2015 in review

Happy new year, and thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. I’ve been posting less and reading less than in years past, but I very much appreciate your reading and all the reading suggestions you’ve shared. You’ve made my reading life very interesting, and I am very grateful.

2015 is the year I started reading lots of older crime fiction to go along with my love of Scandicrime, and I also went on a few non-crime reading jags to balance out my reading. I anticipate reading lots more Margaret Millar in 2016, not only from my collection of used books but from the new ebook editions that are coming out in the US from Syndicate Books. I’ve also started listening to nonfiction on audio so look for a little variety in upcoming posts.

2015 is also the year I shifted my reading challenges to perpetual mode (read a book from every country and every state in the US). My recordkeeping has a few gaps, but of the about 60 books I read, 11 were set in the US followed by Sweden with 7. I added Ukraine and Cambodia to my countries-of-the-world list but did not fare so well in adding American states to my reading. New York and California were the most common settings in my US reading, and I hope to add more non-coastal states to my 2016 reading.

As for 2016 challenges, I am using two challenges to help combat future reading ruts:

  1. Book Riot Read Harder Challenge– It’s a challenge covering lots of genres and some variety in time periods.
  2. Bustle Reads– It focuses on women and writers of color.

I plan on keeping the challenge categories tucked away in my bag or under my computer keyboard to have on hand when I’m looking for something new to read. I think that works a lot better than committing to a list of intended reads at the beginning of the year.

Finally, I am linking to the WordPress summary of my blog stats for the year for reference and entertainment. The continuing popularity of my Latin American Crime Fiction post makes me realize I haven’t read much if any South American books for the year.

Happy new year, all!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

11 thoughts on “2015 in review

  1. A nice summary of your year in reading, Rebecca. I did enjoy the summary from WordPress too.

    I have had no reading slumps in 2015. My only problem has been having weeks and months where my job is so much work I don’t have energy left over for blogging. And I do enjoy blogging.

    I have had the same problem with my ongoing 50 states challenge. Too many books set in California and New York. I have not kept up with where I am on that, maybe I will find time to do that in 2016. In 2015 I started a personal (and ongoing) goal to read a book published in each year between 1915 and 2015, and I don’t know where I am with that one either.

    • I know work overload, Tracy. Hope your workflow gets a bit more balanced in 2016! Sometimes when I’m swamped I can’t concentrate on books or can’t find exactly what I want to read so I default to Netflix instead. Hopefully the lulls aren’t too long.

      Happy reading to you, and I’ll keep an eye out on your 100 books posts. Which reminds me, I should really pick a 1950 book for Rich’s challenge. A very happy new year to you, Tracy.

  2. Happy New Year Rebecca! This theme looks familiar (bwahahaha). Further off topic: I can’t decide if I want to keep mine or not. Enough of that. But anyway, it’s been a pleasure visiting you here, talking books and stuff. Let’s read some good books next year!

  3. Happy New Year, Rebecca! Thanks for an excellent blog. I know just what you mean about keeping yourself from getting into a reading rut. I’ll be interested in how you do on those challenges this year; I hope you’ll post reviews.

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