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2017 Reading Resolutions

Last year, I just barely squeaked out my 100 books, so I'm going to do attempt doing the same this year.

Total Books: 102 of 100

My year of reading in review on GoodReads

As in previous years, I'd also like to focus on reading books I own that have been languishing on my shelves. I'll be a little more realistic in my goal, though, and try to make this year the first I actually reach this particular milestone.

Books I Own: 16 of 25
  1. The Elephants in My Backyard: A Memoir by Rajiv Surendra
  2. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel
  3. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
  4. On the Construction Site by Carron Brown
  5. On the Space Station by Carron Brown
  6. Secrets of the Seashore by Carron Brown
  7. Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw
  8. Breaking Character by Cameron Grey
  9. Finanicial Peace Junior: Teaching Kids How to Win With Money by Dave Ramsey
  10. The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell
  11. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
  12. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  13. Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  14. Bruce's Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins
  15. My Little Pony: The Movie: Friend or Foe by Magnolia Belle
  16. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I still want to focus on finishing series (or dropping them as soon as I lose interest), so I'd like to complete (or at least stay current) with my usual 10 series this year. Every year I think this will be harder and harder to accomplish as I cross more series off my list, but so many books I like turn into series that maybe this is just the way of things.

Series Finished/Caught Up: 5 of 10
  1. The Original Sinners: The White Years by Tiffany Reisz
  2. The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward (okay, technically I didn't finish this, but from what I can tell, everything after Qhuinn and Blay is crap, and I got through 12 books, so that seems like it deserves credit)
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (book #3.5 is scheduled for 2018)
  4. Heart Breaker Bay by Jill Shalvis (book #5 is scheduled for 2018)
  5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (book #7 is scheduled for 2018)
My thematic goals are going to be a little ambitious this year and I'm not super worried about whether I meet them as long as I attempt it. I've really fallen in love with nonfiction on audio and that's how I do the majority of my reading, and I'm really feeling called to listen to some serious topics. In contrast, I want to read light and/or quick fiction, so I'll focus on romance and graphic novels.

Revolutionary War/Founding Fathers History: 8 of 10
  1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  2. 1776 by David McCullough
  3. In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
  4. Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
  5. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
  6. Washington by Ron Chernow
  7. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
  8. Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier by Timothy J. Shannon
Feminism/Strong Women: 13 of 10
  1. Settle For More by Megyn Kelly
  2. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel
  3. Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw
  4. Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu
  5. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  6. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
  7. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
  8. Elena Kagan by Viqi Wagner
  9. Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky
  10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  11. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
  12. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by Willow Wilson
  13. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
Social Justice/Civil Rights: 11 of 10
  1. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
  2. Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  3. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  4. The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
  5. In the Shadow of Liberty: Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
  6. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
  7. The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
  8. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  9. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  10. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by Willow Wilson
  11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Romance: 16 of 10
  1. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  2. Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
  3. The Proposition by Judith Ivory
  4. Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward
  5. Lover Reborn by J. R. Ward
  6. Lover At Last by J. R. Ward
  7. The King by J. R. Ward
  8. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
  9. The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
  10. The King by Tiffany Reisz
  11. The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz
  12. The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
  13. The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell
  14. Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
  15. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  16. Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Graphic Novels: 11 of 10
  1. How to Fake a Moon Landing by Darryl Cunningham
  2. 300 by Frank Miller
  3. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and the City of New Orleans by Don Brown
  4. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
  5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  7. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by Willow Wilson
  8. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
  9. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  10. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
  11. Saints by Gene Luen Yang
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