Afternoon all and I hope you’ve had a wonderful break.
I’ve noticed quite a few end-of-year-review posts popping up on my blog feed over the past week and, not wanting to be left out of the fun, I started to look back over my own reading year. This is my 2015 in books and numbers:
In 2015 I read 33 books and 3 short stories
I failed to finish 1 book
88% of the books I read were fiction
The longest book I read was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The shortest was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The oldest was Emma by Jane Austen
The newest was Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
36% of the books I read were published within the last fifteen years
24% were published before 1900
I read 24 books by English authors
I also read books by 4 Americans, 2 Frenchmen, 1 German, 1 Dane and 1 Italian
54% of the authors I read were female
My most viewed post was a Top Ten Tuesday list of my favourite introverted female characters
I’ve never really kept a list of the books I’ve been reading before so I don’t know how 33 compares to other years. I do know that some of the books I read this year were enormous though so it’s a number I’m pretty happy with.
The five books I enjoyed most: I read significantly more than five enjoyable books this year but these are the ones that stick in my mind at the moment. I’m not counting books I reread, just the new ones.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith (unblogged)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The books I enjoyed least: I couldn’t think of five, which is nice, so here are four books that weren’t my favourites.
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Dark Fire by C J Sansom (unblogged)
I’m happy that 2015 has been another successfully bookish year. I’ve not read a single book I hated, I’ve discovered some wonderful new authors, reread some old favourites and had a bloody good time in the process. There’s a lot to be pleased about.
Going in to 2016, I’ve still got War and Peace to finish (hopefully anyway, it’d be awful to start the year with a giver-upper) and lots and lots of plans and books to wade my way through. More on these later….
Happy new year all.