2015 Wrap-Up & 2016 Reading Goals

2015 in Review

The majority of books I read were probably some form of fantasy / magical realism / sci-fi, but I made an effort to try different genres. On the suggestion of a pen pal of mine, this is the first year I’ve really given graphic novels a chance – and I’m really glad I did! It’s not all BLAM! and POW!, as I’d previously thought.

(For the full list of books I read this year, check out the wrap-up on my Goodreads page!)

Books read in 2015, by genre:


Shortest & Longest Book I read in 2015:


Favorite Books of the Year:

I picked out my favorite 8 (plus 6 honorable mentions) in this post.

2016 Goals
My main resolution:

Read for quality, not quantity! I managed to complete my 100 book challenge from last year, but I resented having to gravitate towards shorter books. This year, I’m free to tackle some of the behemoths on my to-be-read list, like Jonathan Norrell & Mr. Strange.

  • Finish (or conclusively DNF) the books languishing in my “partly-finished” pile.
  • Strive to read backlist books, as per the Backlist Books Reading Challenge (hosted by Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews).
  • Read at least 1 classic per month from my Classics Club challenge. That’s the only way I’ll finish the list by 2020.
  • Read at least 1 book a month that I already own, as suggested by the #RockMyTBR challenge (hosted by Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler).
  • For my blog: more discussion posts! I’m aiming for at least 12 discussion posts, one for each month.

I’m hoping these challenges will be simple enough to fit into my schedule. Anyway, I hope everyone’s been having a glorious start to their new year. May your year be full of wonderful surprises!

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  • Reply Heather January 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I read lots of shorter books last year as well – having said that my average page count (according to Goodreads) was 318 pages per book. Which I think is fairly decent. But I did get put off reading lots of the longer books I have, especially as it got closer to the end of the year, and my number of books read inched closer to 100. I have Strange & Norrell to read as well, so I’d definitely like to get to that this year. It would be great to get some chunksters out of my TBR Towers.
    Good luck with all your reading challenges – especially reading your own damn books!
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  • Reply Ksenia @ Something Delicate January 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Happy New Year, Paloma! Good luck with your goals!
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  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage January 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    It sounds like you had an amazing 2015 Paloma, so I hope 2016 is just as good to you! ♥ Thanks for sharing, and good luck with all of these great goals!
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  • Reply Shaina January 5, 2016 at 8:27 am

    First of all, I can never fault a lady who reads mostly sci-fi/magical realism/fantasy. I love those genres, too!

    Second of all, I’m not sure if you saw my tweet, but you’ve won my #12forXmas giveaway! You get to choose either a book up to $20 from The Book Depository OR a $20 Amazon giftcard. 🙂 Please tweet me at @shainareads once you decide! (I worry that I’ll forget to check this comment thread again.)
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  • Reply Whitney @ Imaginary Book Club January 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    These goals are so SMART! I think that too often we get caught in the push to read more and more and faster and faster and just increase the quantity, and I love how you set goals that really bring it back to quality! Reading should be enjoyable, we shouldn’t always be pushing and pushing to finish as much as possible – sometimes it’s about leisurely enjoying an amazing book for a long time. Way to go!

  • Reply JJ January 7, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Good luck with all your 2016 goals!
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  • Reply Claire January 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    This is a really great post- I loved your breakdown of everything! You do read diversely genre wise. Johnathan Strange & Mr Norrell is still on my TBR and just staring at me ×_×
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  • Reply Kaja January 11, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Oh, I didn’t know you were doing the Classics Club challenge! I didn’t dare join that one, it seems so intimidating! I do want to read more classics and I’m participating in another classics challenge – just at a slower pace.
    Good luck with your goals, I really like the “quality over quantity” idea!
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