2016 Around the Year in 52 Books (wrap-up)

2016 wasn’t a very good reading year for me. All the challenges and plans I set myself to do weren’t met, but even so, I think it is just appropriate for me to report how much I read from this challenge. At the start of the year, I listed books I plan to read for the different prompts, and while some of those books I wasn’t able to read, there were books I have read that fit into the category, so allow me to use those instead of the books I initially indicated.

Instead of giving a rundown of all the challenges, I will just list those I didn’t get to read, followed with the books I managed to read.

Challenges I didn’t get to do –

  1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t – “The Heart of Betrayal” by Mary E. Pearson. I just couldn’t get into it.
  2. A book about books – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.
  3. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
  4. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you – The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, a book related to photography.
  5. A novella from your favorite genre – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list – For this I will go for “A book with a number in the title,” which is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Challenges I was able to do –

  1. A book set in a different continent – “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent, set in Ireland (Europe). I am from Asia, by the way.
  2. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) – “More Happy Than Not” by Adam Silvera, nominated for Best Young Adult Fiction.
  3. A book by an author you discovered in 2015 – Ask the Passengers by A.S. King; I discovered her in 2015, but haven’t read any of her books yet. This is my first book by her, and I liked it.
  4. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Oh wow, I thought I wouldn’t cross this off the list. Hahaha.
  5. The highest rated on your TBR – For this, I checked my February TBR and the highest rated book on my list is November 9 by Colleen Hoover, with 4.59 average rating at that time.
  6. A classic book with less than 200 pages – “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
  7. A book that was mentioned in another book – “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, mentioned in the book “The Serpent King” by Jeff Zentner.
  8. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now – “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
  9. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge – “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders” by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  10. A childhood classic – “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Yes, it was only this year that I got to read this.
  11. Reader’s choice – The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I went for this book as it was my first read of the year.
  12. A book with one of the five W’s or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) – “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami. What and when, hehehe.
  13. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago) – Sinful by Charlotte Featherstone, set during the English Victorian era.
  14. A book from the top 100 mystery novels – The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. I decided to choose my book from this list.
  15. A book with a beautiful cover – “The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clarke. Not my favorite book cover, but it’s just beautiful…you’ll agree with me when you see it.
  16. A book on a summer/beach reading list – “Just One Day” by Gayle Forman, listed on the summer book recommendations by Read by Zoe on booktube.
  17. A non-fiction book – “The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan
  18. A book with a first name in the title – “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
  19. The first book in a new to you series – “The Merciless” by Danielle Vega
  20. The next book in a series you are reading – “Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles.
  21. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.) – Fairest by Marissa Meyer, book 3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles.
  22. A book everyone is talking about – “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
  23. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion) –  “God-Shaped Hole” by Tiffanie DeBartolo
  24. A biography, autobiography, or memoir – “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan
  25. A book by an author who writes under more than one name – “Dangerous Girls” by Abigail Haas, a pseudonym of the writer Abby MacDonald.
  26. A fairy tale from a culture other than your own – “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen
  27. A work of young adult fiction – “The Serpent King” by Jeff Zentner
  28. A historical fiction book – “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys, set in Lithuania during WW2.
  29. The 16th book on your TBR – “Don’t Look Back” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  30. A book about mental illness – “Made You Up” by Francesca Zappia
  31. An award winning book – “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
  32. An identity book (a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation) – “Not Without My Sister” by Celeste Jones, Kristina Jones, and Juliana Buhring, sisters who were born into the Children of God cult.
  33. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read – “The Stepford Wives” by Ira Levin. I watched the Nicole Kidman/Bette Midler movie version years ago, but it was this year that I got to read the actual book where it was adapted from.
  34. A book about an anti hero – “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas. Rhysand!
  35. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction) – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, a book related to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.
  36. A top 100 fantasy novel – “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
  37. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night – “Heart Shaped Box” by Joe Hill
  38. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public – Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher. That cover! Hahaha.
  39. A book related to a hobby or passion you have – The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, which is a book about food.
  40. A crime story – “Promise Not to Tell” by Jennifer McMahon
  41. A book with a type of food/drink in the title – “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
  42. A dystopia – “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman
  43. A book with a great opening line – “The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn. First line of the book goes, “I didn’t stop giving handjobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it.”
  44. A book originally written in a language other than English – The Vegetarian by Han Kang, originally written in Korean.
  45. A short story from a well-known author – “Kindred Spirits” by Rainbow Rowell
  46. A book published in 2016 – “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett

So, so sad that I only have six books unread to finish this project, but oh well, better luck next year. I am already in the process of choosing the books for 2017 Around the Year in 52 Books, and as soon as I finished that, I will share it here on the blog.

Were you able to do the reading challenges you set yourself to do?


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