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2017’s Year of Reading and 2018’s Bookish Resolutions

There are some beautiful end of the year posts out there. And, a big thanks must be given to The Perpetual Page Turner for creating the survey that helps blogger and writers look back on their year of reading. Unfortunately, as I have lamented in the past, I am terrible at keeping track of my reading. So, my stats are no where near a true reflection of my book reading experience. Still, lets see the numbers!

Number of Books I read: 70. Mid-year I opened a Goodreads account for Silverbuttonbooks and deleted a very old and rarely used personal account. I was aiming for 100 and, while I think I reached it, we will accept Goodreads’ 70 as my final count.

Number of Re-Reads: Um, none because it didn’t occur to me to log these. Shoot.

Genre I enjoyed the most: Non-fiction!

Now, not only am I woefully unprepared to answer the 30 questions proffered by Jamie, but I’m not even organized enough to look it up. This is a travesty. But, one I plan to rectify next year. Still, I know enough to answer this question.

Best book I read in 2017


I love this book. I borrowed this one from the library and I loved it so much that I purchased it and then I (annoyingly) read parts of it aloud to people. This book is the physical manifestation of the reasons I should not worry so darn much. In this book is enumerated the reasons to stop trying to control everything and just enjoy the mess.




As I read through the other questions and the wonderful end of the year posts put together by:





AdventuresofaBibliophile – holy infographics!




I couldn’t help but realize that no matter how much I loved books, and regardless of my overwhelming desire to spread the good word of amazing stories, if I didn’t stay organized it was all for nothing. Sigh.

So, I move from my embarrassingly scanty 2017 statistics to my 2018 Reading Resolutions!

  1. I am committed to being more organized in my reading. I worry about using Goodreads because I don’t participate in negative reviews. But, there is a big difference between negative reviews on my site and logging what I read and my thoughts. Goodreads is now my go-to.
  2. I am committed to a Book Buying Ban for 2018 until I finish reading my huge physical TBR. Now, I must admit I already pre-purchased two books I am dying to read in 2018 and I have an emergency gift card ready to go. But, other than those two things, I MEAN IT.
  3. I want to read a wider variety of books. I want to read books that challenge me and expand my knowledge. To that end, I will participate in several different challenges.

My 2018 Reading Challenges:

I want to hit the Stenographer (10-15) level for the audiobook challenge put out by

Obviously, I want to beat the backlist. This is a dual goal because it will also help me conquer that physical TBR! Thanks, NovelKnight!

The BookRiot Read Harder Challenge which will, hopefully, help me add diversity.

I’d like to participate in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge for 2018. I mean to every year because they are just too beautiful but I really feel this might be my year.

Finally, I tried this year, but I mean to successfully complete the When Were You Reading Challenge from Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

None of this will happen without carefully keeping track of my reading. Honestly, I would rather read another book then take the time to log the one I just read. But, I know I need to get over it and keep track. So, here is to my 2018 super organized end of the year post. Let’s have a wonderful, book filled 2018!







WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday December 27


WWW Wednesday is swiftly becoming my reset button for organization and posting! This wonderful meme is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Thanks to this meme I am able to become just a little more organized with my reading and blogging because it forces me to answer:

What did I just finish reading?

What am I currently reading?

What do I think I will read next?

I know these aren’t in the same order as everyone else’s WWW but I can’t bear to not work chronologically!

What did I just finish reading?

I don’t even know. Things have been chaotic with the holidays and the inevitable sickness of winter. I know I have been reading everyday because I can’t fall asleep without it but for the life of me I have no idea what I was reading.

What am I currently reading?

Now, see, here is where this meme is inspired. Theoretically, what I post here will turn into “What did I just finish reading” next week. Boom. Organized. Sadly, it never seems to work out that way but one of my New Year’s Resolutions hopes to change this.

I’m listening to Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo as an audiobook. The Royal Wedding by Melanie Summers is the second in a trilogy of of books that are a slightly more grown up version Princess DiariesThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is a day-time reading book for me because I am that worried about Charlotte. And, I am tearing through Maggie Stiefvater’s second Raven Boys book The Dream Thieves.

What do I think I will read next?

I need more non-fiction in my life but with my studying it is hard. But, I have read the first three chapters of Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro and I am hooked. And, judging by the pace and story of the second Raven Boys I will probably move directly to the third book in the series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

So, what’s on your WWW list? If you don’t have one or you want to check out more lists, make sure and stop by Sam’s site and you can see many other bloggers complications. If you are a blogger, feel free to leave yours in the comments – I would love to see them!