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A Year in Review | 2016

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Hello! Welcome to the end of 2016, which really at this point just needs to go away. So here we are!

I had a decent reading year this year and a decent year overall (I mean hey, the world was kinda shitty this year but my personal year was pretty nice. That’s something I guess). So here’s my reading and blogging year in review:

My Year in Books:

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Total books DNF’d this year: 1


Stats for the Embuhleeliest Blog:

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So what this is showing me is that I got really lazy in early summer and stayed that way ’til mid fall. I can guess why this occurred honestly it’ll probably just sound like an excuse, so I’m not even gonna try to explain this one away haha. Next year I’ll try harder!

Total posts published: 111
Reviews:
12
Tags:
27
Top 5 Wednesdays: 15
Most popular post of 2016: New Year’s Resolutions Book Tag (Original!)

Wrap Ups:

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September & October | November

December:

Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. VaughanSaga Volume 5 by Brian K. VaughanSaga, Volume 6 by Brian K. VaughanJurassic Park by Michael CrichtonThe Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen    CollinsShip of Magic by Robin HobbAttack on Titan, Volume 2 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 3 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 4 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 5 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 6 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 7 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 8

Saga vols 4-6 by Brian K Vaughan – 5/5 stars
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – 4.5/5 stars
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by by Stephen Collins – 3.5/5 stars
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – 4/5 stars
Attack on Titan vols 2-8 by Hajime Isayama – 4/5 stars to 5/5 stars


Results of 2016 Reading Resolutions and Challenges:

I made a few different posts towards the end of ’15 that detail my goals. If you want to see the originals, they’ll be linked below. Otherwise, enjoy my lack of… everything. :”D

2016 Reading Resolutions:

  • Read 50 books –Complete
  • Complete at least half of the Read Harder reading challenge –Complete
  • Pick up books because they interest me, not just because they’re super hyped – Complete
  • Put all my books together – Complete
  • Get rid of books I disliked and/or will never reread again – Complete

100% of goals accomplished this year!

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:

Challenges completed –

Read a book over 500 pages: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Read a horror book: Locke & Key volume 1 by Joe Hill
Read a collection of Essays: Bad Feminist
Read a book under 100 pages: I am a Pole (And So Can You!)
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years: Through the Woods (2014)
Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: Bad Feminist
Read a Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Life As We Knew It
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: Assassin’s Apprentice
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie: Flowers for Algernon (movie in progress)
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: Flowers for Algernon
Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): The Egg by Andy Weir
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

12/24 complete – Goal of 50% is accomplished!

16 in 2016:

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – Nope
Weave World by Clive Barker – Currently Reading
Storm of Swords by George RR Martin – Yep!
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – Nope
The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – Nope
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Nope
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Nope
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by JK Rowling – Nope
14 by Peter Clines –Nope
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey – Nope
Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell –Nope
Breakable by Tammara Webber – Yep!
Fired Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag – Nope
Across the Nightingale Floor by Gillian Rubinstein – Nope
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – Nope
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Nope

So like… 2.5 out of 16 books. I told you that I’m usually really bad with these. :”D That’s why I made it one of my 2017 goals to actually finish my 17 in 2017 list, something I didn’t do in 2016. Woot?


End of Year Survey

Like last year, I’m going to do the End of Year Survey. If you’d like to do this as well, consider yourself tagged.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 56
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Graphic novels and manga

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2016?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
Monstress by Marjorie Liu
Best series you started in 2015? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Sequel: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Ender: Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb (literally the only ender I read this year)
Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Robin Hobb
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Rest, Volume 1 by Mark Powers
Most memorable character of 2016?
Brienne of Tarth from the A Song of Ice and Fire series
Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?
Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2016?
“The internet is amazing because it connects us with one another. But it’s also horrific because . . . it connects us with one another.” – You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Longest and Shortest books read in 2016?
Longest: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Shortest: The Egg by Andy Weir
Book that shocked you the most
Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang
OTP of the Year
Agnieszka and Sarkan, woot woot
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Hakkai and Gojyo from Saiyuki (Saaaame as last year!)
Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Favorite book of 2016 read based soley on a recommendation from another
Monstress by Marjorie Liu
Newest fictional crush of 2016
Sarkan from Uprooted (weirdly)
Best 2016 debut
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Saga by Brian K Vaughan
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016
None, actually
Hidden Gem of the year
The Egg by Andy Weir
Book that crushed your soul
None, actually. None of these books really super killed me this year.
Most Unique Book Read in 2016
I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
Book that made you the most mad
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be a 2017 priority?
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Most anticipated non-debut 2017 release?
Haven’t looked into it yet honestly
Most anticipated 2017 debut?
Same as above
Most anticipated 2017 series ender/sequel release?
Saaaaame as above
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2017 reading/blogging life
Be more consistent
A 2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2016. You silly.


