Can you believe we are already in the final days of 2015? I’m thankful for many things that occurred this year, including how many books I was able to read: 52! My goal was 30, but it was surprisingly easy to surpass that number (which I consider impressive, but clearly varies person to person). I avoided my phone, reduced overall screen time and started bringing a book with me whenever I left the house. There are dozens of instances where I opt for a book instead of opening up a social network for the millionth time that day, or just sitting there absent-mindedly flipping through magazines in waiting rooms.
My toddler decided he can’t fall asleep unless I’m sitting in his bedroom, which became a blessing in disguise as I easily consume 50+ pages each night — after reading him his books first, of course. 🙂
This year was filled with nonfiction and a few novels sprinkled throughout. Goodreads provides a fun “My Year in Books” rundown of how many pages I read (14,874), the average length of the books (286 pages), and my average rating (3.7 stars). Screenshot of the review:
My favorite book of 2015 is a toss up between “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche. Both of the aforementioned books ignited a passionate transformation of my life and how I view the world — the ultimate goal of reading, I think.
What was the best book you read in 2015? Do you set a reading goal for the New Year?
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I really enjoyed _The Paris Wife_ (Paula McLain) and recently finished the superb _Life After Life_ by Kate Atkinson and have decided to read more of her, starting with her first novel, _Behind the Scenes at the Museum_. I read pretty much a 50-50 mix of fiction & nonfiction. As an Austen fan, I love John Mullan’s _What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved_. I also love “thinking” or “reflective” self-help type books (_The Art of Possibility_) Your suggestions by Estés and Rinpoche are definitely intriguing – thanks!!
Ps. I see you have some newer posts that I want to read as well. Today I’m housecleaning before everyone returns to work & school tomorrow…but I’ll be back soon! 🙂