WOW! It feels like I’ve hit a major milestone here! 100 books for breakfast posts is a lot of book reviews, especially when you consider they normally cover two books at once, that’s almost 200 (give or take) book reviews since I’ve started my humble little blog! Wow-ee! So instead of a review this time, I’m going to cover so of my favorite past reviews, favorite books that I’ve read that didn’t get reviews, and more bookish things! So it’ll be a big book review post to celebrate 100 Books for Breakfast posts! Let the good times roll!
Why ‘Books for Breakfast’?
- I love alliterations and Breakfast starts with a B! 2) I also rarely eat Breakfast, even though I love breakfast foods. I suppose I could have gone with Books for Brunch, which is a meal I eat more often than breakfast, but too late to change it now! The thought of ingesting books (figuratively) for breakfast made me smile, since that’s something that I basically do. I read in the morning before work instead of eating actual food.
The first ever book review I posted on this blog was:
Where’d you Go Bernadette & The Glass Demon (I recently even re-did the pictures so they weren’t terrible quality web cam pictures!) Both great reads, although I would suggest Where’d You Go Bernadette first, if you haven’t already read it. The story is told through letters and other correspondence. It tells the tale of Bernadette, an artist who is quirky and struggling under “normal” life, and who vanishes one day, leaving her child and husband in shock as they try and figure out just where she has gone. It’s still something a book I can recall even though I read it back in 2013! (I consider that a very good thing!)
How many books I’ve reviewed so far:
Give or take, about 200+ books!! Most of my reviews are double books, but some are single, and others have been more than two. I attempted to go back and catalog them all, but somehow my numbers don’t match up quite right. Oops!
Books read last year:
According to GoodReads I read 119 books last year! I didn’t review them all, since this counted comics and manga that I read, and boy, do I read a lot of manga and comics. I just don’t review them, and sometimes I don’t even count them in my GoodReads since they are so short (ie. single issue comics) And in 2014 I read 79 books!
Books Read this year: (My goal is 75 books for the whole year!)
So far I’ve read 37 books according to GoodReads and I’m currently reading two. One book is my ‘read on my lunch break book’ and the other is my ‘before bed book’ which stays mostly on the table by the bed. Normally I never read two books at once, but I wanted to read the next book in the Parasol Protector series, so I jumped into it right away even though it wasn’t next in my stack. (Also it was lent to me and I intend to get it back to my friend/previous manager)
Manga Reviewed on the blog:
I don’t normally review manga, but I read a lot of it, I also don’t normally count it in my good reads, since I read chapter by chapter. But when I read entire series, I’ll count it and sometimes review it too! I’ve reviewed about 4 mangas on the blog, my favorites being: Akatsuki no Yona & A Silent Voice. I wasn’t sure if I should count light novels as manga, and decided that I shouldn’t, I mean, they are actual stories with pages that have images every once and awhile. Although, I do read a lot of manga in my spare time that I don’t review on the blog. I’m a huge shounen fan believe it or not, so I’m really big into the action series. My current on-going reads are:
- Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academy)
- One Piece
- Hunter x Hunter
- Akatsuki no Yona
- The Promised Neverland
Comics reviewed on the blog:
I also rarely review comic series, although I read a lot of those too, I don’t review single issue comics, but I have reviewed comic compendiums and bound volumes! I’ve reviewed about 9 comics on the blog thus far! I’ve also talked about all the comics I’ve backed on Kickstarter a few times, which is a lot. I love Kickstarter. I back so many things through Kickstarter. Like no joke. I’m definitely more of a manga fan than a traditional comic fan, but I still enjoy a good graphic novel every now and again.
A breakdown of genres in Books for Breakfast: (Fiction, YA, Comics/manga, memoirs, other non-fiction, mystery/horror, sic-fi, ETC.)
Obviously fiction well outweighs non-fiction. I like to use reading to explore new worlds, but I also love learning new things through non-fiction! 85% of my reads were fiction!
For a more in-depth analysis of the fiction category I used the following categories: General Literature, YA, Horror/Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Chick-Lit, Poetry, Anthologies/Short Story Collections, Comedy, Sci-fi, Light Novels, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, and Manga
It’s no surprise really that General Literature is the winner, with YA and Mystery coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
For a more in-depth look at non-fiction I used the following categories: Memoir/Biography, Science, Philosophy, Advice/Self-Help
Memoir/Biography is the most popular, with Science in second. I’d say a good chunk of these are somehow cat related or psychology related. Those are my non-fiction favs!
Most popular Books for Breakfast post:
In terms of my most popular post, at least in terms of comments is Books for Breakfast #71, where I talked about some girl power comic books! In terms of views, I’m not sure actually, that would take a lot more digging!
My favorite books for Breakfast posts:
It’s always been hard for me to pick favorites honestly. I love so many books so very dearly, which is probably one reason I’ve yet to actually get an E-reader to my family chagrin. (Instead I keep buying bookshelves, oops!) It might be BfB #26 mainly for the Ajax Penumbra short story that I read on my phone, since it was e-book format only! (Although my hand looks horridly dry and wrinkly in the picture, I promise I’m only in my 20s.) It’s dedication when you read a book on your small iPhone, let me tell you.
Something I miss:
Way back in the day (not really) I used to have the little series where each month I posted a poll of reader-suggested books for everyone to vote on. It was a lot of fun to see what people suggested I read, and I fell in love with a few YA series through those polls as well! Perhaps once I read through my insanely massive TBR pile that is still in the B&N bag I bought the books at, I will start it back up! (Although I don’t know if I even have the reader base anymore! I’m such a bad blogger)
I love reviewing books and getting recommendations from friends, readers, and everyone alike! Look forward to more Books for Breakfast coming up soon!