Wednesday, 30 December 2015

On A Year In Review // What I Read in 2015

In keeping with the theme of looking back at 2015 this week, I thought I'd share with you what I've read this year. Last year I managed to read 23 books and had hoped that this year I could make it to 24 books - I figured that's only two books a month right... totally manageable... at least until I went to uni and have only read three books since going. I didn't do too badly though and have read some really amazing books this year.

So, without further ado, here's what I read in 2015 along with what I rated them on my GoodReads account ::

1 // The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - 5/5
2 // A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - 5/5
3 // How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - 4/5
4 // Every Day by David Levithan - 4/5
5 // Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh - 4/5
6 // Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham - 4/5 
8 // Trouble by Non Pratt - 5/5


10 // Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang - 5/5
11 // All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher - 5/5
12 // All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman - 3/5
13 // The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion - 5/5
14 // Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher - 4/5
15 // Wild by Cheryl Strayed - 5/5
16 // Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult - 5/5
17 // The First Bad Man by Miranda July - 2/5
18 // For Esme - With Love and Squalor by J. D. Salinger - 4/5
19 // Dream a Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher - 5/5


And currently reading :: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

So not quite as many books as I'd hoped in the end but overall it's been a great year in terms of what I've read. It's funny looking back at all the ratings I've given to these books to notice how highly on average I've rated the books I've read this year! I don't think that's because I'm not a critical reader, just that I take book recommendations from people who I really trust and so, most of the time, I pick up books that are right up my street. 

I have branched out a little this year though and strayed into the genre of non-fiction, being happily surprised with how much I enjoyed reading about Elizabeth I. If you're interested in the Tudors at all, be sure to have a look at Elizabeth's Bedfellows. 

The best books two books I've read this year though have to be Wild Swans and Wild. Strangely enough, both are memoirs and both have 'wild' in their titles! But that coincidence aside, they are, in their own rights, both incredible books that tell stories truly worth reading so please pick them up if you have a chance. 

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this little round up of what I read this year. I'll be back tomorrow with my highlights from this year.

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