2015 Reading in Review, the specs, Part 2


I hope you are enjoying any holiday time off you may have.

My love of Goodreads extends back to September of 2008.  Just as I was getting back into reading for pleasure after the harrowing brain, wallet and emotional drain that was graduate school, I was able to start reliably chronicling my reading efforts and stalk others’.

I loved it first for the stats, then to see what my friends were reading, and then for the giveaways, and then for the Reading Challenge ideas, and now…for my reading blog.  And it has been another social media connection point for many people who, even though I have never met them, just can’t seem to get away from me.

I am not sure I could blog about reading like I do without Goodreads.  You know, totally furious and poignant.

Goodreads proudly announced to me in my Year of Books that my shortest book was The Importance of Being Earnest, while my longest was The Mysteries of Udolpho.

My most popular book that I read (or re-read, really) was The Great Gatsby,  which probably cheats because it is high school reading.  And it has a few movies.

The highest rated was The Martian, with a 4.51 rating.  I am a little surprised that it beat out All the Light We Cannot See, which currently has an average rating of 4.3.

I completed my 2015 reading challenge goal by 142% so they told me I was like, really good at reading.  And possibly other things.

But what about the Popsugar Challenge?

I resume my former post:

A book that came out the year you were born (1981):  Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson

A book that got bad reviews:  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

A trilogy:  The Magicians, Lev Grossman

A book from your childhood:  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert C O’Brien

A book with a love triangle:  The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

A book set in the future:  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

A book set in high school:  A Fatal Family Secret, Samantha Marks, Psy.D.

A book that made you cry: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

A book with magic in it (probably the easiest one for me to fulfill, next to a book set in high school): The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe

A graphic novel:  Drama, Raina Telgemeyer

A book by an author you have never read: The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides

A book you own but have never read (I have a TON in this category that could have been eligible):  Orphan Train, Christina Baker Cline

A book that takes place in your hometown (upstate New York had to suffice): Later, at the bar, Rebecca Barry

A book originally in a different language:  Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole

A book set at Christmas:  Christmas Slay Ride, Jack Smith

A book by an author who shares your initials:  The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry

A play: Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

A banned book:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

A book that was turned into a TV show:  Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard

A book you started and never finished:  Watership Down, Richard Adams

A pulitzer prize winner: A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

A book with a number in the title:  101 Dalmatians, Dodie Smith

A book at the bottom of your to-read:  Catch 22, Joseph Heller

And I have to think long and hard about organizing my reading and writing adventures in the New Year.

Donovan Reads Best of 2015 is next!!





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