2016 IN REVIEW:
2016 was a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing it was to me personally was The Year of the Good Book. I may have had whiplash from the terrible things, bad news, and even worse luck that rained down on us this year, but at least I had many wonderful books for comfort!
HOW MANY BOOKS READ IN 2016?
– 75 books
– 52 Fiction / 24 Non-Fiction
– 35 Male / 23 Female
OLDEST BOOK READ?
-The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
NEWEST BOOK READ?
–The Honor Was Mine by Elizabeth Heaney
LONGEST BOOK READ?
–The Dark Tower by Stephen King
SHORTEST BOOK READ?
–The Heart of the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
ANY IN TRANSLATION?
–In Praise of Darkness by Jose Luis Borges
BEST BOOK READ IN 2016?
This was so hard for me to do in The Year of the Good Book so I’m cheating a little on this answer:
Best Stand-Alone book: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Best Trilogy: Red Rising series by Pierce Brown
Best Series Longer Than 3 Books: The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
MOST DISAPPOINTING BOOK IN 2016?
Winter Street by Elin Hildebrand-Ugh
MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK IN 2016?
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY!) BOOK OF 2016?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I had no idea what kind of book I was signing up for, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
MOST THRILLING, UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK IN 2016?
Red Queen, Red Rising, The Girl on the Train, Library of Souls, Shatter Me, The Dark Tower series
BOOK THAT HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON ME IN 2016?
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang
BOOK THAT HAD A SCENE IN IT THAT HAD ME REELING?
Every book in The Dark Tower series, Red Queen, Morning Star, City of Mirrors
BOOK I MOST ANTICIPATED IN 2016?
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin and The Last Star by Rick Yancey
MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER IN 2016?
All the main characters from The Dark Tower series: Roland, Susannah, Eddie, Jake, and Oy
HOW MANY RE-READS IN 2016?
One, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
BOOK I READ IN 2016 I’D BE MOST LIKELY TO REREAD IN 2017?
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – King’s Cage comes out in 2017!
BOOK I RECOMMENDED TO PEOPLE MOST IN 2016?
–The Success Principles, The 5th Wave, All the Light We Cannot See, The Martian, Red Rising, Red Queen, The Passage, The Dark Tower
FAVORITE NEW AUTHORS I DISCOVERED IN 2016?
Pierce Brown, Victoria Aveyard, Leigh Bardugo, Stephen King
MOST BOOKS READ BY ONE AUTHOR THIS YEAR?
Stephen King, with 8
FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK I READ IN 2016?
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK I READ IN 2016?
“There’s nothing fated in our stars. No meant-to-be in any of it. We are accidental people occupying an accidental planet in an accidental universe. And that’s okay. These seven billion billion atoms are good with that.”-Rick Yancey, The Last Star
“The road and the tale have both been long, would you not say so? The trip has been long and the cost has been high… but no great thing was ever attained easily. A long tale, like a tall Tower, must be built a stone at a time.” -Stephen King, The Dark Tower
“All his life he had wanted to be known by just one person. That’s what love was, he decided. Love was being known.”-Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors
“Justice isn’t about fixing the past, it’s about fixing the future. We’re not fighting for the dead. We’re fighting for the living. And for those who aren’t yet born.”-Pierce Brown, Morning Star
“Survival is insufficient.”-Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
DID I COMPLETE ANY READING CHALLENGES OR GOALS IN 2016?
Yes! I read 75 books, up from my original goal of 50 books for 2016.
BOOK I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAITED UNTIL 2016 TO FINALLY READ?
Many-Red Queen, Red Rising, Station Eleven, The Girl on the Train, Six of Crows, The Dark Tower series