2015 Reading Wrap-Up

2015 was a great year for reading! I easily bested my goal of 2 books per month, largely thanks to audiobooks (multi-tasking!) and the fact I was totally enamored with Marissa Meyer’s YA series, The Lunar Chronicles. (We’ll get to a review of them soon, because wow, did I love them!) So here’s what my year in books looked like:

1. Scarlet, Marissa Meyer
2. Cress, Marissa Meyer
3. Fairest, Marissa Meyer
4. The Care and Management of Lies, Jacqueline Winspear
5. The Martian, Andy Weir
6. The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman
7. The Restorer, Amanda Stevens
8. The Thickety, J.A. White
9. Agent to the Stars, John Scalzi
10. Lady Susan, Jane Austen
11. The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
12. Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks
13. Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
14. I Know I Am, But What Are You?, Samantha Bee
15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
17. Reamde, Neal Stephenson
18. Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
19. The Delicate Dependency, Michael Talbot
20. Bird Box, Josh Malerman
21. Chapelwood, Cherie Priest
22. The Quick, Lauren Owen
23. Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Thomas Ligotti
24. The Chameleon’s Shadow, Minette Walters
25. Girl Waits With Gun, Amy Stewart
26. The End of All Things, John Scalzi
27. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
28. The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell
29. Winter, Marissa Meyer
30. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson

Of the 30 books, 17 were by 12 different women authors, and 13 were by 11 male authors. I don’t pay attention to gender breakout while reading–I just follow my fancies–but I’m always pleased when it turns out fairly balanced.

Big winners in 2015, in addition to The Lunar Chronicles mentioned before: The Martian, which I loved every word of, and Station Eleven, which has affected me deeply and lastingly. It is, in fact, influencing my 2016 reads, because the motto of The Traveling Symphony continues to echo around my head: Because Survival is Insufficient. I might be reading fewer books in 2016; I’ll set a minimum of 12, and I’ll aim for 18, but I’m going to be directing more of my free time to my art, to creating, to exploring all the things that make life worth living. I have, in fact, begun seriously thinking about writing a book myself. No promises, but I’m giving that idea space and attention and seeing what comes of it.

Thank you for reading Bookish Dark this year, for talking about books and life and everything with me. I wish you all the best in this bright and promising new year!

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One Response to 2015 Reading Wrap-Up

  1. Ramona Lynam says:

    OMG, Kari! If I could have one thing while still on this earth it would be a book you’ve written. Please. Please. Please. You are so talented. I don’t care what you write. I’m ready to read it!

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