And a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you! ::throws confetti::
Way back when 2017 first started, like I always do, I set a reading goal for myself. At the time, I thought it was a low goal, but I figured if I knew I would surpass it somewhere along the line, I would adjust accordingly.
I set my goal at one hundred and fifteen (115) books.
As the days, weeks, and months passed I started to think that I wouldn’t surpass my goal. I started think that I would have to adjust my goal, but instead of adding I would have to subtract.
And honestly …. that stressed me out. A LOT!
The more I thought about my reading goal, the more daunting the challenge became. There was a point where I actually considered giving up.
Let me explain why …
This pas year I felt like I hadn’t been reading as much as I had in the past. Life seemed busier with work, with my bestie’s wedding (and all the fun things that go along with being in a wedding), vacationing abroad, and well, life in general. As much as the fact that I wasn’t reading as I normally had saddened me, I had plenty to occupy my time. So much so, there were stretches of time (sometimes weeks) where I hadn’t picked up a book for fun.
I simply did not want to read. I hate to say I was in a reading rut, but for lack of a better term, I was in a reading run.
Because of my lack of reading I lost motivation and momentum to blog. I felt like I had nothing of quality to talk about.
At this point I was certain that I most definitely was NOT going to make my reading goal. But there was a nagging voice in the back of my mind that told me to keep my set goal. To not change it. To persevere. After all, this was a personal challenge. I resigned myself to stop worrying about this goal. Whether or not I made my goal would not make or break me – as a reader and a blogger.
Eventually, I picked up a book, and kind of re-discovered my love of reading.
With all that said, I bet you are wondering if I did or did not make my goal.
The answer is: YES!
Not only did I reach my set goal, but I surprisingly surpassed it. I read a total of one hundred and fifty-two books.
Obviously, I was happy. But more than that, I was shocked. Seriously, how did I read that many books?
I attribute a lot of my reading to “work related” reading. I do at least four story times per week, and with that comes a lot of preparation. Not only craft preparation, but finding the perfect books to share with my audience.
Another thing I attribute my reading challenge success to is the fact that 2017 proved to be the year that I stepped out of my (reading) comfort zone. I’ve wanted to read more graphic novels for some time, but they scared me. Admittedly it’s because I sometimes have a hard time following the boxes.
Not only did I pick up more graphic novels than I normally would have, I took a giant step outside of my comfort zone and read several volumes of manga. Seriously, I devoured the first eight volumes of a now fave manga series in under two months. This is a feat in my book.
Because I was so excited about reaching my reading goal, I decided to take a good look at the numbers. This year, I did something I never ever do, and I am sharing it with you!
I came up with a set of statistics, that I’m happy to share with you today.
Why am I sharing? Because, even though I normally do not post things like this, I thought it would be fun (and possibly interesting) to share with you guys.
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Goal Set: 115 Books
Start Date: January 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Total Books Read: 152 Books
Picture Books: 87 Books
Middle Grade Books: 20 Books
Young Adult Books: 20 Books
Adult Books: 0 Books
Graphic Novels: 25 Books
(I could have not included graphic novels, and just have included them within the Middle Grade, YA, and Adult categories, but because I really, really dove into graphic novels this year, I wanted to give them a category all their own)
1 Star Books: 2 Books
2 Star Books: 32 Books
3 Star Books: 55 Books
4 Star Books: 49 Books
5 Star Books: 14 Books
(Looking at my star ratings, I realize now that I’m a lot tougher on rating books than I thought I was. In the past, I thought I dished out five star ratings all the time, but I guess. I was wrong about that)
Books Marked as DNF: 3 Books
Books With Female Main Characters: 46 Books had Female Main Characters
Books With Male Main Characters: 20 Books had Male Main Characters
(I bet you are wondering how I came up with these numbers. After looking at the list of books that I read in 2017, I calculated which books had a female main character and which had a male main character. Any book that had two (or more) main characters (of either gender) were accounted for. And still, if I read a series with the same occurring main character(s), those characters were only counted one time. I feel like I’m not explaining that well, but there it is.)
So there you have it! Those are my 2017 reading statistics. If you liked this post, and would like to see something similar to this in regards to this here blog, please let me know in the comments. And I’d love for you to share your own reading goals/challenges in the comments!