My 2016 in Books

I finished 65 books in 2016, and the Goodreads site put together a nice little summary for me. As usual, I’m running behind on writing book reviews, but I’m certainly in much better shape than I have been some years. I’ll be giving priority to reviews for the Award-Winning Science Fiction & Fantasy Challenge so I can get those linked to Shaunesay’s challenge blog. I think I wound up with a whopping three qualifying reads for that challenge, falling short of my goal of five, but I will try it again this year.

I successfully completed two challenges in 2016. I read books for all 24 tasks of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, but I took advantage of the double-dipping option, so that does not reflect 24 separate books.

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Challenge completed on December 26th!

Though looking it over, I think I probably could have almost completed it without any double-dipping. Then over at Habitica‘s Legendary Book Club, I read 12 books, one for each month’s task in the Modest Reading Challenge. Sometime this week I need to check in over there and see if they have any new challenges I want to do, but it will need to wait until the houseguests have departed.

I did not fare quite so well on my Personal Reading Challenge or PopSugar’s Ultimate Reading Challenge. My 2016 PRC had 30 reading prompts, and I completed 27. Which isn’t too bad, I suppose. That comes out to 90%, which is definitely a passing grade. But it also allows for some double-dipping. I completed only 33 of PopSugar’s 41 challenge prompts, which comes to 80%, but I didn’t do any double-dipping on that one. Between the two challenges, I have 11 prompts unfulfilled, so I will be adding them to my 2017 PRC, which doubles it. Dang.

I haven’t yet chosen my top reads of 2016, but you can watch that link for developments over the next few days. The 2016 Stinker of the Year Award, however, goes to The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “My 2016 in Books

  1. I’ve been trying for a “start less, finish more” approach to reading, hoping to someday achieve a 1:2 start:finish ratio. This year I started 101 books and finished 65. If I remember my grade-school math correctly, that works out to a ratio of about 3.1:2. I have a loooong ways to go.

    I’ve also started charts comparing the Goodreads summary numbers from year to year, starting with 2010, the year I joined the site. The differences and trends are interesting. My book count has consistently risen, my page count slightly less consistently, but my average page count has bounced around between 217 and 288. I apparently have a fondness for obscure but well regarded books. And the last few years I have been noticeably happier overall with my reading choices. From 2010 to 2014, my average rating was between 3.2 and 3.4, but in 2015 it was 3.6 and in 2016 it was 3.9.

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