Thanks to Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide & Andi of Andi's ABCs for putting together the Statistics Survey 2016! Look at how my reading habits & my 2016 TBR stacked up!
- Total: 160-ish. I did a lot of rereads that I couldn't count via GR so I tend to forget those.
- Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 4 *shakes fist at GR for counting all my audiobooks as "pages" read*
- Between 400-449 pages: 9
- Between 450-499 pages: 9
- Over 500 pages: 5 (3 over 600)
- Over 1000 pages: ZERO because ain't nobody got time for that
- Audiobooks: 74 (might go up one if I can get to it)
- Re-reads: um. A lot? Every audio except three were rereads, I listened to several audiobooks multiple times, and a couple other books in physical or ebook format. So.... a lot. I'm going to hazard a guess it's somewhere around 90?
- DNFs: none? I think? I don't like to DNF. It takes a lot. Although I did finally make a DNF shelf and move some books onto it after a permanent hiatus. In that case, 4.
- Five Stars: 19 (10 actual books, 9 audiobooks)
- One/Two Stars: 26 (17 actual books, 9 audiobooks)
Number of book events attended in 2016: 25
Number of books you read in one day: 42. But keep in mind I'm counting books that I read in 24 hours, even if it's technically over two days. When I was looking at my books on GR, I was pretty shocked how many of these are audiobooks because usually those take me several days.
Number of books that made you cry: a lot. Probably most. I'm totally a crier.
Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order: 16, I think, mostly on Amazon but one each on BD and B&N
Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): A Court of Mist & Fury (Baltimore, MD: 1,378 miles), First & Then audiobook (Chicago, IL: 932 miles)
Book that you personally connected with the most: either Geekerella by Ashley Poston or The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Both beautiful 2017 reads!
Book that made you love the villain: I don't have any where I genuinely like the villain (sad because those are fun) so I'll say A Torch Against the Night because I love to hate the commandant. She a bitch.
Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: embarrassingly, I have like 13 books that this has happened to. Usually it was because I started it, but something more time-sensitive pushed it away and I forgot to go back. Most embarrassingly: Last Seen Leaving and And I Darken
Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: The Upside of Unrequited. Once this book came into my possession, there was no way I was going to wait for it, and I'm so glad I didn't.
Book you read on your birthday: Looks like Truthwitch
Book with a character who shares your name: Gemina (character literally is me. I die.). My Lady Jane (awkward. She's the villain!). Trouble Makes a Comeback (moonshiner. WTF is wrong with these characters???).
Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating: nope. If anything, my ratings were lower than ever this year. I had waaay too many 1 and 2 star reads.
Book you read in 2016 but already want to re-read: Well, I kinda have already reread several since I do audio rereads, but definitely Gemina, Geekerella, Upside of Unrequited, ACOMAF, This Adventure Ends, The Score, The Beauty of Darkness, and probably a few others.
Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: Um... I think I'm pretty good about returning things, but I think Stardust, which I borrowed from a coworker in college in 2008. I literally never say this, but watch the movie instead. It's incredible.
Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again: See my want to reread list!
Most books read by one author this year: 15. I read oh so much Sarina Bowen.
Happiest & saddest: Weirdly enough, both are 2017 books. Happiest is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. It just felt so good to read! Saddest BY FAR is Goodbye Days. I didn't go a single page without crying. I kept having to take breaks to breathe and rehydrate.
- By page number: The Beauty of Darkness (679 pages). Blonde Date (104 pages)
- By title: I had a lot of really long titles, but: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (9 words, 50ish characters) and Us (2 letters)
- From buying to reading: I have no idea. I don't keep track of that sort of thing. I own FAR too many books to attempt it.
- Audiobooks: A Court of Mist & Fury (23 hours, 17 minutes). Blonde Date (2 hours, 25 minutes)
Best & worst…
- Average rating on Goodreads: Highest: A Court of Mist & Fury (4.74. I gave it 5). Lowest: Just Another Girl (3.31 stars. I gave it 2, but so few people have it right now. I'm sure it'll go up)
- Books you read & your rating: Best: IT'S TOO HARD TO PICK! 5 stars to The Upside of Unrequited, Blonde Date, Gemina, A Court of Mist and Fury, This Adventure Ends, The Beauty of Darkness, Geekerella, Girl Against the Universe, and Trouble is a Friend of Mine. Worst: 1 star (would probably give less) to The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Professional, and Wink Poppy Midnight.
- Series enders: Best: THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS YASS QUEEN LIA GET IT. Also pretty happy with The Winner's Kiss and Crooked Kingdom. Worst: Lady Renegades, but I was also pretty disappointed in The Goal, The Boy is Back, Us, Beautiful, and The Rose and the Dagger.
