A Look Back at 2016 in Books

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Yes, it’s that time again.  A little reflection on the past year in books.  I did not write here nearly as much as I would have liked, but such is life.

This survey comes from The Perpetual Page Turner.

reading-stats-2016-1024x278-768x209Number of books you read: 19
Number of re-reads: 1.5
Genre you read the most from: historical fiction

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1) Best book you read:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2) Book you were exited about and thought you were going to love, but didn’t:  Cinder by Marissa Meyer
3) Most surprising (in a good or a bad way) book you read:  The Bad Lands by Benjamin Percy.  This book sounded so promising, but just sucked it up big time.  Awful.
4) Book you pushed the most people to read:  I don’t really push people to read books, but I did recommend the Outlander series to a few.
5) Best series you started:  n/a
Best sequel:  The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
Best series ender:  n/a
6) Favorite new author you discovered:  Charles Frazier
7) Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:  Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.  I don’t usually read too much nonfiction, but I really enjoyed this quick read.
8) Most action-packed, thrilling, unputdownable book:  I wouldn’t say that any of my reads were action-packed, but if I had to choose, The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon would probably be my most “unputdownable.”
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9) Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year:  Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
10) Favorite book cover:  Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
11) Most memorable character:  Marie-Laure from All the Light We Cannot See
12) Most beautifully written book:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  This one is modern literature at its best.  Just lovely.
13) Most thought-provoking/life-changing book:  Although I technically didn’t finish reading it in 2016, I loved You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero.
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14) Book you can’t believe you waited until 2016 to finally read:  Meh, none of my books were really on my to-read list for that long.  Besides, I’m never really caught up on what’s popular/on the best-seller lists.
15) Favorite passage or quote:  “Lovely, the way the sky works.  The constellations and planets and moons.  Enough reassurance to assure us of the probable continuation of the universe, but not so repetitive as to become boring during the limited span we have to watch it all spin around.”  p.371 Thirteen Moons
16) Shortest book:  A Plague of Zombies by Diana Gabaldon (94 pages)
Longest book:  The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (1,443 pages)
17) Book that shocked you the most:  The Outlander series has become a blur in my mind, but I know that there were some shockers in The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
18) OTP of the year (one true pairing):  Oh, Jamie and Claire, for sure.  The most loving, badass couple ever.


19) Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:  Cousins Ian Murray and William Ransom from the Outlander series
20) Favorite book from an author you’ve read previously:  The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
21) Best book you read based solely on someone’s recommendation:  Bossypants by Tina Fey.  I’ll be honest, I don’t really care about or for Tina Fey, but there was some funny stuff in this one.
22) Newest fictional crush: James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser is still up there at No. 1.
23) Best 2016 debut you read:  n/a
24) Best worldbuilding/most vivid book you read:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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25) Book that was the most fun to read:  Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
26) Book that made you cry or tear up:  n/a
27) Hidden gem of the year:  Meh, none were really hidden gem worthy.
28) Book that crushed your soul:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
29) Most unique book:  Cinder by Marissa Meyers.  I classify this as unique, but just barely.  I like the futuresque approach to Cinderella, but the author could have done so much more.
30) Book that made you the most mad:  An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon