2016 in the books

Happy 2017, ya’ll! It’s time for a yearly wrap-up! 2016 was a successful year for me both in terms of reading and in terms of blogging. I also made a big personal life change in 2016. And now I’m gonna talk about all of it! Here’s my figures and facts now that 2016 is in the books.


As far as Goodreads goals are concerned, I went above and beyond my first goal for 2016. I originally set my goal at 30 books! 30! And I ended up reading 66! This was the first year I’ve ever increased my goal during the year because I was reading so much. This was in part due to readathon participation, and also in part due to the fact that I got to count many of the books I read for school on my Goodreads. Here’s some fun Goodreads facts about what I read this year:

Check out the rest of my Goodreads Year in Books for 2016

Other book stats:

(out of the aforementioned 66 books)

  • Number of rereads: 8 (all the Harry Potter books, and Sorcerer’s Stone twice)
  • Graphic novels/comics: 14
  • Nonfiction: 19
  • Short stories published as stand-alones: 2
  • Estimated number of books outside of Goodreads (textbooks for school, picture books, etc.): 15

Top 5 favorites:

(in no particular order)

  1. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  2. March trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  3. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  4. The Martian by Any Weir
  5. Starbound trilogy by Aimee Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Honorable Mention: Welcome to Night Vale by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

5 Least Favorites:

(in no particular order)

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  3. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
  4. On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

Dishonorable Mention: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


Top 5 Blog Posts:

(based on views/likes/comments):

  1. Review: *sigh* Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  2. Cue ominous music: the Harry Potter canon debate
  3. I got sorted in the loser house
  4. The echo chamber of book blogging
  5. On Harry Potter

(Fun fact: 4/5 of these are about Harry Potter…)

Blog-y accomplishments:

  • I had my 3-year Blogiversary
  • Completed NaBloPoMo in November 2016, my second year in a row
  • I reached 500 followers! (Well, as of January 2nd, 2017. But I’m counting it.)

Other accomplishments:

  • I had my 1-year anniversary at and was promoted to the Assistant Content Manager
  • I started grad school!
  • I started a new job at a public library
  • I attended BookCon 2016 (not that this is an accomplishment, but I didn’t know where else to put it)

It’s been quite the year. In 2017, I’m setting my Goodreads goal to 50 books as opposed to the 30 from the start of last year. And I’m hoping to post at least 4 blog posts per month, up from my goal of 2 a month last year, which I also surpassed. Once again, I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year! See you there!


16 thoughts on “2016 in the books”

  1. It’s the first I got to up my Goodreads goal in the year too.
    Seems like you’ll be pretty busy in 2017 with this blog, MuggleNet, and grad school. I hope it all goes well.

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  2. I can’t believe I still haven’t read The Martian. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
    Haha your most popular posts are Harry Potter themed! I like that. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. I literally just closed my Goodreads Year in Books tab and then saw that you shared your stats! I’m really enjoying Goodreads as a way to keep track of what I read. It’s so satisfying to look back on and go, “Wow! I read all of those books and all those pages in one year?! Go me!”

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  4. Oh wow, you didd have a good reading year! I loved Salt to the Sea as well and I’ve downloaded The Martian as an audiobook, hoping to get to it really soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congratulations on 500 followers – I just found your blog and I’ll be adding myself to that number now too!

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  5. Despite my love for non-fiction, I failed terribly last year and I only noticed it when I saw you read 19 non-fiction books. Do you know how many I read? ZERO. Well, I read a picture book about Malala haha. I have to do better this year, I miss that genre.
    You did an awesome job this year, not only with your reading goal, but with your blog posts. I checked some that I hadn’t before and I saw others that I already read and I have to say that you are one of my ultimate favorite bloggers. You’re so eloquent and creative! I hope you have a great 2017 and I can’t wait to see which posts you have in store for the year ๐Ÿ˜‰

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