I was going to talk about the best books we’ve read this year. Then I though, actually, we’ve had different kids this year to last year, and often the books are the same, shouldn’t it mean something if favourites stay?
So here are the books we have kept coming back to this year…
Peace a Last
This featured on Children’s Hour back in 2012 (huh, I didn’t even realise Children’s Hour had been around that long!). The children still love being able to ‘read’ it themselves. They still love being able to join in, especially shouting “Oh no!” said Mr Bear “I can’t stand this”
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
A constant favourite with the kids, and we don’t even need to read it to them anymore- they pretty much all know it by heart! First featured in 2013
Don’t Wake The Bear, Hare!
This is the only book which proves a certain toddler can have a quiet voice. And they still love the panic
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
I prefer this one to Brown Bear, and it’s a good substitute for the kids. I would even say it’s better as a group, just harder for the kids to remember
One Mole Digging a Hole
We don’t quite have a 3 Bears Picking Pears kid, but this still gets chosen a lot. The kids feel an achievement when they can count the number of animals correctly too.
What have my visitors been reading and looking at this year?
Most popular reviews:
Fiction– The Weight Of Silence This one always gets a lot of hits from the search engines for some reason.
Non-fiction- How Winning The Lottery Changed My Life
Children’s Hour post– The Hungry Hen
Film of a Book– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Lists– Top Ten Books Set in War Time (this was my most popular post this year too, and my most popular list last year)
Musings– On Review Requests and Approaching the Blogger
Sunday Surfing– This one from November
I’ve done better really with non-fiction this year than with fiction. I’ve read 9 non-fiction books and 2 of those have been five star books. I really loved them both, so it’s tough choosing a favourite.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened- Jenny Lawson
The memoir of Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) who is a pretty well known blogger and generally crazy person
How to be a Heroine- Samantha Ellis
Is a about all the literary heroines Ellis has ever had. It’s part literary musings, part memoir, part feminist writing.
And the winner is…
Samantha Ellis’ How to be a Heroine
Whilst I found ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened’ too hilarious to safely read in public I feel that How to be a Heroine offers me more long term. I love how it made me want to read certain books, I loved it’s feminist element, and I love Ellis’ way of writing. If it wasn’t for the fact that I only read it a couple of weeks before the end of 2014 I think it could have become my most recommended book of the year.
Note: This is a new version of my fiction review of the year post. For some reason I had put my favourite fiction book in the non-fiction category (yeah, I don’t know). The previous winner was Fangirl.
I’ve only read three 5/5 fiction books this year, and to be completely honest I can’t say that either of them have had the literary merits of any of last year’s choices. Although I enjoyed them both, I’m not sure how much either of them stuck with me.
Anyway they were…
The Rosie Project- Graeme Simison
The Rosie Project is about a (probably) autistic professor trying to find a partner. He joins a dating site and writes a questionnaire to scientifically find his ‘perfect’ mate, but maybe love isn’t that simple.
Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl is about a girl, Cath. Cath is a twin, and a big fangirl (the type who hangs out on fansites and writes fanfiction) for a series of books. Cath and her sister Wren start university, and things go good for Wren, who is fairly outgoing, but not so great for shy Cath.
Texts From Jane Eyre- Mallory Ortberg
Texts From Jane Eyre imagines text conversations between literary characters or writers.
And my book of the year is…
Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre
I found this one really funny, and it’s a great flick through books. I only read it in December but it quickly became my most recommended book of the year.
I’ve done just two challenges this year. I’m only doing The Rory List this year, I am trying to make my blogging more relaxed, and Rory is really an if it comes up challenge rather than a strive for numbers challenge
Edward Herman (who played Richard Gilmore) died on New Year’s Eve so it seems fitting that The Rory List should be my only challenge this year
The Rory List (ongoing challenge)
There has been a bit of a crossover with my other challenge, which is good, so I think I did good on this this year, 7 books:
Night (not yet reviewed)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Me Talk Pretty One Day
House of Sand and Fog (started 2013)
I gave up on the TBR Pile Challenge About half way through the year, I was having stress in other parts of my life and wanted to make other things relaxed. I read 5 of 12 books:
A Game of Thrones
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
This year I’m doing five posts for the first time. This one, a look at my challenges, a fiction post, a non-fiction post, and a (new!) Children’s Hour Post.
This year I have read 61 books, that’s 2 less than last year, I think I’ll stick with the same goal for 2015, which was to read 65 books.
- 7 have been non-fiction, 54 have been fiction
- 7 re-reads this year (all the Harry Potter Books)
- 11 have been read as part of reading challenges.
- I didn’t finish 2
- I started 1 which I intend to return to
My wishlist currently contains 122 books, which is just 1 less than last year.
My To be Read Pile totals up to 60 books that’s gone up again, despite the TBR Pile Challenge.
Not counting re-reads…
5 books have scored 5/5
33 books have scored 4/5
15 books have scored 3/5
1 books have scored 2/5
0 books have scored 1/5
The numbers are more or less the same as last year, less in the 2/2 category, which is nice, and more in the 5/5 which is also nice.
The Challenges post will hopefully be up this weekend