Happy New Year’s Day! Did you do anything fun and/or exciting to usher in 2018? My husband and I spent last night with a very cranky and needy toddler. Our child had us up from 3 to 5 a.m. followed by a 7:30 a.m. wake up call. We recently transitioned her from a crib to a toddler bed over the break. She. Is. Not. Happy. In the “is the cup half full or half empty” analogy – I choose to overlook the exhaustion, focusing instead on all the time I’ve spent cuddling my baby during the last couple of weeks.
The first day of a new year is always exciting. Thought I’d spend today reflecting on my reading experience in 2017, while considering my plans for 2018.
2017 = Winning
I had an amazing reading experience in 2017. I completed 47 books in total. I read 39 books and listened to 7 audio books, equivalent to 16,447 pages read and 84.2 hours of listening. I enjoyed most of my reads, averaging a 3.9 score. I had three reading goals for 2017: spend less money on books, read more diversely, and read books in series. I made significant progress on the first two, but missed the third by a mile. I borrowed 27 books from my local libraries, while I accepted two books from NetGalley. 63% of my books read were not purchased! I read 4 books by POC authors, 7 known #ownvoices, but only 1 from my book series list. Oh well, can’t win them all.
Looking @ You 2018
I have so many plans for 2018. In regards to reading, I’d like to challenge myself to spend even less on books this year. I’m talking 30% or less of my books cannot be purchased. I’m participating in the #BeatTheBacklist hosted by NovelKnight. Additionally, the 50 DIY Reading Challenges over at BookRiot gave me an idea. I’d like to expand my genre knowledge, particularly with the mystery genre. I intend to read 5 mysteries next year.
I’m in a good rhythm in regards to book reviews, posting a new one every Friday. I’d like to add more content other than reviews to my blog, perhaps posting something new bimonthly. I’m still on a quest to post more comments to other blogs. I’ll try for one comment every week.