Sunday, December 27, 2015

BW52: 2015 Year End Wrap Up

Jonathan Wolstenholme - Many Books 

TA DA!  We've made it through another year. Our reading adventures took us around the globe, rambling and roaming in pursuit of literary adventures, thrilling mysteries and regency romances.  We delved into the capricious and cunning, debunked the banned, dipped into the fascinating world of creative non fiction, hiked into history and scrutinized the supernatural and spectacular ghostly tomes. We expanded our horizons as we burrowed into translated stories thanks to Archipelago Books, Europa Editions and Literary Saloon pointing us in new directions.  Let's wrap up our 2015 reading year before we do it all over again next year.



Please share your reading lists and tell us about your reading year:




How many books did you read this year and did you meet or beat your own personal goal?

Share your top 5 (or more) favorite books.

Which books or authors you thought you'd never read and were pleasantly surprised to like them?

One book that touched you - made you laugh, cry, sing or dance!

Share your most favorite character, covers and/or quotes?

One book you thought you'd love but didn't?

What countries or centuries did you explore?

What books would you recommend everybody read?

What was your favorite part of the challenge?


Congratulations and thank you to everyone for joining in and to those who followed our progress.  I may have challenged our comfort zones a bit this year and probably will even more so in the new year as we sail around the world.  Once I stepped outside my own reading box, I discovered so many new worlds. Plus it made me appreciate my comfort reads even more.  No matter what we read, whether it's fiction or nonfiction, literary or contemporary, historical or futuristic, a chunky book or a cozy, the most important thing is the reading.  For me, reading is as necessary as breathing. It is an escape or should I call it a decampment from the real world. I get rather crotchety without my books.  How about you?  I really appreciate you sharing your reading journeys with me.  I hope you had fun along the way, following your own reading paths and  rabbit trails and enjoyed your bookish journeys.  I look forward to 2016 and sharing another reading year with you all.  


Best wishes for a Happy Reading New Year! 

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4 comments:

  1. How many books did you read this year and did you meet or beat your own personal goal?


    Share your top 5 (or more) favorite books.

    Which books or authors you thought you'd never read and were pleasantly surprised to like them?
    The King Harald Canine Cozy Mystery series by Richard Audry. I mean a cozy series written by a man with a male MC? Definitely in the minority amongst cozies ... and they rocked!

    One book that touched you - made you laugh, cry, sing or dance!
    Cynthia Ruchti's "Tattered and Mended"

    Share your most favorite character, covers and/or quotes?
    " -Be thou not technical with me/Or else thine input valve may swift receive/a hearty helping of my golden foot...." by Ian Doescher in "William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope"

    One book you thought you'd love but didn't?
    I seriously don't remember the title, but it was set in or around the Regency Era in England. There was a young woman whose parents were trying to marry her off before society found out about her disability. I had enjoyed the book, story and characters' strength right up until the point where one of the male characters interested in this young woman told his competition that they would have to 'help' her find release - basically that they would have to teach her to achieve orgasm: one taking care of business while she held the other one's hand because this man had a calming influence on her. I stopped reading the book right there.

    What countries or centuries did you explore?
    Mostly the US and UK, but also Canada, Germany, a few other European countries and Kenya.

    What books would you recommend everybody read?
    Anything by Ian Doescher, NLB Horton or Joyce and Jim Lavene.

    What was your favorite part of the challenge?
    I actually kept better records in 2015 than I did in 2014 ... but I still have a long way to go.

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    1. Love the quote. Jaw hitting the ground on the book you didn't like. Completely understand why stopped reading. Yes, I kind of dropped the ball on record keeping this year and had to piece my list together. Glad you decided to do another round. Happy New Year!

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  2. Last book of the year, reread of my favourite childhood book, 'The Wheel on the school' by Meindert DeJong. Total books read in 2015 - 78.
    Happy new year!

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