Welcome back to another annual post of my year in books!
As I’ve stated multiple times in the past, each year since 2013 I’ve participated in GoodReads reading challenge and 2018 was no different. What was different was my reading goal. With each passing year I often double the number of books that I want to read. That was not the case this year. Instead I slimmed down my goal to only 10 books for the year.
You may ask. The answer is that my life’s getting busier and I wasn’t sure I could read a large number of books. But guess what?
While my reading goal was 10 books I ended up reading 45 books for the year.
What can I say,
Now I know compared to other folks the number of books I’ve read for the year pales in comparison but I’m happy to that I accomplished my reading goal again. I’ll give a brief breakdown of the stats but you can view the full report here. Why don’t we take a closer look at what I read shall we?
A couple of the books I read this year were written by first time authors and guess what? They were excellent! Three of my favorites were One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus , The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk and Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry . I loved The Beauty That Remains so much I’m going to purchase a copy. The number of pages that I read was 11,119 across 45 books!
Like previous years, graphic novels and trades were prominent among my reading selections, as were Star Wars books. Last year I wanted to read more books by people of color, I did but not to the extent I wanted to. This year I didn’t read The Outsiders like I’ve done in the past. It remains a favorite book but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Perhaps next year…
Speaking of which, in regards to my 2019 reading goal I have a few things in mind for what I would like to accomplish. If things go according to plan, next year I’ll be extremely busy working on something that’ll stir me forward in my professional career (more on that later), so I might not have time to read books that interest me as much as I would like to. With that in mind, here are my goals for my 2019 year in books.
Read at least 15 books for the year.
Read the entire original Sailor Moon Manga Series.
Read books by authors of color.
When the end of the year comes around again, I hope to accomplish these three goals. What are your reading goals for 2019? Did you accomplish what you set out to read this year? Let me know in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.
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It’s that time of year again where I give you a review of my year in books.
Since 2013 I’ve participated in GoodReads’ reading challenge, where I challenge myself to read a specific number of books for the year. The first time I volunteered myself as tribute, my goal was to read 10 books. I accomplished that goal (I read 28 books) and the next year I doubled it. Basically each year I double my reading goal and 2017 was no different. Last year my reading goal was 80 books. I ended up reading over 100 books (106 to be exact) so this year I wanted to see if I could do it again.
And boy did I!
This year I read 127 books! You can view the full report here, but here’s a short breakdown of the stats:
This year I read 24,479 pages across 127 books.
The shortest book was Rachel Rising coming in at 25 pages while the longest book I read was a travel guide book about California-660 pages. The average length was 193 pages.
One of my favorite books The Outsiders was the most popular book: 884,361 other people have read it. The least popular? Passage To Valhalla: NaPoWriMo 2017 the latest entry in my NaPoWriMo series. Only one other person read it (Psst! It’s free to own so get your copy at Smashwords or Barnes and Noble!).
As far as what types of books I’ve read for the year, well once again it’s a diverse group ranging from manga, Star Wars novels, graphic novels, poetry, and much more.
I’m ecstatic that I was able to accomplish my goal. Next year I’m scaling back my reading goals. My goal for next year is to read 10 books. I know it’s a small number, but the most likely outcome is that I’ll read more than 10, so we’ll see. I also want to read more books by authors of color.
How about you my fellow readers? Did you set a goal for yourself? If so what was it and how did you do? What kind of books did you read this year and do you have a goal to read other types of books next year instead of your usual fare?
Leave your answers in the comments and congrats and happy reading!
2016 is officially over thank the gods. Books were one of the few things that got me through the horrendous year.
As you know, every year I make a resolution to read a set number of books via the Goodreads yearly reading challenge. I’ve participated since 2013 and this year’s goal was to read 80 books. For 2016, I passed my goal and read 106 books!
You can take a look back at what I’ve read here. There’s graphic novels, memiors, and more on my list. I also had the small goal of reading all of the James Bond novels written by creator Ian Fleming that I accomplished.
For 2017, my goal is to read 100 books as I double my reading goal each year. I’ve already started putting a list together and I’m looking forward to conquering this challenge.