As the year comes to a close, I wanted to look back at what 2017 has meant to me in terms of books, reading and the blog.
I signed up for a lot of challenges this year. I mean A LOT. Some of them I just bombed completely, others I excelled at, and still a few others were somewhere in the middle. I’ll be posting a final update on how I did with each individual challenge at the end of the month. I will say that I am not going to participate in as many challenges next year. I just had way too much fun signing up this year!
I didn’t request a lot of new ARCs this year, mostly because I am so far behind on getting my reviews done! And I feel so much guilt at not reading them and getting reviews up at the time that the books are published. But I am determined to review every ARC I’ve received, and to not request any new ARCs until I have cleared at least 75% of my current load.
This was the year of the audiobook for me. The majority of the books I read were in audio format. With my long commutes and work trips, I was able to finish an average of 2 audiobooks per week this year. This was far and beyond what I ever expected to accomplish.
I rekindled a love of the library at the end of 2016 that carried into 2017, until it was sadly cut short by the elimination of the libraries in the county where I lived. Now that I’ve moved back to Washington, there are a multitude of great public libraries, so I will once again have access to this wonderful resource.
I bought a lot of books this year, probably at least twice as many as I read. Part of this was because for the last several years I was on such a strict budget that having extra money to spend immediately translated into buying all the books. I can’t wait to share my shelves with you in the new year!
I had no idea when I participated in the Blog Ahead challenge in October 2016 that I would be hit with the need to blog ahead quite so much, but at busy times like now I am so thankful that I was. As of this writing, I have every post for the end of 2017 written and scheduled, aside from 2 discussions and the weekly updates. I also have about 60 posts written and scheduled for 2018.