2016 in Review: Final Thoughts on my Reading List

My 2016 Reading List challenge is now at an end. Before I launch next year's challenge, it's time to take a look back over the last 12 months in books.

My 2016 Reading List challenge is now at an end. Before I launch next year’s challenge, it’s time to take a look back over the last 12 months.

This year, I again set myself a target of reading 40 books in 12 months. Not only did I manage to hit that target, I actually exceeded it and read a total of 50 books! That total includes books which were sent to me for review, and those that I bought for myself. It also includes some that I found on the bookshelf at our holiday villa, and some that I received as gifts.

On Friday I will be setting the target for my 2017 Reading List. But before I do that, here are a few thoughts on the past 12 months of reading.

I’ve discovered a love of crime thrillers. I’ve always loved watching detective serials on TV, but haven’t read all that many crime thrillers before this year. But in 2016 I received some really fantastic crime thrillers to review. I’d probably say that it’s one of my favourite genres now, and I can really lose myself in a good police procedural!

I read more e-books than paper books. I would guess that only around a quarter of the books I read this year were paper books. It might even be lower than that. Although I was quite a late convert to e-books, I definitely find my Kindle more convenient for reading. It’s quicker when I need to flick back and check something, and lighter and easier to hold. But I still get a thrill when a new book lands on my doormat!

Yes, I still love a good dystopia. 2016 has not been an easy year. There have been times this year when it’s felt like we’re living in a dystopian novel! But I still love dystopia more than pretty much any other genre, and some of my favourite books this year have been dystopias.

I’ve found it easier to make time for reading this year. I did have a couple of months where I only read 2 or 3 books. But in general I’ve found it very easy to get into a habit of reading regularly. That has really helped to take this year’s total up to 50 books. I’ve been downloading books to my Kindle as soon as I receive them, and keeping it on my bedside table.

I’ll happily stay up late to finish a good book. Finishing the day with a few chapters has become a regular habit. And when I’m close to the end of a book, it’s quite likely that I’ll stay up late to finish it. But that hasn’t always been a good thing. There have been a number of times that I’ve stayed up late to finish a really gripping novel, and then found it hard to get to sleep afterwards!

I’m not all that interested in reading the ‘classics’. I downloaded a few classics to my Kindle at the start of the year. Books like Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina and Great Expectations. All three of those are still on my Kindle, untouched. I’m more interested in what I would regard as classics of the 20th century like On the Beach, 1984 or The Handmaid’s Tale.

I need to update GoodReads as I go along. I’ve managed to keep up with reviews on Amazon and NetGalley, but I’ve not always updated my reading challenge on GoodReads. This means that I ended the year with a bit of a backlog. Ideally I’d like to clear that before I start on next year’s challenge.

I’ve already lined up some great books for next year’s Reading List. Be sure to check back on Friday to see what I’m reading first. And before that, I’ll be posting my 10 favourite books of 2016 tomorrow.

My 2016 Reading List challenge is now at an end. Before I launch next year's challenge, it's time to take a look back over the last 12 months in books.

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