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!