My shopping is done and everything is wrapped. Cards are sent. That means it’s time for a really important end-of-year-task: Taking stock of my reading habits for 2017.
My goal for the year was to finish 45 books. I made it, with 3 to spare. (The year’s not over yet; I may add to that total.)
A few years ago, I started using the Reading Challenge on Goodreads to set a goal for the year. The best thing about it, I’ve decided, is the record-keeping. I’ve always wanted to keep track of what I read. Here’s a link to my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge, so you can check out my list for the year.
I don’t give myself credit for books I start and don’t finish, and I had a few of those. Probably my biggest disappointment was the Japanese police procedural Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. I read more than 200 pages of this book (it’s 570+ pages) before it was due back at the library. I had no renewals left and my progress was so slow that I just decided to give it up. The book was really well-reviewed, but I had a hard time getting hooked. Perhaps I’ll give it another go next year.
Mostly, though, my disappointments were few. I discovered new authors, read some of the most talked-about books of the year, caught up with work from some writers I hadn’t read in years and engaged in a few literary binges.
Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my 10 favorite reads of 2017.
What books did you enjoy most this year? Share in the comments!
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