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Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Reading Round-Up

My 2017 goal for reading was 60 books, and I clocked in at 55. I'm not going to beat myself up about that because it was just a random goal! Here's a breakdown with stats and favorites.

10 Non-Fiction and my favorite was The Tech-Wise Family. This book is less about rules and more about the importance of family and how family rituals and togetherness are influenced by technology. Two that felt important to read and understand:  Hillbilly Elegy and Born a Crime.

45 Fiction. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I would say The Language of Flowers took me by surprise, and I really, really enjoyed Sing, Unburied, Sing, Behold the Dreamers, and Mosquitoland.  

12 written by people of color. This was a focus in 2017 for both me and the kids. I actually thought this number would be higher, but it only shows that being intentional is important. 

A few books that stood out to me even though they didn't make the favorites list are Silence, The Hate U Give, and The Sound of Gravel.

2017 is also the year that I finally read two classics. To Kill a Mockingbird was different than I expected (and the first half is very slow), but completely won me over by the end. On the opposite spectrum was The Handmaid's Tale, which I hated and the end was awful. I also reread Lonesome Dove (I first read this in college) and it is graphic and heartbreaking, but such good storytelling. It is also nearly 1,000 pages.

And that wraps up 2017 in books. I set a goal of 55 books for 2018. What are you reading?

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1 comments:

christine@modernlittleme said...

You did a great job!!! I'm so impressed! I ended up at 39 for the year. Part of me is disappointed I didn't hit a nice round 40... but I'm still proud of that accomplishment! I'm currently reading "Small Great Things" which is amazing... but also why I didn't quite make 40 books!