“This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.” Nikos Kazantzakis

This has been quite the year. My personal life was such a hot mess that it reflected on my readings too. I’m honestly surprised that I even managed to reach my goal for the year but I think two things were essential to that:

  1. The deadlines for the ARCs kept me going,
  2. The damn Bane Chronicles(I added them story by story instead of the whole book because truth be told, I’ve been reading them all year. Finishing one, taking a 10-book-break, starting another…).

What makes me disappointed is that I didn’t read anything phenomenal this year. Aside from my re-reads, which I only re-read because most of the other books were just too meh. Not to say there weren’t nice books in 2015, but nothing which automatically went to my “favourites” shelf.

Part of this, can admittedly be attributed to the fact that I was reading so many ARCs in 2015, and they are a hit-and-miss a lot more than published books, because there you have the chance to compare opinions and actually, out of the ARCs that I reviewed, for many I was the first reviewer, which shows that… I have a very different taste? I hope? I don’t regret reading them though, and if I have the time next year, I want to continue doing so.

The Good

~ stand-alone novels or first of a series ~


~ series or parts of them ~


The Bad



The Crazy
(in other words: you can see how much I’ve changed this year if the likes of these found their way to my bookshelf)


As I mentioned above, I was reading a lot of ARCs, so I think I missed many already published books. When I was looking at this year’s Goodreads awards, I didn’t know even half of the books’ titles, let alone having read them.

Therefore, I will use this post as a REQUEST POST: to anyone who read this post until the end, please share with me some of your favourite books from this year. I want to catch up with some good stuff that I missed. If you have a recommendation as a whole, it is also welcome. Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time!