I was looking back at my goals this year and I’ve been super happy with my progress.
-I’ve donated 790 items and I’m close to my goal of 800
-I’ve had 131 workouts with my trainer out of my goal of 130
-I’ve read 60 books out of my goal of 52
-I published my print book
Since it’s not fun to look at the items I’ve donated or workout selfies, I wanted to take a look back at the books I read. Instead of grouping them by month, I sorted the books into general categories.
Category 1 : Autobiographical (comedy)
10 books in this category and these were mostly fantastic, strong women with a few (British) men included.
Favorite Pick: Scrappy Little Nobody & It’s Not Me It’s You
Category 2 : Alphabet Series Mysteries
25 in this category which makes up nearly half of my annual goal. I read A to X from Sue Grafton plus Kinsey and Me. Great series and really got me back in my reading groove.
Category 3 : Vonnegut
Years ago someone suggested reading one or two Vonnegut books a year so you’ll always have a new novel and I tend to follow that advice. Also, I can’t read too many in a row or I go a little crazy. 2 in this category this year.
Category 4 : Graphic Novels
3 books in this category and these came recommended from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Should be required reading for all Americans.
Category 5 : Food
Total of 3 in this category in 2017. I started the Whole30 in May and read these books over the second half of the year.
Category 6 : General Fiction
4 in this category and the Handmaid’s Tale was my clear favorite.
Category 7 : Non-Fiction
Five this year and it’s so hard to pick a favorite. I was so impressed with Gloria Vanderbilt – her life stories and intelligence into her 90s was inspiring. Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air was so beautiful I cried. The Psychopath Test was really interesting as a subject and while I loved the content of Braving the Wilderness, the font and type was so poor that I struggled to understand the message.
Category 8 : Mystery / Drama
Just 4 this year, but I made the Sue Grafton books separate for a reason. If you haven’t read Murder on the Orient Express it’s a great read, reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. Otherwise John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer was a favorite. Steve Berry is very similar to Dan Brown only… better.
Category 9 : Real Life
These were more real life non-fiction and both were enjoyable. I recommend the Women in Science book for anyone with younger children. The illustrations are beautiful and I’d like to pick up Women in Sport next year
Category 10 : Fantasy
While this is not typically a favorite category of mine, the Sarah Maas series came highly recommended and I read the first 2 books on vacation this summer.
Total Read: 60
I do have quite a few books that I’ve started and not yet finished. I purchased a half dozen more for Christmas but I also want to finish up the ones I started earlier this year. Here are the 4 I have in progress: