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{five years into reading like rory}

And I am finally up to present time on updating you guys about my travels through this lengthy, eclectic reading list based on one of my favorite television shows – Gilmore Girls.

As you could probably guess by the title of this post, with the wrapping up of 2017 came the wrapping up of my fifth year of Reading Like Rory.

My first and second years of tackling this list I thought were really good! My bookworm bestie and I averaged twenty books a year. And then we both had a baby (her her first and me my second) and things just kind of went down hill in the reading department.

My third year was so horrible it actually made me aim to do better in my fourth year; but by better I mean like slightly less horrible as the year before.

Let’s just not talk about those years anymore.

It’s shameful…

BUT let me tell you about my fifth year!

I am so proud of this past year of reading!

Came into it with sixty-eight books from the list read and came out with…

I have read ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR books from the list!

Yes, you read that correctly! I managed to more than double what it took me four years to read through in just one year.

So, if you math that out that means in one year I managed to read my way through seventy-six books.

I know, I know. For some of you serious bookworms out there this is not that big of a deal; but for this mom of three I think it’s a record! So I’m going to be proud of me.

This is what this year’s bookshelf looks like…

{five years into reading like rory} bookshelf

So many good books!

I honestly don’t think I can pick a favorite for this year.

I had some firsts with entering the mystery genre with Sue Grafton’s S is for Silence. I probably read my first books from the young adults genre as an adult. Obviously I read from this genre as a young adult. My favorite being The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, it brought me to tears. More than once.

I also read a few more of the classic fairy tales this past year, my favorite being Felix Salten’s Bambi, A Life in the Woods. I always enjoyed I don’t think enjoyed is the right word for that movie the Disney movie version of this story; but the book was SO MUCH BETTER! Shocker, I know. And, believe it or not, the book was even more sad than the movie. Worth the tears though! What? I mean just kidding, I didn’t cry…

{five years into reading like rory} pages read

Above you can see my slow months and my really good months. All of the lulls I understand – March we had company and I was nannying, June the kids were out of school and I was traveling, September school started and I was juggling nannying/babysitting for three families, December we moved and, you know, had the holidays.

It’s the two super loaded months I don’t fully understand. The only reason I can think of is audiobooks became a thing for me. I would go on walks, clean the house, do the dishes, create projects, drive, all while simultaneously “reading” a book. It’s great! I definitely have to be in the right mindset for audiobooks to work for me; but in October and November they were definitely working for me.

My biggest feat this year was probably finishing up the epic poem The Iliad. At 704 pages (depending on the edition) this was my longest read of the year. It was a tough read and I won’t pretend to have understood it all. However, I got that it was an epic battle with the Greek Gods and Goddesses intervening in the affairs of us mere mortals. Hopefully, next year I can make my way through The Odyssey. *fingers crossed*

{five years into reading like rory} most read author

A close second for my biggest challenge would be finishing up almost all of the Shakespeare on the list! I say almost because technically The Complete Works of Shakespeare is on the list; but I only read the individual plays and sonnets that were specifically referenced within the show. The great William Shakespeare is also my most read author of 2017. I read nine of his works. Most of them in one month and then I never wanted to pick up his work again. I was burnt out; but I’ll tackle the complete works at some point…

{five years into reading like rory} female vs male authors

One stat I am definitely not super ecstatic about is how few female authors I read compared to male. That means only a mere 29% of the books I read this year were written by women. I couldn’t even believe this when I was counting it up. I did not expect such a drastic difference. In my defense though, since I am Reading Like Rory, and going off a list that I did not create, I do not have total control over what authors I read. In fact the list itself is comprised of…

{five years into reading like rory} female vs male authors whole list

That means that just 26% of the books on the list are written by women! That seems crazy to me considering the show features two, strong, independent women. I think if we took out the books Rory read for school the numbers would be more even. A lot of the classics we read for classes are male authors.

All this and, lo and behold, my first two reads of the new year are written by men. ooooops!

Here are some links to all the books I finished in 2017 so you can get your hands on them too…

Franny & Zooey
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Comedy of Errors
The Metamorphosis
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Sonnet 43
Ethan Frome
The Raven
King Richard III
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Candide
The Tell-Tale Heart
Ode
Rosemary’s Baby
Cujo
The Sonnets
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Yearling
Swimming With Giants
The Code of the Woosters
Little Red Riding Hood
Merry Wives of Windsor
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Crucible
The Scarecrow of Oz
Henry IV, Part 1
Daisy Miller
Slaughterhouse-Five
The Secret Life of Bees
Henry V
High Fidelity
Babe
Julius Caesar
Henry IV, Part 2
Emily the Strange
Bambi
Sleeping Beauty
The Stepford Wives
Dolores Claiborne
Cinderella
The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton
The Inferno
Mrs. Dalloway
The Mourning Bride
In Cold Blood
Who Moved My Cheese?
Old Yeller
Howl and Other Poems
Doctor Dolittle
Frankenstein
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
R is for Ricochet
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A Room of One’s Own
Helter Skelter
Tender Is the Night
S is for Silence
1984
The Lovely Bones
The Iliad
The Outsiders
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
All the Pretty Horses
The Snows of Kiliminjaro
The Divine Comedy
Into the Woods
Brave New World
Siddhartha
Kitchen Confidential
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
The Red Tent
Native Son
The Witch Tree Symbol
Letters to a Young Poet

And even if you don’t want to buy the books you can use any of these links to get to Amazon and any purchases you do make will help support this blog! Which would be totally awesome and greatly appreciated!

I don’t think my sixth year will be as full of books as this past year has been; but that’s ok! I’m just happy I was able to crank out so many books while I was feeling motivated.

How many books were you able to finish in 2017?! What are your goals for 2018?! Have you read any of these books?! Do you have any stats you weren’t expecting to come out the way they did?!

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