Is there anything more fun for book nerds than tallying up all our reading stats at the end of the year? Nope! Let’s do this.
I read 127 books in 2015, which is the most books I’ve read in one year since I started keeping track, and probably the most since I was in middle school and endlessly reading Babysitter’s Club & Sweet Valley Twins books. I read over twice as many books as in 2014 (62), which I think is kind of awesome. Before I dive into the charts & lists of favorites, here are a few notes about how this year in reading played out:
- I read more diverse books in 2015 in terms of quantity (and quality!), but due to reading more books overall the percentages are down a bit. I’d like to continue working to improve this in 2016.
- Audiobooks: I listened to 11 audiobooks in 2014, and 40 in 2015. This is mostly due to two factors: getting a waterproof speaker for my shower for Christmas last year (thanks Mom!) and the fact that I now walk to work (35 minutes each way = 1 hours and 10 minutes guaranteed audiobook time every weekday).
- I read 48 books in 2015 that were published in 2015. This is definitely a record for new books. I’m not sure how I feel about this – I want to read more books I already own, but the books I did read were, for the most part, fantastic.
- I started being able to use the library again (due to a branch being located on my new walk to work, and the branch near my apartment finally expanding its hours to beyond 9-5 on weekdays). This helped with my goal of buying fewer books, especially given how many 2015 books I read (new hardcovers add up!).
- I continued my trend of reading more non-fiction than fiction, and increased the percentage of non-fiction from 2014.
- It was very hard to pick my favorite books of the year, especially in the non-fiction category. A long list of my favorite non-fiction titles from 2015 is available here.
- A list of all 127 books I read is available on GoodReads.
This year’s Polysyllabic Spree posts (a breakdown of the books I bought and read each month, including mini-reviews): January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Without further delay, here are the stats:
So that’s the year in books! As always, I’m so grateful for everyone who reads this blog – I love connecting with you and talking about books and life and penguins and tacos with you. Thank you! Cheers to 2016!