Favorite Books of 2017 & Readerly Goals for 2018
What better way to kick off this blog than for a little reminiscing over the previous year’s reading? I have to admit, I sort of feel like I can’t officially commence the beginning of THE PROJECT (I’m saying this in a way that makes me feel important) until I put a tidy little bow on my imaginary stack of 2017 books. This will be a quick and dirty round-up, since I have not officially started writing down my thoughts on the books I read. That’s my thing for 2018. I can only imagine that by the time I sit down to reminisce about my 2018 reading, I’ll have lots of great book reviews to look back on to jog my sleep-deprived brain. So for this simple look back on 2017, I’ll give you a few quick stats (always interesting to book nerds like myself), separate the books by genre, and link to the book on Goodreads for the synopsis rather than writing it myself. Also, since you can go directly to the book on Goodreads, you can easily add it to your TBR. I know what you guys really need is an even bigger TBR. You’re welcome!
The whole point of me starting this blog is to become even more thoughtful and intentional about my reading, so from now on I’ll hopefully have more thinky thoughts and feely feels to share about books (if THE PROJECT works).
Stats for Book Nerds
Total read: 93
Actual book I had to use fingers to turn the pages: 1 (I do a lot of reading in a dark room with sleeping children next to me)
Fiction: 70 (yes, I’m biased and I don’t even care)
Non-fiction: 23 (pretty much all memoir or narrative non-fiction)
A lot of these are 2017 releases, but not all. I just happened to read all of them in 2017. Also, I feel entitled to list more than the usual “magic 10” because this is just a quick and dirty list without many details. And by the way, this was really hard! I only picked my 5 stars, but leaving out those precious 4 stars physically hurt me.
The Poisonwood Bible (a very rare re-read for me)
The Neopolitan Novels (See what I did there? I’m sneaky.)
The Broken Earth series (I’m cheating again heh heh.)
By the way, I listen to almost all my non-fiction (which is almost always memoir or narrative) on audio. There’s nothing better than listening to an author tell their story with their own voice! These are all audio.
Goals for Next Year
Personally, I don’t like to participate in any reading challenges that boss me around and tell me what kinds of books I have to read. Right now, as a homeschooling mom of two, I have so little margin in my life. I just want to read what I want to read. That said, I still want to stretch and branch out. For 2018, my only goals are as follows:
- Be more thoughtful and intentional about my reading. This is why I started this blog, so I can use my brain a bit more for my passion!
- Don’t be afraid to give unusual-to-me formats a try (I’m looking at you, Sleeping Giants).
- Read longer books. I almost changed my Goodreads reading goal (the only reading challenge I participate in) to 100 rather than 80, since I almost made it that far this year and probably could have with a few less Netflix binges, but I don’t want to find myself reading a bunch of short books just to say, “Look, I read so many books!” Also, Netflix binges are fun.
Feel free to check out my Goodreads for more titles!