Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Wrapup

Well, the world might not be going too well just now but my reading year was pretty good, so let's focus on that for a bit.

I read about 145 books, not counting fluffy mysteries and such.  I don't keep track of fiction vs. non-fiction or male vs. female authors or anything, so I haven't got any more statistics.  Literary highlights of the year included real-life events like a trip to the UK and meeting a favorite author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

I have a terrible time picking favorites, but a few great reads this year were:

Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Invisible Library
Gentian Hill
Our Town
The Big Green Tent
Before We Visit the Goddess
The Shepherd's Crown

Outwitting History
Stonehenge
The Importance of Being Little
How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind
The History of the Franks 
The World Between Two Covers
The Lost Art of Dress
The Broken Road
Home Fires
Up From Slavery

With challenges, I am pretty happy with how I did:

Back to the Classics 2016: I aimed for, and read, all 12.

Mount TBR: I hit my goal of 24 books.

2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge: I set a low goal of 10, and ended up reading 24.

Reading England Challenge: This was the second year of this challenge, and while I did read some books set in England, I pretty much completely failed to pay any attention to this challenge.  Sorry, o.  But I did actually VISIT so that was entirely awesome.

I tried to pay a lot of attention to my Classics Club list, with the happy result that I have just 8.5 books left to go before my March deadline.  I've been prepping a new list, but at the moment it is severely out of control and I think well over 150 books.  I pretty much just threw everything I'd ever like to read on it, so it's going to need some pruning.

I still have a bunch of actual books to post about and I suppose there's no hope of finishing clean and starting the new year with a blank slate, but who cares?  So I'm going to stop now and think about what book to tell you about next.  Here's hoping that 2017 will bring us all some good news, many happy days, and plenty of great books.





7 comments:

Ruth said...

: D I think visiting England sets the new standard for Reading England.

Kristen M. said...

I also have zero chance of cleaning the slate before 2017 but I guess it leaves me some cool books to talk about right away so that's good since I've been doing a lot of rereads lately.
Anyway, I hope you have a great New Year celebration!

Kailana said...

Judging by your title, you must be eager to get to 2017. lol Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2017!

Jean said...

Ha! I didn't even realize. Thanks for pointing it out!

looloolooweez said...

My goodness, 145 *not* including the fluffy stuff -- that's impressive! Also, hot dang, you're almost done with your CC list. I'm not even close to done and I've already been working on my next list, and I'm having the same problem with narrowing it down... it grows and grows, because there are SO MANY awesome books that just HAVE to be read, right?

Gin Jenny said...

Hahahaha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't count huge quantities of comfort reading in their reading totals. Cause that is a thing I do every year. Who knows how many romance novels I read in a year? NOT I.

Jean said...

EXACTLY.