Adapted from The Perpetual Page-Turner
I like stats and end-of-year surveys even more than lists, so I’ve been looking forward to compiling mine since the end of last year. I told myself I was going to keep track of various categories as I read, but of course that didn’t end up happening. Fortunately, Crini’s epic spreadsheet makes the survey easy. Unfortunately, it also leads to hours spent in front of the computer, looking at different stats. I know this is still a long post, but I actually cut out most of the stats to shorten it from its original 10 pages. Thanks to Sebastian for letting me share this on his blog!
Number of books you read?
Number of re-reads?
Number of audiobooks?
Library savings of 2016?
$1581 – down from $3501 last year, oops.
Genre you read the most in 2016?
With rereads: Fantasy – 80 books
Without rereads: Mystery – 69 books
Best book you read in 2016?
A Gathering of Shadows, Sill, The Lost & Found, This Savage Song, and Radio Silence
Worst book you read in 2016?
Captive Prince. It made me so angry, I actually wrote a review.
Number of buddy reads in 2016?
100! (A few are double or triple counted because of group buddy reads.)
Best buddy read of 2016?
The Lost & Found with Cait, A Gathering of Shadows with Crini, or Mind Control with Sebastian (not because of the book but because we actually listened to some of it together in person!).
Worst buddy read of 2016?
By Your Side with Cait – we were both so disappointed by this book! It was fun complaining about it, though.
Number of series started in 2016?
Number of series finished/DNF’d in 2016?
Finished 14, DNF’d 21
Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Locke & Key, Wolf by Wolf, A Criminal Magic, Sleeping Giants, and The Raven King
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?
The Raven King (in both a good and a bad way), Six Four (because of the twist), and Radio Silence (in an excellent way)
Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2016?
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Daughter of the Forest
Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series you ended in 2016?
Started: Monsters of Verity, Monster 1983, Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht, and Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell
Sequel: A Gathering of Shadows and Den of Wolves
Ended: Morning Star
The Lost & Found, Still, Radio Silence, and City of Saints & Thieves
Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Katrina Leno. I’ve only read one of her books so far, but I LOVED it, and she’s also super nice. She sends people postcards and holiday cards!
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Still and Monster 1983
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Six Four, Monster 1983, and Dark Matter
Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
This Savage Song, Monster 1983, Harry Potter, A Darker Shade of Magic, and A Gathering of Shadows
Favorite cover of a book you read in 206?
A Gathering of Shadows, Monstress, and The Raven King
Most memorable character of 2016?
Ronan Lynch, Gretchen Lowell, and Smoky Barrett
Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Den of Wolves
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?
The Lost & Found and Radio Silence
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
The Da Vinci Code
Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016?
„They don’t ask, How do we stop bullies? Instead those assholes say, How can we get these stupid kids to stop painting bull’s-eyes on their foreheads? They put the blame on the victims, not the victimizers.“ – Atlanta Burns
“Boys who dance are genetic volcanoes.” – Grasshopper Jungle
„Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.” – Golden Son
“Really, it’s not fair to people who are struggling, to go on believing that everyone else just has it totally together and never has one bad thought in their lives.” – When We Collided
“You’re the best thing to come out of the Internet.” – The Lost & Found
“But you know, there’s an upside here. Because when you spend so much time just intensely wanting something, and then you actually get the thing? It’s magic.” – The Upside of Unrequited (= the quote most representative of how my year went!)
Shortest & longest books in 2016?
Longest: Der Jesus-Deal at 737 pages
Shortest: Leave the Window Open at 2 pages (it still counts! :P)
Shortest & longest audiobooks in 2016?
Longest: The Stand at 54 hours (high five, Sebastian!)
Shortest: The Dispatcher at 2.3 hours
Book that shocked you the most?
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)?
PYNCH \o/ Also Kell & Lila and Blackthorn & Grim
Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
Kell & Rhy, August & Kate, Frances & Aled, and Holly & Bill
Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?
A Gathering of Shadows and This Savage Song
Favorite book you read in 2016 from a new-to-you author?
Still, The Lost & Found, Monster 1983, Radio Silence, and City of Saints & Thieves
Best book you read in 2015 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I was a little too preoccupied to crush on fictional boys this year. 😉
Best 2016 debut you read?
Sleeping Giants, mostly by default
Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
City of Blades, the Rain Wild Chronicles, the Saga series, and Morning Star. Also A Killing Winter and City of Saints & Thieves, even though they’re not set in fictional worlds.
Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar, The Lost & Found, The Upside of Unrequited, and Adulthood is a Myth
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?
A Gathering of Shadows and Morning Star. Furiously Happy also made me laugh myself to tears at several points.
Hidden gem of the year?
The Lost & Found
Book that crushed your soul?
A Gathering of Shadows, obviously. Also Radio Silence, although to a lesser extent.
Most unique book you read in 2016?
Still, Monster 1983, and When the Moon Was Ours
Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Captive Prince and The Raven King
Favorite supporting character?
Holly from Mr. Mercedes, Sevro from Morning Star, and Wyatt from Insignia
Monster 1983 and Harry Potter (always)
One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017?
Gemina, A Fever of the Blood, and the rest of the Monstrumologist series
Book you are most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?
A Conjuring of Light, Our Dark Duet, Everything All At Once, Strange the Dreamer, and Thunderbird
2017 debut you are most anticipating?
The Hate U Give
Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?
A Conjuring of Light and Our Dark Duet
Best buddy reader?
Sebastian, with 60 buddy reads!
Best book recommender?
Sebastian! I read 65 books he recommended.
Best book recommendee?
Probably either Sebastian or Cait?
New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Well, this is embarrassing. It looks like The Fictional Reader is the only new blog I started reading last year. But Jolien’s fantastic blog would have made the list, even if it weren’t the only one! 😉
Best blog comment thread?
With Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts, once again
Best bookish event that you participated in?
The Victoria Schwab signing in Detroit! She was so nice in person, and she even got up from the table to give me a hug. I also loved (okay, was completely obsessed with) the Bookish Games and enjoyed the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Best bookish discovery?
Bookstagram! I knew I enjoyed looking at pictures of books, but I didn’t realize how much fun it is to take them as well. It’s been great chatting about books with the new people I’ve met through Bookstagram, and it’s a lot less exhausting than commenting on blogs. XD
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
I made it a goal to read less (so I could watch more movies and TV shows), but I was still secretly hoping to read 200 books, and I succeeded! I also got 47 out of 50 on the Popsugar challenge without having to read anything specifically for the challenge. XD
A 2017 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone?
Radio Silence, City of Saints & Thieves, and The Upside of Unrequited
Female Authors: 50.5%
Male Authors: 49.5%