Friday, January 1, 2016

Reading Year in Review

Hello and welcome to 2016, apparently. Time to round up the books I read this past year.
In 2015, I finished 90 books, falling just short of my 100 book goal and breaking my three year streak. I'm almost content with the failure, however, if only because I didn't let myself turn the past week into an insane reading marathon just in order to reach this arbitrary goal. I had other things to accomplish, as well as books I wanted to enjoy more slowly, and I allowed myself to be okay with it for once. And hey, 90 books is still a lot! I even thought about lowering my reading goal for 2016, but apparently I’m still enough of a stubborn overachiever that when Goodreads asked me for my goal, I typed 100 again. Small steps. 

I did not even come close to meeting my Off the Shelf Challenge, however, accomplishing a truly embarrassing five out of fifty. It's disappointing... and dangerous given the overstuffed state of my bookshelves. Will 2016 finally be the year that I manage to catch up on the books I own instead of being lured by newer ones at the library? Ermmm, probably not, but I'm resolved to take a much more respectable run at it!

Some quick stats and favorites from my reading year: 

- Audiobooks: 12 
- E-Books: 5 
- Traditional Ink & Paper Books: 73

- Borrowed from the library or friends: 74 (4 of which I then bought copies of for myself) 
- From my own shelves: 16 (and only 5 of those valid for the OTS Challenge, sigh)

- Longest book: The Legend of Eli Monpress (1,040 pages) if we're counting omnibuses (omnibi?) or Lair of Dreams (613) if we're not. 

-Non-Fiction: 24  (11 History, 5 Memoir, and 8 Psychology/Sociology/Instructional)
- Fiction: 66 (with too many cross-overs to easily sort by genre, though the most popular was Fantasy/Magical Realism)

My Favorite Five Non-Fiction:

The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 
Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg on audio
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling on audio

My Favorite Fifteen Fiction: (Any fewer was just too hard)

Vicious by V. E. Schwab 
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

The Gates by John Connolly
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
 Jackaby by William Ritter 
The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch 
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
In The Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo 

Happy New Year and Good Reading to All!