2016 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

It’s my first reading wrap-up for the year and I’m off to a good start. I didn’t expect this. I thought my reading progress this year would be slow, so I dropped my initial reading goal of 60 books to 30. But now that I’m halfway to meeting the new goal, I think it best to bump it back up to 60.

Yea, March isn’t done yet. But I’m sure I won’t complete anything new before the 31st so I decided to post this wrap up now.

Books | Comics | Mangas

Books by month

January

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older ★★★☆☆

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit ★★★★☆

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel ★★★★☆1/2

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin, illus. by Luis Royo ★★★☆☆

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ★★☆☆☆

February

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, book 1) ★★★★★

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ★★★★★

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, book 1) ★★★☆☆

 The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, book 2) ★★★★☆1/2

 March

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King ★★★★★

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, book 2) ★★★☆☆

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert ★★★★★

Comics and mangas by month

January

February

Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples ★★★★☆

March

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa ★★★★★

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 4-6 by Hiromu Arakawa ★★★★★

Favorites of the bunch

The Night Circus

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3

Least liked

Pride and Prejudice [DNF’d]

Best stories

Note: I read a lot of great stories this quarter, so I’ll list all the ones that impressed me.

The Night Circus

Station Eleven

Anna and the Swallow Man

‘Salem’s Lot

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 and Vol. 4-6

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Best writing

The Night Circus

Station Eleven

Big Magic

Awesome cover

Big Magic

Big Magic cover

Reading challenge hits

Goodreads Reading Challenge

15/60 books read

Books I must read this year

Station Eleven

The Dream Thieves

2016 Horror Reading Challenge

 ‘Salem’s Lot

2016 Ancient Greek Reading Challenge

none

2016 Bardathon Challenge

none

2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Read a horror book

‘Salem’s Lot

Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel

Station Eleven

Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better.

Pride and Prejudice

Classics Club Reading Challenge

Pride and Prejudice

Reading stats

Note: I don’t usually keep track of these things but since I’m using a spreadsheet that does, I thought I might as well share some of the stats.

Format

Physical = 10

E-books = 5

Genre

Fantasy = 5

Sci-fi = 4

— I count Saga and the Fullmetal Alchemist series as sci-fi because they seem more sci-fi than fantasy to me.

Contemporary = 2

Historical = 1

Romance = 1

Horror = 1

Nonfiction = 1

Ownership

Mine (bought before 2015) = 1

New (bought in/after 2015) = 8

Library = 5

ARC = 1

Author gender

Female = 10

Male = 5

Currently reading

Soledad

Soledad by Angie Cruz. I started this in February and was enjoying it, but I didn’t get very far. I stopped reading because I wasn’t sure if I could highlight passages. The book isn’t mine and I love to highlight while reading; so there’s no way I could continue unless I could highlight because I realized within 3 or so pages that I might love this book and highlight everything.

The Last Days of Magic2

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins. I started this the same time as Soledad but as intriguing as the story is, there is so much infodump that I got a little turned off. The information is interesting because it shows how detailed this story is but it isn’t integrated well with the story, unfortunately. I’ll continue with it for a while longer, though, because I haven’t gotten very far.

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12 thoughts on “2016 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

  1. I really need to get around to reading The Night Circus. I’ve been wanting to read it forever and just never got around to it. I also want to check out Crown of Midnight. I’ve been hesitant about it, because I really didn’t like Throne of Glass that much. Everyone swears the series gets better though, so I want to give it another chance.

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    • The Night Circus = YASS!!! Read it!
      Crown of Midnight = Umm… I didn’t like Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight wasn’t much better to me. I’ve decided to stop with the series.

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  2. This is amazing! I want to start a spreadsheet like this of my own; I’d love to know the data of my reading habits. And you’ve read some great books; I look forward to seeing what you cover in the rest of the year!

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