Tuesday, December 1, 2015

#AMonthofFaves {My Reading Year}

Here's the description we're working with today:
eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least)

Top 5 most popular posts:
"Spotify Lists of Classic Book Characters"

"All Lady Guest Post: Jamie from Books & Beverages talks about what person and what books shaped her as a reader!"

"Cheesy Books" (This was a complete throw away post I wrote in like, 15 minutes so I'm surprised, a little horrified, by how popular this post is, tbh.

Form Letter for a Book Review Request: A Dream

Viking River Cruise Recap - Day #1

Top 5 rated books I've read this year (rated by me, yikes it was hard to narrow it down to 5!)

"The Library at Mount Char" by Scott Hawkins

"Uprooted" by Naomi Novik

"Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning" by Timothy Snyder

"Dead Wake" by Erik Larson

"When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II" by Molly Guptill Manning

5 books that were my least favorite I've read this year

"The Chosen" by Chaim Potok

"This Dark Endeavor" by Kenneth Oppel 

"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert

"The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self and Home on the Far Side of the World" by Tracy Slater

"Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South" by Christopher Dickey

I use Goodreads to monitor all of my reading progress. (You can be friends with me if you like!) I've knocked down my reading goal by several books because a lot of reading time has been lost to working on the house. But as it stands now, my goal is 150 books and I'm at 133. I don't think I'll make it! But such is life :)

Excited to read everyone else's posts today!


  1. I LOVE that your form letter post is still a popular one :) :) For all the stuff you had going on this year- you read a ton! *jazz hands*

    Thanks for joining in #AMonthOfFaves!

    1. Oh, Month of Faves is my jam! I wouldn't miss it!

  2. I've seen a lot of people writing that The Library at Mount Char is excellent. I'm going to have to look for it.

    1. It's a crazy but excellent read. Someone told me to give it 100 pages, and if you can go with it after a hundred pages then keep reading. It's worth working through the confusion for!

  3. Ooooh, When Books Went to War! What a great choice; I totally forgot about this one and I need to add it to my (ridiculously long) list! Sounds like you've had a GREAT reading year; I love that you've shared your most popular posts!

    1. Oh my gosh, that book made me a soppy mess. I'm not really an emotional reader but I blubbered my way through that whole book. We so take for granted the easy access we have to books.

      Last year the "most popular posts" was a day for Month of Faves and I thought it was interesting to look back and see what really hit with people!

  4. Nice list of FAVE books. I want to read Dead Wake.

    I always go with a low number for my goal on Goodreads. You never know what may happen during the year. Last year I didn't even make my low goal because my mother was ill and still is, but this year is better.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My A Month of Faves

    1. Dead Wake is so good, I feel like Erik Larson always puts out a consistently great book!

  5. I have both Black Earth and Dead Wake waiting on my TBR pile. Sounds like I'd better get to them soon!

    1. Black Earth is incredible but it's long to get through, but totally worth it!

  6. I didn't even get halfway into The Dark Endeavor. And Yay for finding someone else who read Uprooted. I love that book hard.

    1. Oh my gosh, it was bad. I don't even know why I finished it. Uprooted was so good, the world building was so through and interesting.

  7. Oooh, I'm really interested to see that The Chosen was one of your least faves. I haven't read Chaim Potok yet, but Liberty from Book Riot was just podcasting that My Name is Asher Lev is one of her all time fave, life-changing books. I really want to read that one first.


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