2015 in books


So here in California, it is still the last day of the year. For the past couple of years, I’ve been doing my own version of a year-end reading round up and it’s geeky and full of pie charts, but it is a fun way to look at how I’ve been reading. Also, happy new year to you! May 2016 be full of wonderful reads!

Here’s my previous posts in 2014 and 2013.

Total books read: 286 (according to Goodreads – but that’s because of a lot of comics issues)

2014’s total: 217
2013’s total: 223
2012’s total: 227
2011’s total: 171 


By both, I mean that both men and women worked on the book, and usually these are comics, where I included both the writers and illustrators.



This was really a comics and graphic novels year for me, with 49% of the books read being comics and graphic novels. To be fair, this percentage is derived from my Google Drive spreadsheet, in which I may have combined various issues of comics together under one entry (for convenience), although I read them as separate issues. So this percentage may actually be higher! I did also attempt to be more specific in my defining of genres. Last year, I filed a lot of books under ‘fiction’ but this time, I’ve attempted to add ‘horror’ and ‘historical fiction’.



More specifically, I read 40 books published in 2015.



And the number of e-books I read just keeps growing and growing. It is all down to convenience. I do love print books – and I still buy print books – but I love being able to access ebooks from my devices. Also, this was the year I tried out Scribd and read lots of comics and graphic novels on it.


Erm ok, so I really have a problem of not reading my own books. Good thing I don’t often buy books then – thankfully library sales (and Book Outlet sales) only happen several times a year. I am a big fan of the library, borrowing mostly e-books from Overdrive (that I download to the Kindle or read on the Overdrive app). And this is not counting the hundreds of books I borrow for my two kids each year (this year was around 300!)


This is one statistic that really surprised me. I never expected to read more new-to-me authors than already-read authors. I think this may be because of the number of new comic series that I started this year.


Languages translated from: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish


The first book I finished in 2015 was Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (ok so I started that in 2014) and the last book I finished in 2015 was Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night. 

I’m looking forward to 2016!


Books Read in 2015

1. All the light we cannot see – Anthony Doerr
2. Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
3. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – David Shafer
4. Migratory Animals – Mary Helen Specht
5. All the Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld
5. Who ate up all the Shinga? – Park Wan-Suh
6. Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
7. Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
8. The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante