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Before the year ends I just wanted to squeeze in one more post, so here it is! Truly, 2016 was such a wonderful reading year for me—I read a lot of books, finished my Goodreads Reading Challenge (71/60 books read) and added a lot to my Favorite’s shelf!
And of course I wanted to share to all of you my top 16-ish books for 2016 as well as my reading + blogging goals for 2017.
I read a total of 71 books this year and I’m quite proud of myself because last year I only read 50 books and some were re-reads but this year I had zero re-reads. If you want to see my year in books courtesy of Goodreads, check it out here.
With all those books read it’s guaranteed that there were some disappointing books, okayish ones, and of course the best ones that made laugh/cry/fall in love/frustrated/literally all the emotions at once and gave a great impact to my life.
I tried my best to categorize them into similar categories, and this list contains 16+ books but I kinda considered the one’s from the same book series as one to make it 16. (If you found that confusing, it’ll make sense below!)
Within these short reads are beautiful pieces of literature. The Little Prince is definitely one of those I’ll re-read again and again while growing older; Milk and Honey is simply everything, it’s one of my favorite poetry books ever; and Tuwing Ikatlong Sabado (Every Third Saturday) is a collection of Spoken Word pieces by my favorite group of people and it’s just full of feels.
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (★★★★☆)
- milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (★★★★★)
- Tuwing Ikatlong Sabado by Juan Miguel Severo
I absolutely love The Spinster Club series and my favorite book is What’s a Girl Gotta Do? because Lottie is my spirit animal. I’m counting Cress and Winter as one entry for my list because I’m the boss and I CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ONE IS BETTER. I loved them both, I love The Lunar Chronicles so much, I love the Rampion crew, and I’m just so happy that I finally decided to read this series.
- What’s a Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club, #3) by Holly Bourne (★★★★★)
- Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer (★★★★★)
- Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer (★★★★★)
I’m also counting all these 7 books as one entry for my list, and NOPE this is not a re-read because I actually just read this series this year AND IT DEFINITELY MADE MY YEAR SO MUCH BETTER. Finally reading and watching the whole series, opened my eyes to the fact that
magic Harry Potter is everywhere, I swear there is not a day that I don’t see anything HP-related. Plus, I read it just in time for the Cursed Child and the Fantastic Beasts film! The best thing for me is how I get to talk fangirl to my friends all the time, especially that some of them also decided to read it this year. YAY FOR POTTERHEADS. YAY FOR HARRY POTTER. 50 POINTS TO RAVENCLAW!
So these are the contemporary/realistic fiction books that really got me right in the feels this year. I love reading books that deal with serious topics like mental illnesses and rape especially when it’s done in the right way. These 3 books got me on the edge of my sit with its gripping stories!
- Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers (★★★★★)
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (★★★★★) [MY REVIEW]
- What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler (★★★★★)
On a lighter note, here’s some contemporaries that I really really liked. Me Before You is not really a light read because it had me ugly crying in the middle of the night and does deal with serious issues. I love reading light and fluffy books that’s why I loved both The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You (I seriously loved the romance and the high school aspect of it) and Wanderlost (a.k.a the book that had me wanting to wander and travel across the globe ASAP).
- Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes (★★★★☆) [MY REVIEW]
- The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson (★★★★★) [MY REVIEW]
- Wanderlost by Jen Malone (★★★★★)
And yes more contemporaries, but these are the BEST out of bunch. These are the books that hold a special place not only in my shelf but also my heart. The writing, characters and their development, romance—EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL AND AHHHHHH. I’m so thankful that I got to read these and that they exist. ❤
- The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (★★★★★)
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (★★★★★) [MY REVIEW]
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (★★★★★)
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (★★★★☆) [MY REVIEW]
So that was my Top 16-ish books for 2016. Now, it’s time to get really ambitious because here’s my reading and blogging goals for 2017.
When 2016 started, I only had two reading goals: to read the Harry Potter series and to finish my Goodreads challenge. And I’m satisfied because I accomplished them both. See how I didn’t even planned to have a blog at the start of 2016? That’s because impulsive Louise just made this blog on a whim last May.
But now that I have a blog, I’ll be setting 17 Reading and Blogging Goals for 2017. Here’s my list:
- Read 70+ books. (still not sure on the exact number so I’ll settle on this for now)
- Read some Classic books. (planning on reading 1 classic per month = 12 classic books)
- Read A Song of Ice and Fire series. (I’M READY FOR YOU!!!)
- Read at least 5 book series. (preferably the sci-fi/fantasy ones)
- Read more diversely. (do I still have to explain how important this is? Yes, it’s very important so I’ll do my best to accomplish this one)
- Read more books from other genres other than contemporary. (tbh, I’m slightly getting tired of contemporaries so I’ll try to explore other genres)
- Read more books from Local/Filipino authors. (because Philippine literature is so rich and Filipino authors are very talented!)
- Blog more consistently: at least 1-2 blog post a week. (you can do this self!)
- Post my very first discussion post, and to post regularly from then on. (if you noticed I haven’t posted any discussion posts yet but I will! Hopefully, soon.)
- Achieve that 80% feedback ratio on NetGalley. (and to stop harassing the request button)
- Reach 1k followers. (very ambitious but dream big or go home, right?)
- Receive a physical ARC. (haven’t had the guts to contact any publishers yet, but I will though not-so soon because I’m not yet ready!)
- Share to my family that I have a blog. (yup, it’s still a big secret and I’ll probably only tell them when I receive a physical ARC because I have to explain then where the book came from)
- Win a giveaway. (CLAIMING IT THIS 2017. WISH. ME. LUCK.)
- Start a bookstagram and/or booktube. (instagram>youtube, but still not sure. I’ll probably start one during my summer vacation.)
- Save up for a book buying fund. (more of a personal goal because when you’re a hungry and struggling high school student money doesn’t come easily! That’s why I plan to save at least 500 php/month for books)
- Continue to enjoy blogging. (because what’s the point of all of these if I’m not having fun right?)
So those were my goals for the year 2017! I’m doubting that I’ll be able to accomplish most of them but I need to start the year by being optimistic right? Hopefully, I’ll get a 17/17 by this time next year.
There goes my last post for 2016! Hope you got through all of that, sorry for the long post. I had tons of fun writing this and sharing my 2016 top books and 2017 goals! In just a few hours, we’ll be welcoming a brand new year—a blank slate perfect for making some changes/improvements, a lot of memories, meeting new friends, reading and buying new books, and starting a Goodreads Challenge.
So now, share me your thoughts! Do you have any of my best books in your 2016 list? What are your top books for 2016? Have you accomplished your Goodreads Challenge this year? Do you have a list of your 2017 goals or are you just going to wing it next year?
And to end this post and year, here’s a
pretty picture of me picture of some muggle girl wishing you a wonderful and productive New Year filled with happiness and books! May you get that New Year’s kiss at midnight or at least eat some good food!
Hope that you’re having a great day today, happy reading and blogging!
Please do leave any comments, thoughts, messages, reactions, and/or suggestions! Thank you for reading.
Until next time,