And that’s my yearly review! I hope I didn’t bore you all to tears, thank you for reading! :”D

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Posted by on 12/31/2016 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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2017 Reading Goals

Hello! Time for the annual ‘Gonna try to do this’ post. I’ve done one of these every year since I started my blog towards the end of 2014 and every year I’m all optimistic about it. And then every year I inevitably fail about half the goals (woot). So here’s to another year of ‘Good Enough’. :”D

Seriously though, gonna really try to accomplish these, but I’m not gonna beat myself up about it.


Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books

I did this last year and accomplished it as of two or three days ago. It’s definitely challenging for me, but doable. I dig it. (One year I did 110 books and achieved it – no idea how I did that. 50 is plenty good for me).

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read

I do have a bit of help with this one – I have an ‘Owned’ shelf on goodreads, so I have an approximate number of the books I have. I just need to go through and make sure it’s up to date… and then I need to go through and determine which of those haven’t been read yet. I’m afraid, people. I’m afraid.

Maybe I’ll film the books as I go to motivate me. Bookshelf tour, yay. I NEED TO GET SOME DECENT LIGHTING.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading

This is a goal I had and achieved last year – it feels good to purge books that I have negative or no feelings for. It keeps my collection of books as something I’m happy to call part of me.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list

This sounds like an obvious one, but it’s never been a goal before for me. I’ve made these lists every year but I never made it a goal to actually complete them. Why, I don’t know. But I want to do it this year. I’m thinking I’ll put the names of the books in a jar and draw out one or two a month to read. (Except for Kiss of Deception, which I’ll be buddy reading with Acey)


So that’s it – these are my goals for the year. Hopefully, ideally, I will achieve all of them. We’ll see. 2017 is gonna be… it’s gonna be an interesting year. Yeesh.

 
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Posted by on 12/29/2016 in Books

 

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Top Books of 2016

Hello! This is one of my favorite posts of the year. 😀 Originally I had planned for a ‘Top 10’ but I’m thinking not enough books stood out in my mind for that. So I’m going to do a top… however many I want.

Each one of these I’ve rated five stars and can’t recommend them enough. There, now that I’ve said that up here, hopefully I won’t repeat it over and over for each book I mention. 😛 Hahaha. Also, I won’t be going much into the synopses as much as why I loved them, but I’ll have each linked to goodreads so you can check them out if you wish.

So right, these are the books I thought were the bees knees (in no particular order – I couldn’t pick a favorite!)


The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb.

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin HobbRoyal Assassin by Robin HobbAssassin's Quest by Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb was a new author for me this year and has quickly become one of my favorites. This series is her first and last year its first book celebrated its twentieth birthday! I think what makes me love this series so much is that it caught me so unaware. The synopsis on the back of the first one, forgive me for saying but it’s horribly generic. Like, I never would have picked it up if not for the Hobb-along Readalong that I had joined (which… has since fallen to the wayside for me, but that’s not the point).

This series taught me not to judge a book by its cover (or its synopsis). It has humor and adventure and action and even a tad bit of romance at times. The world it’s set in is rich and developed, the characters are complex and varied. I loved everything about this series.

I think the greatest strength of these books is the character development. The main character starts as a toddler and by the end, he’s a grown man. Each book allows the reader to see how he develops and why his personality ends how it does. It’s unusual to follow one character for so long and I really enjoyed it.


Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom

I picked this book up early this year after buzzing through In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park, which like this memoir, is a North Korean woman’s story of her life in North Korea and all the horrors she had to go through to leave it.

I’ll start by saying that this story is heavy. It’s deep, it’s dark and it’s draining. There were times that I found myself emotionally unable to function for a while after reading sections of this book. So I warn you now, don’t go into this expecting a fluffy read. This woman went through a lot, much of it unfathomable to me and I’m sure it will also be to you.

But it’s definitely worth the read. It’s such an eye-opening experience, reading Lucia Jang’s perspective. People are always talking about wanting to read books that will change them or alter how they see the world. Well, this will do it.


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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Are you really shocked that this is on here? I’ve been a Novik fangirl for nearly a decade now. Her Temeraire series is gold and when I saw this had come out, I jumped on it. I was not disappointed. This book artfully mixes whimsy and fairy tale and darkness and grit together to tell a tale of a dark wood, a young maiden and a man who calls himself a dragon.

