My reading has been pretty good in 2015. In fact, it’s been the best it’s been for years. When I was at Uni, I rarely read for fun and if I did it was often YA, this year I read more thanks to my five hour commute each day and I read more diversely in terms of genre and author.
I read 81 books this year and reviewed 52 of them. This meant I completed The Mad Reviewer Reading and Reviewing Challenge which I was very happy about. I actually enjoyed reviewing books as I didn’t review every single book I read, just ones that I had a lot to say about. This made it less of a chore and more fun.
I signed up for two other reading challenges at the start of the year. Wormhole’s The What’s in a Name Challenge where you had to read six books that had certain words in their titles and BookdOut’s The Eclectic Reader Challenge where you had to read 12 books from some very different genres.
I completed both of these challenges. I actually found The What’s in a Name challenge harder because it wasn’t always easy finding a book that had a certain word in the title. One of the last books I read this year was for this challenge. It’s kind of crazy that a challenge to read just six books took me the whole year.
I really liked how the Eclectic Reader Challenge made me read more out of my comfort zone. I’d never read fiction for foodies before or a microhistory and I generally am not a fan of contemporary romance so it was great having this challenge to kind of force me to read new things.
Two of my resolutions for 2015 were to get my TBR down (that failed as I’m ending the year with more books than I started with) and to read more diversely, meaning I wanted the gender of the books I read to be split 50/050 between men and women and to read more books by people of colour. I’m happy to say I made a real effort to read more diversely and it (mostly) paid off.
As you can see from this handy pie chart, the gender of the authors I read were pretty much equal with a slightly more female authors read. The percentage of books I read from both male and female authors came pretty much from all the comic books and graphic novels I read this year.
When it comes to reading books from people of colour, I did better than last year when I’d only read five but I did only make it up to 20 books. That is near enough a quarter of what I read throughout the year so when you put it like that it isn’t so bad but I would’ve like to have read more.
The amount of books I read each month did lessen after September when I was no longer working so I no longer had my epic five hour commute to read on. I had to make time to read which I didn’t always do. You can see the full list of books I read this year here.
Here’s another handy pie chart which shows the genre break down of the books I read this year. By far in the lead are graphic novels/comic book trade paper backs and YA, but I’m glad there’s other genres represented there.
I have a kindle as well but I definitely read more physical books this year – this is probably thanks to all the comics and graphic novels I read as I don’t like reading them on a tablet. I read 71 physical books and 10 ebooks in 2015.
In 2016 I hope to make a huge dent in my TBR (I’ll be posting a full list of the unread books on my shelves soon but it stands at over 80 books), continue to read an equal amount of male and female authors and to read more books from people of colour. Also I’d like to read 50 books and review at least 30 of them – I’m being realistic as I really didn’t read much during the last few months of 2015.
Did you manage to keep to any of your reading goals in 2015? Have you got any plans for 2016?