Reading Chronology 2008

Since I was seventeen, I got into the habit of keeping track of all the books I’ve read. It started in the grassroots with just a piece of college-ruled notebook paper as my log, evolved into a floppy disk file and now I just maintain the Books Read list on my blog. One of my New Year’s Resolutions I managed to keep this year is keeping track of the books I’ve read by month so I can try to one-up myself each month.

So without further ado, the following is my Reading Chronology for the first five months of 2008. I read a total of 50 books. Granted, they are mostly Young Adult and Janet Evanovich books, but hey, this represents my current reading trend. I can’t help but wonder what the book list would look like if I had documented my reading trends in the past. The summer of ’06 would be the summer of nonfiction. The winter of ’02 was the season of Western classics. I also noticed that I am a faithful author groupee: once I’m taken with the writing style of a particular author, I’ll read that author’s complete works as is the case with Laurie Halse Anderson, Markus Zusak, Stephenie Meyer, and Sarah Dessen.

I’m quite proud of myself. I thought I was kicking ass and taking names, and then I previewed the May stats of my fellow book bloggers, some of whom read an astronomical 40+ books in the month of May alone. This begs the question: how do they do it? If you are a book blogger who is kicking my ass in the reading department, please, don’t be shy. Let me know. Speak out and tell me your secret: How do you read as much as you do? Do you pull all nighters? Do you read like Good Will Hunting, that is, with super speed? Share, share.

January 2008

  1. TwilightStephanie Meyer
  2. New MoonStephanie Meyer
  3. EclipseStephanie Meyer
  4. Everything I Need to Learn About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume—-Jennifer O’Connell, ed.
  5. The Egypt GameZilpha Keatley Snyder
  6. Witch Child—Celia Rees
  7. Speak—Laurie Halse Anderson

February 2008

  1. The Book Thief—Markus Zusak
  2. Fever 1793—Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. I Am the Messenger—Markus Zusak
  4. PromLaurie Halse Anderson
  5. CataylstLaurie Halse Anderson
  6. Blackbird House—Alice Hoffman
  7. Twisted—Laurie Halse Anderson
  8. Pirates!—Celia Rees

March 2008

  1. A Northern LightJennifer Donnelly
  2. Sorceress—Celia Rees
  3. A Certain Slant of Light—Laura Whitcomb
  4. Fighting Ruben Wolfe—Markus Zusak
  5. Out of the Dust—Karen Hesse
  6. Gathering Blue—Lois Lowry
  7. One for the Money—Janet Evanovich
  8. Getting the Girl—Markus Zusak
  9. Austenland—Shannon Hale
  10. Two for the Dough—Janet Evanovich

April 2008

  1. Three to Get DeadlyJanet Evanovich
  2. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town—Kimberly Willis Holt
  3. Four to Score—Janet Evanovich
  4. Hattie Big Sky—Kirby Larson
  5. High Five—Janet Evanovich
  6. The Truth About Forever—Sarah Dessen
  7. Hot Six—Janet Evanovich
  8. Seven Up—Janet Evanovich
  9. Al Capone Does My Shirts—Gennifer Choldenko
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower—Stephen Chbosky
  11. Hard Eight—Janet Evanovich
  12. To the Nines–Janet Evanovich
  13. Ten Big Ones—Janet Evanovich

May 2008

  1. Eleven On TopJanet Evanovich
  2. Twelve SharpJanet Evanovich
  3. Visions of Sugar Plums—Janet Evanovich
  4. Plum Lovin’ —Janet Evanovich
  5. Just Listen—Sarah Dessen
  6. Lean Mean Thirteen—Janet Evanovich
  7. Plum LuckyJanet Evanovich
  8. Dreamland—Sarah Dessen
  9. This Lullaby—Sarah Dessen
  10. A Great and Terrible Beauty—Libba Bray
  11. Keeping the Moon—Sarah Dessen
  12. Rebel Angels—Libba Bray
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7 thoughts on “Reading Chronology 2008

  1. Someone read 40 books this month?! Wow! I’ve been reading way more this year than usual; I think because I’m not in school, and I’m working around 35 hours/week.

    I was looking at your TBR list, and you’ve got some good books on there, but I wanted to let you know that Out of Africa and Travels with Charley are both non-fiction. And very good non-fiction at that!

  2. I read forty books in May! But nearly all of it was YA or kiddie lit, so it’s not like each book was very difficult to get through. I also read a lot of Swedish, which always means I get through more books, since my page per hour average is higher in Swedish than it is in English.

    It also helps that I don’t have a life. ;D I work and I read, and that’s pretty much it.

  3. Eva:
    Definitely, not being in school is a big incentive to read. When I was still in school, I’ll maybe average about 1-3 books every 3 month period and there are certain dry spells that I’ll go for months without reading a book at all. I think it all has to do with being blurry-eyed from reading all those textbooks.

    Though I haven’t updated my TBR list in months, I totally forgot I had those titles up there. Thanks for reminding me, I was just about to hop on Amazon and search for new titles to read. I’m going to put those titles on my interlibrary request list now!

  4. Love:
    Wow, I envy your ability to read in two languages! That is so cool! Does that mean you have more books to choose from than readers who are uni-lingual? That is, are there an entire legion of Swedish books not translated into English that you can access but we can’t?

    And 40 books in May! Double wow!

    For me, I actually drive to work 30 mins before I have to so I can read in my car. I guess that means I have to wake up 30 mins than I need to in order to read. That just goes to show how desperate I am for quiet time (my house is noisy madhouse!). I also get most of my reading done on Sundays and at night.

  5. I loved Al Capone Does My Shirts! I’ve recommended it to all of my students, bless their little African hearts for not knowing who Al Capone is. They love it anyway!

  6. I read like Good Will Hunting, that is, when I’m up at night because I can’t sleep on account of being so fucking HOT! That’s right, I said it.

    For reals, though, I like to pretend that one day I will review books for money, so I call ‘reading’ ‘working,’ and then I tell people that I can’t go out because I have to ‘work.’ And then I open a bag of cheese doodles and try not to get them caught in my braces.

    I have no friends.

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