One of my resolutions for 2018 was to correct my lapse in reading. In 2015-2016, I steadily increased the number of books I was reading, meeting my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal each year. For 2017, my goal was 20 books. I failed to meet my goal for the first time in two years.
For the last two years I've also put together a little recap of my reading activity, an idea I borrowed from my friend Erin at like/want/need. I've always enjoyed doing them, and in the spirit of my 2018 motto, I've decided to dive back into blogging with an easy start - my 2017 Book Report.
Seeing these covers laid out like this makes me cringe a little - because a good chunk of these books were audiobooks I have already read! It definitely throws into sharp relief how little reading I did last year.
GOAL: 20 books
READ: 16 books
BOOKS BOUGHT AT INDIE STORES: 9 - this is the one positive from last year! Almost every physical book I read was purchased at an indie store.
FAVORITE: A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Predictable, but dystopias are my favorite genre and it was far and away the best book of the bunch. Honorable mention to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, my second-favorite HP book, and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (Fredrik Backman).
LEAST FAVORITE: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. This was very much NOT a book for me. I read this for a book club I attended one meeting for and quickly realized I was out of my element and that I needed to find a different club.
LONGEST: The longest book I "read" (really listened to on audiobook) is an HP book for the second consecutive year - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 759 pages.
SHORTEST: An exact tie between What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell and On Love by Alain de Botton - both 194 pages.
FUNNIEST: Continuing with my theme of reading mostly sad, dark or serious books, not many funny ones in this bunch. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry is the clear winner here, although I find Half-Blood Prince to be very funny in parts.
SADDEST: Honestly don't think I can choose one - a lot of these were quite sad. I guess if forced to choose I would say that The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan would probably be it. I need to balance out some uplifting books...
BEST COVER: Not a lot of great covers here. I always love the HP illustrated covers, but my favorite is probably The Association of Small Bombs.
WORST COVER: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - a boring cover for a boring book.
MOST OVERRATED: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek again. It astonishes me that this has 4+ stars on Goodreads.
READ OFF MODERN LIBRARY TOP 100: 0 - in my last book report, I said I needed to focus on this in 2017. So much for that... at this rate I will finish this list when I am 100.
READ FOR BOOK CLUB: 3 - I read the first two books for a book club I stopped attending, and I was able to join a great new club at the end of the year!
AUDIOBOOKS: 5 - the last two Harry Potter's and Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy. I genuinely loved listening to these series from my childhood and I miss them now that I've finished. I started on some embarrassingly nerdy and VERY childish series after that - I refuse to put them on Goodreads though...
GOAL FOR 2018: I decided to try to keep my same goal (since I didn't finish it last year). I'm already doing much better this year having read 6 books already!