Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017: My Year in Books

I normally write a post for My Year in Books, but this year I'm breaking with tradition and sharing a few videos as the truth is I talk a lot more about books on YouTube than I write about them! Above I share how my reading year went, specifically in terms of the very tangible goals that I set myself. It's actually quite an interesting experiment to have very specific goals over general goals. I knew whether I did them or not, but I'm not totally sure it was a more a satisfying or resolved way to feel about the year.

I am happy I tried out this way of goal setting, and I certainly learned a lot about my reading habits, both in the actual reading and also in how I like to organize my books and book adventures. I've also included a video of my favourites of the year at the end if you are interested in specific books that spoke to me this year.

The biggest project I took on this year in terms of books was definitely my TBR Unwrapping Project, where I wrapped up all my Owned/Unread books in a different colour by genre or project. I did this mid-year and it totally took over my life for a while as I scoured magazines for colour heavy images, pulled out all my books from my storage nook, and cleared off as many shelves as I could. Since then, I've done a monthly-ish video where I unwrap a bunch of books and it is so much fun! The only hitch is that I thought I would read the books faster! Apparently I didn't take into account that I would still enjoy books from the library, read what I have on Kindle, borrow books and even... buy more books! That said, I've read 14 of the 23 books I've unwrapped so far, and that's not too shabby! I am looking forward to finishing the rest, and of course to unwrapping more in the very near future.

I always look forward to when the GoodReads "Year in Books" comes out, and this year was no exception. I hit a huge landmark of 200+ titles read, which I think is something I will never surpass and oddly for me I'm not even going to try! It was a great year, and I'm happy to have it be possibly my best year for numbers. A lot of the titles were short works, short stories, poetry collections, plays, fairy tales and kids books but there was still a lot of full length novels and non-fiction books too. The numbers are staggering!

Are you on GoodReads? Let's be friends!


Now for my favourites. There were so many this year. It's 20+ books. I couldn't pair it down further than that. All of these books affected me in a positive way, some were enlightening, some where heartbreaking, many were beautifully written and all of them are ones I am thrilled I read this year.

Sidenote: I misquoted the amount of romance I read, it's more like 15-20%. I think I had not finished entering all my books into the amazing Let's Read spreadsheet when I filmed.

If you'd rather read than watch, here is a list of all the books in the video:
  • An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers by Danny Gregory
  • Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING by David Bayles and Ted Orland
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • Wenjack by Joseph Boyden
  • The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire | Illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, Lettered and Designed by Steve Wands
  • 2001: A Space Odyessy by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  • Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game of Zen by Osho | Illustrations by: Ma Deva Padma
  • The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History From Prehistoric to Post-Modern by Carol Strickland
  • 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2 | Juror: Julie Chen
  • What It Is by Lynda Barry
  • Making Art a Practice by Cat Bennett
  • The Wander Society by Keri Smith
  • Warrior of Fire by Michelle Willingham (Warriors of Ireland #2)
  • Tales of the Valkyries: An Anthology of Short Stories, Viking Romance and Viking Paranormal Romance - A Collection of Short Stories by Various Authors
  • Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde
  • Proof of a Tongue | Poems by Sandra Alland
  • FXXK Writing by Jason Ridler
  • A Triumph for Sakura by Jason Ridler
  • Hex-Rated: A Brimstone Files Novel by Jason Ridler

C'est tout for 2017! I hope you had an awesome year, in books and beyond!

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