2015 Reading Recap

 

No fancy graphics and no astounding numbers – in fact, rather average numbers for me, these days – but anyway, here we go:

 

Total Number of Books Read:
68

– including rereads
– but excluding my current read, Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (which is bound to take me all the way to the end of the year).

 

Rereads:
21

Including my annual Christmas revisitings:

  • Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
  • Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: The Blue Carbuncle
  • Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

A Christmas Carol - Charles DickensThe Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle - Arthur Conan DoyleThe Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers, Elizabeth GeorgeHercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha ChristieAdventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot) - Agatha Christie

 

The Year’s Top Reads
  • Sharon Maas: The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q.
  • The Secret Life of Winnie Cox
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit (reread)
  • Val McDermid: The Skeleton Road
  • Hilary Mantel: A Place of Greater Safety
  • Stefan Zweig: Joseph Fouché
  • Andrew Nicoll: The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne
  • Anaïs Nin: Henry and June
  • Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt
  • David Baldacci (ed.), Various Authors: Face-Off
  • Anthony Horowitz: Moriarty
  • Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (begun Dec. 2014)

 

Breakdown of Ratings:
  • 10
  •  10
  •  18
  •  23
  •  6
  •  1

 

Average Rating

Including Christmas rereads: 3,94
Excluding Christmas rereads: 3,87

 

Books Shelved as Favorites:
25

Of these, new reads: 14
Rereads: 11 – including 5 Christmas rereads

 

Breakdown of Shelves:

(Note: Virtually all of my books are shelved in multiple ways)

  • Nobel Prize Winners: 1
  • 1001 Books: 6
  • Classics: 46
  • Short Fiction: 37
  • Theatre: 3
  • Poetry: 2
  • Mysteries and Crime Fiction: 44
  • – American: 3
  • – British: 41
  • Fantasy: 2
  • Romance: 4
  • 20th Century & Contemporary BritLlit: 16
  • 20th Century & Contemporary America: 1
  • Canada & Canadian Literature: 1
  • Germany & German Literature: 1
  • France & French Literature: 5
  • Italy & Italian Literature: 1
  • Scotland: 6
  • Eastern Europe: 1
  • Russia: 2
  • California & Southwestern USA: 1
  • Down Under (= Oz & NZ): 1
  • Orient & Asia: 2
  • – India & Indian Subcontinent: 1
  • – Southeast Asia: 1
  • Africa: 1
  • Historical Fiction: 8
  • Key Historic / Period Elements or Setting (in contemporaneous fiction): 5
  • Nonfiction: 7
  • – History: 4
  • – Politics: 1
  • – Memoirs – Biographies – Letters – Diaries: 4
  • – Essays – Addresses – Lectures: 3
  • – Art & Architecture: 3
  • – Travel: 1
  • – Reference: 1
  • Humor – Comedy – Satire: 6
  • Children’s & YA Literature: 1
  • Cats: 1
  • Anthologies: 1

 

So, not one of my most diverse and international reading years, it would appear – lots of classics, lots of mysteries and crime fiction, and predominantly British literature.  But on the plus side, in their vast majority good or even great reads, which ultimately is what’s most important!

 

 

 

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