Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Goals and 2016 in Review

Raise your hand if you are glad that 2016 is over....

**Raising hand**

I can't say that I don't have some serious worries about 2017 and beyond, but 2016 nearly did me in.  Okay, I have to admit that I'm starting this post on 12/30/16, so there is about 36 more hours for 2016 to actually do me in, but I hope it doesn't come to that.

As it is a new year, it is time for my goals and review!

2017 Goals

I can't say that my goals for this year are particularly groundbreaking, but here we go:

  1. I will set my Goodreads goal for 100 again.  This seems to be a good number for me--it is doable, but still challenging enough to keep me going.  I don't really feel a need to increase my reading, so I think that sticking with 100 is my best bet.
  2. I will re-do my indexing on the blog.  If you check out my index tabs (Highly Recommended Titles, Reviews by Genre, and Novels by State), you can see that they are very out of date.  Obviously, I need to fix this--but I'm not sure if I just need to take the time to update them or if I should re-do them.
  3. I will improve on responding to comments.  I realize that is a pretty vague goal, but I haven't been the greatest about following up on comments--which is dumb.  It is in the comments that I really get to know you all.  So, I'm going to try to be better about that in the future.
  4. I will decrease my TBR by 10%.  That means, if I do not add any books to my TBR this year (which, let's face it, is a joke! I'll be adding LOTS of books), I will need to get rid of about 80 books (My goal is to be down to 725 or less).  Now, I'm not saying that I need to read 80 books.  I am actually really overdue for a purge of my TBR shelves and DNF's will count!
  5. I will do more non-review posts.  Again, another vague post.  I succeeded in fits and starts with this in 2016, but I'm hoping to be more consistent with it in 2017.
I think those are all reasonable goals and, with the exception of #4, I think they'll be pretty easy to meet.

Again, here is my schedule for the year:
Monday (Sunday Night) - It's Monday, What Are You Reading?
Tuesday - Book Review
Wednesday - Non-review or Non-book review post
Thursday - Book Review
Friday - Non-review or Non-book review post
Saturday (Friday Night) - Saturday Snapshot

I will also be taking May and December off from posting reviews.  Not only are those months crazier than most for me, but it gives me some time to build up my review reserve!

2016 in Review

Let's start with the STATS:

Total books: 101
Average star rating (on Goodreads): 3.43

My Review Rate:
I reviewed 80.2% of the books that I read this year (81 total).  That's up from 50% last year, which I'm quite happy with!

My Format Breakdown:
Ebook: 50 (49.5%, up from 46.4% in 2015)
Print: 44 (43.6%, the same as last year)
Audio: 7 (6.9%, down from 10% in 2015)

Books Read by Gender of Author:
Female: 83 (82.2%, up from 77.3% in 2015)
Male: 18 (17.8%, down from 22.7% in 2015)
Well, last year I said I wanted to get it to 75%/25% and THAT obviously didn't happen

Genre Breakdown:
Contemporary Fiction: 37 (36.6%)
Essays: 3 (3.0%)
Fantasy: 2 (2.0%)
Historical Fiction: 11 (10.9%)
History: 2 (2.0%)
Horror: 1 (1.0%)
Memoir: 5 (5.0%)
Non-Fiction: 1 (1.0%)
Romance: 28 (27.7%)
Short Stories: 2 (2.0%)
Speculative Fiction: 3 (3.0%)
Thriller: 3 (3.0%)
Young Adult Fiction:3 (3.0%)

I didn't track genres last year, so I'm not sure how this compares...but I don't see any surprises here.

And now, onto the books:

January (9 books):
The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye (no review)

February (6 books):
Bluebonnets for Elly by Sandra Nachlinger (no review)

March (10 books):
Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala (no review)

April (10 books):
Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart (no review)
Pontoon by Garrison Keillor (no review)

May (7 books):
Klickitat by Peter Rock (no review)
A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett (no review)

June (7 books):
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H. P. Wood (no review)
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (no review)

July (13 books):

August (10 books):
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two by J. K. Rowling (et. al.) (no review)
The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys (no review)

September (3 books):
Somebody Like You by Candis Terry (no review)

October (9 books):
Six Stories by J. D. Salinger (no review)

November (7 books):
How Not to Fall by Emily Foster (no review)
The Miracle Girl by Michael Roe (no review)
A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev (review 1/12/2017)
Served Hot by Annabeth Albert (no review)
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner (no review)

December (10 books):
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich 
Baked Fresh  by Annabeth Albert (no review)
Delivered Fast by Annabeth Albert (no review)
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies by Chris Kluwe (review 1/20/2017)
Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star 
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis (no review)
Can't Stop Loving You by Miranda Liasson (review 1/17/2017)
Swim by Jennifer Weiner (no review)
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson (review 1/24/2017)
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (review 1/26/2017)

So, there you 2016 reading year!  Let's see how 2017 turns out!

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