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

Best standalone:
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?
Six Four

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

Best audiobook?
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 discusser?
Sana, Cait, or Katie

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 moment of bookish life?
Getting to meet Sebastian, Crini, Ellie, and Celine! I also really loved replying to comments on my first guest post on Sebastian’s blog. 😀

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

Favorite Bookstagram account you discovered in 2016?
@eternal.escapist, @bookplaits, @colourmeread, @adragoninspace, and @litgraph

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%


How was your 2016 reading year?
Did we read any of the same books?
Did I miss any great books last year?
Are you as obsessed with stats as I am?

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8 Antworten zu diesem Beitrag

  • Von Rhoda K am 2. Feb 2017 um 15:42

    I love this! Also love the V.E. Schwab running theme! I’m pretty sure your most „pushed“ book every year is Daughter of the Forest, right? ;P I’ve never actually considered tracking my reading like this, but I might actually give it a go – it looks like it would be a lot of fun to go through at the end of the year. I still don’t know how you read 218 books – you amaze me! x

    • Von Maraia am 2. Feb 2017 um 18:29

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Rhoda!

      Haha, yep, I’ll keep pushing Daughter of the Forest until…hmm, maybe until I convince Sebastian to read it with me. As in, forever. xD

      You should definitely give Crini’s spreadsheet a try! It’s so much fun. As long as you update it as you read, it doesn’t take much time at all.

      Thank you! I’m pretty sure it’s just a result of having bad (or the best?) priorities, haha.

  • Whoa, I’m impressed already.

    I wish you’d write more reviews! =P

    I still feel so bad for having finished writing that recap of Vortex last year so we could have read Catalyst. =/ THIS YEAR, THOUGH! =D

    LOL at ‚Leave the Window Open at 2 pages‘ =P It totally counts, though!

    Whoa I made it in the best discusser category! \o/ (Definitely failed at best book recommendee LOL)

    ‚I also really loved replying to comments on my first guest post on Sebastian’s blog. ?‘ Hmm I wonder if someone will have their own blog this year… =P

    I love Popsugar challenge for that reason! It’s like fitting books into a category and it’s so much fun to not actually read anything for the challenge but still get points for it. I definitely did better at it than I did in 2015.

    That was so much fun to read! =D

    • Von Maraia am 4. Feb 2017 um 20:27

      Haha, I wish I’d write more reviews, too, but I never know where to start. /o\ I do have a few (that are now super old), I just have to decide if I should post them here or on Lettuce Read.

      Hahaha, oops. I definitely need your recap now! I have no idea how Vortex ended.

      Definitely! You did for 2015, too. I’m not sure if we really have the lengthiest discussions about books or if it just seems like it because our conversations are spread out over such a long time. xD

      Hmmm… I wonder… ;P

      Yes, exactly! It’s way more fun that way. I wonder if any of us will get all 50 this year. I knew I’d never complete it last year because there was no way I was reading the first book I saw in a bookstore. Unless I closed my eyes and had someone lead me to a better spot. LOL.

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • I’m so jealous of your reading success in 2016, I could’ve read my whole TBR if I had read as many books as you did 😀

    It still makes me happy that you enjoyed „Still“ that much and I’m also glad to see that „Six Four“ got some mentions, I really hope we can watch the Japanese show somewhere!

    The quote from „The Upside of Unrequited“!! <3

    I wonder if you'd have DNFed "The Stand" if you had read it this year but I'm glad we made it through the book together 🙂

    It's kinda sad that "Sleeping Giants" already was your best 2016 debut 😀

    I can't believe we read 60 books together last year, that's almost 2/3 of all my 2016 books 😀 I hope we get to do even more this year! 🙂

    • Von Maraia am 4. Feb 2017 um 20:19

      Haha, that’s funny to think about (about your TBR). Either I’ll rub off on you and you’ll read more or, more likely, you’ll rub off on me and I’ll read less.

      Yes! We need to push that book more so it gains in popularity and people ask for the show. I want to take pictures of the pretty pink book!


      Haha, I probably wouldn't have, since I was buddy listening with you. But man, it was rough.

      I should have added that to our discussion post. I pretty much sums up 2016. xD

      We'd better! 😉

  • Ahhh this is the best post of ever. And you mentioned me several times and omg I’m honoured!! And I’m so glad we did read have some amazing buddy reads to make up for the awful ones.? Also your re-reading skills are just to be admired copiously. (Although be proud, this year I’ve reread nearly 5 already!) Also I’m so glad you discovered bookstagram. <3 Your skills are amazing I am just sayin'.

    • Von Maraia am 6. Feb 2017 um 20:39

      Eep, thanks! And OF COURSE I did, haha.

      Buddy reading The Lost & Found makes up for everything else, let’s be honest. I hope we find time to buddy read this year!

      Woohoo! That’s almost as many as I have. I’m impressed.

      You are too kind. <3