2016 End of Year Book Survey

January 12, 2017 Bonnie End of Year Survey 11 Comments

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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:

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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.

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I read more audiobooks in a single year than I ever have.

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And WAY less YA than I’ve read in recent years.

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And my resolution to read more purchased books was clearly a total fail. #2017goals

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Could be better, could be worse. I’m pleased. 🙂

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
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d by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Book Review – The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray PollockBook Review – Fellside by M.R. Carey
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?

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The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
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?

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(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?
Clive Barker

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Audiobook Review – Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
(Non-Fiction) Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Ominous October – Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn
Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Book Review – Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

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Lady Killer
by Joëlle Jones

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Book Review – The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

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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?

Book Review – Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
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?

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(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

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The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre and Rhys

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Audiobook Review – The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1) by Kristi Charish
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

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Veiled by Karina Halle

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Book Review – The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Rhys

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Book Review – The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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The Queen of the Tearling trilogy

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Audiobook Review – Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
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?

Book Review – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
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?

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The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Ida, Always by Caron Levis

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

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Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?

Audiobook Review – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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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.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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The Everything Box (Another Coop Heist #1)
by Richard Kadrey

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

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Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
by Sylvain Neuvel

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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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.

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  • Bonnie
    Bonnie

    Reno, NV
    Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
    I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

    When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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11 Responses to “2016 End of Year Book Survey”

    • Bonnie

      Yes, I quite like her posts and the books she reads! Definitely different than the norm. I had two jobs for almost a year… finally quit the part time one last year mid-February. It was just too much.. I was losing my mind. lol
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  1. Heidi

    Very informative post, Bonnie. I am happy to hear you like both of the JK Rowling books. I want to read them but was hesitant since they were screen plays. I also havent’ gotten around to the Maas book. I need to do that right away as well. I also want to get back to the King series. AHHH. So many to read.

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    • Bonnie

      Yeah I think I’d need to read more than a single chapter daily for it to stick in my brain. I haven’t actually tried it so I’m not super sure how it works! Let me know how it goes if you end up using it. 🙂
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  2. Jessie

    2016 was the year spreadsheets really took off! I don’t know why it took me so long but it’s so much fun to see all the stats at the end of the year.

    175 books! That’s amazing.

    I feel like a Potter-failure because I have not read Cursed Child! I have so many mixed emotions about it tbh. But I am glad to see you loved it.

    YAS GEMINA YAAAS

    I am not usually much for graphic novels but OH BOY am I interested in Lady Killers!

    Hahha the Hating Game was pushed everywhere the last few months. I was so sad it didn’t win the GR award!

    Have you seen the new cover for Sleeping Giants? I was already gonna buy it but after that it’s a must.

    Aww congrats on your first author event! I’ve never been to anything like it besides BEA but I want to try in 2017.

    Here’s to good books and fun blogging in 2017!
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    • Bonnie

      I think it took me so long to finally get around to the bookish spreadsheets because I deal with spreadsheets all day at work. But these are bookish and therefore better. 🙂 I’m happy with 175 although YOU knocked it out of the park you crazy reader, you.

      I was totally that way at first about Cursed Child but my book bestie convinced me and I’m quite happy with it. I wish it was written as a normal story though, I’ve never been big on plays.

      And YES… The Hating Game really should have won. People have no taste. lol
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