This book screamed nostalgia for me and honestly I couldn’t tell you why. I just felt like I was going home, reading this. It felt ‘just right’. I want to reread it again sometime soon and I want the rest of the planet to read it with me.


Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

This was my delve into epic space operas and science fiction that didn’t also scream ‘YA’. This book is a chunker. Heavy as a brick and just as big, this book introduces our solar system as an inhabitable if not deadly entity. This book had me from the prologue and didn’t let me go until after I had finished it.

What I loved most about this book was the way all the different genres were interwoven to create a gripping saga that I still want more of. Sci-fi and horror and thriller and at times, comedy. It was all in here. The imagery in this book was gritty and grimy and gave me the chills. The story and the characters crafted this could-be world that I could see myself in had I been born a hundred years from now. This book was by far my favorite sci-fi read of the year.

It’s good. It’s great. If you’re looking for a gateway into sci-fi, here it is for you.


And that’s it! The books I call my favorites. If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought! If you haven’t, read them and then tell me what you thought! :”D

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/28/2016 in Books

 

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17 in 2017

Hola!

Today marks four days until the end of the year. So I’m gonna list some books I’d like to read before this point next year. :”D Wish me luck.

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

There are a lot more that I want to read this year, but these ones popped into my mind as the predominant ones. I also went by books that I actually own already, so any that I want to read that haven’t come out yet or that I haven’t purchased yet are not included on this list.

If you’re planning on reading any of these, do let me know. :”D

 

 
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Posted by on 12/27/2016 in Books

 

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Post-Christmas Book Haul AKA The Year My Family Wised Up to My Antics | #13

Writing the words ‘Post-Christmas’ in the title crushed my soul a little bit. So much anticipation and it’s over already. D: Well, 364 more days ’til Christmas, I guess.

So explaining the title a little bit. If you’ve followed my blog at all, you’ll have seen that I put myself on buying bans and then break them all the time. I have this issue with buying books too quickly and not reading them at the same pace. All my bans usually occur around Christmas or my birthday because I have this little nugget of ‘I’ll get books as gifts’ knowledge in my brain that kinda lulls my addiction for a bit.

Welp, this year my family caught on to what I was doing, haha. I received two books for Christmas this year, where I would usually get five or six. They’ve limited me, hawhaw. So go them I suppose. I suppose.

This isn’t saying I only got two books this month. No no, I got some for myself too because I’m a hopeless case. And some unaware extended family got me book gift cards. Woot. I’m going to try to hold onto them until at least I get my goodreads goal met for this year (I need 4 more books by New Year’s! Wish me luck).

I’ll point out the books I got for Christmas, but otherwise, the rest were bought by me for me. 😛 Woop.


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House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern were gifts, but otherwise, this was all me. :”D

I’m very excited for all these books – The Night Circus and Frankenstein I’ve already read but otherwise they’re all new to me. Bookoutlet was a big part of the numbers you see. They had that black friday sale and well… as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a hopeless case, so… :”D


If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/26/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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Merry Christmas! :D – Blogmas 12/25

Today is the last day of blogmas and it’s Christmas! Me being me, I managed to give myself food poisoning yesterday, so my stomach’s been wiggly all day. Soooo I haven’t been able to eat any Christmas food. D:

But! I’ve saved plates of it in my fridge for later, hawhaw. I’m currently sitting on my livingroom floor surrounded by boxes and paper and stuffs while my cat acts crazy with her new gift and my SO reads through the one I gave him. Waiting on my friend to arrive to exchange gifts, then going to my parents’ place for dinner.

Other than that, I’m gonna nap, yo.

Merry Christmas, happy (early) birthday Jesus. I hope you all have a warm and wonderful holiday. 🙂

 
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Posted by on 12/25/2016 in Blogmas, Uncategorized

 

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It’s Christmas Eve! – Blogmas 12/24

Hello! If you follow my blog at all, you’ll notice my blogmas has been silent for the last two days. Aaaand I’m just gonna let them go. Not gonna try to make them up – I was jetlagged (still am) and definitely needed those days to just be a slug.

I’ll get around to posting about being in Malaysia eventually (maybe will post on my travel blog and link here – not sure) but for now I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas. :”D

I hope you find yourselves warmed and loved and in the company of a good book.

 
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Posted by on 12/24/2016 in Blogmas, Uncategorized

 

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