2015 year in books (and blogging)

After 3 years of participating in the Goodreads challenge, I FINALLY WON! I exceeded my goal of reading 30 books in 2015! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I probably wouldn’t have been able to do this without the BookTubeAThon, during which I read 7 books in 7 days. But also, I don’t count rereads on Goodreads, and I believe I reread 2-3 books this year, too. Sweet sweet victory.

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I read a pretty wide range of books this past year; you can view my entire list here on the Goodreads “Year in Books.” I love how they not only show you your list, but also give you some fun stats to sum up your reading over the last 365 days. Here’s a snip from mine:

yearinbooks2015Pretty neat, huh? From vampires to YouTube cooking advice, graphic novels to prequel-sequels! I’d have to say that the best books I read in 2015 were (in no particular order): Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, and The Underground Storyteller by Alex Day. Some of the most memorable books I read, however, were the Magician’s Trilogy by Lev Grossman, which I blogged quite a lot about. Getting to meet Lev at NerdCon also helped and made 2015 extra memorable when it comes to book events. Printer’s Row was also great in 2015; but 2016 is looking good already because BEA is coming to Chicago!

Looking forward, I’m not quite sure yet what 2016 is going to bring for me personally. So I am going to set my reading goal at 30 books again and see what happens. I am currently reading The Wise Man’s Fear by Partick Rothfuss, the 2nd book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series. This book is about 1000 pages long, so I’ll be starting off slow. I gave myself around a 10-day head start on it, so hopefully I won’t fall too far behind. As far as my blog in 2016, I plan on keeping it updated as much as possible. Thanks to NaBloPoMo 2015, I am feeling great about blogging a bit more often. I’ve met and started reading some awesome bloggers this year, and I hope to continue that in 2016. One blogging resolution I have is to post more hauls – I definitely dropped the ball on those in 2015. I will still continue to post about what I want, when I want, rather than having a schedule. I love my little piece of the internet, and 2015 really saw this blog grow. It’ll be turning 3 years old this year, and I finally feel like I’ve found my blogging stride.

A very happy New Year to everyone! Let me know how 2015 went and what you hope to accomplish in 2016! Cheers!

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