End of the year book survey: 2016

Each year, the lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner puts together a bookish survey for the year! Here’s my end of the year book survey for 2016.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 
Number of Re-Reads:
1 (Not a big re-reader)
Genre You Read The Most From:
Graphica and general fiction probably? I read a pretty wide range of stuff

Best in books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I thought that I would love this book, but I actively disliked it. The writing was engrossing but I didn’t like the plot or the conclusion.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan. I didn’t really know much about this series going into it. I just picked it up because, well, Brian K. Vaughan. It got super weird. And I loved it.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. I push every book I love, so people don’t always take me seriously. But a couple of people did actually read this one, so, WIN!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I’m not a very good series person. HOWEVER, I did start and finish The Raven Cycle.  So, The Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys), The Dream Thieves, and The Raven King.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Emma Cline. Anthony Marra. Maggie Stiefvater. Jessica Valenti. Lindy West. SO MANY.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Missoula by Jon Krakauer. When I read this book, I didn’t typically read non-fiction. Ever. But I enjoyed this so much it sparked an interest and love for feminist non-fiction and I am SO grateful.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I read a lot of thrillers this year, but I found these books the most unputdownable:
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’m not much of a re-reader, but I’d consider re-reading The Tsar of Love and Techno and The Bell Jar.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Tsar of Love and Techno.
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Esther Greenwood from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Girls by Emma Cline. (The Tsar of Love and Techno a close second)
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
I read a lot of really great feminist non-fiction this year. Each title was super thought-provoking. For example, Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates and Asking For It by Kate Harding were insanely challenging and eye-opening.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
The Bell Jar.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
SO MANY. I LOVE QUOTES. But here are a few.
That was our mistake, I think. One of many mistakes. To believe that boys were acting with a logic that we could someday understand. To believe that their actions had any meaning beyond thoughtless impulse. We were like conspiracy theorists, seeing portent and intention in every detail, wishing desperately that we mattered enough to be the object of planning and speculation. But they were just boys. Silly and young and straightforward; they weren’t hiding anything. – Emma Cline, The Girls
I wanted all of life to feel that frantic and pressurized with portent, so even colors and weather and tastes would be more saturated. That’s what the songs promised, what they trawled out of me. – Emma Cline, The Girls
People who shout at women in the street don’t do it because they think there’s a chance the woman will drop her shopping and leap into their arms! It isn’t a compliment, and to call it that disparages the vast majority of lovely men who are perfectly able to pay a real compliment. It is an exertion of power, dominance, and control. And it’s utterly horrifying that we’ve become so used to it that it’s considered the norm. – Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism
The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters. – Sylvia PLath, The Bell Jar
[M]ale and female bear the image of God together; together they bear the image of God. So when our cultural institutions only or primarily reflect the thinking and experiences of one gender, we move further from God’s intentions for his image bearers. And what women bring to the table is not simply a feminine touch but half of humanity’s gifts, passions, and experiences. – Katelyn Beaty, A Woman’s Place


16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?


Longest: In the Woods by Tana French (592 pages)
Shortest (not counting comics): Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis (171 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Missoula: Rape and The Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer–because I was naive. HOW COULD THIS BE REAL?
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
I don’t think I have one. I’m not super OTP-ish. Though I do love Lily and Atlas from It Ends With Us. 
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Blue and her Raven Boys.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. If you weren’t aware, A.S. King is my favourite living author. I got around to reading this one this year and it was DOPE.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Zero things.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Don’t have one.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Absolutely, without a doubt, The Girls by Emma Cline. This book is exquisite.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Henrietta and Cabeswater in The Raven Cycle books.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah Scribbles Collection. Because… HILARIOUS. RELATABLE.
Also Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West. This book hit on some serious topics, but Lindy West is just so smart and hilarious. Not only that, but after I read it I got to meet her and hear her speak!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I don’t know that any of the books I’ve read would really be considered hidden gems… But I definitely think that all A.S. King books deserve more love (ALL THE LOVE), more people should be reading the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong, and that there should be more talk about The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Every book I read about rape culture. But I have hope. Let’s all be feminists together.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. There is just no one like her.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. HOW IS THIS REAL LIFE? How do so many people not see this happening right before their eyes? Why are girls and women taught to be silent and pleasant?

Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I generally stick to my favourites like an old person, but here are some blogs I started following this year.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti. Part review, part commentary, this post was very personal and got a lot of love <3
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Lit Fest in Alberta! I was able to see and meet Andi Zeisler (author of We Were Feminists Once and Bitch Media cofounder), and Lindy West (comedian and writer, author of Shrill)!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
No idea! There were a lot of ups and downs.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I’ve gone through long and hard blogging and reading slumps this year. They made life, both in general and my blogging/reading life, difficult and a little sad.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Considering the amount of blogging I actually did this year (i.e. not a lot), I’m pretty pleased with the amount of love my posts received.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I’m not sure. If I’ve made any new ones this year, I don’t remember!
10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I think the only challenge I participated in this year was the Goodreads challenge. Which I did not complete. But I’m okay with that!

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
I honestly have not been keeping track. Probably just whatever A.S. King comes out with next!
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Again… I haven’t been keeping track!
 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
Not really big into series. HOWEVER, I love the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong and can’t wait for the next book.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Have balance. I want to read and blog enough that I’m happy.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
Haven’t read any! I’ve stopped requesting ARCs. Any ones that I did read in 2016 also came out in 2016.

Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.