2016 Reading Summary

Remember when I said I was going to focus on quality over quantity last year? That didn’t exactly happen BUT I did read significantly more books that I enjoyed. Probably for a couple of reasons, I re-read a bunch of books that I already knew I would like and I stopped forcing my way through bad books, if I wasn’t digging I stopped reading it.

Total Books Read in 2016: 70

Pages Read in 2016: 23,515

Average rating: 3.5

5 star: 11 books (16%)
4 star: 26 books (37%)
3 star: 23 books (33%)
2 star: 7 books (10%)
1 star: 3 books (4%)

Type:

Young Adult – 18 (26%)
Adult – 11 (16%)
Romance/New Adult – 19 (27%)
Non-Fiction  – 4 (6%)
Reread – 18 (26%)

Source:

Library – 36 (51%)
Bought to Read – 13 (19%)
Already Owned – 21 (30%)

Ebooks: 32 (46%)
Physical: 38 (54%)

Favorite books read in 2016:

Moneyball – Michael Lewis
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
The Martian – Andy Weir
The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Rainbow Rowell (Landline and Carry On)
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills

Honourable Mentions:

Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes
The Naturals Series – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Magnolia – Kristi Cook
The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

# of books read each month:

January – 8
February – 7
March – 5
April – 7
May – 5
June – 8
July – 5
August – 4
September – 3
October – 6
November – 6
December – 6

Book 70: Attachments

Book: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Goal: 70
Rating: 4/5

I think I liked this more than I did last time, but it still doesn’t give me the same warm feelings as the other Rainbow Rowell books gave me. I really liked Beth and Jennifer and didn’t all that much care for Lincoln, I basically suffered through the Lincoln parts to get to Beth and Jennifer.

Book 69: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Goal: 69
Rating: 3/5

Yet another disappointment in the HP franchise for me. In fact, I basically fell asleep while reading the monologue from Voldemort. And then again during Crouch’s pages long explanation of what happened. And then when Harry recapped everything that had already happened in the previous few chapters. Ugh.

Some good thoughts here and here.

Books 67 and 68: The Truth About Forever & Along for the Ride

Books: The Truth About Forever & Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Goal: 67 and 68
Rating: 2.5/5, 3/5

I’m going to review these together because they are SO similar. First of all, I think I would have absolutely loved these when I was 16 but reading them now, they come off a little too pretentious and self-reflective. Also, as an adult, I feel like a lot of the adult situations felt unrealistic and that actually took away from my enjoyment of the books. That said, I did enjoy the romance in the novels, even though they follow the exact same formula (I was switching between the two books for a while and actually got confused over the characters/plot lines). I thought the writing in The Truth About Forever was a little stilted but I noticed a huge improvement in Along for the Ride (which was published a few years later). I definitely enjoyed Along for the Ride more, I thought the Heidi/Dad situation was much more interesting and I enjoyed Heidi as a character. In TTAF Delia was just too much of a nutball for me and the mom just felt like the busy business woman from Family Guy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXM08-GyucQ).

Book 66: Every Move

Book: Every Move by Ellie Marney
Goal: 66
Rating: 3/5

Well, that was disappointing and so boring. It took me the better part of 6 months to actually finish this book. I liked the first part of the book when she was dealing with her PTSD and I liked the addition of Harris. But everything else was so boring, there wasn’t a lot of mystery, just the scare of some guy coming after them which got really boring after a while. There were hardly any cute scenes between Rachel and Mycroft!

Good review here.

Book 65: Booty Call

Book: Booty Call by Ainsley Booth
Goal: 65
Rating: 3/5

I so enjoyed the first part of this book but after about 40% or so, it fell really flat. I’m not reading this book for any kind of plot (other than romance) so it’s kind of annoying when the book takes a turn and adds chapters about Scott’s life that I really couldn’t care less about. The best parts of this story was their flirting and initial sexy scenes, but after that, it was repetitive and boring, they also got weirdly possessive of each other right away, especially Scott, I would have enjoyed seeing that happen more organically.

Good review here.