CL: End of Year Book Survey 2016

2016 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 93! That’s up from 60 the year before

Number of Re-Reads: 2, which is unexpected.

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

Best in Books 2016

  1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
    Patient Zero by Johnathan Maberry. Totally unexpected, and I think if I didn’t have the audiobook, I never would have been interested in the book.
  1. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
    Armada by Ernest Cline. I loved Ready Player One, but this was not nearly as good. Nowhere near as good, despite having a strong 80s nostalgia.

  1. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?
    The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. It was so bland and boring, and I barely remember any of it. The reviews made it sound like I’d be more annoyed than bored due to lengthy descriptions of outfits. I barely noticed them.
  1. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?M
    Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I kept after my wife to read it until she did. Sadly, I think she’s the only one I recommended a book to this year that read one.
  1. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
    The Joe Ledger series by Johnathan Maberry. Fantastic thriller/horror novels with a technical and scientific angle that I wouldn’t have anticipated. I loved them.
  1. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
    Johnathan Maberry. Never heard of him before, and devoured like 9 of his books this year.
  1. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
    Patient Zero by Johnathan Maberry. After 2016, the horror genre is no longer out of my comfort zone, but it was when I started.
  1. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
    Predator One by Johnathan Maberry. Lots of crazy action happening there involving drones and self driving cars.
  1. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
    Kill Switch by Johnathan Maberry. The next Joe Ledger comes out this year, and I will want to be refreshed.
  1. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

    The Heir
    by Kiera Cass. Her books always have the most beautiful covers.
  1. Most memorable character of 2016?
    Tom Imura, of the Benny Imura series starting with Rot & Ruin.
  1. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
    Love Wins by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell. It’s about the fight to legalize gay marriage. The histories and lives of the men and women involved are just so beautifull written.
  1. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
    Love Wins by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell. As a woman married to another woman, this resonated with me. I needed to read it and understand.
  1. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
    Freakonomics. I’d heard many good and bad things about the book, and had been curious for years. Took me over 10 years from it’s release date to read it.
  1. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

    Patient Zero by Johnathan Maberry
  1. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
    Shortest: 45 pages, The Witch Who Saved Christmas by Katie Penryn
    Longest: 896 pages Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  1. Book That Shocked You The Most
    The character death in Kill Switch at the end was NOT what I was expecting. It actually made me cry.
  1. Favorite Romantic Relationship of the Year
    Alex & Ian from Alex by S.M. Shade
  1. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
    Lex and Uncle Mort in Croak, Scorch, and Rogue by Gina Damico.
  1. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
    Dangerous by RG Alexander. This only counts because I read Curious in December 2015. For some reason, only a few authors were ones I’d read before 2016. This was the year of new authors for me.
  1. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
    You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. Many people said it was great and funny and to check it out. I enjoyed it quite a bit, so it wasn’t a wasted book.
  1. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
    Honestly? None, I’m not really the fictional crush sort.
  1. Best 2016 debut you read?
    I didn’t read any books written by authors with a debut in 2016. If it was published in 2016, the author already had a book out.
  1. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
    Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. It’s set some 800 years in the future, and the world isn’t what it seems. Swans are a serious problem, it’s not legal to produce spoons, and humans don’t see all colours. Instead, some only see in black and white, and others see one, maybe two colours at most. The story follows Eddie, who can only see red, but can see almost all red. He’s in love with a girl that’s a Grey, and being pursued by a girl that’s a Purple, and who wants children with excellent purple colour vision.
  1. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It’s a re-read, but all the word puns kill me. And it’s fun!
  1. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
    Rogue by Gina Damico. The ending of that book was completely not what I was expecting, and I cried all over while finishing it. It’s hard to drive while crying.
  1. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
    Love and Decay by Rachel Higginson. 2 years after the zombie apocalypse, Reagan and Haley are just trying to get by when they meet the Parker family, a group of brothers protecting their 8 year old sister Paige. They band together with the idea of making it to South America, where there’s maybe research for a cure. What’s great about the books is that they’re told in tv format: it’s a season, with each episode advancing the plot, but also having the problem of the episode to fix.
  1. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
    Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes. What a waste of paper, ink, and time. The main character is dreadful, and the story is dumb.
  1. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
    Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds. It’s 2 books in one: the story of Darcy, who’s sol the first novel she’s ever written to a major publisher, and the book she wrote. Each chapter alternates between the stories. I’ve honestly never read anything like it.
  1. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
    The Crown by Kiera Cass. The ending was dumb, and it’s like the rules set down in The Heir were thrown out just to give Eadlyn more angst.

Looking Ahead to 2017

  1. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
    Kill Switch by Johnathan Maberry. The next Joe Ledger comes out this year, and I will want to be refreshed.
  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
    I keep saying I’m going to read One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I suppose I should get to that
  1. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
    Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey. It’s based off The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
  1. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
    Nothing comes to mind, because I don’t generally read debut authors books. I wait for someone to go “hey, read this” before I make the plunge.
  1. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
    Dogs of War by Johnathan Maberry. Not a series ender, and technically not a sequel, but a continuation of the series.
  1. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
    Blog more than once a month about the books I read

3 thoughts on “CL: End of Year Book Survey 2016

  1. Wonderful review of books. I have put on my list Patient Zero. As this sounds like one I would enjoy. These days I am not reading as much. How many books do you read a year?
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  2. It sounds great to blog about your reading stats of 2016. But 93 books in 2016 sounds a LOT to me;)) I read a lot for my study and I went to reading other books than law books, but I never fully returned to reading. Shades of grey seems interesting, but I don’t think I will pick it up to read. I admire you to be willing to reread some books;) when I was about 14 years old I remember reading a book for more than 10 times. Yes, I liked that book a lot;)

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