Reading Update: 2017 Wrap-Up

Books and champagne

2017 was a great year for being bookish. I read more than expected, discovered new favorite authors, and read a more diverse selection of books. Basically, I read a lot this year… and the breakdown of what I read is below.

READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge
Read 362/350. My original goal was 300, but I upped it to 350 later in the year. For this challenge, I did not count children’s books, short stories, or poems.

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge
Read 52/52. This challenge consisted of 40 prompts, with an additional 12 advanced prompts for more hardcore readers. I finished this challenge in July.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge
Read 26/26. This reading challenge was divided into two lists, each with 12 prompts. The lists were “Reading for Fun” and “Reading for Growth.” The “Growth” list had one prompt to read 3 books by the same author, meaning a total for 26 books to complete both lists. I finished this challenge in June.

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
I’ve read books on this challenge for years, but never made much headway. This year I focused on this challenge and made a lot of progress. I created my own book lists based on each season, instead of one huge list of books. I have found it much easier to work on the smaller lists than working on one really long list. Based on my breakdown for the seven seasons plus the miniseries, there were 202 books mentioned or visibly read. So far, I have read 156 books. I met my goal for this year and hope to finish this challenge in 2018.

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
My favorite books as a kid were the Nancy Drew stories. I wanted to read them again, and started with the original mystery stories of 64 books. I finished this reading goal in October.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
This was a book list posted on bookriot.com in September 2016. My goal is to eventually read all of the books on this list, but for 2017 I wanted to have read at least 25 books. I met my goal, and have read 35 books.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters
This was a book list posted on bookriot.com in September 2016. Like the hilarious books, my goal is to eventually read all 100 books and wanted to read at least 25 books in 2017. I met my goal, and have read 28 books.

STATS

According to Goodreads, I read 793 books in 2017. Below is a breakdown of my books:

– adult books: 240
– young adult books: 50
– middle grade books: 72
– children’s books: 312
– short stories/poems: 109
– other: 10

I don’t include children’s books, individual short stories, or individual poems in reading goals. So for the stats below, I’m only looking at the 362 books that fell into the adult, young adult, or middle grade categories.

I primarily read fiction: 86% fiction, 14% non-fiction

I primarily read books written by authors from the US: 83% US, 17% other countries

I read 62 books by authors from other countries, most were from England (22 books).

Since most books were originally written in English, only 7% of the books I read were translated from another language.

My preferred method of reading was physical books: 59% physical books, 35% ebooks, 6% audiobooks

For page length, 33 books (9%) were over 500 pages.

Most books I read were published after 2000:
– before 1800: 7 (2%)
– 1800-1899: 10 (3%)
– 1900-1999: 144 (40%)
– 2000-2017: 194 (54%)
– 2018 (not yet published): 7 (2%)

Most books I read came from the library (52%) and overdrive (19%).

I mostly read novels, but I tried to incorporate other writing forms:
– books of essays: 3 (0.83%)
– books of letters: 1 (0.28%)
– books of short stories: 9 (2.49%)
– books of poetry/books written in verse: 5 (1.38%)
– graphic novels: 12 (3.31%)
– novellas: 12 (3.31%)
– novels/books: 310 (86.19%)
– plays: 8 (2.21%)

A rough outline of my genre reading showed I read mainly mystery (15%), literary (14%), and horror (6%) in adult books. For young adult, I was split between fantasy and sci-fi dystopian reads (3% each). My middle grade mystery reads were high at 17%, but those were all Nancy Drew books. As for non-fiction, I favored biographies and memoirs (7%).

That sums up my reading habits for 2017. I plan to do more reading challenges in 2018. I’ve found that participating in the reading challenges helps keep my reading list a little more diverse. I have my favorite genres, but it’s nice to mix it up a little and add in new books I otherwise might not read.

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