Top Ten Tuesday: End of Year TBR | Blogmas Day 14

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is about all the books I’d like to get to before the end of 2021. I have seven books to go on my Goodreads goal, so I’m hoping to finish at least that, but any additional ones would be great too.

So here’s my list of potentials:

My three current buddy reads, which have all picked back up, albeit slowly on my end, now that I’ve birthed and gotten my life somewhat organized again. I don’t know if any of these will be finished by the end of the year, but I’m definitely going to be reading them at least.

Nightbitch is my current solo read, though I admit it’s taken a back seat to my buddy reads. I don’t read my solo books unless I’m caught up on my buddy books and I’m fearfully behind at the moment so… I’m hoping to get to this one in between of the above ones.

And these are all the manga I want to hop into in between the books. I could read multiple volumes of them so that would put me up past the seven I need, hopefully.


And that is it. Buddy reads and manga for me from now til the end of the year! See ya tomorrow!

End of Year Book Tag!

Happy Saturday! I did this tag last year as well but it’s a new year, sooooo doing it again! I wasn’t tagged! Wah!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I started this one a couple weeks ago, but it’s fallen by the wayside because of buddy reads I’m in. I’ll finish it though!

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I hate the word ‘autumnal’.

I choose Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko – I’m currently buddy reading this with my irl buddies Katy @Bookbinderway and Amanda @LadyCorvinous. So far I’m really digging this, and I think the other two are as well. It’s not necessarily a book that takes place during fall, but it has ‘fall vibes’ if that makes sense.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I don’t think so. Aside from being on a ban, preventing me from buying anything anyways, I don’t believe any of my anticipated releases for this half of the year have still to come out. Or if they do, it’s obvious it wasn’t that anticipated. There’s one manga that’s come out since going on my ban that I definitely wanna pick up as soon as the ban is over, so that’s the closest I can get to answering this question.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb and Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin are two buddy reads I have coming up, so I’ll definitely be getting to them. Slade House by David Mitchell is… well, it’s one of the shortest books I own, and I’m like 17 books away from my TBR goal for the year, so… short books are gonna make up a lot of my reading for the rest of the year. Hwe hwe. Slade House gives me spooky vibes too so I’m hoping it’ll be good for fall-y season.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Honestly Vita Nostra, mentioned above, might just do it. I wasn’t expecting to love it but it’s surprised me so far. We’ll see how the ending is – it’s gonna make or break it.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Tentative ones, yes (This is the exact same phrasing I used to answer this last year).

If I achieve my TBR goal, I’ll set another, lower one. I also plan on making a manga TBR goal, and a buying-restriction of some kind. Not an outright ban but maybe like a ‘5 books a month’ thing or something. I’m not quite sure yet.

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And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

 

2019: A reading year in review, statistics, the whole shebang

2019

 Happy 2020

Today, I will be going over my reading year, my goals, my stats, and at the end I’ll be doing that ‘end of year’ survey thing. I’ll divide it by sections in case you’re only interested in bits and pieces of everything.

Here we go:

PS: If you wanna be buddies on Goodreads, add me, pal.

2019 Reading Goals

Originally posted as ‘2019 Reading Goals‘ on Jan 2nd, 2019

  • Read 50 books – Complete

I hit 118 things this year!

I was so close to this one. So damned close. As of writing this, I’m half way through the tenth and final book on the list, Interview with the Vampire, but with my schedule today (I’m technically writing this on the 31st), I know I’m not going to finish it. It’s just not feasible, unless I read every single second of time I have where I’m not socializing, and honestly that’ll make me hate the book, so I’m cutting myself a break. So when I do finish this book, I’ll consider this list ‘complete’. Nine out of ten though, that’s definitely the farthest I’ve ever gotten on one of these lists, and I’m proud of that.

  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month – Iffy

Some months I definitely stuck to it. Some I didn’t. Here’s the breakdown:

    • January – 5
    • February – 6
    • March – 7
    • April – 0
    • May – 0
    • June – 3
    • July – 5
    • August – 5
    • September – 5
    • October – 2
    • November – 5
    • December – 6

On average, this is about four books per month, but I don’t wanna call it a win because I did go over a couple months, even if I stayed under overall.

  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete

I went on a two and a half month ban this year between April 1st and June 16th, and I didn’t falter the whole time.

  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books. It currently sits at 283 – Complete

I hit 249! This is pre-Christmas-gifts though, so it’s up by a couple again, but that’s ok. I hit it, and was sitting there comfortably on December 24th, haha

I’ve since started participating in the next one, finishing March 31s, 2020. That’ll be a resolution for this coming year.

  • Post monthly book hauls – Complete

If you’re interested, all except April and May have them because I was on a ban.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Jun |Jul | Aug | Sep| Oct| Nov| Dec

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule – Iffy

I maintained this part of the year, especially the last few months and the first few, but for a couple months I was kinda just floating:

J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

I kept it up 6 out of 12 months, and for November and December especially, I’ve been doing even more posting than just three days per week. That’s why I’m marking this as not an utter fail.

