Another year has come and gone and what better way to wrap up the year than with this End of Year Survey, created by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner.
Number of books I read:
Number of rereads: Sadly I only managed to fit in one reread, A Darker Shade of Magic.
Genre I read the most from: Contemporary (a surprise since Fantasy has always been my most read genre in years past)
1. BEST BOOK I READ IN 2016:
2. BOOK I WAS EXCITED ABOUT AND THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T
Riders wasn’t a pure disappointment but I did expect more. The book served as a nice introduction to the world and I’m hoping it’s sequel can elaborate on some aspects.
3. MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD OR BAD WAY) BOOK I READ
The Weight of Feathers. I knew it was a Romeo and Juliet inspired magical realism tale but I wasn’t expecting it to be so beautiful. The writing was captivating, the characters were fascinating and the book really explored the beauty in the simplicity.
4. BOOK I PUSHED THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)
I’ll Meet You There is the one book that I will always push onto people and I am happy to see that some people have picked up this beauty of a book.
5. BEST SERIES I STARTED IN 2016? BEST SEQUEL OF 2016? BEST SERIES ENDER OF 2016?
Best Series Started: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Best Sequel: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Best Series Ender: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
6. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR I DISCOVERED IN 2016
Sarina Bowen. I completely devoured her True North series. Great characters that I could easily realate to, swoony romances and a great exploration of multitude of themes e.g. drug addiction.
7. BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE I DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
This was the year for Sports Contemporary books. I’m not one to read a lot of New Adult books but the little corner I’ve discovered in Sports contemporary novels has provided some of the funniest and addictive books I’ve ever read. I’m definitely a fan of this genre.
8. MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Crooked Kingdom. Can I just use this book for every question? This book was so worth all of the sleep I sacrificed. Filled with an intricate plot, unpredictable plot twists and incredibly character insights, Crooked Kingdom was hands down the most addictive book I read in 2016.
9. BOOK I READ IN 2016 THAT I’M MOST LIKELY TO REREAD NEXT YEAR
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. While I’m still heartbroken over the events of it’s sequel, Wolf by Wolf was another addictive read. I love the cross continental setting and the underlying themes of identity and fascinating characters were an added bonus.
10. FAVOURITE COVER OF A BOOK I READ IN 2016
Nevernight. I loved the book and the cover, red sprayed edges and just the entire design of the book is beautiful. The maps are my favourite part though.
11. MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2016
The Bastard of the Barrel aka Dirtyhands aka Kaz Brekker. What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this man. He is ruthless, greedy and has a penchant for violence and chaos. However, he’s also a man full of grief and complex layers and would crawl to the edge of the earth to get his Wraith back. Every single character in this series were an absolute delight to read about.
12. MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2016
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. It doesn’t have a flowery prose or anything fancy. Most wouldn’t name this book as their most beautifully written but the simplicity of the book is what makes it so effective in portraying the affects of depression on a family.
13. MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2016
I wouldn’t call it a life changing book but Salt to the Sea definitely had a huge impact on me. To think that this maritime tragedy has gone overlooked when an estimate of 9000 lives were claimed by the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is unbelievable. It definitely sheds a light on such a monumental event and further highlights the horrors of war.
14. BOOK I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAITED UNTIL 2016 TO FINALLY READ
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. This is my kind of fantasy. The plot follow the typical fantasy trajectory but its the characters that makes this book so incredible. This is the ultimate underdog story and the representation of women is phenomenal.
15. FAVOURITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK I READ IN 2016
“Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us?
What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.
That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
– Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
16. SHORTEST AND LONGEST BOOK I READ IN 2016
17. BOOK THAT SHOCKED ME THE MOST
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin. I should have seen this coming but it doesn’t mean I wanted it to happen. This event was shocking and gut-wrenching and I’m still so bitter about it. That moment hurt!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)
Shazi x Khalid, The Wrath and the Dawn duology. This is my kind of romance. The swoon levels were off the charts in this series. Why? Because of the respect shown between Shazi and Khalid. They are equals in every possible way and the maturity of their relationship was incredible.
19. FAVOURITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEAR
Kate and August, This Savage Song. A most unlikely friendship but one that definitely kept me on the edge. These two were on the run for most of the book and along the way they both learn to embrace parts of themselves they’ve tried to deny for so long.
20. FAVOURITE BOOK I READ IN 2016 FROM AN AUTHOR I’VE READ PREVIOUSLY
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. My go-to contemporary author. Her books always deliver and as always the delicate balance between the friendship, romantic and family dynamics were greatly established.
