I read 52 books in 2015, and it’s something that I can finally cross off my 30s Life List. This was no small feat, as for most of the year I was reading my textbooks alongside reading for pleasure (and writing papers and running marathons). For the purpose of this project, I did include my textbooks because I read that shit at length and in full!

Here are a few stats, thanks to Goodreads:

52 books in 52 weeks

My Top 3 favorite books of the year:
#1 Elite Minds by Stan Beecham
#2 My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
#3 So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

And the WORST:
#52 Five Weeks in the Amazon by Sean Hayes
#51 The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg (so bad that I had to go back to look up the title!)
… and the several books that I started (one, I even got 35% into) and never finished.

Book that surprised me the most (AKA: Fiction that I actually liked):
Judy Blume’s “In the Unlikely Event” β€” to be honest, I had low expectations of this book upon receiving it in a PopSugar MustHave box, aside from being a total fan girl of Blume’s books from my childhood. But I sincerely loved this story and its characters.

Book that I really, really wanted to like but really, really didn’t (AKA: the MEH Award):
Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

I likely won’t pursue quite so lofty a reading challenge in 2016, but this goal had a purpose of getting me back to books and loving reading again β€” and that’s exactly what I accomplished.

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  • Ileana Druetta

    This is so awesome!!! I would love to keep track like this of all the books I read πŸ™‚

    • Mel

      I’m so happy to have found Goodreads — a spreadsheet was not working for me when I attempted this goal in the past!

  • 52 in 52 is awesome. I almost thought about doing that for 2016. You rock for hitting that goal! If you’re looking for a few more titles and you get a chance, check out Celia Rivenbark’s books. They’re collections of her humor columns. Laugh out loud, quick reads.

    • Mel

      I’ll definitely check her out, thanks!