However, in a flash of true mathematical genius, I present to you the theory that I have in fact actually read 100 books. Here's the break down, followed by my reasoning:
Fiction: 86 books
- 50 mystery/thriller novels
- 45 books that are a part of a series
- 21 southern literature
- 3 short story
- 2 YA
Nonfiction: 9 books
Of the above, four were audiobooks and fourteen were ARCs or review copies sent to me by the publisher. So, you're thinking, 86 plus 9 equals 95. No, really, I'm sure that equals 95. Not 100.
However, not included in my totals above are the 15 books that I abandoned this year. Some, I read 30 pages or so. But some (Anna Quindlen's Every Last One comes to mind), I read 100 or more pages. Therefore, I present the theory to you that I read 100 books as a direct result of those 15 abandoned books. I figure that I read at least 1/3 of those abandoned titles, thus my additional 5 books (see? 15 divided by 3? totally equals 5, right?). Therefore, the new equation for summing up my reading in 2010 becomes:
86 fiction + 9 nonfiction + (15 abandoned x 1/3 read) = 100
Definitely 100. Don't you think?