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2016 on Goodreads

(Goodreads Year in Review)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 ratings  ·  1,234 reviews
You've probably found your way to this page because you follow reviews here on goodreads. Whether or not you've had time to write your own reviews, here's a chance to review your entire 2016 reading and post it under this title so that others can see what your reading year was like. Together, all the reviews of 2016 on Goodreads should make an interesting and varied catalo ...more
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Sarah This is definitely not a book that can be purchased, this is just a way for reviewers to discuss what they read throughout the year. Some of us are…moreThis is definitely not a book that can be purchased, this is just a way for reviewers to discuss what they read throughout the year. Some of us are simply listing all the books, some of us are talking about the best and the worst, some of us are giving statistics on their page count and most read authors. Every review is different as every reader's year was different. There are 2015 and 2014 editions of the same 'book'.(less)
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Emily May
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016

One of my most FAQ of 2016 was "how do you read so many books?" Maybe the 9-page count ^ has something to do with it XD

2016 has been a real mixed bag of highs and lows for me, both with books and in "real life". This year saw the birth of my baby boy, and a more permanent move to the United States. But I also dealt with a cancer scare and, of course, there has been an increasingly disturbing political climate in both my home country and my current country of residence, as well as the deaths of m
Dec 08, 2016 added it
Shelves: year-end-review
Greetings and best holiday- whichever one you celebrate- and New Years wishes to all my Goodreads friends. This year I moved from being a stay at home mom primarily reading mysteries and fun books with my kids to a reader who reads a wide variety of genres. No longer do I make my weekly trip to the library, clueless as to what to read next. I attribute this to being active on Goodreads and to joining groups such as catching up on classics, the southern lit trail, and African American historical ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic year for reading for me. I started reading some classic Batman and Daredevil comics (and keeping up with TWD, Saga, Low, Descender, and Rick and Morty in graphic novels) before a long phase of baroque/classical/romantic composers' biographies which led me to a huge transformation of how I listen to music. I especially loved biographies about Bach, Haendel, Mozart and Beethoven.

I finally finished (and loved) Infinite Jest and went on to digest nearly all of Bellow, all of Pyn
Elyse Walters
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't choose to write any comments when Goodreads introduced this new feature at the end of 2015. Immediately after reading a couple of my friends comments- which were enjoyable.....I felt satisfied. Many of their favorite books were my favorite books - so I didn't feel any burning desire - need - or pull to add anything more.
I have something to share this year.

At the bottom of the page you'll see a list of books I read - not all - but books I'm REALLY GLAD I READ!!! I enjoyed every book I'
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
Oh do I love/hate thee?

Let me count the ways.

Several people asked me if I planned on doing one of these "Year in Review" deals so I figured, why not?

I have no clue what to write here I figure...

Fuck it.

I'm just gonna let it ride with some stream of consciousness ish and offend some people, (since that seems to happen with anything I write these days), no?


So let's begin.


2016 has been one FUCKED UP year for the ages, has it not?

On the social front...

Political correctne
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Writing this post puts a taste of failure in my mouth.
Of change.
Of disappointment.

Since 2014 I've been very active on Goodreads and the truth is, I've enjoyed these times so much. I mean, reading books, writing reviews, playing with Photoshop to create pictures, fangirling about books I love, ranting about fucking messes of books, what could be possibly better?

Yet I will remember 2016 for the year when I grew out of it. I could explain my sensation of not belonging here anymore with severa
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 has been another great reading year!

I've read so much and my to read list has practically doubled. Every time I read a book I swear I find at least three I want to read. I will never finish my list; it perpetually grows, so all I can do is read as much as possible as I travel through life. But in the process I find even more niches I want to explore. Recently I’ve delved into Buddhism, though at the moment I have a stack of books on marathon running that need to be read. There’s just so muc
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has been a wickedly fantastic year for reading. I decided early on I would gravitate to those GR friends whom seem to have very similar tastes. They did not let me down. Thanks to Goodreads, I've had fewer bad reads and am much more selective on what I spend my time reading.
Not only that, I've learned to utilize my library system which may be borderline abusive. Requesting they buy books, requesting if they don't carry them to have them transferred in from another city, putting holds on my
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Hi everybody....Jaidee here !!

I am mostly going to use the format I did last year but since its still early in December it may be modified as I complete new books until the end of the December.

I mostly love Goodreads but am much less active due to work and personal commitments and I apologize for not reading all the reviews that I would have liked to have read. I have met some fabulous new virtual buddies this year and that makes me feel really happy.

