A very Happy New Year to all of you lovely bookish folk! I’m not at all one for NYE, which, without sounding like too much of a miserable cow, I think is grossly overrated. A curry, a few g & ts and the local pub is enough for me thanks very much (I actually almost stayed awake to see it in this year!)
What I do love however is a brand new reading year, with all its delicious possibilities. Rather than making me panic, cataloging my physical TBR pile is actually making me super excited for the months ahead and, with a more modest goal of 50 books for next year, I am all set and raring to go.
Before I do that though, I’m going to allow a little self-indulgence and reveal my stats for last year. Because I LOVE stats!
Check out my corny corny face. Cockier than it should be since, as mentioned the other day, I only managed 43 out of my goal of 60 books to read this year. I blame David Copperfield and Gone with the Wind. I haven’t even finished GWTW yet, having to break off to read other things, but I just don’t care as both novels have simply been an absolute pleasure and privilege to read.
Just 43 books has, however, amounted to 13,670 pages. Immense.
With me still slogging into 2016 with Margaret Mitchell’s classic, David Copperfield was, unsurprisingly, my longest book of the year, the shortest being We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Although my other half was, I think, expecting a little more from this slender little number, I felt more than affected and inspired by her essay; based on 2013 TEDx Talk (kindly lent to me by one of my book club folk).
The most universally popular book I read was, again unsurprisingly, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m a bit perplexed reading my review back, I did carry on with myself a bit but I did only give this 2 stars on Goodreads and I’m sticking with it. Entertaining certainly, but nothing special.
Overall my average score was 3.3 out of 5 for the books I read in 2015. Hardly sensational but you can’t always have a stellar year. My current read is making up for it in droves and, with my newly organised system in place, 2016 is going to be simply fantabulous.
Although I’ve been devouring blog posts and plans all day, I’d like to hear your thoughts for 2016 reading. Are you making a concrete plan or just going with the flow?