2016 was on the whole a very good year for me.
There will be lots of pictures and links in this post and the wordcount is the highest so far this year, so lets get cracking!
The Year in Visual Review. I continue to use Ipiccy.com for my collages, as their 25picture box works very well with the number of books I read each month and their iphone4 setting keeps all the squares pretty close to the cover sizes so the covers don't get chopped off. I am sure there is a lot more I could be doing, but a monthly roundup is about the limit of my artsy-fartsy'ness.
I read 228 books this year. This was up from last years 183. Much of that is due to starting up Manga Monday again.
My pages read went up as well. From just under 63000 to just over 77000. Even though, in all fairness that includes the full number of pages for books that I DNF'd and abandoned. So take that number with a pinch or two of salt.
Each month stayed pretty steady in terms of overall books read with only 3 months dipping below the 18book mark. Even in August when I had to take some emergency time off to go move my parents when they unexpectedly sold their house in 2 weeks instead of the 3 months everyone was planning on. Which just means that I've made reading my main hobby this year and put most of my time and attention into it.
The Stars shall speak
That makes my average for the year right around 3.25. Considering that a 3 is a good and completely average read, 3.25 means I pulled ahead of just plain good. I am more than satisfied with that.
On to the Books themselves!
Venetia was probably the best 1Star of the Year. It was fun to do a buddy read outside of my genre. It did reinforce my thoughts on the Romance genre however.
Best Non-Fiction wasn't that hard because it was the only real N0n-fiction I read AND it was a 5Star'r. The Many Faces of Evil. It was just what I needed this year with my friend Amy losing her preemie twins and dealing with stage 4 cancer, all at the same time.
This was a complete success. 11 books that I had read before being read again with the aim of comparing how my tastes had changed and how that was reflected in my enjoyment and rating of said books. I still enjoyed every single book. However, I was able to determine that this was the last time I would read some of them.
I cherry picked specific books just so I wouldn't bog down. That did lead to me realizing that some of these books are going to be favorites of mine for quite some time. It also lead to the realization that while I've matured as a reader and can articulate the why's and wherefores better, at heart, I'm still just a big geek/nerd.
Because it was such a success, I decided to expand upon the whole idea in a big way for '17 and quite possibly into '18. I've got a whole bunch of SERIES that I'm going to be rereading. They are:
I) Malazan books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
II) Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
III) Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
IV) Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
V) Patricia McKillip’s books
VI) Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis
VII) Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky
VIII) The Malaz Empire novels by Iain Esslemont
IX) Swan’s War trilogy by Sean Russell
X) Polity books by Neal Asher
So be prepared for a lot of whining and angst from me as I rip into these. I did choose books that I think will stand up to my high standards, hahhaaha.
2016 is the year that Booklikes crashed. Crashed and Burned. Staff literally disappeared, the site kept breaking in new and varied ways, people left, people couldn't join up. Some of the more patient and determined members made a supreme effort to stick around, figure out ways to work around the broken bits and keep members from totally hemorrhaging away. One staff member has returned at the end of the year but the site still crawls or doesn't load right for long stretches at a time.
I am staying at Booklikes but it is no longer my primary social booksite. When it takes me 3 tries and 5minutes to just comment, that pretty much kills my desire to be there. You can find me there at: Bookstooge.booklikes.com
To anyone who I have followed at wordpress who also is on booklikes, just let me know which site you prefer interaction at. I unfollowed a lot of people at Booklikes who started up blogs at WP but I know not everyone will make the move to WP and I don't want to lose interaction if I can help it :-D
I joined Librarything with a free lifetime membership, thanks to some other Bookliker's. I am using it as a backup catalogue site since I can't export from Booklikes and I don't know how long BL will last.
It is VERY different from what I am used to and you're going to hear me complain about those differences, a lot! That doesn't mean I will stop using it or that I hate the site. It just means that I am set in my ways and learning a new way brings out my inner cranky.
You can find me there at: librarything.com/profile/BookstoogeLT
I've been on WP.com since '13, but more as a backup than as anything serious. As BL kept pushing me away, I started looking around at other booksites to find an alternative. I tried a lot of places but one thing or another just made them unpalatable. So finally I started making a serious effort to find new people on Wordpress and connect with fellow Booklikers who also had backup blogs here.
I'd like to thank you all who I follow for writing such fun things and I'd like to thank all of you who have chosen to follow me. It is nice to know that I am not screaming into the void. I plan on find another handful of bloggers to follow and to refine those I already do, as I see who posts regularly and who does it sporadically.
I can be found at: Bookstooge.wordpress.com
AND I think that about wraps it up. I'm plum out of words anyway, so that forces the issue. So onward to 2017 and a lot of Good Books!