Since it's the last day of the year, I thought I'd do a little poll of the books I read and offer a little poll for y'all to participate in.
In the glorious year of 2010, here's what I read:
83 books total (84 if I finish this new Monica McCarty)
75 of those were written for adults
3 were YA
5 were MG
Here's how the genres broke down:
Urban Fantasy = 22
Paranormal Romance = 17
Speculative Fiction = 7
Science Fiction = 7
Romantic Suspense = 6
Fantasy = 5
Historical Romance = 5
Nonfiction = 4
Political Thriller = 3
Romantic Fantasy = 3
Suspense = 2
Mystery = 1
Romance = 1
Not surprising when you consider that I spent most of 2010 writing urban fantasy, which is the cousin to paranormal romance. Thinking that, however, lead me to wonder if my reading habits change depending on what I'm writing.
In 2010 my top five genres were Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Speculative Fiction / Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense and Fantasy / Historical Romance. With what I'm writing, all of that fits. (Or I can make it fit if I think hard enough.)
In 2009, my top five didn't change that much. Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance were still one and two respectively. The next three change a little, rounding out the top five with SF, Suspense and Romantic Suspense.
In 2008, though, we see I was reading a little more broadly. Paranormal Romance takes the top, followed by Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Urban Fantasy and then General Fiction.
Back in 2007, when I started keeping track of my reading material, the top five were totally different with General Fiction taking the prize. Mystery was second. Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense and Suspense tied for third. Urban Fantasy was all the way back at fourth and SF took fifth.
It was an interesting exercise. If nothing else, it gave me something to do between breaks in shoveling snow. UGH.
So, for the reader poll, tell me what you read most every year - either in comments or using the poll I'll be putting up in the sidebar momentarily. Or both, if you like. Have your reading habits changed over the years and how does your choice of reading matter reflect what you like to write?