My 2016 in Books

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!):

The Stars

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.

Getting Life by Michael Morton – a heartbreaking true crime tale that fills me with fear. Full review 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.

The Statistics

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?


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