My Reading Year 2016 in Retrospect

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I only finished 12 books this year, though I started several more which I abandoned—even at the 300 pages mark—to read at a later time. However, I can’t complain about the quality of the books I finished, I rated the majority of them four stars or higher.

Books read:            
Fiction: 11                 Non-Fiction: 1                      Re-reads:  1

Genres: (some of these may overlap)

Historical Fiction: 3                           Popular Science: 1

Mystery/Suspense: 2

Contemporary Literature: 4            Thrillers/Espionage: 4

Jessica @ Bookworm Chronicles adapted some of these questions that I borrowed because I found them fun and revealing; I added other categories as I saw fit.

Best book of the year (I couldn’t possibly pick just one): Best Books I Read in 2016 

Favorite cover: A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Favorite new authors (to me): Thomas Hager; Melanie Benjamin

Most thrilling (unputdownable): The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth

The juiciest: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Most beautifully written: A Perfumer's Secret by Adria J. Cimino

Most memorable characters:
·         The devious: Truman Capote and his “Swans” in The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

·         The twisted: Jericho—the mystery Iraqui spy in The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth; Saladin—mastermind terrorist in The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

The sucker punch: The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Influencers:
·         Influenced others: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

·         Drew in most pageviews: The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth; A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley; A Perfumer's Secret by Adria J. Cimino; The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

·         Drew in most comments: Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley; A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley; A Perfumer's Secret by Adria J. Cimino

Had the greatest impact: The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, A Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery that Fed the World, but Fueled the Rise of Hitler by Thomas Hager

Comments

  1. Love seeing Swans of Fifth Avenue on here! I recommended it to so many people this year.

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    1. Yes, Sarah, it was one of this year's goodies.

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  2. Very interesting. You certainly influenced me to read The Last Painting of Sara de Vos and thank you for that!

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  3. I like the way you did this! Best wishes for more reading in 2017!

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    1. Thank you, Judy! Less reading had a lot to do with me screening more TV shows and more movies for the feature "Snapshots".

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  4. Hola Carmen! I passed by in haste to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS. I will read this review calmly next week.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, TRT. And, Merry Christmas for you and yours as well!

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  5. Good morning after Christmas! Hahaha. Yes, here it's 8 hours and  something.
    Carmen 12 books is not bad at all. I really like the way you did this list!

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    1. Good morning after Christmas, TRT! ;-) I've been doing this list for two years now. This is the second year since I started blogging that I read so few books.

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    2. The most important thing is to have the pleasure of reading. Never force yourself. It's a hobby, not a race. We also have our work and life... So 12 books is not bad at all. Have a great week ahead :)

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  6. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your reading in 2016, especially having so many 4*+ reads, and thank you for the mention. My own round-up post will be up soon :-D

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    1. You're welcome! I'm looking forward to your list of the year's best.

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  7. A nice diverse list of books here. The quality seemed high. Happy reading in 2017 !

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    1. The quality was high. Happy reading in 2017 for you too!

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