- Audiobooks: Best: 5 stars to Blonde Date (I listened to it like 7 times), Beautiful Player (also about 7 times), Gemina, ACOMAF, My True Love Gave to Me, Since You've Been Gone, Illuminae, These Broken Stars, Just One Year, and A Torch Against the Night. Worst: the audiobook for The Mistake can burn in hell (I'd say this for The Deal also, but I listened to that in 2015. But what the hell; they can meet there). Also not good: One Night That Changes Everything, The Rose and the Dagger (I DO NOT like that narrator), and Dream of You.
First & last…
- Reads of 2016: The Year We Hid Away (Jan 1) and (hopefully) The Book Jumper or an audiobook after The Winner's Kiss.
- Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): This doesn't fucking work with my book collection because there aren't enough shelves, and my books exist in precarious piles stacked haphazardly around my apartment.
- Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: yeesh. Really making me think here. I was disappointed in Rose & the Dagger after Wrath was wonderful. The Goal was also frustrating after such an amazing series. And The Hating Game, which ALL MY FRIENDS I ALWAYS AGREE WITH ON ROMANCE BOOKS, was not great. Good. But not great. I expected more. Red Rising. Just Another Girl. Summer Days & Summer Nights. Miss Mayhem & Lady Renegades. All the Feels. The Distance from A to Z. The My Lady Jane audiobook. Lots of disappointment. DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES: Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Walk the Edge, and The Witch Hunter. I love Katie McGarry, but I've been iffy on several of her recent books, and Razor was supposed to be a psycho. Trouble was not really on my radar, but it was AMAZING. And I didn't hear much about The Witch Hunter, but what I did hear wasn't impressive. BUT THEN I REALLY LIKED IT. YAY for unexpected goodness.
Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: As with everyone else, I am fully invested in Team Rhys now in ACOTAR. I didn't abandon the fandom, per se, but I am not very invested in the Shadowhunter Chronicles anymore. I still haven't read CoHF so I can't possibly pick up Lady Midnight. I knew like 6 years ago that promising so many books would make it difficult for me to keep up. I just hate the wait. And as much as I love Susan Dennard and Truthwitch, that's not at all a fandom I want to be intensely involved with, even though I'll read the books.
Series you picked up & series you quit: I started a bunch of new series this year, but the two I'm most excited about right now are Trouble is a Friend of Mine/Trouble Makes a Comeback and The Witch Hunter. I didn't quit series so much as do a really, really poor job finishing them. One that I'm taking an intentional break from, though, is the Beyond series by Kit Rocha (it's erotica).
Most lenient & harshest ratings: I do judge my romance and my YA on a different scale. If a romance is entertaining and swoony, I'm bound to enjoy it, which means mostly 4s with some 5s. I demand more from my YA: better characterization, writing, inclusivity, plot development, etc. My harshest rating is probably for The Mistake audio, though, because I really loved the book, but the narrator is AWFUL. Most lenient rating... I don't know. Maybe for my reread of the audio for My True Love Gave to Me? I gave it five stars because it's so enjoyable as a reread that things that used to bother me don't anymore.
Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped: Truthwitch, ACOMAF, Crooked Kingdom, The Hating Game. Obviously. Under the radar (ymmv): Trouble is a Friend of Mine & Trouble Makes a Comeback
Book you hugged when you finished it: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Book you wanted to throw across a room: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (you know why)
Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: I always want, like, Mediterranean when I read Wrath and the Dawn and Rose and the Dagger because that's the closest I know to Middle Eastern food. Couscous and tzatziki sauce and gyros and lamb/chicken shawarma...
Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Furthest out of your comfort zone: Natural Law by Joey W. HIll
Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): Not *quite* a recommendation, but I had to read Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick for work.
Forced yourself to finish: Wink Poppy Midnight or The Mistake audio
Series or author’s works you binged: I binged Sarina Bowen's Ivy Years series TWICE this year (once in ebook, once in audio)
- Post of 2016: Stars Above review & giveaway
- Review of 2016: Stars Above review & giveaway
- Non-review post of 2016: Mary in the Library post where I talk about what I do at my library
- Post of 2016: will probably be this one
- Review of 2016: Trouble is a Friend of Mine review & giveaway
Number of posts in 2016: 44 (wooooow that is so very low oops)
Number of reviews posted this year: 13
Least coherent review: Gemina gif review because I was trying to avoid spoilers
Post with the most views: Mary's Clearing House giveaway, but the best non-giveaway post was my Hype Machine post THAT I LOVE
Post you wish you could re-write: none? I go back and fix typos, but I'm pretty damn proud of my blog (even though I don't post as much as I'd like to) so no. I wouldn't rewrite anything.