Unfortunately I have also been unfriended by
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
2016 on Goodreads was both the best of times and the worst of times for me. There were some great books, but it was also a year marked by tragic events that seriously affected my reading.

First, my mother died of cancer. (Writing those words still guts me: My. Mother. Died.) The ominous sign that 2016 was going to be a rough year was when my mom had a seizure and collapsed on Dec. 31, 2015, so I spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at the hospital with her. The book I carried with me was Jane
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Instead of chatting about the books I’ve read this year I’d rather celebrate the people that bring me such pleasure each day, my circle of friends on GoodReads. Most of you I know only through your participation here. The following is a hodge-podge mix of thoughts about who you are to me. I’m not going to call you out by name though I’ll bet some of you will recognize yourself. I can’t possibly list all of you but each of you has contributed to my tbr lists in some way. When I see your profile p ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
December isn't over yet so there may be more books added to this list. I don't think I did this last year so I'm doing it now. My friend "Elyse" made me feel inspirational in writing my own feelings here and listing some books. I'm only going to list favorites or ones I loved because I have read almost 400 books. A lot being graphic novels and other short books. This opens the topic that I hate more than anything. I have posted on my profile not to ask me how I read so many books, because I'm ho ...more
Best Eggs
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Update Now what am I to do? I've thought of what I want to write for 2016 (I gave up on 2015 it was frying my brain) but I've got nowhere to write it since I filled this review up with excuses

So if I can't find anywhere to write it, I just won't bother.

I sort of feel a sigh of relief washing over me after that. It's like giving up a diet (for the night) and fetching out the half bar of chocolate solid in the freezer.

Original 'review I'm still at the thinking stage of how to sum up the boo
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

2015 -
2014 -

i am finally getting a chance to wrangle my reading year into shape and to read other people's 2016 breakdowns.

and 'breakdowns' is right.

this year seems to have been a shitty one for many folks, and mine was no better.

i had back surgery, my employment/financial situation remains wobbly despite having TWO jobs, this was the year my beloved maggie:

was diagnosed with cancer, and she is still kicking its as
Okay, it's that time of year again. Here are my prizes for books first read in 2016, split up by category:

New languages

I thought I'd see if I could read books in Russian and Italian - I did a couple of years of Russian at school during the 70s, and my mother is Italian, though she never taught me her language. How hard could it be?

Answer: Italian does in fact seem pretty easy, though so far I've only read a few children's books. Russian is considerably harder! I did however manage to get throug
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, not-a-real-book
2016 may have sucked ass for the world in general, but it was actually a great year for me in terms of reading. And isn’t my happiness the really important thing?

The usual suspects delivered in all the ways that I’ve come to expect from them. John Sandford provided new Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers thrillers with Extreme Prey and Escape Clause. My other two book a year guy is Ace Atkins, and he added to his trend with Slow Burn and The Innocents. The authors who make up the James S.A. Corey
Dec 28, 2018 added it
Shelves: year-in-review
Every Rating & Review for 2016

Raging Heat by Richard Castle
(B) 75% | More than Satisfactory | ⭐⭐⭐ – 01/14/2016
Notes: Low stakes and washed-out, the story builds its final scene upon a muddy ground of gory violence and hurt feelings.

Driving Heat by Richard Castle
(B) 74% | More than Satisfactory | ⭐⭐⭐ – 01/30/2016
Notes: Promises personal but ends up pedestrian. It's a convoluted story driven by paranoia, street chases and plot retreads.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
(A-) 83% | Very Good
Dan Schwent
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 was a big year for me. I read a crazy amount of books, the second highest number since I started keeping track. I joined Marvel Unlimited. Oh, and I visited Goodreads Headquarters.

While I've already written up The 2016 Dantastic Book Awards, I read many more notable books than I could work into the awards. The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, Radiance, Last Days, A Pretty Mouth, and Bait were all quality reads. I discovered authors like James Renner and Hunter Shea, and read new books by old
Violet wells
Favourite read of the year – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I was unprepared for how much I loved this.

Worst read of the year - Some Luck. This is what a novel looks like when the author can't come up with a single drop of inspiration. The equivalent of someone cleaning a house that is already spotless. OCD writing. If you don’t have any inspiration find something else to do.

