Last year, I decided to take on the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. My goal was to complete thirty-six books (three books a month). Here are the books I managed to complete.
- Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
- The Bad Beginning (An Unfortunate Series of Events, #1) by Lemony Snicket
- Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees by Yoshida Kenkō
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
- A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
- Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill
- The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Mocking Jay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
- Calamity (Reckoners, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
- Firefight (Reckoners, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
- Mitosis (Reckoners, #1.5) by Brandon Sanderson
- Steelheart (Reckoners, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Hope of Elantris (Elantris, #1.5) by Brandon Sanderson
- Elantris (Elantris, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
- Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2)by Brandon Sanderson
- The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)by Brandon Sanderson
- Wool by Hugh Howey
- On Love by Alain de Botton
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
I’m hoping to get around to reviewing many of the books listed here and as I do I will add hyperlinks to each review. In the meantime, here are a few more statistics. 🙂
As you can see, there are thirty-three books listed, but I wouldn’t really count Brandon Sanderson’s The Hope of Elantris (Elantris, #1.5) or Mitosis (Reckoners, #1.5) as a book each, because they’re both just short stories. I could probably get away with counting them both as one book. So I’ll do that and say I completed thirty-two books last year.
While I’m on the subject of these two short stories, as a very brief review, I would not really recommend either of them to anyone, even a Brandon Sanderson fan. Actually, if you’re an obsessive fan, and like the Reckoners series, I’d say go ahead and read Mitosis, just don’t expect anything. But take my word for it and don’t read The Hope of Elantris. Just don’t. There are very few things that I actually wish I could unread and this short story is one of them. 😦 More on it later perhaps.
Going back to the Reading Challenge, towards the end of 2015, I found myself torn between reading the books I wanted or needed to read (i.e. denser or longer books) and trying to reach my goal of thirty-six books. In the end, I decided that reaching my goal of reading thirty-six books wasn’t as important as reading books that I needed or wanted to read, but coming to that conclusion was difficult. So this year, I’ve decided to make things a bit easier for myself and make it my goal to read thirty books (2.5 books a month) instead. Hopefully, this will allow for a happy balance between both the amount and quality of books I read this year.
What are your reading goals for 2016? If you have any, I’d love to hear about it. 🙂
This about sums up my life right now…
About half a year ago, a friend gave me The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance e-books. Prior to this, I’d never heard of Brandon Sanderson. I don’t own an e-reader, so any e-books I read, I read on my laptop and anyone who knows my reading habits knows that I prefer the printed word to e-books (note the pledge on the right side of the blog :)). That said, plopping down in front of my laptop to read a 1,000+ page book by an author I knew little about was not exactly something I was looking forward to. But I’d asked my friend for a book recommendation and this was what he’d recommended so I decided to trust his judgment and give it a try. That was two months ago.
One month later, I’d finished The Way of Kings and had already started on Words of Radiance. I finished Words of Radiance in a little over a week and felt so frustrated and disappointed that I had to wait till next year to read the third Stormlight Archive book. By this time, I’d learned enough about Brandon Sanderson to know he had a Cosmere and, best of all, more books! So I decided to tryout the first of the Mistborn series (audiobook). It had me hooked; by the second or third chapter I HAD to find out what happened next.
As of two days ago, I’ve finished the Mistborn Trilogy. That’s 4000+ pages in two months of Brandon Sanderson alone! Definitely a record for the amount of page time I’ve given any author in two months. Fortunately, about half of it was audiobooked, so I was able to multitask and get some things done. Still, this last month, especially, I’ve felt like a crazy Brandon Sanderson addict or zombie needing my fix, devouring book after book.
Thankfully, I think the crazy part of the voracious appetite attack for all things Brandon Sanderson (namely, relating to his Cosmere. I don’t think I will touch his Wheel of Time books–just not a fan of Robert Jordan’s WoT series), which reached it’s zenith with the Mistborn Trilogy, has subsided. Up next is Mistborn: The Alloy of Law and then, Warbreaker. The voracious appetite is still there, I’m just gonna have to pace myself.
More on each book, and why I find Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy so appealing, later. I just had to get this off my chest. 🙂
I will likely end up ordering hardbacks of most of the Cosmere books. Brandon Sanderson is going to be getting so much of my money. Heh.