2015 Reading in Review, the specs part 1


I almost wanted to put off posting this list until even later than December 27 because devouring books does not stop for the year’s most consuming holidays!  That is what I tell myself.  Maybe it is really because when the list is posted then I no longer have the 2015 Reading Challenge to shape my ‘what to read next?’ and I am not feeling like structuring myself.

Being between books is a lonely and desolate place.

I am going to post the first half of the list in this post and then the rest in a second post of what ended up in what category this year for good.  Perhaps somewhere there can be a best books I read in 2015, just to make the year complete.

As of December 23 Goodreads says I have read 71 books.  My goal was 50 books.

21,633 pages.

So here it is, my 2015 Reading Challenge, Part 1:

More than 500 pages:  Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

A classic romance:  The Princess Bride,  William Goldman (for all my supposed dislike of romance I had read most of the possible choices)

A book that became a movie: The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

A book published this year:  Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Stephanie Tromly

A book written by someone under 30: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (yeah it took me until I was 33 to read it)

A book with nonhuman characters:  Hidden Wings, Cameo Renae

A funny book: The Importance of being Earnest, Oscar Wilde (I should have read a David Sedaris…and I will, next year!)

A book by a female author: Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte

A mystery or thriller: The Magician’s Lie, Greer MacAllister

A one word title:  Jackaby, William Ritter

A book of short stories:  The Shell Collector, Anthony Doerr

A book set in a different country:  Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

A nonfiction book:  Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks (rest in peace!)

A popular author’s first book: Carrie, Stephen King

A book by an author you love that you have not read yet: The King’s Curse, Philippa Gregory

A book a friend recommended: The Martian, Andy Weir

A book based on a true story:  The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown

A book your mom loves:  The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

A book that scares you: The Bell Witch, FD Taff (should have been Within these Walls by Ania Ahlborn. I am sure that would be scarier)

A book more than 100 years old:  The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Ward Radcliffe

A book based entirely on its cover:  Medium Dead, Paula Paul

A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn’t: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

A book with a color in the title:  The Color Purple, Alice Walker

A memoir:  The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls

A book you can finish in a day: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

A book with antonyms in the title:  North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell

A book in a place you have always wanted to visit:  Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne

Part 2 is forthcoming!  The choices of these books were the result of a long and delicate process of trolling the internet combined with what I felt like reading, what I saw were gaps in my reading, what I already had/on sale.  You know, complicated scientific formulae.  Plus Pinterest.

I always welcome comments!!


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