Books and resolutions for 2016

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Where does the time go?

To say I’ve neglected this site over the year would be an understatement. I had every intention of keeping up with my reviews, but it just didn’t happen. Work, life, everything seemed to have gotten in the way. I did manage to read quite a few books for 2015, completing my goal of 50, but I want to make a resolution to post more often in 2016. I know I can do it if I just set aside some time each week. I love books in all of their forms and it was important to me to be able to share that love in my little corner of the internet. I suppose on some levels I have been discouraged, I see so many larger sites receiving books to review and I know I can’t compete. I don’t like to spoil books for others so my reviews are lacking a lot of details. Perhaps I should focus more on those details and not so much on keeping things spoiler free.

I’m not sure what my goal will be yet when it comes to writing here, but I’m hoping that at least bi-weekly will be something I can manage. Even if it’s not a book I have finished reading, but rather a generic article about the subject. Most of the writing here isn’t for anyone in particular but is for my own pleasure, but I do want to have at least something to show for it.

Here’s to a new year. What did I read in 2015? You can find the list below, in the order that I’ve read them (newest read books are at the top of the list)

  1. Mark of the Mage, by R.K. Ryals
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
  3. The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision, by James Redfield
  4. The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Bear, by Marian Engel
  6. The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo
  7. Inkspell, by Cornelia Funke
  8. Moth and Spark, by Anne Leonard
  9. Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan, by Richard Hittleman
  10. The Martian, by Andy Weir
  11. Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  12. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  13. The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson
  14. Three Souls, by Janie Chang
  15. Loving, by Henry Green
  16. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
  17. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
  18. Chestnut Street, by Maeve Binchy
  19. Fool’s Quest, by Robin Hobb
  20. The Shock of the Fall, by Nathan Filer
  21. Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
  22. The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas
  23. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  24. Knight’s Shadow, by Sebastien de Castell
  25. Taking Charge of your Fertility, by Toni Weschler
  26. Ru, by Kim Thuy
  27. Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
  28. The Summoner, by Gail Z. Martin
  29. The Black Prism, by Brent Weeks
  30. Beau Geste, by P.C. Wren
  31. Prince of Fools, by Mark Lawrence
  32. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
  33. Killashandra, by Anne McCaffrey
  34. When I found You, by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  35. The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield
  36. At the Water’s Edge, by Sara Gruen
  37. Throne of Darkness, by Douglas Nicholas
  38. Longbourn, by Jo Baker
  39. The Pirate’s Bed, by Nicola Winstanley
  40. A Blight of Mages, by Karen Miller
  41. The Highest Number in the World, by Roy MacGregor
  42. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce
  43. The Scandal of Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton
  44. The Harem Midwife, by Roberta Rich
  45. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  46. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  47. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  48. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
  49. Fool’s Assassin, by Robin Hobb
  50. Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
  51. Dreamer’s Pool, by Juliet Marillier

What is next on my to-read list? I haven’t quite decided. I think I’d like to write a few reviews of some of my 2015 choices that I’ve neglected to write about and then we’ll just have to see where I end up. Some books surprised me a great deal, and were nothing like what I expected. I want to be able to share those thoughts with everyone. Happy reading – here’s to 2016!

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