Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reading Year in Review: 2015

Good Bye 2015!  It was a very good year.  I mean, I pretty much kicked off the year at Disney World, I was promoted at work in February, graduated with my MLIS in May, had a great summer with my kids and enjoyed it all with my family.  I also had a great year in reading, with only a few duds in the lot.  I've also developed a plan for my reading next year too, which makes me really happy (more on that throughout this post).  So, how did I read in 2015?

GoodReads Challenge:  Won!  I spent the first four months of the year in school, so I kept my goal low - Read 100 books this year.  I ended up reading 118 for a total of 31,752 pages.  I am very happy with that!  I think I'll raise the goal slightly for next year as I'm no longer in school BUT I'm planning on reading several longer classics, so... we'll see how I make out with a goal of 125 books for the year.

The TBR Pile Reading Challenge:  SO CLOSE!!  I read 11/12 books (or 11/14 if you count the two alternates - of which I read both!).  I don't think I've done this well on this challenge in years, which is awesome.  However, Adam is not going to host this again next year (he's got his doctoral dissertation to write and defend!).  But Andi at Estellasrevenge had this great idea - the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks "challenge" for 2016.  I have too many books sitting on my TBR bookcase (and I'm going to ALA Midwinter next week!) so my focus will really be to read my own damn books!  I have worked in a loophole to purchase new books again, once I've read a certain amount of books off my shelves.

Back to the Classics Challenge:  7/12 read, so technically a win   definitely read some good classics this year.  Not nearly enough, of course but I'm happy with what I was able to read.  My favorite was probably And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

What's in a Name?  6/6 - Win!  This has always been a fun little challenge, but I think I'm all set with it for next year.  I'm not even sure the host will be doing it again anyway....

PopSugar's 2015 Reading Challenge:  41/50  Not fully completed, but I'm happy with it!  I enjoyed it enough to try it again next year.  They have changed up the categories, and reduced the total number as well.  I'm looking forward to it!

My 50 States Challenge:  27/50  This is just something I track on my own, just to see how it plays out.  Next year I'll track states and countries outside the US as I found myself a little frustrated by not keeping track this year.

The Classics Club:  33/50 read  My first end date is coming up in March 2017, so I need to get going on my last 17 books!

1001 Books:  79 read, or 4 read this year  Not too bad, but I think I'll make a big jump in those numbers next year with the classics!

So that's pretty much it....  How did you do?  How did your reading inform how you want to read next year?


Moriah Bolyard said...

So many challenges! I would definitely call your year in reading a win. :) And I love that you enjoyed And Then There Were None so much as it's one of my favorites of all time. It's so funny, though, how I didn't think of it as a classic when I first picked it up. But it totally is.

looloolooweez said...

Wow, you've done a LOT of reading this year. 118 books is super impressive. I had to laugh about your TBR Pile Challenge -- I also only finished 11 books, and have also decided to do the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks thing this year, haha. Seems like a fine alternative to lots of folks really! Anyway, happy new year & I hope 2016 is going to be great for you.

Geoff said...

So many books! I need to pick up my Classics Club List again soon. I haven't even hit the half way point, but I acknowledged last year I'm breaking the five year timeline and just taking it at my own pace!

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