Personal Reading Milestones Set in 2017

Personal Reading Milestones Set in 2017

2017 was a wonderful year for reading. Not only did I set personal bests for the number of books and pages read, I also stretched myself in terms of what I read. I signed up for and successfully completed two reading challenges: Goodreads and Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge. I set out to read 50 books, 24 of those books were in genres established by the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge. 

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. At the end of 2017, I read one book a week. In 2018, I am aiming for 60 books.

The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge forced me to explore outside of my comfort zone. The challenges encouraged me to have fun and grow. I did both. I enjoyed the opportunity to read material that I would probably never read otherwise. I have started to seek out similar opportunities because of this experience. I read books published in the 1700s and one written in 180 AD.

As a fan of metrics and lists, I would like to share my 2017 reading results.

Number of books read in 2017
Number of books read in 2017

In 2017, I made reading a priority. I am confident that I can read an additional seven books in 2018.

The number of pages read in 2017
The number of pages read in 2017

What really surprised me was the number of pages that I consumed in 2017, 3,500 more pages than 2016.

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

I really skewed this chart by logging a book written in 180 AD.

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

If you remember, the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge for 2017 had two lists to choose from: one for fun and one for growth. I elected to do both. Here is where I ended on each list:

Reading for Fun

Reading for Growth

In my original challenge, I also said I would read 50 books. I am pleased to report that I was able to consume 53 books. In 2017, I read well outside my normal lane, and it was a rewarding experience. The most challenging book was written in 180 AD. Four other books were published before 1950. I am trying to read some of the classics that I should have earlier in my life.

Here is a list of the other books I had read from start to finish:

I also said I would read six books from the Great Books of Western Civilization collection. I am woefully behind on this part of the challenge. I finished Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and I am still reading The Federalist Papers.

Well, that is 2017 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 2017. Please come join me on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 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.

How did you do with your reading challenge? I would love to hear what you have been reading. Please share in the comments below.

 

Enjoy 2018!

Here are my lists for the past few years:

 

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