December 30, 2016 • Cee • Lists

At the end of the year, the End of the Year Book Survey (by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner) pops up onto my feed, and it always gets me giddy to do it.

There’s gonna be some repeats because most of the books I read weren’t as memorable as I like them to be.

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2016 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read100
Number of Re-Reads: IDK
Genre You Read The Most FromContemporary

(Not completely accurate since I forgot to count a lot of books I’ve reread nor did I count all the individual comic issues I’ve read.)

BEST IN BOOKS

BEST BOOKS I READ IN 2016

GENERAL LIT

YOUNG ADULT

MIDDLE GRADE

COMIC

 

BOOKS I WAS EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT I WAS GONNA LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T

MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY) BOOK I READ

BOOK I “PUSHED” THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)

BEST SERIES I STARTED

Hawkeye!

The hype for Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye is completely accurate. I loved this series. Seeing what Clint Barton does on his off days is fabulous to read.

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR I DISCOVERED

Kelly Barnhill (The Girl Who Drank the Moon)

MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK

I wanted Jane to kill kill killllllll.

BOOKS I READ IN 2016 THAT I WILL PROBABLY RE-READ NEXT YEAR

ALL THE COMICS I READ THIS YEAR, SO: The Wicked + The Divine, Paper Girls, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye

FAVORITE COVERS OF A BOOK I READ

 

MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2016

Jane Steele (Jane Steele), Poppy (Wink Poppy Midnight)

MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ

MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/LIFE-CHANGING BOOK

The Wicked + The Divine 1831

The Wicked + The Divine always leave me thinking and contemplating. The 1831 issue is no different. It made me think a lot about romanticism and which poets/writers are what gods, Mary Shelley, storytelling, monsters, and so on.

BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2016 TO READ

Hawkeye & A Darker Shade of Magic

FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTES FROM A BOOK YOU READ

EVERYTHING FROM THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. EVERY WORD IS MAGICAL.

BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOST

Wink Poppy Midnight had be completely like ???? My jaw fell open as I read this because the things that happened in this weird book, oh god. I still don’t know how to feel about it, ha.

OTPS OF THE YEAR (I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)

I actually didn’t have one this year. 

FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEAR

Clint Barton & Kate Bishop (Hawkeye)

Maya & Kamala (The Star-Touched Queen)

FAVORITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2016 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLY

The Year of Shadows & Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

BEST BOOK YOU READ THAT YOU READ BASED SOLEY ON A REC FROM SOMEBODY ELSE

On the recommendation of Crini, I decided to give Sleeping Giants a try, and oh boy, crazy things go on in that book.

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ

Unfortunately nobody this year. :(

BEST 2016 DEBUTS YOU READ

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers, Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins

BOOKS THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

“You get a girl who experiences sadness (that’s depicted so perfectly!) and tries to express it through her writing; a magical forest kingdom called Everwood; friendships that make you trust and do things you never thought you’d do; a fantasy life that speaks so much about Finley’s fears; pirates and family secrets, and so much more! It’s a book I wished I had when I was younger.” It’s so frickin’ beautiful.

BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL

Every single issue of The Wicked + The Divine I read.

This comic series always tears my soul apart.

HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR

Clever retelling of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales!

MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ

Wink Poppy Midnight left me with a lot of conflicting feelings. Did I like it? Did I hate it? Who knows! That’s what made it unique.

BOOK THAT MADE ME THE MOST MAD

When We Was Fierce

Awful, awful book.

YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE 

FAVORITE REVIEWS I WROTE IN 2016

Jane Steele

The Star-Touched Queen

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

BEST DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POSTS I HAD ON MY BLOG

The Beauty of Endpapers: Yay or Nay?

Galentine’s Day: Favorite Female Friendships!

BEST EVENTS I PARTICIPATED IN

Oh god, I don’t know if I can remember it all. 

  • Love-A-Thon
  • All the comic events I went to: Free Comic Book Day (met Kate Leth!), Marjorie Liu + Sana Takeda, Greg Rucka + Liam Sharp + Nicola Scott, Kevin Wada!
  • Wizard World Comic Con (meeting Sebastian Stan!!!!!!!!!!) (this is totally not bookish, but whatever.)
BEST MOMENT OF BOOKISH/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2016
  • Got to host Love-A-Thon with the lovely Alexa, Hazel, and Mel <3
  • Met the amazing Victoria Schwab
  • Met so many fabulous comic writers + artists: Kate Leth, Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott, Box Brown, Kevin Wada
MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BLOGGING OR MY READING LIFE

Like last year, being inspired to come up with creative new posts. Also, being in a constant slump for the past four months. 

MOST POSTS YOU WISHED GOT A LITTLE MORE LOVE

All my comic posts!

DID I COMPLETE ANY READING CHALLENGES OR GOALS I SET FOR MYSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR?

Uhhhh, I’m not entirely sure? I know just the Goodreads reading challenge. The others I set? Get back to me. :P

LOOKING AHEAD

BOOKS I DIDN’T GET TO IN 2016 BUT WILL BE MY #1 PRIORITY IN 2017

Crooked Kingdom! Nevernight!

BOOK I AM MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2017 (NON-DEBUT)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Release by Patrick Ness

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

2017 DEBUT I AM MOST ANTICIPATING

I actually have not been keeping track. :P

ONE THING I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN MY READING/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2017

Like last year, start reading the unread books on my bookshelves. (There’s sooooo many! Oh god!)

Did you see any books in my survey that is on yours too? 

 

6 Responses to “End of the Year Book Survey | 2016 Edition”

  1. AngelErin says:

    I still need to read Jane Steele! I’ve seen so many positive reviews for that one and I’ve seen it on a ton of favorites lists. Sounds like you had a great reading year!

  2. Tasya says:

    I actually really like The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Fyrian was adorable! I’ve seen The Star Touched Queen on literally on every other blogger’s post, that book is definitely on priority list for 2017!

  3. Laura W. says:

    Ahhhhh I did this survey too, and Some Kind of Happiness featured prominently in mine as well! It was honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Claire Legrand is just amazing. Also, so, so nice to see a narrative that didn’t demonize the need to seek help or push a narrative of “having fun/making friends/doing other lifestyle change cures depression.” She gets help in the end, with the full support of her family and friends, and that’s such a positive and needed narrative to tell.

  4. Sometimes We Tell The Truth was new to me, thanks for putting it on my radar! It sounds like a fun retelling of the Canterbury Tales :D

  5. Alexa S. says:

    I have so many unread books on my shelves too! Here’s to hoping we both tackle those TBRs ;)

  6. I’m so keen to read A Darker Shade of Magic! I got it for Christmas and I can’t wait. I’ve not read many of the books in this post … but the cover of Wink Poppy Midnight /is/ beautiful! And I’m rather attracted by Romeo and/or Juliet (not that I’d heard of it before) — I’m about to reread the play! Ooh, and I’d so like to read Nevernight! “A city built from the bones of a dead god” sounds incredible!


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