I was hoping to eek out one or two more books before the end of the year but a quick glance at my schedule tells me this is unlikely. It has been a good year; I read more books than last year. My final total: 168 new books in 2016. (Only 3 re-reads, though. 😦 ) It was a total of 41,409 pages (less than average but the book quality was overall better.)
My average rating was 3.5 stars and a great chunk of the books came from my to-read list (hurray!) For several weeks, I actually had that list under 950. (Then the Summit Oxford 2017 Reading List was published. Sigh.) However, it is still under 1,000 which I consider quite the accomplishment.
Last year I met the gang at the Algonquin Round Table…this year I discovered the literary circle of the Detection Club and in particular became enamored with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton. (I’ve always loved these authors but I didn’t know much about their personal lives.)
My favorite book this year: All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.
The most disappointing book: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg.
My favorite author from this year: Anne Brontë.
The most unexpectedly-good book: Written in Red by Anne Bishop. (Disclaimer: dark book, not for everyone. I found the sequel inappropriate and did not finish)
The best series I read this year: The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan (at any rate, it was the only series I started and decided to finished)
The best guilty-pleasure book: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.
The longest book: Winter by Marissa Meyer. (832 pages)
Shortest book: The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. (48 pages)
Best Fairy Tale: Valiant by Sarah McGuire