2016 in Review & 2017 Bookish Resolutions


My Year In Books

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Goodreads Challenge

Goodreads goal of 75: I read 82 books.

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My resolutions:

  1. Read at least 50 75 books [exceeded]
  2. Read at least 15 books from my TBR [exceeded]
  3. Read at least 50% women authors [exceeded]
  4. Read at least 35% authors of colour [exceeded]
  5. Read at least 25% translated works [22%]
  6. Read at least 15 non-fiction works [exceeded]
  7. Read at least 1 book by a South American author [exceeded]
    1. ADDENDUM: 15 books from around the world [exceeded]
  8. Read at least 3 books by or about someone with a difference (physical or mental) X
  9. Read at least 3 books by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ+ [exceeded]
  10. Finish a series for the first time ever in my life!!! [done: Harry Potter]
  11. Read at least 1 book over 500 pages???? (maybe?) Nope. But I’m a third of the way into East of Eden and intend to finish it in 2017.

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My goal was to read 50% women and I have more than achieved that making this (bizarrely) the first year that I read more women than men! I read 54% female authors.

I have read 44% authors of colour which is great since my goal was at least 35%.

22% of my reading has been translated works.

32% of books were from my TBR list. I’ve culled a significant number of books from my list, but have also added books on so the list as whole is sitting at around 205 books. I plan to focus more on reading my own (damn) books in 2017 and cutting into the number of books already on my physical shelves.

57% of my reading has been FREE either from the library or friends or eARCs. THINK OF THE SAVINGS!!£££$$$¥¥¥¢¢¢

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Book of the my Year


Favourite Five (excluding above & picture books):

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So what’s the plan for 2017?

Goodreads goal of 50 books.

I’m still absolutely loving looking further afield for new reads and have found some new potential favourite authors which is always great! Next year my goals are to read:

  1. at least 50% women
  2. at least 45% POC
  3. at least 5 books by/about LGBTQ+ folks
  4. at least 3 books about mental/physical difference
  5. at least 3 books in French
  6. READ MY OWN DAMN BOOKS (read 5 books I already own before I buy 1 new one)!

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I think that’s all very doable… But I guess we’ll see next year! What are your goals??


How was your 2016? Have you made any bookish goals for 2017?

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6 Responses to 2016 in Review & 2017 Bookish Resolutions

  1. Lorraine says:

    54% female authors? Awesome! Congrats on exceeding almost all of your goals. ‘READ MY OWN DAMN BOOKS’ is one I never quite manage to achieve so I wish you luck with that for 2017 😀

    • Nicole says:

      I think prioritising certain things has actually helped make me more likely to pick up a wider range of books without even thinking much about it, BUT….I definitely still get tripped up trying to keep on top of what I already own >_<;; D'oh! So thanks for the luck wishing! I know I'm gonna need it…. :'D haha

  2. imyril says:

    I kept my 2016 goals really simple, and I still didn’t manage to meet them all – you’ve done a cracking job. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do in 2017; I do feel my reading gets more interesting and diverse when I have a bit of structure around it.

  3. Tammy says:

    Wait, doesn’t Harry Potter count as a book over 500 pages? You did better than me with Goodreads. I’m aiming low for next year so I can exceed my goal too:-) Good luck!

    • Nicole says:

      I read the Harry Potter series on audiobook so I figured I wouldn’t count it (even though I personally pretty much see reading hardcopies and listening to audiobooks the same. I mean, would we say a blind person had never “read” a book because they only listen to audiobooks? …But anyway! haha)
      To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll even make it to 50 this year :’D I want to tackle some longer books (something I had intended to do in 2016 and my original goal for last year had actually been 40 books!). So I’ll just have to see how it pans out. I find predicting what you’ll read is pretty hard to be honest. You have to predict the future a bit as to how your year will go and what might affect your reading. IMPOSSIBLE! Haha So I definitely see it as a little arbitrary…But it’s still nice to have goals, right?
      Thanks! Good luck with your 2017 goals too!! 🙂

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