A Year in Review | 2016

31 Dec


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:



Total books DNF’d this year: 1

Stats for the Embuhleeliest Blog:


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
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


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


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


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10 responses to “A Year in Review | 2016

  1. JazzyBlogs

    12/31/2016 at 9:18 am

    I used to read lots and all of a sudden I just stopped! One of my goals for 2017 was to read more and get back into it and this post inspired me somehow. I can’t wait to fall back into the world of reading 🙂


    • embuhlee

      12/31/2016 at 9:24 am

      Aw I’m glad to hear that! 😀 Best of luck to you! I hope you read some great books this year.

      Liked by 1 person

      • JazzyBlogs

        12/31/2016 at 9:27 am

        Thank you, and I hope you do too!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Zezee

    12/31/2016 at 11:15 am

    I really want to read Hyperion too. I read Dan Simmons’ Song of Kali earlier this year and it was so good. Great storytelling there.

    Liked by 1 person

    • embuhlee

      12/31/2016 at 11:32 am

      Do it! His storytelling in this one is pretty vivid too 😀


  3. theorangutanlibrarian

    12/31/2016 at 11:17 am

    hahaha liked your answer to the last question! And well done on completing all of your reading goals- that’s amazing!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. anovelglimpse

    12/31/2016 at 11:37 am

    Great job this year! I hope next year is just as grand!

    Liked by 1 person


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