⋘2016 Wrap Up⋙
In 2016, I completed my reading challenge of 80 books. I am so proud of myself, because there were quite a number of moments when I thought I wouldn’t make it to 80, but, in the end, I managed it!
Here are all of the books I read in 2016:
To read about which books were my favourite, click here.
⋘End of Year Book Survey⋙
Number of books read: 80. 20 less than last year, but much better books!
Number of re-reads: 5: A Work in Progress by Connor Franta, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I already have a lot of re-reads planned for 2017!
Genre read most: Young adult, mostly, but within that a lot of fantasy and historical fiction.
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
For this I chose The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater! I know right from the prologue of The Raven Boys that I was in for something special. This series soon became my favourite of all time, not just 2016. To see my top 16 books of 2016, click here.
2. Books You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I read this book for school, so I automatically assumed they would have chosen the most boring novel possible. Atonement turned out to be one of my favourite reads of the year, even making it into my Top 16 Books of 2016.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’ve been recommending Carry On to everyone since I read it. I’m also dying to re-read it myself in 2017.
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?
I may have only read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, but, rest assured, I will be reading her other books at some point in 2017. I absolutely adore her writing style, and following her on Twitter and Tumblr were perhaps my best choices of the year…
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I never read sci-fi, but I read The Martian in 2016 and adored it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Just under 700 pages practically absorbed by myself in a matter of days. (Novels this length usually take me over a fortnight to read.)
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The aformentioned Carry On. (And possibly The Raven Cycle, too.)
10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The cover for Furthermore is almost as beautiful as Tahereh Mafi’s writing.
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Yael, the protagonist from Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. Hers was a haunting, impactful, and exhillerating perspective to read from.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
This was probably my second favourite series of the year (following The Raven Cycle, obviously). The Winner’s Curse was such a beautiful novel, and the series only got better from their.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
This novel made me re-revaluate my entire life, and just really got me thinking. I also think it would make a great movie.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
People have been telling me to read this book for my entire life, and I only just took their advice in 2016. I should’ve read this years ago!
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
The longest was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling at 870 pages, the shortest What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything by Cassandra Clare at 40 pages. (40 pages of pure joy.)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I was expecting a very light-hearted, quick-to-read novel with Just One Day, but instead got a shockingly impactful duology that got pretty darn emotional.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Who doesn’t love Snowbaz?
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Still bitter it wasn’t a romantic relationship I loved this friendship!
20. Favourite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Protest for a yearly summer release from Morgan Matson? I just loved The Unexpected Everything so much!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
I was ready to give up on this series after Cinder, which I read in 2015, but everyone told me to carry on, and doing so was such a great decision – this series is amazing!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I just can’t get enough of Gansey!
23. Best 2016 début you read?
My Favourite Manson Girl is witty, clever, and a history lesson all rolled into one. I still can’t believe it’s a debut!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I’m not sure whether this counts as your typical ‘worldbuilding,’ but Nicola Yoon’s New York City is quite possibly my favourite New York City.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
This book was such a fun, lighthearted read that I couldn’t put down, nor could I stop grinning about.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
If you’re looking to read more diverse novels in 2017, Sula’s Voyage might be the one for you!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
It’s always a Cassandra Clare book…
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
And movie! Again, if you’re looking for diverse books, The Danish Girl is a really great novel.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I loved Me Before You, but the ending made me so mad!
Like last year, I won’t be answering the rest of the questions, because I like to keep it more about books.
Who’s excited for 2017? I know I am! In 2017, I’m planning to read 100 books, like I did in 2015. Fingers crossed!
How many books do you want to read in 2017?
I really hope you all have a beautiful 2017 – I’ll see you then!
Love, Olivia x