Welcome to the 2016 End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner! I have never participated in this event before and I am always in awe of everyone else’s reading accomplishments that I thought it was time for me to join in! So, read on and discover my year in books for 2016!
2016 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 121
Number of Re-Reads: 1 (The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson)
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Contemporary
Best in 2016 Books
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
This is such a hard choice! I have read lots of incredible books, but if I have to choose just one it would have to be Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This year I DNFed way more titles than I expected to. Maybe it is just because I have so many books that I want to read and don’t want to spend time on those that aren’t interesting enough to keep me reading. However, I was most disappointed in After You by Jojo Moyes. I loved Me Before You so much and I just felt really disappointed at how Lou didn’t accomplish what I had anticipated for her in this second book. I think that the author wrote this book due to pressure from fans and I think it would have been best to just leave the story alone.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Faithful by Alice Hoffman really surprised me! I started the book and almost set it aside because I just wasn’t connecting with the main character and her self-harming. If it hadn’t been for one of my friends on Goodreads that insisted the book turns around, I probably would have DNFed it. Am I ever glad that I continued reading because the book is filled with so many wonderful and inspirational moments of hope and self-affirmation.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I most definitely pushed Truthwitch by Susan Dennard on everyone I know online and off! My biggest push was to my local library because there wasn’t one single copy available to borrow. They subsequently ordered quite a few copies and I am happy to say that Windwitch is on order as well. If you haven’t read it yet and you are a fan of high fantasy, I suggest that you give this series a try!
5. Best books series you started in 2016?
Six of Crows! I have yet to read book 2 in the series, Crooked Kingdom, but it is on my TBR for 2017 and I am super excited to get back into this beautifully written and and entertaining world of heists!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Kasie West!!! I am a sucker for contemporary and I picked up a copy of P.S. I Like You while on holidays this past summer. I immediately fell in love with Kasie West and am certain that anything that she writes is fantastic. Looking forward to adding more of her books to my 2017 TBR.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra is an historical fiction that I absolutely adored! I am not a huge fan of this genre, but this story had so many incredible elements, including disability, that I was drawn in and couldn’t set it down.
8. Books You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I have to admit that I do not re-read books very often. I just have too many new books that I want to read! If I do re-read a book, it will most likely be An Ember in the Ashes, as I would love to read that one again before starting A Torch Against the Night.
9. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
When We Collided by Emery Lord has such a beautiful and interesting cover.
10. Most memorable character of 2016?
Pax! I really enjoyed this character in Karole Cozzo’s How to Keep Rolling After a Fall. I think he is stuck in my mind because of his fierce positivity in light of his circumstances.
11. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Star-Touched Queen. This is a book that has the most beautiful prose and is deep in Indian mythology. I am really excited to read the second book in this series, A Crown of Wishes.
12. Books you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
I am so proud of myself for reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! I am certain that I am the last person on earth to read it!
13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
The shortest book that I read was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (59 pages). The longest book was Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (648 pages.)
14. 2016 Books That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
This will surprise you, but the funniest book that I read this year was Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. The Shakespearean swearing and the rap songs that Atwood included in her retelling of The Tempest made me laugh out loud as I was reading. If you are a fan of Shakespeare, I highly recommend this book!
15. Books That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
The book that made me cry the most this year is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book is a heart-wrenching exploration of grief and the grieving process. It is hard not to get emotional about this one.
1. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I had the absolute best time attending the HCC Frenzy‘s Frenzy Presents event this past August at the Harper Collins offices in Toronto. It was such a wonderful time to connect with other bloggers and learn about upcoming titles. I also received the most amazing bag of swag and ARCs a book blogger could dream of!
2. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I rarely set reading goals for myself because I just don’t like the stress that it entails. However, this past summer I hosted the Summer TBR Wipeout, where a few of us read and wiped out quite a few books from our TBRs this past summer. It was so much fun reading and interacting with all of the participants!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I have had to keep pushing back this massive book to make room on my TBR. 2017 will be the year that I finally get to read it!
2. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Caraval by Stephanie Garber is definitely at the top of my most anticipated debuts. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this one and I am in love with the synopsis. I can’t wait to read it!
3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I have tried to make an effort to read back-list books this year and I am going to continue with this into 2017. There are so many books that have already been published that I really want to read and I am going to schedule them into my TBR to ensure that I read a few of them!
4. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I recently finished You Don’t Know my Name by Kristen Orlando and I loved it! It is really fast-paced and has some wonderful elements of intrigue. It is book #1 in The Black Angel Chronicles, so I am hoping to find out that there are more books to come from Swoon reads.
What are your greatest reading accomplishments for 2016? Do you have any books/goals that you are excited for in 2017?