Thanks to The Perpetual Page Turner for this end-of-2015 survey! It’s long, so I’ve cut out some of the questions (in case you’re confused by the numbering).
Number of Books Read: 80 (reviewed: 64)
Genre You Read The Most: contemporary or near-contemporary fiction. The rest of my reading is pretty spread out across fantasy, historical fiction, and science fiction.
Best in Books
Always hard to pick one, but Everything I Never Told You. This book is thought-provoking and beautiful and sad, and is, amazingly, Celeste Ng’s first novel.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, because I LOVED How to Be a Woman. I was also disappointed by The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende and The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. This was such a strange, complicated book and it went in directions I didn’t expect.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I’m sure this book isn’t for everyone, but it has touched so many people, and I find myself talking about Lawson all the time.
Best series starter: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher. I’m also really enjoying Rachel Aaron’s Nice Dragons series. Two other good sequels were The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon and Firefight by Brandon Sanderson.
Chimamanda Ngozi Idichie, who wrote Americanah. I can’t wait to read more by this author. Also Belinda Bauer. See this list for others.
Redeployment by Phil Klay, which is about military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. A really powerful book that we should all read. I also recommend Cristina Henriquez’ The Book of Unknown Americans, for a view of what life in America is like for immigrants.
I read two books by Belinda Bauer, Rubbernecker and The Shut Eye. Both were books I wanted to read in one sitting, which is rare for me (I like to stretch books out).
Constance Kopp in Girl Waits with Gun. Also Nao in A Tale for the Time Being.
Everything I Never Told You
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Us by David Nicholls and Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Everything I Never Told You is a debut novel although it actually came out last year. Two first novels I really liked this year were Girl at War by Sara Novic and The Constable’s Tale by Donald Smith.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
I’m a big fan of Rebecca Burns, an author you probably haven’t heard of. The Settling Earth is a book of related short stories that describe the experience of settlers in 1800’s New Zealand.
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, a book of essays by writers about why they chose not to have children. I wish everyone would read this book.
The Humans by Matt Haig, which I found maddening because the story made sense and also because it got really preachy.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed and Furiously Happy, because I connected so personally with those two books. I also really enjoy reviewing classics (the lit major in me) so The House of Mirth is another one I’m proud of.
I really liked this post about the things we don’t say on our blogs.
My favorite was R.I.P. X, a Halloween event. I also really enjoyed the Book Blogger Discussion Challenge.
This isn’t very exciting but I really got organized this year. I plan most of my posts each month, and I put reminders on my calendar each month to do things like post Goodreads reviews, respond to review requests, and update my Review Directory. There’s so much more to book blogging than just reading and reviewing.
A couple of times this year I felt overwhelmed by reading commitments. I think I was pushing myself too hard to complete challenges and read review requests, instead of just reading for enjoyment. I had to take a step back and read something just for fun.
Still my review of The Kitchen House, which I don’t get.
I wish book reviews got more love in general! I’d also love to see more signups for my book giveaway.
Overdrive, which provides ebooks from my library — although I think it’s really last year’s discovery. This year I’m super-happy with the family-share feature on the Kindle, so my husband and I can share books.
See my challenge wrap-up here.
Where should I start? I didn’t read many of the “best of 2015” books. I need to finish The Turner House. I’ve also got Fates and Furies, A God in Ruins, The Shore, and City on Fire on hold at the library.
I really want to learn to create my own graphics, at least relatively simple ones. I’m getting tired of just copying clip art from the web. I’m also working on using Twitter more effectively.
The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer. I don’t read a lot of modern thriller/mysteries but I love her writing.
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