Sunday, 1 January 2017

A Look Back Over My Bookish 2016

Today is my blog's second anniversary (woohoo!) and I thought it would be interesting to look back at my 2016 in books and to look forward to what will come in 2017. 

In 2016 I read 134 books and this included

11 Classics
6  Children's Books
34 Adult Books
5 Short Story Collections
35 Graphic Novels and TPBs
25 YA Books
3 Non Fiction Books
14 Mangas
1 Poetry Book

Of these

11 were library books
10 were books lent to me
63 were physical books
and 50 were ebooks

I made some really good choices as my ratings were overall very high with an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars

66 were 5 star reads
39 were 4 star reads
18 were 3 star reads
10 were 2 star reads
and only 1 was a 1 star read

I widened my reading horizons this year and I read a lot of books I wouldn't have done thanks entirely to my buddy reader F. I also discovered some amazing new authors and book bloggers through The Book Connectors which is just such a wonderful group of people. I also changed up the formats I choose to read and have introduced short stories and I even tried an audio book. Overall I'm pleased with my book choices over the year. 

I also started my feature Getting To Know... which has luckily been really popular and I have really enjoyed bringing that each week as well as meeting new people along the way. 

I did go to one bookish even this year which was all the way back in June (though I've been super naughty and not blogged about it) and I went to the Enid Blyton Exhibition which was absolutely lovely. 

Onto 2017

Going forward I have decided on a few goals - not challenges or resolutions - just goals that I'd like to aim for if possible. 
  • Read 100 books 
  • Continue to read more classics
  • Improve my total of non fiction books and read at least 5 in 2017
  • Learn to say no to reviews as there are only so many hours in the day
  • Always write my review no later than the day after finishing a book unless there's a REALLY good reason
  • Go to a bookish event
  • Complete more of my outstanding series
  • Read more of the books I already own
  • Allow myself to not finish a book if I'm just not enjoying it
I'm looking forward to continuing Getting To Know... which comes back on the 3rd of January and I have some more features planned that I think will be really exciting as long as I can pull them off. 

There will be a few changes coming to my blog too as I'd really like to incorporate more blog posts about comics and snail mail and possibly even my journey learning to cook. But we'll see how things go, just the thought is exciting though. 

So a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has joined me over the past two years, it makes me so happy every time a single person reads a blog post or leaves a comment. It really means a lot so thank you. 

Have you made any goals or resolutions for 2017? Let me know what you've got planned! 


  1. These are awesome goals! I need to adopt the "write and post review no later than 1 day after I read the book" too! If I don't, I find it forget the details and am already on to the next one. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you too! I still need work on the whole, review a book straight away thing, I've read 5 books so far and I've reviewed only 2 - OOps :)