Happy last day of 2015, y’all! It’s been an amazing roller coaster this year, both life and book-wise. Some highlights:
- started two new jobs, one at an elementary school and one at a public library.
- successfully completed my first semester of library school!!
- went to the LA Times Festival of Books and didn’t buy anything (except food) but saw some WONDERFUL panels.
- actually went to the movie theater multiple times! High points: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Man From UNCLE, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- #sffwomen book club successfully run for 4 months! Not bad for my first book club ever, I think.
- finally found a blog layout which I probably won’t feel compelled to change for a while.
- purged over 400 paper books from my collection, freeing up much needed space in my room. Likewise, purged over 1,900 ebooks from my collection1 leaving a much more manageable TBR on the whole.
- completely reorganized the elementary school library into alphabetical order AND did inventory, on my own.
So it’s been a pretty good year!
And of course, I read lots of great books! I completely messed up my reading spreadsheet so I don’t have any amazing stats to show, but luckily Goodreads did a thing that turned out pretty neat. Some stats yanked from that:
I read 236 books! Yay, me! (totally cheated by counting short stories as “books,” but idgaf)
Shortest book: Feast of Stephen at 16 pages
Longest book: Bound at 738
Average length: 206 pages
Average rating: 3.4, though Goodreads doesn’t count half-ratings so I’m not sure how accurate that is IRL to my reading feels
Some of my favorite books read this year, roughly in order of when I read them:
- Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
- basically every Alexis Hall book, of which I read 6
- vN by Madeline Ashby
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie!!!!
- Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore
- the Astrient series by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
- Heidi Cullinan’s Love Lessons series
- the first two Iskyrne books by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
- special shout out to the thirteen (13!!) Jordan L. Hawk books I read, all of which were highly entertaining
- Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen which I JUST FINISHED at like 1am and it is so amazing and please read it ASAP
I am going to forgo all goals and challenges and whatnot EXCEPT for these:
1. Read as much from my (pre-2016) TBR as possible. Now that my Scribd subscription has lapsed, this ought to be easier.
2. Keep up with my reading spreadsheet. (I’m currently using a tweaked version from All About Books!)
3. Keep up with weekly reviewing so this massive “very quick reviews” nonsense doesn’t happen again oh my GOD I am still not done with December’s reviews
4. Try not to spend too much money on new books????
That said, what 2016 book are you most excited about? I’ve got a shelf going on with some of my highly anticipateds and would love to add more.
- don’t worry! most of them were freebies that I hadn’t read in over 6 years of having them, so it wasn’t a big loss. Also, I didn’t actually delete anything– just moved them into a separate Calibre library. ↩