7th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 9 January, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments

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How is it that it’s 2017 already? As you may have figured, I was not able to post my responses to Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey last month as I was busy migrating this blog to a new server, but on the plus side it did give me a bit more time to think about the books I read over the course of 2016…ish… ๐Ÿ™‚

To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries. And without further ado:

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal record that I’ve been keeping track of, I’ve read 213 books last year

Number of Re-Reads:
According to said list, 20 books (down from last year; funny, it felt like I re-read more, but I guess not)

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads fantasy takes the top spot again fro me this year, followed by historical fiction

Best In Books

01. Best Book You Read In 2016? (If you have to cheat โ€” you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)
I’m too lazy this year to break it down by genre, so off the top of my head:

  • Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs (review)
  • Alexander Lernet-Holenia’s Mona Lisa (review)
  • Maria Rainer Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggs (review)
  • Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway (review)
  • Mhairi MacFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello (review)
  • Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey (review)
  • Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (review)

02. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didnโ€™t?
Oh, there were a few: Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, Brian McClellan’s Promise of Blood (both of which ended up as DNFs), Kate Williams’ Storms of War (review)

03. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (review). I wasn’t entirely sure what I was expecting when I started reading it but my mind was blown. Also, Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs (review); I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

04. Book You โ€œPushedโ€ The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs (review) probably, especially early on in the year ๐Ÿ˜›

05. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Best series started: Isaac Asimov’s Foundation (review)
Best series ender: Caroline Linden’s Six Degrees of Scandal (review), Hannu Rajaniemiโ€™s The Causal Angel (review)

06. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Caroline Linden, Andre Alexis, Amy Stuart, Mhairi MacFarlane, Seanan McGuire, Angela Slatter, Alexander Lernet-Holenia

07. Best book from a genre you donโ€™t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
No titles actually spring to mind here, as my blog name suggests I am quite the eclectic reader ๐Ÿ˜›

08. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Could not put down Amy Stuart’s Still Mine (review) once I started reading it…

09. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I think a lot of the poetry books I read this year will be re-read a some point next year (Anna Akhmatova, Kate Clanchy, e.e. cummings, Vera Pavlova…)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
I love the book cover for Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (review; because STARS):

Angela Slatter’s Of Sorrow and Such is also gorgeous (review):

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Is it funny to say Colonel Brandon? Amanda Grange’s Colonel Brandon’s Diary (review) is a life-changer, you guys ๐Ÿ˜›

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Alexander Lernet-Holenia’s Mona Lisa (review) was stunning and left me with all the feels.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016?
While I do read poetry on occasion and swear on Lorca as my favourite poet ever, it wasn’t until I read The Poetry of Rilke (review) that I really started reading a lot of poetry and started writing my own poetry again. The power of Rilke, y’all ๐Ÿ˜›

14. Book you canโ€™t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
There were a few but I’m going to say Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride (review) and Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road (review). Oh, and Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam’s poetry (reviews to be posted soon-ish; cannot believe I didn’t get around to reading their works in its entirety despite having written a thesis involving them O_o).

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I always have a few but just to keep it brief:

For some time yet, I shall still be able to write all of these things down or say them. But a day will come when my hand will be far away from me, and, when I command it to write, the words it writes will be ones I do not intend. The time of that other interpretation will come, and not one word will be left upon another, and all the meanings will dissolve like couds and fall like rain. โ€“ The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke (review)

And here’s one that amused me:

“What, by throwing math I don’t understand at people I’ve never met?” – Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (review)

Oh, and just for fun:

If an asshole weeps in the forest and no one is around to witness it, is he still an asshole? – “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” by Isam T. Malik

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest book: Jennifer Fallon’s “First Kill”
Longest book: Federico Garcia Lorca’s Collected Poems (review)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Serena Burdick’s Girl in the Afternoon (review) certainly left me all “Oh no they didn’t!” lol

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I was rooting for Rachel and Ben from Mhairi MacFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello (review). Oh, and Victoria & Albert from Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria (review) *hearts and stars*

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I’m sure there are tons but I remember loving the friendships in Mhairi MacFarlane’s You Had Me At Hello (review)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author Youโ€™ve Read Previously:
I believe I read Brandon Sanderson’s Bands of Mourning (review) at the start of 2016

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Mmmm…hmm…um, I dunno, it wasn’t really recommended to me but rather I watched the miniseries first but let’s go with Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (review)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Well, Amanda Grange’s Colonel Brandon’s Diary (review) affirmed how awesome Colonel Brandon is for me ๐Ÿ˜€

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
It didn’t come out in 2016 but Ilana C. Myer’s The Last Song Before Night (review) was all kinds of wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox Gambit (review)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Sarah Anderson’s Adulthood is a Myth (review) and Heart and Brain: Gut Instinct (review to be posted this month) were fun to read

