2016 was a Great Year for Reading!

2016 was a Great Year for Reading!Based on previous review posts, I am at least a month ahead of schedule for this post. For me, 2016 was a great year for reading. I signed up for and successfully completed two reading challenges: Goodreads and Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge. The list of books I read in 2016 helped me see the world just a little differently as well as provide me with some great strategies for engaging with the world. 

The Goodreads and Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge overlapped each other. The Goodreads challenge was about quantity and the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge was about quality. For 2016, I was hoping to read at least two books per month. At the end of the year, I was pleased to learn that I read forty-two books. In 2017, I am aiming for 50 books. You have to stretch your goals.

The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge forced me to explore outside of my comfort zone. Because of the challenge, I managed to read two wonderful works of fiction: Fahrenheit 451 and The Scarlet Letter. I am confident that I would not have read these two books otherwise. You can read my post on the results to see what else I read to meet the challenge. I am looking forward to the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge.

As a fan of metrics and lists, I would like to share my 2016 reading results.

Number of books read in 2016.
Number of books read in 2016.

In 2016, I more than doubled the number of books read compared to previous years. I simply made reading a greater priority.

Number of pages read in 2016.
Number of pages read in 2016.

What really surprised me was the number of pages that I consumed in 2016. I was two pages away from 10,000.

Publish dates of books I have read.
Publish dates of books I have read.

In 2016, I increased the variety and ages of books I had read. The books prior to 1970 were certainly more challenging to read. They also had a more demanding vocabulary.

Here is a list of what I had read from start to finish:

Well, that is 2016 in a reading list. I have a stack of books sitting on the shelf ready to be explored. Hopefully, they will be as rewarding as 2016. Please come join me on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 reading challenge or come join me on Goodreads. We can cheer each other on. If you have some recommendations you think I will like, please leave a comment.

Enjoy 2017!

Here are my lists for the past few years: