2016 Year-End Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

Posted December 31, 2016 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 1 Comment

end-of-yearFolks, I cannot believe this year is over. I really just can’t fathom it at all. I remember putting this post together for my mid-year check-in and I was baffled that it was halfway through the year. And now we’re entering 2017 somehow. This has been such a bizarre year all over the place, between politics and celebrity deaths and other kinds of internet drama. I had a pretty great year in my personal life (and reading life), so I’m going to focus on the good and see what 2017 has in store for us. Hopefully something a little better…
books read As you see in my monthly wrap-ups, I keep my stats updated each time. The spreadsheet I use is definitely the reason for my organization. I use this time of year (in addition to the end of the year) to REALLY go all-out with my stats. It also helps me create new goals or update existing ones. SO HERE WE GO!

All of the Books Read This Year

FirstsIt's a Wonderful DeathSee How They RunThe FixerHex HallThe Distance from A to ZLiars and Losers Like UsThe ScoreArrowsHarry Potter and the Deathly HallowsThe Impostor QueenDreamologySaga, Volume 3The Dream ThievesReign of ShadowsThe Wrong Side of RightWe Are the AntsOf Beast and BeautySecond Time AroundStars AboveLinny's Sweet Dream ListNone of the AboveWanderlostMeet Me HereWhat Alice ForgotAfter I DoThe Way Back to YouA Study in CharlotteWink Poppy MidnightThis One SummerUnrivaledDream OnRebel Bully Geek PariahWinningThe MartianCruel CrownTrue Letters from a Fictional LifeSecrets of My Hollywood LifeSeven Ways We LieMy Lady JaneBlue Lily, Lily BlueAutofocusLiars, Inc.The Bad BeginningThe Reptile RoomThe Marked GirlThe Wide WindowRuby RedThe Memory BookThe Miserable MillRight of First RefusalWhen We CollidedThe Austere AcademyThe Ersatz ElevatorTwo SummersWe Should All Be FeministsThe Vile VillageQueen of HeartsThe Hostile HospitalThe Vanishing ThroneThe Lost & FoundThe LeavingThe Carnivorous CarnivalThe Forbidden WishThe EpidemicThe Slippery SlopeA Season for FirefliesDown with the ShineThe Penultimate PerilThe Raven KingFables, Volume 1: Legends in ExileWhere We FallThe EndJust a GirlScarlett Epstein Hates It HereThe SelectionAsk Me How I Got HereOut on Good BehaviorOn LocationThe EliteA Court of Mist and FuryFables, Volume 2: Animal FarmThe Islanders Vol. 1The Long GameMe Before YouRunMystic SummerThrone of GlassHistory Is All You Left MeOne True LovesAll the Summer GirlsThe Assassin's BladeSummer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesThe Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendDefending TaylorCaravalResults May VaryFables, Volume 3: Storybook LoveThe Fill-In BoyfriendRebel BelleDiplomatic ImmunityTell Me Three ThingsMiss MayhemIn Twenty YearsLady RenegadesWreckedIf I Fix YouHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2Truly Madly GuiltyGeminaBefore I FallNantucket RedGame OnSweet Carolina MorningThis Adventure EndsThe Year We Turned FortyThe Goodbye YearPaper PrincessBroken PrinceCherryLeave MeHeir of FireNine Women, One DressThe Hating GameThe Sun Is Also a StarReboundCruel BeautyThe GoalThe Thousandth FloorMs. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyDaughter of Deep SilenceTwisted PalaceDC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1: EnlistedQueen of ShadowsHow to Hang a WitchHere We Are: Feminism for the Real WorldThe UnquietLittle Black Dresses, Little White LiesThe AmateursCall Me Forever: Epilogue to Call Me, MaybeThis Is Your AfterlifeThe Burning SkyHeartlessReplicaMonstrous BeautyWinter StreetSeason of Second ChancesRise of FireWinter StrollSnow Like AshesTop Ten Clues You're CluelessAll I Want for ChristmasWhat LightWinter Storms (Winter, #3)Sometimes We Tell the TruthClose Enough to TouchThe Night Circus

Monthly Breakdown & Totals

stats

Totals

Books completed: 160
Books read:
144
Books reread:
16
Books DNF’ed: 
6
Books purchased: 66
Books & ARCs received: 84

