Claire: My 2016 in Review


My Year In Books

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Goodreads Challenge

Goodreads goal of 50: I read 58 books.

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My resolutions:

  1. Read at least 96 books, novellas, short stories, manga and graphic novels. Failed
  2. Read up to 5 translated works. Failed
  3. Read a book based in or by an author from every continent. Failed
  4. Read all the dragons. At least 5 books on magical creatures! Exceeded
  5. Read at least 10 nonfiction works (max of 2 biographies/memoirs).  Failed
  6. Read 10 books from my physical TBR.  Failed
  7. Read at least 10 books from my Goodreads TBR. Failed
  8. Read from at least 5 different fiction genres (my picks: Fantasy, World Literature, Historical Fiction, Classic, YA or Thriller/Mystery). Exceeded 
  9. Reread 2 book series.Exceeded
  10. 10% of reads should be written by POC authors or with POC main characters. Exceeded
  11. 10% of reads should be written by LGBTQIA authors or include LGBTQIA characters (that have more than 1 line and aren’t token characters).  Failed
  12. Read at least 1 book that explores neurodiversity and 1 that explores disabilities/being differently abled.  Failed
  13. Purchase 1 book per month maximum (I don’t have to but I’m trying to focus on purchasing books I’ll really like versus on a whim).  Failed

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I failed this year on a lot of my goals. I’m not upset about it really, it  was a shit year for reading. I had was lazy and had too many goals so in the end I committed to nothing and that being said, I don’t feel bad at all about it.

I did, however, start some good things like watch a ton of films thanks to my Cineworld card and become an audiobook addict.

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Book of the my Year

 Favourite Four (physical books):

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Goodreads Author) (Illustrations)

 Favourite Three (audio books):

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Book 1 UNABRIDGED By J.K. Rowling, Narrated By Stephen Fry

Sabriel UNABRIDGED By Garth Nix, Narrated By Tim Curry

The Fellowship of the Ring: The Lord of the Rings, Book 1 UNABRIDGED By J. R. R. Tolkien, Narrated By Rob Inglis

 Favourite Two (digital books):

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

So, how was your 2016?

xx Claire


About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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4 Responses to Claire: My 2016 in Review

  1. charliegirl says:

    I was overcommitted last year too. And you know what’s crazy? I knew it. Just like I knew the year before. I KNEW I wasn’t going to meet my challenges – at least not all of them – and I said I would anyway. So this year I simplified. HP all the way!

  2. Wow, 58 books! My goal in 2016 was 50 books but I was only able to read 20. Fail! Hahaha.

  3. Rinn says:

    I WILL read Gardens of the Moon this year, and then we can discuss it! I have set myself up to read a lot of long books this year though… 😛

    That was a lot of goals for 2016 though! I don’t think you need to worry about not achieving them, like you said – it just depends on whether you enjoyed what you read, if you discovered new series/books that you love etc.


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