2015; A Reading Year in Review

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is my fourth reading year in review, a baffling feat – I’ve never been this dedicated to anything before. Blogging may have its ups and downs, plaguing me with enthusiasm and boredom, but I do love it. Not only because it pushes me to read (just as reading pushes me to blog), but because I’ve interacted with so many like-minded fellows through it.

I still haven’t matched 2013 in terms of reading brilliance. It was the year I of Ford Madox Ford and Slaughterhouse-Five and nothing has quite matched those reading experiences. Well, almost nothing, the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante was by far the best reading experience of 2015.

2015:

  • 106 books read, 101 new books + 5 re-reads (Harry Potter 1-4 & Our Spoons Came From Woolworths). 5 more than in 2014.
  • 32 5* books. 7 more than 2014, which surprised me – If I went over all of them today I think this number would drop.
  • 2 1* books. Vonnegut and Buchanan respectively. Not all Vonnegut was made equal, for me anyway.

I began the year with Maus by Art Speilgalman and ended it with Kill Your Friends by John Niven – two completely different books for two different Alice’s.

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My top 32 books:

It’s been a good year all in all, I’m looking forward to 2016 being even better.

What are your highlights of 2015?
Have you achieved or done anything special?
What is or will be your first book of 2016?

19 thoughts on “2015; A Reading Year in Review

  1. Happy New Year! Wow you read 106 books?! The Neapolitan Series were by far the best books of the year for me too! My first book will be A Little Life, I can’t wait to start it but I am a bit apprehensive too!

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  2. Happy New Year 🙂 Looks like you’ve read some great books. I think either Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness or David Copperfield by Charles Dickens will be my first book of 2016. I am currently reading both and they are long; we will just have to see which I finish first. I wish you more great reading in 2016.

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    1. I’ve struggled to find my first book, eventually settling on All the Light We Cannot See, so I’m very envious that you’ve got two books you’re enjoying.

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      1. Ooh, Persepolis and Maus…sorry, they’re what caught my eye, just one of them, though. 🙂 Highlights? A few, but I’ll share one: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Achieved or done anything special? Meh, not really ;). First book of 2016: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Still working on it.

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  3. Congratulations on another great year of reading. It is so brilliant that this blog is still going, because I think it’s such a great one and I really enjoy reading your thoughts of many of the books you read. 🙂

    The first book that I have been reading this year is Preincarnate by Shaun Micallef. I am kind of bummed though, it was kind of expensive for an ebook ($14 AUD) and I haven’t liked it as much as I thought I would. Maybe it will change though. >.<

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  4. What a fantastic group of books! Several I’ve read and admire very much and others like Ferrante, Erpenbeck, Zink & Ellis I didn’t get time to read. Your only choice I didn’t enjoy was the book by Gonzalez. But you’ve made me want to read Wide Sargasso Sea again! Happy New Year!

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  5. Happy New Year and phoar, 106 books! Given that number 2 one star reads is pretty good and 32 5 star awesome. I think my highlight was July – lots of books. It’s happened at least twice now and confuses me because when it’s sunny I try to be outside. Being able to make it to more events was good, too. I’m still reading the books I started at the end of the year, so if they count, Wild’s likely to be my first of 2016. If not, I have no idea at present.

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