2015 Recap Post. 2016 Resolutions.

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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?

2016 resolutions


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


2016 resolutions

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.

No Book Buying Challenge
My 2015 Shelf Love Challenge Books
The Witching Elm
Haunting Grace
The Rose of Fire
Gilded Ashes
Little Lies
Tangle of Fates
The Stained Glass Door: A Novel in Fragments
Hollow City
What We See When We Read
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
The Dressmaker
The Witch of Painted Sorrows
The Golden Cage
Kinship: The Covering
Grave Mercy
Romancing Snow White: A Prince Charmaine Story
Freak of Nature
The Monarch of the Glen
Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler


2016 resolutions

2015 Discussion Challenge Goal:
13-24—Creative Conversationalist

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.)

Check out all my 2015 Discussion Posts.


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.


#ShelfLove Challenge 2016

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.

Join the 2016 #ShelfLove Challenge.


2016 resolutions

My 2016 Discussion Challenge Goal

2015 Discussion Challenge Goal:
13-24—Creative Conversationalist

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!

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Stats as of December 22, 2015.


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)


Genres Read

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

C.N. Crawford (2) « K.M. Weiland (2) « M.J. Rose (2) « Marissa Meyer (2) « Rachel Hartman (2)


Best Book of 2015

Well, I can’t choose JUST one, so I’m picking one adult novel and one young adult novel.



best book of 2015

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?



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26 responses to “2015 Recap Post. 2016 Resolutions.

  1. Well, now you’ve convinced me that I need to read Ink and Bone – I was already interested in it, but this definitely pushed me over the edge. Sounds like you had a fantastic reading year – way to blow your challenge goals away!

    Feel free to link this up to the December Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up – I figured this month we could link up both monthly and year-end recaps. 🙂

  2. Yup I hear you! busy lives! my 2015 wasn’t to good either blogging Looking forward to 2016 I just signed up for shelf love [Couldn’t leave a comment there] which I hope will help me with my HUGE DNF list. Though I’m dying to read Ink and Bone, especially now that you list it as your top 2015 book! [would that be cheating??? lol] Thanks for hosting this challenge. Good luck with your 2016 goals 🙂

    • Glad to hear that you are joining the #ShelfLove Challenge, Daniela. Were you unable to comment on my initial 2016/2015 wrap-up post? I have comments disabled on the page.

      Well, you could buy an electronic copy of Ink & Bone today (or run out to a local bookstore and buy it), and not start reading it until 12:01 and then you could count it towards the Challenge. 😉

  3. Well all you had to say was Ink and Bone is the new HP, and I am sold! Cannot wait to read it! My reading goal is to read 55 books since I read 50 in 2015, but we will see if I can do it! Good luck on your reading challenge and goals! BTW I LOVE the new blog look =)
    Old follower =)

    • Ink & Bone definitely has the potential to be the next HP. The story was fresh and had some of those classic HP elements.

      Thanks for the complements on the new blog design. Happy New Year!

  4. Aww feel better! It’s a hard lesson to learn after the fact that you should’ve taken a break before pushing yourself too far (I’ve been there, so I get it). But I too am crossing my fingers for a better 2016! I’ve also joined up for the discussion challenge, but it’ll be my first time. Can’t wait to see yours and everyone else’s discussions, and good luck on your challenges!

  5. Bec

    First of YAY NEW BLOG DESIGN! I like it 😀

    Such a shame 2015 didn’t continue to be great for you 🙁 But you’re 100% right in that sometimes we need to take time out to focus on ourselves. I hope 2016 is better for you. Good luck with all your challenges and resolutions.

    • Thanks, Bec. I’m really digging the new layout. 🙂 It’s fun to have a bit of flexibility on post layout.

      I wish you the best in 2016 as well. It was my first week back at work after 2 weeks off and it went okay. 🙂

  6. Despite the setbacks in 2015, you really did have a successful year; more so in light of your optimism for this 2016 🙂 I know from personal experience how much fortitude it takes to look ahead and stay diligent gah! Wishing you all the best in the year ahead, and healing too!

    • Today was my first day back at work after being off for 2 weeks. There was a couple times I had to stop myself from getting worked up and just remind myself “live within my passions” and it helped to focus me a bit. 🙂

  7. I haven’t heard much abut Ink & Bone but I’m intrigued now! It sounds amazing, I love the Harry Potter comparison and the mention of secret societies, I will definitely check it out! And I hope you feel a lot better by now. I ADORED The Nightingale, it was my fav book of 2015 too.