Last year my reading goals were to:
- Read 52 books
- Read more books from my “to-read” shelves
- Complete the following challenges hosted by Modern Mrs Darcy and Bringing up Burns
I generally use goodreads to track my reading throughout the year and just barely squeaked in with 52 books by the end of December. I don’t record everything I read there, though, so I read quite a few more than 52 in reality.
I read three of four from my shelf, which is more than I’ve done in the past, but nowhere near what I planned to do, especially since my to-read shelves are getting out of control. So that was pretty much a fail.
And here are the final totals on the challenges I worked on:
Several books are listed on both challenges, especially where there was overlap, but I came pretty close. In the end I didn’t read anything that had previously been banned, couldn’t find one written in the decade I was born (did anything good come out of the seventies, yall?), and pretty much just forgot about the one I should have read in school. Overall, though, I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished last year. (I wouldn’t, however, recommend all of the books I have listed. Several were kind of awful and a few I had to really skim over parts of, etc.)
My favorites from 2016 were:
The Heretics Daughter by Kathleen Kent – about the Salem witch trials, which I find myself morbidly fascinated with
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Books – also set in the 1600’s about a minister’s daughter who befriends a Wampanoag boy
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – about a sea disaster in WWII that I’d never heard of – this one was super fascinating
My goals for 2017 are much simpler: read the majority of the books on my to-read shelf. I’ve got to get them cleared off, especially since I have no more room to add new titles until I do. I rarely keep books after I read them unless I’m sure I’ll want to re-read them or read them with my girls at some point.
I’ve started collecting favorite quotes from books I really enjoyed so I’ll have something to look back on after I no longer own the book.
I know I’m a big-time nerd, but I really enjoy looking back to see my favorite moments/quotes/advice from a book.
Anybody else have reading goals for 2017? I love talking books so please share with me if you do.