Last January I set a goal on Goodreads to complete 75 books. I ended 2017 a little short, with a total of 59 books. I’m still happy with the total, though, as I read a number of very long books and some very challenging books. It was a good year of reading.
If you’d like to see the books I read, you can view an infographic here:
Karen’s Journey of Books in 2017
In addition to using Goodreads to keep track of the books I read, I also have a spreadsheet that I’ve kept since 2004. Do you track the books you read?
It’s been a long time since I mentioned the books that I’m reading. 2015 was my “Irish” year. I read 25 books and 14 of them dealt with Ireland in some fashion.
Here’s the Irish list:
- The Lion of Ireland, Morgan Llywelyn
- Finn MacCool, Morgan Llywelyn
- 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion, Morgan Llywelyn
- Bard, The Odyssey of the Irish, Morgan Llywelyn
- Pride of Lions, Morgan Llywelyn
- The Last Prince of Ireland, Morgan Llywelyn
- 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War, Morgan Llywelyn
- 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State, Morgan Llywelyn
- 1972: A Novel of Ireland’s Unfinished Revolution, Morgan Llywelyn
- 1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peach, Morgan Llywelyn
- The Princes of Ireland, Edward Rutherford
- A Short History of Ireland, John O’Beirne Ranelagh
- Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas, Morgan Llywelyn
- The Rebels of Ireland, Edward Rutherford
And the rest:
- Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream, Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Elantris, Brandon Sanderson
- The Girls of August, Anne Rivers Siddons
- Effortless Savings: A Money Management Guide to Saving Without Sacrifice, Richard Syrop
- How To Compost: Everything You Need to Know to Start Composting and Nothing You Don’t!, Lars Hundley
- 365 Days of Vegan Recipes, Katie Emma
- Pizza Pie In The Sky: A Complete Guide to Pizza, Penguin Cooking
- You Are A Writer, Jeff Goins
- Daily Self-Discipline: Everyday Habits and Exercise to Build Self-Discipline and Achieve Your Goals, Martin Meadows
- The Book of Fate, Brad Meltzer
- Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit-Oh Look! A Chicken!, by Stacey Turis
If you are interested in Irish history and Irish lore, I highly recommend most everything that Morgan Llywelyn has ever written!
In the second list, I highly recommend those that are highlighted in green. The rest were either fluff or so-so. And the books highlighted in red, don’t waste your time!
I’m a bit amazed at the number of books I read this past year. In recent years, my norm was 10 – 15 books. But, many of the books listed above are shorter than those read in previous years. Some I’ve read more than once. Plus I began reading electronic books on my phone at night when I couldn’t sleep, and then I acquired a Kindle in December, so I think that accounts for much of the increased read time.
Next week I’ll list the books I’ve read since the first of the year.