Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Reading Wrap Up

A closer look at this year's bookshelf - 2016 Reading Wrap Up - A Simpler Grace #asgbookshelf

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Reading has always been an integral part of my life. I can attribute my love for books to the women on my mother's side of the family, three generations before me. I have memories of being in my mother's lap and listening to her read the Christian Mother Goose nursery rhymes to me. I remember learning my first words from Dog Goes to Nursery School while with my grandmother and loving how animated my great grandmother, Gigi, would get when she read Nippy the Fire Dog to me. I actually still have all those books and many more from my first few years of life.

I started reading on my own at the age of three and never looked back. I can still remember the feeling of excitement when those Scholastic book catalogs would arrive on my elementary teachers' desks and feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve when there was a book fair in our school library. Books have always meant so much to me.

Several years ago, I started making a reading list of all the books I wanted to read that year. I'd have it ready and on January first, I'd dive into the pages of book number one. I've shared that list here on ASG for the last two years and have invited you to keep up with my progress here on the blog, on Goodreads and on Instagram.

In 2016, I set a big goal for myself. I wanted to read a hundred books in the year. I made my list of books incorporating the items from the mini reading challenges I have from my 101 in 1001 list - those are a) reading ten books from the Back to University list and b) reading ten books I loved as a child - along with the usual Popsugar reading challenge I always participate in. On top of that, I also have books I read and review for publishers, so I didn't think meeting my 100 books would be a problem, but the time needed for reading might be.

I wanted to share a quick wrap up of how I did this year. You can see my 2016 master reading list here. That will give you all the prompts I followed and links to various posts I've written about each book.

Popsugar Reading Challenge (37/41)
This year, there were forty-one prompts in this challenge. So far this year, I've read thirty-seven of them. The remaining four will be completed soon. I'm on a waiting list for these at my local library. #thriftyreaderprobs

10 Books from the Back to University List (5/10)
This is one of the reading goals from my 101 in 1001 list, so I need to read all ten by the conclusion of my 1001 days, which is December 4, 2017.

10 Books I Loved as a Child (5/10)
This is another of the reading goals from my 101 in 1001 list and will be completed by early December of next year. 

Complete my 2015 Reading List (49/50)
I also wanted to complete my reading list from 2015. It was a hard year for me with a lot of lifestyle changes, so I didn't get as much reading done as I would have hoped. It's not like me to leave a task uncompleted, so I decided to tackle the rest of those books in 2016. There were about twenty-five books left to read and I got all of them but one. The one remaining, I'm planning on starting in January because it's designed to be read one chapter a month.

At the time I'm writing this post, I have read a grand total of 152 books in 2016! I met my goal and smashed it! This number includes the advanced reading copies I received from publishers and everything from the above challenges. Plus, I'm still doing a lot of reading these last few days of 2016. I am so thrilled to have met my goal and excited to have read so many wonderful books this year, including finding a few new favorites.

Some Favorites from 2016
I looked back over the year and made a list of the books I ranked five stars (which doesn't happen often with me) and wanted to share them with you!

Stay tuned, because in early January, I will be unveiling my 2017 master reading list and even bigger goals for the new year with some fun new reading challenges!

Don't forget to grab my FREE WINTER READING LIST PRINTABLE! It's a simple sheet you can print out and keep track of the books you want to read this season and it's all yours, just for being a loyal reader of ASG!

I'd love to know: What are some of your favorite books from 2016?

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