The Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

Before it starts to feel that it’s not the start of the new year anymore, I have to recognize my favorite books in 2015. It was a good year of reading for me, having read 51 books according to my Goodreads account. I was also happy to finish some classics and literary works that I’ve been putting off for some time. And now, without further ado, here are my top ten books read in 2015:

Top Ten:

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  1. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

    This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature.

  2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

    But in life, a tragedy is not one long scream. It includes everything that led up to it. Hour after trivial hour, day after day, year after year, and then the sudden moment: the knife stab, the shell burst, the plummet of the car from a bridge.

  3. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

    If you’re in your life, chance. Viewed from the outside, like a book you’re reading, it’s fate all the way.

  4. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

    Some things come with their own punishments.

  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    And I thought to myself, well, we’re making a step-it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.

  6. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

    But tonight, I have to confess (but only to myself, obviously) that maybe, given the right set of peculiar, freakish, probably unrepeatable circumstances, it’s not what you like but what you’re like that’s important.

  7. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

    I’m not a bad guy. If only I could stop hoping. If only I could say to my heart: Give up. Be alone forever. There’s always opera. There’s angel-food cake and neighborhood children caroling, and the look of autumn leaves on a wet roof. But no. My heart’s some kind of idiotic fishing bobber.

  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don’t want to play.

  9. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

    As long as you keep getting born, it’s all right to die sometimes.

  10. Drown by Junot Díaz

    I’ve tried to explain, all wise-like, that everything changes, but she thinks that sort of saying is only around so you can prove it wrong.

Honorable Mentions:

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  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

    The world unmakes stuff faster than people can make it.

  • Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

    What was an experience becomes a dream and then a memory. I cannot see the edges between the three.

  • number9dream by David Mitchell

    You look for your meaning. You find it, and at that moment, your meaning changes, and you have to start all over again.

  • No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

    Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made, the ones you still call mistakes when you tuck them in at night.

  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn’t seem broken at all.

There goes my list. I’m planning to read less this year. But I’m looking forward to find new favorites.

The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge Accepted

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To read more diverse books, and to help me decide on what to read next, I decided to join The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge. I will keep track of my progress and the books that I will read in this post. Here is the list of the tasks. I plan to do two per month, book club discussion books not included.

  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
  3. A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
  4. A book published by an indie press
  5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
  6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
  7. A book that takes place in Asia
  8. A book by an author from Africa
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
  10. A microhistory
  11. A YA novel
  12. A sci-fi novel
  13. A romance novel
  14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
  15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
  16. An audiobook
  17. A collection of poetry
  18. A book that someone else has recommended to you
  19. A book that was originally published in another language
    • Cain by José Saramago
  20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
  22. A book published before 1850
  23. A book published this year
  24. A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

Interesting list, right? I am accepting book recommendations (and gifts. Haha!) for this. Or you can join the challenge with me. 🙂

2015 Reading Goals

Last year holds the most number of books that I have read in a year. I have accomplished my 2014 Reading Goals. I have read 55 books (Thanks to the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge for helping me count.) and three books from the Animorphs Series plus a reread of China Mieville’s The City and the City.

So here I am again setting a new set of reading goals this year. And I am really excited! Here they are:

Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge

“I have read 50 of 48 books.”

Read All Goodreads – The Filipino Group Monthly Discussion Books

  1. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  2. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  4. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  6. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  7. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  8. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  9. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  10. Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
  11. Alternative Alamat by Paolo Chikiamko

Read These Specific Titles

  1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  2. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  4. Possession by A.S. Byatt
  5. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Lightning by Dean Koontz
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  10. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
  11. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  12. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Read At Least 4 Short Story Collections

  1. Drown by Junot Diaz
  2. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  3. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
  4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

So yes, I am participating again in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Also, as I am currently an active member of a book club, I plan to read all the books assigned each month. I also chose 12 books that I will require myself to read, maybe one book each month of the year. And as I was inspired by The Short Story Station, a team blog by some friends, I will explore more the art of short stories by reading at least 4 short story collections. But the initial choices I mentioned above are subject to change.

Aside from these goals I challenged myself, I’ll be joining The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge. This sounds fun and will help me discover more books in other genres. I’ll be tracking the tasks in my next post. It is still my ambition to finish the TFG Filipino ReaderCon 2013 Recommendations List and the Animorphs Series. But I am not pressuring myself with a specific number this year.

So how about you? How did you fare in your 2014 reading? Have you set any reading goals this year?