|Introduced to me this past NYE's as Mexican Bingo. The cards are wonderfully colorful & politically incorrect.|
I'm taking to the internet to brag about my accomplishments because 1.) no one really reads this so it's cool to do some self bragging and 2.) I loved documenting what I had done in the small date book I keep in my purse, so I also wanted to document it someplace a little more permanent (i.e - cyberspace!)
So, here we are at part I of accomplished New Year's Resolutions - Read 20 Novels by the End of the Year. Smashed by reading the 37 books, as noted below! What I learned is this: for some of these books, I remember what I was doing while reading (or listening to the book on tape), which I think is cool. Obviously, I'm into fiction more than non-fiction, but I also read several memoirs this year. Who would have thought? My favorite book was a zombie novel (not expected), but there was a tie for my second favorite book, one about engineering on Mars and the other about food (expected). I didn't reread any books this year, although I typically do. It was odd, since I actively stopped myself from reading favorites (and rereading Mockingjay before the movie came out in November!) I missed it a little bit, but think I read a lot of books I otherwise would not have, so there must be a good balance somewhere in there. The majority of these were audiobooks and, accordingly, Overdrive is my favorite app. And finally, this list does not include the few books that I started and just could not make myself finish, and I hate not finished a book once I've started.
Here we are, the 37 novels I read in 2015:
The Cuckoo's Calling - J.K Rowling's new series under a pen name. Finishing the 3rd installment now. Addictive and dark.
Hundred Foot Journey - Good book, but it's possible that I like the movie more... what?
All the Light We Cannot See - People loved this book. I forced myself to finish reading it. Did not love.
Inferno - Oh, Dan Brown. I'll always love you
The Girl with All the Gifts - loved, loved, loved (as documented here)
The Martian - loved, loved, loved. Also Matt Damon in the movie? Love, love, love!
A Dance with Dragons - hehe, had to look this one up... then realized, obviously it's GoT
Bad Feminist - Am a good feminist, since I didn't really get into this novel either? And, memoir.
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Dystopian YA novel series, good, addicting in the way of YA novels.
The Ask and The Answer
Monsters of Men
Yes, Please - memoir
Consider the Fork
The Gods of Guilt - audiobook necessary for drive to Pittsburgh
My Berlin Kitchen - memoir
We the Animals - memoir
Julia Child Rules
The Devil Wears Prada - Happy I read this, better than the movie
I Remember Nothing - memoir
I Feel Bad About My Neck - memoir
Making Toast - memoir
The Girl on the Train
Garlic and Sapphires - memoir
Still Alice - good book, need to see the movie
Eat, Pray, Love - ok book, maybe one day I'll see the movie? Also, memoir
One More Thing - by B.J. Novak, funny short stories. You'll like this one
Catherine the Great - see, I do read biographies!
Kitchens of the Great Midwest - Obviously, I loved this book. It's only a matter of time before it's a movie, I am sure. Dear Hollywood gods, can you cast J.Law?
Nightingale - I love historical fiction. This is great historical fiction
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Great book, remember to read it as a satire though. Need to read the author's other novel.
Furiously Happy - FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY. Like, I laughed out loud on the plane funny. But also insightful. Read. Memoir.
We Were Liars
The Rosie Project
The Art of Racing in the Rain - I figured there was no way I was making it through this one with bawling. But I did. It's ok.
New Year's Resolution #1 of 2016? Read 30 novels this year. Still less than I read in 2015, but this way, I can reread Harry Potter without guilt. :)
Stay tuned for part II.