I’m late getting this year’s running list of books I’ve read up and running, but here we go! This is actually better than last year, when I didn’t start blogging the list until mid March.

I’m determined this year. It WILL be a good year for reading. My lists have been on a decline since I first started logging books in 2008, when I was a public children’s librarian, wasn’t a mom yet, and had way more time to read and stay on top of what was new. Last year was my lowest ever.

But, interestingly, it was my highest ever total (since keeping these lists) of books for grownups read. So, my reading is shifting. I’m doing less of it, but there’s a shift away from scores of picture books to more and more books actually written for adults. My reading of children’s novels has fallen off, too, but that might start to come back up as Hannah and I read more together.

This year I want to see a bit of an uptick. It might not even happen with my overall tallies, but since I read fewer picture books these days it’s to be expected. But I hope to see more books in the Grownup Books category, and even the Children/YA category (especially as I’m reading more chapter books with H). We shall see!

2008: 356 Books Read
2009: 302 Books Read
2010: 344 Books Read
2011: 202 Books Read
2012: 121 Books Read
2013: 118 Books Read
2014: 77 Books Read
2015: 84 Books Read
2016: 76 Books Read

BB=Board Book
C=Chapter Book/Easy Reader
CN=Children’s Novel
CNF=Children’s Nonfiction
NF=Other Nonfiction (Teen or Adult)
P=Picture Book
S=Short Stories

* Audio Book

Picture Books

  1. Funny Machines for George the Sheep: A Picture Book Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci–Geraldine Elschner (P)
  2. Baby Dragon–Amy Ehrlich (P)
  3. Our Busy Lives–Clare Hibbert (P)
  4. The Little Fisherman–Margaret Wise Brown (P)
  5. If you Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t!–Elise Parsley (P)

Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books

Children’s/YA Books

  1. My Father’s Dragon–Ruth Stiles Gannett (F)

Grownup Books

  1. *The Andromeda Strain–Michael Crichton (F)
  2. *The Kind Worth Killing–Peter Swanson (F)
  3. *The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax–Dorothy Gilman (F)
  4. *Mary Russell’s War: And Other Stories of Suspense–Laurie R. King (F)
  5. *The Murder of Mary Russell–Laurie R. King (F)
  6. *The Yard–Alex Grecian (F)