Pages read: 55,872

Number of different authors: 121
Number of new “favorite” books: 14

LGBTQIA+: 6
Dual/multi POV: 27
Male narrators: 9

Averages

Average rating: 3.81
Average pages per day:
153
Average pages per month:
4,656
Average spending per month: $29.55

Age Targets

Young Adult: 109
New Adult: 9
Adult: 
35
Middle Grade: 
13

Series vs. Standalones

Number of standalones: 79

Number of books in a series: 87
First in a series:
29
Later in a series:
51
Last in a series: 9
Number of different series: 49

Formats

Hardcover: 24
Paperback:
14
ARC:
44
eARC:
21
eBook:
23
Audiobook:
24
Audio Mix: 
16

Genres

Contemporary: 84
Fantasy: 19
General/Misc/Nonfic: 
15
Paranormal: 11
Mystery/Thriller: 10
Retelling: 9
Dystopia: 6
Graphic Novels: 7
Science Fiction: 
4
Historical Fiction: 1

Authors

Female: 138
Male: 25
Both/combo: 
3

Ratings

five-stars 12

four-half-stars 31

four-stars 55

three-half-stars 34

three-stars 19

two-half-stars 5

two-stars 3

one-half-stars 1

Sources

Books read that I own: 20
Books read from the library: 57
Books I preordered: 10
Books I borrowed: 26

Random Fun

Smallest book read: We Should All Be Feminists (49 pages)
Largest book read: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (759 pages)
Most read author: Lemony Snicket (13)

Books read 300 pages or under: 47
Books read over 300 pages: 119

Most pages & books in a month: 7,108 pages from 23 books in April
Least pages & books in a month: 2,519 pages from 7 books in October

blog faves

I did a full wrap-up in different categories for my midpoint check-in, but wanted to highlight just a few under these basic labels. It’s hard to pick favorites when you have like 250+ blog posts in a year (holy shit).

Favorite Top Ten Tuesdays

Favorite Discussion Posts

Favorite Bookish Lists & Recommendation Posts

About book covers…
About upcoming books or blogging…
About my favorite books and recs…

Favorite Personal Posts

Favorite Cover Colors

challenge statusAs you know, I love challenges and tend to participate in them quite a bit. I always talk about challenge progress in each of my wrap-up posts, but it’s finally time to share my FINAL NUMBERS. I did such a great job this year and have to say I’m proud of myself for keeping up with these ones.

Completed

Debut Author Challenge

Goal: 12 books ||| Read: 20 books

Firsts – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Liars and Losers Like Us – Ami Allen-Vath
The Distance from A to Z – Natalie Blitt
Arrows – Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Dreamology – Lucy Keating
The Way Back to You – Michelle Andreani, Mindi Scott
A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro
Winning – Lara Zeises Deloza
True Letters from a Fictional Life – Kenneth Logan
Seven Ways We Lie – Riley Redgate
The Marked Girl – Lindsey Klingele
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here – Anna Breslaw
Tell Me Three Things – Julie Buxbaum
If I Fix You – Abigail Johnson
Cherry – Lindsey Rosin
The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee
How to Hang a Witch – Adriana Mather
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Sometimes We Tell the Truth – Kim Zarins

