75 in 2015: Recap

Let’s do a little recap of my 75 books in 2015 challenge. Spoiler alert! I did it!

First, some stats.

I read 78 books this year for a total of 24,487 pages.
31 (40%) were audio versions, accounting for 9,381 (38%) of the total pages.
12 (15%) I own. The rest were borrowed from the library (support your local library, yo!)

71% of the authors were completely new to me. 7% were actors.

45 (58%) books were (or claimed to be) nonfiction.
Nonfiction Chart
33 (42%) books were fiction.
Fiction Breakdown
62 (80%) were published in the twenty-first century, 12 (15%) in the twentieth, and 4 (5%) in the nineteenth. 4 were brand new in 2015.

I read the most books in January (15) and the least books in September (3).

Here are the five books I enjoyed the most. Follow the links to see what I said about them.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (2011)
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander (2003)
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)
Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cummings (2007)
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott (2014)

Here are five books I really could have done without.
1914: A Novel by Jean Echenoz (2014)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (2014)
Cool, Calm & Contentious: Essays by Merrill Markoe (2011)
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan (2008)
An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus by William Todd Schultz (2011)

So, am I going to do this again? Nah. I do plan to continue to keep track of my reading and do mini-reviews on most of it, but I’m going to skip the challenge this year.

By Matthew Petroff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Matthew Petroff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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