Erin’s December Reading Wrap Up & 2017 Reading Goals

Happy New Year! It is 2017 and a whole new year of reading is upon us. I’m here with 1) my December reading wrap up and 2) my 2017 reading goals and challenges. I’ll start with what I finished in December and then go right into my 2017 goals and challenges.

Finished in December:
The Association of Small Bombs // Karan Mahajan
–Rating: 4/5 stars
Our Town // Thornton Wilder
–Rating: 5/5 stars
Holding Still For As Long As Possible // Zoe Whittall
–Rating: 4/5 stars
Sex Object // Jessica Valenti (listened on audio)
–Rating: 4/5 stars
You Will Know Me // Megan Abbott
–Rating: 5/5 stars
Harbinger, Volume 1: Omega Rising // Joshua Dysart
–Rating: 3/5 stars
Harbinger, Volume 2: Renegades // Joshua Dysart
–Rating: 4/5 stars
The Last Thing He Wanted // Joan Didion
-Rating: 2/5 stars
Devil in a Blue Dress // Walter Mosley
-Rating: 3/5 stars
Taft 2012 // Jason Heller
-Rating: 2/5 stars
Sarong Party Girls // Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
-Rating: 2/5 stars
Every Heart a Doorway // Seanan McGuire
-Rating: 5/5 stars
We Could Be Beautiful // Swan Huntley
-Rating: 3/5 stars

Currently Reading:
I haven’t started anything yet…but I think I’m going to kick off 2017 with Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce.

2017 Goodreads Challenge:
In 2016, my goal was to read 100 books. I surpassed it by quite a bit, and I officially completed 117 over the past year. For 2017, I think I’m going to shoot for 115 books. Though I will hopefully read more than that, I do want to get through some pretty hefty books like The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke…so I thought I’d keep my goal attainable.

2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:
I officially finished the 2016 Read Harder Challenge! It came down to the end but I pulled it out and read 24 different books, 1 for each task. If you are interested in my full list, you can go check that out here. I will be doing the 2017 Read Harder Challenge, which you will find at Book Riot here. It’s got 24 new tasks, some that I will be able to knock out without any planning and some that will take a little more concentrated effort. I have already grabbed some books off the shelf that will fulfill a few tasks, and I have ideas for some others, so I am ready to go!

Book of the Month Club Pick: January 2017
To kick off the new year, I’m going with a not-yet-released novel from Erika Carter, Lucky You. I also got a free book credit, which I am going to use to get The Wangs VS. the World by Jade Chang. I have heard so much about this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Erin & Kirsten’s Year of Pulitzers, 2017:
My mom and I are embarking on a new challenge this year – the year of Pulitzers! Each month we are going to read a book that has won the Pulitzer prize and then discuss. Here’s our list of Pulitzers we plan to read this year:

  • 1928: The Bridge of San Luis Ray by Thornton Wilder
  • 1948: Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
  • 1978: Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
  • 1965: The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
  • 1983: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • 1986: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • 1987: A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
  • 1992: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • 1998: American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • 2003: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • 2009: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

We’re starting with Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout in January, and we’ll pick the order as we go along. I’ll update you each month on what we’re reading next so you can join in on the conversation!

After a lackluster November, I was able to end 2016 with a bang! I read a total of 13 books and finished my 2016 Read Harder challenge. With 2017 underway, I am excited for new reading challenges, new books, and lots of hours of reading! Since I’m out of school (for now), I have a whole year without homework or classes or required reading, so I’m pretty sure 2017 will be the year of the books.

As always, I am a diligent Goodreads user so you can read detailed reviews of all the books I read at goodreads.com/emurch. If you have any thoughts about any of the books I’ve read this month leave a comment or tweet me @GameandRead. I’d also love to hear what reading challenges you’re doing in 2017!

If you want more Game & Read, we have videos on Youtube, we post pictures on Instagram, and update our reading lists on Litsy (@GameandRead). You can also listen to our weekly podcast available here on the blog and on iTunes.

Until next time, happy reading!
–Erin

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