When it comes to books, 2015 is a milestone year for me.
You see, when I decided to join Goodreads' 2015 Reading Challenge last year to start off my "50 Books A Year" challenge, I didn't think that I'd be adding two books under my name in my list. So, being able to do just that for Today:Life and Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes in August/September 2015 was such a thrill.
Never mind that at Goodreads, Today: Life was listed as 'Least Popular' (since they haven't been added on to other people's lists) in my 2015 books list. The fact that I even have a book in there (and I'm now officially a Goodreads Author), is incredible.
Apart from this accomplishment, I'm also pleased to share that not only did I meet my 50 Books goal in 2015, I have actually managed to get to 54 books. Partly because I read some short children's books too!
Another special book-related milestone in 2015 is the revival of an old blog I used to run: KIDoosh. I used to run it as a group/network blog with a few blogging friends. But, I've taken it down some time ago and it remained dormant for a while. In 2015, however, it got revived. This time, as a book/kids review blog - with my two kidlets as co-bloggers. I haven't been updating it as much due to time constraints. But, it has been a great initiative for the kids to read more and write about their completed books. I'm hoping we can continue it.
Anyway, as some of you may already know, the main part of this blog post is my annual list of recommended books from friends, colleagues, and contacts on social media. And, as with the previous years, there are a lot of interesting books shared here. You can read previous recommendations in this Best Books collection.
My favourite reads of the year -
- Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin. It took me nearly a whole year of on-and-off reading to complete this fifth and latest book in the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series. It was a great but heavy read. I loved it. Better than book four. Now, I'm just sad that it would take a while to get to Book 6, especially since George RR Martin confirmed that it would not be published in time before Season 6 of the TV series comes out. Ack.
Apart from Dance With Dragons, some of my other favourite fiction reads from 2015 include these YA fiction: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (a former recommendation), To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (and its sequel, P.S. I Still Love You).
In children's fiction, I absolutely adored The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers. I also enjoyed I Will Never Get A Star on Mrs Benson's Blackboard by Jennifer K. Mann and Introducing Limelight Larry by Leigh Hodgkinson.
- Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. I've seen this book many years ago but resisted buying and reading because it seemed so gimicky. Silly me. Now, I regret being late to the party. It's a gem of a small book. Very inspiring. I read and own it on Kindle, and I plan on buying a paperback copy.
Other favourites include: Abstract and Colour Techniques in Painting by Claire Harrigan and Robin Capon (Love, love the art here! It's not a how to book, but it's inspiring and envy-inducing. Wish I can paint like this!). Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul (a book I've had in my library for years but never finished reading until recently). Walking In This World by Julia Cameron (started reading this a couple of years ago, but only finished; Not as good as The Artist's Way, but has inspired me to take action on some dreams/hopes).
So, there you go. My best books in 2015. Here are others' best books -
What about you? What are the best fiction/nonfiction books you've read in 2015?
Are you doing a reading challenge in 2016? Here's my Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016, to monitor my second year of "50 Books A Year" challenge.
Happy reading in 2016!