I Read 200 Books

From January 2015 to August 11, 2017, I read 200 books! Pre-2015 and pre-Goodreads, I kept track of what I read by crossing books off a physical to-be-read list and making notes on my iPhone. Now, Goodreads does a fantastic job of not only managing my TBR, but all of the books I’ve read. My main 2017 reading goal and my challenge on Goodreads was to read 58 books. While that seems like an odd number, I set my challenge to 58 books because that would mean that I had read 200 books within three years. I read 72 books in 2015 and 70 in 2016.

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To be honest, I was nervous that I wouldn’t hit my reading goal because of college, as I only read four to five books a month during this past spring semester. I know this isn’t bad and that no one should feel pressured to read, but for me, I missed reading. Yes, I was obviously still reading books, but by the time my schedule was over for the day and I had finished doing homework, I was so tired that I was lucky to get through ten pages without feeling the need to fall asleep. During the week of finals, while I spent most of my time writing final papers and preparing for exams, I was holding books left and right through my library system, and I knew A Court of Wings and Ruin would be waiting for me at home on move-out day. That being said, it’s no surprise that I’ve read 10+ books a month since coming home and that I’ve already accomplished my reading goal! I’m so excited to keep reading this year!

Listed below are some breakdowns and charts of what made up my 200 books. When it came to doing books by genre, I tried to get as specific as I could without using ten different genre categories—I plan on getting more specific in my 2017 breakdown at the end of the year.

2015 Favorite Books: Fangirl, Carry On, and Attachments all by Rainbow Rowell, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling, Cinder and Cress both by Marissa Meyer, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Champion by Marie Lu, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, The Assassin’s Blade, and Queen of Shadows all by Sarah J. Maas, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

2016 Favorites: Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom both my Leigh Bardugo, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea both by Ruta Sepetys


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How are you doing with your 2017 reading goals? Let me know in the comments!

10 thoughts on “I Read 200 Books

  1. I had picked 20 books for this year on Goodreads reading challenge but surpassed that and so far read 38 books – so decided to up my number to 50 and see if I can actually reach it. We’ll see where I’m at at the end of the year I guess 🙂

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  2. Hi Haley! Congratulations on reaching your goals!! I love that you made your goal 58 so you’d hit the numbers you wanted… And the pie charts are divine! You are truly a contemporary girl. I have no trouble meeting my reading goals because I read with my nephew picture books each week, lol, so I can make whatever goal I set… so its super cool to feel the excitement through you!!

    Did you think you’d read 25% adult books? I thought that was curious and wondered if that was a deliberate choice or not? And Rainbow Rowell is my favorite contemporary author… ❤

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    • Thank you!! I knew that I definitely read more adult than middle grade, but I didn’t realize they made up that much of my reading goal.I have found myself reaching for adult a bit more lately, and most of the adult books I read are historical fiction (even though I’m diving a bit more into adult contemporary as expected haha). AND YES YES TO RAINBOW ROWELL AS FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY AUTHOR!!!

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