2017 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

This year I took part in several reading challenges. I completed all of them in terms of reading, but didn’t keep up with the reviews and discussions I had planned. The most successful was Goodreads’ simple “commit to a certain number of books this year” challenge. It helped me create a reading schedule and break the books I wanted to read down into manageable chunks, and it became a highlight of my day. So I’ll leave the specific genre goals alone this year and just do that again.

The number for 2017 was 36. As I write this I’m at 33, but before I hit publish I will finish those last 3 books. They’re comics, fairly quick reads, and they’re on my phone so I can read them anywhere. I have a plan. (Edit: Finished! The evening of December 27, so 4 days to go! Yay.)

I think that worked pretty well. It works out to 3 books a month, but up until maybe September I was actually reading 4 a month. It gave me some wiggle room in case a book was too long or dense or I got really busy, and it put me ahead of schedule enough that even though I’ve barely had any reading time for the past two months, I’ll still be able to complete the challenge. So I’ll repeat that number for next year.

What did I read? Here’s a quick breakdown/list. Favorites in bold.

Comics: Saga Vol. 1; Wayward Vol. 3; Homestuck Book 1; Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1; Gotham Academy Vol 2; Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon; Adulthood is a Myth; Lucifer Book 1; Young Avengers Omnibus; Nimona; Giant Days Vol 1; Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat: Hooked on a Feline; Grayson Vol. 1; The Invisibles Book 1; Clean Room Vol 1; Wytches Vol 1; Vision Vol 1; Ms Marvel Vol 2; Ghost World; Ms Marvel Vol 3; Ms Marvel Vol 4; Mockingbird

Fiction: Star Wars: Before the Awakening; A Conspiracy of Kings; Thick as Thieves; Fangirl

Non-Fiction: Navajo Coyote Tales: The Curly to the Aheedliini Version; She Changed Comics: The Untold Story of the Women Who Changed Free Expression in Comics; Restricted Access: Lesbians on Disability; No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam; Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint; Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally Connect; Aphrodite & The Rabbis: how the Jews Adapted Roman Culture to Create Judaism as We Know It; Why Meditate: Working with Thoughts and Emotions

Kids/YA Fiction: Sally Slick & the Steel Syndicate

RPG Books: Young Centurions

Mostly comics. Surprise. 😀

In 2017 I had set up all the books I wanted to read all year before January even started. This year I’m trying something different. Every month I want to read 1 comic, 1 non-fiction, and 1 fiction. The last book is an extra and can be anything. And I’m not setting up a reading schedule beforehand, though I do have a list of 6 books in each of those three categories that I would really like to read this year. So if nothing else pops up and grabs my attention, I’ll be taking from that list first.

I’m pretty excited.

How was your reading this year? Looking forward to any particular books for next year’s list?

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