For the condensed, graphically pretty version of this that Goodreads provides, click here.
While my reading rates continue to decline, my to-read list certainly hasn’t kept pace; it has grown by a full 20 books this year, which means nearly every book I read got immediately replaced by another added to my list–not the trend I was hoping for.
Still, I read some great books in 2015, and some that were just mediocre. I’ve been using Goodreads to track this data for a while now, and I really like it. In fact, the site really makes this review almost unnecessary. However, I still like to force myself to ponder what I’ve read, and what I plan to read, and this review does that nicely.
So looking back at 2015, I did manage to exceed my reading goal of 25 books. I actually ended at precisely 30 books finished.
I ended 2014 with 62 books on my to-read list, and have added 22 more so my list stands at 84 books. This is actually conservative, as a couple are the first of a series, that might entail more books, should I enjoy the introductory volume. Factoring in the less ‘captive’ time I have to listen to or read books, it might be a very long time before I make my way through this list–in fact, if I ever do.
All books this year were eBooks, though I have some physical novels lying around, I’ve yet to read them. I even managed to collect some of my past reading list into electronic form, and have a pretty complete catalog of them. While I certainly don’t have everything I’ve ever read in eBook form, I’ve got a large percentage of it that I’ve been tracking for the past several years.
So let’s break down the year, using Goodreads’ metrics:
Books Read: 30
Pages Read: 10, 208 (27.96 pages/day)
Average Length: 352 pages
Shortest Book: 60 pages (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon)
Longest Book: 880 pages (Seveneves)
My Average Rating for 2015: 3.6
- Golden Son by Pierce Brown (464 pages | 1/1 – 1/8 | My rating: 5/5)
- Final Days by Gary Gibson (384 pages | 1/9 – 1/19 | My rating: 3/5)
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (200 pages | 1/19 – 1/23 | My rating: 2/5)
- A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (362 pages | 1/23 – 2/2 | My rating: 3/5)
- Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (434 pages | 2/2 – 2/9 | My rating: 4/5)
- A Better World by Marcus Sakey (390 pages | 2/9 – 2/13 | My rating: 3/5)
- * Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (393 pages | 2/14 – 2/24 | My rating: 5/5)
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (349 pages | 2/25 – 3/6 | My rating: 3/5)
- K-PAX V: The Coming of the Bullocks by Gene Brewer (195 pages | 3/6 – 3/11 | My rating: 2/5)
- Search and Recovery by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (221 pages | 3/17 – 3/24 | My rating: 3/5)
- The Peyti Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (351 pages | 3/24 – 4/4 | My rating: 3/5)
- Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno (228 pages | 4/4 – 4/10 | My rating: 3/5)
- Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne (305 pages | 4/10 – 4/21 | My rating: 4/5)
- Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress (192 pages | 4/21 – 4/23 | My rating: 4/5)
- * The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (640 pages | 4/23 – 5/8 | My rating: 5/5)
- Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp (320 pages | 5/9 – 5/20 | My rating: 4/5)
- The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson (304 pages | 5/21 – 6/3 | My rating: 5/5)
- The Hercules Text by Jack McDevitt (354 pages | 6/3 – 6/20 | My rating: 3/5)
- Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen (304 pages | 6/20 – 6/25 | My rating: 4/5)
- * Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (880 pages | 6/25 – 7/27 | My rating: 5/5)
- Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (480 pages | 7/28 – 8/12 | My rating: 4/5)
- The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (368 pages | 8/13 – 9/5 | My rating: 3/5)
- Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig (346 pages | 9/5 – 9/18 | My rating: 2/5)
- Power Surge by Ben Bova (368 pages | 9/18 – 10/5 | My rating: 3/5)
- Vigilantes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (262 pages | 10/7 – 10/24 | My rating: 3/5)
- Starbase Human by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (338 pages | 10/25 – 11/16 | My rating: 3/5)
- Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (384 pages | 11/16 – 12/6 | My rating: 4/5)
- Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon by Delilah S. Dawson (60 pages | 12/8 – 12/8 | My rating: 4/5)
- Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft by Multiple Authors (12/9 – 12-24 | My rating: 4/5)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (272 pages | 12/24 – 12/29 | My rating: 4/5)
- Highly recommended titles.
Looking back, I’m also a little bit surprised how many books I read were ‘series’ books, in one form or another. Looking toward 2016, while there are some really good standalone books I’m interested in, there are also a lot of series books in my list, many of which will get prioritized. While I have a few that are a little bit off my beaten path, most are straight down the science fiction path that I tend to adhere to. For yet another year, the Culture series remains on my list, as well as Orson Scott Card’s Shadow series.
At last it’s time for predictions. My 2016 reading goal is for 20 books, which is by far a very small goal for me. However, considering my reading pace had slowed drastically, and I don’t envision a lot of extra time spent reading over the next year, I feel it’s a realistic expectation for how much reading I can get done.