Time to assess last year’s reading and make some plans for this year!

Stack Of Colorful Falling BooksReading in 2017

Here are my goals and accomplishments.

1. Read 40 books

I reached this goal in August and finished the year with 64 books. That’s up slightly from 2016.

Also, I read 20,121 pages last year. I think that’s the first time I’ve hit 20k pages.

Here’s a link to everything I read in 2017.

2. Complete the Rhymes with Croatia 2017 Reading Challenge

I didn’t complete it until December, but I hit all 24 categories and the 3 alternates. Some were super easy, others were a lot more difficult.

3. Decrease my TBR

I think I always include this as a goal and I never make much progress. However, this year I have some idea why that might be – 30 of 64 books this year were from the library. Five were books I own on Kindle. I donated a bunch of books, but I also acquired 39 physical (a few of these are references I don’t count toward my TBR) and 10 digital.

Start: 88 unread physical books and 29 unread Kindle books

Finish: 88 unread physical books and 19 unread Kindle books (Note: I did a huge purge of digital books I’d downloaded and didn’t want to read)

Equilibrium achieved! (Which wasn’t the goal)

4. Read more political/activism books

I added this one after the beginning of the year in response to the political climate.

Sigh… I didn’t do well in this category. I found politics to be so overwhelming that it was hard to read about it. This year, I plan to do a better job of educating myself, taking action, and not getting bogged down in the unending firestorm of craziness.

How Many Stars? 

  • 5 stars: 9 books
  • 4 stars: 28 books
  • 3 stars: 24 books
  • 2 stars: 3 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books

Reading in 2018

Now it’s time to set some new goals.

1. Read 40 books

I’ve held steady with this number for the past few years. It’s not a small number, but it’s achievable. I’ve decided other than the number of books, I’m not doing a reading challenge (based on topics or categories) this year. I’ll still keep an eye on diversity of genres and authors, but I don’t want to follow someone else’s reading plan.

2. Decrease my TBR

Yes, it’s back. As I said above, I’m starting with 88 unread physical books and 19 unread Kindle books. I need to part with some books that I’ve had on the shelf for years but never want to read. I also need to be mindful of how many books I’m buying vs. reading library books or those already taking up space in my home.

And that’s it for my 2018 reading goals. Read a lot and clear some shelf space. You can keep up with my reading on Goodreads – I’ve just set up my 2018 shelf so I can add my annual reread of “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chriss Prentiss.

I’ll be back in the next few days with my December Wrap-Up, though I did reflect those numbers above.

What are your plans for reading in 2018? What’s the best thing you read in 2017?

 

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