Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Blog 2015

Hello my fellow bookworms, Happy New Year! It is time to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. Let’s end the year with a few reading stats:

Books Read: 62           New Reads: 57              Re-Reads: 5

Fiction: 41                Non-Fiction: 21             Poetry: 0

In 2014 I finished 56 books so I am up this year! The lack of studying and coursework, and a steady job have definitely helped. I also managed to up my re-read and non-fiction reading. Now for some fun meme categories to help me reflect on what I’ve been reading in 2015:

  • Best Fiction Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier and Inferno by Dan Brown.
  • Best Non-Fiction Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran.
  • Best Classic The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Best Re-ReadThe Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien, although Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett was a worthy runner-up.
  • Best Series You Discovered Divergent by Veronica Roth, the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, and Beyond the Tales by Cheryl Mahoney.
  • Favourite New-To-Me Authors – Frances Hodgson Burnett, Cheryl Mahoney, Edith Nesbit, Jessie Burton, Veronica Roth and Susan Doran.
  • Most Memorable Character – The honest and loyal Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien.
  • Most Read Genre – Fantasy (17) and Classics/Modern Classics (16).
  • Multiple Reads of an Author – Mark Black (3), Devin Brown (2), Arthur Conan Doyle (3), Susanna Kearsley (2), Cheryl Mahoney (2), Terry Pratchett (2), Veronica Roth (3), J R R Tolkien (3).
  • Ambitions for 2016: I hope to continue to make good progress through my Classics Club list, as I will be going into my final year! I would also like to continue to make time for re-reads and favourite authors.

Coming up I have some more in-depth posts looking into my favourite books and adaptations of 2015.

How was 2015 for you? What are your aims for 2016?

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12 thoughts on “Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

  1. Awesome, Jessica! And I love that you’ve been able to pick a firm favourite, it’s quite the recommendation. Looking forward to seeing your progression with your classics list (I like that we can extend the time if need be!)

    1. Thank you 🙂 I usually find it really hard to pick a firm favourite; 1. these were great reads and 2. I found it easier breaking best book down into a few categories e.g. fiction, classic and non-fiction. As for the Classics Club I would really like to finish in the 5 years!

  2. Good luck with 2016! I’m going to keep moving forward on my TBR shelf which thankfully has quite a few Classics Club books on it 🙂 (The CC list has been woefully ignored for too long.)

  3. You sound like a happy reader which is as it should be. I was pleased with my year also and will be posting my top favorites on my blog tomorrow. Happy reading in 2016!

  4. I need to make a lot of progress with my Classics Club list this year too, as I’m starting to run out of time! Congratulations on re-reading five books in 2015 – I only managed to re-read one, so that’s something else I would like to improve.

    1. Thank you Helen, I am pleased with my re-reading and I am hoping to continue it in 2016. I hope you are able to make the progress you want with your Classics Club list and re-reading.

  5. Great stats, Jessica, and love the layout. I too want to make more time to read classics, but I don’t think that will be possible in 2016. I already have my reading year planned ahead.

    1. Thank you Carmen 🙂 I am really pleased with my stats and I thought I’d tweak my layout and categories this year – keep things interesting. I’m sorry to hear you don’t expect much time for more classics this year, but I do hope you enjoy your reading and plan. Happy 2016!

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