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs (review) and Mhairi MacFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello (review)

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Going with a different title here, I’ll say Osip Mandelstam’s Voronezh Notebooks and Anna Akhmatova’s poetry (reviews to be posted later this year)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (review) was pretty soul-crushing but also pretty affirmative

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Hmm. I’m going to go with…Adi Tantimedh’s Her Nightly Embrace (review) because of the Hindu gods being thrown in the mix ๐Ÿ˜›

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesnโ€™t necessarily mean you didnโ€™t like it)?
Emily Gee’s The Sentinel Mage (review; read the review if you want some premium entertainment from me ๐Ÿ˜› )

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

01. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I’ve enjoyed commenting and checking out the new blogs that I did last year but special shoutout to Maddalena@spaceandsorcery whom I met through Sci-Fi Month last November and who posted all those awesome quotes from Babylon 5 per season (if you don’t know what Babylon 5 is, you should check it out)

02. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I enjoyed plenty of reviews I’ve typed, thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

03. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Not necessarily on my blog but whenever an author would tweet me after having reviewed their book continues to amaze me ๐Ÿ˜›

04. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Sci-Fi Month in November (see event tag) is always fun!

05. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
No particular moment comes to mind, really; any comment about a review I’ve written or something I’ve referred to just makes my day, really

06. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I actually don’t know just because the blog was on hiatus last month so I didn’t quite get my WordPress year in review stats…And yes, I’m too lazy to go dig for it ๐Ÿ˜›

07. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
There’s always a few posts that I wish would get more love but anyhow…

08. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Actually my best discovery last year wasn’t bookish related at all so yeah, no answer for this one…

09. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I didn’t really set any goals or completed any reading challenges this year…I did read a ton of poetry, though, so yay that? ๐Ÿ˜€

Looking Aheadโ€ฆ

01. One Book You Didnโ€™t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Funny story, and I mentioned it in last year’s end of the year survey, but Patrick Rothfuss’ Wise Man’s Fear. I’ve been re-reading The Name of the Wind but I didn’t quite finish it last year (I have maybe 200 pages to go) so yeah, once again it’s on the top of my list of books I will get around to reading ๐Ÿ˜›

02. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Who’s coming out with books this year? Deborah Harkness, Susanna Kearsley I think? I could’ve sworn I was chatting with someone about this last year or the year before…

03. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
As always I’m horrible when it comes to knowing debut novels in advance, so we’ll just wait and see ๐Ÿ˜‰

04. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Another good question; I actually don’t know :3

05. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
I’m hoping to go back and re-read a bit more this year (especially as I did a bit of reorganising of my book shelves recently) as well as get around to some classic literature titles I’ve been meaning to read for ages

06. A 2017 Release Youโ€™ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I actually have two ARCs sitting on my TBR shelf so I can’t really say at the moment ๐Ÿ˜›


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my end of the year book survey for 2016! Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Curious to check out a few? Be sure to link up, I’d love to see what books made it on your survey! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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6 Responses to “7th Annual End of the Year Book Survey”

  1. 213 books is unreal to me! My highest year is 41. I cannot even fathom 213. I still need to read Isaac Asimov’s works. I’ve heard such good things. I’m glad you had such an awesome reading year.

    • How I get to those numbers baffle me as well, to be honest :3

      I’m so happy to have finally gotten around to reading more of Isaac Asimov’s works, I hope you enjoy reading his stuff when you get to them ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Isi

    Lianne, 213 books are quite a lot! And I’m so jealous you are into poetry. I try it but I don’t get used to it; it requires too much effort from the reader. Nevertheless, I’m still trying, maybe I haven’t found the poems that “talk to me”.
    Hope 2017 brings amazing reads.

    • Thanks so much Isi! I hope 2017 brings you more awesome books to read as well ๐Ÿ˜€

      Agreed, it does take that special poet or batch of poetry to really get into the form, not to mention reading a variety of different types to get a sense of what style you prefer. Hope you’re able to find a batch of poems or a poet that speaks to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hmm, maybe I should read Fifteen Dogs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha, I remember selling a lot of copies at Chapters in December 2015, but it never caught my attention. I’ve also /still/ got Three Day Road sitting under my bed (I remember your original review lol), but I don’t feel like he’s an author I need to prioritize anymore :/ I have Every Heart a Doorway on hold right now – I’m really looking forward to that.

    • I hope you enjoy Fifteen Dogs should you check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€ Definitely a surprise favourite of mine from last year xD Aww, no rush on getting around to Joseph Boyden; one’s TBR is always shifting and reprioritising itself. And I hope you enjoy Every Heart a Doorway! I can’t wait for the next book to come out ๐Ÿ˜€

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