I really love the End Of Year Survey that Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner does every year, and I figure this is a great time to do it! You can check it out here.
2016 Reading Stats:
Number Of Books I Read: 123
Number Of Re-Reads: I honestly have no idea- I’m pretty sure I re-read some stuff, but I don’t track it. Unless you count the Welcome To Night Vale book, because I did read the print book and listen to the audio book because I couldn’t make up my mind about which format I wanted to read it in. That’s only one I can remember off of the top of my head.
Genre I Read The Most From: Contemporary- with 38 books!
Best In Books:
1. Best Book You Read In 2016:
Contemporary: It’s a tie between George by Alex Gino and Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Fantasy: A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas and The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
General Fiction: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I really liked it but not as much as I thought. It just didn’t have the same appeal My Life Next Door Had.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read: All The Beautiful And Ugly Things by Bryn Greenwood. This book was a good surprise, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved it.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did): I feel like I talked about George by Alex Gino a lot- I’m not sure how many people picked it up specifically because I mentioned it, but I think everyone should read it!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best Series I Started: Court Of Fives by Kate Elliott
Best Sequel: A Court Of Mist And Fury
Best Series Ender: The Heart Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016: Yaa Gyasi- Homegoing was amazing
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone: It’s a tie between Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and Behold The Dreamers by Mbue Imbolo
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year: I’m going with Harry Potter And The Cursed Child for this one, and that’s because I was excited to get my copy at midnight that I knew I couldn’t go to bed until I read the entire script. It doesn’t exactly fit, but that’s the book I’m going with.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year: A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016: I love this one, and I don’t know why. But it’s so pretty!
11. Most memorable character of 2016: Gabi, from A Girl In Pieces. I loved her, and she has a really unique voice.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016: This is a hard one, but I think I’m going to go with All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016: All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. There are no words to describe how much this book made me think, but it was such an eye-opener for me.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, but never got around to it until last year.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016:
“You look around at the people in your life, one by one, choosing to hold on to the ones who make you stronger and better, and letting go of the ones who don’t.”
From Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016:
Shortest: The House On Mango St by Sandra Cisneros (110 pages) and Perfect by Natasha Friend (4 hours, 30 minutes)
Longest: The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson (688 pages) and World War Z by Max Brooks (12 hours, 8 minutes)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Soldier by Julie Kagawa. I was not expecting that ending at all. I will be so glad when the next book comes out so I can find out what happens.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Valek and Yelena from Night Study
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Melissa and Kelly from George. I love their friendship and how supportive Kelly was.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: And I Darken by Kiersten White. I swear, every book she does is so different than the last one, but it was such a great book!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Court Of Fives by Kate Elliott. I read it solely based on Gail Carriger’s recommendation.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016: Rhysand from A Court Of Thorns And Roses. I don’t think an explanation is needed.
23. Best 2016 debut you read: In the interest of mixing up and NOT putting a book I’ve mentioned already, I’m going to go with False Illusions by A. Cramton!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is one of the more vivid settings- I loved the Night Circus feel that the book has!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read: The BFG by Roald Dahl. It definitely made me smile!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. It’s the only one where I remember crying when I was reading it.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book deserves more attention!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul: This is another hard one, but I think I’m going to go with All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. But I also think Missoula by Jon Krakauer would be either choice. I wish I could make up my mind, because there are too many good choices. These are my top 2 choices, though, so at least I was able to narrow it down.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016: I have to go with the Welcome To Night Vale book for this one- I highly recommend the audio book, if you do decide to pick it up!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it): Take A Chance and One More Chance by Abbi Glines. I read a couple of other books by Glines and really liked them, but these two were so frustrating to read. Just thinking about them makes me angry!
My Book/Blogging Life:
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016: Paper Fury! Her blog was new to me last year, and I don’t know why I didn’t start reading it before!!! Her blog is absolutely delightful and fun.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016: The reviews I wrote for Take A Chance and One More Chance. As much as I didn’t like those particular books, it was good to get my frustrations out.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog: I think I’m going to have to go with the posts I did about the Gilmore Girls revival: one with no spoilers, Part One (With Spoilers) and Part Two (With Spoilers).
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.): Going to the signing for the Welcome To Night Vale scripts. It was so much fun to hear them talk about one of my favorite podcasts ever.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016: I have to pick? Probably the Welcome To Night Vale signing I went to.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year: Lack of motivation. I had a hard time getting myself to write blog posts this year.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views): Top Ten Books For People Who Like The Iron Fey. I published this post in July 2012, and it’s STILL my most popular post. I’ve done a couple of updated posts, but the original one is still going strong, which is completely awesome.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love: I honestly don’t know. I’m good with whatever people want to read, and I don’t know that there’s one particular post that needs a little more love.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.): Read Diverse Books. It’s one of my new favorite blogs, and I’ve come across so many books I haven’t heard that I want to read.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year: Close to half of the books I read last year were diverse/#ownvoices, and I definitely paid more attention to what I was reading.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017: My entire TBR pile? I’m only half-joking here, but…I think I’m going to go with A Thousand Boy Wishes by Tillie Cole.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut): Red Hot Rain by Rachel Caine. I was surprised to find out there was going to be another Weather Wardens book, but I’m really looking forward to it.
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I am looking forward to this book so much I pre-ordered it.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017: A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. After the way ACOMAF ended…I just need to read it.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017: There are so many things I could say, but if I have to pick one…listen to more audio books. I’m going with one audio book a month this year.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I haven’t read any 2017 releases yet, but I know I have a couple ARC’s I need to read.