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2016 Reading Recap!

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 The end of the year is finally here! And I’m celebrating by putting together the post I’ve been most looking forward to: the annual book review recap!

 I started a book blog for a couple reasons, but one of them was because it is a great way to keep track of all the fantastic books I’ve read (one that didn’t involve a journal and printouts of the covers – the method I was using before I discovered the wonders of blogging).

Sharing my love of books has become a passion all its own, and I have discovered some profound things in my own reading habits that I may not have otherwise. Most notably, I have come to truly appreciate the idea that life is too short to read boring books. This epiphany hit me in early 2013. It was eye-opening because I realized the books I was most looking forward to reading were getting left on the shelf in favor of books I felt like I was obligated to read (does anybody else have that problem?). Anyway, I made the decision to read the books I was most excited for first rather than last and, as this post will illustrate, it has made for one of the best years of reading I have ever had!

So without further ado, here’s a look at The Obsessive Bookseller’s year of book love:

1 Star: didn’t like it at all [maybe even DNF]

1.5 Stars: didn’t like it, but it had some merit

Nothing this year… everything was pretty cut and dry

2 Stars: it was okay

2.5 Stars: it was a little better than okay, but I’m not sure if I liked it or not

3 Stars: I liked it

3.5 Stars: I liked it, but not quite as much as a 4 star book

4 Stars: I really liked it!

4.5 Stars: I really, really liked it!

5 Stars: I LOVED it!!!!

I read 60 books this year (27 books less than last year) totaling 25144 pages (12184 pages less than last year). And I enjoyed every minute of it! Considering I’ve been dealing with chronic dry eyes for the entire year, I’m happy to have read anything. In 2017, I hope to continue reading only high priority titles and wrapping up a few series.

I feel like I am fairly hypercritical of books, but that isn’t reflected accurately in this year’s lineup. I did a pretty good job picking up books from authors I already loved and not forcing myself to continue on with authors I didn’t. I also stopped requesting arcs from authors I hadn’t read before, and that when a long way towards increasing the average rating of all my titles this year.

Don’t be surprised if you see a title on this line up with the different rating then what I assigned it in my reviews. When comparing a single book to a whole year’s worth of reading, it tends to skew everything – I’m totally grading on a curve, lol. Stay tuned for my Top Ten Books of 2016 list on Friday, December 30th. The list might surprise you in how it differs from this line up – how I evaluated a book in the star system does not necessarily dictate which ones I still have warm fuzzy feelings about months later and which ones I am super excited to talk about with others.

What did your year of reading look like? :-)

by Niki Hawkes

9 comments on “2016 Reading Recap!

  1. What a fun post! As much fun to read as I imagine it was to write. Good for you, primarily reading books you enjoy! I think I’ll be able to post my 2016 favorites tomorrow…but your recap is above and beyond!

    PS I really enjoyed the Codex Alera, too! :)

    • Thank you – that’s so nice of you to say!! ^_^ reading only the best books first is seriously the best epiphany I’ve ever had. Looking forward to your top picks tomorrow! :)

    • Thank you – it was a good one! We are also colossal Brandon Mull fans, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been approved for an early review copy on http://www.netgalley.com. I also saw it for request over at http://www.edelweiss.plus. Both are book resources that supply DRCs for bloggers, booksellers, and librarians. If you haven’t checked them out yet, they can be a fun way to participate in promoting new books. Btw, I really like your blog and taste in reading! :-)

  2. I definitely read more than I anticipated this year but I also DNF’d more than I ever have–which was a good thing (in that weird way the DNFing books is). I had my “life’s too short” epiphany earlier this year so I wanted to work on DNFing books (ie not feeling guilty). And it worked well because I went through less slumps than before, generally rated books higher and had more time to read other books.

    So I am definitely going to keep that momentum going in 2017! I hope you have a great 2017 too!

    • I’m so happy to hear that!! DNFing is so hard to do, but oddly liberating. I still have remorse with some of them, but then I look at all the other amazing books on the docket and feel a little better. I don’t think I’ve had a slump since I started prioritizing this way. Good luck to keeping your momentum going in 2017! I think it’s going to be a good year. :)

  3. Fun list! I’ve read most of the ones you have listed and, for the most part, agree with your ratings of them. Maybe a couple differences, cut not by much. It was indeed a fun year of reading. Thanks for all of your suggestions and recommendations! It really helps me decide which book to try next and which ones to not even bother boring myself to death trying. :-)

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