Reading Is My Jam: 2016 Wrap-Up and 2017 Goals

Last year my reading goals were to:

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

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – my current favorite parenting book, which I already wrote about here


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.


4 thoughts on “Reading Is My Jam: 2016 Wrap-Up and 2017 Goals”

  1. For me I have NEVER had a reading goal because as I have told you in the past, I don’t really enjoy reading that much. I know, I know. But 2017 I have actually set myself a reading goal and so far I am on track. I want to read 1 book a month in 2017. This month I have been reading Serafina and the Black Cloak. It’s a fiction that takes place in the Biltmore House which is just down the road from where I live, so the places and things the mention I have seen. I am really enjoying it so far. I am a very slow reader because I can’t hold my attention that long. But I have been trying to get in a chapter or two every few nights. Half way through right now, so I better get serious if I want to stay on track.

    Love ya!

    1. Yay, Amber! So proud of you. And that book sounds interesting, I may have to check it out. 😀

  2. well I am going to REALLY ATTEMPT to hit the library with my girls every wednesday this year (already missed today, but it wasn’t my fault, i swear) and grab myself at least two books to read. I made it through one and a half of the books i got last week. I don’t have a number at ALL. Just read, in general.

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