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:
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]