I am so thankful for the relationships I have established and grown over this year in this crazy blog world! The Historical Novel Society Conference in June was such incredible fun with a fabulous group of ladies – loved getting to know Stephanie (Layered Pages) and Erin (Flashlight Commentary) better and seeing my good friends Amy (Passages to the Past/Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours), Meg (A Bookish Affair) and Sarah (Reading the Past) again. I’ve even recently engaged in community with a bunch of these ladies and more to share ideas and help each other be the most successful we can be and made some new friends. The Historical Fiction community is an excellent one to be a part of.
Here are some book stats for 2015.
BOOKS READ: 51 (this exceeded my goal on Goodreads of 45 and was more than I read last year too – so I call that a win!)
BOOKS REVIEWED: 46 (this is more reviews than last year, and includes 12 that I didn’t get reviewed in 2014 that I had read. However, to that end, I have 13 I read and I still plan on reviewing that I didn’t get to this year.)
PAGES READ: 13,104 (more than last year by about 3,000 pages!!!)ü
HOURS LISTENED: 199.88 (this tapered off with less time spent in the car commuting – now I have a 15 minute ride and it has been more difficult to listen at work with the incessant questions I am answering for new employees.)
TYPE: (some may overlap)
- Hardcover: 1
- Paperback: 16
- ARC: 25
- Audio: 13
- E-Book: 21
- My Personal Collection: 25 (of the 25, 9 of those I had to read for my classes, but they still count!)
GENRE: (may overlap)
- Historical Fiction: 29
- Young Adult: 6 (part of this is due to some re-reads of Gossip Girl and Little House books)
- Contemporary Fiction: 4
- Romance: 7
- Non-fiction: 17
- Comedy: 1
- Mystery: 1 (only if you count it as Historical Mystery – I didn’t read any of my regular mysteries this year)
- Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi: 1
- Western: 6
SETTING: (may overlap)
- England: 7
- France: 8
- Ancient Rome: 2
- Scotland: 3
- America: 18
- Ancient Egypt: 1
- Fantasy: 1
- Middle East/Africa: 4
- Germany: 8
MALE/FEMALE AUTHOR RATIO: 18/33
FIRST LADY READS/PRESIDENT READS: 0/1 (WOW I need to work on this one again!)
AUTHORS MOST READ:
- MK McClintock (4)
- Cecily von Ziegesar (2)
Favorite books Read in 2015: (in no particular order, not all released in 2015):
- The Conqueror’s Wife by Stephanie Thornton
- The Lake House by Kate Morton
- A Year of Ravens by Ruth Downie, Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Vicky Alvear Shecter, S.J.A. Turney, Russell Whitfield, E. Knight
- In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
- Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne
Most anticipated of 2016: (in no particular order)
- Titans by Leila Meacham
- Fall of Poppies by Jessica Brockmole, Hazel Gaynor, Evangeline Holland, Kate Kerrigan, Jennifer Robson, Marci Jefferson, Heather Webb, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
- The Forgotten Room by Karen While, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
- The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner
- The Dutch Girl by Donna Thorland
Well, I read A LOT of books about WWI, WWII, and the Nazis the year thanks to my classes – those reviews will be coming in January and February, get ready for them. I have noticed the trend over my time blogging that books set in England and France had held less and less interest for me (although they are still in the top tier of locations I read) and more unique locales have garnered more of my interest (such as Tibet, the Byzantines, Ancient cultures, and of course early United States). I have a feeling 2016 is going to find me reading a bunch of sequels or series continuations.
I enjoyed the survey questions from The Perpetual Page Turner that I used in my year-end review last year, so I wanted to explore them again for 2015.
Book you read in 2015 that you recommended to people most in 2015?
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – that is after it was recommended to me by several other bloggers. I loved the writing style and told many friends about this one after I inhaled the book on a flight back from the HNS Conference.
My husband will also attest to my unending discussion of Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne that has resonated with me long after I read it back in January. Stonewall Jackson holds me fascinated like Benedict Arnold does. Both are men that I am supposed to hate, but I find admirable qualities in them. I even had to hold off on reading further at one point in Gwynne’s book because I didn’t want Jackson to die and I knew it was coming.
Best series you discovered in 2015?
Favorite new-to-me author discovered in 2015?
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Favorite Book You Read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously?
Best 2015 debut you read?
What have you learned about your reading habits in 2015? Did anything surprise you? Stay tuned tomorrow for what to expect in 2016 for The Maiden's Court. Thank you all for sticking with me through the years!!
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