A Year in Reading: 2016

Hello! LIBW has risen from the ashes like a phoenix to be reborn into–

Hell. Reborn into Hell.

We’re still in 2016, aren’t we?

Let’s just say I deleted LIBW version 1.0 and 2.0, so hopefully 3.0 can make a better go of it because man this year been hell in every sense of the word.


I read 104 books in 2016.

My goal for this year was 100, so woohoo! Success!

Of those 104 books:

101 were fiction and 3 were nonfiction. Which really doesn’t surprise me, but I think I might switch that up a bit in 2017. There’s a few nonfiction books I’m itching to get my hands on.

88 were by women and 16 were by men, but only 9 were by PoC and/or known/out LGBTQUIAP+. That’s absolutely something I need to work on in the new year – reading more #ownvoices books.

4 were poetry, 33 were YA, 29 were romance, 11 were middle grade, 4 were children’s books, 1 was a self-help book, 21 were general fiction, and 1 was SFF.

My top 10 were:

Wait for You by J. Lynn

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Books I’ll finish before 2016 ends:

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean


Books I’ll be kicking off 2017 with:

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Windwitch by Susan Dennard


My reading goals for 2017 include more nonfiction and #ownvoices books as previously stated, but I’d also like to read more poetry. This was the first year I really gave it a chance and I found some really lovely books among them – Tyler Knott Gregson, Rupi Kaur, and Nikita Gill to name a few. Since this is the first year I set such a lofty reading goal, I think I’m going to aim for 75 in 2017 to give myself a bit of a break. Though if I manage to do another 100, I won’t complain.

I’d also like to finish one of the multiple books I’m writing. Two, if I’m really really lucky and manage to focus enough to get it done.

2016 has definitely been an eye opener for many, me especially. It’s time to start reaching for those dreams because tomorrow is not guaranteed.

This was inspired by posts from both V.E. Schwab and Katherine Locke. If you haven’t checked them out, you should – both have new releases coming in early 2017!