My 2017 Reading Year: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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2017: you were a lovely reading year!

I’m delighted with most of the books I read this year (largely because very few of them were assigned, so I could bail on anything that didn’t strike my fancy).

I’ve written about my favorite books of the year — the new releases and the backlist.

Today we’re looking at the big picture.

The good people at Goodreads provide a snapshot of one’s reading year, and it’s all visually appealing and everything.

I read 83 books this year (81 titles, cuz 2 were re-reads within the year) and hit my goal of reading 75 books. (OK, so I revised that down from 100 cuz I couldn’t handle Goodreads taunting me with my failure to keep pace. But never mind that.)

Of those, a whopping 36 were audiobooks. My ears are practically worn out, you guys.

So we have The Good…

My proudest achievement this year is reaching my goal that 20% of the books I read would be written by diverse authors. (22%!) It was a richly rewarding experience.

And here’s The Bad & The Ugly…

So we already know I failed to reach my original goal of 100 books for the year, but I also failed to complete the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I read books for 17 of the 24 categories, but I didn’t manage to read a collection of poetry in translation or an all-ages comic (or 5 other things). But: I’m trying again next year. 2018, I’m feeling robust!

Let’s go back to The Good, cuz we’re gonna leave this year on an up note…

My favorite things about this year of reading are:

  • The fact that I loved so many of the books I read
  • Reading more diverse authors


Readers… what were your favorite reading achievements this year?


Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

6 thoughts on “My 2017 Reading Year: The good, the bad, and the ugly

  1. I didn’t finish my reading challenge either…but I read a lot of good books. And I had a lot of fun reading for bingo. Which definitely makes 2017 a good year of reading. 😀

  2. Looks like even if you didn’t reach 100 books read, you still had a great reading year! I managed to read more books this which was great but more importantly I had a good variety of books so that’s what I try to strive for. Hopefully next year I’ll read more classics & nonfiction! Hope you have a fabulous 2018!

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