Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 End of the Year Thoughts


The Blog
This is my 327th post in 2017.  I am really pretty happy with how things are going with the blog during the past year.  Of course, there is always room for improvement.  On December 22, the blog turned 4.  It is really amazing how much I have changed things over the years.  I think I was pretty consistent during 2017 and have found what works best for me.  I do sometimes struggle with finding the time to visit other blogs so that is something I will continue to work on.

The Books
I am currently at 179 books read in 2017 which is up from the previous year.  Of those books, 43 were audiobooks and 3 were books I didn't finish.  I was pretty generous my ratings averaging 3.9 stars during the year.  There were a lot of 5 star re-read which probably throw the numbers off.  According to Goodreads, I have read 59,590 pages during the year.  I hope to maybe squeeze in one more book before midnight to bring the total to an even 180.

Favorite Books from 2017
(not including re-reads)



Challenges
I don't do a lot of challenges.  This is only because I have such a hard time keeping track of things.  I did participate in two challenges:

Goodreads Challenge
Goal set at 100 books - Completed 179
I wanted this to be a stress free challenge so I decided to set the bar low and just see where I ended up at the end of the year.  I barely made my 2016 goal of 150 books so it seems that the stress free approach may have resulted in actually reading more books.  

Blogger Shame Challenge Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Total read towards challenge - 9 books
I didn't have an official goal with this challenge so my goal was just to do as much as I could fit in during the year.  I wish I had gotten more done but do plan to participate with this challenge again next year.

What were some of your favorite books in 2017?

36 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary! 4 years is great. I sometimes have a hard time finding time to visit other blogs too.

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    1. It is hard to do everything you want to do. I am really bad some days and great on others. I will just keep trying.

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  2. The Chalk Man is going to be one I look for in 2018...grab a sample and then hopefully buy it if I like it! As a follower of your blog I can certainly say your blogging was consistant through the year-I think you did great! Have a happy new year, whatever your plans are!

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    1. I have been pretty blog focused in recent years. Early on, I was really hit and miss regarding posting. I hope you enjoy The Chalk Man if you get the chance to read it.

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  3. Love seeing your favorite books of 2017!!! I adored White Hot and Wildfire too.

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    1. I read both of them twice and listened to White Hot on audio as well this year. I don't think I have ever done that before!

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  4. An interesting year with many great reads!

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  5. I already have The Christmas Cowbo Hero but I haven’t read it yet. I will soon. You seem to have had an awesome year in 2017. You read lots of books. I only managed 100. I hope you have a wonderful year in 2018. 😁❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I hope you enjoy The Christmas Cowboy Hero as much as I did, Geybie. 100 books is great!

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  6. That is a great number of blog posts and definitely shows you're working hard on it. Happy Bloggoversary by the way.
    Nice stack of favs. I only read The Christmas Cowboy Hero, but I do have the Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, and Anne Bishop books on my list to read.
    Cheering you on to finish that one last book before midnight. :)

    Happy New Year, Carole!

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    1. I haven't done a lot of reading today so it looks like I will probably stay at 179 unless I can actually stay awake until midnight. lol

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  7. These end of the year stats are always interesting. I read a lot more books than I expected, but I think it is because I was able to get through about 1 audiobook a year. My commute has gotten longer and Amtrak tries to fix the Northeast Corridor, which may also be why I read more. I had mostly 4 star books, but I think it is because I DNF a lot and don't report those books. I rarely finish a book that gets less than 3 stars. You had a awesome year! Congratulations on turning 4 and happy new year!

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    1. I wish I could read more than I do but it would be hard. I have a feeling that when my daughter goes off to college my numbers will jump quite a bit higher.

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  8. You've had an amazing blogging year and such a great amount of books read. I still need to set a goal next year, Well tomorrow. 😁 Happy New Year 🎉🎊

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  9. Congrats on four years!! I'm glad that this was a good reading/blogging year for you. I have The Chalk Man to read soon, so that's great it was a favorite of yours!! Good to know!! :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! I really enjoyed The Chalk Man and I hope you do as well.

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  10. You had an amazing blogging year, Carole! Congratulations on 4 years! I enjoyed seeing what your favorite books were this year. The Girl With All the Gifts would have likely made my top ten, had I put one together (I went with five instead). Written in Red will always be a favorite of mine. And I recently bought a copy of White Hot because it was on sale. I can't wait to read the series. I hope you have a Happy New Year, Carole! I have enjoyed spending this year with you and look forward to seeing what you are up to this coming year.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! I liked White Hot so much that I read it 3 times in 2017. I don't think that I have ever read a book so many times in a single year before I hope you enjoy it.

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  11. 179 books read is amazing! I hope 2018 is going to be great year for you. Happy New Year!

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  12. Looks like you had a fantastic reading/blogging year! I loved The Girl With All the Gifts as well! Really want to read Written in Red and The Bear and the Nightingale soon! Happy New Year!

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    1. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Girl With All the Gifts. I hope you enjoy Written in Red and The Bear and the Nightingale.

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  13. Wow! 179 books is impressive - especially with all you had going on. I have Written in Red and The Bear and the Nightingale coming up on my TBR. They look so good and I'm glad to see them on your favorites list. Happy 2018!

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    1. I am sure I would have read more if I didn't have to deal with marching band for several months but I think it is a good trade off.

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  14. Dang, you kicked butt. I think I posted less than 80 times. lol. I have The Chalk Man so I'm glad to see it on your list. Good luck with 2018!

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    1. Thanks, Christy! I hope you like The Chalk Man as much as I did!

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  15. That's some awesome reading. It's nice when you find your blogger groove. Congrats on your 4 years! That's awesome :)

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  16. 327 posts and reaching 4 years?! That's amazing! I'm glad to hear you had a successful year :)

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  17. Girl, you managed to read so many books and you should be so proud of all your blogging and reading achievements!

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