Tuesday 3 January 2017

2016 Annual End of Year Survey

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

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

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

My Biggest Disappointment of 2016:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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

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:

The Queen of the Tearling Finnikin of the Rock

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

Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling trilogy.

Most Addictive Book of the Year:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows. I read it in two sittings, which is a pretty rare thing for me these days!

Favourite Cover:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Crooked Kingdom's cover would be a VERY close second, though.

Favourite World-Building/Setting:

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury And I Darken by Kiersten White

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

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

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

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Most Anticipated 2017 Release:

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

Most Anticipated 2017 Debut:

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Most Anticipated 2017 Series Continuation:

Now I Rise by Kiersten White Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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!


  1. So glad to see all the Leigh Bardugo love! She's amazing and I adore her ^_^ Though Crooked Kingdom destroyed me emotionally so I'm not ready to talk about it yet...

    Lovely post!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  2. Congrats on reading 68 books this year, that is incredible, seems like you had a great reading year. Fantasy was my most read genre of the year too. I LOVED Six of Crows, such a brilliant book and one I couldn't put down. I loved Rebel of the Sands, but I read it in 2015 so couldn't include it on this years survey. I own Nevernight but still need to read it, so a little nervous now haha. The Winner's Kiss was a brilliant end to that series, definitely agree with you there. Yes, Kaz is one memorable character! Love him. And I am a HUGE Inej & Kaz shipper.

    As for next year... I am desperate for ACOWAR and the third Illuminae Files book. I am currently reading a review copy of Traitor to the Throne and it is soooooo good, I am so in love with this series.

    I hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2017! Feel free to check out my survey answers here.



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