End of Year Review

This year has been the first year I’ve had a blog, and the first year I’ve actually managed to complete my reading challenge. Anyone who’s read my blog in the past knows that I had a year between undergrad and postgrad uni to pretty much do what I liked, so I spent most of that reading as many books as possible. I’m now back at uni, so my blogging and reading has tailed off dramatically, but I’m taking a study break to write this.

This year, I’ve read 37 books! I know that doesn’t sound like a massive amount, but I’m a fairly slow reader, so that’s really impressive for me. I originally set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 25, but ended up extending it twice. I would’ve loved to make it to 40, but I really don’t have the time any more. My one book a week has turned into one book a month, so it’s unlikely I’ll get another 3 books read in the next week. I’m doing my best to keep reading though. During my undergrad, I stopped reading completely, other than over the summer, and I really missed it. I’m making sure I’ve always got a book on the go, to read a chapter at a time when I need a break from studying.

So moving on to this years reading stats. According to Goodreads, I have read:

  • Books: 37 
  • Pages: 14,198 
  • 5* books: 4
  • 4* books: 21
  • 3* books: 11
  • Unfinished books: 1

I rate books differently on my blog, so I have listed below my 10/10 Perfection and 9/10 Almost There books, with links to my reviews:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett


I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


Room by Emma Donoghue


Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller


If you haven’t read any of these, please do, they’re all wonderful. I’ve read so many goo books this year, and haven’t rated any lower than 3*. I’ve been lucky enough to win several Goodreads Giveaways and had the opportunity to review many ARC, so I’m really grateful for that.

I’ve also loved being part of the Book Blogger community. I now get most of my reading recommendation from you guys, so thanks for that! I know I’m not really active at the moment, but I am still lurking around and reading everyone’s reviews and posts.

I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as I saw the play last week. I was a bit disappointed with the play, if I’m honest. I’ll not give any spoilers, but I found the story incredibly odd. I’m hoping I enjoy it more written down on paper.

I still have so many things on my TBR list, and I’ve asked for far too many books for Christmas, so I’m sure that list will increase even more this time next week. Hopefully, I’ll slowly be able to make my way through them all. I’ll be setting my 2017 reading challenge much lower, at 20 books. My masters lasts all the way to September, so everything will be slow going up to then, although I’ll hopefully get plenty read once I’ve finished, and for the inevitable holiday I will have at some point over the summer. I know it’s very unlikely I’ll beat what I achieved this year, so maybe that’ll have to wait until 2018s reading challenge.

 Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to look at my blog this year, I can’t believe anyone at all has read it, never mind over 1000 people.

For now, I’ll just wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What are your favourite reads of 2016?

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