Sunday, January 3, 2016
The Sunday Salon: Final Thoughts on 2015
In case you're tired of these end-of-the year posts, let me apologize right up front. I've already shared my favorite books and the initial plan was to skip these gritty details. But when I sat down and filled in the blanks, there were a few things I found interesting and recording it here is the only way I'll remember.
Overall, I'm happy with the way 2015 turned out:
Number of books read
53, roughly one book per week
A goal for 2015 was to read more nonfiction, and I broke 30% for the first time ever. 69% fiction and 31% nonfiction
18 male / 24 female
31 authors were new to me this year
No surprise here. I read 6 books by Anthony Trollope in 2015. Elena Ferrante is the runner-up with a total of 5. I've never read more than three books by one author in a single year - 2015 was the year of the author binge!
Books in translation
10 - a record!
Books from my Classics Club list
12 - I've now read 39/50 and my goal is to finish by April 15, 2017.
I listened to 25 audiobooks in 2015... 10 were audio only, 15 were read/listen combinations. I really love this total immersion approach, especially for classics. I like to have a print copy on hand when I listen to nonfiction. Don't want to miss any maps, graphs, charts, or photos!
The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
The Horla by Guy de Maupassant
Most disappointing book
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan - a favorite author, a good book, but far from his best (my review)
1. One book per week is a comfortable reading pace. I don't like to rush and I will not avoid titles simply because they are long. No goodreads challenge for me in 2016... and that's a good thing because my first book of the year is 944 pages long! (City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg)
2. As much as I enjoy literary fiction and classics, I really love nonfiction, too. Reaching 30% in 2015 was a first. I'll strive for one third nonfiction in 2016.
3. Ten translated works happened because of the five Elena Ferrante novels, all translated from Italian. That was a record high, but it would be great to match that number in 2016. I would like to include Russian, German, and Japanese this year.
4. I've loved audiobooks for nearly 15 years, but the read/listen combination is a newer habit and it's fast becoming an addiction. I started with classics, then expanded to include nonfiction. My walking and listening should increase dramatically when we get to Florida in a couple of weeks.
Today is Downton Day! Are you as excited about tonight's episode as I am?
I'll be back tomorrow with my usual It's Monday, What Are You Reading? post.