This is a little later than I intended for it to be, but here’s my final 2017 wrap-up!
In previous years, I never thought I could’ve passed 50k pages read in a year. As a teen, I read a lot, but “a lot” back then was probably 40 books a year. In my early twenties, “a lot” was 2 books a month. To finish 208 books in one year, though? I am unspeakably proud of myself, and a little bit in awe. I’m not tooting my own horn; I just didn’t think I was capable of doing it!
Yep, my original goal was 104 books – 2 books per week. When I set that goal, it felt so ambitious that I had no expectations whatsoever of completing it, but when I hit the 100% mark during the summer, I remember being taken completely off-guard. It didn’t feel like I read that much! It’s not like I sat down every week and said, “Okay, I’ve read ___ books so far, so I have to finish ___ by the end of this month!”
People constantly ask me what my secret is, and I tell them the same thing every time: I just read every chance I get. I’m not a big fan of television or movies, and gaming is hard when you have a wild toddler interrupting you every five minutes, but books are something I can pick down even if I just have 5 minutes of peace while he’s eating a snack. All of those little moments add up fast.
Not only was 2017 a great reading year (a 3.9 average!), it was also a great blogging year. I only started my blog on January 9th of 2017, and I managed to produce nearly 300 blog posts – that’s almost a post per day! In honor of the end of the year, I thought I’d show you guys a few of my favorite reviews and posts from 2017:
- Discussion: Different Criteria for Different Genres?
- T10T: Favorite 2017 Releases – Contemporary Edition!
- DISCUSSION: 2017’s Most Disappointing Reads
- A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas (Reread Mini-Review & Discussion!)
- T10T: Ten Books I’m Thankful I Read
- Dread Nation – Justina Ireland (ARC Review)
I also had a fantastic year on bookstagram! I started the year off at about 150 followers, and ended the year at 2,000. Here are a few of my fave shots that I took:
And, of course, my year would have been nothing without the amazing friends that I’ve made this year. <3 I would be here forever if I tagged you all, but you know who you are, and I love each and every one of you tremendously.
Now, time for some statistics…