I Read 39 Books in 2016

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:

  1. Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness – Donna Smallin
  2. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
  3. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
  4. Frostbite – Richelle Mead
  5. Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead
  6. Blood Promise – Richelle Mead
  7. Easy, affordable raw : how to go raw on $10 a day – Lisa Viger
  8. Spirit Bound – Richelle Mead
  9. Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead
  10. Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
  11. Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
  12. Unite Me – Tahereh Mafi
  13. Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi
  14. Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi
  15. The Personal MBA – Josh Kaufman
  16. How to Make Millions With Your Ideas – Dan S. Kennedy
  17. Sleeping Naked is Green – Vanessa Farquharson
  18. Go it alone! : the secret to building a successful business on your own – Bruce Judson
  19. The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
  20. The lean startup : how today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses – Eric Ries
  21. Ready, fire, aim : zero to $100 million in no time flat – Michael Masterson
  22. Raw Awakening – Kristen Suzanne
  23. Remote – Jason Fried
  24. The More of Less – Joshua Becker
  25. The knack : how street-smart entrepreneurs learn to handle whatever comes up – Norm Brodsky
  26. Rework – Jason Fried
  27. White girl problems – Babe Walker
  28. Create or Hate – Dan Norris
  29. Maximum Weight Loss – Dr. John McDougall
  30. A Study in Scarlet – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  31. Writing A Book A Week – Alex Foster
  32. Quit Your Job in 6 Months – Buck Flogging
  33. How to Lose 10 Pounds in a Week – Jenny Allan
  34. How to Make Money Blogging – Bob Lotich
  35. Weight Loss Motivation for Men & Women – Kira Novac
  36. How to Become Vegan – Steve Pavlina
  37. My First Year As An Internet Entrepreneur – Roberto Zanon
  38. Creating A Daily Writing Practice – Pemile Norregaara
  39. 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?

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