Monday, 4 January 2016

Looking back at 2015's bookish resolutions | Janu-Blog Day 4

My first post in 2015 was discussing my reading goals for the year and it's time to look back on them to see how I got on!

Firstly, I wanted to read 40 books in 2015. I surpassed this and read 53. I started the year off well, reading a new book every couple of days before calming down a bit after uni started.

In terms of the types of books I wanted to read, I mainly wanted to delve into the world of the autobiography and non-fiction. I feel that I've done quite well with this one. 12 of the 53 books I read are non-fiction; mostly autobiographies. My favourites were James Corden and Daniel Bryan's autobiographies, as well as Matt Haig's "Reasons to Stay Alive" (a mix of autobiography and advice about Haig's journey with depression, anxiety and stress) and "In Order to Live" by Yeonmi Park - the story of a girl escaping North Korea.

My other goal was to read more series of books rather than standalones, which I succeeded in. I started reading / completed eight series throughout the year. The main reason for this resolution was to finally pick up the "Divergent" series by Veronica Roth, which I had heard amazing things about. I did pick up this trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed the first book. The second book, however, was a slog and I made it through about a fifth of the final book before giving up and looking up the ending on Wikipedia (more on this in my disappointing books post that I'll have up during Janu-Blog). Despite the fail that was the Divergent trilogy, this resolution led me to some incredible series this year, such as "The Selection" series by Keira Cass, the "Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer and quite a few years after starting the "Shopaholic" series by Sophie Kinsella, the final novel came out this year and I have finally completed it.

Overall, it was a surprisingly good year for keeping bookish resolutions! For 2016, I'm focusing on expanding my reading through the 2016 reading challenge, where I'm aiming to read 40 books under different categories and genres. I've also upped my total goal for reading and want to read 60 books by the 31st of December.

Let me know your bookish resolutions and aims (and any recommendations!) in the comments.

I'm blogging every day in January! Check back at 6pm GMT every day for a new Janu-Blog post!

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