October 2017 Reading Recap


January Recap | March Recap | April Recap | May Recap | June Recap | July Recap

2017 Goals

  • Total books read: 150
  • Pages: 60,000
  • 40 non-fiction
  • 10 classics
  • 10 translations
  • 22 books from my TBR list (my current list is at 52, and that’s a pretty limited list)
  • 50 book reviews

Totals through October

  • 163 books (17 in October)
  • 54714 pages + 55 hours of audiobook
  • 27 non-fiction
  • 37 book reviews

Discussion

August and September were reading slump months, which is probably obvious from the lack of recaps. I don’t stress about reading slumps–my reading moods ebb and flow, so I don’t try to force anything. While I wasn’t reading, I explored new parks, visited my family, rode out a hurricane, and got a new kitten.

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In October, reading returned. I *finally* got a local library card (it was more complicated than it should have been) and immediately piled up a stack of stuff I was excited to read. Highlights include:

  • A Shadow Bright and Burning 
  • Crooked Kingdom
  • The Upside of Unrequited
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • The Four Tendencies
  • Tell Me Three Things
  • Once and For All
  • Draw the Line

And…um, I haven’t reviewed any of them yet. So that’s next on the list: actually review some books.

What else? I saw some authors. In the last month I saw both Leigh Bardugo and John Green speak. Author events are stressful for me, but I’m glad I went to both. Leigh, while immensely popular, is new to me. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing her talk about her work while I was just discovering SOC and CK.

I was a nerdy teenager in the years that John Green was becoming a force both in YouTube and YA literature, so it will come as no surprise that I am a fan. I’m a keen follower of the Green brothers’ digital media empire and I’m very excited to see John openly discuss his mental illness in Turtles All the Way Down. (I haven’t read it yet. It’s silly, but I think I’m waiting for the right time. It feels like…like I may need to treasure reading it for the first time. I distinctly remember feeling that after first reading TFIOS.)

I also started working part-time at a local used books store. I mostly do shelving and sorting, which is soothing in constantly surprising ways. It’s also growing my TBR in ridiculous ways. Most recently, I brought home Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater and Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott.

NaNoWriMo

Last year I made an unsuccessful attempt at NaNo that yielded a little over 10k of a book I don’t like much. This year, I’m not in a good mental place to write a book, so I’m not. I have an idea that’s brewing (has been for months, actually), so I may use the NaNo inspiration to do some outlining. Best of luck to all of you who are writing this month! I encourage you to be disciplined, but also be gentle with yourselves. Remember that first drafts are meant to be crappy, and any words are a triumph, even if they don’t add up to the number you want.

Published this month

I also joined ARCs Anonymous, a Goodreads group run by blogger friend Avalinah (I’m also a moderator, but she does all the work.) If you’re a book reviewer–especially one with unread ARCs–I encourage you to join us! November’s theme is your oldest ARC. We have competitions, support threads, and good fun!

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How was your month? Have any book recs for me?

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Mid-Year Goals Update (2017)


I made a pretty big deal out of resolutions/goals at the beginning of the year, so I figure it’s time to talk about how they’re going. First off, you should know that this isn’t a post to make you feel guilty! The beautiful thing about my yearly goals philosophy is that you can start or restart any time. For more on that, check out the original post.

I’m not going to talk about all of my goals (because that goes against the program), but here are a few.
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Reading Recap: January 2017


January is over! How did you do with your goals? I love the chance to start the year really well. Here are the goals I set for this year:

  • Total: 150
  • Pages: 60,000
  • 40 non-fiction
  • 10 classics
  • 10 translations
  • 22 books from my TBR list (my current list is at 52, and that’s a pretty limited list)
  • 50 book reviews

(see this post for more details)

Here’s how January went:

  • Total: 13
  • Pages: 4952
  • 3 non-fiction

I feel good about that start to the year! I focused a lot on using the ebooks available from my library and also requesting books on NetGalley, both of which have given me a wider variety of options.

Highlights!

I really enjoyed trying new authors this month.

Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies — J.B. West

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner — Judy Melinek & TJ Mitchell

When Nobody Was Watching — Carli Lloyd

Sarah Maclean (read several of her books)

What about you?

Did you set reading goals? What did you read this month? I’d love to hear!

 

2016 Reading Recap & 2017 Goals


Here’s the final update on my 2016 reading goals! Then I set 2017 goals.

2016 Reading Goals

  • 150 books total.
  • 50,000 pages.
  • 40 non-fiction.
  • 10 classics.
  • 10 books translated into English (excluding those on my “classics” list).
  • 15 books outside my comfort zone.
  • 22 books off my TBR list.

Results

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May Reading Recap


book-2869_1920Guys, May was a REALLY GOOD reading month. But before I get into all the excitement, let me review my goals for this year.

  • 150 books total.
  • 50,000 pages.
  • 40 non-fiction.
  • 10 classics.
  • 10 books translated into English (excluding those on my “classics” list).
  • 15 books outside my comfort zone.
  • 22 books off my TBR list.

My reading so far this year has been a bit slim (grad school and all that), so I hit May reading hard. Really hard. Continue reading

March Reading Recap


I didn’t recap February because I only read two books. 😦 But March was better!

As a reminder, here are some of my reading goals:

  • 150 books total.
  • 50,000 pages.
  • 40 non-fiction.
  • 10 classics.
  • 10 books translated into English (excluding those on my “classics” list).
  • 15 books outside my comfort zone.
  • 22 books off my TBR list.

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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: Continue reading