Now that we are coming to the end of the year, and with it the end of my 2017 Goodreads challenge (and the Goodreads awards, go Lucy Worsley!), and I’ve been spending time analysing my 2017 reading. In addition to looking back at what I’ve been reading, I’ve also started planning what my 2018 reading year is going to look like, and I’ve got to say, I’m truly, truly excited for what I’m planning. This post is for all of the book nerds out there who spend as much time thinking about their reading as they do reading- my 2018 Reading Challenge!
2017 Reading Stats
I’m going to do an update closer to the end of the year, but I’ve decided to do a summary now with one month to go! Sometimes I do a ton of reading in December, sometimes it’s too busy to fit in a ton, and it’s hard to tell how it will go. These are my reading stats in a nutshell! FYI: I’ve classified some books in more than one category….
So, I’m really loving the audiobooks! Because I spend a lot of time driving and/or exercising when I can’t use my hands and eyes to read a physical or ebook, audiobooks are really coming in handy. I know that some people will adamantly claim to the death that “audiobooks don’t count as reading” but I disagree with that and I’ve counted them here. I find that memoirs/biographies are particularly well-suited for audiobooks; there are many that are actually read by the author themselves, making it a more personal experience. (It also doesn’t hurt that Kobo has now started an audiobook program!)
I’m still reading far more ebooks than physical books, as I’m still on a physical book buying moratorium until I move. The physical books that I have read are from the library, still making my library card worth it (combined with the audiobooks I can borrow). It also really appears that I’m sticking with the biography, history, and general fiction, which is kind of nice, especially on the fiction front! I’ve discovered quite a few fantastic general fiction books that have really stuck with me, and I think I’m finally getting back into fiction (vs. specific genres).
2018 Reading Challenge
So, while I’m going to do my standard Goodreads Reading Challenge of at least 52 books in a year, I’ve decided that I’m going to do more of a directed reading challenge this year! I want to force myself out of genre ruts, and also hopefully find a few new authors that have been hiding from me. Unfortunately for me a lot of reading challenges out there seem to targeted at a specific genre, meaning that I didn’t have a ton to choose from. However, I’ve landed on the Popsugar reading challenge, it seems to be the perfect fit for me this year! I won’t be super upset with myself if I don’t end up completing the entire challenge (if I feel like reading something, I don’t want to have to stop myself because it just doesn’t fit one of the criteria), but I think that this is a great way to expose my mind to few new genres and authors while still sitting in some of the familiars that I know and love!
I’ve started plotting for a few different books to fit into categories, but overall, it’s a nice feeling to be looking at an entirely fresh reading year ahead of me!
What was your favourite book of 2017 (from any year)? And are you doing any reading challenges in 2018?