Anyway, before I get too carried away thinking about the end of the year, I thought I would have a look at my reading year so far, and so I will start with a few stats.
As at the end of the June, I had read 137 books, most of which fell into either the historical fiction or romance genres. Let's break those down a little bit into a few key criteria
Of those 137 books 25 were written by male authors and the remaining 122 by female authors. One of the conversations that happen quite regularly in blog land is about gender imbalance and a lot of people identify with those who say that they read predominantly male authors and have to make an effort to read female authors. For me, it is very much the other way around. That is most likely because the two genres that I do read most from are dominated by female authors (especially romance) but even in other genres I find myself reading more female authors than male.
How I read
The ratio between the number of books I read in print and ebook has also changed this year. In previous years I have been averaging around 1 ebook for every 4 print books which reduced to 1:3 last year, but at this stage it is more like a 1:1 ratio. I still love my Sony ereader but I am actually considering getting a proper Kindle (as opposed to a Kindle app) at some point in the future as there are times when it is just too hard to read on the phone or to snaffle my son's Ipad to read on there (and some times not necessarily appropriate depending on how steamy a read it is!)
At this stage I have read 39 books by Australian authors which isn't a bad effort. Last year I ended up reading around 50, so I am well on track to read more than that this year.
Last year was a bit of anomaly for me as I ended up rereading 18 books. This year I am back to around my normal ratio of rereads, having reread 3 books so far (one of them being the audiobook I mentioned above).
Next I am going to talk about my favourite reads of the year so far and I am going to mention a book which was a reread. In what I am sure is a first for me, I am going to have a book on my best of list for the year that was also on my best of list for last year. It didn't matter that I already knew what was coming, it was still an amazing, amazing read for me!
So far I have given four books a 5/5 grade this year.
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins - I think that this may have just been the perfect book for the day that I read it as this book got very mixed reviews, and in retrospect I can possibly see why. On the day that I read it, I closed the book with a very contented smile. I need to hurry up and read another book from this author as I still have a couple of books left from her backlist.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - this is the book that was a reread and I can still see myself reading it again at some point in the future. It's funny and sad, uplifting and yet dealing with a very difficult subject matter. I have recommended this book to a number of people now, and will continue to do so. You can read my original discussion style review with Bree starting here.
Easy by Tammara Webber - I really loved this book which sits in the new New Adult genre. I haven't yet read more from this author, but I will at some point. Or maybe I should just get this one again?
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman - I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this reading experience. I have read her previous book, Wildflower Hill, and liked it, but didn't love it as much as lots of other readers did. I was drawn into this dual storyline book right from the beginning. Since then I have listened to one of her earlier novels on audiobook and just got the last remaining book from her backlist out on interlibrary loan to read in the next few weeks.
And now, I look forward to the next six months reads.
Listening to Almost French by Sarah Turnbull and reading Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Not sure, but most likely The Provence Cure for the Broken Hearted by Bridget Asher