I just spent a happy day yesterday planning out my new reading list for the next year. This is always an event which I look forward to! But before I delve into my plans in an upcoming post, I like to take a look back at what the last 12 months has looked like for me in terms of reading.
Finishing up the year, I feel pretty pleased with myself. This is because I was able to read more than in recent years and have a longer list of total books read than I’ve had in a long while. Especially the last couple months– by rearranging my evening plans [i.e., mainly quitting work and shutting off my computer!], I’ve had more time to read, which means more books accomplished. Well, as soon as one title gets added to my ‘done’ list, it lights a fire in my belly to consume more… and on it snowballs! So lately I’ve had an increased interest in reading fiction.
My total for this year is 23 titles (14 fiction; 9 non-fiction), and I don’t think I’ll be adding anymore to the list in the next couple of days. As always, I’ve actually sat down with a lot more non-fiction that what appears on my official list, but those were mostly skim read and I don’t count them as actual books read. You can view my complete 2017 reading list here. I’m a little behind in where I want to be on this blog […okay– a lot], but book reviews are coming on most of them.
Here is a little exercise that has now become traditional on this blog, where I do a fun Q&A answering with titles of books read during the past year. I’m usually limited as to what I can answer with, but this year I have a little more to work with! Here we go…
Describe yourself: Just Jane, by Nancy Moser
Describe where you currently live: Escape from Colditz, by P. R. Reid
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Blue Castle, by L. M. Montgomery
Your favourite form of transportation: The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz
What’s the weather like: Secrets on the Wind, by Stephanie Grace Whitson
You and your friends are: Wish You Were Here, by Beth Vogt
You fear: John Jago’s Ghost, by Wilkie Collins
What is the best advice you have to give: The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning
Thought for the day: Simply Tuesday, by Emily P. Freeman
My soul’s present condition: Fight Back with Joy, by Margaret Feinberg
How I would like to die: The Loved One, by Catherine Palmer and Peggs Stoks
What about you? Can you answer these questions with book titles you’ve read? I’d love to read them in the comments below! Some can be pretty humorous!
Okay, now time for my Year in Review Awards! These are so much fun, as I “award” different books I’ve read in different categories. There’s been a mish mash of Christian contemporary, shorter-sized books, mysteries and romances. In some of these categories, I’ve had to split hairs and make some close calls because there were several that could easily have won ‘best of’. Click on the pictures to read more info…
2017 Best Drama
2017 Most Admirable Hero (Captain Peter Blood)
2017 Most Resonated With
2017 Best Humor; 2017 Best Atmosphere; 2017 Most Thought-Provoking
2017 Favorite Fun Read
2017 Best Non-Fiction; 2017 Most Beautifully Written
2017 Best Romance; 2017 Best Story Plot; 2017 Most Admirable Heroine (Laina Gray)
So out of these, which was my all-time, highest ranking favorite of 2017?…
2017 Favorite Book of the Year!
L. M. Montgomery– one of my favorite authors since I was a teenager– has done it again! An altogether very different novel than her Anne books, The Blue Castle completely surprised me, made me laugh, sigh, and cozy up with in the evenings to read. I highly recommend it, if you think you’ve tried everything out there.
Well, that’s it for this year. What a great one it’s been for reading, for growing, and for learning! And that’s one of the main things life’s all about.
What has your year in reading looked like?