I think we can all admit that 2016 was a weird year. I have never known a year like it for celebrity deaths, mad political decisions and for just plain weirdness. One of the few constants in my life is that I have read and reviewed some really good books.

So, as I sit here watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I thought I would write a little review of my year. You lucky ducks best strap up your seatbelt…or you know just stay sitting comfortably; it is going to be a rather smooth ride.

This year I have read 187 books (soon to be more before the year is out). That worked out at 43,326 pages which I must say is pretty impressive although less than last year when I read 194 books but more than the year before which was 179 books. It works out that I read about 3.5 books per week so that is cool. I read books by 140 authors that I have never read before.

Of the 187 books that I have read 138 books by female authors but only 49 by male authors – a massive disparity. I had intentions of raising my NetGalley percentage by 10% this year but that didn’t go to plan. In fact, I went down by a whole percent. Woe is me. Even though this happened I did read 94 review books.

I read some very impressive books this year. The following books won the following awards…by me…they are like the Oscars for books…just not quite as prestigious.

Most Surprising: The Next Together by Lauren James

Most Powerful: They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Most Wonderfully Frustrating: Miss You by Kate Eberlan

Great Series: The Queen B Series by Christa McHugh

Get Even Series by Gretchen McNeil

The Next Together Series by Lauren James

Most Anticipated: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Most Empowering: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

Book that Broke Me: Our Song by Dani Atkins

Best Book of the Year: The People We Were Before by Annabelle Thorpe

Favourite Book of the Year: Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

So there you have it folks. 2016 was good for books. Here is to 2017. Let’s hope it is a good year!

Love Lisa x

Welcome to 2016!

Here are my resolutions for this year.

  • I am going to watch a new movie each week. For years I have been buying movies and then not watching them so this year I plan on watching one new movie per week. Yes, this will cut into my reading time but it will be worth it.
  • My second resolution links into my first. I plan on dispensing my books. I am a book (and film) hoarder. Well this year, once I have read a book and subsequently watched a movie, I plan on dispensing them to my friends. This is unless it is something I have really loved. Downsizing is the key.
  • I want to get to 50% on NetGalley. I didn’t reach the target I set last year (40% – I got to 39% so close!) but I am going to try my hardest to achieve this. Wish me luck!
  • I will also be partaking in the 2016 Reading Challenge.
  • I will blog more and in turn read more blog posts from others.

This year I plan on having a few themed months. I’m going to have French February and Music March so keep your eyes peeled.

Let me know your resolutions

Hope 2016 is bookish and boss!

L x