2016 End of the Year Survey



Very Long Post Ahead. Here it is - that time again. This End of the Year Survey hosted by The Perpetual Page-Turner has remained a favorite of mine to look forward to every year. It's enjoyable to reflect back on the past twelves month and what I've read, picking out my favorites, the quirks, the hit or miss moments. If you're curious on my answers from previous months, check out 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.


  2016 has been another excellent year with reading.  


I passed my Goodreads goal (the highest set yet), and although I doubt I can do it every year depending on what's going on, for the first time I went over 200 books. I remember when I barely made 100, then 150, now this. I focused on trying to get a number of books done per month (17) and making up for months when I was short of the goal other times. As always it was a fun year of reading - I discovered new favorite authors, finished some series I wanted to get through, discovered some new 2016 reads, and had general fun participating in some team challenges on GR.

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2015

        2016 Reading Stats        

Number of Books Read

222

Number of Re-Reads




12

Most Read Genre

Urban Fantasy

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EXTRAS I TRACK AND ADDED TO THIS SURVEY:

  • Yearly Challenges Participated In:  On the blog, 13. On Goodreads, four team challenges and multiple individual challenges.
  • Read-a-thons Participated In: Frightfall 2016
  • New Books Acquired:44 phyisical
  • Current Count Now for Physically Owned Books: 2,581
  • Current Count Now for Books To-Be-Read (Including Borrowed and E-books): 1,994

        Best In Books        

Best Book You Read in 2016

I can never, ever name just one. I read several five stars this year - I'm not including re-reads for this one.

The Harry Potter and Women of the Otherworld Series


Book you were excited about and thought you'd love more but didn't? 

With this book's classic reputation and plot synopsis, I thought it would be a sure thing to enjoy this book. Sadly I ended up irritated part of the time, bored the other, and only intrigued a few snatched chapters in between. The writing style is fine, but the characters were a turn-off, the pacing too slow, and I didn't like the message or themes of the story.

Runner-Up Disappointments:

Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland - after enjoying the last sequel so much, I was excited about the new release in 2016. It was a three star rating, but not as much oomph as some of the others in the series. Strangewood by Christopher Golden looked fascinating but it wasn't a fun intro to the author. I was walking along Robert McCammon's horror trail and enjoying myself, but The Night Boat sunk my expectations. The Nightingale didn't live up to the hype and reputation either. Another disappointment was how much I loved the other books in the December People series, but the 2016 release of A Taste of Death and Honey didn't satisfy me nearly as much as the ones that came before it.

Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read in 2016?


In a good way, The Lord of the Flies ended up being an excellent classic that impressed me with its heavy themes, well-done writing and thought-provoking ending. It has mixed reviews, but I have to say I'm a fan and the book hasn't left me since I've read it.

A re-read was 'The Exorcist', which I tried to re-read last year after over 15 years since my last read. I found the writing style dry and didn't pick up again until this year. Once I got past the distant first quarter, the book became excellent and hard to put down.



A book you "pushed" the most people to read in 2016?

I convinced a few people to give the book Dead Sea a chance, and sort of funny, but a book I read two years ago (Evil by Richard O'Brien) was picked up by my review and comments for two new people this year, who bought and reviewed the book afterward.

I also pushed two people toward the Kelley Armstrong Bitten series as I was discovering and gushing over it myself this year.






Best series you started in 2016?

  • HARRY POTTER - Yes, I finally read this series and became a huge fan. Even bought its box set and a Harry figurine.
  • WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD - Purchased and read all of these this year, excellent series with an unique premise.
  • THE INNKEEPER by Ilona Andrews - Read these three this year (fun series with Andrews' usual talented style, humor, and well-crafted scenes.
  • BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews - Let's just say the book was so good it blew me away as a top favorite in that genre, and it may rival my love of the Kate Daniels series if it keeps going as strongly.
Best sequel in 2016?

Ilona Andrews published yet another winner in the Kate Daniels series, this one topping the others in terms of enjoyment. It's now my favorite of the series, which isn't usually the case when a series has gone so long in running. Next year will be the final novel, and what a sad day that will turn out to be. Magic Binds

The third in the trilogy (and final book) of the 'Society of Gentlemen' by K.J. Charles was one of my most anticipated releases and didn't disappoint. A Gentleman's Position

Kelley Armstrong's final chapter in the Women of the Otherworld series in the form of an anthology was excellent too. Otherworld Chills

Best series ender in 2016?

That would be the final book in the Society of Gentlemen by K.J. Charles as mentioned above.

Also I have to give major kudos to Spook Squad, which ended the long-running PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price. It wasn't released in 2016, though, so it may not count for this category other than personal experience and new-to-me stuff.

Favorite new author in 2016?

Edward Lorn impressed me with his writing style in Bay's End, and I'm excited to read more of Greg Gifune's work in the near future. Both are dark drama, thriller and horror authors I'm itchy to read more of. T.J. Klune's writing style blew me away in the M/M romance Wolfsong, although I won't gravitate toward all her works because some of the themes aren't up my alley the way her other paranormal stuff is. Newcomer Katherine Arden gives me high hopes for her future novels, of which I'll definitely read, especially if they involve surreal concepts and fairy tales again. Sam Argent delighted me with her writing style as well in Family of Lies: Sebastian.

Best book from a genre typically out of your comfort zone?

I rarely read non-fiction about a biography of animals or cats (despite being a huge animal lover), but it was a delightful new experience to read Dewey's story. 

Most..action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?



