2016, 2017 and all that

Hi everyone, wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year !

I can’t begin to guess where I might be or what I might be doing this time next year – 2016 has brought a lot of both expected and unexpected changes, not the least of which was leaving my job after 24 years.

As far as reading goes, I will close 2016 with 100 classics under my belt (74 of these read in 2016), and 2 successful spin challenges from the Classics Club, but still plowing through the Ancient Greeks, which I had hoped to be finished now, and The Old Testament. Both of these should be truly finished by the end of 2017. I would like to think I will also be finished the Ancient Roman literature, but only time will tell.

In addition to the above, I also hope to complete the Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2017 https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/152458-ultimate-popsugar-reading-challenge

and also read the Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and L. Frank Baum’s Oz series for some light relief as joint reads.  That’s a big call with over 120 books in total across four goals, so looking forward to making a start first thing Sunday morning!

Again, best wishes to you and your families, and keep on reading!


  1. Wow, you’ve read A LOT this past year. And your 2017 goals look challenging, but totally doable for you, too.

    Want me to add you to the Wheel of Time and Wizard of Oz read-along pages at LSoaL? Totally optional of course, these are supposed to be pretty laid-back read-alongs — (lonestaronalark.com/the-wizard-of-oz-read-along and lonestaronalark.com/the-wheel-of-time-re-read-along)


  2. Thanks so much _ I don’t comment as much as I’d like on your site, but I read every post and your site is my number one go-to site after I finished posting to see if I can compare notes on a title. wishing you a great year!!


  3. Gee, I hope leaving your job is ok and is turning out well. That is a big change.

    I was alerted a couple of months ago that there were more in the Oz series than just one book…oops! so that challenge intrigues me. I am sorry I didn’t know about it sooner, but I already chose my challenges for the year. I’ll be interested to read your posts about it.

    Enjoy your reading year!


  4. Leaving the job was part by choice and part forced, but probably a good thing all round. I am working part time in a supermarket deli, which has some similarities to library work, and the public and staff are all pretty good.
    Have a great 2017!

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