At the beginning of this year I decided to take part in the Goodreads 2015 reading Challenge so I set myself a goal of reading 25 books in one year. Well if you read my reading challenge update post back in August then you would already know that I reached that goal a whopping five months early which was nice surprise! Even after that it didn’t stop me from wanting to carry on reading more books (why would I want to stop?) which is why I kept going. I definitely didn’t read as much as I would of liked with me going back to studying and getting a new job but I do sneak in some reading time whenever I can. So after checking my Goodreads account and double checking my bookcase to make sure I haven’t missed any, I have read a total of 32 books this year!!! How mad is that? For me this is an amazing achievement and I’m quite proud of myself actually!
I’ve listed all the books that I’ve read and one that I’m currently reading below in order of when I read them:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
We Should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Tourists by Julianne Pachico
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Great Fire of London by Samuel Pepys
All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Sane New World by Ruby Wax
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Paperweight by Meg Haston (my review)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Armada by Ernest Cline
Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
How to Start a Revolution by Lucy-Anne Holmes
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
The Vagenda by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter (currently reading)
When I see the list laid out like that I think “Wow that’s a lot of books, how did I do that?” but then I remember that I had a lot of time on my mind the first half of the year haha! It’s still impressive.
I feel like I’ve read a good variety of books. From paperbacks to ebooks, big books to short stories and fiction to non-fiction. It’s always good to branch out and try something new because you never know what you might like. I’ve even read a romance one which is rare for me haha! The funny thing is I can even remember where I was reading some of these books:
I started reading Gone Girl when I was exam invigilating at a business school in London.
A college friend and I bought We Should all be Feminists at an independent bookshop we stumbled across – we both read it on the tram home.
I stayed up in bed till 3am reading Everything, Everything a while back because I got caught up in the story.
I was on a train when I read How to Start a Revolution and I finished it in that one journey.
I guess some books just stay in your head for a long time and others might not even get thought about again! I think there was only about two or three books that ended up not being my cup of tea but then there’s some that have become one of my favourites; you can’t win them all!
That’s a wrap! I’ll be doing another post in the New Year talking about my 2016 reading challenge as I haven’t quite decided what I’m doing yet so if that’s something you’d be interested in keep a look out for that! Let me know in the comments how your year of reading went, whether you read more books than me or less I want to know! I hope you enjoyed my bookish post and I’ll see you soon 🙂
Don’t forget if you have Goodreads too you can check out all my books here!