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Yes, I waited until the last possible second to post this…but that’s because I’ve been on break and knew I was going to read a lot more before 12/31. So far, on break, I have finished 11 more books, so that’s why I waited. This book survey comes from Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and it seemed like a good way to wrap up my reading year (I borrowed her pretty graphic,too!). Tomorrow (hopefully), I’ll be posting more of my bookish/bloggish goals for the New Year, too! Normally, I’d explain each pick at least a little, but considering the length of the survey, I’ve opted not to here. If you’re curious about why I picked a book, please let me know in the comments & I’ll be happy to explain!! Each title links to Goodreads for more information. I’ve also reviewed many of them.

Bookish Stats

Number of Books Read: 147

Number of Re-Reads: 2

Genre I Read the Most From: Fantasy (not entirely sure, but this is my best guess. I plan on tracking better next year!)

Best in Books

Best Book I Read This Year

This was a really hard pick, but I’m going with…

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A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

Because it was a pretty much perfect sequel…and I remember it with the most fondness (I’ve come to realize my “snap” ratings on Goodreads don’t always coincide with how I feel months later…).

Book I Was Excited About and Thought I Would Love More, But Didn’t

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Basil & Victoria: London Guttersnipes (#1-#5) by Edith Yann

Most Surprising Book I Read (in a Good Way)

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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Book I “Pushed” the Most People to Read

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (highly recommend in AUDIO).

Best Series I Started

Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab

Best Sequel

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A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

Best Series Ender

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Favorite New Author I Discovered

Victoria/V. E. Schwab!!

Best Book from a Genre I Don’t Usually Read

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K. G. Campbell (I don’t read a lot of middle grades!)

Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Book I’m Most Likely to Re-Read in 2017

Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab

Favorite Cover

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The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Most Memorable Character

I think my most memorable character was…hmmm. I want to say The Darkling from Shadow & Bone. My relationship to him as a reader is complicated.

Most Beautifully Written Book

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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book I Can’t Believe I Waited Until 2016 to FINALLY Read

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer (& the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, too!)

Favorite Passage or Quote

“Love is a revolutionary act.” –Madeline Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Shortest Book

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (49 pages)

Longest Book

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Winter by Marissa Meyer (832 pages)

Book That Shocked Me the Most

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

That ending.

OTP Of the Year

Matthew Clairmont & Diana Bishop from the All Souls Trilogy. Oh so many times yes! Love them!! (Here’s to hoping everyone stays alive & well in the follow-up next year!)

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year

Liddi & her brothers from Spinning Starlight. I’m always a sucker for big brother/little sister relationships & I loved the palpable love & respect they all had for one another!

Favorite Book from an Author I’d Read Previously

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Conjuror by John & Carole E. Barrowman

Best Book Based Solely on a Recommendation

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (I refused to read it until someone bought it for me..and now I LOVE it!)

Newest Fictional Crush

Kell from the Shades of Magic series. He’s so human and magical and wonderful. He also has a really cool coat (like most amazing heroes). Also, Matthew Clairmont from All Souls. I’m all about his OTP with Diana Bishop, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a crush of my own.

Best 2016 Debut

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Best Worldbuilding

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Most FUN Book to Read & Made Me Smile

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Book that Made Me Cry

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Hidden Gem of the Year

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This Above All by Lindsey Roth Culli

Book That Crushed My Soul

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The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Most Unique Book

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Book That Angered Me the Most

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Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

It angered me because the main character was SO annoying! (I could maybe still make the series a guilty pleasure read.)

Blogging/Bookish Life

Favorite Book Blog Discovered This Year

I think my favorite is Cait’s over at Paper Fury. It’s just so fun and so utterly her own.

Favorite Review I Wrote

I think my favorite review I wrote is the one about Do Not Say We Have Nothing (found here) or possibly the one I wrote about Homegoing (found here).

Best Non-Review Post on Blog

I didn’t really have a lot of non-review posts on the blog. Anything that wasn’t a review was a weekly meme or a tag. Out of these, my favorites were Top Ten Tuesday: Book Club Picks for People Who Like Unique Books and Ben & Jerry’s Book Tag.

Best Bookish Event I Participated In

I participated in so many great readathons, like Dewey’s and Bout of Books, but I think my favorite event was the Southern Festival of Books here in Nashville. I went to some awesome panels and got to meet V. E./Victoria Schwab, Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, and Yaa Gyasi and get some books signed. Can’t wait for next year!

Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life

I think starting my blog was a pretty good moment. But I’m also super excited that I’ve hit 99 followers this week!

Most Challenging Thing about Blogging/Reading

TIME. There’s just never enough of it. One of my blogging resolutions this year is to find specific times to write & schedule posts!

Most Popular Post This Year

My most popular post this year was The Sunshine Blogger Award, with 58 views.

Post I Wished Got Some More Love

My review of the oddity that is the audiobook version of Nimona. I just really loved it and wished more people had read the review! It can be found here.

Best Bookish Discovery

I think my best bookish discovery this year was BookOutlet.com. Knowledge of it is dangerous (for my wallet).

Reading Challenges/Goals Completed

I finished the Read Harder challenge (wrap up coming soon) and far exceeded my original Goodreads goal of 50 books. I also participated in both 2016 rounds of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon, a few rounds of Bout of Books (starting a new one tomorrow!), the 24 in 48 readathon, and 12 Days of Diversity Retellings Read-a-thon. SO MUCH FUN.

Looking Ahead

My Number One Priority Book in 2017 (That I Didn’t Get to This Year)

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Non-Debut Book I’m Anticipating in 2017

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

Is anyone surprised by this?

Most Anticipated 2017 Debut

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Series Ending I’m Most Anticipating in 2017

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

I’m so very afraid. I want everyone to make it out alive. I’m fairly certain that’s not happening.

One Blog Goal I Hope to Accomplish in 2017

Consistency & discussion posts. I really want to have more posts beyond weekly events and reviews. I also want to be very consistent about posting and make a schedule.

A 2017 Release I’ve Already Read & Recommend

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Oh man. Loved this one. Way more than I thought I would. And that cover.

What were your favorite reads of 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?? Can’t wait to hear about it in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “End Of Year Book Survey 2016!

  1. Catching up on posts from the holiday weekend… enjoyed reading about your year in books! I keep seeing Illuminae (and its sequel) popping up everywhere, and I think I’m going to have to try it! So glad to see Homegoing and Purple Hibiscus on your list. And I LOVED Nimona (read it late 2015.) 147 books – that’s amazing! How do you do it? (I wonder this of everyone who reads 100+ books a year.)

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    1. Illuminae was wonderful! Its sequel was good, too, but I did love Illuminae a little more. Honestly, I’m not sure how I read so many books!! I attribute it to more audiobooks than ever before, a lot of comics/graphic novels (quick reads), and doing a LOT of readathons. I’m aiming a little higher this year, too (my Goodreads goal is 160). We shall see how it pans out!

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  2. This is a great post! It must have taken you *forever* to write. I am super impressed. I want to comment on EVERYTHING. 🙂

    I *adore* Nimona. I read the physical book, and I loved the art. Like you, I am also surprised there is an audiobook version. But, those comments will go on that post. I also love audiobooks in general and support you pushing As You Wish on people. It’s so much fun!

    ❤ The Shades of Magic series! I cannot WAIT for the final release! I also have had the honor of reading Gilded Cage. It took me a while to get into it, but once Vic James found her stride it was obvious, and I was hooked. I look forward to the next book.

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