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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016: My Reading Year in Review

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Hello Internet!!

The time has come to say goodbye to another year and welcome in a new one. I had a really good reading year in 2016 and as always I am looking forward to see what this new year will bring. And with the end of one year comes one of my favorite things to do in the new one….putting together my year end review post. So here it is….my 2016 reading year in review. (Caution: Graphs ahead!)

Overall Reading:

Total Books = 150
Total Pages = 35,290
Total Audio Hours = 262.5
Average Days per Books = 2.39
Average Books per Day = 0.42
Average Pages per Day = 98.3

Longest book read in 2016 = Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (818 pgs)
Shortest Book / Novella = Frozen Heart by Heidi Cullinan (19 pgs)

My best reading month was January where I read 17 books for a total of 4180 pages and April where I listened to 38.5 audiobook hours. My worst month was September where I only read 7 books though my lowest page count read was August with 1,599 pages. The full breakdown for books/pages read by month for the year looks like this:

For 2016, I read an average of 12.5 books, 2941 pages, and listened to 22 hours of audio every month. Which is pretty darn good if you ask me. And now for the first graph of the day…my 2016 reading year, as charted to my previous years, well, those in which I started to keep an excel spreadsheet for stats. If you would like to skip the graph portion of my reading year and skip right to my Year End Survey then just keep scrolling though I do hope that you like the graphs as much as I do.

2016 was also a good year for audio books and with the exception of my summer hiatus. As I said above my best listening month was April with over 30 hours of audio listened to. My longest audiobook was Winter by Marissa Meyer (23.5 hours) and my shortest was Fairest which was also by Marissa Meyer (6.5 hours). In total I listened to 23 audiobooks and as always I’m hoping to increase that number in the coming year.

In terms of book ratings 41% of the books read had a rating of 4 stars or above which is an increase from last year (34%). In 2015, the bulk of my ratings fell in the 3 star range but in 2016 books with a 4 star rating just edged out the 3 stars taking 37% of the pie. So either I am getting better at choosing books that I know I’ll like or I just got lucky and stumbled upon some really good reads. I also marked five books as DNF and had six books with a 5 star rating. Here are my rating from 2016 done visually because graphs are fun!

This year I also decided to graph out all my ratings based on a post I had seen on twitter to get a feel for my reading “heartbeat” and I thought it was an interesting look of my reading year.

Every year I always get asked what my favorite book of the year and as any reader knows that is a daunting task! So I started to chose my top book from each month and then from those twelve books its a little bit easier to chose my favorite of the year. My Top 12 books for 2016 were:

JAN – Tied to Trouble by Megan Erickson
FEB – Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
MAR – The Remedy by Suzanne Young
APR – The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
MAY – Hamilton the Revolution by Lin Manuel-Miranda
JUN – Fast Connection by Megan Erikson and Santino Hassel
JUL – Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
AUG – The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
SEP – The Goal by Elle Kennedy
OCT – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
NOV – The Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud
DEC – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

All of these books are absolutely worth your time in reading them. These are the books that have really stayed with me of the course of the year. From those twelve books I can further narrow it down to the following:

These are the books that once I started them I couldn’t stop reading until I was done. They are the one books that I gave 5 stars to and they are all very special to me in some way. These books made me laugh and they made me cry. They turned me into a book bully for them and will all been read more than once as they are bound to be lifetime favorites. But there can only be one book that is the best of the best and so the book that will be known as my favorite read of 2016 is…..*insert drum roll here*

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley!!!

WORDS IN DEEP BLUE was a book that I have been waiting a long time for as Cath Crowley is one of my favorite authors. I even went as far as importing this one from Australia as I didn’t want to wait for the US release date (June 2017). It was one of the last books that I read in 2016 and just touched me on so many levels. While there were things about the book I could have done without overall it was everything I’d hoped for in a Cath Crowley story. My only real regret is that there are no more words to read and so now another long wait for the next Cath Crowley book begins.

Favorite Quote from Words in Deep Blue:

Mood Board for Words in Deep Blue:

This past year instead of doing any formal challenges I set a few personal reading goals for myself with some mixed results. Some categories I did amazingly well in and others, well, its as if I didn’t try at all. I started the year with similar goal values and then upped that number as I saw fit over the course of the year.  It should also be noted that some books were placed in several different categories.  Even though I “failed” at some of my goals I am pleased with my overall reading year. I like the idea of setting my own personal goals so I’m not sure that I’ll be joining any formal challenges in 2017.

I also kept track of the genres that I read. I’ve used my gut reaction to chose one genre for each book. Although I am aware that sometimes it is possible for a book to be classified in more than one. 2016 was a hard year so it doesn’t really surprise me that I sought out books that I knew would have a happy ending and as a result most of what I read were romances. Based on what I read the genres fall out like this:

I’ve also tracked what age range of books I read and graphed them out (shocker) and those results can be seen below. I also just realized, by looking at this graph, that for the first time in years my adult book reading beat out YA and by a decent amount too.

Another thing that I like to track is the gender of the author that I read. As with previous years my reading is dominated by female authors and I am not ashamed of that. I’d like to say that this will change in 2017 by the data trend doesn’t lie and I don’t see this graph flipping any time soon.

Another thing I track is, how I acquired the books that I read during a calendar year. This data just encompasses the books that I read over the course of the year and doesn’t include all the books that I have obtained. In 2016, most of the books I read were books that I borrowed from the library (43) or that I purchased (41).


