So, here's to 2016! The year of getting out there and doing things. I'm going to quit my job and sell my apartment. It may result in travelling the globe, or just moving to a different city. Perhaps I even take a swing at writing out the two ideas that have been stuck in my head for years.
Fortunately we who read have the chance to escape to other worlds when things are lousy. My reading has been influenced by the year I have had. I read very little before April, and I read a lot through the summer and then less as the autumn progressed. And as 2014, I barely managed to read 50 books. Looking back, my reading goals seem very hairy. So, how did I do?
- Read more than 50 books: Yes, just in time!
- Read the alphabet (author's surname of course): I think I gave it an attempt, then gave up.
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books: 3 of 5, fail.
- Read A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. That's 12 books in all: Didn't even think about it. A great idea, though.
- Continue working my way around the globe in books (47 countries so far): I counted, and I have just read books from 8 different countries this year. But, two of them were new (Slovenia and Bulgaria).
- Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11, 9%) and Nobel Prize winners (27/111): Up to 12,6% and 29/112 (Lagerlöf and Kawabata + another Steinbeck) so that's at least something. Need to focus on 1001 books again.
- If I want to buy a book, I'll have to read one off my shelf first: I haven't counted, but I did a pretty good job of restricting my bookbuying. But I bet I bought more than 50 books.
- Read in a book every day, even if it's just a page: This has been fairly successful and a good goal.
- Read more than 50 books
- Read Ulysses by James Joyce
- Read at least 5 non-fiction books
- Continue working my way around the globe in books (49 countries so far)
- Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (12,6%) and Nobel Prize winners (29/112)
- Read in a book every day, even if it's just a page
- Write more
And finally, the list of books I read in 2015 which you should read in 2015
- Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818)
- Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (1981)
- Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle (2003)
- the Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015)
- the Hobbit and LOTR by J.R.R Tolkien
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014)
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)
- the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy
- Morvern Callar by Alan Warner (1995)
- the Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahata (2015)
- All the Rage by Courtney Summers (2015)
- Career of Evil by Robert Gailbraith (or J.K Rowling, 2015)
- Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata (1952)