The one thing that’s almost as fun as looking back on the writing I accomplished during the year is looking back on reading my top books of 2016.
Ironically, the one year I decide to host a “Read 100 Books in a Year” challenge on Goodreads is also the first year in recent memory when I don’t personally come anywhere close to reading 100. I topped out at 80 (which isn’t bad, but is bad for me). I blame the low number on a couple of factors.
1. I did a lot of beta-reading for writing buddies.
2. I read a lot of loooong books.
3. Life interfered a little more than usual.
But the good news is that even though the quantity declined, the quality only increased—to the point I’m hard-pressed to narrow my favorites down to just five in each category.
But first, the usual round-up of fun stats:
Total books read: 80
Fiction to non-fiction ratio: 51:29
Male to female author ratio: 50:30
Top 5 genres: Classic Fiction (with 13 books), Fantasy (with 12), Writing How-To (with 10), Historical (with 8), and Romance (with 8).
Number of books per rating: 5 stars (5), 4 stars (26), 3 stars (35), 2 stars (13), 1 star (1).
Top 5 Fiction Books
Top 5 Non-Fiction Books
Top 5 Writing Books
And if all these goodies aren’t enough to fill your To Be Read pile this year, here’s a few more! 🙂