Yearly Round-Up: 2016

Well, it’s almost been a full year since I first started this blog last January, and with 2016 coming to a close, I thought it would be perfect timing to do a quick round-up.  Despite having started this literary blog as a New Year’s resolution, I didn’t end up doing as much with it as I’d hope to — this was a busy year after all.

In between finishing my last year of university, working 2 jobs, volunteering, graduating from university, filling out Visa applications, moving to Germany, working on a vineyard, traveling through Europe, moving back home, and applying to Teacher’s college, I somehow managed to find time for leisurely reading.

My top 5 books for 2016 are as follows:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  5. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The books aren’t listed in any particular order, I want to say I enjoyed them all equally and there are more other than these five that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this year, yet I only read a total of 16 books this year, excluding all of my required reading between January and April for university, which, to be honest, kind of sucks.  But those 16 books, however, allowed me to escape, lose myself, find myself, and enjoy myself, and the five listed above, are those ones that I feel have truly left their mark on me this year.

I have a long list of books (70+) I’d like to read in 2017, but my goal is to read at least 52 — one per week.  I think it seems to be a reasonable goal, but I wouldn’t be upset with myself if I only made it to around 35-40 books.  Considering the fact that my life plans for 2017 are currently still undecided, 35-40 allows me to read a book per week excluding holidays or any other situations where I just wouldn’t have the time, but I’ll aim for 52 because we all get a little over-enthusiastic with New Year’s resolutions.

Happy New Year, everyone.  May 2017 be your time to shine bright.


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