At this point of the year (or the blog) I do feel like I'm talking to myself, but oh well, for the two of you still reading and for my own sanity, here's my year in books.
I've been furiously reading reading reading this month and that is entirely my own fault.
You see, I had a reading goal of 70 and by the end of November, I'd finished... wait for this... only 60!
So I've barely been doing anything but reading.
Now I'm not complaining about that at all, but that does mean up to 31 December, I've neglected my year in review stuff.
I reached my goal, by the way. D said, "did you ever doubt it?" and I said, "well, it was touch and go there for awhile".
I like to give it my very best effort. If I still don't reach the goal, then I know it's not for a lack of trying.
Actually that's one of my secrets of adulthood.
Best book of Dec - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
I freaking LOVED this book and gave it 5 stars. Read my full review on Goodreads but suffice to say I don't think people who had so much to say actually read the book.
Most informative book - Your 6-year-old - loving and defiant.
Um, yes. I say this every year when I read the new book but do yourself a favour - you will love these.
Other worthy mentions
Always, Joanna Trollope. And my first Maeve Binchy (her last before she died) which I really enjoyed.
This Emily Giffin was probably my worst one. A solid book but I'm not a fan of teenagers as main characters.
Now...some stats on the 2015 books:
- Total books read - 70
- Non-fiction - 20
- Fiction - 50
- Audible books - 13 (BEST DECISION EVER) - all non-fiction. I can't listen to fiction. I tried, I bought a book by an author I love just to see, couldn't get into it. The beauty of Audible is you can return it!
- I read two 5* books - Battle Hymn and Overwhelmed (both non-fiction). I said of Overwhelmed - this is the time management book I wish I'd written :)
- I read 4 2* books - one of which is The Royal We, one of the most disappointing books ever.
- Longest book - The Woman Who Stole My Life (Marian Keyes) :)\
The two five star books above were the best books and then others that I enjoyed reading were, of course, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Better than Before (I love this book and if you get it and listen to the podcast too, it just increases your reading enjoyment 100-fold), Predictably Irrational and Big Magic.
On the fiction side, I loved The Husband's Secret, Tangled Lives, Three Wishes. One author I will definitely never read again (I said this of Danielle Steel a few years ago) is Nicholas Sparks.
Now, this year... I was thinking of dropping my reading goal so I can take off the pressure in December but then I saw I dropped my goal already for this year! So let's keep it at 70. Since I've closed the business and am not on social media as much, I can do it, right?
By the way, I should write a post on the other blog but a woman did all her scrapbooks from 2004 (11 years) in the time she used to waste on social media. I am SO impressed and inspired.
So, tell me, how was your year in books? Did you reach your reading goal?
What were your favourite non-fiction and fiction books?