I also track the format that I used to experience a book and because I am a total nerd I made a graph for it (at this point you probably aren’t surprised by this). Like last year (and the two years before that), ebooks and egalleys dominated my reading and counted for 92 of the books that I read. This always seems to surprise me as I’m a lover of physical books and buy a lot of them but it does makes sense as my kindle is so much easier for this mood reader to carry around.

Last year I added a few new categories to track: Diversity, Year Published, and POV. For diversity, I focused on the characters that were in the books. This could mean that a character was LGBT+ or a person of color. I also included non-Christian based religions if it was mentioned. I tracked if the diversity mentioned was in the main or supporting character and for any book where it was unknown, or not specifically mentioned, I recorded it as NA. In 2017, I might dive more into the type of diversity mentioned in the books I read, though it wouldn’t surprise me if LGBT+ characters dominated the list.

For the year published, most of the books I read were published in 2016 and this is something that I think I want to try and change in the coming year. While I do love reading new titles I do want to put some more focus on backlist titles that I may have missed.

Finally, I tracked the POV of the books I was reading. I was curious to see how this would breakdown. I’m not surprised the the bulk of my books had either female or an alternating POV as I did read a lot of romances in 2016. I’m sure that this will be a trend in 2017 as well.

Well, that’s it for the graph/stats portion of the post which I hope you enjoyed and if you are still reading then you must have. If there are any stats you think I should track in the coming year then please leave me a comment below. I’m always looking for new graphs to make after all!

2016 End of Year Survey

First Read of the Year – Treble Maker by Annabeth Albert

Last Read of the Year – Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Best Book of of the Year –  Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Worst Book of Year (not including DNFs) – You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Most Disappointing Book of Year – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Most Surprising Book of Year – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Best Series Discovered – Lockwood & Co by Jonathon Stroud

Series That Went Off the Rails – While there were a couple of series that I tried this year and did not care for the first book there were none that I felt went off the rails and I enjoyed most of the series books I read in 2016.

Favorite New Author You Discovered This Year – Lily Anderson (The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You) and Jennifer Niven (Holding Up the Universe)

Most Hilarious Read of Year – Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson and Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh

Book That Made You Cry the Hardest – There were books that made my heart ache in 2016 but none that I recall making me cry

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book You Most Anticipated in 2016 – Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2016 –

Most Beautifully Written Book of Year – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Book That Had the Greatest Impact – Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited until 2016 to Read – Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else: Deeper by Robin York

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? Off the top of my head, I can’t really think of any one book that was out of my comfort zone this past year.

Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? There are so many possibilities and I’ll read any of my favorite heart-achy reads from 2016. As of writing this though the books that I most want to reread are the ones in Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series.

Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2016 (be it romantic, friendship, etc) – Damien and Laurent in the Captive Prince Series by CS Pacat, Baz and Elijah in Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan, Mitch and Cody in Full Disclosure by Kindle Alexander, Trixie and Ben in The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson, Maddie and Seth in Lucky in Love by Kasie West, Billie and George in Because of Miss Bridgeron by Julia Quinn

Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Book you read in 2016 that you recommended to people most in 2017? Lucky in Love by Kasie West, In Real Life by Jessica Love, The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson, Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Genre You Read The Most From in 2016? Contemporary Romance

Best 2016 debut you read? In Real Life by Jessica Love and Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read this year? Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book You Read in 2016 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out? The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson, In Real Life by Jessica Love, and Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

Series or author’s works you binged? Portland Heat series by Annabeth Albert

Book read furthest away from home – Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann (England), Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen (Poland), One Silver Summer by Rachel Hickman (Poland), Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas (Poland – read on plane home), The Deepest Blue by Christina Lee (Started on plane home from Poland)

Book that took the longest to read – Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (19 days)

Book that made you love the villain – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because Kaz Breckker can be described as many things…but Hero is not one of them.

Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date – Lucky in Love by Kasie West (July 2017)

Book you read on your birthday – None! I finished a book on 18 September (The Goal by Elle Kennedy) and I started another on 21 September (Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster) I didn’t actually read anything on my actual birthday (20 September).

Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Most books read by one author this year – Annabeth Albert (9 books read)

Number of new series started: 24

Number of series completed: 12

Number of 2016 Debut Novels Read: 16


1. One Book You Didn’t Get to in 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, In a Perfect World by Trish Doller, The Adjustment by Suzanne Young, Thick as Thieves by Meg Whalen Turner, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Dream Magic by Joshua Khan, Want by Cindy Pon…and several more…2017 is going to be a good reading year!

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? None!! Because I really hate when a good series comes to an end. *sobs*

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2017? To get caught up on my review backlog.

End of Year Quiz

Saw this on a friends facebook page and she saw it on LibraryThing and liked it enough to try it for myself. The idea is to answer the questions using book titles read in 2016.

Describe yourself: Bookishly Ever After
How do you feel? Frazzled
Describe where you currently live: Crooked Kingdom
If you could go anywhere…? A Scot in the Dark
Favorite form of transportation: Fly with Me
Your best friend is: Steadfast
You and your friends are: Thicker Than Water
What’s the weather like? Winter
Your favorite time of day is: Sunset Park
What is life for you? Practice Makes Perfect
You fear: Frozen Heart
Best advice: Adulthood is a Myth
Thought for the day: You
How you would like to die: Black Knife

My 2016 Book Reviews

Other Posts of 2016