Category Archives: Annual Roundups

My Best Reads of 2015

Annabel   31st December 2015   25 Comments on My Best Reads of 2015

Last year I split my best of list in two – the Shiny edition and the Blog edition. I read just as many books this year as last (127) and awarded 17 of them 9.5 or 10 stars at the time of review, but I’ve decided to have just one list this time with a baker’s dozen choices,  mixing old and… Read more »

Book Stats & Targets: 2015 in Numbers

Even if the results are not as varied as I might expect, each year I love analysing the stats of what I’ve read and potentially boring you with graphs. Thanks to my master spreadsheet that I’ve kept since 2007, I have all the data …  all the 2015 stats are correct as of Christmas Day! Last year I ended up… Read more »

Discoveries of the year…

Time to highlight some of my favourite ‘new to me’ authors that I’ve discovered this year. I’ll start off with a trio who have a good back catalogue, authors I’m amazed not to have read before, and then mention a few debut novelists I loved. Again, all links in this post will take you to my original posts: Louise Welsh I’ve been… Read more »

Bookish Disappointments…

Welcome back!  As if you’re not fed up already with eating turkey, I’m going to be talking turkey in my first round-up post. Yes – it’s time to discuss the most disappointing books I read this year. I pride myself on being able to pick books that I know I’ll enjoy reading – that’s why the majority of what I read… Read more »

What I read in 2014 in numbers, and goals for 2015…

Yes! It’s my annual stats post. Apologies if it’s not your thing, but analysing the numbers of what I read each year and comparing them to previous ones always flings up some interesting figures. I have kept a master spreadsheet since 2007. This year I read more books than in any year since I used to commute by train to… Read more »

My Books of the Year 2014 – Part Two – The Blog edit

Yesterday I shared my best reads of 2014 as reviewed for Shiny New Books. Today, I turn my attention to titles reviewed here. The links will return you to my full reviews: – Best Retro-Subversive Laugh-Out-Loud Book Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler So nearly my book of the year, Discovering Scarfolk is just hilarious! Stuck firmly in the 1970s world of public… Read more »

My Books of the Year 2014 – Part One – the Shiny Edit…

This year for the first time, I’ve split my best of list in two. Having read around 130 books this year, there are too many to feature in just one post and there is an obvious split – today’s first part will feature those books that I’ve reviewed over at Shiny New Books.  Forgive me for continually banging the drum, but I’m… Read more »

2014 in First Lines

Annabel   3rd December 2014   8 Comments on 2014 in First Lines

I did this meme the previous two years too. A bit of fun for pre-Christmas. It originated at The Indextrious Reader. The “rules” are simple: Take the first line of each month’s first post over the past year and see what it tells you about your blogging year. Links go back to the original posts. Here goes: January: ‘I was amazed… Read more »

Book Stats 2013 and Reading Resolutions for 2014

Following hard on the heels of my Books of the Year – it’s time for bookstats.  Many of you may know that I keep a spreadsheet of everything I read so I can analyse my reading at the end of each year.  Don’t groan – it’s not that bad! I had a really good year statswise, managing to finish over… Read more »

My Books of the Year 2013

I’ve had a great reading year in 2013. I’ve managed to read more books than the past few years, topping the hundred mark, and at the time of review thirteen of those scored ten out of ten. Not all of those will make my list below though, as the score is just a snapshot – a useful guide, but not… Read more »