My Year In Books | Wordy Wednesday

Last post of the year! 

Most people do a yearly wrap up post. I am one of those people, and that post will be next Monday. However, I decided to do a separate wrap up post about the books I’ve read this year. 

The elephant in the room is The List. At the end of January, I compiled a list of 100 books to read before you die, based on personal opinion and other similar lists. I aimed to read all of them this year, excluding the ones I’d already read (which was about 15 of them). 

However, I was not successful. At the end of the year, I’ve read a grand total of 43 of them (including the ones that I’d already read). So I’ve decided that this will be a long term project, something that I’ll finish within the next year or two.

Another goal within this was that I’d finish Les Miserables before the end of the year. This was one of the books on The List, but I knew that I wasn’t going to finish The List, so I just decided to try and read all of Les Miserables. That also failed. I’m currently at 24%, so I haven’t made it very far. But I tried. I’ll finish it next year. 

Now for the positives. My initial Goodreads goal was 200 books, but I lowered that to 150, as I figured out that I wouldn’t be able to achieve 200. As I’m writing this, my current total is 159, so I’ve surpassed my goal. Yay! Positivity! I’ve got three more books that I want to finish by the end of the year, so my total should end up being around 162, if I finish all three. Next year, my goal is going to be 175. A slight increase, but I think if I use my time well, I’ll definitely manage it. 

This was a great year for acquiring books. In 2015, I probably got about 15 books, maybe less, and I only actually bought one of them. This year, I acquired around 110 books. It’s amazing. What’s even more amazing is that I only paid for around 20 of them. 45 were the classics that my grandmother gave me, around 30 of them were birthday and Christmas presents, and of the ones I paid for, they were all cheap ish off Book Depository, or paid for with birthday money. All the others were ones that I paid for using vouchers that I acquired doing surveys online. It was amazing. I now have five bookcases in my room, and more than 500 books. 

This year has been the year of catching up to everyone else. I’ve read heaps of books that everyone else has already read. I’ve compiled a list of some of these books, in the order that I read them:

  • The Delirium series 
  • To Kill A Mockingbird 
  • The Great Gatsby 
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • A Wrinkle In Time 
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • The Giver 
  • The Catcher In The Rye 
  • The Lunar Chronicles 
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia (I’d previously read 4.5 of them) 
  • Insurgent and Allegiant 
  • Lord Of The Flies 
  • The Raven Boys (just the first one) 
  • Treasure Island 
  • Watership Down 
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events 
  • The Diary Of A Young Girl 
  • Harry Potter series 
  • Frankenstein 
  • The Kite Runner 
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland 
  • The Hunger Games series 
  • Roald Dahl books 
  • The Little Prince 
  • The Hobbit (currently reading) 

Plus probably some more, but those are the main ones. 

It’s been an interesting year for me. There’s been some great ones – I gave approximately 46 5 star ratings and no 1 star ratings. There were a few books that I didn’t rate, but the average rating that I gave this year was 4.2 stars. If you would like to see more of my stats for the year, add me on Goodreads! 

So. What does 2017 hold? I’ve already told you that my goal is going to be 175, although I’ll secretly be aiming for 200. I’ve also decided to do a reading challenge, to keep my reading more consistent. My main issue this year was that I would get in slumps when reading long or boring books. So I’ll be doing the 52 in 52 challenge. This is one that I found on Goodreads. I was initially going to do the 2016 challenge, because the 2017 one wasn’t up yet. Now that it’s up, I’m thinking I’ll try and do both. The aim of the challenge is to read a book each week that fits specific requirements. It’ll help me to be consistent and get through my TBR. 

I’d also love to do a 24 in 48 readathon at some point (aiming to read for 24 hours over a 48 hour period). But we’ll see. 

So that’s been my year! It’s been a good year for reading, and hopefully next year will be as well. 

How was your year in books? What was your favourite book that you read? I’d love to hear about it. 

Next time we speak, it will be 2017!

Arohanui, 
Tessa Ann 

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4 thoughts on “My Year In Books | Wordy Wednesday

      • I’ve taken to writing a list of books read on the back of my calendar. Turns out my year wasn’t all that bad. Some highlights include:
        Draven’s Light- a novella by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
        The Moving Finger- Agatha Christie
        Macbeth- William Shakespeare
        Call the Midwife, as well as Farewell to East End – Jennifer Worth
        and
        How Green Was My Valley- Richard Llewellyn

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