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A Bookish Year In Review: 2016


Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a wonderful 2017! Today, I decided to feature some of my reading stats from 2016 where I feature things like the amount of books I read and which was the shortest vs. which was the longest and other fun things like that! I also answered some questions in a short reading survey (inspired by @BooksAndLala)  about books that I read & books that were published in 2016! Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Reading Stats

Total # of Books Read: 88 | Total Page Count: 26 231

Physical Books: 40 | Graphic Novels: 21 | ARCs: 16 | eBooks: 2 | Audiobooks: 25
(numbers are not 100% accurate…this was hard to figure out okay…)

Shortest Book: The Rattler by Jason McNamara (103 pages)

Longest Book: The Fireman by Joe Hill (747 pages)

Average Length: 305 pages

Most Popular: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (478,190 Goodreads users also read this book)

My Average Rating: 4.0 Stars

Highest Rated on Goodreads: A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Mass (4.56 Stars)

Reading Challenge: 50 Books (Goal Over-Achieved with 86 Books Read)

Reading Survey

(as inspired by @BooksAndLala)

Favourite book published in 2016?


We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Okay, so I actually read this book at the very end of 2015, but it was published in 2016 so I’m counting it. This is literally one of the best books I have ever read and it definitely needed to be included in this survey.

Favourite debut book in 2016?


The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

This book completely shocked me in so many ways. I absolutely loved it and Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is absolutely gorgeous. Everyone needs to read this book ASAP.

Favourite book not published this year?


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is the best book that I read this year hands down. It was intense, dark and extremely emotional, but it was also beautiful at the same time…if that makes any kind of sense.

A book that lived up to the hype.


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

You’re going to be seeing this book a lot on this list. Everyone continuously talked about how amazing this book was and how much it made them cry. It definitely lived up to that hype.

A book that did NOT live up to the hype.


Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Unfortunately, Vicious just didn’t do much for me. So many people praised it and I absolutely love the A Darker Shade Of Magic series, so I had really high expectations that sadly were not met.

Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment?

 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara & The Fireman by Joe Hill

Both A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and The Fireman by Joe Hill are over 700 pages. I’m lucky if I even manage to finish a 500 page book, so both of these felt like huge accomplishments to me.

Favourite character.


Marcus Lopez Arguello (Deadly Class, Vol.4 by Rick Remender)

Ugh, I don’t want to get into any details because I might get emotional, but I LOVE Marcus and I still feel very bittersweet after reading this particular volume…

Least favourite character.


Tamlin (A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas)

Tamlin didn’t bother me in the first book so much, but oh my god he really annoyed me within A Court of Mist and Fury…

Most shocking book/moment.


The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Yeah, I mean…there were a few shocking moments within this book, but there was one in particular that really moved me and caused me to have to put the book down for a moment. I didn’t see it coming and it was really emotional. Ugh, I’m tearing up thinking about it right now.

Favourite couple/OTP.


Feyre & Rhysand (A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas)

I mean…wasn’t this everyone’s OTP this year?

The best written book you read this year.


All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The writing style within this novel is absolutely stunning. If you’re one of the few that hasn’t already read this book, I highly HIGHLY suggest that you do ASAP.

Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2016.


We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

I think everyone who has ever interacted with me online or in person has been pushed to read this book by me on multiple occasions. Honestly, GO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW.

Favourite book cover of the year.


Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

After you finish reading this book, you realize that this cover perfectly depicts the contents within it. it may look like a bunch of colours and random imagery, but everything makes perfect sense once you’ve read it. Even before I read it though, the cover was one of the main things that drew me to it.

Favourite adaptation.


Outcast by Robert Kirkman

I love the comics…even though they’re a little slow moving. When I first heard about the television show adaptation, I was worried that it was also going to be very slow moving. NOPE. The opening scene pulled me in so fast and it was all uphill from there! It’s so dark and a bit disturbing…a.k.a. my favourite things.

What book made you cry the most?


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Yeah. This book is insanely emotional. Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get worse, they do and it breaks you.

What book made you laugh the most?


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I can’t say I really laughed out loud at too many books this year, but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell was definitely the most fun I;ve had reading a book in a while. It was just so lighthearted and fluffy…and sometimes my black heart needs some fluff okay.

A new favourite author you discovered this year.

Neal Shusterman (Bruiser & Scythe)

I read both Bruiser and Scythe by Neal Shusterman this year and I absolutely loved both of them! Neal Shusterman’s writing is stunning and I highly recommend checking out both of these titles. I have a few more of his books waiting for me on my shelves that I absolutely cannot wait to get to!

Guilty pleasure read of the year.


Hot Dudes Reading

If you don’t already follow this instagram account, go do that right now. The captions are absolutely hilarious and this books captures it perfectly.

Were you happy with your reading year?

Heck yes! I read more books this year than I ever have within a single year. Not only that, but I read quite a few amazing novels this year that will stick with me forever.

What will you do different in 2017?

I definitely need to stop procrastinating when it comes to reading. I also really need to stop buying more books. I think I’ll only buy my most anticipated and maybe dust off that old library card for the rest.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading my stats and my survey answers! Feel free to answer these questions yourselves too! I’d be really curious to see how your 2016 was! Thank you for reading!


7 thoughts on “A Bookish Year In Review: 2016

      1. omg same, I have already pre-ordered it I can’t wait!!! He’s such a phneomenal writer, I’m so glad I found him 🙂

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  1. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses last year and loved it, but I’m actually scared to read the sequel because I’ve definitely heard that Tamlin’s character takes an entire 360 degree shift and boy do I hate it a lot when authors do that. (*cough* Unravel me *cough*) And I’m surprised you didn’t like Vicious–I’ve literally heard nothing but amazing things about it. I might still try to read it sometime, though! So glad you had an awesome reading year, Maria! 🙂

    Aimee @ I Adork You

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    1. I think that was the problem with Vicious for me, I heard so many great things and then it just didn’t live up to that for me unfortunately 😦 I wouldn’t be too scared to read A Court of Mist and Fury, it’s pretty awesome 😉 I hope you have an amazing reading year as well!


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