Hello fellow readers! 2016 was quite a tough year. For some reason, people seem to hate 2016 and be glad that it's finally over. As for me, 2016 was a good year because I finally graduated and got my Master degree. Although reading-wise, 2016 was not as good as 2015. I didn't read as much as I did in 2015 and I mostly read comics/ graphic novels, which kind of shows that I did less reading in 2016. Well, if we want to talk about statistics, I think Goodreads has done a great job in that.
Favorite Books of 2016
I read 80 books in 2016 which is less than what I read in 2015. I managed to read about 124 books in 2015. But yes, as you can see from the stats, I finally read The Book Thief! I can't believe how long I put off that book. It ends up being one of my favorite books of all time. Speaking of favorite books, I found a few books that I enjoyed reading more than others. Here are my favorite books of 2016.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
Reading Challenge Wrap-Up
Now, into the reading challenge. In 2016, I participated in a reading challenge called Read Big Challenge 2016 hosted by Sasti over at Legitur. I decided to participate only in one reading challenge because of the epic failure that happened in 2015. I chose that particular challenge because I want to push myself to read those intimidating books with over 500 pages. The point system and whatnot from the challenge are just fun addition. So, for the challenge I managed to read four books which qualified in the featherweight category. The books that I read are:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Once by Cameron Dokey
Kissed by Cameron Dokey
My total points would be : 4 books read & reviewed + featherweight class (1) = 4 + 1 = 5 points
Project Five Books
Most of the people who are in the book community must have known about this project. Basically, the premise is for every five books you read, you're only allowed to buy one. I didn't publicly announce that I was doing this project, but I kept track of what I read vs what I bought. I successfully did the project in 2015 with two books reward left! I also managed to cut down my TBR from 132 to 81. That's something, right? so I did it again in 2016. Well, the number of books on my TBR pile is still decreasing, but only by four.
Doing this project in 2015 was much easier because I was a broke student. I didn't add many books to my TBR pile (with the exception of unsolicited review copies). I simply didn't buy books because I couldn't afford it. While last year since I wasn't taking any classes except for my thesis, I had some spare time. I used that spare time to do some freelance job and I'm not as broke as I was in 2015. That's my friend, is dangerous. I bought more books than I was supposed to. Not to mention, Big Bad Wolf book sale happened in October and boy, I splurged. I end up buying 25 books without finishing the appropriate amount of books. In conclusion, I fail.
In 2016, I started doing monthly wrap-up. Because there are times when you read a book that doesn't leave much impression on you that it's not worth to write a separate review post about it, but you still want to talk about it anyway. The wrap-up posts accommodate that. I started writing wrap-up in March and has been doing it since. I also mention some favorites, whether it's a TV show, a movie, music, or random things that I discover each month. Writing those wrap-ups and favorites are fun. I enjoyed it and I'm gonna keep doing it this year. Here's my wrap-ups and favorites in 2016.
Okay, I think I've covered everything. Although I didn't read as much as I wanted to last year, I did read some books that I should have read years ago. I also finished some series that I should have finished many times ago. I finally read comics, superhero comics. I even genuinely like some of them, such as The Killing Joke and Planet Hulk. Now, I am excited to delve more into the genre. I do have some new year resolutions. I still haven't decided whether to post it or not. All I'm saying is I hope 2017 will be a great year for all of us, reading-wise or in general. Happy New Year!