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Top Ten Twednesday: 2015 Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten Twednesday: 2015 Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten TuesdayMy apologies for being late with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but I’ve been having a bit of a rubbish last week of the year… Still, like everyone else I am looking back on 2014 and forward to 2015 so I did not want to miss this week’s TTT.

2015 Bookish Resolutions

  1. Cull my bookshelves.
    I have been clearing out my bookshelves in 2014, giving away books left and right that I felt certain I won’t be reading anywhere within the next ten years. I’ll continue to do that in 2015. I am a very organised person on the whole and will not let my bookshelves get out of hand!
  2. Read the books I own.
    Despite regularly clearing out my bookshelves, they still house an embarrassing 279 unread books at this moment… *cough* In 2015, I want to read the books I actually own! Let’s see if I can make a dent into that tbr.
  3. Don’t buy as many new books.
    This was actually going better and better this year. Lately I haven’t been feeling the need to buy so many new books. I do still want to allow myself to buy new releases that I actually want, and I’m giving myself some leeway for my go-to genres, but I’ll definitely be strict with myself (or so I say). I don’t want my bookshelf to cross that invisible border of 300 unread books!
  4. Finish series I’ve started.
    Was going quite well this year, so I’ll try to keep that up.
  5. Read 52 books.
    My goal for 2015 will be to read 52 books again. Like this year, last year, the year before that…
  6. Stick to challenges.
    I haven’t made up my mind yet about which challenges I’ll join in 2015, but I want to stick to them more.
  7. Read whatever I want, when I want to.
    That clashes a bit with the ‘stick to challenges’ one…
  8. Put down books I am not enjoying.
    If a 100 pages in I still don’t like the book, I should just put it down. I didn’t create that life-is-too-short shelf for nothing!
  9. Keep on top of this blog.
    I am not the most active blogger but I am really enjoying blogging this year and I’m so happy I met all these amazing people. I’m not going anywhere in 2015!
  10. Be more active socially.
    In the book blogging world, that is. Comment more, interact more… 🙂
2014 Top Ten

2014 Top Ten

So after last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, where I featured my favourite science fiction books of 2014, my initial idea was to make separate Top Ten lists featuring my go-to genres. And then I figured that would just get tiresome for you all to read, so change of plans!

Here is first of all my overall top 10 for 2014. It was incredibly hard to put together, as I read so many amazing books this year. Many more 4 and 5 stars than last year (in 2013, when 3-star-average books seemed to reign…). I can recommend all these books wholeheartedly!

Harry Potter China Mountain Zhang Daughter of Smoke & Bone The Bone Clocks Rebecca

Top Ten of Books Read In 2014

  1. Harry Potter(series) by J.K. Rowling
  2. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  4. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  6. Krabat by Otfried Preussler
  7. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  8. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  9. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
  10. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

Krabat More Than This The Miseducation of Cameron Post Hogfather Revenge

And now, here are all my genre Top Tens for 2014 together.

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Top Ten Science Fiction of 2014

Top Ten Science Fiction of 2014

Top Ten Tuesday Ohhh it feels like it’s too early for 2014 top lists! But I think this week’s TTT is a good moment start 🙂 I will be posting a few top tens in my different go-to genres over the coming weeks. This week I’ll kick off with science fiction!

I actually read more science fiction this year than I expected! The Sci-fi & Fantasy MOOC I followed earlier this year helped, although I did not enjoy that many of the sci-fi classics we were told to read (and I had to skip two that I was looking forward to: Ursula LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness and Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother). It was difficult to create a top 3, especially, because the first three books on my list were equally amazing.

2014 Science Fiction

Top Ten Science Fiction I Read In 2014

  1. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  2. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. Harmony by Project Itoh
  5. Fortunately, the Milk . . . by Neil Gaiman
  6. The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells
  7. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  8. Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino
  9. Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  10. The Aunt Paradox by Chris Dolley