First, the stats:
41% real books
I used to read a lot more e-books because it was the easiest way to get a book. I like audiobooks but they are just supplemental for me, when I can't be reading an actual book - like when I'm driving or running. My favourite way will always be a real book though, and I definitely read more of those once I got my library card.
9% were male authors, 91% were female.
Considering I only joined the library back in August I think that's pretty good! Maybe next year I will change it to say already owned or bought in 2017 so I can see how many books I buy vs already own/borrow.
3% were nonfiction.
Nonfiction is totally not my jam. My non fiction choices are almost always memoirs like You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) or As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, which are the kind of books that 'read' or feel like fiction, if that makes sense. They are also always audiobooks because non-fiction cannot hold my actually-sit-down-and-read-attention.
As for other genres - so many can fit in different sections and I don't think I read a huge variety. Lots of YA, fantasy, romance and 'chick lit', with a sprinkle of mystery or thriller.
Star rating breakdown:
Clearly I am quite fond of that 4 star rating! I always feel bad giving 1 star, so not too many of those. I thought there would be more 3 stars.
No DNFs this year. I don't know why. Perhaps I just didn't even bother with books I knew I wouldn't like, or if I gave up/put aside really early I didn't record it because I might go back to it. It could also be because I suck at quitting books.
The first book I read: well, I think I started it in 2015 but the first book I finished in 2016 was Revolution which I very much did not like at all, no sir.
The last book I read: Well, we have a couple more days but as of right now it will be The Hypnotist's Love Story.
Longest book: Empire of Storms
Shortest book: Batter Up
The best books this year
Shades of Magic - I can't wait for the 3rd!
Soulless - I absolutely adored this book, the rest of the series was good as well, but the first hit it out of the park.
Take Me With You - I still think about this book and I read it in May.
A Hundred Summers - Loved this.
Swear On This Life - Such a good one, gobbled it up.
Beauty & the Clockwork Beast - this is definitely one that is not for everyone, but oh! My heart with this book. I wish I could erase it from my memory so I can read it again.
Maybe In Another Life and One True Loves - loved both of these. Girl can write.
Red Rising Trilogy - okay, technically not finished this trilogy yet, but I have a feeling I will love the 3rd as much as the first 2.
Runner up reads
Graceling & Fire - I loved both of these, Bitterblue less so.
The Wrath & the Dawn (and the second) - loved these, and don't quite know why.
The Butterfly Garden - I really don't read books like this often, and I couldn't put it down.
Small Great Things - Picoult always makes me feel all the feelings, but this time she made me really think.
Eligible - I recognise this isn't great literature, and it's not even a good P&P retelling but still. My heart loved it.
A Knight In Shining Armour - Not gonna lie, the ending made this book a runner up instead of one of the best. I understand it and it made sense, but it took away a little of the loving from my heart and I can't help that.
I Let You Go - another that's outside my normal kind of book and I couldn't put it down.
Penryn & the End of Days series - I don't know what it is about these books but I still think about them and got such enjoyment out of reading them. Definitely not for everyone, but absolutely for me.
(they weren't bad, they were just disappointing for some reason or another)
Brooklyn, The A to Z of You and Me and When I Found You. I had high expectations for these for different reasons, and they all fell flat. I was most disappointed with When I Found You, because I loved Take Me With You.
Wish I hadn't read these
Exposure to a Billionaire and The Last Star.
Best books by month:
January: Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
February: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
March: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
April: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
May: Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
June: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
July: Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
August: Beauty & the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen
September: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
October: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
November: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
December: Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
That's all folks. Linking up with Steph & Jana.
If I had to choose just one book to be my favourite of 2016.... I would probably say Beauty & the Clockwork Beast because I just loved it so much, and didn't expect to. Does that mean it was the best book ever, and everyone will love it? Absolutely not, far from it. But that's the fabulous thing about reading, something for everyone!
What was your favourite book in 2016?