I was woefully inadequate when it came to reading this year! I only read …
42 books! (insert embarrassed, sad emoji face)
The 3 stars
That’s less than a book a week. Last year, I read 50 books; the year before, a whopping 62. So why the decrease in books read?
My new job. My commute was shortened by about 20 minutes each way, so that’s 40 minutes per day not spent reading. My hours are longer though, so I don’t exactly get the extra reading time back at home. I’m a million times happier at this day job, but I would like to find a way to get back my reading time. Perhaps I’ll go for longer lunch breaks in 2017.
The 4 stars
Goodreads tells me my average rating was 3.8 — lower than ever before! Either I’ve become a more discerning reader, or I just didn’t read a ton of books I loved-loved this year. Indeed, I’ve noticed while I did read some good books, 8 5-stars among them, not a single one made it onto my favorites-of-all-time page.
The 5 stars
But I still read some good ones! So here are some superlatives…
Best Series Since I finished The Raven Boys trilogy this year, I’ll count that as the best completed series read this year, even though The Raven King was not my favorite of the four. Runner up: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Longest Outlander, by far
Shortest A Monster Calls (I finished it so fast, clearly I forgot to review it!)
Made me Cry the Hardest All the Bright Places
Best Nonfiction Big Magic. A must-read for all creatives, particularly writers!
Most Enlightening Hillbilly Elegy. A must-read for all liberals, particularly those of us in blue cities and blue states surrounded by blue people who found themselves confused over what happened this year.
Made me Laugh the Hardest Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, for sure
Favorite This is hard! But I’ll have to go with All the Bright Places again. Runners up: all the 5 star books!
As usual, I didn’t include my 1- and 2-star reads in the round-up because I prefer keeping this a positive post, but you can see all the books on my year read here. And here are my reading years in review of 2015 and 2014.
Goal for 2017: Get back up to a book a week like the true bibliophilic book nerd that I am.
What did you read this year? Agree or disagree with any of my ratings or superlatives? Let me know!