A reading reflection

Today I wanted to reflect on my reading habits ever since I started my blog, I Heart Reading, and how (and if) they changed since I started reviewing. I started my blog in November 2010 but only actively started blogging about books in 2011.

In 2011, I read and reviewed 89 books on my blog. Back then, I didn’t review every book I read, so it’s likely I read at least 100 books that year.

In 2012, I kept track of the books I read, and the ones I actually ended up reviewing. I read 136 books, and reviewed most of them (if I counted correctly from my list, I ended up not reviewing 25 of them, for various reasons, totalling my reviewed books for that year on 111). So, I reviewed 22 books more than the year before.

In 2013, I only kept track of the books I reviewed, but I vowed to review every book I read. I may have missed one or two, but the count is mostly correct. That year, I reviewed 210 books, an extraordinary 99 more than the year before, almost doubling my count from 2012.

In 2014, I read and reviewed 289 books. Amazing. That’s almost one book a day. And add to that, I also introduced mini-reviews: short reviews of books I’d read during the past years that I still had galleys from (or had stored on Netgalley) but I had never gotten around to reviewing. My Netgalley review ratio was at about 10%, but I had read most of the books I’d received, so I vowed to bring that up to a healthy 80% ratio through mini-reviews. 56 mini-reviews later (and each mini-review post counts 3 reviews, totalling 168 individual mini-reviews) I had caught up and had raised my review ratio to about 80%. These were mostly reviews for books I’d read earlier, so not that year, but still, 2014 was one of my best reading years ever.

In 2015, my review count went slightly down, to 218 – still an amazing amount of books. But 2015 was a busy, challenging year for me, with having to move, finishing my university degree, and other adjustments I had to make. I kept on with the mini-reviews this year, writing 11 mini-review posts consisting of 3 mini-reviews each, totalling 33.

And now, 2016 is coming to its end. This year, I read and reviewed 199 books on my blog. Not my best year, I admit that, but still, pretty good, isn’t it? It’s less than in 2013, 2014 and 2015, yes, but it’s not that far apart, and it kept me sane, and I can balance it with my other activities. On top of that, I also wrote 34 mini-review posts, consisting of 3 mini-reviews each, totalling 102 mini-reviews.

Having these numbers here is a good eye-opener. Since I started blogging, I doubled the amount of books I read in a year (one year even tripling it, but that’s bordering on crazy), and now I average about 200 books a year. That’s a good number. I hope to keep that up for the years to come. But reading is still a hobby for me. If I get bored, or it’s no longer fun, then the number will go down, and I’ll just read less. If it keeps me entertained, then I’ll read more.

Either way, for 2017, I’m not really setting any reading goals. If possible, I want to read about 200 books, but one or more less won’t hurt me. I would like to meet my reading challenges goals (I read about 5 challenges every year I participate in), and I would like to read more books of my own choosing, books I bought myself or specifically requested.

Here’s to 2017. May it be a good year for blogging, writing, reading, and love and happiness.


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December 2016

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in December 2016 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. The Killing Game by The Black Rose
  2. The Missing by Monty Marsden
  3. Vittoria by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat
  4. Futuring the Future by Michael F. Kaufmann
  5. A Simple Life by Giora Amir
  6. Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple by Lisa Pell
  7. Optimal Exposure by Dan Rogel
  8. One God – The Will To Power by Kata Mlek
  9. Passion of a Witch by K.D. Friedrich
  10. The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting by Garry Abbott
  11. The Operator by Kim Harrison



