this holiday season. Each day they set a theme or topic for book bloggers to contribute to. I’m going to try to participate in a few of these throughout the month starting with today!
Today’s topic is “This is How We Read.” It’s just a little peek into a reader’s life.
Number of books read this year: Goodreads and I disagree on this. They say 63, but my records show 65. Either way it’s fewer than I’d like. One huge lesson I’ve learned this year is that starting and maintaining a book blog really cuts into your reading time!
Genre read most this year: Genres are another gray area for me. If you count literary fiction as it’s own category, then that’s definitely the front runner. If not, it would be historical fiction. I’ve also read an awful lot of debut novels this year.
Favorite place to read: Hands down it’s my front porch. In the summer I can spend hours a day out there reading. I start in the cool of the early morning with a cup of coffee, ease into the sunshine as it rounds the corner of my house, move into the heat of the afternoon tucked in the shade of a Japanese maple, and move right into the evening with a glass of wine! Sadly, for half the year the front porch is largely out of commission since I live in Washington.
How I read (literally): All the books I read this year were ebooks except four. I read on a Kindle Oasis (which I love). Of the four other books, two were hardback and two were Audibles. I’ve learned a couple of important lessons from these four books. First, I really dislike not being able to adjust the font size, and second, I need to find more times to listen to Audibles because I do enjoy them.
Hint at my favorite book of the year: I’m not completely set on this one yet. There is a definite front runner, but I need to mull it over a little more! (Sorry….I know that’s not a hint.)
Type of book I wish I read more of: I’d like to read more nonfiction. I feel like I should read more nonfiction. I also know that I give up on nonfiction at a much higher rate than I give up on fiction. Like many of you, I read to be entertained and sometimes nonfiction isn’t very entertaining. Having read fiction my entire life, I’m pretty good at recognizing books I’ll enjoy, so hopefully I can improve at selecting nonfiction for myself.
How do YOU read?
Sarah's Book Shelves says
I didn’t realize you were an almost exclusive e-reader – me too and have been for years! How’s the Kindle Oasis? I read on the Paperwhite. Love your porch reading spot and I hear ya about blogging seriously cutting into your reading time.
Susie | Novel Visits says
I love the Oasis. It’s so light and I really like the option of having a button for page turns vs. tapping. I’ve been an e-reader fan since I got my first Kindle 6 years ago. (There’s a review of The Oasis in the Musings section of my blog.)
Margaret Mcdougall says
I love your blog I read on paper white and because I’m retired read about 4 -5 books a week think living in Spain helps as I’m outside most of the time x
Ah, Spain! I’ve only been there once, but totally agree that it’s a perfect place to read. Lucky you!
Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews) says
I agree about knowing what books I will enjoy and not enjoy!!
I commend you that you are going to try non-fiction. I just can’t read non-fiction.
ENJOY your week, and have fun with The Month of Favs.
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We’ll see how much nonfiction I actually get done!
Tamara @ Traveling With T says
I adore your reading place. If I had such a cute place to read- I would hardly ever move from that place!
What a lovely reading space! I didn’t know you live in Washington. We’re practically neighbors!
I’m almost the exact opposite of you- I read the majority of my books in print, but was given a Kindle this year and have to admit that it makes keeping track of information for reviews SO much easier.
I completely forgot about a Month of Faves, but love this post. It would be fun to gather my stats- maybe I’ll be rebellious and do this later in the week. *gulp*
Tanya Patrice says
So glad you joined in on the fun 🙂 Your reading spot looks super cozy!
The month of faves is fun! Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves told me about it. Thanks to all of you for putting it together!
Eleanor Pilcher says
I’ve never got on with e-readers so much. They’re great for commuting but if I’m at home relaxing I have to read from Paperbacks – i dislike hardbacks too – it’s funny how we all read differently yet it’s such a universal thing! I love it!
EllesBellesBookshelf | Ellie x
I love your reading space! Husband set up a little nook for me in our upstairs hallway, but somehow I don’t end up reading there very often.
I look forward to hearing you favorite book of this year!
This was fun to read. It is lovely that you spend so much time reading outdoors. Where you are limited in the winter, I am limited by the intense heat of the summer.
I read a lot of ebooks too. Although I prefer the idea of printed books, the convenience of my Kindle is just too good a lot of the time.