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In 2016 I finally decided to do some intense spreadsheet keeping to help me evaluate the end of the year a little better. It went VERY well and wasn’t nearly as time-consuming as I thought it would be to keep up with it. I kept track of the basics (total books, total page numbers, average rating) but I kept track of a few other stats that I wanted to focus on like page counts, genres, and my individual ratings. Here is a basic overview of my 2016 reading year:
The one key thing I changed from the typical Goodreads stats is for my audiobooks. I listed a page count as well as the minute totals so that they are technically included in my page count length. My audiobooks have separate stats, but I felt that they should be included in my total pages as well since THEY COUNT AS REAL BOOKS.
I read more audiobooks in a single year than I ever have.
And WAY less YA than I’ve read in recent years.
And my resolution to read more purchased books was clearly a total fail. #2017goals
Could be better, could be worse. I’m pleased. 🙂
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Tie between: The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock and Fellside by M.R. Carey
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
(Starter) Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim #1) by Richard Kadrey
(Sequel) Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
(Ender) End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3) by Stephen King
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
(Non-Fiction) Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“…there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
–Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
(Longest) The Stand by Stephen King – 1,348 pages
(Shortest) When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – 56 pages
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Feyre and Rhys
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1) by Kristi Charish – Kincaid and Nate/Cameron
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Veiled by Karina Halle
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Queen of the Tearling trilogy
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (I tried not to have any dups but I CAN’T HELP IT)
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Ida, Always by Caron Levis
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Outlandish Lit brought so many books to my attention that I otherwise wouldn’t have looked twice at this past year!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
The Everything Box Tour Recap: Reno — only because it was my very first author event so memorable for me. 🙂
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
End of Watch (Stephen King) Tour Recap: Reno
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Whenever my recommendations go right for someone… that’s gotta be the best thing about blogging.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
For me it was getting back into the swing of things after I quick my second night job in mid-February. I had kept up with my blog consistently but having so much extra time on my hands suddenly was a bit of a change.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
(Post from pre-2016) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (967 views)
(Post from 2016) The Universe of Us by Lang Leav (527 views)
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
They’ve been gaining attention as it progresses but my new Blog Feature I came up with — Recommended Reading 101.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
A bookish app — Serial Reader — I absolutely love the concept of this and think it could really help me finally knock out some of the classics I’ve been meaning to get to for years. Haven’t actually used it yet but it’s downloaded and waiting for when I’m ready!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed a lot more ongoing series which was awesome but other than that not really. lol I’m really hoping to take a step back from ARCs this year, not completely but would really like to focus on my owned books. I took a tally and I purchased 55 kindle books last year and only read 22 of them. TERRIBLE.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
The Everything Box (Another Coop Heist #1) by Richard Kadrey
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I really love my new features I implemented towards the end of 2016: Recommended Reading 101, Short & Sweet Reviews, and Life’s Too Short (DNF reviews). I really hope that this time next year I can say that I kept with it.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None. hahaha I’ve only read two 2017 releases and they weren’t awesome enough for me to be shouting from the rooftops.