2016 has not been my most productive year in terms of reading or blogging, but it certainly has been fun. I tried to remove pressure and stress from my hobby this year and, for the most part, succeeded:
- I accepted my last review book ten months ago and have remained commitment-free ever since.
- I didn't join any challenges in 2016, not even the goodreads challenge. No more avoiding long books!
- I joined fewer events and readalongs, carefully selecting those that truly interested me.
- I wrote fewer book reviews, opting instead for shorter 'book briefs'.
- I mostly read what I wanted, when I wanted... free-range reading!
Number Of Books Read
51 - one book per week is a comfortable pace
70% / 30%
Nonfiction is down slightly from last year, but I'm still happy with 30%.
66% / 34%
New authors/ tried-and-true authors
26 / 22
5 - down 50% from last year
7 - not as many as last year, but I have read 46/50 from my Classics Club list
22 - 8 as audio only, 14 were read/listen combinations
Shortest & longest book:
Ten Days in a Mad House by Nellie Bly - 101 pages
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg - 944 pages
Most popular & least popular book:
(based on number of goodreads ratings)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hanna - 521,084 ratings
Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball with the '86 Mets by Erik Sherman - 19 ratings
Favorite Books Read In 2016:
Fiction: The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
Classic: Germinal by Emile Zola
Nonfiction: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
(my full list of 2016 favorites is here)
Most surprising book (in a good way):
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
My first, and longest, book of 2016... I waded through 900+ pages/nearly 24 hours of audio of this debut novel, only to be disappointed by the non-ending. Now, nearly a year later, I'm still thinking about the characters and excellent writing. (my review)
2016 bookish highlights:
The Classics Club/Classics Club Spins
Litsy... have you joined yet?
Plans for 2017:
I don't anticipate any major changes at Lakeside Musing... more free-range reading, readalongs with friends, blogging events, and continued bookish chatter.
Thank you for reading and talking about books with me this year.