Happy New Year readers! I can’t believe it’s 2016! This year is set to be a big year for me. I’m graduating college, starting a masters program (if I get in, *knocks on wood*) and moving to a different country. While it’s certainly going to be a year of changes, it should be a good one. I have a couple of reading goals I want to accomplish in 2016, but first here’s how my 2015 went.
Books Read: 33/53
Wow you guys, I really dropped the ball this year. I had two really difficult semesters of college and a very busy summer, so my reading suffered. I even quit my reading challenge without even making a dent. Complete failure on my part.
Most Common Rating: 4 stars
This is the same as last year. In second place were 5 star books, then 3 star, 2 star and 1 star. My average rating was 3.6 stars. So at least I’m reading better books, right?
Total Pages Read: 9868
Yikes, I didn’t even break double figures with this one,
unless you count the half finished books I had to read for class and didn’t technically finish. This year wasn’t even a big Kindle year for me, so that’s really disappointing.
Longest Book Read: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
I don’t even think I posted a review of this book on the blog (honestly y’all, this has been a rough year.) But I sped through this one over spring break and absolutely loved it. It even inspired my undergraduate research in history on medieval Wales. Apparently there are others in the series and
if once I have free time again I definitely plan to continue the series.
Favorite Book Read: The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Wales by Gerald of Wales
I think my nerd status just went up a couple of notches because I began this book as part of a research paper I wrote. Now I’m completely obsessed with Wales and Gerald (I went so far as to tell my entire class he was my boyfriend… not my finest moment.) This book is more than just a primary source on medieval Wales, it’s an amazing look at a transformative time in history. And if you have a sense of humor, some of it can be pretty hilarious too. Other contenders for this award were Here Be Dragons, and What You See in the Dark.
Least Favorite Book Read: This Laird of Mine by Gerri Russell
This is the sole 1 star book I read this year, and honestly this was so bad I think I blocked it from my memory. I vaguely remember writing down a list of criticisms I was going to try to turn into a review, but I guess I didn’t think it was worth the effort. As far as I can remember I got this for free on my Kindle and I read it when I was bored. If my experience is any indication, it’s not worth the time.
So there’ my 2015 in a nutshell readers. It definitely wasn’t my best book-wise. As for 2016? I have no idea what the future holds, but I do know that for my sanity’s sake, I need to read more. My current goal for the year is 30 books, which I hope is doable, even with my packed schedule and soon-to-be brand new lifestyle. Another goal I have is to return to this blog and make post more often, so I hope you’ll stick with me.
Happy 2016 readers! It’s going to be one heck of a year.