Last year I did this as a two-part post. This year, I’m cramming it into one. You’re welcome?
Reading in 2015
My reading goals in 2015 looked something like this:
- Read at least 40 books (my original Goodreads challenge goal)
- Read more short stories
- Try new genres
- Read more widely (topics)
- Make a dent in my accumulated books
And here’s what I accomplished:
Read at least 40 books
Nailed it. In July. At one point, I thought I might be able to hit 100, but we decided instead to sell our house and move. Instead, I finished the year at 75. That’s 20 more than 2014 during what was a busy year. Also, I read 21,756 pages last year, up from 15,779 in 2014.
Here’s a link to everything I read in 2015 (Note: the kids’ books on the list are placeholders for books I read/edited that aren’t currently available in Goodreads.
Read more short stories
My plan was to read one short story a day, which I still believe is an excellent plan for fitting in short story collections. When I did this, it worked well. I read eight short story collections, so not quite the one-a-month I might have set as an ultimate goal, but that’s still a lot of short stories.
Try new genres/Read more widely (topics)
I’m combining these two as they really do go together. I read some sci-fi and I read a couple of graphic novels. I read a few books by really popular young adult authors. I read some feminist essays. I read a couple of stories about missionaries, some that took place in South America and Africa.
Make a dent in my accumulated books
At that time, I had 85 unread physical books and 19 unread Kindle books. Let’s be honest – did anyone expect me to succeed here? At least, without an accompanying “cut back on buying new books” goal?
My current tbr stands at 83 unread physical books and 21 unread Kindle books. So technically, I’m right where I started. I can say the titles on that shelf have changed a lot. I don’t know if that counts or not.
How Many Stars?
- 5 stars: 9 books (including one re-read)
- 4 stars: 34 books
- 3 stars: 21 books
- 2 stars: 7 books
- 1 star: 2 books (not sure why I don’t use this rating more often)
- 0 stars: 2 books (book I edited but didn’t rate)
Favorite Books of 2015
Of course you can’t go wrong with any of those 5-star books but I’m not going to stick to only those for my favorite books. I’m going to create some random categories. Most of these will have reviews of some sort on my Goodreads account or elsewhere on my blog depending on when I read them.
- Best Classic: Lady Susan (It may have been my only classic)
- Best Modern Classic: The Haunting of Hill House
- Best Short Story Collection: Almost Famous Women
- Best Mystery: The Likeness
- Best Book from Bookclub: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
- Best Non-Fiction: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
- Best Thriller They Should Quit Comparing to “Gone Girl”: The Girl On The Train
- Best Movie that Should’ve Also Been a Book: Age of Adaline
Worst of 2015:
And of course we must give a few mentions to my least favorite books of 2015.
- Worst Book to Movie Adaptation, Fiction: The Haunting of Hill House (as The Haunting w/ Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor)
- Worst Book to Movie Adaptation, Nonfiction: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- Most Slappable Character: Eileen Tumulty in We Are Not Ourselves
Reading in 2016
1. Read 50 books
I’ve set it at 50 and I’ll go for more. But I also have solid writing goals this year. More on that next week!
I’m doing this with a bunch of my #jhbc (Jazz Hands Book Club) ladies. We’ve set a guideline that we shouldn’t count any one book for more than two categories. See the challenge by clicking above or the image at right (will enlarge).
3. Read at least 3 classics from new-to-me authors
I don’t think I did well with this last year.
Nope. Keeping it simple this year. That’s it. I’ll try to read diversely, but that’s become routine for me at this point.
Looking Forward to Reading in 2016:
My tbr is just as full as last year so feel free to check that out if you want to suggest something there: my tbr (this is a list of physical books I own and haven’t read) and tbr_digital shelves on Goodreads. I’m looking forward to digging deeper into Shirley Jackson. I have a fair amount of true crime I’d like to pick up relatively soon. I’d also like to see if I can find some books (either fiction or nonfiction) set in my new home of Alexandria and DC.
Here’s to another year of broad reading in 2016!