Saturday, January 1, 2011

Books Read in 2010, Genre Break Down

For most of the year*, I was keeping track of my reading by genre. Here's the list:

21 Adult Urban Fantasy
21 Regency Romance
11 YA Urban Fantasy
5 Victorian Romance
5 Travel Books
5 YA Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic
4 Food-Related
3 Alternate History
3 MG Fantasy (okay, they were all Harry Potter books)
2 Crafty Books
2 Anthologies (urban fantasy, Regency romance)
1 Mystery
1 YA Historical
1 Graphic Novel
1 Adult Post-Apocalyptic
GRAND TOTAL: 86 books*

Big themes: If I make a couple combinations, I get 32 urban fantasy and 26 historical romance. Unsurprising on the urban fantasy front, since it's been "my" genre for a while. The historical romance? I only got into them in the summer. They. Are. Addictive.

What's Missing? I  browsed through more than 2 crafty books, but I wasn't counting them unless I read them cover-to-cover. This is also true with some travel books (like guidebooks). Though I do sometimes read guidebooks cover-to-cover. . .

Predictions for 2011: 
  • Similar numbers for urban fantasy, historical romance, foodie, crafty, and travel.
  • More apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic - I'm on the hunt for some more on the end of the world.  
  • More mysteries, since I have a list of cozies I want to try (even though murders give me nightmares) 
  • More non-fiction in general, particularly books on language, writing and international issues.
  • A possible dive back into historical fiction and traditional fantasy, particularly fairy tales. I had been burned out on these genres in the past, but it might be time to get back to them.
Did your 2010 genre reading come out the way you expected? What do you predict for 2011?

* Not incuding February and March, when I was apparently too busy to write down what I read. Who knows what I might have been reading then!