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2017 Reading Challenge (Goodreads)

January 2, 2018 11:34 am

Well, I didn’t make it…

The success of the reading challenge from 2016 didn’t carry over into 2017—but I think I’m allowed a gimme on this one. Life happened in a big way in 2017 and reading (for fun) was just not a priority.

A few positive takeaways:

  • I read to my son for the first time! There couldn’t have been a more appropriate book than Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I can’t tell you how excited I am to make reading a big part of our lives together and a major part of his development and bonding time with me.
  • I dipped my toe into parenting books in 2016 and entered 2017 feeling confident that I didn’t need to obsess over that area of the book store. I’ve gained more and more confidence as a parent and know that I can make a safe, informed decision on how to handle X without needing to read 5 different resources on it. I appreciate that they exist and might browse them at different points in my parenting journey—I just don’t need to go overboard with it.
  • I’ve rekindled my love for non-traditional books with This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson. What an amazing piece of art. I can’t get over the Ah-ha moments I’ve had with this book and how wonderful it will be to explore it with my son when he hits the right age.
  • Lastly, I’ve established a new tradition at Christmas time. With a new family comes an opportunity for new traditions. I decided I want to read The Night Before Christmas Pop-up by Clement Clarke Moore every Christmas Eve to my family. An added bonus to this tradition is the absolutely amazing pop-up book version I was able to find illustrated by Robert Sabuda and published by Little Simon. The ingenuity that goes into pop-up books is so humbling and creative—it doesn’t get much better in the world of children’s literature.


List of books I read in 2017

2016 Reading Challenge (Goodreads)

January 12, 2017 3:54 pm

New Year’s resolutions are not usually my thing. In the grand scheme of things I think they are usually only good for setting yourself up to be disappointed. In 2016 I decided I would set a general goal to read more (with a loose goal of 18 books); not lose 100 pounds or speak fluent French (something way to ambitious). I told myself I wanted to read more—specifically read more for fun.

I’ve enjoyed using Goodreads (social network for bookworms) to keep lists of books I want to read or have read, rate and review books, mark my progress, and get book recommendations. As I look back on the books I read last year I’m reminded of how nerdy I am…

There will always be a slew of design books, a steady dose of Maurice Sendak, Graphic Novels, and a few targeted Self-Improvement books. New genres for me this year include Manga, Humor, Nonfiction, Short stories, and Memoirs.

I read 35 books total. That’s 7,192 pages!