The bad news: I failed on my 2016 Goodreads Book Challenge goal.
The good news: I missed it by only three books so I’m going ahead and calling it a success.
My goal was 65 books. I squeaked by with 62 and trust me, I finished that last book minutes before midnight, too (this is how exciting my life is. On New Year’s Eve, instead of partying, I was reading books).
According to my Goodreads stats, I read 16,895 pages.
The longest book was Peter Straub’s Ghost Story, coming in with 567 pages.
The shortest? Wool, by Hugh Howey, and only 58 pages (but trust me, those pages were packed with enough story to make the book feel fatter and richer).
The average book was 291 pages.
I read quite a few young adult novels, which was unusual for me. I found myself drawn to them. Maybe I was healing a part of my adolescent psyche, working through old conflicts, etc., though most likely I was getting a feel for the required voice and pacing, since I’m in the beginning stages of writing a YA novel of my own.
As always, I gravitated toward female authors, though this year I made an attempt to read more titles by men. Of the 62 books I finished, 44 were by women writers, 17 by male writers, and one was an anthology.
I started five books that I didn’t finish, five books that were either poorly written or poorly executed or simply, for whatever reason, failed to hold my interest. I’ve opted to not name these; just because I didn’t like them doesn’t mean that they aren’t good books, that others won’t love and treasure them.
As far as my favorites, those will be revealed in a future post.
Some of the books I reread from past years. There’s nothing like curling up with a familiar book, is there? A book that feels comforting and friendly, a book whose pages you’ve visited before so that the characters feel like family, the story like home. I so love that feeling.
I’ve listed 61 of the 62 books that I read (sorry, I seem to be missing one though for the life of me I can’t figure out which one), in no particular order or grouping; I’m simply not organized or patient enough to categorize books. It’s not in my nature. Plus in the time it would take me to do so, I could be starting a new book.
Hope you’ve also had a chance to discover a few new books, new authors, new I’can’t-live-without-reading-this-again titles.
Happy reading, everyone.
P.S. For 2017, I’m challenging myself to read 70 books.