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2015: My Reading Year in Review

2015 was a great reading year for me. I branched out into different genres while digging deeper into genres and authors I know I love. My top ten list for the year contains books that will become some of my all-time favorites (see my earlier post!). And, here, I’ll attempt to organize some stats about my reading year for the first time ever!

Total number of books read: 73

Total number of pages read: 23,167

Longest book read:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (722 pgs)

Shortest book read: (technically a short story)

Forbid the Sea by Seanan McGuire (20 pgs)

Average book length: 317 pgs

Most popular book I read this year (according to Goodreads): The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, with 481,331 other readers

Least popular book I read this year (according to Goodreads): Verses by Ani DiFranco, with 440 other readers

Average rating: 3.3 stars

Number of live author events attended: 3 (Kelly Link, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Dinaw Mengestu) (all were awesome)

Number of states I purchased books in: 4 (Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Louisiana)

Number of library used book sales attended: probably around 10. I tried to count, but I lost track.

Number of books I bought: infinity, approximately

Number of audiobooks I listened to: 4

Plays I attended (plays are similar to books…): 3: Book of Mormon, Twelfth Night, Spring Awakening

 

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meta-chart(1)Reading Challenges:

✓Participated in Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon

✓Read more than 60 books

✓Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

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✓Colorful Book Covers Challenge: read 3 books for each color

Red Cover
The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2) by Samantha Shannon A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes

Orange Cover
Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels, #5.5) by Ilona Andrews Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews The Martian by Andy Weir

Yellow Cover
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Green Cover
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Fate's Edge (The Edge, #3) by Ilona Andrews All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost A Novel by Lan Samantha Chang

Blue Cover
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1) by China Miéville

Purple Cover
Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi Steel's Edge (The Edge, #4) by Ilona Andrews Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

Pink Cover
The City & the City by China Miéville Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Black Cover
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter Small Gods (Discworld, #13) by Terry Pratchett Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

White Cover
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Gray Cover
The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass Smoke and Mirrors Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye, #9) by Seanan McGuire

Brown Cover
Forbid the Sea (October Daye, #0.4) by Seanan McGuire Anansi Boys (American Gods, #2) by Neil Gaiman Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Colorful Cover
Euphoria by Lily King The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Here’s to even more awesome reading in 2016!

My Top Ten Books of 2015!

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I love making book lists (as is very obvious from this blog) and one of my favorite lists to make every year is the top ten books I’ve read over the past year. To be clear, these weren’t all published in 2015 (although a couple of them were). So, here they are–my favorite reads of 2015, some of which will join the all-time favorite book list or the list of authors that

1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 5 stars

I’m typically more of a science fiction/fantasy reader, but my number-one read of 2015 turned out to be an intensely relevant realistic fiction book. Americanah is about race, identity, alienation, and finding your place in the world–and it’s also a love story. It’s beautiful and thought-provoking, and I plan to read one of Adichie’s earlier books, Half of a Yellow Sun, in 2016.

2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – 5 stars

Another realistic fiction read! Although technically it’s less realistic than most, since it does deal with a family that raises a chimpanzee as a child. It’s a premise that doesn’t seem like it could be taken seriously, but it was the most heart-wrenching book I read this year. Told from the perspective of one of the family’s human children who is in college years after the experiment that brought Fern, the chimpanzee, into her family’s life, I dare you to read this book and not cry. It makes you think about ethics and what it means to be human, and the ways in which our families shape us.

3. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – 5 stars

I’m a huge N.K. Jemisin fan and have read and loved both of her previous series (the Inheritance trilogy and the Dreamblood duology), so the first book in her new series was an instant buy for me when it came out this summer. Her worldbuilding is so impressive–her planet of successive disaster events and earth-mages is intricately planned, and none of the three separate stories told within the book went in the directions I’d predicted. It was a perfect creative fantasy, and I’m anxious for book 2 to come out next summer.

4. Ragnarök The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt – 5 stars

I was really not expecting to love this book the way I did. It was a random find at a library book sale that turned out to be part of the Canongate Myths series. It’s a testament to the power of myth, and deals with a young child in England during World War II reading Norse mythology, which helps her to better comprehend the horrors of war.

5. Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 4.5 stars

One of two absolutely fantastic YA reads this year. Six of Crows is an adventure that’s also moving, it’s exciting but it also really makes you care about each of its characters. In particular, Kaz, the mysterious gang leader at the heart of the book’s caper, is one of my favorite characters of the year. It’s been described as a magical Ocean’s Eleven, and that’s not too far off. I feel like I’m starting to repeat myself, but I can’t wait for book 2 to come out in 2016 and I really hope all of the characters find what they’re looking for.

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 4.25 stars

Carry On is a special, special book. It’s a love letter to Harry Potter that doesn’t hesitate to point out the book’s flaws. It’s also a really beautiful YA romance, one of the best I’ve ever read. I read this one during the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon, and I’m glad that I had planned in advance to spend all day reading that book, or else I definitely would have canceled whatever plans I’d had and done it anyways.

7. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – 4.25 stars

Super creative fantasy/scifi/horror that managed to be both disturbing and hilarious.

8. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 4.25 stars

Beautifully written book taking place right before, during, and after a flu pandemic and celebrating the importance of art.

9. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – 4.25 stars

It took me way too long to get to this book–I loved the creative structure and was so impressed that the author was able to inhabit so many different voices.

10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – 4 stars

Haunting and beautifully written. The pacing was strange, but the book had so many moments of beauty, and the ending was perfectly done.