(I’m posting this very very late, but it’s still January so I guess it’s okay? *oh well*)
We all agree that 2016 was crappy as a whole. But on a personal level 2016 was not too bad. I got my degree in english and american literature and civilisation (including other classes such as translation), I started another year at uni and it’s going great, my boyfriend and I celebrated our four year anniversary, I read a lot of great books, I made some new friends, started this blog…
This post will have 3parts: The first will be about the books I read this year, the second will be about my year on Instagram and then about some new people I started to follow!
My year in books (Here’s the link to my year in books compiled by Goodreads)
I read 153 books this year! My goal was to read 125, I knew I could read more but I’m using the Goodreads Challenge more as a goal than as a challenge because uni life is already stressful enough!
And I read 40,003 pages ! That’s like 100 books of 400 pages, or even 133 books of 300 pages. (Shh I’m having fun with numbers, I’m not doing this often.)
My average rating on goodreads seems to be 3,6. I think that’s mostly because I rate books that I didn’t love with a 3, if they weren’t awful and were just not for me. Plus I often choose carefully the books I’m reading so I’m not disappointed a lot!
My favourite books of 2016
(I’ll try to make this not too long)
On chronological order !
The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m starting by cheating a little because that’s a whole series here, and I read the first one back in 2015. I then waited to read the second and third books closer to the fourth release (in April) so that I wouldn’t have to wait too many months !
I loved the relationship between the characters, their quest and the magic delicately sewn into their world. Really one I would reread and am proud to have made a lot of friends read!
I have to point out that this book series has been called out for having problematic representation regarding the asian characters, I wasn’t aware of this at the time and I recognise now that it is hurtful representation. Here is a tumblr post talking about it, thanks to @novelparadise on twitter who helped me find it!
I hope the author will do better on her next book.
Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale #1), by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
Unfortunately I can’t concentrate to listen to audiobooks nor to listen to podcasts. I only managed to listen to ten episodes of Welcome to Night Vale, but loved it! When I heard there was going to be books based on the podcast I was super happy! And it was awesome in a weird and captivating way.
Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear
SO GOOD. Set in the late 19th century, this is an adult steampunk novel with a diverse cast of character focusing on kickass women trying to solve a murder and save their town.
These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1), by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
I also reviewed this one! Wow, I’m impressed with myself there!
Kinda like Pride and Prejudice with a young witty woman and people with special abilities!
The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins
That was something!! Really a book that blew my mind, had never read anything like it. (Quite violent though)
Spider-Woman, Volume 2: New Duds (Spider-Woman #6), by Dennis Hopeless &more
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears, Volume 1: Baby Talk (Spider-Woman #7)
I really didn’t like the first volume because of the way Jessica was oversexualised. But here she looks as awesome as she is, the redesign saved her for me!
(Goodreads link 1 & 2)
Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More (Captain Marvel, Volume VIII #1), by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Goodreads Author) (Writer), David López (Artist)
Captain Marvel, Volume 2: Stay Fly (Captain Marvel, Volume VIII #2), by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Marcio Takara (Artist), David López
With the movie news I was really excited to finally discover Carol’s character and I loved her greatly. She’s a Star Wars fan!! And she named her cat Chewie ❤
(Goodreads link 1 & 2)
The Cure for Dreaming, by Cat Winters
I loved this SO much! A young woman who stands up for herself, the suffragist movement, hypnosis, all the ingredients of this story worked perfectly together.
Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1), by Rachel Aaron
One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers #2), by Rachel Aaron
I reviewed Nice Dragons Finish Last, and I loved the sequel even MORE, if that’s possible! Rachel Aaron (or Rachel Bach) has really become one of my favourite author!
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2), by Becky Chambers
Can I count The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in 2016? Because I first read it in 2015 (FAVE) but the US edition was released this summer so…
I wanted to wait to read the companion book because I wanted the smaller paperback but: I just couldn’t wait. Becky Chambers is definitely one of my new favourite authors and I will read ANYTHING she writes. As a matter of fact I preordered a science-fiction anthology because she wrote a story for it.
Culottées (Les Culottées #1), by Pénélope Bagieu
I didn’t read a lot of french book this year unfortunately. I will try to change that, but I’m glad I finished the year with this awesome BD about important women through history. My last review of 2016!
I had a great year on Instagram! I tried to improve, make efforts and take more time to take better pictures. I went outside more, tried to take advantage of great lightning and mostly of the leaves during my favourite season! Here are my best nine:
AND some other favourites that weren’t featured there :
Big news!! 💛 I now have a blog (link in bio) with book review in both French and English! The blog is not entirely done but there are already some articles, do not hesitate to go take a look and tell me what you think, the comments are open:) I wanted a blog to share more about the books I love than just tweet about it or post pictures here (I'll still do it don't worry😊 Taking pictures of book is something I like too much 📚✨) This actually is a picture I had taken to put on my review of #SorcerertotheCrown by #ZenCho ! One my absolute favorite from 2015!
I'm still reading the compulsory books for school so here's a pic of a novella I cannot wait to reread. Also the sequel will be out in January 🎉 . . ✨BINTI made me a big fan of Nnedi Okorafor! I also loved her Akata Witch novel! Cannot wait to read more of her books, next should be Lagoon! . . Just look at this amazing cover 💛
I'm currently reading a few eARC of novellas I got from tor, and I'm thinking of finally starting A MONSTER CALLS !!! 🍂 I know everybody told me the illustrated edition was better but I fell in love with this cover, and the cover of the illustrated ed kinda scares me 😅🙈 . . I only heard amazing things on this one so obviously my expectations are super high!✨ . . 🚀Quick update on my last read : I finished "A closed and common orbit" last night and it was amazing, I cried and smiled and put notes all over it. I'm definitely going to buy and read everything Becky Chambers write in the future. I already preordered a few months ago a scifi anthology she'll be in! . . #currentread #currentlyreading #amonstercalls #patrickness #bookstagram #instabook #bookstagrammer #booktography #bookphotography #bookaddict #booklover #bookdragon #bookworm #booklr #bookhoarder #bookaholic #bookish #igreads #igbooks #bookblogger #bookblog
🍂I'm really liking Ninefox Gambit so far, even if it's quite difficult to follow! The worldbuilding is really dense and complicated and not really explained but it is part of the appeal. We're dumped into this society with rules and ways to think that are really different than ours and it's awesome to slowly understand how everything works. Plus I really like the character that the story focuses on so far, Cheris, who is very good at mathematics (or kind of mathematics). We also learn in passing that she had a relationship with another woman👍 . . I've also two episodes left to watch on the Netflix Brazilian show "3%". The dystopian world isn't revolutionary, kinda like divergent meet hunger games, but I was really interested in finding out what would happen to the characters! Plus, watching a dystopian story that is not set in America or not with an almost exclusively white cast is refreshing!
By starting this blog, I also came to know more and more people in the book community. Here are just some blogs that I started following and whose reviews I really like:
There are many more of course but I’d say they are my five favourites 🙂
There are still many books from 2016 that I haven’t read. I’m waiting for some to be released as paperbacks, some I just never got around to read but already own, some I couldn’t find time and/or money for… But I’m hoping to read many great books in 2017! (And my January was really great already!)
Any book you think I definitely should have read? Or did you love the same as I did?
*I loved many more books but I just couldn’t write down all of them here >< *