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Recap: 2016

2016 was quite the year and not in a good way (including the worst reading slump I’ve ever had), but it also brought us GREAT books (just fewer than I’m used to) and YURI ON ICE!!! so it wasn’t all bad, definitely not. Considering my average rating this year (4.1) and the number of DNFed books (only 4), I definitely made the right choices re my reading this year, meaning rereading a shit ton of books is the best ever and I’ll do even more of that in 2017.

I already reread books frequently during the past few years but never as many as this year. I ALMOST made it past 50 rereads, if only it hadn’t been for that damn reading slump. More rereads isn’t the only things that changed this year though. I barely touched any YA books (most of the ones I did read were rereads) mainly because I want EPIC fantasy, and YA just doesn’t do very well in that department, sadly. I also got really into adult scifi, buying way more new books than I could possibly read (but when has the TBR pile ever not been a problem).

2016 also had some surprises in store: audiobooks and short fiction. Holy mother of Loki, FOR YEARS I thought audiobooks totally aren’t for me (I started one once and 1 1/2 years later still hadn’t finished it) but suddenly they are!? Somehow I finally made it work and now I LOVE rereading via audiobook.
Thanks to tor.com I started reading way more novellas, this being the first time reading a lot of short fiction that isn’t just additional material for series but original content, which made me realize how great novellas can be.

The books of 2016

Book pushing is second nature to me so I could’t possibly leave 2016 behind without talking about all the books you better read ASAP (as well as disappointments because gotta warn people to stay away from certain books too).

*some books I first read in 2015 but they are 2016 releases which I reread so shamelessly adding them

The best of 2016

Fantasy

A Gathering of Shadows | V.E. Schwab

This Savage Song* | Victoria Schwab

Nevernight | Jay Kristoff

The Providence of Fire | Brian Staveley

The Library at Mount Char | Scott Hawkins

Science Fiction

Dark Matter | Blake Crouch

Aftermath | Chuck Wendig

Revenger | Alastair Reynolds

The Stars are Legion | Kameron Hurley

Hold Back the Stars | Katie Khan

Sleeping Giants* | Sylvain Neuvel

Magical Realism

The Lost & Found | Katrina Leno

The Accident Season | Moira Fowley-Doyle

When the Moon Was Ours | Anna-Marie McLemore

 

New to me authors

I didn’t read too many new to me authors in 2016 and could have done with a few more debuts but I still read a few I definitely want to read more from and some who made it on to my auto-buy list.

Brian Staveley | The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire

Claire North | The Sudden Appearance of Hope

John Scalzi | Lock In, The Old Man’s War, The Ghost BrigadesThe Dispatcher

Kameron Hurley | The Stars are Legion

Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant | Every Heart a Doorway

 

Series

Favorite beginnings

This Savage Song* | Victoria Schwab

Nevernight | Jay Kristoff

Sleeping Giants* | Sylvain Neuvel

Favorite Sequels

A Gathering of Shadows | V.E. Schwab

The Providence of Fire | Brian Staveley

Favorite endings

Morning Star | Pierce Brown

Calamity | Brandon Sanderson

 

The disappointments

Just nope

The Graces | Laure Eve

Captive Prince | C.S. Pacat

Not all bad but still massive disappointments

The Raven King | Maggie Stiefvater

Gemina | Jay Kristoff, Amy Kaufman

 

The statistics

My favorite part of every yearly recap: THE NUMBERS. Thanks to keeping track of all my books in a spreadsheet, I can look up all kinds of statistics which is my favorite thing to do, really. I want to finish books just so I can add them to my spreadsheet and see the numbers change.

Number of Books

Books read:150

I LOVE that almost a third of the books I’ve read were rereads but I actually want that number to be even higher in 2017. I joked about making it 50:50 once before so MAYBE THIS TIME.

Pages/Minutes

Pages read: 42009
Average number of pages per book: 353
Shortest book: A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers (18 pages)
Longest book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (784 pages)

Minutes listened to: 23816 (394h)
Average number of minutes per book: 814 (13.5h)
Shortest book: The Dispatcher (139 minutes / 2.3h)
Longest book: Words of Radiance (2895 minutes / 48.25h)

 

Genre/Audience

Really no surprise about the numbers here. As expected I read mostly Fantasy and SciFi and this year mostly adult books. The number of high fantasy books could be higher and might increase in 2017 if my current mood and 2017 releases I’m looking forward to are any indication.

 

Series/Standalones

I’m a bit surprised at my number of standalones and how few series I started this year. It definitely didn’t happen on purpose because I LOVE series way too much to seek out standalones.

Series started: 13 | DNFed: 19 | Finished: 8

Number of different series read: 56

 

Authors

Number of different authors: 82

Most read authors: Brandon Sanderson (12 books), Maggie Stiefvater (10 books), V.E./Victoria Schwab (7 books)

I like that it’s almost 50:50 but I actually want to try and read more books by women in 2017, especially in high fantasy (of the 22 books I read in 2016, only 5 were written by women).

Format

Okay, but these numbers just seem unreal. WHERE DID ALL THESE AUDIOBOOKS COME FROM? I don’t know, but I like it. I’m very curious how this will look in 2017. Considering that I also reread a lot, I’m surprise I still read that many ebooks.

Plans for 2017

  • get fully back into blogging
  • reread even more books (50:50 MAYBE)
  • read more diverse books
  • (re)read all Cosmere books (in publication order)
  • buy less books (LOL as if)