Wednesday, January 11, 2017

52 Books in 52 Weeks (and then some!)


I am proud to say that I officially met and surpassed my 52 Books in 52 Weeks goal for 2016! I absolutely love to read, but never had I put a number on it before. It was so fun to watch my to-read pile grow smaller as my have-read pile grew taller, and I'm pleased to say that most of these were new-to-me reads! I did re-read a few favorites, but the majority were books and plays that I'd never picked up before. 

This year, I'm setting the goal to read 75 books in 2017, and after managing 60+ books/plays I think it's going to be do-able! I'm already in the middle of about six, so January should come in with a strong start.

Before I share this year's to-be-read list, I wanted to look back at the books tackled in 2016. Here we go!


Bailey Jean's 52 Books in 52 Weeks
*In no particular order...
*Favorites noted with +++++ at the end.

1. Restless by Jennie Allen
2. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
4. The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh
5. The Selection by Kiera Cass +++++
6. The Elite by Kiera Cass
7. The One by Kiera Cass
8. The Heir by Kiera Cass 
9. The Crown by Kiera Cass
10. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
11. Peter and Alice by John Logan +++++
12. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
13. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard +++++
14. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
15. Glass Sword by Victoria Ave yard
16. Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O'Neill


17. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
18. Play With Fire by Bianca Olthoff
19. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist +++++
20. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
21. Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenrider
22. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Condo
23. Splendor by Anna Godbersen
24. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
25. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
26. Rumors by Anna Godbersen
27. The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler
28. The Heir (*for a second time) by Kiera Cass
29. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
30. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
31. Envy by Anna Godbersen
32. I Was Blind Dating But Now I See by Stephanie Rische +++++



33. Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington
34. The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner
35.  Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs
36. Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato +++++
37. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
38. I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck
39. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda +++++
40. Wild & Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan
41. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
42. Cress by Marissa Meyer +++++
43. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
44. 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
45. The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow
46. Miracle Man by John Hendrix
47. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay +++++
48. Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath



49. How to Catch a Prince (Audible) by Rachel Hauck
50. Princess Ever After (Audible) by Rachel Hauck
51.  A Royal Christmas Wedding (Audible) by Rachel Hauck
52. Once Upon a Prince (Audible) by Rachel Hauck
53. The Wedding Dress (Audible) by Rachel Hauck +++++
54. Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup
55. Pride and Prejudice (Audible) by Jane Austen
56. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
57. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
58. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon +++++
59. I Don't Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton +++++
60. You're Already Amazing by Holley Gerth

NOT PICTURED:

61. Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson +++++
62. Proof by David Auburn
63. These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich
64. Enchanted April by Matthew Barber

Honestly, this is missing a LARGE number of plays read in the spring for grad school... but honestly I skimmed most of those so it doesn't really matter ;) I'm quite content to have ended 2016 with (at least if not more than) SIXTY-FOUR books and plays read! 

It was also my first year listening to books through Audible, and I LOVED it! I gave the 30 day free trial a go and fell in love. I've had many long drives back and forth from school to my parents' house, and I could tackle an audiobook in a single round trip. The edition of Pride and Prejudice narrated by Rosamund Pike was probably my favorite. She played Jane Bennet in the 2005 movie with Keira Knightley, and her voices are spectacular!

Have you read any of these titles? Any recommendations for this year?
75 books in 2017, here I come!

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