2015 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up and 2016 Aims

As with 2013 and 2014, it’s time for my end of year Reading Wrap-Up. I think it’s fair to say that 2015 was a big year in many ways – primarily because I was attempting the 2015 Reading Challenge, a feat of 52 books in 50 categories during the year. My year started off great, and then (unfortunately) petered off.

Aims for 2015
Read 52 books √ (Complete the 2015 Reading Challenge)
I read 57 books (110% of my goal), however I did not manage to complete the 2015 Reading Challenge *cries*. I managed to complete 40/50 challenges, so to have accomplished 80% and have read more than a book a week for the entire year is, in my eyes, a success.
Listen to one audiobook (unabridged novel) √
I listened to many audiobooks this year, often in conjunction with the novel itself, but I listened to the entirety of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown, ‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare, ‘Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse’ by Rick Riordan and ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon.
Read five novels on the BBC Big Read list
Unfortunately I only read four on the list. Darn.
Keep track of quotes I like in a notebook
This started off well, but quickly ended when I began listening to audiobooks, and as a result was unable to do so.

Author Title BBC Rated My Rating Date Read Pages
Ahern, Cecelia Where Rainbows End 5 Feb-15 566
Andrews, Jesse Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 6 Jul-15 295
Anouilh, Jean Antigone 4 Nov-15 134
Blackman, Malorie Noughts and Crosses Graphic Novel 7 Aug-15 208
Brown, Dan The Da Vinci Code 7 Jun-15 590
Cabot, Meg The Princess Diaries 99 6 Mar-15 230
Campbell, Jen More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops 7 Apr-15 121
Chbosky, Stephen The Perks of Being a Wallflower 6 Aug-15 231
Child, Lee Tripwire 7 Aug-15 545
Clare, Cassandra City of Bones 6 Jun-15 442
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games 9 Jun-15 454
Collins, Suzanne Catching Fire 9 Nov-15 439
Dawson, James This Book is Gay 7 Mar-15 271
Fletcher, Carrie Hope All I Know Now 4 May-15 322
Fletcher, Giovanna Billy and Me 5 Jan-15 402
Fletcher, Giovanna Christmas With Billy and Me 7 Feb-15 54
Galbraith, Robert Career of Evil 8 Oct-15 494
Goldsworthy, Vesna Gorsky 7 Aug-15 277
Green, John Paper Towns 6 Feb-15 305
Green, John Looking for Alaska 6 May-15 466
Haig, Francesca The Fire Sermon 6 Jul-15 416
Hawkins, Paula The Girl On The Train 7 Apr-15 316
Horowitz, Anthony Point Blanc 105 7 Mar-15 282
James, E L Grey 3 Sep-15 559
Lee, Harper To Kill A Mockingbird 6 6 Dec-15 309
Levithan, David and Cohn, Rachel Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares 6 Aug-15 260
Lloyd, John., Mitchinson, John and Harkin, James 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off 6 Sep-15 322
Lockhart, E., Myracle, Lauren and Mlynowski, Sarah How To Be Bad 6 Jun-15 321
Maas, Sarah J Crown of Midnight 7 May-15 420
Maas, Sarah J A Court of Thorns and Roses 8 May-15 416
Maas, Sarah J The Assassin’s Blade 7 Aug-15 435
Maas, Sarah J Throne of Glass 7 Apr-15 404
Martin, George R R A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) 4 Mar-15 911
McIntyre, Michael Life and Laughing 7 Jul-15 294
Meyer, Marissa Cinder 5 Dec-15 387
Meyer, Stephenie New Moon 8 Feb-15 563
Meyer, Stephenie Eclipse 7 Mar-15 628
Meyer, Stephenie Breaking Dawn 7 Jun-15 702
Meyer, Stephenie The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner 6 Oct-15 178
Morgan Matson Since You’ve Been Gone 7 May-15 449
Perkins, Stephanie Lola and the Boy Next Door 5 Jul-15 295
Perkins, Stephanie (and others) My True Love Gave To Me 6 Apr-15 355
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse (3) 5 Oct-15 294
Riordan, Rick and Venditti, Robert Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (1) Graphic Novel 5 Jan-15 128
Riordan, Rick and Venditti, Robert Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (2) Graphic Novel 6 Feb-15 128
Roth, Veronica Insurgent 5 Mar-15 525
Rowling, JK Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 6 Jan-15 59
Rowling, JK Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination 8 Apr-15 80
Rowling, JK Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 5 9 Aug-15 636
Shannon, Samantha The Bone Season 5 Apr-15 474
Simsion, Graeme The Rosie Project 8 Jan-15 327
Snicket, Lemony The Bad Beginning (1) 4 Jan-15 188
Snicket, Lemony The Reptile Room (2) 5 Aug-15 208
Sophocles Antigone 6 Oct-15 118
Spalding, Nick Life… On A High 6 Jan-15 155
Sugg, Zoe and Curham, Siobhan Girl Online 7 Jan-15 346
Wilson, Jacqueline Buried Alive 4 Feb-15 159

