I read seventy five books in Twenty Fifteen.
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Hopefully you read the prior post about all my FAVORITES of the year.
Book I was excited about and thought I was going to love more: Five Days at Memorial didn’t sit right with me by the end of it but I am impressed with my review of it.
Also, I expected Atwood’s last two books in the Maddaddam series (<– link to my review which also includes link to Year of the Flood) to blow me over but perhaps I was setting it up for that curse of too high expectation let down.
Most surprising book: Absolutely hands down: Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside. Not a cozy mystery – or maybe it is because I don’t have a grasp what that means exactly, but chock full of button-pushing thoughts in ways that I like: feminism, marriage balance and independence; it was just more than I expected and I really liked it. I really need to explore more of this author’s work.
Book I pushed the most people to read: Besides Harold and Queenie!? [Just search for Rachel Joyce and find my posts.] I must push more ❤ love ❤ to James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird. It is history! and it is funny! Well, as funny as this sad chapter of US history and this interesting character can get. It’s a romp and fascinating and if you love satire, I highly recommend.
Diversity: I had said I would be better on this and though I mentioned a particular author (Tayari Jones)and now must admit that I didn’t get to any of her books this year (bummer), I really did read more diversely and on purpose. I stated that I intend to read more nonfiction on issues of race and education and I did. See my November of Nonfiction.
Readalongs: Thank you shoutouts to my Kingalong friends! We read Pet Sematary, Misery and ‘Salem’s Lot. ALWAYS a good time.
Sister Carrie was a shared reading experience and I read Flowers for Algernon with Athira. A highlight of 2015 was something new and different: I live-tweeted my way through Elegance of the Hedgehog with (or rather, at) Katie – that was a blast and a fabulous fun way to share a book.
(I’m still up for a readalong of Germinal if someone wants to suggest a date.)
Only 19 books from 2015 were by an author I had previously enjoyed. Thus, approximately 50+ authors were new to me authors! – and that repeat count gets confusing because I read a few authors multiple times/books during the year and my head hurts.
Authors presented me with their second/third/etc: I read 3 more Stephen King’s, I read 3 titles by Rachel Joyce and she was new to me with Harold Fry’s Pilgrimage. I read two of Margaret Atwood’s and two of Liane Moriarty’s.
I reread: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
I do a horrible job tracking genre. I did hit most all of them, I think.
And Debuts. Notables though would be Helen Macdonald for her H is for Hawk and Eowyn Ivey for The Snow Child. Perhaps also Renee Ahdieh for The Wrath and the Dawn. Oh! and Zen Cho for Sorcerer to the Crown.
Unintended THEMES in my 2015 reading: Mabels! – in H is for Hawk and in The Snow Child.
Classics and Challenges! I am pleased. This year is my first of five to get after my Classics 50 list and I read TEN. Thankfully, I am not actually off the pace because we are allowed substitutions and on that regard, I finished 14 ‘classics’ when defined by books over 25 years old. I think that is the criteria. The ‘youngest’ book on my list I think is either Garp by Irving or Pinchon’s Gravity Rainbow? I need to double check that, I suppose… Whatever. I am every so PLEASED with my classics reading, I am I am.
I finished What’s in a Name in record time and multiple books fitting many categories. I felt I gave a strong effort to Nonfiction November.
WordPress does a nice job of sending Annual Reports. You can click here to view mine (don’t worry, it’s short…)
My year by the numbers post will probably after the new year! Looking forward to seeing YOUR year end posts or share your top favorites in a comment or your general overview of YOUR reading year. Do share!