Monday, January 25, 2016

Books from 2015 and Reading Goals for 2016

My goal in 2015 was to read 30 books, and I read 28. I'm not going to say I "failed" because 12 of the 28 books were 800+ pages (I read both the Outlander series and the Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones series, which were monstrous). I do wish I would have made it to 30, but I'm still happy with the amount that I crossed off my list!

Here are the books I read in 2015:

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Girl You Left Behind - Jojo Moyes
The Last Original Wife - Dorothea Benton Frank
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon
Voyager - Diana Gabaldon
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
Drums of Autumn - Diana Gabaldon
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon
Madame Picasso - Anne Girard
The Good Girl - Mary Kubica
A Breath of Snow and Ashes - Diana Gabaldon
An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
Written in My Own Heart's blood - Diana Gabaldon
Mad miss Mimic - Sarah Henstra
The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman
Georgia Bottoms - Mark Childress
The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand
The Last Letter From Your Lover - Jojo Moyes
A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin
A Feast for Crows - George R. R. Martin

Started (but didn't finish in 2015)
A Dance with Dragons - George R. R. Martin
May we be Forgiven - A. M. Homes

My goals for 2016 are much the same as last year, to continue reading at a steady pace and to introduce new authors into my life. I'm keeping the goal of 30-40 books this year (I still think 50 is too stout to attempt) and I want to try to find one more series to get into.

Here are some books I'm interested in reading  in 2016:

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
"A historical fiction based during the 17th century in Canada after the arrival of French Jesuit missionaries. The book is written from three perspectives: (1) Snow Falls, a young Iroquois girl, (2) Pere Christoph, the missionary kidnapped along sider her, and (3) Bird, the Huron warrior who is holding both of them captive."

Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope
"This novel follows Adam, an addict from NYC, traveling to an Israeli kibbutz in 1994 to fulfill his grandfather's dying wish. But the woman he's set out to find, and the legend behind a stored famiy keepsake he carries, soon set him on a course far more complex than he anticipated."

After You by Jojo Moyes (sequel to Me Before You)
I was a big fan of Me Before You, but was never expecting a sequel. Me Before You ended the way a good book should - it left me wanting more, but it also had a sense of finality and closure. I'm still a huge fan of Moyes and am interested to see what some of the characters are up to now.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkin
"Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can."
That quote alone left me wanting to get my hands on this book ASAP! I'm a big fan of mysteries and this one seems like it will satiate my craving for a little while.

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
The jacket teaser alone ("Five days. Four lost hikers. Three survivors.") has me on the edge of my seat already.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of my nook (if you're a nook user, let me know so we can share some books!) and I love having an e-reader, but I'm not at all opposed to hard-copy books. I was actually given a huge box of John Grisham novels by a sweet patient's family member and plan on diving in to some of those as well.

If you have any recommendations on books to read this year, I'd love to hear them!


Alanna @ Alanna and Company said...

I'm about to read All the Light we Cannot See!

Crystal said...

You read some great books last year! Enjoy Mara Dyer. It has mixed reviews, but I am one of those who loved it. I've reread it a couple of times, I liked it that much!

Jenna said...

I am so far behind in the book world that I will be pulling for both lists I'm sure! These seem like great books! I can't wait to charge my kindle and start reading again.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

wow, you read some huge books! i read a lot of books but i bet you read more pages than me! i only read the first outlander, i'm stuck in the second one right now (it's just sooooo long and hard to get into, though i'm sure i'll love it when i get into it). good luck this year!

Cori Large said...

Nice list. A lot of New York Times best sellers in there. Happy reading in 2016.

Anonymous said...

Oohhhhh some of these sound really interesting! I need to check them out.

Noor Unnahar said...

Ooh! 28 is still a great number. I have set a goal of 40 books to read in 2016. I just started reading #GirlBoss and recently finished The Bastard of Istanbul.
If you're into crime thrillers, I would recommend reading The Girl On The Train, Tell Me Your Dreams, and If Tomorrow Comes.

Noor | Noor's Place

Rachel Gault said...

What an impressive list! I have a few of yours from last year on my list for this year :)

Breakfast at Lillys said...

All of Gillian Flynn's books are amazing!
I can't wait to check out the others.

xoxo, Jenny

DetroitDuchess said...

We read The Widow Clicquot in my last book club and I loved it. If you like champagne and women's history, you should like this one.

Sandwich Gal said...

I set book goals every year. I did not know about that Jojo Moyes sequel, thank you.:)

Me Squared said...

Good job! I love reading goals. My goal was 30 last year as well but I fell very short of it at 16 books - I had a few hefty ones too (ahem, Game of Thrones). I'm keeping the same goal for 2016 and I've already finished 4 books for January so I'd say I'm off to a good start. I'm currently reading All the Light We Cannot See, I've heard it's a great book!

Steph G said...

I just started After You and so far, I'm loving it. I love seeing reading lists and I'm definitely going to add some of these to my ever-growing to-read list.

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

30-40 books, woooohoooo! I just read 'The Royal We' and 'Orphan Train' and really loved both of them. OH, and 'Better than Before' by Gretchen Rubin. All recommended!

Kalyn P said...

That's a good one - I really enjoyed reading it! And GOT is a MASSIVE series to tackle so you should be proud anyway!

By the way, did you know that your email is set to 'no reply' so that I can't reply to you via email?

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