What a year. Like many others, I can’t wait to see the back of it! Without dwelling too much on the sadness of 2016, here’s a look at my year in books.
I set my Goodreads challenge goal at 52 books. I tend to do this every year. It feels like an achievable goal. This year, I finished 55 books, though 8 of these were graphic novels. I was undecided about whether to include these within my challenge, but in the end I decided I would. Here’s a quick video of all the books I read (sorry, there is some naff music attached to the video – just press mute!):
I gave 5 stars to just 5 books:
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell – this warm, comforting, delicious read was my introduction to Maggie O’Farrell and I will definitely be reading more of her works this year! You can read my full review of this book here.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – the book the whole world should read! I reviewed this one here.
I See You by Clare Mackintosh – a tense, gripping thriller that I could not put down. I haven’t reviewed this one, but I enjoyed Clare’s first book, I Let You Go, even more, if that’s possible, and I have reviewed that one here.
The Moth edited by Catherine Burns – I read this after Brexit, after Trump, after the world went mad. It reaffirmed my faith in humanity.
62% of the books I read were by female authors.
20 books were by American authors, 25 by British authors.
10 books (a dismal 18%) were written by authors of other nationalities. I definitely want to increase that number this year!
1 book received 1 star
8 books received 2 stars
19 books received 3 stars
22 books received 4 stars
5 books received 5 stars
The Year Ahead
For 2017 I have set my Goodreads reading challenge target at 52 again. I aim to read less US authors, more ‘international’ authors. I’m happy that I read more British than American authors in 2016 and would like to keep it that way. As I never stick to them, I’m not going to commit to any other challenges this year, but I plan to focus on reading the books I already own and buying less (though I do have some Christmas/birthday vouchers to spend – woohoo!). I will be highlighting a few books that I definitely want to read this year in an upcoming blog post, so do look out for that!
What was your favourite read of 2016?