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??


  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.

  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.

  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!