At the beginning of 2015, I challenged myself to read 60 books, upping the number from 50 books in 2014. Unfortunately, 2015 was difficult. Very difficult. Though I tried to maintain a positive attitude throughout the year, I think now that it was mostly all on the surface, and my happy façade started deteriorating towards the end. Many things happened, and – caught up in the midst of it all – I was only able to read 33 books.
Actually… some may argue that I didn’t really read 33 “books”, because 22 of these were graphic novels and manga volumes. Now I don’t know about you, but I consider these to be books, because creating a graphic novel requires the same work and trouble that go into creating a novel, if not even more. So they do count towards my challenge and that’s that!
Anyway… 2015 was a bad year for my reading resolutions, and I didn’t stick to any. Didn’t even stick to any writing resolutions either. I had been planning to publish a book, but I think I probably wrote only 15k words this year. Absolutely disappointing. (At least I managed to release the second edition of Puppet Parade though!)
Speaking of disappointing, my two most disappointing reads of 2015 were “YES PLEASE” by Amy Poehler and “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell. I expected more from an actress I enjoy watching and a writer whose books I have always loved, and that made these two titles even more of a letdown.
Funniest books of 2015 were all volumes in my prized Ouran High School Host Club box set. This was one of the first things I bought when I moved into my apartment, yet I didn’t start reading it until I felt like I had nested a bit, because it deserved a certain “mood”. The wait was definitely worth it, and I enjoyed all 18 volumes very very much. I feel like this set will be something I read once a year just for the sheer entertainment value. If you’re into manga (or wish to branch into it), I really recommend you try this one!
It’s actually difficult to decide which was the best overall book of 2015 because I didn’t read all that many… I certainly enjoyed the first book of Brandon Sanderson’s “The Stormlight Archive”, and though I gave it five stars, I wouldn’t say it’s the best. It’s kinda sad, because every year I come out with a book that leaves me reeling, but no book has managed to achieve the wow factor I am looking for. Though I would say that my most noteworthy read of 2015 is “The Humans” by Matt Haig; it was poignant in ways I can’t describe. Luckily he’s coming to Dubai in March and I look forward to having him sign my copy! =D
One thing I have done in 2015… accumulate more and more books. I cannot resist. Dubai has amazing bookshops and every time I go I cannot resist buying at the very least two books. I have also managed to stick with my colour coordinated bookshelf (though I admit it’s been a struggle), and I’m so very proud of it!
In 2016, I am trimming back to 40 books, and even this number I am not sure I will be able to meet. I want to focus a bit more on writing this year. I want to publish a second book one way or another, so editing and writing will probably be given a priority.
How many books are you planning to read this year? Did you meet your reading goal of 2015? What is your most noteworthy read of 2015?