2015 Numbers & 2016 Book Goals!

2015 was an eventful year! Good year, I think, although I’m still processing. Thoughts to come in another post.

I didn’t set any book goals for 2015, so I don’t really have any comparisons, but I thought it might be fun to break down my book list a bit. Here’s what I read this year:

  • 91 total (I think….I didn’t keep good track this fall)
  • 17 non-fiction
  • 74 fiction
  • 21 fantasy books (highest single genre)
  • approx. 27,300 pages — approximate because I didn’t keep good track of page counts, but my average seemed to be about 300.

I did realize that I seem to read in spurts–this summer was a lot of non-fiction, memoir, that kind of thing and the last few weeks have been almost all YA & fantasy.

Goals for 2016

I’ve never made book goals before. For one, I’m contrary, so telling myself what to read when is counterproductive. But I decided that hitting a few broad goals would be a good challenge. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • 150 books total. This year was a little light for me, so I think 150 is reasonable.
  • 50,000 pages. 150 books with an average of 300 pages is 45,000 pages, so I want to push a bit higher.
  • 40 non-fiction. As you can tell from 2015’s totals, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction.
  • 10 classics. I’m defining classics liberally, but basically I mean something you might be assigned to read in English class. I have a loose list of them in my mind (like finishing War and Peace or Les Miserables).
  • 10 books translated into English (excluding those on my “classics” list). I want to read more books from other cultures.
  • 15 books outside my comfort zone. This one’s a bit arbitrary, but basically, I know which authors and genres I’m generally comfortable with. I want to make deliberate choices to step outside those comfort zones and read new things. Might be a new genre, new author, but it needs to be something I recognize as an uncomfortable choice.
  • 22 books off my TBR list. I have 2 TBR lists–one, in my head, is of books I recognize, from authors I have already read or heard lots of good things about. The other is of books I hear about once or twice, the ones I won’t remember. The second list is currently 44 books long. By the end of the year, I want to cut it in half. Of course, I’m sure I’ll add more books…

So that’s it! First year making book resolutions and I chose to be ambitious with them. I look forward to keeping you updated.

What are your book resolutions?


1 thought on “2015 Numbers & 2016 Book Goals!

  1. Oh snap, I admire your ambitious book goals! Good luck with expanding your total book count overall as well as incorporating more nonfiction. Over the past few years I have read a bunch of nonfiction – probably around 50% of what I read now, maybe a little more or less – and it has helped keep things interesting and informative. Glad to see that you’re challenging yourself.

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