How many books have you read in 2012?

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CandyLoo Sun 23-Dec-12 15:32:50

I posted a thread some weeks ago asking when and how you find the time to read. Thanks for your replies. I'm been reading more since then but am wondering just how many books you've read in the last year?
I've read 12.

poppyknot Sun 23-Dec-12 15:35:45

About the same. Always see the new year as a chance to read, say a book a week. It has not happened that way........

CandyLoo Sun 23-Dec-12 15:38:28

I'm the same!
In my defence, 2012 was the year I discovered mumsnet.
But I WILL aim for 2 books a month next year.
Its' not as if I find it a chore, I love reading...just spend too much time doing 'stuff'.

gazzalw Sun 23-Dec-12 15:39:29

Hmmm about the same, although some months I'm more prolific than others.....Depends what grabs me though....

MirandaWest Sun 23-Dec-12 15:40:39

Not enough blush. One of my resolutions will be to read more. Hopefully one book a week. And mumsnet less.

overtheseatocalais Sun 23-Dec-12 16:27:37

I must admit to bringing up the average. I read very quickly and get through a book every 2 /3 days. I work f/t and have 2 children and a busy DH. I read at every opportunity & late into the night. I am a big fan of our local library (could not afford to fund or store my habit!) and visit regularly getting out between 12-16 books for myself and some for the children, who (so far) have not inherited my tendencies. My mum is the same as me. I also love listening to audio books and radio serials on BBC Radio 4 Extra. I don't cook much (DH does) and am not mad keen on housework! grin so perhaps should read less and engage more... but it's an addiction. I have to read. When I go away I pack books first. I couldn't have a kindle, I love to hold a book.

CandyLoo Sun 23-Dec-12 16:40:51

What kind of books do you enjoy overtheseatocalais?

noddyholder Sun 23-Dec-12 16:41:48

Average 2 a month

snozzlemaid Sun 23-Dec-12 16:59:06

My total so far is 35. I was hoping for at least one a week. Will try harder next year.

webfizzystuff Sun 23-Dec-12 17:04:09

I'm on 51 - I'm getting twitchy about whether I'll actually make it to 52, I think I need some thing easy to finish the year off on target!

CandyLoo Sun 23-Dec-12 17:05:26

Wow webfizzystuff!
And next year? What's your target?

webfizzystuff Sun 23-Dec-12 17:08:38

Probably 12 next year as have a masters dissertation to do and that will sap all the joy from reading!

highlandcoo Sun 23-Dec-12 17:12:41

74. I decided to keep a note of everything I read this past year .. first time I've done that.

Looking back, I wish I hadn't wasted my time on a few of them - Death in Pemberley springs to mind - also, I belong to three book groups which means I ended up reading some books I wouldn't have chosen and didn't especially enjoy, so I'd like to be more choosy in future.

Next year, I'm going to aim to read more classics and follow authors and themes that interest me. I'd like to read the whole Barchester Towers series and also reread some Edith Wharton, Arnold Bennett and Ivy Compton-Burnett among others.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 23-Dec-12 17:13:45

Looking at my total on Goodreads, it says I've read 92 books this year smile, although to be fair some of those were books I've read to the DC at bedtime eg Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton (and some Rainbow Magic ones shock).

webfizzystuff Sun 23-Dec-12 17:41:40

I've learnt to be very choosy about kindle books - if its free (and it isn't a classic) there is a reason for it!

I don't keep count. But on average, at least 2 a week.

Abcinthia Sun 23-Dec-12 17:53:28

According to Goodreads, 138 books. A few were short books (under 200 pages) that only took a day to read.

But I don't watch a lot of TV in the evenings and fit in reading whenever I can. DD goes to bed at 8pm and I go to bed at 10:30-11:30pm, so a lot of reading can be done.

Cherrypi Sun 23-Dec-12 18:52:33

29 according to goodreads. Better try and fit one more in. I set a target of 25 so quite pleased. I thought becoming a mother would mean I wouldn't get to read much.


Onezerozero Sun 23-Dec-12 19:10:08

Probably about five.

In shame.

R2PeePoo Sun 23-Dec-12 19:12:43

A lot. But I am SAHM with a toddler who occupies himself most of the time and a very messy house.

