378 books read - GOAL MET (goal was 300, so met and surpassed)! Now, if you go over to the reading blog, you'll see far fewer books listed thanks to my Book Committee work, so click here to see the 2017 reads. Here's the thing: among the unlisted are the picture books I "read" for MPOW's Mock Caldecott, while many more fell into the "you can't talk about this" category for the Book Award Committee. Which is also, in its way, one of the reasons why I haven't blogged as much this year as in previous years.
So... here's the 2017 reading analysis (2017 numbers in parens):
number of books read in 2017: 378 (345)
best month: August with 63 (December with 52)
worst month: Janurary 18 (tie between June and August/22)
average read per month: 31.5 (28.75)
adult fiction as percentage of total: 59 (21)
children's/YA fiction as percentage of total: 17 (35)
Advance Readers Copies: 112 (90)
e-books: 3 (0)
books read that were published this year: 325 (300)
books that will be published in the coming year: 20 (6)
five star reviews (aka "Must Read"): 9 (5)
one star reviews (aka "DNF"): 8 (11)
Thanks to Book Committee Books unread, Mt. Bookpile is at 330 and going by past experience, that means that I'll probably get it down to 346 by this time next year. Yes, I know that's not exactly "down" but if I'm lucky I'll read more than my stated goal of 300. The good news is that I've also been able to clear off a number of shelves (ok, ok, two entire bookcases with 36 linear feet of shelving) to only hold Mt. Bookpile. And since I no longer keep all the books on Mt. Bookpile... well, I guess I'll have to figure out what to put on those shelves as I clear them off.
Goals for 2018? I'll say 300 books... maybe 325.