Why would one person check out this much stuff? Books, magazines, graphic novels, movies, music, picture books, middle grade, teen, mysteries, history, sci-fi, tv series, the occasional puppet and so much more. E-books and e-audiobooks aren’t even included, nor are the things which never end up in my email folder of library receipts. If I actually buy something, it’s not counted – and those are often the books I’m most excited about and can’t wait for the library to get. My husband and son also figure into this number; it’s usually just easier to check out what they want when I’m at work. And some things never get read or watched, even though they come home with me. So I’m never sure exactly how many books I read.
Still, why so many? It’s not just that I love the library and work in one. My healthy holds list means that I’m never short on new things to look at. (Often there are 80-90 things on that list in addition to everything I have checked out.) I also follow authors and what’s new in publishing, and I lead a writing group, which frequently has me thinking about storytelling or word choice or past favorite reads. Teaching a college class this fall also meant I needed books to look over and consider for student assignments. Some of those items are books or cds I requested when I was scheduled to lead story time or wanted to talk about a particular topic at one of my volunteer gigs.
When I look at everything the library shared with me (for free!), I see new favorites and things to laugh about, scary stories, great friendships, love, grief, fear, and hope. My life is so much more exciting and full because I read. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds – more books, more tears, more laughter, more joy.
Not everything I read was published in 2015, but many were. Here are just a few of my 2015 favorites, in no particular order, grouped by loose categories:
Wolfie the Bunny
Last Stop on Market Street
Please, Mr. Panda
Boats for Papa
Leo: A Ghost Story
We Forgot Brock!
The Terrible Two
Gone Crazy in Alabama
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
Beware the Power of the Dark Side
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
The Thing about Jellyfish
The Graveyard Book, vol. 1 & 2
The Sleeper and the Spindle (I’m putting this one with the graphic novels, because it’s such a beautifully illustrated version.)
The Phantom Bully
Under a Painted Sky
Silver in the Blood
Library of Souls
Symphony for the City of the Dead
I Will Always Write Back
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
A God in Ruins
Between the World and Me