2016: a year in the (shelf) life

It’s the beginning of a new year, which is the best (and only) time to look back on the reading year that was. By some freaky coincidence I read the exact same number of books in 2016 as I did in 2015: 69 – just can’t quite crack that 70 mark. Maybe 2017 will be my year…

I read some absolutely cracking books last year – these are my top 6:

  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  • The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

I also read a couple of real duds:

  • 10:04 by Ben Lerner
  • Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
  • Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (by FAR the worst thing I read last year, and maybe ever…)

Something I noticed was that when I looked at the books I’d read with the most pages, I gave them all really high scores, thereby proving once and for all that I love big books and I cannot lie…

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 by Amie and Jay Kaufman and Kristoff
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton

Random stats

Out of the 69 books read:

  • 12 were written by people of colour
  • 44 were by female authors
  • 28 were literary fiction
  • 16 were from the library
  • 11 were either kindle/audiobook

Overall, I feel like I had a really good reading year – some books really affected me (A Little Life), some inspired me (Big Magic), some angered me (Blood Promise), some left me feeling meh (Boy, Snow, Bird) and many just reinforced why I love reading (too many to mention).

I hope your reading years were just as productive and happy!

2 replies »

  1. I’ve always wanted to read Ben Lerner’s 10:04. I’m glad you mentioned that it was a dud for you. I can at least read more reviews before I pull the trigger.

    All in all, a great year in your shelf life. 🙂

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    • 10:04 was a real surprise for me, because I was really excited about reading it, but it just didn’t resonate with me at all. I thought it was trying to be a bit too clever. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts if you get around to it!


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