Ultimately I'm going to give the gold star to Children of Chaos by Greg Gifune, a hard to book down novel that kept the tension high, the scenes dark, and the outcome brutally powerful, and a second gold star to Bait by J. Kent Messum - excellent books with sharks battling addicts on an island controlled by madmen. Excellent and a rush.

Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

I already had to re-read A Boy and His Dragon, which delighted me with it's slow build-up and sweet love story. The big winner for a re-read that WILL happen soon in anticipation for the next of the series release is Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews. Love that book and have a feeling I'll be re-reading a few times.

Favorite Book Cover of a book you read in 2016?



Most Memorial Character of 2016? 

  • Harry Potter and the crew stood out with their series for good reason.
  • The Winter King in The Beast and the Nightingale, hard to forget those eyes
  • Peter Pan, the boy who will never grow up, impressed me with his hope and tragedy.
  • Rogan, wow, Heartthrob alert from Burn from Me

Most beautifully written book read in 2016?


For new releases, definitely The Bear and the Nightingale.

For releases before 2016 but new to me, I'm going to throw kudos out to Bay's End by Edward Lorn for haunting nostalgic feel with poetic impressions, Algernon Blackwood's The Willows, Khaled Hosseni's The Kite Runner, TJ Klune's Wolf Song, and Naomi Novik's Uprooted.

Most thought provoking book read in 2016?

The Kite Runner opened my eyes to different aspects of life I'm not used to - I think it's the first time I've read a book from the point of view of an Afghanistan. The Pearl irritated me because it reiterated that you should try for what makes you happy; you only live once.

Book you can't believe you waited till 2016 to finally read?

The beloved classic Watership Down, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


Shortest and longest book you read in 2016

Longest is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages. Shortest is Blackwater Lake by Maggie James at 98 Pages.

Book that shocked you the most

Actually, not really any this year. No shock endings or twist surprises. I was saddened and dismayed by a death at the end of The Cabinet of Curiosities that I didn't see coming. Through the Grinder had a heartbreaking and surprise ending.

OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship)

There can never be JUST one.
New To Me in 2016 -
  • #1 intrique - Christopher/Barrabas
  • Jeremy/Jaime
  • Rogan/Nevada
  • Troy/Sparrow
Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year

  • I loved the bond between Clay and Jeremy, as well as Elena and Jeremy. One close-knit created family.
  • The Harry Potter group
  • Mother, daughter team Chloe and Amanda Carstairs
  • The young friendship between Trey and Eddie in Bay's End
  • Amelia and Evelyn
Best book read in 2016 that you read solely from recommendation/peer pressure

Bait by J. Kent Messum - not peer pressure, but seemed like most of my friends were suddenly reading and review it at the same time.

Newest Fictional Crush you've developed in 2016

Rogan. Rogan. Rogan.

Best 2016 Debut you've read

I don't realize half the time that a book is an author's debut. Ones I do know are Family of Lies: Sebastian and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Both well written.

Best world building/most vivid setting you've read this year

I like how involved and varied the supernatural world is in the Women of the Otherworld series.


Creative nod to the morbid future from H.G. Well's Time Machine


I like the use of ghosts, necromancy and ghouls in the Night Huntress series.


Of course, the creepy world building for the Dead Sea was imaginative and chilling.


/the most fun to read?

Love, Death and Tea was definitely the funniest

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?


The ending of The Cabinet of Curiosities depressed me with a character death. I cried during a death scene in Wolf Song. I got a teary-eyed in The Kite Runner. A little bit of tears at the end of my re-read of Seeds of Yesterday.  I found the end of Through the Grinder the most depressing. Saddest was probably the end of Bay's End, although the author warned of what was coming.

Most unique book read in 2016

A Night in the Lonesome October

Hidden Gem of the Year

Falling Angel is an oldie but unique book in the hardboiled detective genre.

 Book that made you the angriest (didn't necessarily mean you didn't like the book)


I was annoyed at some deaths at the end of Children of Chaos.

 Favorite review you wrote in 2016

I don't really do favorite reviews much, but some I thought I did a decent job on:

Peter Pan
The Bird and the Nightingale
Flowers in the Attic
Watership Down
Lord of the Flies
American Gods


Best discussion/non-review post in 2016

Harry Potter "Special Week"
5 Christmas Gifts from the book World I wish I owned

Best event you participated in that was bookish in 2016
I joined a few team challenges on Goodreads that I had a lot of fun with - W.O.B.B.L.E.S. was the winner for the most enjoyable, long-running team challenge.

Best moment of Bookish/Blogging life in 2016?
I didn't have a huge moment offline like I did in 2014 (meeting a favorite author) and 2015 (visiting Goodreads office on free San Francisco trip), but I did enjoy myself reading. I was accepted as a moderator for the first time on a few Goodreads groups - A Million More Pages and Got Books?

Post you wish got more love?

Why Seasons Rock for Book Lovers

Best bookish discovery (sites, stores, etc)?

I spent more time on Twitter and book news site like PW Weekly and BuzzBooks


     Looking Ahead    


One book you didn't get to in 2016 but will be a priority in 2017?

Redeeming Love and Schindler's List

Book you are most anticipating in 2017 that is a non-debut?

Definitely the next of the Burn for me series - supposed to be two of them!

2017 Debut Most Anticipating?

I don't keep track of debuts, I just run into them.

 One thing you hope to accomplish/do in blogging or reading life in 2017?

I want to start setting a special night aside to review books every week and not get so behind.

 A 2016 Release you've read in 2016 and recommend to everyone


Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong, Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews, Alfred Hitchcock Biography



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