last year to read 53 books was choosing to read in my spare time over other things. I could write a whole post about that, but long story short, I made it a priority to read. There are so many books I want to read and so little time.
With that being said, I'm happy I had such a successful reading year. Yes, I read more than one book a week, but I also read some really great books too! Of course, I read a handful of really awful books, but such is the life of an avid reader. This year, I'm setting a realistic goal of hopefully reading 24 books. That's just two books a month, and given my situation (a newborn and an active toddler), I think this is doable. Last year, I actually only set out to read 30 books, and when I hit that goal about half way through the year, I just kept on going to see how far I could get (without resetting the goal higher). I'll treat this years goal in the same way.
I don't make any specific goals when it comes to choosing which books to read, meaning, I don't seek out female authors, or Canadian authors, etc. Last year I said I wanted to read more non-fiction books, more specifically, personal-growth books, but I read zero of those. While I will get to them one day, it's not a major priority of mine right now. What I do want to mindful of this year though is trying to choose books that I really want to read. And by that I mean, choosing books that sound amazing, and will most likely be a good read. I know this is a hard thing to guarantee as everyone's reading experience is different, but often there are books on my wish-list or to-be-read list that I'm dying to read, but for some reason, I'll keep choosing lesser known books, or books I'm not all that interested in but think I should read out of obligation. Basically, what I'm saying is, I'm going to be more picky about the books I read. And I'm also going to work on abandoning a book when it's just not working for me.
Ok! And because no book round-up post would be complete with out some stats, here you go!
Number of books read: 53! (up 15 from last year)
Number of pages read: 17,487 (up 4800 from last year)
Percentage of female authors read: 79% (up 8% from last year)
Percentage of Canadian authors read: 17% (up 9% from last year)
Percentage of non-fiction read: 9% (down 2% from last year)
Longest book read: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes at 480 pages
Shortest book read: Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes at 60 pages
5-star reviews: 8 books (15% - down 6% from last year, but the same number of 5-star books as 2016)
I loved all 8 of these books for very different reasons. Me Before You was a re-read for me, but I loved it just as much the second time around.
4-star reviews: 16 books (30% - down 7% from last year)
3-star reviews: 16 books (30% - up 4% from last year)
2-star reviews: 11 books (21% - up 10% from last year)
1-star reviews: 2 books (4% - down 1% from last year, but the same number of 1-star books as 2016)
One book from 2016 that I think everyone should read:
One book from 2016 that I think everyone should skip:
here if you like.
What was the best book you read last year? Worst?
Do you make reading goals for the year?