Well, 2015 started out spectacularly. I had high hopes for the year. Then April hit and I had two back to back business trips and new responsibilities at my 9-to-5 job and everything seemed to go downhill. In August, I suffered a severe back injury that left me drugged up and sleepy. And in September, I started coughing and didn’t stop until early December. After 4 general practitioner visits, a confirmed case of Walking Pneumonia and one visit the pulmonologist later, I found out I have cough-variant asthma at 37. So what did I learn?
When you are sitting in your boss’s office three weeks before Christmas and after your fourth doctor’s visit no closer to feeling better and exhausted, that lesson hits you pretty hard in the face and leaves a bit of a mark.
My biggest goal for 2016 is to focus on me and what I want and need. Hopefully, this leads to less stress and more happiness. I’m not sure what steps I’m going to take to complete this goal, but I know, after my declining health between August and mid-December, it is imperative I figure it out.
Okay, enough about me and on to the blog and my reading goals for the year!
Update on My 2015 Reading Challenges
Overall Number of Books Read: Seventy-One (71)
My GoodReads 2015 Reading Challenge Goal was 52 so I blew that one out of the water.
Overall Number of Pages Read: 22101 pages
My goal every year to to read a minimum of 20,000 pages. This was the first time ever that I wasn’t reading page 20,000 on New Year’s Eve. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I officially hit 20,000 pages on November 21, 2015.
My 2015 #ShelfLove Challenge Update
Goal: 31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
I honestly thought this might be a bit of a long shot a couple weeks ago. But I buckled down and finished an anthology and that got me within 1 of my goal. Now, I’ve still got a few reviews to write, but I’m satisfied with my progress in tackling my dusty bookshelves.
My 2015 Shelf Love Challenge Books
2015 Discussion Challenge Goal:
Well, I did it. I clocked in between 21 and 24 discussion posts. I enjoyed this challenge so much. I allowed me to share my voice with others. I started some wonderful conversations and met some great new bloggers. (I know that I still have some unreplied to comments on my #WeNeedDiverseBooks post, but I wanted to give each one of you my full attention.)
My 2016 Resolutions
GoodReads 2016 Reading Challenge Goal: 52 books
2016 Number of Pages Read Goal: 20,000 pages
Based on past experience, 52 books usually nets me around 20,000 pages. Until I’m consistently blowing the number of books read and number of pages read, I’m not likely to up either of these goals.
My 2016 #ShelfLove Challenge Goal
Goal: 21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
I would like half of all the books I read be books I owned prior January 1, 2016. So if my overall reading goal is 52, I would like 26 books to be previously owned books. I have plenty to chose from, trust me.
My 2016 Discussion Challenge Goal
2015 Discussion Challenge Goal:
I’m going to shoot for the same range of posts in 2016 as I did in 2015. With the number of times I post a week plus the reviews, the 13 to 24 range seems to work well for me. Plus I’ve got at least two posts ready for January. One is about my favorite authors and one is about how I manage my blog on a macro level (yes, I’m working on a micro level one as well). And remember in November before I got deathly ill (Walking Pneumonia, folks, sucks) and I wanted to write a blog post a day? Well, I still have that list of ideas to tackle. All in all, I should be set for a couple months. Now to find the time to write!
The Skinny on Second Run Reviews
Stats as of December 22, 2015.
- 22010 page read
- 320.30 pages averaged per book
- 11,884 views, 5,802 visitors, 1,501 comment
- 294 followers on Twitter, 288 likes on Facebook
- Second Run Reviews now has a Google+ Business page!
Number of Books Read by Publication Year
2015 (22) « 2014 (17) « 2013 (14) « 2012 (8) « 2016 (2) « 2011 (5) « 2007 (1) « 2009 (1) « 2010 (1)
Based on my GoodReads Shelves
fantasy (24) « young adult (31) « historical fiction (10) « mystery (8) « audiobooks (7) « science fiction (12) « dystopian or apocalyptic (4) « steampunk (3) « fairy tales retold (5) « romance (6) « fiction (6) « paranormal (5) « non-fiction (4)
Authors I Read More than Once
Best Book of 2015
Well, I can’t choose JUST one, so I’m picking one adult novel and one young adult novel.
The Nightingale will require you to take out stock in tissues. Be prepared for tears and do not, dear fans, read the end of this book in public if you are a crier. If you liked The Nightingale and haven’t read Code Name Verity yet do it RIGHT NOW!
Ink & Bone is the next Harry Potter. There is magic and libraries and secret societies and books…OH THE BOOKS! I was lucky enough to get approved for the eARC and then I bought a copy of the book. I went back through the physical copy and marked it up with all the quotes I had marked in the eARC. Yes, I love this book. And have you seen the cover to book 2? *points* DRAGONS!
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So what about you? Did 2015 turn out as you expected or did it wack you in the head with a frying pan? What was your favorite book of 2015? What challenge taught you the most about yourself? What are your goals and resolutions for 2016?