2015: A Year in Books

2015 IN REVIEW:

HOW MANY BOOKS READ IN 2015?

– 46 books

FICTION/NON-FICTION?

–   37 Fiction /   9 Non-Fiction

MALE/FEMALE AUTHORS?

–    21  Male /  14 Female

 

OLDEST BOOK READ?

– The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894)

 

NEWEST BOOK READ?

– Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Nov. 2015)

 

LONGEST BOOK READ?

– A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin (1,152 pages)

 

SHORTEST BOOK READ?

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (96 pages)

 

ANY IN TRANSLATION?

–Not this year

 

BEST BOOK READ IN 2015?

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Truly life-changing!

 

MOST DISAPPOINTING BOOK IN 2015?

Gone Girl, I didn’t even finish it

 

Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

All the Light We Cannot See

Hands down! Though I suppose if you take over ten years to write a book, it better be damn good!

 

MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY!) BOOK OF 2015?

The Success Principles

I thought it was going to be hokey..it was not. AT. ALL.

 

MOST THRILLING, UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK IN 2015?

–Tie between The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

 

BOOK THAT HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON ME IN 2015?

The Success Principles….completely changed my life!

 

BOOK THAT HAD A SCENE IN IT THAT HAD ME REELING?

– All the Light We Cannot See….so many! Buckets of tears over here.

 

BOOK I MOST ANTICIPATED IN 2015?

– The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

 

MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER IN 2015?

-Bernadette from Where’d You Go Bernadette?

 

HOW MANY RE-READS IN 2015?

Two.

The Little Prince and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, both for one of my Book Clubs

 

BOOK I READ IN 2015 I’D BE MOST LIKELY TO REREAD IN 2016?

The Success Principles

 

BOOK I RECOMMENDED TO PEOPLE MOST IN 2015?

The Success Principles, The 5th Wave, All the Light We Cannot See, The Martian

 

FAVORITE NEW AUTHORS I DISCOVERED IN 2015?

-Jessica Khoury, Rick Yancey, Jeff VanderMeer, Garth Stein

 

MOST BOOKS READ BY ONE AUTHOR THIS YEAR?

-3 each for:

Jessica Khoury

Jeff VanderMeer

James Dashner

Lincoln Child (2 co-authored with Douglas Preston)

Douglas Preston (2 co-authored with Lincoln Child)

FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK I READ IN 2015?

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FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK I READ IN 2015?

– “All you have to do is DECIDE what you want. BELIEVE you DESERVE IT, and PRACTICE the success PRINCIPLES.” – Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

– “How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.”

“Because we will die, but at least we will die unbroken.”

“I thought I knew what loneliness was before he found me, but I had no clue. You don’t know what real loneliness is until you’ve known the opposite.”

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

“The minute we decide that one person doesn’t matter anymore, they’ve won.” – Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

-“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”

“It’s embarrassingly plain how inadequate language is.” – Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

 

Did I complete any reading challenges or goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year?

Yes!!! I finally broke up streak. I set a goal to read 35 books in 2015 and then I when I passed that, I set a new goal of 40, which I met and exceeded!

 

BOOK I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAITED UNTIL 2015 TO FINALLY READ?

The 5th Wave

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