I can’t believe it’s the last week of 2015. Eeep. (And yes, I’ll probably be saying something similar in 52 weeks’ time.)
For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful day. And for those who don’t, I hope you took full advantage of the long weekend (and possibly the sales? I know I did *clears throat*).
I’ve started pulling together my 2015 reading stats (geek alert!) and while I always wait until January for my annual “best of” posts (because I may just read that perfect book on the 31st), a couple of things have already jumped out at me.
Firstly, I’ve not been great at reading new-to-me authors this year. In fact, I only read four new-to-me authors in the first six months of 2015. That’s pretty poor considering that around one-third of authors I read used to be new-to-me as recently as a couple of years ago. In a way though, I think the lower numbers this time around are because I have discovered so many new-to-me authors over the previous years and had to keep up with their releases…
Secondly, the majority of my reading continues to be in the romance genre this year (with fantasy a close second still, though). When I started blogging (way back in 2007…), romance was very definitely my first love (pun intended). For whatever reason (okay, possibly because everything started feeling a bit same-y in romancelandia, but also because of the growth and quality of YA SFF), the number of fantasy books I read increased significantly. It feels that I’ve returned to the romance genre now, though the subgenres I read are rather different. Back then, it was all about the historical for me; now, there’s a lot more contemporary in the mix.
Finally (and I think linked to the above!), almost half of the books I read over the year came from non-traditional publishing routes (I’m counting both self and indie-pubbed in this category). And interestingly (to me, anyway), around two-thirds of the romance books I read fall into the non-trad category. IMO, the e-publishing revolution removed the barriers to entry for stories that feel fresh and new, and brought me back to the romance genre.
Right, enough navel-gazing for the day. I’m keen to hear what you thought of your 2015 reading year (or 2015 in general, I’m not fussy!). Post links if you’ve been super-organised and done your 2015 wrap-ups already!
My previous annual roundups over the past few years:
2012: Year in summary