2016 Book Report

Last year, I got the idea of doing an annual book report from one of my favorite blogs, like want need. It was a nice way to revisit all of the different books I read throughout the year. I realized suddenly that it's already halfway through March and I never posted one for 2016! You can read last year's book report here

This year I tried something different - I had been wanting to reread the Harry Potter books (my favorite books of all time, no shame), but I didn't want to spend my already limited reading time just rereading the same books over and over again. My friend Maggie gave me the idea to listen to audiobooks during my commutes, and that has been awesome. Not only are the Harry Potter audiobooks really well done, it's made my dreary hours in the car so much more enjoyable. The audiobooks are quite expensive if purchased individually, but with an Audible subscription you can get them for much cheaper. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial and get one free book credit *here!

  • GOAL: 16 books - though I see now that when I wrote last year's book post, I thought I'd read 24!
  • READ: 17 books
  • BOOKS BOUGHT AT INDIE STORES:  7 - this is slightly down from last year, which is probably because I started Book of the Month Club as well as threw in some audiobooks
  • FAVORITE:  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. A close second was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
  • LEAST FAVORITE:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book wasn't bad, really. It just felt like an attempt to capitalize on all the hype from Gone Girl, and it wasn't nearly as well done.
  • LONGEST:  Although I listened to the audiobook instead of reading it, Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix is easily the longest at 870 pages. Next was A Thousand Splendid Suns (372 pages).
  • SHORTEST:  The Pearl by John Steinbeck - 96 pages.
  • FUNNIEST:  This is one of the reasons I like doing these reviews... not one of these books is really "funny", and most were kind of depressing. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is pretty lighthearted, I guess. Maybe I should read some at least a funny book or two this year...
  • SADDEST:  Quite a few sad books in this group, but I think Sophie's Choice is the clear winner here. Runner up would be All at Sea by Decca Aikenhead, a memoir about the aftermath of her partner's drowning death. 
  • BEST COVER:  I do really love the Harry Potter cover illustrations, but Dark Matter's cover is my favorite out of the new books I got. 
  • WORST COVER:  I really disliked the covers for both Sophie's Choice and Under the Net.
  • MOST OVERRATED:  Definitely The Girl on the Train
  • READ OFF MODERN LIBRARY TOP 100:  3 - books #94-96. I really didn't read enough of these this year, I need to focus more on that list in 2017.
  • READ FOR BOOK CLUB:  Only 4... my book club sadly fell apart last year. 
  • BOOKS FROM BOTM CLUB: 2, and I still have a whole pile to get through. I actually stopped ordering them until I can catch up!
  • AUDIOBOOKS: 5, which is quite a few for someone who never enjoyed an audiobook before in her life.
  • GOAL FOR 2017:  Trying to keep things reasonable and just adding 1 book per quarter, so 20 books.

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