I finish about four books a week usually so 200 or so?

hackmum Mon 24-Dec-12 08:49:33

I've read 53. Am on number 54, but as it's 600 pages long (Jerusalem: the biography), not sure I'll finish it before the end of the year.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 24-Dec-12 09:11:47

That sounds interesting hackmum - who's it by?

BabeRuthless Mon 24-Dec-12 09:40:22

I'm on my 125th (Winter Games by Rachel Johnson, really disappointing so going to try to squeeze another one in as I don't want to end the year on a shit book) I read every spare second I get and have been blessed with being able to read really quickly. No matter how many I read I never feel like I'm making a dent into my to-read pile.

Arisbottle Mon 24-Dec-12 09:43:20

22, I am a little dissapointed. However I read quite a lot for work and that is not included.

ILoveOnionRings Mon 24-Dec-12 09:51:45

110 this year but do read the kindle every night in bed

BabysPointlessPocket Mon 24-Dec-12 10:02:41

Ds 2 was born in January this year. So nowhere near as many as i usually read, 3 or 4 I think. Before ds2 it was roughly 2 a week. But read to ds1 most nights.
Ds2 just tries to grab them out of my hands and chew them. But ds1 was a bookworm like me from day dot.

myalias Mon 24-Dec-12 10:10:18

15 books - 12 of them have been on my Kindle which I had as a present in August.

overtheseatocalais Mon 24-Dec-12 12:54:07

Candyloo - My favourite books are a real mix, I like modern detective fiction, particularly Simon Brett, Sue Grafton, Stieg Larsson, Ann Cleeves, classics such as Austen, HE Bates, F Scott Fitzgerald and Stella Gibbons and some more 'light' reads by Miranda Dickenson, Sopie Kinsella and Catherine Alliot etc. I tend to read a classic interspersed with a crime drama and then 2 or 3 lighter reads.

Mrsrudolphduvall Mon 24-Dec-12 13:29:29

About 80.
I have lots to read over Christmas!,,

juneybean Mon 24-Dec-12 13:32:00

101 but I don't think I'll beat that next year, I read a few series books which were usually between 200-300 pages

EuroShagmore Mon 24-Dec-12 19:44:20

27 on my Kindle plus maybe 5 others?

CoteDAzur Mon 24-Dec-12 21:41:16

36 so far.

FlyOverTheMistletoe Mon 24-Dec-12 21:51:32

not enough - but next year will read more smile

Yika Mon 24-Dec-12 21:54:46

Nil, none, zip, zero. For 40 years an avid reader. Had dc 2 years ago. Read one book the first year, not a single one the second. I miss it!

InNeedOfBrandyButter Mon 24-Dec-12 21:54:53

Minimum 52 I buy at least one book a week.

ninjanurse Mon 24-Dec-12 22:29:46

81, currently reading 82nd. I log all my books through GoodReads. My original target was 75 for the year, so may aim for 90 next year.

CoteDAzur Mon 24-Dec-12 22:39:57

Those of you who have read over a hundred books this year - do you do anything else at all? Do you have small children? Just wondering how you find the time.

juneybean Mon 24-Dec-12 23:02:57

I don't have any children, and I work a job where I sit on my ass for 5 hours at a time smile

DuchessofMalfi Tue 25-Dec-12 08:09:56

I managed to read more books this year simply by cutting back on the amount of tv I watched in the evenings once the children were in bed. Having a kindle, and kindle app on my phone have also helped increase the available time to read, so I can get 10 mins at the school gate, 30 mins at swimming lessons etc. It all adds up during the year to quite a lot of reading time smile

R2PeePoo Tue 25-Dec-12 09:19:35

Cote - I have two children. The oldest is at school, the youngest is at home with me fulltime. I tend to get him set up with something and then read while he plays, he gets cross if I get too involved but he likes to have me there.

DH travels a lot so once the kids are in bed I'm on my own most evenings. I read for two or three hours a night. Plus DH took the kids away on holiday for a week and left me behind so I could have some peace.

Half of what I read is history, the rest is YA, post-apoc, dystopian, zombies, classic fiction, virago and persephone. I don't read modern fiction or chicklit in general.