Favourite character – Lila in Ferrante’s Neapolitan series. A woman who makes no concessions to vanity –
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I thought that 2015 was a good reading year for me, examining 2016's readings I dazzled myself. It's not the number of books I read, 160!, but rather what I read. I don’t know how it all begun, maybe it all started with the amazing 'Death with Interruptions', which inspired me towards another masterpiece. But why question my good fortune? Thus, 2016 was an excellent reading year and I could not feel better about it. I read amazing books, how could I not when I focused mainly on the classics? ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I'm up to 272 books this year, so narrowing it down to 16 wasn't easy for me. I loved so many books I read this year and could have easily made a top 20, 30, or 40, but these are my absolute favorites <3 2016 may have been a shit year in a lot of ways, but it's been an amazing reading year for me so cheers to that! I know this is about all my books on Goodreads, but I really like to use it as a reference to all my favorites!

1- The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry. No surprise there. Brit
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
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So far I have read 302 books and I'm sure I will get a few more in before the year is up. So this year in books was good but not as great as last year. Last year I found a ton of books that I just fell in love with. That I really connected with. This year was more of a middle road for me. I gave more 3, 2, and 1 stars this year then all my years rating books combined. I did my first DNF ever this year. Anyone that knows me knows I have OCD so the fact that I dnfed a book is a huge deal.

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I did
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just love Goodreads, and so enjoy the virtual friends that I have met here. So many of you have led me to some amazing books, this year has been the best in books!! I actually need to stop checking the updates so often, I think I would get more actual reading done, but I don't want to miss anything :)

I'm going to list my favorites I have read this year only, in no particular order, and there were so many exceptional ones!!! These were my 5 star reads.

The Signal Flame
The Nest
Larry H
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
UPDATE: I published my list of the best books I read this year at http://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blo.... Check it out if you're interested!!


Every year on January 1, I post a list on my blog (http://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blo...) with my list of the best books I read the previous year. It's a tremendously enjoyable and reflective exercise, and it usually shows me just how many excellent books the year has brought my way.

I will do the same on January 1, 2017, so I won't be posting a li
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book year!

I joined Goodreads five years ago, but I became an active member much later. On 2015, I started writing reviews, shy and a little intimidated. On 2016, I craved it. I lived for those wonderful moments, when my fingers touched the keyboard and started pouring words. I've been able to lose and find myself in books since I was a child, but lately I realized that sharing this love somehow intensifies it. I am truly honored to be a member of this close-knit book community, a
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's time (once again) of this time in the year that we keep with this tradition (since like three years ago) of having a place where we can share our reading experience during the year, that in this case, it was 2016... let's buckle up!!!

Here we go...

...once again!!!

This stats, sums and “personal awards” are based solely in the books that I was able to read during 2016, not matter if they were published in that particular year or not.


Books with 5 stars: 36

Books wi
Dec 04, 2016 marked it as year-in-review
Still thinking….
More thinking…

In the last two weeks I’ve thought of three different ways to begin the review of my reading year. The first version got dropped when the second occurred to me, and the second seemed ridiculous when I thought of the third. Such indecision!

That scenario reminds me of a book I read in July: Bouvard Et Pécuchet is about a comical duo who become involved in ever more ambitious projects. The two are masters at enthusiastic beginnings but are unable to follow th
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

In 2016, I fell in love. First with DH Lawrence (The Rainbow). Then with Jón Kalman Stefánsson (Heaven and Hell trio). I travelled far and ended up almost where I started, but a changed person.

As 2014 crossed into 2015, I was reading Stoner for the first - and then second - time. Sublime. As 2015 crossed into 2016, I was reading Lawrence for the first time in so long it might have been the first time. Utterly different, but equally, achingly, wonderful styles of writing. I read Lawrence again in
Fabian {Councillor}
How can it be possible to summarize an entire year in books? I have no idea how such a thing can be successfully done, so I am just going to stick to spontaneously collecting my own thoughts regarding this year (which is not even over yet - and still I am going to write this review now because I doubt that too much will change during the upcoming weeks, except that I may lose my motivation to write this).

2016 has been a pretty good year for me on many personal levels, but also in reference to bo
Paul Bryant
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing


A Day Off by Storm Jameson was not something I would have touched with a broomstick except that it caught my eye in a perusal of 1001 Books You Must Read Before We Do Something We Will Regret and it turned out to be bitter, bleak, black and delightful

I’m meandering through a list of crucial British novels from the 50s and 60s which I should have read years ago, and I got to Alfie by Bill Naughton – I was expecting it to make me cringe but it was great, an accou
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