2015 in Review

2015 was a good year! I found an end of the year survey from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner that I liked and wanted to do myself. Most of these weren’t reviewed on my blog.

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Image from http://www.perpetualpageturner.com

2015 Reading Stats (with help from Goodreads stats):

Number of Books Read: 48 books. I might add a couple more before the year is out.

Number of Re-Reads: 0. I don’t re-read very much, maybe every few years.

Genre I Read the Most From: Science Fiction, Essays.

Best in Books

Best Book I Read in 2015: Tie between Lexicon by Max Berry and The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford.

Book I was Excited About & Thought I Would Love More But Didn’t: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. I like The Left Hand of Darkness and Le Guin’s short stories a lot. This ended up being too complicated and political for me.

Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) book I read: The audiobook of A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller. It was surprising in a bad way because the concept sounded interesting, but the book was very long and difficult. I’m glad I listened to it instead of reading all that Latin!

Book I “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did): None this year, either in person or on my blog.

Best series you started in 2015: Tie between Ironskin by Tina Connolly (review here) and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacagalupi.

Best Sequel of 2015: No sequels in the novels I read this year.

Best Series Ender of 2015: No series enders in the novels I read this year.

Favorite new author discovered in 2015: No new authors this year, only ones I hadn’t read before. So my favorite new to me authors were Shannon Hale and Ruth Reichl.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone: Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death by Judy Bachrach. Runner-up: Austenland by Shannon Hale (review here.)

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Lexicon by Max Barry (review here.)

Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year: Again I don’t re-read much, but probably stories from Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.

  Favorite Cover of a book read in 2015: Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer.

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Most memorable character of 2015: Tie between Nailer from Ship Breaker and Joanna from The Stepford Wives.

Most beautifully written book read in 2015: I only read half of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness before it was due back at the library–with many holds on it! I can see why it’s a popular YA novel.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015: I found Being Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Godreau thought-provoking even though I didn’t end up becoming fully vegetarian this year, like I thought.

Book I waited Until 2015 to finally read: The Dispossessed.

Favorite Passage/Quote from a book I Read In 2015: I liked alot of passages from Ruth Reichl’s books Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015: Goodreads 2015 stats say Terry Pratchett’s Discworld children’s book Where’s My Cow? was the shortest. A Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh was the longest–I only read half, as the other half was another book (The Notorious Rake).

Book That Shocked Me The Most:  New Cthulu: The Recent Weird (review here.) Shocking like disturbing in a bad way, so I therefore didn’t review the stories I didn’t like.

OTP (One True Pairing) of the Year: None.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Pima and Nailer, Ship Breaker.

Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.

Best Book You Read In 2015 That I Read Based Only On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: I picked out the Mary Balogh book at a used bookstore based on reviews of her books at Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015: None.

Best 2015 debut: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. My only 2015 debut I read this year.

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Ship Breaker.

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read: Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones.

Book That Made Me Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015: None that I can remember.

Hidden Gem Of The Year:  I didn’t read many new books this year.

Book That Crushed My Soul: None this year!

Most Unique Book You Read In 2015: Wonderbook. I enjoyed the illustrations, essays, and writing exercises, though I didn’t try writing any.

Book That Made Me The Most Mad: A nonfiction book I read for personal reasons. I thought it would go more in-depth on the topic than it did, so I was frustrated I had to look elsewhere for that information. I also didn’t like the writing style very much. It was strange, as I usually like researching something I’m interested in learning about!

Blogging and Bookish Life

New favorite book blog discovered in 2015: Hard to choose–maybe Neon Yeti Reads.

Favorite review written in 2015: Ironskin. My first review!

Best discussion/non-review post on your blog: Not sure. My post about Beeminder might count as a non-book review.

Best event:  I went to a Neil Gaiman signing back in February! It was very exciting, as he’s one of my favorite authors. I was very starstruck and nervous to meet him in person. He signed my copies of his books as well as his new book, and everyone there got a picture with him. He was very nice!

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Me with Neil Gaiman at his signing at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

 

Blogging wise, I really liked the Austen in August event from Adam at Roof Beam Reader. I was sad to read he’s not doing it again next year! I’m thinking of joining his Shakespeare event–more info here.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015: I just enjoyed reading different blogs and book blogging tips.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year:

Most Popular Post This Year: The minimalist community gave me a lot of likes for my review of The 100 Thing Challenge.

Post I Wished Got A Little More Love: None really, I know I’m just starting out as a blogger this year!

Best bookish discovery: When I travel, I like going to local libraries and bookstores. The bookstores I visited in 2015 were Old Firehouse Books in Colorado, and in Maine, Sherman’s Books and the Friends of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library bookstore. I wasn’t able to visit the library itself, but I want to visit Maine again!

Completed Reading Challenges or Goals: I set my 2015 Goodreads goal as 30 books, and I read 48-50!

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

Book I’m Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut): I don’t have many upcoming books on my To Read List. Most of it is from 2015!

2016 Debut:  A 2016 release I have on my To Read list is And Again by Jessica Chiarella.

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016: None.

One Thing I Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Reading/Blogging Life In 2016: Get more involved in the book blogging community through comments and social media.

A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I haven’t yet read my ARC of If At Birth You Don’t Succeed by Zach Anner yet. It looks fun and inspiring.

I have a couple more 2015 reviews to finish, then on to 2016!

 

#AusteninAugustRBR 2015: Austen Fandom Videos

As I’m on vacation this week, here is a roundup of my favorite Austen-related videos.

Regency version of  Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” from Austenland (2013). This played over the end credits to the movie adaptation of Shannon Hale’s book. (Read my review of the book!)

“Jane Austen’s Fight Club.” I understand this and think it’s funny even though I’ve never read or watched Fight Club.

“Mr Bingley’s Post (Pride and Prejudice parody).” The jokes remind me of Monty Python or Fry and Laurie sketches, which should be expected from a comedy group called Pineapple-Shaped Lamps.

“The Real Housewives of Jane Austen.” A reality TV version of Austen’s heroines. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that I’m drunk” is the best joke in this one, I think.

Bonus: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies panel from Comic Con 2015 with the cast and Seth Graeme-Smith, author of the book. I’m excited to see Matt Smith (from Doctor Who) as Mr. Collins, zombie or not! It comes out February 5, 2016.

Do you have a favorite Austen or Regency era video/meme/GIF? Please share in the comments!