Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Book Challenge Recap and 2016 Goals.

This year, I finished my reading challenge with 85 books!  I realized around mid-October that I had several categories left to go still unread.  I just barely finished by the skin of my teeth (finished the last one on New Year's Eve), but I did it! 
I really enjoyed this challenge-- it took me out of my book rut and got me to read some really great books (looking at you, Jane Austen, Z, and Columbine...).  Since I read more than 80 books this year, I won't go through all of them.  But I do want to share some of my favorites (the links take you to my review of that book on my book review blog, Bookworm Katie):

Pride and Prejudice  //  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald  //  The Invention of Wings



Inn Boonsboro series

Cormoran Strike series

For 2016, I decided not to do a similar book challenge again, although I really liked the idea and will do it again in the future.  Next year, I want to read some books that might take me a while to get through.  So I don't want to pressure myself too much to read a high number of books or a large variety of categories again.  Instead, I have made a few specific book goals for 2016:

- Read Gone with the WindThe Pillars of the Earth, Little Women, and either Emma or Sense and Sensibility

- Read the Bible from beginning to end again

- Start and finish an entire book series

- Read at least five books that have been on my to-read list since before 2014

- Read three books by new-to-me authors

- Read at least five non-fiction books 

These goals are definitely doable, but will again get me to read books outside of my favorite genres, become more well-read in the classics, learn new things, and help clear off my to-read list! 

What were your favorite books of the year?  Any book recommendations for me??

5 comments:

  1. I'll be posting my reading recap and goals on Sunday, but you did great. I still can't get into Jane Austen. I don't know why.

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  2. I have read "Gone With the Wind" several times... The first time was when I was in sixth grade. I absolutely love "Little Women", "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys", as well as several other of Alcott's books.

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  3. Is that Marcia Clark the same Marcia Clark of the prosecution team from OJ trial? I am intrigued now. You are a reading queen. I am so stuck in the crime/mystery/true crime rut that I should probably venture out into something 'else'. Good job!

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