The time has arrived yet again for a yearly wrap-up! 2016 certainly flew by and while I wasn’t so successful with everything I wanted to do, I’m feeling good about going into 2017 with better goals and such. I’ll be posting my 2017 resolutions in the next few weeks but for now, let’s reflect on 2016 (AKA the year that began wonderfully and ended disastrously).
This year, I employed the use of a spreadsheet to keep track of the books I read and things about them so I can actually have some stats this year! I’ve made some infographics and charts and things so enjoy!
My average rating for 2016 was 4.11 stars. That just seems really high to me. Maybe I just read really good books in 2016 or I’m getting really generous with the stars. Either way, I’m going to try and make my star ratings a little more varied for 2017.
So clearly, I read a LOT of fantasy this year. Fantasy is my favorite genre so that doesn’t really surprise me. I think I did an okay job diversifying though in terms of genres although I could use a bit more horror and historical fiction. In terms of actual diversity, I need to work on that as well. I’m not really actively seeking out diverse books right now which I think I need to start doing in 2017.
I also didn’t read that many crazy long books this year either. I read a lot in the 150-500 page range and I really want to expand the borders of that more.
No surprise, most of the books I read were in ebook format. I started college this year and my university has a 5 story library with a crazy hybrid Dewey decimal system that I still have to figure out so finding hard copies of books is a nightmare. It’s just easier to read ebooks.
I did start plenty of series’ this year but I also had quite a few standalones. For 2017, I really want to finish up all these series’ that I started. There are plenty that I just haven’t read the last one or two books and it’s driving me crazy. It’s one of those things though where I don’t want the series to end so I just don’t read the last book. Like the Blood of Olympus series or the Peculiar Children series.
I’m proud of myself that I read from so many different authors though (although that did contribute to all the series’ being started). 71 is a good number!
I’m going to list all of the books I read this year by rating, starting with the 5 stars. I’m not going to deal with the half stars at this point because some of the books I haven’t gotten around to fully reviewing and that’s when I decide half stars. So without further ado, here are the books!