Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 Recap

Usually I use my year of blogging to recap and remember what I did all year... not so much for 2015. If you consider my blogging life a reflection of my real life, all I did this past year was create a few sketchbook pages and rearrange new furniture! Not far off - the new house was a big part of our year - but there was some other stuff going on too.

  • buying our new home! (and lots of new furniture)
  • asking for and receiving a promotion and raise
  • weddings (Pat's cousin and sister) and babies (friends, co-workers and Pat's cousins)
  • Shows:
    • February: Mozart and Chopin (TSO)
    • June: The Sleeping Beauty (ballet)
    • October: Beethoven Symphony 5 (TSO)
    • December: The Arcs (concert)
  • a day relaxing at the spa
  • celebrating our one year anniversary with a fancy dinner out (and surprise diamond earrings)

When I look back on the year, I also like to look at what I was reading and see if I met my reading goals. For 2015, I wanted to work on reading books I already owned... instead, I bought a lot of new books and borrowed quite a few as well. Oh well! Eventually I will read everything in my library!

Books I read in 2015:
  1. Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Haruki Murakami - The Strange Library
  3. Jeanette Walls - The Silver Star
  4. Molly Peacock - Alphabétique
  5. Jessie Burton - The Miniaturist
  6. Arthur Nersesian - The Fuck-Up
  7. Emma Healey - Elizabeth is Missing
  8. Thomas King - The Back of the Turtle
  9. Jonas Jonasson - The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
  10. Haruki Murakami - Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World
  11. Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  12. Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  13. Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe and Everything
  14. Douglas Adams - So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
  15. Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless
  16. Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett - A House in the Sky
  17. Jonas Karlsson - The Room
  18. Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
  19. Siddhartha Mukherjee - The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
  20. Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  21. Keigo Higashino - Naoko
  22. Mark Z. Danielewski - The Familiar
  23. Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  24. Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
  25. Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant
  26. Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun
  27. Erik Larson - The Devil in the White City
  28. Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
  29. André Alexis - Fifteen Dogs
  30. Anne Fadiman - The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  31. Neil Smith - Boo
  32. Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
  33. Alice Hoffman - The Museum of Extraordinary Things
  • Book club books
  • Second time reading 
  • authors I've read before
  • books I borrowed
  • 31 new (to me)
  • 2 re-read (both for book club)
  • 7 for book club 
  • 6 authors I've read before
  • 4 really weird books (2, 4, 10, 22)
  • 5 borrowed books
  • 5 non-fiction (16, 19, 23, 27, 30)
OK, I'll stop there! I've read some pretty great books this year and have big plans for 2016! I'm just finalizing my list of goals and I'll be posting those soon!

How was your 2015?

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