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January 23, 2017

Susan's (@SueDonaroad) 2017 Personal Reading Challenge #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts


A new year has started and it's time to think about my reading plans for 2017.  Before I do that, I thought that I should look back at my stats for my 2016 reading.

  • My goal was 100 books and I read 170 books.  Yes, I'm retired but I'm a very busy retiree.  The main reason that I had my best reading year ever is because I spent a lot of time out of state with my mom who is in a nursing home.  I go back to the hotel when she goes to dinner and have the entire evening with no meals to cook or cleaning to do so I read every evening.
  • Of those books 45 were 5-star books, 95 were 4-star books, 22 were 3-star books and 8 were not completed.
  • I read 13 non-fiction books and my favorite was When Breath Becomes Air.  The rest were fiction with my favorites being Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White and Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. 
  • My fiction books were mostly women's fiction, Southern fiction, and WWII fiction.
  • One other interesting thing about my 2016 reading is that over 80% of it was written by female authors.

So now it's time to think about my 2017 goals.  I don't like my goals to be too complicated, I want to read for enjoyment and not just to meet a goal.  That said, I would like to read some different things this year to broaden my reading life.  So here's my plan:

Read 140 books, in this total:
  • 12 need to be non-fiction
  • 6 need to be classics (3 re-reads of books I read in college and 3 new to me classics)
  • 3 need to be poetry (I always enjoyed poetry but haven't read it in years)
Also, I would like to read more debut authors. I read a lot last year and would like to continue this trend.

That's my reading plans for 2017.  How about you - do you make reading plans for the year?  Do you use Goodreads or another platform?  Have you made your plans for 2017??

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their grandson.  Susan reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.



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