December and 2016 Wrap Up



In December I read a whopping 18 books (thanks to my last minute Saga binge) for a total of 4,868 pages and an average of 157 pages per day. My favorite book this month was Illuminae, but that’s because I’m not counting The Hobbit, which I’ve decided I’ll re-read every December.

I’m going to skip the cover pictures this time because I have a lot of info to get through (and because I’m lazy and I’m not sure if I really need them in these wrap ups.)


Good Behavior by Blake Crouch
First Sentence: Letty Dobesh, five weeks out of a nine-month bit for felony theft at Fluvanna Correctional Center, straightened the red wig over her short auburn hair, adjusted the oversized Jimmy Choo sunglasses she’d lifted out of a locker two days ago at the Asheville Racquet Club, and handed a twenty-spot to the cabbie.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
First Sentence: So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director.-
Notable Quote: “I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.”

Snakes & Stones by Lisa Fowler
First Sentence: There hasn’t been a traveling salesman in this neck of the woods in more than two years; that’s what some in the crowd are saying.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: My name is Uhtred. (He’s used this as a first sentence in The Last Kingdom as well)

Warriors of The Storm by Bernard Cornwell
First Sentence: There was fire in the night.

The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss
First Sentence: I have always been an appalling judge of character.

Wandmaker by Ed Masessa
First Sentence: Henry Leach the Eighth held the want between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand with a delicate touch.

The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthorn & Kira Breed-Wrisley
First Sentence: He sees me.

The Books of Elsewhere: The Second Spy by Jacqueline West
First Sentence: If you believe that death is about to spring upon you at any moment, you won’t spend much time watching television.

Lick by Kylie Scott
First Sentence: I woke up on the bathroom floor.

Reviews to come:

Gilded Cage by Vic James
First Sentence: She heard the motorbike first, then the galloping horse – two distant points of noise in the darkness, converging on her as she ran.

Re-reads, no reviews:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Sentence: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Saga volumes 1-6 by Brian K. Vaughan


I read a ton these last four months and managed to read 120 books this year – surpassing my goal of 112 far more than I expected. I was initially blown away by this, but then I looked at my spreadsheet for last year and found I also read 120 books. ;D

30 of those books met my ‘dusty bookshelf’ challenge, which is respectable but not as high a number as I hoped for.

I read 33,871 pages in total (about 2k higher than last year) and an average of 93 pages per day. My monthly average was 10 books and 2,822 pages. December was my best month for total books and pages, largely due to the fact that on the 31st I planted my ass on the couch and read all six volumes of Saga.

Taking a look at some stats from Goodreads, the shortest book I read was The Liszts at 40 pages and the longest was Symbiont at 608 pages. The most popular book I read was The Hobbit with 2,185,073 other readers (holy shit) and the least popular was Devi volume 1 with only 2 other readers. My average rating given was 3.5 stars and the highest rated book I read was Saga volume 2 with a 4.58 star average.

I reached 107% of my goal and Goodreads’ message to me is: Congratulations! You’re really good at reading, and probably a lot of other things, too!

I am certainly good at devoting a lot of my spare time to reading and I aim to continue that this year! Happy reading to you all!

December and 2015 Wrap Up



In December I read 9 books for a total of 2,874 pages and an average of 93 pages per day. Considering the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I’m very happy with what I managed to read.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
First Sentence: Locke Lamora stood on the pier in Tal Verrar with the hot wind of a burning ship at his back and the cold bite fo a loaded crossbow’s bolt at his neck.

Greyglass by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: She lived in a vegetable house.

West with the Night by Beryl Markham
First Sentence: How is it possible to bring order our of memory?
Notable Quotes: “Every tomorrow ought not to resemble every yesterday.”
“You can live a lifetime and, and the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.”
Challenge: A memoir

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
First Sentence: Riley Blackthorne rolled her eyes.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Sentence: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Notable Quote: “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
Challenge: A banned book

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
First Sentence: Languid, lovely, lonley; the swans arched their beautiful necks and turned to gaze at him as he stood rooted to the shore, his feet encased in mud.

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels
First Sentence: Some adventures are so small, you hardly know they’ve happened.
Notable Quote: “Other adventures are so big and last so long, you might forget they are adventures at all – like growing up.”

The World of Ice and Fire by G.R.R.M.
First Sentence: It is said with truth that every building is constructed stone by stone, and the same may be said of knowledge, extracted and compiled by many learned men, each of whom builds upon the works of those who preceeded him.
Challenge: A book you started but never finished

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Various Authors

Year End Review:

2015 year end stats

I’m very happy with my numbers! I didn’t think I’d surpass my goal of 110 books, so I’m pleasantly surprised. I did not however, meet my goal of reading 40 books from my “dusty bookshelf” – I took up this challenge through a group on Goodreads (I forget which…the Book Vipers perhaps? I’m no longer a member) and I wanted to read at least 40 books that have been on my shelves for years. I only managed to tackle 27 – I was too focused on all the new books I was buying.

I managed to meet 39 of the 50 requirements of the Pop Sugar challenge I took on. To be honest, I really didn’t try very hard. Rather than look at an item on the list and finding a book to match it, I just matched up what I read each month to the list. I feel like that’s almost cheating, so I don’t think I’ll take on any more challenges like that right now. You can view the masterlist here.

Here’s what I didn’t knock off the list:
A classic romance
A book with antonyms in the title
A book with bad reviews (though really…every book ever written has at least one bad review)
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
A book your mom loves
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
A book that was originally written in a different language (perhaps I met this one and just didn’t realize a book I’ve read was translated?)
A book set during Christmas
A book written by an author with your same initials
A play
A book based on or turned into a TV show


Did you meet or surpass your reading goals this past year?