Rearview Mirror: 2015

I’ve been reading everyone’s New Year’s posts, and they are so inspirational!  Everyone has, I don’t know, goals and plans.  And here I am, scheduling this post for January 6 because it’s going to take me that long to get through my December posts.  No real goals for the future…  just keep reading and writing!!

Ah well, reading goals just aren’t for me.  I set up a goal on GoodReads for the first time, but it’s more just for a fun thing to see how far I can get, and to try and encourage myself to actually post on GoodReads, which I always forget to do.  I’m actually kind of bad at the internet.  Such is life.

Overall, this has actually been my most “successful” year of blogging, as far as actually having other random people read my posts.  That’s pretty fun, especially since I do almost nothing to encourage visitors, other than linking posts to Twitter (and I’m pretty bad at that).  I mostly keep this blog up for my own personal record.  The secret is, I think I’m hilarious and I love reading back through my own blog posts.  Isn’t that embarrassing??

Overall, I reviewed 92 books in 2015, which is a bit crazy.  (What’s crazier is that I actually read even more than that…!!!)  I also started posting a monthly review (the Rearview Mirrors) every month.  According to those, here were my favorite books of the year:


All of my Pollyanna posts were weirdly popular. They still get the most searches!


2015 5-star Reads

Total:  13

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Unofficial: ‘A Monster Calls’ may have been my favorite read of the year. So. Freaking. Beautiful.

2015 4-star Reads

Total:  46


Half the reason I enjoyed these crazy werewolf books so much was because the cover art is A+++++++ GORGEOUS!

2015 3-star Reads

Total:  27


I honestly still can’t decide whether or not I actually liked this book.

2015 2-star Reads

Total:  4


Why does everyone think this book is amazing? I found it to be SO. BORING.

2015 1-star Reads

Total:  2


And winner of the creepiest book/most unsuitable for its marketed audience goes to…

And just because I can:  A pie chart, showing which percentage of reads were which number of stars –

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All in all, it was a solid blogging year, and, more importantly, a solid reading year.  As you can see, I read a lot of books that I really enjoyed.  I’ll admit that the majority of my 5-star reads were rereads (8/13), so it’s possible that I’m also a biased reader, but such is life.

I really appreciate all of you hanging around and reading my posts from time to time.  It’s super fun being a part of the book blogging community, and I’m excited to see what 2016 brings.  Happy New Year!!!