2015 Reading In Review

Sleepy Cedric Doggery
Sleepy Cedric Doggery

It is officially the end of 2015.  OK, there are a few more days.  It is just Christmas Day today.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday season, no matter what holiday they celebrate.  I celebrated with Cedric Doggery, knitting, Chinese food, and watching Harry Potter movies.  It was 67 degrees here too.  It has been all types of weird.

ANY-HOO!  It’s time for me to reflect on the reading I did over the past year.  This year I did more reading than I have ever done in the past.  Maybe in my entire life.  I think this blog has been one of the reasons.  Also: audiobooks and OverDrive. As of today, here is what I read in 2015:

  1. A25: Stories From Lowell’s First Arson Squad by Strunk, Jason T.
  2. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Schiff, Stacy
  3. Why Not Me? by Kaling, Mindy
  4. Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #3) by Riggs, Ransom
  5. Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Stevenson, Noelle
  6. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Meyer, Stephenie
  7. Live by Night by Lehane, Dennis
  8. Twain’s End by Cullen, Lynn
  9. Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by Maraire, J. Nozipo
  10. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Marra, Anthony
  11. Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Murphy, Dervla
  12. City of Women by Gillham, David R.
  13. Skinny Dip by Hiaasen, Carl
  14. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Vowell, Sarah
  15. The Secret Chord by Brooks, Geraldine
  16. Dirty Love by Dubus III, Andre
  17. Outlander by Gabaldon, Diana
  18. Killing Mr. Griffin by Duncan, Lois
  19. Lost Memory of Skin by Banks, Russell
  20. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Franklin, Benjamin
  21. Boy Meets Boy by Levithan, David
  22. Shades of Milk and Honey by Kowal, Mary Robinette
  23. Flying Colours by Forester, C.S.
  24. Bird by Johnson, Angela
  25. Beautiful Blackbird by Bryan, Ashley
  26. Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America by Murphy, Jim
  27. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  28. Bull Run by Fleischman, Paul
  29. The Poetry of T.S. Eliot by Eliot, T.S.
  30. Each Little Bird that Sings by Wiles, Deborah
  31. Fat Kid Rules the World by Going, K.L.
  32. Fables by Lobel, Arnold
  33. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by Lagercrantz, David
  34. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Day, Felicia
  35. Dealing with Dragons by Wrede, Patricia C.
  36. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Kaling, Mindy
  37. Salt: A World History by Kurlansky, Mark
  38. The Bridegroom: Stories by Jin, Ha
  39. The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Winchester, Simon
  40. Prelude to Foundation by Asimov, Isaac
  41. The Truth According to Us by Barrows, Annie
  42. Beloved by Morrison, Toni
  43. Lucky You by Hiaasen, Carl
  44. Juliet, Naked by Hornby, Nick
  45. The Neverending Story by Ende, Michael
  46. Gone, Baby, Gone by Lehane, Dennis
  47. Armada by Cline, Ernest
  48. Snow Falling on Cedars by Guterson, David
  49. Blind Descent by Barr, Nevada
  50. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Harris, Neil Patrick
  51. Fifty Shades of Grey by James, E.L.
  52. The Postman Always Rings Twice by Cain, James M.
  53. The Alice Behind Wonderland by Winchester, Simon
  54. The Happiest Days of Our Lives by Wheaton, Wil
  55. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, Leo
  56. Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Little Sisters of Eluria by Furth, Robin
  57. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Lawson, Jenny
  58. Walden by Thoreau, Henry David
  59. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Pollan, Michael
  60. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Doescher, Ian
  61. The Strain by del Toro, Guillermo
  62. The Wee Free Men by Pratchett, Terry
  63. 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Pressman, Steven
  64. How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Stein, Garth
  65. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Peters, Elizabeth
  66. The Queen’s Lover by Gray, Francine du Plessix
  67. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Hillenbrand, Laura
  68. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Lewis, Michael
  69. A Drinking Life: A Memoir by Hamill, Pete
  70. Mariner’s Compass by Fowler, Earlene
  71. The Jewel in the Crown by Scott, Paul
  72. Hunting Season by Barr, Nevada
  73. Flashback by Barr, Nevada
  74. Twelve Years a Slave by Northup, Solomon
  75. The Silver Linings Playbook by Quick, Matthew
  76. Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins by Furth, Robin
  77. Defending Jacob by Landay, William
  78. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Sherrill, Steven
  79. The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Street, Mary
  80. 1805 by Woodman, Richard
  81. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Thompson, Hunter S.
  82. The St. Zita Society by Rendell, Ruth
  83. The Magicians by Grossman, Lev
  84. Atheists in America by Brewster, Melanie E.
  85. How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Taylor, Chris
  86. The Shadow of the Wind by Ruiz Zafón, Carlos
  87. God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Hitchens, Christopher
  88. Bleak House by Dickens, Charles
  89. Mr. Kiss and Tell by Thomas, Rob
  90. Dark Places by Flynn, Gillian
  91. Stern Men by Gilbert, Elizabeth
  92. A Reliable Wife by Goolrick, Robert
  93. One Last Thing Before I Go by Tropper, Jonathan
  94. Lowell: The River City by Lowell Historical Society
  95. A Great Deliverance by George, Elizabeth
  96. Neuromancer by Gibson, William
  97. Catch as Cat Can by Brown, Rita Mae
  98. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Elwes, Cary
  99. Hollow City by  Riggs, Ransom
  100. Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro, Kazuo
  101. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Bourdain, Anthony
  102. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Lawson, Jenny
  103. The Eye of the World by Jordan, Robert
  104. Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural Contexts and Confrontations by Cassidy, Tanya
  105. The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia by Lih, Andrew
  106. Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Roth, Veronica
  107. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Larson, Erik
  108. The Chaperone by Moriarty, Laura
  109. Speaker for the Dead by Card, Orson Scott
  110. Animal Dreams by Kingsolver, Barbara
  111. Life with Bread Crumbs by Quindlen, Anna
  112. Someone Else’s Love Story by Jackson, Joshilyn
  113. The Goldfinch by Tartt, Donna
  114. Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike by Forrant, Robert
  115. Skink–No Surrender by Hiaasen, Carl
  116. Beowulf by Unknown
  117. Claws and Effect by Brown, Rita Mae
  118. On Chesil Beach by McEwan, Ian
  119. Beautiful Darkness by Garcia, Kami
  120. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Tyler, Anne
  121. The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections by Gaiman, Neil
  122. Ender’s Game by Card, Orson Scott
  123. In the Unlikely Event by Blume, Judy
  124. I Am the Cheese
  125. Wallflower in Bloom
  126. The Clockwork Scarab
  127. We Have Always Lived in the Castl
  128. Cheaper by the Dozen
  129. After Alice

I’m still not done either.  I hope to be able to finish the last 4 books on my ‘currently reading’ list before this time next week.

According to GoodReads, I have read over 41,000 pages.  There are more details too.  You can see them on my Year In Review page.

You can even see my GoodReads Challenge.  I set out to read about 75 books originally, but in the end I have read almost double that.  The question is: how many should I set for my goal in 2016?  I am thinking of starting at 100 and then increasing if it looks like I can.

How many books did you read this year?

 

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