When I did the book meme the last three years, I only kept track of reading new books and mangas in my Goodreads account. This year, though, I decided to keep track of everything I read. From new books, mangas, and fanfics to re-reading books, mangas, and fanfics, I logged what I read to see just how much I read in a single year. With books and mangas, I went by the number of volumes, but with fanfics, I documented what I read based on word count. I’ve decided against doing the book meme from previous years, and instead compile a new (and short) format to show what I’ve read and enjoyed in 2016.
New Reads: 71
Total Reads: 215 books and mangas
New Fics: 738k words
Fics Re-reads 2.592 million words
Total Fics: 3.330 million words
Favourite New Book: 11/22/63 by Stephen King ~ This book, with its time-travelling element to the 1950s/1960s, about a man who was tasked to prevent the JFK’s assassination, proved to be the best thing I read in 2016. I was completely gripped in the plot and the characters. It was one of those books I couldn’t put down, and when I finished it, I was mind-blown by it.
Favourite New Manga: Ze volume 11 by Shimizu Yuki ~ I’ve waited years for this last volume to be released in English, and the wait was worth it. This final volume — what proved to be a really intriguing BL/yaoi series — had a fairly good closure. The ending’s a bit ambiguous, but it was a satisfying one.
Favourite New Fic: The Hunger Games – Spin Control and Yuri!!! on Ice – Now When Arrows Don’t Penetrate, Cupid Grabs the Pistol ~ These two fics have stayed with me the most this year. The YOI one, especially, is recommended for a light and fun read!
Favourite Feel-good Book: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan ~ I had a blast with these two books. I love reading about Ancient Greek myths, so to read these from Percy Jackson’s POV had me rolling. Percy’s an excellent deadpan snarker.
Favourite Series: The Baby-Sitters Club ~ I read/re-read 108 books from the BSC series . . . that’s pretty much 50% of what I read this year, haha!
Favourite Bizarre Reads: Kingdom #1-5 ~ I read the first five books of this series because the premise was too bizarre for me to ignore. Each book focuses on one of the bad boys in the faerie tale world, and they have a soulmate from the modern world who they have to try and date/mate/whatever, and thus the novels are pretty erotic. I normally stay far away from heterosexual romances, but these managed to pique my curiosity.
2016 Summary: I’m pretty amazed by how much I’ve read this year. Turns out, I re-read a lot. Then again, my life was going through so many changes, I needed those familiar things to keep me grounded. When I was in the right mindset, then I could handle reading something new. My Kindle Paperwhite was my constant companion, and I cannot imagine my life without it. All my reading, with the exception of some of my mangas, happened on my Kindle. Knowing me, I’ll be reading a lot in 2017, but I may or may not read as much — I vowed to do some serious gaming this year and go through my backlogs! Here’s to whatever happens in 2017!