I Read How Many Books Last Year!!!

I’m not sure I’ll be buying and reading as many books this year, as in 2022, but I will still be buying books. I need to set myself a monthly e-book budget…


I do most of my reading on my Kindle device. The majority are fiction, but a handful of non-fiction crept into last year’s ebook total.

The paperback and hardback books were mostly non-fiction, but half-a-dozen were second-hand novels- the e-book version wasn’t available at the time I looked.

I haven’t finished all of the non-fiction I bought, as some are reference works for future projects, and one is gardening related.

Book or e-reader- image from pixabay.com

Stand-alone or Series?

I don’t have a preference, though toward the end of the year I moved from historical romance series into romantic suspense series.

December’s bout of Covid was responsible for a large number of romance (ebook) purchases.


Expanding my reading (beyond favourite authors, and others where I’ve read their previous books) was an ongoing aim.

A new-to-me author last year was Rachel Grant. I chose her 2022 book, Crash Site. (I’ve since read more of her books.)

Romantic suspense with varying heat levels accounted for around 40 % (this link gives a good breakdown if you’re unfamiliar with heat levels).

The rest was a mixture of historical romance: Sarah Maclean, Sabrina Jeffries, and the League of Rogues series, from Lauren Smith, filled my late autumn/early winter reading binge.

Also, there’s been a few cosy crime, writing books, a couple of rom-coms, social history, collections, and one or two classics.

I reread a dozen old paperbacks, and three ebooks- great way to see how accepted writing styles change across the years.

Any favourites?

I’m a fan of any book written by Jayne Ann Krentz- and her pseudonyms: Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle. Some of her books are on my living room book shelves- those I have room for!

With the release of Sweetwater and The Witch in the summer, it was on my Kindle as soon as it became available in the UK.

How many books?

Okay, honesty time. The hardback and paperback totals are probably a few short, so they’re an estimate.

Hardback: 5

Paperback: 15

E-books: bought and not read yet, or have been started; 8

E-books: bought and read; 66

2022 wasn’t a good year for me with family health issues eating into my time, so reading was my main relaxation for stress-relief.

For 2023, I won’t be reading as many books, but I am going to keep a reading list this time.

Now it’s back to writing my novels, and reading very different books to what I’m working on…

Do you keep a record of the books you read each year? I’d enjoy hearing from you in the comments…

The Wanderer Returns…

The year so far

2021 has been one of those years when life, and not enough hours in the day, have overtaken my writing life. But, I’m getting back into a routine… slowly.

My writing plans for this year were derailed early on. Family health, and my own physical and mental health took priority.

I did manage to get my submission in to The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme (RNA NWS) with five days to spare for the end of July deadline. It was the first 10k of a 1st draft of novel number 3.

This month I’ve completed the remaining research I need for progressing with novel number 2- the contemporary romance that I submitted into the RNA NWS in 2020 and 2021. Early September I’ll be returning to complete the 2nd draft during this autumn/winter.

I’ve also gathered together my old short stories and flash fiction to see what can be reused, or needs updating. Some have connecting themes, others don’t. I know a few should be ‘left in the drawer’, but others deserve to get an airing. That’s a longer term project at the moment.

The big success this year has been my garden. We put in raised beds last year to grow more fresh vegetables, and to freeze portions for over winter. The exercise has done me good, both physically and mentally.

(I did lose a few plants over that 30-40 degree heatwave, but the rest survived.)

Now, I’m working through my annual update of my websites and checking for broken links. And the same with my social media accounts.

My August leisure activity, has been reading my way through a set of romance novels by Julie Garwood. I have a week to finish my current read, Shadow Dance.

A semi-organised bookshelf…


Writers love books; be they hardback, paperback, audio, or ebooks, we have lots of them. So, I thought I’d share pictures of some of the books in my IKEA Billy bookcases. These may be books for research, general interest, or my fiction preferences. If there’s a story attached, I may share it with you.

Look out for my next post in September…

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