The Bookish Best and Worst of 2016

December 31, 2016 Discussion 22

2016 has come to an end! And seeing as there isn’t much time left to read and blog and do things, what better time to make a post about our best and worst reading and blogging experiences of the year!

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Best Reads

Alise

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This made me realize that I had very few five star reads this year! Then again, I didn’t read as much as I usually do, anyway.

Those five star reads:

Honorable mentions:

Bec

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I think overall I had a pretty decent reading year! Many 4-5 star books and some new favourites!

Those five star reads:

Honorable mentions:

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Worst Reads

Alise

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I didn’t give a single book a one star rating this year! I’m actually pretty surprised. What if I’m getting mellow… the horror.

Bec

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Can now confirm this was a good reading year because I barely rated anything below 4 stars! My lowest rated books were:

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Best Reading Decision

Alise

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I think this would have to be using Instagram for books a little bit more. Bec really has been using it a lot this year and encouraging me to use it to take bookish pictures for the blog so I’ve been trying to do that more. Everyone is so friendly and it’s really fun!

Bec

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Attempting audiobooks again! I’ve listened to so many fantastic books this year and actually managed to reach my reading goal thanks to audiobooks! So glad I figured out how to get them to work for me. Let’s not forget that audiobooks also finally got me to read Harry Potter for the first time!

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Worst Reading Decision

Alise

I accepted and requested a ton of review copies during the last portion of my last semester at college. Yeah.

Bec

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Starting CRIMSON BOUND right before exams. I should have remembered after CRUEL BEAUTY made me ignore study way back in first year. WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN TO MY PAST EXPERIENCES??? I wanted to binge it but couldn’t because study!

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Best Blogs

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I didn’t get to read blogs as much as I wanted this year, but there are a few that I’d always try and read (and comment on when I could). This list is not nearly enough to showcase all the bloggers I love to follow but I can’t let myself get too out of hand!

  • Jeann, Aila, and Jenna @ Happy Indulgence are the nicest group of girls. Their discussion posts always open my eyes, and they review such a wide variety of books. I can always count on them to introduce me to something new.
  • Cait @ Paper Fury is hilarious. Her sarcasm is something I relate to on a spiritual level and she is book overlord and would deny me chocolate cake if I failed to include her!
  • Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows always leaves THE BEST comments! She’s so lovely and has an almost identical taste in books to me! I can always rely on her recs.

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Worst Blogging Moment

Alise

I was going to write a post about this but basically: I delete odd comments. I know, I’m a terrible person. I just hate odd numbers that much that I’ll usually delete my reply or  something just to make sure the number of comments is even.

Bec

All my typos!! I am terrible at proof reading. In fact I basically don’t even bother proof reading because I’m super slack. This laziness has left to some terrible typos, including in reviews I send to publishers

oops

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Best Bookstagrammers

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One of the best book discoveries I ever made was bookstagram! I follow so many top quality book instagrams it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to six (you should have seen the number I listed in my IG story a little while ago!). My list of favourites includes:

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What were the best and worst books you read in 2016?

Any blogs or bookstagrams you think we should check out? Let us know about them!

22 Responses to “The Bookish Best and Worst of 2016”

  1. Sara L.

    Happy New Year, ladies! Thanks for another awesome year of book blogging. :)

    I tend to split my end-of-year favorites list into new books and previously published books. For 2016, my four favorite new books were Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom, N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate, Ryan Graudin’s Blood for Blood, and Elizabeth May’s The Vanishing Throne.

    For previously published books… well, I thought I knew what my top favorite would be until I started reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (FINALLY got it for Christmas), and now it’s probably going to change EVERYTHING. XD But I also loved Rae Carson’s Walk On Earth A Stranger, N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Kingdoms, and Andy Weir’s The Martian.
    Sara L. recently posted…What’s Making Me Happy in December 2016 (Plus, I’m on a Holiday Blogging Hiatus)

    • Bec

      Thank you!

      Oh man, I really need to get my hands on The Vanishing throne. The Falconer was SO GOOD.

      I keep hearing fabulous thing about ADSOM but still haven’t read it! I’m an idiot obviously haha. Walk on Earth a Stranger was excellent!!

    • Bec

      Double replies is a great idea I never thought of! It’s great until they reply and make the number odd again hahaha Even numbers are just more pleasing

    • Bec

      It was so good!! I loved the world, characters, and elemental magic so much :D Hope you get to read it soon!

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    I do love these type of posts! I still need to try audiobooks again; see if I can make them work for myself. I think I might enjoy the ones that celebrities narrate -keep my interest at least while I get used to it . haha

    I really like Instagram, but I don’t do Bookstagram too often. I want to do it more but I don’t have a ton of “props” or ideas for books, so we’ll see what I can come up with in 2017.

    -Lauren
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Books To Buy With Holiday Cards/Cash

    • Bec

      Those audiobooks are good to start with, definitely! Take your time playing with different settings and listening while doing different things until you find what works for you :)

      There are no set rules for bookstagrams and there are so many different ways to take photos! It’s one of the few ways I get to be creative nowadays (it’s a struggle to find time for more)

    • Bec

      I loved it so much!!! Cannot wait to get my hands on Windwitch (IT’S ON ITS WAY I’M SO EXCITED)

      There’s been a couple hit and miss authors for me and it’s frustrating :/ Hopefully one of her new books is a better experience for you at some point if you decide to give her another chance

    • Bec

      YAS VICIOUS!! I need to reread that sometime. It’s a masterpiece. I read A Monster Calls this year too and omg the feeellsssss.

      The Bone Season is still on my TBR waiting for me because I’m slack! i need to start that series soon.

  3. Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

    Looks like such a great year for you guys! :) I really want to read A Court of Mist and Fury in 2017, too. I just read ACOTAR and quite enjoyed it. Hopefully I’ll enjoy the sequel just as much. :)

    I wish you a happy new year! :D

    Here’s my 2016 Recap

    • Bec

      It was pretty good overall, I must say.

      Oh man ACOTAR was good, but ACOMAF BLEW IT OUT OF THE WATER OMG. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Oh I love you girls to death and I’m so touched that you gave me a shoutout ♥♥

    Obviously, you KNOW that: 1. I feel the same way about you. and 2. I 100% agree with your mentions of Maas, Schwab, Stiefvater, Meyers and ROWLING :D I always get a kick out of reading about other people not just loving the same books as me, but fangirling about them – especially if they fangirl near me or with me LOL! So I adored chatting with you both about those books/authors and geeking out over the details! Here’s to many more bookish excitement in 2017 but with ToG6, ACOWAR and ACoL, I think we’re covered…if those books don’t kills us first XD
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…2016 End of the Year Survey

    • Bec

      You deserve it, Micheline! Your taste in books is superb ;D

      I’m so excited but definitely not read for the emotional turmoil that is going to be ToG6 and ACOWAR. Those books will ruin me

    • Bec

      Quality over quantity is the important thing here! I’d much rather have a year of few but great reads than lots of crappy reads. I hope your 2017 is filled with lots of amazing books!

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