2016 | A Bookish Year In Review

Well another year is over… and, if I’m honest, it’s been a mixed bag in terms of life aside from books. This year saw another family member continue to battle with that dreaded C-word, another family member sadly passed away, uncomfortable truths about a loved one have started to become apparent, and another is beginning to lose her memory so… all in all, I can say without hesitation that, frankly, 2016 can do one. Add onto that the rate at which beloved celebrities seem to be dropping like flies and we seem to have lost a lot of people, in one way or another, far too soon. And the summer of 2016 was shitty of the highest order because of said family bereavements coupled with the self-confidence obliterating task of job hunting.

But I don’t want to focus on the bad, let’s look at the good things in 2016, shall we? I managed to find a job and move out by the time I was 24, just like I’d wanted to, even if I was beginning to despair that it would never happen. This move did wonders for my self-confidence, and continues to make me feel a lot more positive about the future ahead. I feel like maybe I will have the courage to do some of the things I want to now, now that I’ve made this first step moving away from home properly. Other good things? Well, I visited a friend in Oxford and attended YALC with her and her sister and had a whale of a time on the entire trip – definitely a highlight of the year, and very cultured and bookish a trip it was at that!

Oh and I also read some really good books which, believe me, help. A lot. I’d like to take the time to look back over this bookish year and remember some of those really great reads that were always there, even if real life was a bit shitty.

If you’ve been around for a little while, you may remember that I really enjoyed doing a sort of Year In Review for 2015 in order to round off and wrap up the books I read that year. Well, it’s back again for this year! For those who don’t know, this In Review post is mainly stats-based and pictorial; I’ll keep my further opinions to reviews and such, but I have done a Best Books of 2016 list so please do pop over and take a look, if you fancy. If you’re just interested in the stats breakdown, then look no further: Continue reading

2015: A Bookish Year In Review

In a midst of the ‘Best of 2015’ lists popping up left, right, and centre, I’m going to wrap-up my reading year rather than picking out my top 10. (I’m the most indecisive person ever so picking only 10 out of 75 would be a struggle!) I saw this kind of yearly review on Ashleigh’s blog (A Frolic Through Fiction) and I like this format a lot so here we go, with a helping hand from Goodreads, my 2015 reading went a little like this…

gr2015_jan1Utopia – Sir Thomas More (4/5, review)
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (3/5, review)
Northern Lights* – Philip Pullman (4/5, review)
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (4/5, review)
Richard III – William Shakespeare (3/5, review)
Fangirl* – Rainbow Rowell (4/5, review)
Tamburlaine – Christopher Marlowe (3/5)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince* – JK Rowling (4/5, review)

Read: 8 books | 2967 pages | 3 for fun, 5 for uni
Reviewed 7 out of 8 | Fav: Fangirl

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