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2015 Reading Report (with a focus on December) and a Book Haul

So I usually spend my new year’s eve casually. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t understand why people need to celebrate the oncoming of a new year. It is just time passing, ya know? Still, if we measure time in the number of pages read or the books I have held close or the stories I have found myself in, I guess the year does gain meaning. So this post will be an attempt by me to meander along my reading adventures particularly in December since I have yet to do a roundup for it.

Some statistics first:

I got 229 books in 2015. Of these:

  1. 58 books were ARC copies for review.
  2. 107 books were finished copies for review.
  3. 29 books I received as gifts and
  4. 35 books were ones I purchased. (A very low number. The lowest ever, perhaps.)

Of the 229 books that came my way, I read a 100. I also gave away 75 books for various reasons but mostly because I don’t keep ARC copies.

On January 1st, I have 500 books in my TBR pile? (More like mountain.)

Now for the actual reading report and I will be depending on Goodreads for this statistic:

  1. I have read 512 books this year which makes for
  2. 114, 088 pages. It’s strange because in 2012 I read 436 books and read 121k pages. I don’t know how that’s possible but eh.
  3. The shortest ‘book’ was 8 pages and titled Poems Written in Discouragement by W. B. Yeats. The longest one was 896 pages and a bindup of the first two Dhulyn and Parno novels by Violette Malan.
  4. The average rating (on GR) for me is still 3.8 which makes sense because I have no problems at all DNFing books I can’t get into.

Now for December in particular:

I read the following titles:

  1. The River and the Book by Alison Croggon
  2. Across a Starswept Sea – Diana Peterfreund
  3. Young-Hee and the Pullocho – Mark James Russell
  4. Mechanica – Betsy Cornwall
  5. Three Tang Dynasty Poets – Wang Wei
  6. Cast in Honor – Michelle Sagara
  7. Love You, Hug You, Read to You – Trish Habe
  8. Noah’s Ark – Michelle Knudsen
  9. I’m a Monster Truck – Dennis R. Shealy
  10. Shhh! This Book is Sleeping! – Cedric Ramadier
  11. Wake of Vultures – Lila Bowen
  12. Dance, Dance, Dance – Haruki Murakami
  13. Wailing Ghosts – Pu Songling
  14. Nijigahara Holograph – Inio Asano
  15. Caligula – Suetonius
  16. The Astrologer’s Daughter – Rebecca Lim
  17. The House of Shattered Wings – Aliette de Bodard
  18. Passenger – Alexandra Bracken
  19. Covenant’s End – Ari Marmell
  20. Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest – Nancy Springer
  21. What a Weird World! Vol. 1 – Inio Asano
  22. Hold Your Own – Kate Tempest
  23. One More Thing – B. J. Novak
  24. The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman
  25. Monochrome Kids vol. 1-5 – Ryoko Fukuyama
  26. A Madness so Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
  27. High Maga – Karin Rita Gastreich
  28. The Tea Party in the Woods – Akiko Miyakoshi
  29. QQ Sweeper vol. 1-3 – Kyousuke Motomi
  30. The Radiant Road – Catherine Catmull

Not a bad list, if I do say so myself. Now for the book haul:

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Happy new year’s day to you all. I hope 2016 is full of good reads and inky fun.

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