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Facts and Figures 2015
Highest scoring novel – TIE: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ by J.K. Rowling, ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins & ‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins (9/10)
Lowest scoring novel – ‘Grey’ by E.L. James (3/10)
Most books read in a calendar month – 8 in August
Most books read by one author –TIE: 4 each by Sarah J. Maas and Stephenie Meyer
Total pages read – 19,893
Total books read – 57

Best In Books
1. Best book you read in 2015?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – and I loved it just as much (if not more) than the previous reads.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher – I just expected more from it, and a slightly older target audience than eleven or twelve.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer – I disliked Twilight when I read it a couple of years ago, and I wasn’t expecting to pick up, marathon and love the rest of the series in 2015.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2015?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I’ve been pressuring my friend George to read it for years, so I finally bought her the trilogy, and she loved it!

5. Best series you started in 2015?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – this series has so much potential and I can’t wait for the release of A Court of Mist and Fury later this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2015?
Sarah J. Maas – I read four books by her: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, The Assassin’s Blade and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – this is an adult rom-com starring a single male looking for love, and it is absolutely brilliant.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I absolutely flew through this novel and was hooked from the very first page.

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling – it has some excellent messages and is a very quick and inspirational read.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2015?
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig – it’s beautifully striking, aggressive yet enthralling.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas) – since I read three books in the series this year, my only choice was the badass teenage assassin. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – this book is just so uplifting and funny and sweet, and I’m going to make the sequel a priority in 2016.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling – this book resonated with me on a personal level, and is certainly one to re-read.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2015 to finally read?
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer – I could’ve said any of the final three novels (or the novella), but this series as a whole gripped me this year and I’m so glad I’m now officially a twihard.

15. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?
“We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” (Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling)

16. Shortest and longest books you read in 2015?
Christmas With Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher (54 pages) / A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin (911 pages)

17. Book that shocked you the most?
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – that murder was something else!

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)?
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) – I rarely ship characters, but I truly care about these two!

19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?
Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott (Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith) – I love the banter between these two friends, and I fervently pray that they do not end up together.

20. Favourite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously?
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer – discounting re-reads, this was easily one of my favourite books of the year. I can’t believe it took me so long to get into the Twilight Saga.

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?
Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy – I read this when I was given it by someone who works in the publishing industry. I devoured it and found a new appreciation for a different genre.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Lucien (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas) – I just love how sarcastic and witty he is, and that he stands up for everything he believes in.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – it was thrilling, had psychologically twisted characters and was everything a crime novel should be.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – the wizarding world will forever be the most amazing setting for a book series, no question!

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – this was an incredibly sweet and fun summer adventure, with cute characters and new found friendships.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – the closest I came to tears was with the end of the Twilight Saga.

27. Hidden gem of the year?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – although this book has been well received amongst an adult audience, I do wish more YA enthusiasts would give this beautiful book a read!

28. Book that crushed your soul?
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – Sam, that’s all I need to say.

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?
More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell – this book does what it says on the tin, and is filled with amusing (true) statements, which is very funny.

30. Book that made you the most mad?
Insurgent by Veronica Roth – this was an abomination of a novel, after the brilliant first book. It was boring, jumpy and didn’t live up to expectations one jot.

Looking Ahead
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – everyone and their mother read this book in 2015, but it just stayed on my shelf. I will rectify that.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2016 (non-debut)?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – so. freaking. excited.

3. 2016 debut you are most anticipating?
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – Sherlock Holmes’ granddaughter sleuthing? Count me in.

4. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2016?
BookTube – I’ve been meaning to go for it for a while now, but new year, new commitment!

Aims for 2016
– Read 41 books
– Complete the 2016 Reading Challenge
– Read five novels on the BBC Big Read list
– Read three 2016 releases
– Read ten new-to-you authors

Happy New Year!

4 thoughts on “2015 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up and 2016 Aims

  1. Hi there! I am also participating in a 2016 Reading Challenge and would love to have you join me on my journey as well! If you would like, please check out my blog. I look forward to reading about what you are reading! Happy 2016 and best of luck on your challenge! -BJ

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