2015 Reading Roundup, Part I

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I’m a little disappointed with myself for going over a month without a post, but between the holidays and travel, I haven’t had a lot of free time on my hands lately, but I’m finally back at the keyboard to put together my customary “reading roundup” from the previous year.

I like to do this each January as a way to look back at the previous year and reflect I what I read. In 2015, I set a number of reading goals for myself so let’s take a look and see if I achieved any of them.

Goal 1: Read 30 books – Achieved!

In 2015, I read 31 books.

Goal 2: Catch up on ongoing series – Achieved!

Not too long ago, I realized that I was starting a lot more series than I was finishing and I decided that I needed to catch up or close out a few of them or I would go crazy. In 2015, I caught up on The Dresden Files, The Expanse, The Iron Druid Chronicles, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Reckoners, and the new Mistborn series. I also finished The Powder Mage trilogy, The Magician’s trilogy, and the original six Elric novels. I think I did pretty well here.

Goal 3: Read books that will be adapted soon – Achieved, somewhat

So so many SFF series are being adapted right now and I always prefer to read the book first so I really wanted to finish some series that were coming to the small or big screen soon. In that vain, I read The Expanse, The Magicians, and Foundation, but there are many other works that I had intended to read (like The Man in the High Castle and Childhood’s End) that I didn’t get to.

Goal 4: Read more diverse authors – Not so much

Over the last couple years, I’ve become a lot more aware of the lack of diversity among the authors that I’ve been reading and I’ve hoped to improve on that. Unfortunately, I’ve struggled with this goal. In 2015, I read only two novels by women and the vast majority were written by white men. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with reading novels by white men, but I believe that there are a lot of benefits to reading works by a more diverse group and I also wish to support the larger SFF community. Hopefully, I’ll do better next year.

Goal 5: Read Classics – Achieved, somewhat

In 2015, I did read Foundation, The Master and Margarita, and several novels in the Elric saga, but that was about it when it came to “classics.”

Goal 6: Read Hugo eligible works – Achieved

About halfway through the year, I decided that I wanted to shift my focus to reading Hugo eligible novels so I can nominate and vote (with some degree of confidence) in 2016. By the end of 2015, I read seven such novels and I think that’s pretty good. Hopefully, I’ll read a few more before nominations open.

So that concludes Part I of the 2015 Reading Roundup. In Part II, I’ll take a more in depth look at my favorite reads of the year.