This year has certainly been a rollercoaster: in addition to this crazy presidential election, I’ve suffered the lows of two job transitions, but I’ve also experienced the high of moving in with my amazing boyfriend. However, when you average all the peaks and valleys, what you’re left with is a state that is somewhere in the middle, and my year in books was no exception.
2016’s reading recap can best be defined as “meh.” Although there were a few knockout novels, for the most part, I was disappointed. Super-popular stories like American Gods and Me Before You were just okay, and ones that were supposed to disrupt their respected genres were flat-out terrible. Some authors I’ve read before were consistently good, but others like Rainbow Rowell ranged from amazing to mediocre.
Here are my 2016 reading stats according to Goodreads:
- 20 books read, totaling 6,482 pages
- Shortest book: The Tales of the Peculiar (160 pages)
- Longest book: American Gods (635 pages)
- Average rating: 3.6 stars
And here is my master list of books, ranked from best to worst. Consider this my public service: reading lackluster stories so you don’t have to!
Rating: 5 out of 5
- The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
Rating: 4 out of 5
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
- If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison
- The Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne
- Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
- Another Day by David Levithan
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
- The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
- Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Rating: 3 out of 5
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
- Bait by J. Kent Messum
- The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen by Seth Grahame-Smith
Rating: 2 out of 5
- All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
I have two books left to review, which I hope to get around to during my three-day weekend. I’m also still adding new books to my to-read list for 2017, so let me know what your favorites were this year and which ones I should avoid!
Happy New Year!
XOXO, Book Club Babe