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 25-Dec-12 09:34:02

Hardly any- less than 5 which is ridiculous. Thought I'd be reading lots as expecting and probably started another 5 or so but could not get into them so gave up a few chapters in. I'm sleeallt struggling to find any I can get into

Abcinthia Tue 25-Dec-12 09:45:37

CoteDAzur, I only have 1 child who is 5. There isn't a lot on TV in the evenings which interests me, so I tend to just read from when DD goes to bed until I go to bed and then also read whenever I get a few minutes to spare - it really does all add up. I'm quite a fast reader which helps.

The first couple of years after my daughter was born, I only read a handful of books. I just didn't have the time and I didn't feel like reading.

mrscogon34thstreet Tue 25-Dec-12 10:05:46

10 - possibly 11 if I finish Anna Karenina by new year (300 pages to go). Am quite proud of this number as I had DS 1 in March and I've read 2 long classics - Middlemarch & Anna Karenina (well nearly!).

Mrsrudolphduvall Tue 25-Dec-12 19:34:02

I read but rarely watch tv.
I often go to bed about 9 and read for a couple of jours.
And I have teenagers!!

tigerdriverII Tue 25-Dec-12 19:39:42

At least 100 and probably another 50 on top. I work ft, long hours, and have 1 DS I just read when I can, I fall asleep reading I go to bed early ( get home at 8, go to bed before 10).

hugoagogo Tue 25-Dec-12 19:47:57

About 50ish if you don't count text books-I always have to have one on the go.

I would read more, if it wasn't for mn. blush

halo47 Tue 25-Dec-12 19:57:27

According to good reads I got through 30. Am surprised its not more as I spent a lot of time in airports and on planes last year. btw what is the name of the mums net book group on good reads.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 25-Dec-12 20:07:27

halo - this is our book group on Goodreads - The Book Vipers. We recently changed our name, after a quick poll amongst the group members. It's an open group and anyone/everyone is welcome to join. Hope to see you there smile

tourdefrance Wed 26-Dec-12 11:08:10

I don't keep count but would say a minimum of one a week so 50+. I have 2 dc aged 2 and 5 and get less reading done in holidays than term time as I read on the train to work (only 15 mins each way but often there a bit early so read while I'm waiting too). In summer I will find a patch of grass or a bench near work and read in my lunchtime too. In winter it might be an empty office if I can find one. We did not own a tv for years and only bought one this year for the kids to watch on a weekend morning and still don't watch it ourselves but sit down and read our books between supper and bed. If Dp sees me on mumsnet on an evening he will say 'don't you have a book to read?'

I work full time and have two teenage dds. I rarely watch TV and spend an hour in the bath every evening, as well as reading in bed. I also read very, very quickly.

But tbh I read just as much when the girls were young and I was working full time too (went back FT when they were each about ten weeks). I just read quickly I guess.

And dp does the housework. smile

BabeRuthless Wed 26-Dec-12 18:33:00

Cote - Like the others I just read whenever I can. I always have a book by my side so if ds is having a quiet ten minutes watching tv I snatch ten minutes reading. It all adds up. He's also at school full time so on my days off I grab some time then & also when he's having one of his epic hour long baths. If I don't read for more than a couple of days I feel weird. I can't explain it but it feels like I have to put information into my head or it starts feeling empty. Sounds odd I know. I don't keep a list in a "ooh look at me" kind of way but because I read a few detective series like Rebus so I need to keep track. Plus I'm a geek.

CoteDAzur Wed 26-Dec-12 20:08:10

I read whenever I can, too, and have my Kindle with me at all times. And yet I am on my 37th book of the year. That is why I asked.

Many of the books I read are between 500 and 1,000 pages long and I don't read chick-lit, which might be why it takes me slightly longer than a week to finish a book on average.

LittleBairn Wed 26-Dec-12 20:13:02

Used to read around 200 a year, must have had too much time on my hands I would guess I've only managed 25 this year. That said being that I am limited in my time I take more care in what I read so read more enjoyable books than I used to rather than just picking up what's available in the 3 for 2 in Waterstons or struggling through a bad book.

LittleBairn Wed 26-Dec-12 20:14:22

Oh I also read much longer books than I used to most over 500 pages.

