2016 Reading Review

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Another year come and gone, and many more novels, short stories, novellas etc… under my belt. In 2016 I set the rather unrealistic goal of reading 100 books in the year. Although I did not hit that magic number 100, I’m quite proud of my 58 novels read.

I’m also quite happy, because setting a goal that was so far out of reach, made me realize how to better manage my time to accommodate all the reading I want to get done. I love reading, and I have found that with all the demands of life, including my own writing, it can be easy to spend less time reading for pleasure. And yet, when I make time to read as much as possible, I find the rewards seep into virtually every aspect of my life.

In 2017 I plan to read even more!

*I did not count any novels where I read less than 50%, and sadly there were several of those. I have a hard time putting a book down, even when I’m not enjoying it, or worse, when it makes me miserable trying to get through it. It feels very defeatist to me. But 2016 showed me that there are just too many good books, and not enough time, to waste my reading hours on stories I don’t enjoy.

January:
1) The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
2) Mime Order – Samantha Shannon
4) Cousin Phillis – Elizabeth Gaskell
5) The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner
6) The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
7) The Illumination – Jill Gregory
February:
1) Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson *
2) Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman *
March:
1) Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull *
2) The Little Spark – Carrie Bloomston
April:
 1) Facsimile – Vicki L. Weavil
May:
1) Nefertiti’s Heart – A. W. Exley
2) The Jewel and Her Lapidary – Fran Wilde
June:
1) Tales of Arilland – Alethea Kontis
2) The Paper Magician – Charlie Holmberg *
3) The Glass Magician – Charlie Holmberg *
4) The Master Magician – Charlie Holmberg *
5) Daring Greatly – Brene Brown *
July:
1) Chronicles of Prydain – The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander *
2) Chronicles of Prydain – The Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander *
3) Chronicles of Prydain – The Castle  of Llyr – Lloyd Alexander *
4) Chronicles of Prydain – Taran Wanderer – Lloyd Alexander *
5) Chronicles or Prydain – The High King – Lloyd Alexander *
6) Inventology – Pagan Kennedy *
7) Followed by Frost – Charlie Holmberg *
8) Under the Empyrean Sky – Chuck Wendig
9) Blightborn – Chuck Wendig
10) The Harvest – Chuck Wendig
August:
1) The Lives of Tao – Wesley Chu *
2) The Deaths of Tao – Wesley Chu *
3) The Rebirths of Tao – Wesley Chu *
4) Rollback – Robert j. sawyer
5) Mindscan – Robert j. Sawyer
6) Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert *
September:
1) The Key to the Coward’s Spell – Alex Bledsoe (short)
2) Quantum Night – Robert J Sawyer
3) A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
4) The Tombs of Atuan – Ursula Le Guin
5) The Farthest Shore – Ursula Le Guin
6) Tehanu – Ursela Le Guin
7) Firstborn – Brandon Sanderson (short) *
8) The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 tech forces that shape the future – Kevin Kelly
9) The Wilderness Within – Tim Pratt (short)
10) Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie Holmberg *
11) The City Born Great – N K Jemisin (short)
October:
1) Waters of Versailles – Kelly Robson (novella) *
2) Hawksong – Amelia Atwater Rhodes
3) Snakecharm – Amelia Atwater Rhodes
4) Seven Years From Home – Naomi Novik (short)
5) Originals – Adam Grant
6) Too Fond – Leanne Renee Hieber (short)
7) The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
November:
1) The Naturalist – Alissa York *
2) The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley *
December:
1) The Thousandth Floor – Katherine McGee
2) Dragons of Tomorrow – Kathleen Baldwin (short)
3) Freedom is Space for the Spirit – Glen Hirschberg (novelette)
* denotes my particular favourites – those 5/5* stories
What was on your 2016 reading list? What’s on your 2017 #tbr list? Tell me in the comments below!
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3 thoughts on “2016 Reading Review

  1. The books you read sound really good. Which one would you say was your favourite from this past year?

    • Hi Lydia!
      Oooooh that’s such a tough question! I would say for non-fiction, it was definitely Ed Catmull’s ‘Creativity Inc.’ I loved getting an inside view into what makes Pixar so great, and I loved Ed’s writing style.

      For fiction I would have to say Charlie N Holmberg’s ‘Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet’. I adore Charlie’s writing, it is so lyrical and graceful. I loved the story too, full of magic, and mystery, and a profound sense of yearning – it also cleverly incorporates subtle elements from 12 different fairy tales in a really interesting way!

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