Double Infinity Sideways

I said farewell and good riddance to 2016 three days ago.  I set a reading challenge goal of seventy-five (75) books at the start of last year.


I participated in three real-world book discussion groups in order to diversify my reading horizons.  I nominated, voted and attended the Hugo Awards during 2016.  I joined two reading programs at my local library (summer and winter).  I also set other personal goals that I didn’t statistically track but achieved despite real-world hurdles.

I began the year by reading my first ever graphic novel – Persopolis by Satrapi – one of three graphic novels I would read in 2016, two of which were for different book clubs.  I wrapped up the year with my second ever Hemingway book in paperback edition – his memoir A Moveable Feast – for a total of eighty-eight (88) books read.  Click here for a complete list of books I read in 2016.

88 looks like double infinity sideways to me (hence the odd title to this blog post).

I surprised myself by splitting my reading up almost perfectly between audiobooks (32%), ebooks (35%) and print editions (30%).  The remaining three percent (3%) fell in an unknown or blank binding type on the export I produced from my GoodReads library catalog.  I suspect they were the short works I read for the Hugo Awards which came in various formats (mostly electronic or website links).

I continued my practice of not rating anything through GoodReads with a slight modification.  As I’ve remarked upon in previous blogs here, I use shelves to rate books at GoodReads.  Most of the time a book will end up on the ‘liked-it’ shelf (63% last year), but the occasional dud will land on the ‘meh’ shelf (15% for 2016) or, for the truly ignoble authorial efforts, on the ‘abandoned’ shelf.  My ‘loved-it’ shelf gets few additions each year, usually less than ten.  Last year I added fourteen (not including a few anthologies and re-reads) to that shelf or twenty percent (20%) of my reading.  And, for the first time since I swore off rating books, I allowed myself to give five-star ratings to a subset of those as a way of showing support to those authors.

I read sixteen (16) non-fiction works last year which amounts to only eighteen percent (18%) and none of them landed on my love-it shelf.  I still much prefer fiction, but oddly enough my two fiction book clubs read non-fiction works as selections more than once last year.  My one non-fiction book club struggled with a lack of leadership and direction and met only three or four times.  We resolve to do better in 2017!

I feel good about what I read last year, especially if one of every five books I’m reading I’m really enjoying.  Kudos to all my friends, to all the libraries (@kclibrary and @lansinglibks) and librarians, to all the book-related blogs and feeds (@tordotcom) I follow and to the authors (@JannyWurts and @KameronHurley) I follow and go out of my way to support.  Without you, I would be floundering around without a clue what to read next.  Instead, I have a seemingly infinite shelf full of the next best reads just waiting for me to dive in and immerse myself somewhere else and in someone else.

Click image to see GoodReads summary of my reading for 2016

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