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Year-end reading and 2017 reading goals

Yesterday I finished Book #42 and thereby completed my goal of reading 42 books this year. Since it's for one of my book clubs, I'm going to wait until the meeting in a couple weeks before I "review" it. Meanwhile, Book #41 was A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen. This was, indeed, a short little book -- based on a commencement address -- and quite charming. Several years ago, the pastor at my church gave a sermon which incorporated excerpts from the address itself, and it was a moving sermon, as hers often were. (I know it was many years ago, because we got a new pastor in 2002!) Anyway, there's nothing earth-shattering in it. In fact, it's pretty much what one would expect from a commencement address, but it's crafted in a lovely and touching way. Basically, live life to the fullest, because you don't know what's coming around the bend. Given the recent spate of celebrity deaths, as well as family losses for a couple friends of mine, this is always useful advice.

I read this book to fulfill one of the Read Harder Challenge tasks: read a book out loud to someone else. This was one of the more "challenging" tasks for me this year, for lack of a willing "victim" in the process. I finally decided to read to mycat, but he was typically and completely uncooperative, so I read to the shelter kitties where I volunteer on an as-needed basis. Since the book is based on a commencement address, it lends itself well to being read aloud. Meanwhile, thanks to distractions and poor planning, I still left four challenge tasks unfulfilled, but I'm okay with that. Altogether I read 42 books by 39 authors, and nine of those were book club selections.

Here are the final statistics:
- 3 audiobooks
- 1 graphic novel
- 10 non-fiction/biographies
- 9 mysteries
- 5 YA/children's books

My absolute favorite for the year was People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, and I also especially liked Dewey the Library Cat by Vicki Myron and Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I didn't actively dislike anything I read this year -- though I did bail on a few things -- but the book I liked the least was The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. Also this year I delved deeper into bookriot podcasts, and best of all I discovered Litsy and have had a lot of fun there. (My username is Susanita if you're interested.)

In 2017 I'm going to kick it up a notch and go for 52 books in the year. My primary focus will be the Litsy A to Z challenge:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvrS47rGCty7GOX9TnkblJ2rvpbpckS366SA_wCRxv4UEV-g/viewform

I'm also going to work on the new Read Harder Challenge, but only to the extent I can work it in around the A-to-Z challenge and other books I want to read on my own. I've noticed that since I joined Goodreads and this group in a conscious effort to read more, I've accumulated a huge TBR list -- especially from book lists -- and also left a significant trail of half-finished books in my wake. To the extent possible next year, I'm going to give those books one more chance before I cut them loose; I'll also "try" to be more deliberate about adding new books to the list. We'll see how all that goes!

[cross-posted to my personal account]
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