Last year I read a lot. 113 books, to be exact (thank you, Goodreads). This year, a few factors contributed to my reduced total of 85 books read. For starters, I got a subscription to The New Yorker. Even though I do my best to keep up-to-date with the weekly issues, I can never seem to break free of being 3 or 4 issues behind. I also changed jobs this year and drastically reduced my commute to work (yay), which meant no more audiobooks (boo). And lastly, I got a dog. You might not think that would affect my reading habits, but I’m here to tell you that it most certainly did. During the first couple months of having a puppy at home, I barely read a page. When he was awake I was with him. When he was sleeping I was getting stuff done, like laundry and grocery shopping.
I’m not bothered by the fact that I’ve read fewer books this year, because the number doesn’t matter, of course. In fact, I think the only thing that bothers me is that I no longer listen to audiobooks. So I’ve decided that, even though I don’t have a commute to work anymore, I’m going to try to incorporate audiobooks back into my routine next year. There are lots of moments I can sneak in a chapter or two. Like when I’m cooking dinner or baking a batch of cookies, or when I’m walking the dog.
I also like the idea of participating in a reading challenge, like one of these 50 DIY Reading Challenges from Book Riot. I particularly like this idea: “Think of one or two authors who have written at least one book that you’ve loved. Now read everything else those authors have published.”
But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Before I can plan what to read next year, let’s take a look back at some of the best books I read in 2017.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Alone by Christophe Chabouté
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
(I also really enjoyed taking a look at the differences between the book and movie)
Birds Art Life Death: The Art of Noticing the Small and Significant by Kyo Maclear
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
(I’m planning on reading a lot more Atwood next year.)
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
(highly recommend the audiobook for this one, read by Bruce himself!)
Psycho by Robert Bloch
(The book is even scarier than the movie. For real.)
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Stitches by David Small
The Killer Whale Who Changed the World by Mark Leiren-Young
(I wrote a review of this amazing book for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s blog)
Happy New Year! I hope your 2018 is full of books and plenty of time to read them.