Tag: books

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

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?

Books Read 2015

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.