No chick lit here! Lots of dense history books and I do like a good tome - sadly they just don't make em like they used to.

hackmum Wed 26-Dec-12 21:21:34

DuchessofMalfi - sorry for the slow reply. It's by Simon Sebag Montefiore. I'm finding the early bits hard going - Jerusalem's early history seems to have consisted of being ruled by a variety of kings and their various progeny, and fought over by an enormous number of different ethnic and religious groups. There's an awful lot of "X slaughtered 10,000 people before being murdered by his own son, who ruled for 20 years, until Y came and killed him and then fought with Z, who slaughtered another 50,000 people" and so on. I'm hoping it gets easier as it goes along...

GoldMyrrhAndNonsense Thu 27-Dec-12 04:52:59

I have a few on the go at the moment. When I've finished these, it will be about 32 this year (not including all the books I've read to the children, I should imagine that's another 50+). It's been a slow year for me, mainly because I didn't read very much over the summer. Like some other posters here, I normally read a book a week.

BabeRuthless Thu 27-Dec-12 11:17:30

Cote - Thats probably it. I read a Jennifer Weiner book in a day the other week. I also count graphic novels (walking dead etc). I read a few 1000 page tomes a year and they tend to take me a week. When I think about how much of my student years I wasted twatting about getting drunk I could weep!

Thumbwitch Thu 27-Dec-12 11:22:55

Too many to count. A fair few were re-reads though - mostly Terry Pratchetts or Georgette Heyers; but a lot of new ones as well.
I mostly read at night - while I was pg I was having troubles sleeping and would read myself to sleep, often more than once each night. Now I'm breastfeeding, I read while doing that in bed. Not too many of the bigger thicker books though - I find they're harder to read while lying down risk of bashing me in the face is higher when I doze off!

valiumredhead Fri 28-Dec-12 14:56:06

Between 1-3 a week.

FrostyGreenandwhitePenguin Fri 28-Dec-12 15:24:37

61 this year but I am ill a lot of the time and have to rest so I am either on my computer or reading. I like to have at least 2 books on the go, crime fiction and maybe a classic or a non-fiction. Just started on Made In America by Bill Bryson.

gailforce1 Fri 28-Dec-12 16:29:42

19 books and 11 audio books this year. Last year was 31 books and 26 audios. Really enjoy listerning to books on CD in the car particularly non fiction read by the authors.
I use my local library and spend a fair bit on reserving items from across the county. They often buy books that I want but have not yet got copies of, love being the first to get my paws on something they have just in!
Now looking for a thread to see what everyone has on their "to read" list for 2013...

notcitrus Fri 28-Dec-12 16:57:32

About 12, but was too ill to read until gave birth, then had newborn and preschoolers... I've now got smartphone with Kindle app so have read shedloads of the internet and a couple books too heavy to hold - finally read David Copperfield! Which was sentimental trash but at least I can now argue from having read it!

Quite looking forward to returning to work next month just to have 40 min a day to read on the train...

43 Poirot books, 3 fifty shades books, about 5-10 other crime/thriller books and three weight loss books! I read quite fast though... And have to limit myself else I read until all hours of the morning!

HullyEastergully Fri 28-Dec-12 17:04:17

8 million

I am about 120 (not kept count) BUT I have a kindle and anything free goes on it and i'll give it ago.. Only about 25 of what i've read have been "decent" books!!

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 30-Dec-12 14:07:08

Absolutely no where near how many I would like, but I have a plan for 2013 which should get me at least 24 new reads and 12 guiltyleasure reads.

CandyLoo Sun 30-Dec-12 14:37:25

What's your plan mixedmama ?

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 30-Dec-12 14:50:43

One book off the shelf
One book club book
One guilty pleasure..... In my case Christie, Cookson or Conan Doyle
And have just added the MN book of the month

I may not have time for the guilty pleasure book but I will try.

CandyLoo Sun 30-Dec-12 14:53:32

Looks like we're having our own conversation on two different threads!
Will post those links later.

There was a thread on here a few years ago about this and I started keeping a record of what I've read. It's normally pretty consistent at about 50 books a year but this year is down at 39.
I've had a lot of fails, in that I've given up after a couple of chapters. Also spent too much time on here.

mumslife Mon 31-Dec-12 17:24:29

i think about thirty four but I work part time and my children are older 10 and sixteen I read a lot on holiday and quite a few over xmas. I ususally read most evenings in bed and on the way to work but not on the way home because I fall asleep!

