January & February 2015 Book Report

March 3, 2015 | 4 comments


2015 started out as a really good reading year, and I’m gonna do my best to make the rest of the year equally good. Normally, I don’t really take time to look back at what I’ve read until the end of the year. When I finally sit down and compile all the reading stats for the year and reflect on what I’ve been reading, the results always take me completely by surprise.

Really, did I read that many books that wasn’t from my tbr list? How did I manage to start that many series and not finish them? How could I have read so many books I didn’t like? Why did I waste time on these books? How come I never read the books that I really wanted to read? It might sound strange, given my obsession with lists and organization and staying on top of things, but when it comes to reading, I often cannot see the forest for the trees.

Inspired by Kerry’s monthly looking back posts, I decided to keep better track of my reading this year. Hopefully, this will help me stay on track and make sure 2015 is my best reading year yet.

THE SHORT VERSION: 19 books // 7127 pages

So far, I’ve read 19 books (13 in January and 6 in February) by 14 different authors. Half of the authors were ones I had read books by before and half were new-to-me. As usual, most of the authors (11 of 14) were female. Also as usual, most of the books were either mystery or romance, and most of them (74%) were part of a series.



The three best books I read during January and February are without a doubt In the Woods by Tana French, Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

I’ve been raving about both In the Woods and Ashes to Dust every chance I get. Both are from new series I’ve started this year (The Dublin Murder Squad and Thora Gudmundsdottir respectively) and both have me completely hooked. Reading the rest of the books from these two series is definitely top priority this year. Tana French writes these gritty, well thought-out mysteries with amazing characters, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is quickly becoming one of my favourite Nordic authors. Her mysteries are just as well crafted as French’s, but the main character is a lawyer, rather than in law enforcement, so the viewpoint (and the method of solving the mysteries) is very different.

Jennifer E. Smith’s The Geography of You and Me was one of my favourites from last year, and This Is What Happy Looks Like was just as good. I cannot wait to read more of her books. (Also, I just love the covers.)


In January, I participated in Kerry’s Clean You Reader Challenge and read five books for it.

I also participated in Megan’s Semi-Charmed Winter Book Challenge but abandoned it half-way through and only finished eight of the 13 books.

So far, I’ve finished 12 books for the Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge.


I finished my goal of trying five new authors and so far, I’ve read four books by Nordic authors (one of them in Swedish). Classics and non-fiction have been nearly absent so far.

I finally read Die Again by Tess Gerritsen, so now I’m (at least temporary) caught up on the Rizzoli and Isles series. I’ve also made progress on four other of my favourite series.


I’ve successfully refrained from spending any money on books this year, thanks to book exchanges and many trips to the library. Of the 28 books I’ve acquired so far, I’ve finished nine (and I just started one).

Of the books I read so far, 15 were on my TBR list at the start of the year, two were new additions, and two were rereads.

How’s your reading year going so far?