Last year was the first time I’d set a reading goal. I’ve never tracked the number of books I’ve read before, although I had a rough idea, but I was still surprised by how easily I surpassed my target of 50 books, instead reaching 68.
For 2015, I felt like I had to aim higher, so I set a target of 70.
I started the year fairly slowly, with some longer books and a period of several months where I didn’t feel at all inspired to read.
But things improved and I have just about managed to drag myself to my target.
I won’t list every book I’ve read over the last 12 months – you can find that info in my monthly round ups, if you’re so inclined.
Instead, here are a few highlights from another year’s worth of reading.
Books I’d recommend
- Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found, by Cheryl Strayed
- White Crocodile, by K.T. Medina
- Last Night in Montreal, by Emily St John Mandel
- Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith
- The Enchanted, by Rene Denfeld
Books I didn’t finish
- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (I always meant to finish this one, but never got round to it. Maybe next year).
Books I re-read
- I won’t list them individually, but again I re-read several of the Southern Vampire Mysteries.
- I also re-read several old Point Horror novels that I enjoyed as a kid.
- The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, by Helen Fielding
- A chunk of my favourite childhood Agatha Christie mysteries.
- The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
- The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith
- The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (read my review)
I won’t lie; all this re-reading did help me reach my target for the year, as it’s much easier to get through a book quickly if you’ve read it before. Plus there were times when I just wanted to read something that I knew would engage me and I wouldn’t have to think too hard about.
- Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
- To Have & Have Not, by Ernest Hemingway
- Death In Venice, by Thomas Mann
- The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe
Okay, so these are all crime novels…what can I say, I love a good Scandinavian murder mystery!
- The Silence of the Sea, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir – from Icelandic (read my review)
- My Soul to Take, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir – from Icelandic
- The Day is Dark, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir – from Icelandic
- Snowblind, by Ragnar Jonasson – from Icelandic
- The Preacher, by Camilla Lackberg – from Swedish
- Exposed, by Liza Marklund – from Swedish
What were the bookish highlights of your year?
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