Contemporary Romance Challenge

Goal: 21+ books ||| Read: 63 books

Firsts – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Liars and Losers Like Us – Ami Allen-Vath
The Distance from A to Z – Natalie Blitt
The Score – Elle Kennedy
Arrows – Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Dreamology – Lucy Keating
The Wrong Side of Right – Jenn Marie Thorne
Second Time Around – Beth Kendrick
Linny’s Sweet Dream List – Susan Schild
Wanderlost – Jen Malone
What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Way Back to You – Michelle Andreani, Mindi Scott
True Letters from a Fictional Life – Kenneth Logan
Secrets of my Hollywood Life – Jen Calonita
Autofocus – Lauren Gibaldi
The Memory Book – Lara Avery
Right of First Refusal – Dahlia Adler
When We Collided – Emery Lord
Two Summers – Aimee Friedman
The Lost and Found – Katrina Leno
A Season for Fireflies – Rebecca Maizel
Where We Fall – Rochelle B. Weinstein
Just a Girl – Ellie Cahill
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here – Anna Breslaw
The Selection – Kiera Cass
Ask Me How I Got Here – Christine Heppermann
Out on Good Behavior – Dahlia Adler
On Location – Jen Calonita
The Elite – Kiera Cass
The One – Kiera Cass
The Islanders Vol 1 – Katherine Applegate
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Mystic Summer – Hannah McKinnon
History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend – Katrina Bivald
Summer Days and Summer Nights – Stephanie Perkins
Defending Taylor – Miranda Kenneally
Results May Vary – Bethany Chase
The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West
Tell Me Three Things – Julie Buxbaum
In Twenty Years – Allison Winn Scotch
The Islanders Vol 2 – Katherine Applegate
If I Fix You – Abigail Johnson
Nantucket Red – Leila Howland
Game On – Michelle Smith
Sweet Carolina Morning – Susan Schild
This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills
The Year We Turned Forty – Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
Paper Princess – Erin Watt
Broken Prince – Erin Watt
Cherry – Lindsey Rosin
Nine Women One Dress – Jane Rosen
The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
The Goal – Elle Kennedy
Twisted Palace – Erin Watt
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas
All I Want for Christmas – Jenny Hale
What Light – Jay Asher
Close Enough to Touch – Colleen Oakley

Backlist Books Challenge

Goal: 20 books ||| Read: 39 books

Hex Hall – Rachel Hawkins
Saga #3 – Brian K. Vaughan
The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
Of Beast and Beauty – Stacey Jay
Second Time Around – Beth Kendrick
What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
After I Do – Taylor Jenkins Reid
This One Summer – Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
The Martian – Andy Weir
Secrets of my Hollywood Life – Jen Calonita
Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
Liars, Inc. – Paula Stokes
Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier
The Selection – Kiera Cass
On Location – Jen Calonita
The Elite – Kiera Cass
The One – Kiera Cass
The Islanders Vol 1 – Katherine Applegate
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas
All the Summer Girls – Meg Donohue
The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J Maas
The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West
Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins
Miss Mayhem – Rachel Hawkins
The Islanders Vol 2 – Katherine Applegate
Nantucket Red – Leila Howland
Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas
Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas
Daughter of Deep Silence – Carrie Ryan
This is Your Afterlife – Vanessa Barneveld
The Unquiet – Mikaela Everett
The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas
Monstrous Beauty – Elizabeth Fama
Winter Street – Elin Hilderbrand
Snow Like Ashes – Sarah Raasch
Winter Stroll – Elin Hilderbrand
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20 books ||| Read: 26 books

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
The Imposter Queen – Sarah Fine
Reign of Shadows – Sophie Jordan
Of Beast and Beauty – Stacey Jay
Dream On – Kerstin Gier
Cruel Crown – Victoria Aveyard
My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
The Marked Girl – Lindsey Klingele
Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier
Queen of Hearts – Colleen Oakes
The Vanishing Throne – Elizabeth May
The Forbidden Wish – Jessica Khoury
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas
The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J Maas
Caraval – Stephanie Garber
Harry Potter and Cursed Child – JK Rowling
Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas
Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas
Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
Queen of Shadows – Sarah J Maas
Heartless – Marissa Meyer
The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas
Rise of Fire – Sophie Jordan
Snow Like Ashes – Sarah Raash
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Almost Finished

Rock My TBR Challenge

Goal: 25 books ||| Read: 18 books

Saga #3 – Brian K. Vaughan
The Wrong Side of Right – Jenn Marie Thorne
What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
The Islanders Vol 1 – Katherine Applegate
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Summer Days and Summer Nights – Stephanie Perkins
The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West
Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins
Tell Me Three Things – Julie Buxbaum
The Islanders Vol 2 – Katherine Applegate
Harry Potter and Cursed Child – JK Rowling
Nantucket Red – Leila Howland
Daughter of Deep Silence – Carrie Ryan
Miss Marvel #2 – G. Willow Wilson
The Amateurs – Sara Shepard
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas

goal progress

At the beginning of the year, there was a TTT for your 2016 resolutions – bookish or otherwise. I always use that topic to explain the reading, blogging, and personal (but somewhat bookish) goals for the year. I’ll talk about my “progress” on each of these goals/resolutions and let you know if I consider it a pass, fail, or ehhh attempt.reading goals

Read less…and give myself time to focus on other hobbies

PASS • I didn’t ask for a reading slump but it certainly happened. I spent most of October enjoying other hobbies like listening to podcasts, watching Netflix and new fall TV shows, and seeing friends. I’m really happy I had that time and need to just get over the fact that I had a slump. I finished my Goodreads challenge without going over too much and that was the whole point of this year – to not feel the constant pressure to read.

