Reading in 2016 and in 2017

What a crummy year for reading. You’d think I would have had some inkling that it would be pretty much impossible for me to read 250 books. You’d think I would have noted that difficulty and set a perfectly reasonable goal. But no. Not me. (eyeroll) I didn’t even manage to make it halfway to my goal and I didn’t manage to read all of the Cybils, either.

Buying a house is hard.
Moving is hard.
Losing a job and finding a job are also hard.
Presidential elections are hard, too.

All of those things meant I had less time (or energy or inclination) for reading so 118 books shouldn’t seem so bad. Really. (eyeroll)

So in 2017, how many books do I want to read? Knowing I’ll be doing some traveling. Knowing there’s a whole lot of yard work in my future. How many books… certainly not 250. Sheesh, what an unrealistic goal. hahaha. (eyeroll)

Let’s shoot for 175, ok?

And, I’m not going to hold myself to reading all of the Cybil shortlist books, though I do intend to read a good number of them.

I also need to go back to reading more books from my bookshelves.

And, I want to backtrack a little and catch up on books from series I have enjoyed.


  1. I think I’ve decided on 52 books for 2017. Average of one a week. That’s doable, I think. It’s more than I read in 2013 or 2014, but less than I read in 2015 and 2016. 2016 ended up being higher than the last few years thanks to not working combined with that truly spectacular historical romance binge I did in Nov-Dec. (It was epic. And I think mostly done.)

  2. I missed my goal of 100 books for 2016. I went with 80 for the new year. I think I can handle that.

  3. @sassymonkey — I considered 2 a week but realized that I SHOULD be able to do more than that since I read a lot of quick non-fiction/cookbooks (which I count) and listen to a lot of audiobooks…. but who knows, at this point. lol

    @Elizabeth — 80 sounds doable, for sure. You can do it!