2015 Reading Stats and 2016 Reading Plans

The other day I created a spreadsheet of what I think I read in 2015. For several years now I’ve been rather lazy about keeping track of my reading, relying on my not always consistent use of Goodreads and my memory (insert eye roll here). I plan on being more organized in 2016.

Reading 52 books a year is my long-standing annual goal and I haven’t hit it the last two years. In 2014 I read 42 books and in 2015 it looks like I read only 41. It’s been a busy, adventurous, and also emotionally turbulent two years. Here’s hoping for continued adventures in 2016 but much less emotional upheaval.

Some Reading Stats from 2015:

  • 41 books read
  • 22 by women, 19 by men
  • 8 published in the 19th century
  • 12 published in the 20th century
  • 21 published in the 21st century
  • 11 published in 2015 (rather shocking to me–I had no idea I read that much new stuff!)
  • 10 review copies (explains the surprising number above, but one review copy was originally published in 1862)
  • 4 ebooks
  • 3 audiobooks
  • 3 in translation (lower than I would like)

Reading Plans for 2016:

I’ll stay on the path of aiming to read one book a week. To help keep me on my toes I’ll have three go-to challenges or focus areas:

  1. Read books I already own will be my primary focus for the year. I’m joining Andi in her quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.
  2. Continue to read from my Classics Club List.
  3. Participate in the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016. I’ve participated in this challenge before and look forward to jumping in again, but will take it easy on myself and aim for the Stella level (read four book and review at least three of them). Plus, I know I own at least four books by Australian Women Writers that I haven’t yet read which will merge nicely with my first focus.

    What kind of reading plans do you have for 2016?

    Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


      1. Oh hey, I'm doing the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge too! I like it because it can be as casual or as structured as you want, so long as the focus is on working through your own home library.

        I hope your 2016 isn't as turbulent as this past year was for you. Best wishes & Happy New Year 🙂

      2. I love the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge! I've basically been chipping away at mine for two years now and will continue to do so. I also need to pick up my Classic Clubs list again as the only ones I really got through last year were the remaining Austen I had to re-read for it. Happy belated New Year!

      3. Thanks, Geoff! I read two Austen last year…it was my first time reading her, although I consider myself a huge fan based on the adaptations I've seen and what I'd read about her. I plan on reading at least two more by her this year.

      4. Delighted to have you joining us for #aww2016. Glad to see this challenge is branching out far & wide from our sunny shores. Which 4 Aussie books do you currently have on your TBR?

        Good luck with your 2016 reading plans 🙂

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