PassportHell Wed 02-Jan-13 10:32:34

61, majority being non fiction.

remus I am currently reading The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton, look it up, could be a good read for you.

LulaPalooza Wed 02-Jan-13 10:47:51

I have no idea but am going to start counting from now on! Looking at my Amazon purchases I bought 23 books in 2012. I've also re-read lots - all my John Wyndham, most of my Michael Connelly's (my guilty pleasure, crime novels), 2 out of 3 of my Bryce Courtenay books which are pretty long (must remember to get Power of One back from my friend...) plus the His Dark Materials trilogy and some crappy books that were destined for the charity shop. So, maybe 60?

I got a Samsung Tab 2 for Christmas and have already downloaded 16 books and read 2.5 of them. I could probably get through a book a day if I didn't work.

Wilding Wed 02-Jan-13 10:53:59

I haven't been counting, but probably 400+ last year- I'm a really fast reader and get through about 7 books a week- a lot of those will be re-reads though. I don't have children though, or a tv, so I think I probably have a lot more time for reading than most smile

NicknameTaken Wed 02-Jan-13 12:25:36

Need to check my book log (kept on paper, very old school). I average 2-3 books a week, so between 120 and 140. Some big books in there too.

I love my library. I must borrow £1000+ worth of books from it every year.

<breaks off to fondle library card in inappropriate manner>

Galaxymum Wed 02-Jan-13 14:06:25

28 on my kindle and then 10/12 more in paperback. I think about 38/40. I was quite impressed ss 2012 was a very stressful year. If I count reading Holly Webb books and railway rabbits etc I get go add about anothr 60 books. I do feel they count as reading about puppies and kittens lost in the snow and storms is very traumatic!

NicknameTaken Wed 02-Jan-13 18:06:17

(Checked my log and it was 138, divided almost exactly between fiction and non-fiction. I clearly have no life, but I don't care, I like books better anyway).

happystory Thu 03-Jan-13 13:47:15

30, which is about average for me. I have found the key is not to delay starting a book (by reading magazines instead for e.g) and once you're into the first chapter, you're off! Would like to aim for 50 this year.

debbsh Thu 03-Jan-13 22:32:35

I read a book every 2 days or so, work full-time and have my toddler grandaughter 3 days a week and a foster child full-time too. I NEVER go anywhere without a book (except the loo!)- if we stop at a petrol station i will read a couple of pages while my husband fills up. My favourite time for reading is while I'm in the bath - I try to have an hour each morning if I can!

RyleDup Thu 03-Jan-13 22:39:04

Between feb and dec last year I read 122 books according to kindle. This year, I discovered mn, so not as many. Probably about 60, although I'd have to check for sure on kindle.

Pam100127 Thu 03-Jan-13 23:00:56

I suppose about 40-50 or so. Since I got my Samsung Galaxy tablet, I download lots of free books from Amazon, plus I download from the local library. I love the e-reader as I can read in the dark and not disturb DH. Some of the free books are pretty 'poor' others really good. I read one paper Fifty Shades book and then downloaded the second two (mainly in an effort to stop my 12 year old daughter sneaking a peak). When a book is free I don't feel so bad asking myself if I'm enjoying it and I will try and continue unless it's dire in which case I move onto another. Sometimes I read two books in a week other times it's a book every couple of weeks. I love escaping into a book....

missbennett Sat 05-Jan-13 00:14:00

I read 120 books in 2012! My target was 10 a month, so it averaged out to that as some months I read more than others. I haven't set a new target but, due to budgetary restraints, I cannot but any more books sad. I have got lots on the shelves to read, the library has just been refurbished and I have downloaded 4 free ones to my Kobo. (Though I have got a £10 Waterstones voucher I'm saving for a treat!)

atthewelles Sat 05-Jan-13 10:16:41

I would say a couple of hundred - but I was off work for three months recovering from an operation and couldn't drive for several weeks so I was kind of a captive audience for a while.
One thing I re-discovered this year was how much I still loved some of my old childhood favourites and I have ordered several Noel Streatfeilds. Drina books and Wells books from Amazon. smile

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