Despite a few slow months in the middle of the year, I managed to surpass my reading challenge goal of 50 books. Goodreads was nice enough to make this lovely year in review style webpage, My Year in Books 2015, for me to share. Missing are a couple of indie works not on Goodreads and two travel guide books that I decided to remove (I didn’t really read them from cover to cover – just the important parts!). I’m quite pleased with my list and extra pleased with how much I’ve been loving reading since I really embraced allowing myself to quit books, instead of trying to force myself to read them.
It’s been a good year for reading, especially these last few months. Though, I still have one I’ve been working on (occasionally) for a year and a half! (Sigh.)
I’m still undecided about a book challenge for 2016. I was planning on making a list, but realized that might not be a good idea as I hadn’t really enjoyed using lists last year. I’ll think about it for a couple days.
In the meantime, here’s what I read in December.
Lorna Crozier and Ian McAllister … Beautifully written poems accompanied by gorgeous photos. Whether you love poetry or love bears and wolves and ocean life, this is a great book.
This fabulous little box set includes Coraline, The Graveyard Book and Fortunately, the Milk. Technically, I only read Fortunately, the Milk (I’ve already read the other two). It was delightful and I can’t wait to share it with the niblings. The addition of the fun illustrations makes this box set extra fun.
I picked up this book on a whim. It won this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize and sounded quite interesting (the premise is Apollo and Hermes give 15 dogs human intelligence). It’s a fascinating study of dogs, intelligence, pack behaviour, the acceptance or rejection of new things, language and even how humans treat or react to dogs. While peppered with moments of excitement, it was still felt like a quiet read (though, perhaps that’s just because of the contrast between it and Divergent, which I finally started to read). I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
[dnf = did not finish] I started listening to this, but my interest and attention kept waning. I like the story, but I decided that I was tired of all the underdog angst and secret hidden talent heroism (like being unexpectedly good at things you’ve never tried before). This is a pretty typical formula for a lot of adventure stories and something that I used to really enjoy (at least on occasion). I’m just not in the mood for it these days. Come to think of it, I never made it past the first Hunger Games book, either. Maybe the genre just isn’t my thing anymore.
The Millenium Trilogy (dnf)
I started reading the second of the The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl Who Played with Fire). I had really enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so I was pretty excited when I was given the full series, but I just couldn’t get into the second book. I kept trying because it was a gift and I felt bad for not reading them, but this month, after one final attempt, I finally decided to quit the books and move on to something else.
I picked this up on a whim and I’m absolutely loved it. Each chapter is a different, wonderful little story. Some were sad, some were magical, many left my imagination running wild. I really loved the metaphors the author used. I’ll definitely pick up another book by this author. My only regret of that this was another book with deckle edged paper, which I find annoying (if nothing else, it’s really hard to flip through a deckle edge paged book to find all the brilliant things you’ve underlined).
After falling in love with Judy Jordan via reading Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2 last month, I bought two of her poetry books (purchased because I couldn’t find them at the library, but I don’t regret the purchases). I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I loved her poetry in the Floodgate poetry book.
I unexpectedly received my e-loan of The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy on Boxing Day (Dec 26th) and couldn’t resist starting it because of how much I had lived the first book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. So far, I’m loving it.
I don’t remember why I decided to read some of Lorna Crozier’s poetry, but I have seen her most recent book mentioned on a couple of “best of” book lists. I’m currently reading The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things, which has been very interesting, so far.
Lastly, I started Trigger Warning in November, but got distracted. Like all of Gaiman’s books, it’s great, so I expect I’ll finish it pretty quickly just as soon as I remember to recharge my Kobo.