  • Keep track of statistics – Complete

Did I neglect this all year and than record everything in one afternoon a day ago? Yes. But I did it, dammit, I have the stats.

Out of the nine resolutions I had, I completed six, half-assed two and failed at one.

66% is a passing grade, dammit. D+, yeah!


Reading Statistics

So I last-minute-to-complete-my-goal recorded a whole bunch of stats! Here they are!

October was by far my best reading month – I read 23 things! That was the month I buzzed through the Kiss Him, Not Me! manga series, which was 14 volumes long, so this doesn’t shock me.

I find it interesting that while I read more books in October, I read more pages in August. October was mostly manga, August was mostly books due to the Newts Magical Readathon.

So out of the 118 books I read this year, format-wise:

  • 71 were manga
  • 6 were graphic novels
  • 11 were hard backs
  • 11 were paper backs
  • 4 were mass market paper backs
  • 2 were ebooks
  • 13 were audio books

Type-wise:

  • 71 were manga
  • 6 were graphic novels
  • 36 were novels
  • 4 were novellas
  • 1 was an anthology

Genres! As usual, fantasy was my most read genre, but shojo manga made the second-most. What can I say, I’m a sap. Then there was sci-fi, slice of life, and then down from there.

Page-wise the balance is a bit different. Basically half the pages I read this year were fantasy. They tend to be longer books, so this doesn’t shock me, haha

Length-wise, most of the books I read were between 100 and 200 pages, and this makes sense as I read like 60% manga this year. All the longs ones I guarantee you are fantasy.

This I found interesting, mostly because my most read year was 2017, as opposed to 2018 or this year. And then there were a bunch published in the 2000s, and I’m pretty sure they’re mostly manga. No classics this year.

20 of the books I read this year were borrowed – either from a friend or from Scribd. All the audio books fall within this category. 51 were books I bought this year, 34 were ones I already owned from the previous year, and 13 were library books.

Age-wise, I read all over the place:

  • 40 were manga rated T
  • 26 were manga rated OT
  • 5 were manga rated M
  • 33 were adult novels
  • 12 were young adult
  • 1 was middle grade
  • 1 was new adult

I apparently read pretty diversely this year, though honestly I didn’t try to do it on purpose. Like… I didn’t try to not read diversely either, I just picked up what interested me, and most of them happened to be diverse! So neat! Only twenty-one books I read this year weren’t diverse in some fashion.

Author-wise, the most I read were from Japan, which, manga, makes sense. Then the US, and the UK making a very far-back third place.

Author’s gender-wise, I read from mostly women, followed by men, and it looks like unknown and multiple authors were tied for third.

And protagonist-wise, looks like I read from mainly female protagonists, too, followed by male, followed by casts of characters

And finally, the ratings. I had mostly three to four star books this year. It makes sense. 3 stars for me is ‘I liked it’ and 4 is ‘I really liked it’. I reserve 5s for ‘this is a new all-time favorite’ so even if I love a book, I won’t give it a five unless I decide it’s a new favorite… which explains the 4.5s and the 4.75s up there. I did have a handful of new favorites this year though, which is great, and will be discussed in another post.


End of Year Survey

This was created by Perpetual Page Turner and I’m swiping it like Swiper.

Number Of Books You Read: 118
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

There are a handful, and I don’t wanna spoil them here because there will be a whole post about it. The suspense!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

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

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae, in a good way. I honestly figured it was going to be middle of the road for me, and then I ended up really liking it!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter! I got two separate people to read it this year, yay.

 5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1 by Mari Okada Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

Starter: O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 1
Sequel: Blood of Tyrants
Ender: Assassin’s Fate

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard for sure. I’m on the third book of this series now and am enjoying it as much as I did in the beginning!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

You by Caroline Kepnes

You. It was unsettling. I liked it for the most part, but maaaaan.

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

Wild Ones, Vol. 1 by Kiyo Fujiwara

Wild Ones, the entire series. I think I buzzed through the 10 volumes it has in what, three days? Maybe four?

 9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I say this because I know I will: The third one is coming out, and I’ll need a refresher.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 4 (Land of the Lustrous, #4)

I really like all the bright covers of the Land of the Lustrous series

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

Temeraire the dragon from Novik’s Temeraire series. He’s such a puppy.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

No doubt.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

Nod by Adrian Barnes

Life changing? Not really. Definitely though provoking though. I still think about this one, man.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? 

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

It should be a modern classic, really.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

I don’t have one…. I don’t really mark quotes and stuff I like. I should but I don’t.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

See above! It’s up in the goodreads stuffs.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

AUGH.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

I don’t have any! Pbtbtbt.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

Obviously the one between Fitz and the Fool. It’s so damned wholesome and I love it ;~;

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 by Ryoko Kui

Based on a rec from Sionna @Bookinhereyes, and I ended up rather digging it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

None!

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda

This series is insane.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb

It’s the end of an era.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Ten Count, Vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

None! No soul crushers this year. Bit of a shame.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James


Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

I feel like… I feel like picking one is hard. -_- There are SO MANY 😀 I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to just pick one when I wanna list fifty but am too lazy to list fifty!

