And so, 2016 has come to an end. HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! Here’s to 2017 being much, much better. For everyone. But as terrible as 2016 was in real life, the bookish part of it was amazing. And happy. And filled with so, so many series and authors and characters. So, today, in celebration of the new year, I present to you the 2016 End of the Year Book Survey, hosted by the amazing Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner.
Without further ado… (Because this is gonna get preeeeeetty long. You might wanna get some coffee. Or cake. OR BOTH. Personally, I’m raising a glass of champagne.)
2016 Reading Stats
Number of Books You Read
According to Goodreads, I count at 81 books this year. However, it does not account for multiple All For the Game trilogy re-reads. (Because, uh, I actually discovered them this year. And had to re-read a few months later. Umm. Yeah.)
Number of Re-Reads
Genre You Read The Most From
Fantasy, all sorts of fantasy. Because fantasy is THE BEST.
Best in Books
1. Best Books You Read in 2016
Oh boy. How to choose. Probably Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews, because it gave me EVERYTHING I wanted. Took a piece of my soul in exchange. Left me bawling on the floor because I need more, now, this very instant.
2. Books You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More but Didn’t
That’s a tough one, because there were quite a few disappointments this year. But I’ll give it to A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t let myself build my expectations TOO high simply of some reviews and because of her other series, which sound like something I would absolutely hate, but this IS a Beauty and the Beast retelling… And I didn’t love it. Until Rhysand. I still do dislike the heroine and some of the storytelling, but… Rhysand.
3. Most surprising book you read
As a fan of The 100 TV show, I was looking forward to the book. And it was bad. One of the worst books I’ve read this year. There was none of the brutality, reality and character development that captivated me in the TV show. It was not at all what I expected. So, The 100 by Kass Morgan for the worst bookish surprise of 2016.
4. Book you “pushed” people to read (and they did)
One of my biggest accomplishments this year is making a friend read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. And loving it.
5. Best series you started in 2016, Best sequel of 2016, and Best series ender of 2016
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs for the series, because I’m in love. Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews for the sequel, because HOLY COWS THAT WAS EPIC. But for series ender… It has to be Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat. Because it was… Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Thought-provoking. And a perfect conclusion.
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016
Maggie Stiefvater. She’s magic. And an inspiration.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, because middle grade just isn’t my genre. Usually. Until Greek gods get involved, apparently. I also read the Percy Jackson series, but the Heroes of Olympus was definitely more for me.
8. Most unputdownable book of the year?
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning, because I have an utter inability to put any KMM book down. Also, because I’m obsessed. A little. Just a tiny bit. Right.
9. Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year
Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat, for sure. Especially now that I’ve finally gotten the long-coveted Australian editions and they are even more gorgeous than I expected.
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, because words cannot describe its beauty. I take it out to pet regularly.
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
So, so many this year. It pleases me. Like a gulp of water after a trek in the desert. A very long trek. But THE ONE has to go to… Ronan Lynch. Because boy, boy. You have my heart. And soul. And I will fight the entire world for you.
12. Most beautifully written book in 2016
The entirety of The Raven Cycle. Stiefvater is magic. Her books are magic. Have I said that enough yet? No? It’s magic.
13. Most life-changing book of 2016
I feel like a broken record but… Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. For various reasons. Most important ones being: it inspired me to write again, it inspired me to read again, and it made me think about so many things.
14.Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read
I cannot believe Simon versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli flew COMPLETELY under my radar for a year, considering how cute and funny and witty and RIGHT UP MY ALLEY it was.
15. Favourite quote from a book you read in 2016
Again, so very many. But the one that truly stuck with me is probably this one from Prince’s Gambit by C.S.Pacat:
To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.
16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2016
I have read too many Russian short stories to count this year, due to university, so those for the shortest. As for the longest… Lover at Last by J.R. Ward, according to Goodreads. That book is a Beast and even back when it came out, I couldn’t devour it in a single day. INCONCEIVABLE.
17. Book that shocked you the most
Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat, because the summary promised a guilty pleasure read. It was anything but. Don’t trust summaries, kids. Or covers.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Again, TOO MANY TO COUNT and all of them SO VERY PRECIOUS but… Andrew Minyard and Neil Josten are most precious, most important, and most in need of their HEA. Seriously, though, 2016 had been crazy awesome when it comes to OTPs. So many happy ends, so many discoveries. Sniff. I’m so pleased. Sob.
19. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year
Oh, but how to choose. Probably the entire TRC gang, but most especially Ronan and Blue. That friendship is THE BEST. And MOST IMPORTANT. For reasons. Gansey and Adam are a close second, of course. And let’s not even start on Ronan and Chainsaw.
