A Good Year for Reading
January is a month of reflection. This is probably due to January being the default month since it is between Christmas past and Valentine’s Day to be. While working off Christmas treats in order to succumb to anticipated chocolate hearts I have decided to give my 2015 year of reading a closer examination. Actually, I probably wouldn’t have done much more than said “Cool. I met and surpassed my Goodreads Reading Challenge.” Since they took the time and trouble to send me such an attractive report, I shall share the highlights with you all. If the pontification of accomplishments is not within your scheduled viewing, I am absolutely not offended if you drift off to the next blog in your reader. However, I am hoping you will stick around.
Books Read: 91
I set my Reading Challenge at 50 books, thinking “Hmm, that’s about one per week–that’s doable.” With so many great recommendations from so many dedicated Book Boosters like Heather and The Paperback Princess, I kept adding to my “To-Read” list and kept reading. I still have about 73 books on my TBR list. *Sigh* I have need to read issues.
The Short and Long of It
Shortest book: 96 pages
91 books is soooo amazing! Great job! Good luck in 2016:)
Thanks. I thought I would go for 101 this year. Who knows what will happen!
Congrats on such a high number. That’s wonderful. I pledged to read 50 last year and I ended up with 54, so I was pleased. This year I’m pledging 50 again. I’m currently reading ‘The Goldfinch’ for book club. It’s good but looooong, so I’m starting out of the gate at a slow trot. 🙂
I couldn’t finish it; I got as far as Vegas and grew irritated with the over abundance of abundance.
I’m reading it for a book club. Were it not for that, I might have given up at that point too. Over abundance is right. Only 20 pages left. Phew! Book club is tomorrow.
I rarely quit a book, but it just wasn’t enjoyable. I couldn’t figure out why it was such a big deal.
I just finished it today. Phew.
Did I miss anything after Vegas. Wait don’t tell me as I might be tempted to return read it.
No. Nothing at all. 😉
Good work! It’s always a nice feeling when you beat your reading targets. I have a similar problem to you, in that I’m always adding to my Goodreads TBR based on what other people have been reading/recommend. The good thing is that with my book buying ban this year I won’t be able to add to my actual TBR Towers.
Do you know which was your favourite book of the year?
You forgot to also mention that those rabbits are hideous to look at.
Scary bunnies–the WP gnomes have no discretion
That’s a great amount of reading. I managed the 52 I set myself – just! I must check and see if I got a nice report too!
I have not been keeping track of my reading. I know you have far outpaced me in lit fic. I’ve read several hundred picture books while I’m writing and revising my own PBs. I’ve also logged a handful of middle grade novels. But I must say that my discovery of Neil Gaiman has been a revelation this year. Have enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard book, and several of his short stories. Am enthralled with his his work.
I tried his writing and it didn’t work for me–something about a wall and magic? Maybe another title. He does kid’s books, right?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is considered a book for adults, but The Graveyard Book and Coraline are considered kids books that adults enjoy. I would call these works “paranormal realistic fiction.” The Ocean is about childhood memory and how unreliable or inconsistent memory can be.
I hear a lot about Ocean–I’ll check it out.
Congratulations, that’s a really good amount to read in between all the stuff that life throws at you. I’m not sure how many I read last year but already this year I am on my third book and all of them have been absolutely wonderful and thought provoking, it’s shaping up to be a good year and I hope this year is equally kind to you on the reading front.
I’m reading whatever interests me ranging from graphic novel retellings of classics to popular contempts to kids books. Reading, reading, reading–such a pleasure.
Yes, the noblest of pastimes. It is like a drug and everything becomes accessible.
Hooked on books…
Dang, girl! That’s a lot of books. Congrats!
I’m happy with surpassing my 25 books goal finally in 2015. I reedited an old book and wrote a first draft for a new one, so that’s not too shabby. 🙂
You did pretty well yourself!