It’s still the holidays, right? Right? No? Okay.
The Christmas holiday was, as expected, so busy as I gave more quality time to catching up with family and friends most especially because I got to visit my hometown and spent the last week of the year there. Online interactions had to be relegated to the backseat as I gave attention to more important things in life. But now is finally the time to catch up on my writing and so here is a quick summary of how my 2015 was in terms of books and book blogging and my top 10 favorite reads:
My 2015 Year-End Report
My 2015 Reading Goals were lofty (what use are un-lofty goals, anyway? haha). Let’s see if I was capable of achieving such lofty ideals:
- Read at least 24 books. RESULT: Very satisfied. I underestimated myself because I was able to reach this goal around July. And because I felt under-challenged (hahah), I increased my goal to 48 books. I got to finish up to only 45 books, so maybe I over-challenged myself this time? LOL! But that’s okay. Last year was a good run in terms of quantity of books read. 🙂
- Read (and finish!) at least one classic. RESULT: Not accomplished. I was actually thinking of finishing either Little Women or Wuthering Heights when I set this goal but I only got to read Chapter 1 of Wuthering Heights and finally gave up. Nope, classics is never be for me so I guess I won’t force myself anymore.
- Read all the TFG Books of the Month for 2015. RESULT: Very satisfied. I was able to read and finish 9 out of 11 books. I did not finish The Quiet American (for July) because my digital copy has many errors, while I was not able to read Go Set A Watchman (for September) and Alternative Alamat (for November) because I was not able to get copies of the books.
- Read at least two books in the 501 Must-Read Children’s Books. RESULT: Not accomplished. Had I finished Little Women, I would have hit two birds with one stone. I guess I’ll try again this year.
- Read the following books, where print copies of some are already gathering dust on my shelf:
RESULT: 3 books read.
Home by Marilynne Robinson– 5/5 stars
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker (ebook)
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foerr
- A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
- Man in the Mirror by Paul Auster
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan– 4/5 stars Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (ebook)– carried over to January 2016. 5/5 stars
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Short Story Challenge
- Enjoyed reading (and reviewing) ARCs from Net Galley
My Top 10 Favorite Reads for 2015:
Here’s my list, in the order by which I feel about them as of the time of writing (the order may change in the coming days but let’s stick to the present):
10. Choco Chip Hips by Agay Llanera. A highly recommended YA novella.
9. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. Funny and poignant.
8. Ubik by Philip K. Dick. Science fiction that did not make my nose bleed (too much).
7. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern. Hallmark-y but I love Rosie. With or without Alex.
6. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt. Intelligently beautiful (with a heart?)
5. In The Woods by Tana French. I revel in the cliff-hanger ending.
4. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. I haven’t enjoyed fantasy this much since I read A Game of Thrones.
3. number9dream by David Mitchell. Astounding, I feel intimidated to write my review.
2. Home by Marilynne Robinson. What word best describes a deeply emotional feeling? I get teary-eyed each time I think about this book.
And my most favorite read for 2015 is:
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book and Home were strong contenders on this spot but I eventually decided on The Night Circus because of the twists in the story and the vivid depiction of the scenes in the narrative. I am mildly surprised that my top favorite book for the past year is about magic. Times do change. 🙂
My next post will be about my reading goals for this year. Yes, I will still have reading goals, just because! Cheers to the new (ish) year! I am looking forward to more wonderful reads this 2016! 🙂