Reflecting on 2016: Reading

Y’all probably tired of me by now because I’m here again with another 2016 reflection piece, one that I don’t need to do after the crazy long Reading Survey, but one I’ll do regardless because I want to. 😀 I like rereading these reflection posts, especially the reading ones, to see what I thought of the previous year. I often do that toward a year’s end.

The theme for 2016 was Perspective, and boy did I need to remember that when it came to reading. Being in the online book community sometimes make me feel as if I need to read more and more books to keep up with everyone who read mountains of books throughout the year. Unfortunately, I’m unable to do so without cutting corners, like reading short books just to stuff in more in a month, but good thing I caught myself at it and changed what I was doing. If I’d continued on that route, reading for pleasure would no longer be pleasurable.

For 2016, I initially set my Goodreads goal to 60 books. For some reason, I started to freak out in late January/early February thinking I wouldn’t be able to complete 60 books in the year so I started cutting corners by reading a short book, George R.R. Martin’s illustrated children’s book The Ice Dragon. I reprimanded myself for that and dropped my goal to 35 books. But later I realized that I did pretty well when not paying attention to my Goodreads goal and had made such great progress that I bumped my goal back up to 60. I’m glad to report that I surpassed that goal by reading a total of 88 books, comics, and picture books. Yes, the comics and picture books are shorter but I count them anyway and except for the Martin book, I didn’t read them to cut corners.

I read no magazines this year, despite purchasing some, however, I read lots of articles and I’m glad for that. They were great substitutes for the magazines and perfect stand-ins for books when there was a lull in my reading. At this point, I usually do a long review of all the books I read in the past year, but I’ll omit that this year because 1. I read a lot, 2. I’m lazy, and 3. I think I’m tired (though I just got up). I’ll do a bunch of stats instead so I hope future me who loves to read these at the end of the year won’t be too upset at getting just stats instead. 😛

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

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The End of Year Book Survey is a pretty sweet post created by The Perpetual Page-Turner. I did it last year and thought I’d do it again this year.

The survey is pretty long though I’ve omitted a few questions.

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Number of books read: 88

Books: 40

Audio books: 8

E-books: 14

Comics/graphic novels: 23

Mangas: 3

Number of books reread: 14

Number of books I didn’t finish: 5

Genre I read the most: Fantasy

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Comics Roundup #11: Doubts and Fears

It took a while for me to decide on the topic for this comics roundup post. I read them at different times (one for Halloween, the other because I saw it at the library a while back), but decided to review them together because they have many similarities. Though one is explicitly horror and the other strikes me as magical realism, both tap into our fears, what powers our fears, and our doubts about our capabilities. Also both include prominent characters battling mental illness and show the value of strong relationships. And both authors’ first name is Scott.


WytchesWytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock with colors by Matt Hollingsworth

Genre:

Horror

Goodreads overview:

Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH, to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.

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Comics roundup #10: four badass women

You can view this as a review post or as recommendations for strong female characters in comic books. It wasn’t until I sat down to do this post that I realized all the main characters in the comics I’m about to discuss are women.

They are all strong, brave, independent badass fighters who do what they must to pursue their goals. Their backgrounds vary — spy, assassin, housewife, outcast, single mom — as well as their age. All of these were fun to read and I recommend them all to you.

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Comics roundup #9: outcast <- genetics

Since I’d yet to read any of the comics I received on Free Comic Book Day back in May, I decided to try a few of them in an attempt to clear my comic TBR. Two of the comics I received for free/discounted was the first issue of Boy-1 and Oddly Normal. I knew nothing about them when I picked them up, which is different for me because so far the majority of comics and graphic novels I’ve read were either recommended to me by a person or through a blog or video, or were based on a topic or person I was familiar with. However, this plunge into something new wasn’t bad.

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Keep It Fresh Award

Thank you Orang-utan Librarian for nominating me for this! 😀 It’s so different and fun.

The rules:
  1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  2. Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  3. Part B: Choose your favourite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  4. Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.
  7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh! 😀

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Reflecting on 2015: Reading

After doing that long End of Year Survey, I really don’t need to do this but I enjoy doing these reflection pieces, especially for my reading progress, so here I am with another.

The theme for 2015 was Improve and I did so in my blogging and reading. I smashed my Goodreads Reading Challenge by reading a whopping 57 books, which is a lot for me to read in a year, especially in a year that was super busy. Ten of the total were graphic novels and comics because since discovering Booktube, my interest in comics have grown. I also read a short story for my Book Riot Reading Challenge, which I plan to participate in again this year. The majority of authors I read were new to me and again this is because of Booktube. It’s one of the best bookish discoveries I made last year. I discovered so many new books and authors and my interest and love of reading and books have grown. The positive/negative backlash of that is that I bought too many books last year as well to quench my growing interest in new reading material. I feel so guilty about it that I refuse to count how many books I bought. Knowing it’s a lot is enough.

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