It’s hard to believe that 2016 has ended and we are into 2017 already! 2016 was a hallmark year for me. In real life, I had some great adventures with my friends and got engaged. In the blog world, well, I created my blog and began my journey to make friends and better understand books. I think it’s only appropriate to do a high-level reflection on the previous year, as well as set some dreams for 2017! Without further ado:
Thanks for Goodreads, it’s easy to get some books stats. I used to keep more manual track of my reading, but… well, tracking for the sake of tracking is exhausting. Now I’ll let other systems get stats for me. 🙂 Here are some of the more interesting statistics:
- 178 books read
- 48,807 pages read
- 3 books DNF’d
- Shortest book: Marvel’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Issue 1 (24 pages)
- Longest book: Marvel’s Oz Omnibus (1,080 pages) [When I realized how many volumes there were, I went big instead]
- Average book length: 280 pages
- Average Rating: 3.5 stars
- Most Read Genres: Graphic Novels, Memoir, Fantasy
- Most Read Reading Level: Adult
When you read 178 books, there are bound to be quite a few 5 (and in some case 6!) star books! Below are a collection of my favorites. All links are to reviews on my blog.
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafazi
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
- Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
- At Home with Madhur Jaffrey by Madhur Jaffrey
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- What’s A Soulmate? by Lindsay Ouimet
And when you read any collection of books there are bound to be some duds. 🙁 It’s a shame, but it’s true. Below are my least favorite reads for 2016. Yikes. I hope to avoid 1-star books completely in 2017 (if I can help it). The two without review links were both 1 star reviews, hence the lack of posted reviews…
- The Heist by Janet Evanovich
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- The Gunslinger by Stephen King
- The Descendants by Rico Green
- Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac
- The Bees by Laline Paul
We’ve just passed the 1 year anniversary of Death by Tsundoku! YAY! I haven’t really looked at stats all year, but I am super curious, and I found this to be interesting.
- Thursday is the most popular day to read my posts.
- The majority of views occur between 9-10am central time.
- Top Commenters: Danielle @ Books, Vertigo, and Tea; Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom; Naz @ Read Diverse Books; and Anne @ Inked Brownies
- I wrote 126 posts this year! Holy smokes!
- Death by Tsundoku had 4,867 views and 2,321 visitors — It might be small to some, but this is huge to me!
For most of the year, I only wrote review posts. Now I’ve started to branch out a bit. My favorite posts are still book reviews, but these are some of my favorite non-review posts from this year. I look forward to expanding this list in 2017!
- Discussion Questions
- This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag
- Guest Post: Why Indigenous Authors of Hawai’i Matter
- #Thanksgiving Readathon with Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction
- Author Interview with Lindsay Ouimet
- 1 Year Blogoversary!
In my 1 Year Blogoversary post I identified some aspirations for 2017. Those aren’t specific enough goals for me, however. Plus, today’s Bout of Books post is about goals for 2017! Here are my concrete goals for 2017:
- Never have a backlog of more than 5 books which need to be reviewed.
- Spend at least 5 minutes a day blog hopping.
- Expand the book discussion question database by at least one book a month.
- Maintain posting at least twice a week.
- Participate in at least 5 cross-post style events (such as guest posts, readathons, etc) with other bloggers.
- Make the Thanksgiving Readathon with Ottavia a real thing! Planning! Posts! Prizes! All of that stuff.
- Expand my non-book review posts, specifically the Between the Line series and a few other series ideas I have floating in my head; write at least 6 this year.
What do you think?
- What are your favorite and least favorite books you read in 2016?
- What sort of posts are your favorite to read?
- If you are a blogger, what is the post you are most proud of from 2016?
- Do you have 2017 resolutions? If so, what are they?