Stop messing around with books I’m not 100% interested in

PASS • I finished the year with six DNFs, which is huge for me. There are a few in there that I might come back to at some point but it’s unlikely. I like feeling that I didn’t waste my time on bad books! I hope I continue to keep up with this goal next year because it’s an important one.

Complete all my challenges and focus on personal projects

MOSTLY PASS • I did probably 70% of this one I think. I did finish all my reading challenges! It was tough towards the end of the year but I definitely made it happen. I didn’t really work on any personal projects but did more personal posts on the blog. So I’m happy about that… but I do need to get going on my Nostalgia Project by finishing off a few series I planned to read or reread in 2016. Maybe I’ll work on that TBR for January/February.

Keep up with my general lack of book buying, use the
library a lot, and read books on my effing shelves

PASS • Yes! I spent WAY less money on books this year. I didn’t buy random books when I was at the mall and kept my preorders down to a bare minimum. I’m really happy about that. I had some great friends who lent me books I really wanted to read so I didn’t have to buy them either. My shelves just can’t handle it! With that in mind, I did a good job of reading books I owned and also using the library quite a bit. Big win over here.

person goals

Focus on other hobbies instead of reading 24/7

PASS • As I mentioned above, I’ve done a better job of reading less. I felt less pressure to read all the time and used my usual reading time for other things. I spent more time with Chris – going out and doing things, or just staying at home and watching things. I read in the morning before work and at night before bed, but I cut back on other reading time. I focused on TV and Lego and podcasts and other good stuff.

Get out more and see friends

MOSTLY PASS • I did a great job of this towards the end of the year. I was feeling closer with my girls because of some other drama we dealt with, so that was great. I went out with old friends, hung out at their houses, and had a lot of Mexican food with my ex-coworker. It was fantastic but could definitely be improved for 2017 still.

Listen to more music and less audiobooks

PASS • I didn’t think podcasts would take over, but they did. So! Next year that’ll probably be a goal too. My subscription to Apple Music did allow me to listen to more music and less audiobooks. Some mornings I watched Netflix while getting ready instead of listening to audiobooks, which wasn’t exactly what I had in mind… but close enough I guess?

blog goals

Organize my folders on Dropbox to make blogging easier

MOSTLY PASS • I did go through and finish up my floral graphics folder because sometimes it was hard to find good sets that I needed. I didn’t change anything else though. I moved some of my personal pictures and graphics around too. My Camera Uploads folder is organized by year now. So, I guess this is a mostly pass because I could definitely do some more moving around!

Keep up with my organizational and planning methods

MOSTLY FAIL • My blog planning is pretty good using Google Calendar and my spreadsheet, but I could definitely do some more stuff in my bullet journal. One of my resolutions for 2017 is to really USE my bullet journal for everything I want to use it for. I hope I can keep it up and want to switch to my new one for this year, so I need to actually make it worth it. I’m still not really sure if I care about making this happen honestly.

Post more discussions and original features… and less reviews

PASS • I did a good job of posting more discussions. I created new features and linked up with new memes as well. I lumped reviews together into one post instead of multiple, but still gave ARC reviews their day in the sun. I think I posted maybe 1-2 reviews per week, when my goal was 2-3. So this one is definitely a pass. WOO!

Goals for July – December

I was really impressed with myself for sticking with those goals, so I also wrote a small list of goals to keep in mind from July through December. Let’s see how I did on some of those…

Read more books I own instead of ARCs or library books | Mostly pass
I did a good job of focusing on books I own. I say this primarily because I made a huge push in November and December to finish off the Rock My TBR Challenge. I did use the library more towards the end of the year too, but not enough to derail my progress on that.

