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2016 Reading Stats & Favourites

2016 Reading Stats & Favourites

Okay this is embarrassing. This post has been in my drafts since… well, 2016. And now it’s suddenly March. Anyway, time to look back on 2016, and give you some statistics as well!

I have no idea how I feel about 2016. My year started out horribly, so the only way was up. Minus the first few months, 2016 was a good year for me personally, with plenty of traveling and stability in my professional life. But beyond that, 2016 was rather crap wasn’t it? Politically (but I won’t go into that) as well as seeing all my favourite celebrities pass away, mostly unexpectedly, at ages far too young…

While I won’t say I was angry at the world, I did often give the world the middle finger and stood firmly for what I believe in. One big fuck you was given through my reading. As my personal revenge on the world, this year I have been reading almost exclusively books by and about women, LGBTQIA+ and PoC. When I was reading all the ‘official’ end-of-year lists by the big media, I regretted this not a bit. All lists, both international as well as national, are dominated by white men. I swear, I have yet to encounter a ‘big’ list that is made up of more than 30% women, for starters. How completely unimaginative and lazy. Fuck that.

Anyway! As every year, I set out to read 52 books and was already far ahead early in the year. My reading slowed down in the last quarter of the year as I was just too busy (busy having fun, mostly, no complaining there!). I still ended up reading 77 books.

This is what Goodreads looks like for 2016:


You can see all the books I read in 2016 here, or you can take a look at my Goodreads Year in Books.

And here are my reading stats for 2016:

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Top Ten of 2015

Top Ten of 2015

Unlike last year, when I gave you top tens for all my favourite genres, this year I’ll just give you my overall top ten of favourite books for 2015! Making this top ten was actually not that easy. Although there were a lot of 4 and 5 star books last year (44 out of 63!), I somehow feel not that many books really stood out, if that makes sense? Despite that, I read a lot of excellent books and was able to make a top ten, so here is my list of books I’d wholeheartedly recommend!

Harry Potter The Dark Forest The Letter for the King Slade House Read Real Japanese Fiction

Top Ten of Books Read In 2015

  1. Harry Potter(series) by J.K. Rowling
    This is cheating, because these books will forever by my #1, no matter how often I read them.
  2. The Dark Forest (Three-Body #2) by Cixin Liu
    This is definitely my favourite read of the year, along with The Three-Body Problem. This book is among the best science fiction I ever read and I can’t wait for the last volume.
  3. The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
    This is one of those books that I read as a child, and then read again this year. It’s gorgeous, it’s a classic, and it’s just been translated to English in 2013 so you can all read it!
  4. Slade House by David Mitchell
    I loved this little book. Reading another Mitchell always feels like coming home (which is easy because of what Mitchell does to his characters).
  5. Read Real Japanese Fiction edited by Michael Emmerich
    Loved the way this book is set up, loved the selection of short stories. Great little book for Japanese language learners.
  6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    I read this book when I had the flu (haha). Really enjoyed this book, its pace, the way it skipped between different times, and it was completely believable. Loved it.
  7. Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano
    This was the surprise of the year. I had no expectations and then this book blew me away.
  8. Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman
    Ah, this book. I adored the first book, Seraphina, but the second part in the duology didn’t start out as fantastic as I had hoped and I got worried. But Hartman didn’t disappoint and oh, these books, my poor heart.
  9. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
    This book is both absolutely adorable, and has a few very unexpected aspects to it that make it interesting for adults too.
  10. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) by Robert Galbraith
    This is the only 4 star book on this list (despite me rating several other books with 5 stars). I guess it slipped onto the list because it’s one of the last books I read in 2015. I didn’t really like the first part in the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, it was a disappointment. So I was bracing myself for The Silkworm, because I really want to like these books. And thankfully I really enjoyed this one (+ loved the theme).

Station Eleven Genocide of One Shadow Scale Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH The Silkworm

2015 Reading Stats

2015 Reading Stats

Ah, 2015. Definitely a year of highs and lows and very few inbetweens. The year started calmly, then I went through a period of a few months were I was exhausted and unfocused, then things got better and the last three months were great fun! I was looking forward to some quiet time during my Christmas break, to recharge and start 2016 afresh. But nope, the end of the year turned into a small nightmare with serious water damage to my home (everything fixable, thankfully, but repairs will take weeks). What a start of 2016, sigh.

As for reading, I once again set out to read 52 books. I was already halfway there in April, but soon I slowed down. In the end I did adjust my reading challenge to 60, and ended up reading 63 books (I finished 2 books on the last day of the year, hah).

This is what Goodreads looked like for 2015:

Goodreads Challenge 2015

You can see all the books I read in 2015 here, or you can take a look at my Goodreads Year in Books.

And here are my reading stats for 2015:

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Top Ten Twednesday: 2015 Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten Twednesday: 2015 Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten TuesdayMy apologies for being late with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but I’ve been having a bit of a rubbish last week of the year… Still, like everyone else I am looking back on 2014 and forward to 2015 so I did not want to miss this week’s TTT.

2015 Bookish Resolutions

  1. Cull my bookshelves.
    I have been clearing out my bookshelves in 2014, giving away books left and right that I felt certain I won’t be reading anywhere within the next ten years. I’ll continue to do that in 2015. I am a very organised person on the whole and will not let my bookshelves get out of hand!
  2. Read the books I own.
    Despite regularly clearing out my bookshelves, they still house an embarrassing 279 unread books at this moment… *cough* In 2015, I want to read the books I actually own! Let’s see if I can make a dent into that tbr.
  3. Don’t buy as many new books.
    This was actually going better and better this year. Lately I haven’t been feeling the need to buy so many new books. I do still want to allow myself to buy new releases that I actually want, and I’m giving myself some leeway for my go-to genres, but I’ll definitely be strict with myself (or so I say). I don’t want my bookshelf to cross that invisible border of 300 unread books!
  4. Finish series I’ve started.
    Was going quite well this year, so I’ll try to keep that up.
  5. Read 52 books.
    My goal for 2015 will be to read 52 books again. Like this year, last year, the year before that…
  6. Stick to challenges.
    I haven’t made up my mind yet about which challenges I’ll join in 2015, but I want to stick to them more.
  7. Read whatever I want, when I want to.
    That clashes a bit with the ‘stick to challenges’ one…
  8. Put down books I am not enjoying.
    If a 100 pages in I still don’t like the book, I should just put it down. I didn’t create that life-is-too-short shelf for nothing!
  9. Keep on top of this blog.
    I am not the most active blogger but I am really enjoying blogging this year and I’m so happy I met all these amazing people. I’m not going anywhere in 2015!
  10. Be more active socially.
    In the book blogging world, that is. Comment more, interact more… 🙂