2017 Reading in Review

I read around 100 books. 89 new to me, 2 partial reads, and 12 re-reads. I feel like I may be off by one, but this is close enough.

My Goodreads Year in Books has me at 101 books (I know I didn’t list some re-reads and removed a book that was local) and 27,766 pages. My shortest books was 32 pages and longest was 894 (pages are suspect because they include more that just the story and page numbers vary by publisher).

Now for the challenges: I didn’t make many of them. I’m okay with that as I feel that I learned quite a bit this year. I read some excellent nonfiction, learned that tons of terrible nonfiction exists, learned to put down books that are silly or repetitive, etc. Also, some of these goals are a bit superficial and the books are ones I could read or re-read any year.

See my 2018 goals here.

Corinne’s Outdo Yourself Book Challenge
I’m aiming for On Fire: 11-15 more books, or 4,000+ more pages. When I originally set this challenge I thought that I’d read 52 books last year, but I think I added my re-reads in later and now Goodreads shows 78. I still think that I could beat that if I work steadily. I beat that total with new reads alone.

Adventures of Reading Challenge
Level: Wrangler, 10-12 Books
1. A book of Tennyson’s Poetry
2. Confident Pluralism
3. Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry
(this is part of my US history self-ed course; I need to get back on track)
4. Hemingway novel
5. Henry James novel
6. Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution
7. Mill on the Floss
8. At the Altar
9. The Golden Road
10. In the Teeth of the Evidence
11. The Wimsey Papers
12. Striding Folly

Elyssa Nalani’s Grown Up Reading Challenge
~A book about world history: A History of Israel
~A book about an invention
~A book about personal development Reading People
~A book about relationships
~A book about business
~A book about art
~A book about religion/theology
~A book about personal finance The Behavior Gap
~A book about current events: The Tolerance of Intolerance; Prisoners of Geography; The Vanishing American Adult
~A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn’t
~A book about science
~A book of poetry Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems
~A book originally written in a different language Uncle Vanya
~A book more than 100 years old: The Time Machine and several others
~A play
~A book that won the Pulitzer Prize
~A classic Dombey and SonCheaper by the DozenUncle Vanya
~A banned book
~A book about food Paris, My Sweet
~An autobiography, biography or memoir: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus; Hillbilly Elegy, Night

Modern Mrs. Darcy
Reading for Growth Challenge
~A Newbery Award winner or Honor book
~A book in translation: Night
~A book over 600 pages: Basic Economics; Slave Counterpoint; A History of Israel; Dombey and Son
~A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems
~A book of any genre that addresses current events: The Tolerance of Intolerance; Prisoners of Geography; The Vanishing American Adult
~An immigrant story
~A book published before you were born: Barnaby Rudge and so many others, I would hazard a guess at half?
~3 Books by the same author: Blood Feud; The Capricorn Bracelet; and Flame Colored Taffeta by Rosemary Sutcliff
~A book by an #ownvoices or #diverse books author: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus; Night
~A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending We Have Always Lived in the Castle
~A book nominated for an award in 2017
~A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner: Mornings on Horseback

Travel the World in Books Challenge
I want to focus mainly on reading histories of these regions, but if I can manage a few works of fiction, I’d like to do that as well. I’d also like to read some geography and culture books as well. If I do reviews, I will try to link them.
~Canada The Golden Road
~Continental Europe, East Uncle Vanya
~Continental Europe, West The Thief LordNight
~East Asia
~Middle East and Israel: Israel: A History by Martin Gilbert
~Russia Uncle Vanya
~South America The Bridge of San Luis ReyAll Roads Lead to Austen
Bonus: The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA

My Re-Reading Possibilities
~The Jane Austen novels
(excluding Emma which I read last December)
~Much Ado About Nothing
~To Have and To Hold
~The Tale of Two Cities
~Book of Walter Scott’s Poetry
~The Scarlet PimpernelThe Elusive Pimpernel, and El Dorado
~Aunt Jane’s Hero
~The Book Thief
~The Screwtape Letters
~The Silmarillion

~Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost


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