2016: Reading Challenge in Review

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2016 was a big year – and I was devoted to reading as many books as I could and keeping track of my progress throughout the year. So many fantastic novels made their way to me this year. Thanks to Goodreads, I know I read 60 books, over 21,000 pages of literature!

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The shortest book I read was The Crucible (143 pages) and A Storm of Swords was the longest at 1,177 pages. Most of my books from Owlcrate were 4-star books, which is pretty impressive. In February and May, I read nine books each month – this was my highest count of books read.  I read the entirety of The Chronicles of Narnia and 4.5/5 books from A Song of Ice and Fire (which probably set me back a lot). The book I read the fastest was The Light Between Oceans; it only took me a road trip home from Albany to finish it. My favorite book of the year was All the Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson (note: I did win an advanced copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaway). Read my review of All the Winters After here.

 

This year, I hope to read at least 50 books. It’s less than my goal of fifty-five books from 2016, but I don’t want to feel pressured to read non-stop. That being said, I also don’t think I’m going to blog about my reading challenge like I did in 2016. I will keep reading and posting my reviews on my Goodreads account, so please follow me there! I also am setting a goal of not buying any books this year. I have 10 half-read books and 78 books on my shelves that I have yet to touch, plus some books that I want to re-read. I’m challenging myself to get through most of these books this year.

 

Below, I will sum up my 2016 reads by their ratings: 5-star, 4-star, 3-star, and a few 2-star. All of the links will take you to the book’s Goodreads page. If you want to read my reviews of these 60 books, check them out on my Goodreads account or read through the monthly blog series here. Also, please excuse the poor quality photos from my phone – my camera is out for repairs!

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2-STAR BOOKS

License to Quill (I borrowed this book, and was lazy about returning it, which is why there is a copy of it here)
Vassa in the Night
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Last Battle
Brave Enough  (sorry, I gave this book away, so it doesn’t show here)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 

 

 

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3-STAR BOOKS

A Room with a View; Little Pretty Things (I did receive this book from a Goodreads Giveaway); This Savage Song; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Brooklyn; Black-Eyed Susans; The Haunted House Project (I did receive this ARC directly from the publisher); Lolita; Thirteen Reasons Why; A Feast for Crows (from A Song of Ice and Fire); Creative Confidence; Cat’s Cradle (I borrowed this book, which is why there isn’t a copy of it here); Big Magic; Room; Persepolis 2; The Magician’s Nephew; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Silver Chair

 

 

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The History of Love; Sphere (I borrowed this book, which is why there isn’t a copy of it here); The Heir and the Spare  (I did receive this book from a Goodreads Giveaway); Persepolis; Worlds of Ink and Shadow; America’s First Daughter  (I did receive this book from a Goodreads Giveaway); The Revenant; A Separate Peace; The Boston Girl; Becoming Nicole  (I did receive this book from a Goodreads Giveaway); P.S. I Like You; A Game of Thrones; A Clash of Kings; A Storm of Swords; The Witches of Cambridge; A Monster Calls; The Good Girl; The Crucible; Three Dark Crowns; The Light Between Oceans (I borrowed this book, and was lazy about returning it, which is why there is a copy of it here); My Lady Jane; The Girl on the Train; The Pursuit of Pearls (I did receive this book from a Goodreads Giveaway); The Serpent King; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

 

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All the Winters After (I did receive this book from a Goodreads Giveaway); I Am Regina (this has been my favorite since I was a kid); The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend; All the Light We Cannot See; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Me Before You; The Time Between; The Romanov Sisters; The Martian; Flawed; How to Be a Wildflower

 

 

 

I always loved books and reading, even before I learned how to read…and I always will love it. Books tell stories, even beyond what’s trapped between their covers. I know how I acquired most of my books, I remember the times that I’ve sought solace in their pages, I’ve traveled to numerous worlds and locations, I’ve fallen asleep with beautiful words in my hands. It’s quite romantic.

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Hello there :) I'm Ashley. I'm all about books, social media, photography, hot mugs of tea, and my dog Oliver. I left Pittsburgh for Madison, Indiana to join my boyfriend on a new adventure. In my free time, I read old literature, binge watch movies, climb mountains, photograph the world around me, and dance in the rain. I'm always open for a good conversation!

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