2016 in Books

2016-end-of-year-book-surveyIt’s that time of year again! The book geek in me rejoices, for it’s time for stats, lists, and the End of Year Survey from the Perpetual Page Turner. This year I’m going to start with my stats because I made some pretty pie charts for them, heheh! Note that my stats are more extensive than the ones listed on the official survey. Also, I apologize in advance for the length of this post.

Total books: 83
Rereads: 15
Multi-read books: 7
Classics: 3
Chunksters: 10
Collections: 7
Translations: 5 (Spanish, Serbian, Danish, Mongolian, Japanese)
Out of my comfort zone: 10
Books with subtitles: 9
Books Abandoned after the 50% mark: 2
Best Book-related Discovery: Audible!!

book-typeOnce again, my nonfiction is back to my normal ~10% this year, after the giant spike in 2015.

mediaI didn’t quite make my goal of 50% audio this year, though to be fair, this doesn’t count audiobooks I read multiple times. If I counted all the multi-listens, this would be closer to 75% audio.

fiction-split fiction-type
My fiction was more balanced than usual, with more realistic reads than in previous years, and similar counts for series/standalone.

audience Both my adult and children’s counts are up this year! I like this balance.

authorThis one is a huge change. I usually read over 90% from female authors. The high split on the men’s side is probably due to my a couple of my most-read authors. Speaking of which, here are a few more author stats before I get to the survey:

New to me authors: 34
Most read authors: Brandon Sanderson by far takes the cake here with 10 books. Runners up include Kiera Cass (6), Eloisa James (4), and Jonathan Stroud (4).

best in books

And now, for the survey! This year I’m not answering every question, as the survey has gotten quite long. I’m picking and choosing my favorites from the options. Also note that I’m not including rereads in my answers.

img_70691. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, hands down! Because this will be my answer for many of these questions, however, I’m going to include runners up on any question where WoR overshadows the rest of my reading year. For other favorite books in 2016, runners up include The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Bellweather Rhapsody, The Raven King, and The Girl With All the Gifts.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Three books fall under this unfortunate umbrella: Shadow Scale (Rachel Hartman), A Drop of Night (Stefan Bachmann), and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Jack Thorne).

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Ooh easy question: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (started), Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (sequel), and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (ender).

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James, Losing It by Cora Carmack

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Excluding Words of Radiance (which I read and listened to roughly a dozen times this year), this would be The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?


11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Pattern from Words of Radiance, with a runner up of Melanie from The Girl With All the Gifts.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia, The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Words of Radiance. No runner up because that’s the only book on this year’s list that I’d put off for a long time!

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest Book: The Sky Son (101 pgs)
Longest Book: Warbreaker (652 pgs)
Shortest Audio: The Children’s Home (5:22)
Longest Audio: Words of Radiance (49:13)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Excluding the many lovely friendships and family relationships in Words of Radiance, I’d have to say my favorite is the ragtag “family” in Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Excluding sequels, this would be The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (thanks, Kristen!)

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Words of Radiance of course, with a runner up of The Girl With All the Gifts, and an honorable mention nonfiction with an extremely vivid real-life setting: Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Um…Words of Radiance. Also, The Trouble with Destiny. Also, The Raven King.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
And as a fitting tribute to the best book of the year, this is also Words of Radiance, which made me cry both sad and happy tears. No runners up because I so very rarely cry at books, so it’s impressive that WoR made me cry more than once!

Now, out with the old, in with the new! Happy New Year, and welcome 2017!!

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3 Responses to 2016 in Books

  1. Kailana says:

    I really need to get to Words of Radiance myself. I am doing better with audios, so maybe I should do it on audio!


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