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

Probably the Manga Recs for Beginners one!

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?

Hopefully it shows up. Also, shameless plug to ig.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Probably r/Fantasy’s Bingo!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Blogmas! I love blogmas.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Blogmas! I love blogmas.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Weirdly, it was my review on Silver Spoon! It must have been linked somewhere, because I wrote it back in January, but it consistently still gets a couple hits per day.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Honestly, I can’t pick one out!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Honestly the fact that more of my friends are readers than I thought were, haha

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

…Scroll up and reread the top half of my post. :”D


Looking ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

I made a whole post about this the other day!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

There will be a post on this too coming up, but a sneak preview:

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Seep

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

Malorie (Bird Box, #2)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Keep being consistent!

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

LOL ‘already read’. I don’t get arcs, I’m too small.


And that – that is it. 2019 is done, 2020 is here, and it’s time to bounce into a new reading year. If you’re new here, welcome, I hope you think I’m neat. If you’ve been here for a while, thanks for sticking around – I appreciate you.

2017 | A Year in Review

2017 Reading Review

Hello! Happy New Year’s Eve! Today’s post being put up a tad later in the day than normal, as I used this morning to finish my last book of the year! 😀 So here’s an overview of all the reading-related things that happened this year: My goodreads goal, my blog activity, my 2017 reading resolutions, etc etc etc. I hope you enjoy!


My Year in Books

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Total books DNF’d this year: 1


Blog Activity

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Obviously most active month was December due to Blogmas, and there was a week in May there where you can see I was posting multiple times a day. Readathons do that. :”D

Total posts published: 142
Reviews:
11
Tags:
15
Top 5 Wednesdays: 26
Most popular post of 2017: Top 5 Angsty Romances

Wrap Ups:

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov

December:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. RowlingAll My Friends Are Dead by Avery MonsenCaptive Prince by C.S. PacatSanta and Pete by Christopher Paul MooreFool's Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb – 5 stars
Santa and Pete
by Christopher Paul Moore – 3 stars
Captive Prince
by C. S. Pacat – 4 stars
All My Friends Are Dead
by Avery Monsen – 4 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(illustrated) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay – 4 stars

r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀 It runs from March 2017 to March 2018.

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Reading Goals

Results of 17 in 2017:

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

Results of 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 50/50 – Complete!

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Current TBR: 301 – Complete!

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ~40 books –  Complete!

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 10/17 – Incomplete

So, three out of four goals completed. Overall, not bad!


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: 50
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Best series you started in 2017? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Sequel: The Blinding Knife  by Brent Weeks
Ender: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Brent Weeks
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Most memorable character of 2017?
Kip from The Lightbringer series
Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2017?
“This is the truth. You will know it because it hurts”
Longest and Shortest books read in 2017?
Longest: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Shortest: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen
Book that shocked you the most
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
OTP of the Year
Alina and The Darkling (please ;~;)
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Lia and Pauline from The Remnant Chronicles
Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite book of 2017 read based soley on a recommendation from another
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Newest fictional crush of 2017
The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy
Best 2017 debut
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
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 2017
None, actually
Hidden Gem of the year
Descender by Jeff Lemire
Book that crushed your soul
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most Unique Book Read in 2017
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book that made you the most mad
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be a 2018 priority?
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
Most anticipated non-debut 2018 release?
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most anticipated 2018 debut?
Haven’t looked into it yet!
Most anticipated 2018 series ender/sequel release?
See two answers previous
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2018 reading/blogging life
Maintain the semi-consistent posting schedule I managed to start up
A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2017. You silly.


And that’s it! I will see you all in 2018! 😀 I hope your reading year went as well as mine did!

December Currently Reading! | ’17

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Hello! Happy December 3rd! 😀

Now that nanowrimo is over, I’m hoping head first back into reading. It’s been lacking for the last month, so I wanna read as many books as possible!

Currently, I am reading three:

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)This is my buddy read with Zezee. She’s patiently waiting for me to get off my ass and finish the book so we can talk about it (thank you much, friend :D).

I am almost done! I’m pre-writing this post a bit, so at the time of writing, I am 3/4ths of the way through it. I’m seriously digging it so far. I’ve just come to enjoy Robin Hobb books I think. She could write about a rock and I’d read it.

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This has been on my currently reading for forever and honestly last month I even removed it because I hadn’t touched it in ages. Welp, I’ve picked it up again. But! This time around, I’m listening to it on audibook. I never realized how much I associated Simon Vance’s tone of voice with this series until I heard it again. He really puts the whole book together and I wish he could narrate my life.

But I’m loving this book, just as I’ve loved the first two. I have the fourth as a physical book and I know the fifth comes out soon if it’s not already out. This is seriously one of my all-time favorite series. I love it so much.

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This is another buddy read I’m in, started on December 1st with my buddy pal Ace and another friend of ours (whom I don’t think has a blog. Ace, link me if she does!). This is the third and final book in a trilogy and I’m rather liking it so far. It’s amusing and though it tries to be dark, I still kinda find it light and fluffy, haha. I like it. 😀

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! Thank you all my buddy reader pals for being patient with me. 😀

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