I tried to find a post for my ‘word’ of 2016 but I guess I didn’t end up writing one. I decided my word would be ‘read‘ which seemed more actionable and doable than anything else. If I had chosen ‘run‘ I’m not so sure I would have been very successful. I have yet to figure out a word for 2017 but it may be a phrase instead.
So, here’s my round up of total number of books read for the year and what they were. I was aiming for about 25 books, approximately two a month; let’s see how I did!
In alpha by author:
- The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
- Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors
- Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
- A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon
- The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon
- Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- Hiking the Florida Trail: 1,100 Miles, 78 Days, Two Pairs of Boots, and One Heck of an Adventure by Johnny Molloy
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
- The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
- The Backyard Parables by Margaret Roach
- The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
- Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout
- On a Farther Shore by William Souder
- The Florida Trail End to End: A Father and His Sons Two and a Half Year Adventure Hiking 1100 Miles Across Florida by Mike Umbarger
- The Lady Elizabeth by Allison Weir
- The Care and Management of Lies by Jaqueline Winspear
23, not bad! I probably started at least another 10 books that I either abandoned or put down in the middle of them. I will try to finish some of them next year.
Out of this list I’d say the top three books would be Big Magic, Fire Season, Lab Girl, and oh hell, a fourth book because I cannot leave it out, The Girl on the Train. 11/23 were non-fiction, 12/23 were fiction; I’m a little surprised at the nearly even split because I feel like I tend towards non-fiction these days but maybe I did make a decent effort for fiction.
Next year I would like to make the effort to read more of the books on my bookshelf as well as take the year to re-read the entire Anne of Green Gables series. It’s been a good while since I’ve done that and its time to bond with Anne again. Based on how this year went, I think what I averaged is plausible for next year, too. Some months I barely read anything and other months I read more than two books which evened that spread out. If I listen to more audiobooks instead of podcasts there’s a chance this could up the numbers a little more but we’ll see.
How about you? How much reading did you do? What was your favorite book(s) of the year?