365 days, 14,568 pages and 50 books later…

I don’t place much stock in New Year’s resolutions, at least not as much as I do in setting yearly goals. I always get satisfaction when I cross something off my to-do list…whether it’s something small like washing the sheets or a much loftier achievement. One of the few goals I set for myself during 2016 was to read at least 50 books.

I was always a voracious reader and I’ve always been adamant about finishing the books I start (even the bad ones). However, I almost stopped reading entirely in the two years after I graduated from college. According to my Goodreads account, I read 35 books last year and a whopping 0 the year before (to be fair, I certainly read, but didn’t track it). This year I was determined to make time for one of my favorite hobbies.

With the latest trip around the sun almost complete, I’ve successfully read 14,568 pages for a total of 50 books! And, in no particular order, the top 10 books of my year:

  1. Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes
  2. Sex Object, by Jessica Valenti
  3. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
  4. Notorious RBG, by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  5. milk and honey, by rupi kaur
  6. Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick
  7. Talking As Fast As I Can, by Lauren Graham
  8. Where Am I Now?, by Mara Wilson
  9. The Memory Box, by Eva Lesko Natiello
  10. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

I think next year’s goal might need to remain at 50. The majority of my reading was done before I started graduate school this fall and I saved the last 8 books for December, when I was finished with classes and papers. 50 even seems like a stretch for this upcoming year, since I’ll still be a full-time student for the whole calendar year. Here’s to 2017 and 50 more…

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