Sunday, January 1

2016 - The Year in Review

And another year bites the dust. What a year it was for me, very busy which led to me not having a lot of reading time and falling into a big reading rut.

There were a few things that had big impacts on my reading - I jumped into my writing this year and focused on that a lot - both in July for CampNanoWriMo and in November for NaNoWriMo I kept myself busy writing away - now I have two major writing projects plus one on the back burner that's itching for me to work on it it - all of which have taken up time I would normally be reading.

Stress also affected my reading - usually that's my escape, but this year usually vegged out watching cooking shows or repeats of old favourites on TV (or finding new favourites, I binged watched Supernatural, a show I always meant to watch, but never had time. I'm totally team Impala - such a pretty car!) A lot has happened in my life and my loved ones, which have had a big impact on it and in the coming year it will continue to affect it.

Finally, I couldn't find anything that truly drew me in. I went back to my favourite authors a lot, but even those didn't give me the thrill I wanted. 2016 was my least successful reading year since I've started bloging, but I'm back for another year - hoping 2017 will see more balance between reading and writing. Writing is something I plan on focusing on a lot more of, so my past of reading hundreds of books in a year won't be happening, but I will still be here, reading & reviewing.

The Books
I read 27 books this year - and started reading but didn't finish one. Well there were a few I started reading, decided I wasn't in the mood but plan on picking the book up later. Only one book was labeled, permanently DNF. As for the books I did finish, there wasn't a book I hated, there were a few books I didn't enjoy, especially compared to the author's other works I've read but there wans't a case where I really disliked the book.

There was a book that was very, uh out there, which was Bear by Marian Engle - a very different read. I started the Song of Ice and Fire series, which is good but not that super-fantastic-this-is-the-best-thing-ever kind of series I was lead to believe. The books are well written and it's a good story, but it's as awesome as expected. 

1.       Bear -Marian Engle8/10
3.       Fair Game - Patricia Briggs7.75/10
4.       One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson 8/10
5.       The Rescue Nicholas Sparks7.5/10
6.       The Selection - Kiera Cass 7/10
7.       Otherworld Nights - Kelley Armstrong8/10
8.       Dark Places - Gillian Flynn7.25/10
9.       The Lifted Veil - George Eliot7.5/10
15.   Birdie -Tracey Lindberg7.75/10
18.   Bodily Harm- Margaret Atwood 7.75/10

27.   Betrayals - Kelley Armstrong7.75/10


Breakdown of Ratings

Rating Category
Amount of Books
1 - 2.75
0
3 - 3.75
0
4 - 4.75
0
5 -5.75
0
6-6.75
3
7-7.75
11
8-8.75
11
9-9.75
2
10
0

The Favourites

1) The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
2) Ties of Power – Julie Czerneda
3) The Radiant City – Lauren B. Davis
4) When Will There Be Good News? – Kate Atkinson
5) Last Night in Montreal – Emily St. John Mandel




General Stats and other Fun Facts


General Stats
Number of Books
Books Read
27
Pages Read
7, 773
Re-Reads
0
DNF
1
Format of Books
Print
15
EBook
12
Where it Came From
Own
26
Library
1
Review
0

 I keep trying to read more poetry, and I keep picking up my copy of Howl, but then it sits there waiting to be read - maybe 2017 will be the year.  Otherwise, this year has been the year of the novel for me. 
Type of Book
Number of Books
Novel
23
Short Story Collection
3
Short Story Individual
1
Poetry
0
Combined
0

This year had a lot of CanLit and mostly women writers. 81% of the books I read this year were by women writers. 
Other Random Facts
Number of Books
Canadiana
13
New to Me Canadian Authors
3
New to Me Authors
8
Women Writers
22
Speculative Fiction
9
Mystery/Thrillers
9
1001 Books
1
Classics
3
Series
10
Childrens/YA
1

The Challenges

While I kept my promise that I wouldn't do as many reading challenges this year, I only managed to complete one of them, which was the one challenge that goes from July 2015 - June 2016. All others were incomplete. Eventually I will find the balance of challenges.


Challenge Name
Progress
Challenge Starts
Challenge Ends
Challenge Completed
50 Book Pledge
27/50
January 1, 2016
December 31, 2016
 DNF
2016 Category Challenge
27/64
January 1, 2016
December 31, 2016
 DNF
9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge
13/13 Books
July 1, 2015
June 31, 2016
 COMPLETED
10th Annual Canadian Book Challenge
3/13 Books
July 1, 2016
June 30, 2017
 Ongoing
2016 Ebook Challenge
12/25 Books
January 1, 2016
December 31, 2016
 DNF
2016 Mount TBR Challenge
15/36
January 1, 2016
December 31, 2016
 DNF
2016 New Author Challenge
8/20
January 1, 2016
December 31, 2016
 DNF

Outlook for 2017

Keep reading, keep writing and enjoy the year.


4 comments:

  1. I hope you do enjoy 2017. :) I keep meaning to check out more by Emily St. John Mandel. I must get to that!

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    1. I hope you enjoy 2017 as well, and get a chance to check out more Emily St. John Mandel

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  2. We always have so many favourites in common. Glad to hear that you've had such a satisfying reading yeat, and best of luck with your writing in 2017!

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  3. We do have a lot of favourites in common, sometimes it's because I've seen it on your blog/goodreads but mostly just both have good taste in common.

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