I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
I seem to be in a recurring/remitting slump. Last month was my low point so far, but if not for a concerted push over the last week, June wouldn't have been much better, but I did manage to pull out 21 reads. A very respectable number for anyone except the person who's just gone on a mother of a book buying binge - but more on that later.
Of those 22 titles, only 1 was a five star read: At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails - Sarah Bakewell which I listened to on audio and it was truly outstanding. Two 4.5 star reads: Book: A Novel - Robert Grudin and Elizabeth and Her German Garden (The Penguin English Library) - Elizabeth von Arnim. No real bombs, but a fair sprinkling of mediocre books; I was probably due some mediocrity, as I've had some pretty fantastic luck this year overall.
Some basic stats:
14 women authors
7 male authors
7 were easily classified as mystery
3 were science
the rest were all over the place
My TBR project:
In 2018 I decided to try reducing my TBR by allowing myself to buy half as many books in a month as I read off my TBR the previous month. If I bought less, the difference could carry over. This was working far better than I expected until I decided to give the finger to the Australian Tax Office and go on an unprecedented (to me) buying binge before new taxes kick in (tomorrow). Most of these are pre-orders, so they'll go against my 'budget' for the month they're released in, but I also bought a fair number of books currently available - enough to completely derail my June budget of 14 books. Which means I'm in the hole until I read myself out of it. That hole is 21 books deep. So the math ends up like this:
Books bought in June: 35
June budget: 14
Deficit brought forward to July: 21
# of books pre-ordered for July: 1
July budget: 11 (half of 21 books read in June - rounded up. Don't judge!)
July deficit: -11
What this means for my project? I have to read a minimum of 22 books in July to "break even" - doable if I can knock this slump out for good. Luckily I'm on 2 weeks break from work starting Monday, which may, or may not, help.
Nothing like a little pressure; I blame the government.