21. BEST BOOK I READ IN 2016 THAT I READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION
Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I love the cover but at the time it wasn’t enough to sway me. Then I read all the glowing reviews for the series and had to check the book out.
22. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK I READ IN 2016
Garrett Graham, The Deal. This man, oh how he makes me swoon. I didn’t really like him at first but as his friendship with Hannah developed and blossomed into a beautiful romance he also managed to steal my heart in the process. He’s an incredibly supportive friend and boyfriend and I would snatch him up in a heartbeat.
23. BEST 2016 DEBUT THAT I READ
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. Again, I didn’t know what to expect from this book but I loved the incorporation of Greek mythology and the camaraderie between Griffin, Cat and the rest of the company was hilarious.
24. BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING I READ THIS YEAR
Nevernight. Despite my qualms with the footnotes, I must admit they did ultimate help clarify some things about the world. Do I remember every detail, no, but I did finish the book with a clear understanding of the type of world this book is set in.
25. BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ
The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Hilarious, addictive and swoony. The banter between the guys and Hannah was on point and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments in this book.
26. BOOK THAT MADE ME CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2016
Crooked Kingdom is the only book that succeeded in making me cry this year. I won;t spoil the moment but it was soul-crushing and happened at the moment I dared to hope that everyone was out in the clear.
27. HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR
Rites of Passage by Joy. N. Hensely. I would not be able to survive a military academy. I was exhausted after 5 minutes. The intensity levels are taken to new heights in this book and I definitely appreciated Sam’s determination to prove to everyone that she belonged.
28. BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL
Blood For Blood: See no. 17.
29. MOST UNIQUE BOOK THAT I READ IN 2016
Something Real by Heather Demetrios. Reality TV is not something I follow but this book did an excellent job at exploring the dark side to this world and how manipulative and damaging it can be for someone so young to have her identity carved out by the producers of the show.
30. BOOK THAT MADE ME THE MOST MAD
Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry: I loved this book but Breanna’s parents drove me absolutely insane. The way they treated her was horrible and I hate how they thought that years of neglect could be pushed aside the moment she finds happiness in someone they disapprove of.
1. FAVOURITE BOOK BLOG I DISCOVERED IN 2016
I don’t know if I discovered them in 2016 but some of my favourite blogs are Nick and Nereyda @ Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist, Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks, Richard @ The Humpo Show, Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse. These are just a few of the amazing blogs I’ve come across and I’m hoping to up my blog hopping game in 2017 cause I have been slacking as of late.
2. FAVOURITE REVIEW THAT I WROTE IN 2016
3. BEST DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POST I HAD ON MY BLOG
I’ve not done many discussion posts but I was quite proud of my post on the ways to beating a reading slump
4. BEST EVENT THAT I PARTICIPATED IN
Again I’ve not participated in many of these because events like the twitter chats and such take place at 2am UK time. Time zones suck. On top of that when it comes to book signings, the closest one to home would be a good 2 hour drive away.
5. BEST MOMENT OF BOOKISH/BLOGGING LIFE
My one year blogiversary. I gave myself a hefty pat on the back for reaching that milestone.
6. MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BLOGGING OR MY READING LIFE THIS YEAR
Keeping up with comments and blog hopping. I’ve been slacking on that front as of late and it is something I plan on improving on this year.
7. MOST POPULAR POST THIS YEAR ON MY BLOG
8. POST I WISH GOT A LITTLE MORE LOVE
9. BEST BOOKISH DISCOVERY
Bookstagram. I might not be the most active user but I love all the bookstagram accounts that have popped up over the year or so.
10. DID I COMPLETE ANY READING CHALLENGES OR GOALS THAT I HAD SET FOR YOURSELF?
1. ONE BOOK I DIDN’T GET TO IN 2016 BUT WILL BE MY #1 PRIORITY READ IN 2017
Where do I even begin. There are a lot of books I failed to read in 2016 and plan on reading in 2017. These include; The Winner’s Trilogy, Gemina and Outrun the Moon.
2. BOOK I AM MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2017 (NON-DEBUT)
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
3. 2017 DEBUT I AM MOST ANTICIPATING
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
4. SERIES ENDING/A SEQUEL I AM MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2017
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
5. ONE THING I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH OR DO IN MY READING/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2017
Comment/blog hop more. Write more discussion posts. I’m also considering writing some TV/Film reviews but I’m not sure if anyone would be interested in that.
6. A 2017 RELEASE I’VE ALREADY READ AND RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE
Sad news. I’ve not read a single books since the first week of December. I hate this slump.
That was my reading year. How was your 2016 reading year?