I started keeping track of the books I read in 2015. That year, I read 50 books of my 52 goal. So close! In 2016, I strove for the same goal. I had plenty of free time and a library full of books at my disposal. I could do this.
By the end of the year, however, I realized that I didn’t want to read all the time. I actually wanted to do other things and work on other goals. I love reading and I didn’t want to force reading into being a chore. I wanted it to be a fun, leisure activity that it has always been for me since I was a little girl.
So, I didn’t end up meeting that goal and that goal is no longer a goal of mine. In fact, this year, 2017, I planned on reading no books at all! I failed already on that, but I just wanted to tell myself to read whenever and not because I needed to.
I read 39 books in the year 2016. I’ve had many adventures, struggles, a business to attend to and a brother to homeschool, yet I still managed to give myself the luxury of reading.
If you want to know how I found the time to squeeze in so many books, read my post from last year.
Here is the full list of books that got me through the year:
- Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness – Donna Smallin
- The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
- Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
- Frostbite – Richelle Mead
- Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead
- Blood Promise – Richelle Mead
- Easy, affordable raw : how to go raw on $10 a day – Lisa Viger
- Spirit Bound – Richelle Mead
- Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead
- Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
- Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
- Unite Me – Tahereh Mafi
- Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi
- Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi
- The Personal MBA – Josh Kaufman
- How to Make Millions With Your Ideas – Dan S. Kennedy
- Sleeping Naked is Green – Vanessa Farquharson
- Go it alone! : the secret to building a successful business on your own – Bruce Judson
- The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
- The lean startup : how today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses – Eric Ries
- Ready, fire, aim : zero to $100 million in no time flat – Michael Masterson
- Raw Awakening – Kristen Suzanne
- Remote – Jason Fried
- The More of Less – Joshua Becker
- The knack : how street-smart entrepreneurs learn to handle whatever comes up – Norm Brodsky
- Rework – Jason Fried
- White girl problems – Babe Walker
- Create or Hate – Dan Norris
- Maximum Weight Loss – Dr. John McDougall
- A Study in Scarlet – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Writing A Book A Week – Alex Foster
- Quit Your Job in 6 Months – Buck Flogging
- How to Lose 10 Pounds in a Week – Jenny Allan
- How to Make Money Blogging – Bob Lotich
- Weight Loss Motivation for Men & Women – Kira Novac
- How to Become Vegan – Steve Pavlina
- My First Year As An Internet Entrepreneur – Roberto Zanon
- Creating A Daily Writing Practice – Pemile Norregaara
- How to Start a Profitable Blog in Under One Hour – Passive Marketing
Want Some Data?
Here are some charts that show some data on the books. The first one shows how many books I read each month.
Jan: 5 Feb: 6 Mar: 0 Apr: 5 Ma: 4 Jun: 3 Jul: 3 Aug: 0 Sept: 1 Oct: 3 Nov: 4 Dec: 5
The second chart shows the percentage between physical and digital books.
I don’t think I’ll ever take a long break from reading, but I hope to open up some time to other great things in 2017.
What did you read last year?