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2015: About the Knitting

2015: About the Reading

I think I covered my reading habit pretty well on the blog this year (all that Bingo-reading during the summer months), but I've decided to provide a final tally here anyway.


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According to Goodreads, I read 73 books in 2015 -- and 24,615 pages.  (I don't shy away from long books.  I also read Nicholas Nickleby, coming at something just over 600 pages, and several others in the 500-600 page range.)

I think I read more 5-star books this year than in any other, although I'm not going to go back and compare.  I was certainly happy with most of the books I read this year.  (I consider any books with 3 stars and up "worth reading.")  I was only really disappointed in a couple of selections (2 stars), and there was one real clunker that I couldn't even finish (1 star . . . just because I read half of it).

In the end, here are my top five reads during 2015 (I'm telling you . . . it was hard to narrow it down to just five):

How to Be Both (Ali Smith)

Kartography (Kamila Shamsie)

A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)

Mink River (Brian Doyle)

Being Mortal (Atul Gawande)

I'm looking forward to more reading in 2016.  I've signed up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge (goal = 60 books this year), and I'll plan to play along at Book Bingo this summer if Mary "hosts" again (no pressure, Mary!).  You can always check what I'm reading on my sidebar here on the blog, or you can find me on Goodreads.

Happy reading! 


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I'm glad you had a good reading year in 2015 and I bet there will be more in 2016. Since they made your top five I'm going to check out How to be Both and Kartography; I completely agree with your other three. I just assumed Mary would be hosting Book Bingo this summer, but no pressure! :-)


Reading 73 books? You blew me away and now I am uncharacteristic ally silent, cogitating on how I can develop more reading time.


Very impressive! I'm listening to Mink River right now - probably 2/3 through it and I've got to admit (and you've all given it such high marks!) the lists are getting to me. Yesterday there was one that had to be 30 items long and I almost drove off the road! That said...I'll finish it and give my thoughts then. Got to look into Ove...


Mink River was certainly at the top on my list and, unlike Patty, I loved the lists! I need to read How to Be Both this year. Your page count is very impressive and you read many more books than I did. I need to up my game!


I'm sharing my books of 2015 tomorrow. We had some of the same ones as our favorites although I still have to read A Man Called Ove. What's wrong with Patty? (LOL) The BEST part of Mink River are those lists!


You did fantastic! I keep trying to read 52 books a year. In 2015 I only made it to 26. I think (no, I know) the knitting got in the way - but in a good way - LOL!

Linda in VA


I have to ramp up my reading time this year - I read only half of your extremely impressive accomplishment. I have too many irons in the fire...all good, but all competing for free time! Thanks for sharing your top five - I've only read two of them but will surely check out the other three!


I read about half of Being Mortal. Good book, but after half I started to feel depressed.

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