Wave goodbye to 2015 and prepare yourself to screw up the date on forms for a little while. This was a pretty good year for me, actually. There was a stint of four years or so there where it felt like every year was worse than the next, but we’ve leveled out and I’m in a pretty decent place right now. Everyone I know is relatively healthy, I’m living with a girl I love, we’ve had a dog for over half a year and haven’t killed it yet. There’s certainly a lot of room for improvement, but I’m optimistic for 2016.
I had big plans for this weblog last year, but I didn’t really make any changes. I’m still posting regularly, a year later, which I think is a small achievement in itself. This is definitely the longest I’ve ever kept up a hobby like this, coming up on five years in a few months.
There are changes I want to make still. I’d like to clean up the design a bit this year. I’ve also been considering adding ratings and finally admitting to the fact that I’m writing reviews here. Mostly I want to catch up to the books I’ve read, which I didn’t do a good job of last year. I very nearly caught up at the beginning of December, but then I went blog-free for a few weeks. It will happen soon, though.
Overall books read: 48
Graphic novels and trade paperback collections: 6
Audio books: 22
Poetry compilations: 1
Short story or essay complications: 4
Country (of author)
Czech Republic: 1
South Africa: 1
Most novels by same author: 2 (Iain Banks, Arthur Conan Doyle, Terry Pratchett)
New authors (to me): 22
Female authors: 4
Re-reads: 0.5 (I read half of Disgrace in university, so I’m using it.)
- My physical reading went down this year. I need to build up that habit again and start making time to read. My audiobooks went up quite a bit this year though, due to all the dog walking. Ten more audiobooks this year than last.
- I’m still not reading many female authors. I’m certainly not avoiding them, but they just don’t seem to naturally make it into my to-read pile, so I’d like to make more of an effort there as well.
- I’d also like to start reading more from authors I already know, delve deeper into their work. I had the same idea last year and the count of new authors actually went up by four in 2015. I love finding new authors, but I think there’s something to be said for reading more than a book or two from someone’s bibliography.
- No plays read. I wanted to, at least, read one Shakespeare a year. I’ll have to move a couple up in priority.
- I’d like to start reading more graphic novels and comics again. Even one a month would be great.
The Classics Club: I only have five of the fifty books left to read, so I’ll be finishing that off this year. I currently have fifteen months left on it, so I’m not sure what I’ll do when that happens. Start over? Continue to the end and see how many I rack up?
2015 TBR Pile Challenge: Success! I used my two alternatives, but I read the twelve. I wouldn’t have gotten to a few great reads if not for this one.
Back to the Classics Challenge 2015: Not as successful, but still read 8 (technically 9) of the categories and, again, picked up a couple of great books because of this.
The Top Threes
These are all lists of media that were new to me this year, not necessarily released this year.
- A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
- In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
- An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
- Jeremy Irons narrating Lolita
- Tim Gerard Reynolds narrating Red Rising
- Sissy Spacek narrating To Kill a Mockingbird
- Sex Criminals, Volume 2 by Matt Fraction
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
- Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
- My Week with Marilyn (2011)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
- The Imitation Game (2014)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Rocket League
Television series – Fiction
- BoJack Horseman, seasons 1 & 2
- Master of None, season 1
- Portlandia, season 1 – 3
Television series – Non-Fiction
- The Mind of a Chef, seasons 1 & 2
- Chef’s Table, season 1
- Departures, seasons 1 & 2