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November 2016

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in November 2016 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. The Solitary Bee by Hannah Holborn
  2. The Power of Mortals (Spirit Vision 3) by Morgan Straughan Comnick
  3. Life as a Teenage Vampire by Amanda Meuwissen
  4. The Fool’s Apprentice by Kelly Hess
  5. Girl Number One by Jane Holland
  6. Of Life, Death, Aliens and Zombies by Dario Cannizzarro
  7. S.H.A.Y. by Christina Leigh Pritchard
  8. Lizard Queen (Volume One) by H.L. Cherryholmes
  9. The Scholl Case by Anja Reich-Osang
  10. The Twilight Tsunami by Shelby Londyn-Heath
  11. The Protector Bug: The Tryouts by Jason Reid
  12. War Town by Mitch Goth
  13. Lizard Queen (Volume Two) by H.L. Cherryholmes
  14. In The Snows of Haz by Maxine Janerka
  15. Beyond the Spotlight by Alan Murphy
  16. Crave Her Touch by A.K. Leigh
  17. Enlightenment by Liz Keel
  18. Living in the Shallows by Tani Hanes
  19. The Travelers by K.L Kranes
  20. The Whizbang Machine by Danielle A. Vann
  21. In The Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold
  22. Lizard Queen (Volume Three) by H.L. Cherryholmes


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October 2016

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in October 2016 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Murder in the Generative Kitchen by Meg Pontecorvo
  2. Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron
  3. One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
  4. On The Run by Izai Amorim
  5. Girl Within Girl by S.P. Aruna
  6. Fractal by Rachel J. Mannino
  7. Song of the Oceanides by J.G. Zymbalist
  8. ‘Til The Last Snowflake Falls by Al E. Boy
  9. On Top of the World by David Lamb
  10. The Ona Pendulum by Al E. Boy
  11. Deliverance by Kristy Centeno
  12. Mirror, Mirror by Tami Lund
  13. Where Doubt Remains by Sharon Johnson
  14. The Blue Witch by Joni Parker
  15. The Resistance: Duchess by Kristyn Stone
  16. The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack by John Matthews
  17. Far And Yet So Near by Al E. Boy
  18. Keys to the Sun by Marcel Feldmar
  19. The Sailweaver’s Son by Jeff Minerd
  20. The Failure of University Education for Development & What To Teach Instead by Samuel A. Odunsi, Sr.
  21. The Butcher’s Daughter by Mark M. McMillin
  22. Occult Paris by Tobias Churton
  23. The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland
  24. I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) by Evee Lamb
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September 2016

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in August 2016 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Highland Deception by Lori Ann Bailey
  2. The Cabin by Natasha Preston
  3. Erasing All Doubt (Doubt Series #0.5) by Sharon Johnson
  4. Haunted Bridges by Rich Newman
  5. Nessie by Nick Redfern
  6. The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards
  7. Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (Doubt Series #1) by Sharon Johnson
  8. No Quarter: Dominium (Volume 1) by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor
  9. Rimrider by L.A. Kelley
  10. Destination Mexico City by Lori Osterberg
  11. The Color of Love by Ty Mitchell
  12. Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash


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August 2016

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July 2016

Below is a list of all books I reviewed in July 2016 on I Heart Reading. Links point to the reviews.

  1. Darkview: Psychosis by R.J. Bathgate & M.J. Hall
  2. In Irina’s Cards by Christine Hart
  3. The University Cat by Jessika Jenvieve
  4. Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole
  5. St. Matthew’s House by C.P. Murphy
  6. The X-Cure by Bruce Forciea
  7. Something Wicked by Debi Chestnut
  8. Chaos Rising by Perry Morris
  9. Sole Obsession by Pam Stanley
  10. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  11. The Athena Operation by Dalton Cortner
  12. Dark Little Secrets by A.K. Kruse
  13. Abduction by Nicole Hatfield
  14. A Sprint to his Heart by Lyla Bardan
  15. Raising Sleeping Stones by P.H.T Bennett
  16. Dragon Called by Melissa Christopherson
  17. A Knight with Grace by Laurel O’Donnell
  18. The Boston Strangler by Gerold Frank
  19. Children of Swan by Coral Walker
  20. The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi
  21. Passing The Torch by L.L. Sanders
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