My Year in Reading + My 10 Most Favorite Reads in 2016

The Reading Year That Was

Being the slacker that I was, I failed to put up a reading goal post when this year started. But even if I may not have been the best book blogger there is, I can’t just not break tradition by not putting up this yearly list. 2016 has been great reading-wise despite my blogger failings, and I had enjoyed not having a set reading goal except for a fixed number of books to read (which I have surpassed months before the year ended.) I read books that caught my fancy and at my own pace. I didn’t hesitate to drop a book if I can’t seem to get into it and because of priorities, I didn’t also hesitate to choose sleep over reading. It was less pressure but it was also less challenging.

This year, I finished 46 books, surpassing my set goal of 40 books. This was also the year when I availed more of the freebies from Amazon. Mostly were so-so reads, though, but there were also some that surprised me such as The Luck of Rainbow Gold by Eryn Scott (3.5/5 stars).

Here are the books I read in 2016:

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image screen-grabbed from Goodreads

 

I also joined our book club’s reading challenge which is the TFG Bingo. I slightly regret that I wasn’t able to form a single pattern (!!!) because I didn’t want the pressure but I was able to read some good books because of this. Here’s what I’ve achieved:

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Favorite Books of 2016

Out of the 46 books I read this year, here is a list of my top 10 favorites, including details on the date finished, rating, and a link to my review, if available.

  1. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool – January 5 (5/5)
  2. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – February 15 (5/5)
  3. The Litigators by John Grisham – April 25 (4/5)
  4. After You by Jojo Moyes – June 23 (4/5)
  5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – July 28 (4/5)
  6. Iris After The Incident by Mina V. Esguerra – August 14 (4/5)
  7. Broken Harbour by Tana French – September 25 (5/5)
  8. Faithful by Alice Hoffman – October 12 (4/5)
  9. The Luck of Rainbow Gold by Eryn Scott – October 26 (3.5/5)
  10. Majesty by Jay E. Tria – November 3 (4/5)

Cheers to the reading year that was and for the reading year that will be!

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