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2016: Year in Review

Before I get too deep into this year’s reading and start some new reading challenges, I want to see how I did on last year’s challenges.

Rereading Challenge – I finished rereading the Uplift series and definitely enjoyed myself. I think I’ll revisit another series this year.

New Books Challenge – I only got 6 out of the ten books I wanted to read. What I didn’t foresee was how difficult it would be to find new books in the beginning of the year. It really wasn’t until June that I started seeing books published in 2016 show up in my library. To make it more reasonable, I should have said books published in the past two years. If I include the books published in 2015, that adds another 11 books to the challenge. Apparently, I had no problem reading recently published books this past year.

Reading the Alphabet Challenge: My last book of the year finished the challenge! It’s very satisfying to have read the alphabet in both title and author names.

Maybe 100 This Year Challenge – This was finally the year I made 100! It helps when I include books that I listen to as well as books that I read.

If I consider a revision to the New Books Challenge, I finished all of my reading challenges this year. That has got to be a first!

ETA: this is the first year I’ve used Goodreads, and I didn’t realize they do an end of the year summary. I want to remember these numbers (and I’m not sure I’ll be able to find the page later). If you include all the graphic novels I read (which I don’t usually count toward my book total), I read 39,930 pages last year, which I have to say impresses me. My shortest book was Welcome to the Tribe and my longest book was A Dance With Dragons.

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Bone by Bone by Carol O’Connell

It’s my last book of 2016, but it finishes my alphabet challenge! I needed an O author to finish my alphabet challenge. This looked interesting and different from what I’ve been reading lately.

Published: 2008

Genre: thriller/mystery

Length: 340 pages

Setting: Coventry, CA, present day Continue reading

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I originally saw this book on a GeekDad Stack Overflow post at the end of last year. I was perusing the library stacks, looking for an N authored book I wanted to read (last names starting in N are surprisingly uncommon) and came across this one.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 317 pages

Setting: a rural town, present day Continue reading

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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

After giving up on The Name of the Rose, I had no library books in the house to read. So, I turned to my Kindle and found an E-authored book to read! This was provided free by Tor as part of a monthly book club.

Published: 1999

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 666 pages

Setting: various locations within the Malazan Empire Continue reading

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Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

This book has been on my reading list for over two years now, so it’s very satisfying to be able to finally cross it off the list. I put it on my TBR list after reading a “Best sci-fi and fantasy books of all time” post from The Telegraph. Books on lists like that tend to be of higher than average quality, so any I hadn’t read I put on my TBR list. As a bonus, it’s also on the BBC’s The Big Read list. I chose to read it now because it gave me a W author that I’m still lacking.

Published: 1951

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 216 pages

Setting: London and its environs, late 1940s Continue reading

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The Bug by Ellen Ullman

I needed a U author for my Alphabet Reading Challenge. I didn’t have any U authors on my To Read lists, so it was down to “peruse the library shelves for something that looks interesting”. This sounded like a computer thriller and something different from what I’ve been reading lately, so I tried it.

Published: 2003

Genre: fiction

Length: 348 pages

Font: Adobe Garamond

Setting: it felt like California, definitely in the mid 1980s Continue reading

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The World According to Garp by John Irving

I’m still trying to finish my Reading the Alphabet Challenge for this year, although it’s looking less and less likely that will actually happen. I do have all the books planned out to finish the letters I need. This fills in an I author. I pulled it off the BBC’s The Big Read list that I’m working my way through.

Published: 1978

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 688 pages (long books like this don’t help me finish my challenges – what was I thinking!)

Setting: mostly New Hampshire, 1940s-1970s Continue reading

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