2017 Reading and Writing Report

A lot of terrible things happened in the greater world during the year 2017 but for me personally and creatively it was actually a much, much better year than 2016. I am standing (or rather, sitting, drinking a cup of hot chocolate because it is 3 degrees out) here on the first day of 2018 feeling hopeful and determined.

My stats, because it helps me evaluate where I’ve been and where I’m going:

In 2017 I read 65 books. Not quite as much as some years, but much better than the 44 books in 2016! And I really, really enjoyed what I read for the most part. Over a third of those were five-star reads for me! Of those 65:
9 were graphic novels or comic collections
31 were written or co-written by non-white authors (I track this to try to ensure I am reading diversely)
9 were Nonfiction
4 were Poetry
5 were MG novels (split between historical, mystery, fantasy, contemporary)
16 were YA novels (almost all contemporary! Only three fantasy, one sf and one historical)
17 were Adult novels (mostly fantasy, sf and romance)
4 were Adult novellas (all fantasy or sf)
13 were ebooks from the library
24 were ebooks I own
9 were library hardcopies
13 were hardcopies I own
3 were audiobooks from the library

I am definitely aware that I favor ebooks these days. I just find it so much easier to read on my ereader or phone, and find it a challenge to handle large trade editions let alone giant hardbacks. I still enjoy audiobooks but have been listening to more podcasts this year which means I have less time for them.

In 2017 I wrote 137,000 words. Most of them were on a new MG fantasy novel that I revised substantially several times (and am currently revising yet again). The rest were on several different new projects that I hope to get back to eventually. I also did some hard and occasionally painful work figuring out where I want to go with my writing career given my long and unintended hiatus from publishing. I have more thoughts on that but will save them for a later post as some are still in progress. The short version is: I found a reserve of new energy and determination, and a resolve to push hard to both work on new MG fiction, and to focus on writing what brings me joy. I began querying to find a literary agent in August, and ended up signing with my brilliant new agent Hannah at the end of October. Things are moving in a positive direction and I really hope that 2018 will bring even more good news.

Some of my favorite entertainments from the year:

And my favorite memories:

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  1. Charlotte says:

    I hope the writing keeps on cooperating! Best of luck with it in 2018!