Happy New Year!! I can't believe it's 2017 already, the years really seem to be flying by so quickly lately. I'm going to start the New Year off with a look back at 2016. This post is inspired by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner's Annual End of the Year Survey. I've answered quite a few of her questions, and added in a few of my own, too. Let's start with a few stats.
2016 Reading Stats:
Number of Books I Read: 68
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Number of Series I Completed: 7
Number of Series I Won't Continue: 5
Number of New-to-Me Authors: 28
Number of 2016 New Releases: 22
Most Read Genre: Fantasy
2016 was a weird year, what else can I say?! I didn't read as much as I had hoped to. I set my Goodreads goal to 50 books, but I had secretly hoped to beat it by a lot more than 18 books. I had an unofficial total of 75 for the year in mind, but that didn't work out too well! Maybe it'll happen this year. Also, blogging took a back-seat. I had little desire to write posts or take part in challenge, and I lost a lot of bookish motivation for five or six months of the year. Also, I haven't been as involved in the bookish community in general, and I do miss it. (But one thing I definitely didn't miss was drama and general hostility for daring to express an opinion, but that's a discussion for another day!)
Best In Books:
My Favourite Book of 2016:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - I absolutely adored Six of Crows, and the only down side to loving it so much was the reading slump it triggered for most of the summer until I managed to get my hands on Crooked Kingdom in September. The lack of reading was worth it in the end, though!
Favourite 2016 Debut:
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
My Biggest Disappointment of 2016:
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff - I know this one will be on quite a few favourite lists this year, but unfortunately the writing style wasn't for me and I couldn’t get into the story.
My Favourite Series Conclusion:
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski - If only every series ended as perfect and satisfying as this trilogy, I'd be one happy reader!
Best Series I Started in 2016:
I can't choose between two series, so I have to include both! The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen and The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Favourite New-to-Me Author I Read in 2016:
Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling trilogy.
Most Addictive Book of the Year:
Six of Crows. I read it in two sittings, which is a pretty rare thing for me these days!
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Crooked Kingdom's cover would be a VERY close second, though.
It's a tie between The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury and And I Darken by Kiersten White.
Most Memorable Character of 2016:
Kaz Brekker. Love him or hate him, he's VERY memorable! (I fall into the love him half, by the way!)
My OTP of the Year:
Choosing my favourite OTP is like asking me which lung I prefer. *panics* It's an impossible choice! Okay, okay! So, if I have to choose, I'll say Kaz and Inej from the Six of Crows duology. (I'm sensing a theme here…)
Shortest and Longest Book I Read in 2016:
Book that Made me Cry:
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. - I could see what happened coming for quite a while, but it still hurt. *wipes away tears*
Hidden Gem of the Year:
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. - It's a Phantom of the Opera retelling set in a slaughter house. How could I not love it?!
Looking Ahead to 2017:
A 2016 Release I WILL Read in 2017:
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Most Anticipated 2017 Release:
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
Most Anticipated 2017 Debut:
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Most Anticipated 2017 Series Continuation:
I have two, (shocking, I know!), and they're Now I Rise by Kiersten White and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Most Anticipated 2017 Series Conclusion:
It doesn't have a title yet (or a cover), but I can't wait to see how the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ends!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Reading!