Only listen to 2-3 audiobooks per month or less | Pass
Yep! There were a few months where I basically listened to just one audiobook. I got addicted to podcasts in October so it was pretty easy to do less audiobooks. I also found myself enjoying music again since I subscribed to Apple Music for now. So yes! A nice and solid A+ on this goal.

Let myself marinate more on books before jumping to the next one (at least one sleep) | Mostly pass
There were many nights where I finished a book then went to sleep, and didn’t pick out my next book until morning or even a day later. I did marinate more on books because I sort of was reading less overall.

Collaborate with another blogger on something else, maybe a blog series of posts | Fail
Nope. I did the Netflix and Books Tag with Erica back in the middle of the year but that’s it. I didn’t really have any big ideas to collaborate on something, except for the usual Book Buddies reviews. I really would love to make a feature for sometime next year but I can’t decide on what I want to do yet.

Work on a legitimate holiday feature (again maybe with another blogger?) | Pass
I’d have to give myself a mostly pass on this one because I did do my usual holiday stuff. I didn’t really think about a “legit holiday feature” because what even would that be? BUT! I also did a couple of extra holiday posts (like Christmas Coziness) that I usually wouldn’t do. So, a full pass it is!

Find a planning strategy that works for me | Mostly pass
I started being better about my bullet journal at the end of the year. I also integrated some bookish things into it, so that helps I guess. I don’t really need a new blogging organization strategy, except for a way to track ARC publishing dates. I love my spreadsheet and Google calendar. I think that’s enough for now.

Post only 2-ish book review posts per week to have more room for fun | Pass
Yep, I did a better job of consolidating book reviews into one post, while giving ARC reviews a full post alone (most of the time). Because I was reading so much less at the end of the year, I was able to have some weeks with only one book review post. It was kind of nice. Let’s see how I can keep that going next year!

Get better at taking instagram pictures and participate in more challenges | Mostly fail
I did participate in the end of year book challenge on Instagram, but that’s about it. I don’t really like bookstagram too much because I don’t like to take the time arranging props. I did, however, find a style that works for me. I always enjoy taking photos of me reading books or the places I’m in when I read. My instagram is full of cozy pictures in bed or on the couch, or reading with a view on my lunch break. And I’m okay with that.

Finish organizing my Dropbox folders | Mostly fail
I mean, whatever. This wasn’t a priority for me. I did organize things in a reasonable way. I went through and cleaned up some of the graphics folders too. Some tidying but that’s about it.

Start and finish a Netflix show I’ve been meaning to start binging | Pass
I’ve started a few shows and have kind of finished lingering ones, but that’s it. Chris and I started and finished a couple of shorter shows (like Luke Cage and Stranger Things) so I’ll give myself a pass on this one. I didn’t do it myself but I feel like I banged out a few things in general! (I also started/finished The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt within a couple of weeks so I guess that counts.)

Cover an entire bingo card | Pass
YAAAS FINALLY! I did this for the last bingo card of the year that ended in November. I was in spitting distance by the middle of November so I pulled together a random TBR to plan it all out. I’m so glad I finally did it!

looking aheadFor my check-in halfway through the year, I put some goals here (and achieved most of them, as you can see directly above). I’m not sure what I want to say for 2017. I posted my resolutions the other day, so here they are again in a more simplified form.

  1. Read less and give myself more time to focus on other hobbies
  2. Reinvigorate my Nostalgia Project and reread more books
  3. Read books I own, from my shelves
  4. Expand further beyond contemporary romance
  5. Crank out some shows on my to-watch list
  6. Be a bit more spontaneous in general, but make more plans with friends
  7. Figure out my career path and the possibility of going back to school
  8. Save up a lot of money and pay down debt
  9. Stick to a blogging schedule with less posts each week
  10. Develop long-range blog- and book-related goals
  11. Link up with challenges each month to show I’m participating

One response to “2016 Year-End Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

  1. It’s seriously so inspiring to see how you’ve managed to mostly achieve the things on your goals list! I love seeing people check things off 😉 Also, the stats you keep are EPIC. I do keep a spreadsheet, but I definitely don’t have all of that information on hand 😉

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