20. Favourite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, probably. Rowell charmed me with her dialogue a few years ago, but I was somewhat disappointed in Fangirl… Carry On, though, was the best. Because of how unique and funny and just… different it was. Also, characters. The best.
21. Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on peer pressure
Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. The original Grisha trilogy was an unfortunate byproduct of this, because my brain just cannot read books out of order. Yes, even spin-offs. Damn you, brain.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016
Adam Hauptman from Mercy Thompson series. Would totally marry. Immediately.
23. Best 2016 debut you read
I haven’t actually read any debuts except the Timekeeper by Tara Sim, which was fun. If not as fun as I wanted it to be.
24. Best worldbuilding you read this year
The Grisha universe. I think it says a lot that I really, really disliked SOME of the characters (read: Alina), but still gave the books four stars because THAT WORLD. That magical world. I’m in love.
25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read
Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday was a blast and made me so, so happy. I like it when books make me happy.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016
Lover At Last by J.R. Ward, because of Qhuinn and Blay and their long, suffering road to the happy ever after.
27. Hidden gem of the year
Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday definitely needs more love. Because it was awesome.
28. Book that crushed your soul
All For The Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic. It destroyed me. And it keeps on destroying me. On daily basis.
29. Most unique book you read in 2016?
Probably Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. Mostly because it sounded completely different from what it was. It did have all those terrible things it promised, like slavery, as well as some infamous tropes but… It worked them so right. So well. And it turned out to be one of the most intelligent reads I’ve read this year. Plus, how many historical romances like this have you seen?
30. Book that made you the most mad
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Or, more specifically, its main character. She didn’t just annoy me. She ruined some of the characters. Stripped them of their personalities by being who she is. I was not impressed.
Your Bookish Life
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016
Paper Fury. Have you SEEN those photos. And the amount of sass. I’m in love.
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2016
I don’t really have one? Though the one that was most fun to write was for Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
3. Best non-review post you had on your blog?
The one about 2017 releases. Because, duh, I got to gush about books without needing to make much sense.
4. Best event that you participated in
What event. I’m like. Only three months in this whole blogging thing.
5. Best moment of blogging life in 2016
The fact that I did finally start a blog, probably. And a bookstagram. And started writing proper reviews again. All around, best bookish year so far. Now I just have to return to twitter as well…
6. Most challenging thing about your reading life this year
Time, time, time… It was a terrible university year but I decided to start a blog anyway. And I’m glad I did. But juggling university, blogging and, most of all, reading was… A struggle.
7. Most popular post this year on your blog
The one about YA book recommendations. Because, of course, YA. Always the popular kid in the class.
8. Post you wished got a little more love
Urban fantasy series recommendations, because urban fantasy. Much love. Need to share.
9. Best bookish discovery
Bookstagram. I mean, sure, I was aware of its existence but… That’s about it, aware. But now I’m in. And it’s a blast.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did successfully finish my Goodreads reading challenge of reading 75 books. But, more importantly, I’m finally back to increasing the amount of books I read in a year, after having a few not-so-great reading years. In 2017, I’m definitely aiming for the 115 that I couldn’t achieve in 2012 and after which everything went down. This time, I’m ready.
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number one priority in 2017
Half Bad by Sally Green. It sounds like it has a vibe similar to AFTG and I need to read it.
2. Book you are most anticipating for 2017
FEVERSONG. By Karen Marie Moning, of course. I have no words. Just screams. FEVER SERIES. ENDING. AFTER SUCH A CLIFFHANGER. HOW DO I BREATHE. IS BREATHING EVEN NECESSARY.
3. 2017 debut you are most anticipating
TOO MANY. But the one that sounds MOST FUN is The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. YA cliches in all their glory, spies, boys. What more could I want from life?
4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2017
See point two for this one. Or, hear me scream about Feversong by KMM.
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your blogging life in 2017?
To actually devote myself to the blog. I had plans, such plans this year. But, unfortunately, it was a very bad semester at university so… 2017, here I come.
6. A 2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Haven’t even looked at any arcs yet, to be honest. But I can still recommend Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs because that woman and that series do not disappoint. Ever.
All in all, I am very pleased with this bookish year. So many great discoveries, so many incredible characters that will stay with me always, and so many new authors to stalk. Plus, so many amazing people I got to talk to on Instagram. And just, so many books compared to the last few years. I feel reborn.
How was your bookish year? Are you satisfied with your reading? Have you set any reading goals for 2017?
And, of course… HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE! Let’s have a blast with all those books waiting on our TBRs.