Yearly Wrap-Up — Books Read in 2016

Hey there,

The year is almost up – just a few more weeks to go – but I thought I would get working on my wrap-up. I don’t anticipate I will finish many more books before January first. Once work ends, we jump right into Christmas celebrations and then Boxing Day and there are a few days in between where I’ll get some reading in but I’m working on a Lord of the Rings reread which takes time and dedication!

I started this year with a big Star Wars focus because the release of Episode VII had me off-the-charts happy about being immersed in that universe again was my favourite thing. I slowly transitioned into Parisian themed books, anticipating my trip to Paris in the summer, and had splashes of 1920s themed authors or historical fiction which touched upon life in Paris in the 20s. Late spring into summer transformed into non-fiction about fashion, beauty and the like. And then autumn brought about young adult novels and interesting pieces of fiction. It’s a very curious thing to write all that down and see how my “reader moods” changed over the course of a year!

Alright, here’s a list (though I know I’ll forget a few) and I’ll just be putting titles, not authors, because time etc…:

  • SW: Before the Awakening
  • SW: Smuggler’s Run
  • SW: Weapon of a Jedi
  • SW: Moving Target
  • SW: Young Jedi Knights – Shadow Academy
  • SW: Bloodlines
  • SW: Darth Plagueis (best SW book I read this year)
  • SW: Ezra’s Gamble
  • SW: Rey’s Survival Guide
  • SW: Lost Stars
  • SW: The Force Awakens
  • SW: The Dark Disciple
  • The Gardener of Versailles
  • Finding Myself in France
  • A Family in Paris
  • Paris Street Style
  • The Diary of a Nose
  • A Year in Provence
  • The Sweet Life in Paris
  • Parisian Chic
  • Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
  • The Paris Wife
  • Hemingway in Love
  • A Moveable Feast (x2)
  • The Sun Also Rises (reread)
  • The True Gen (halfway)
  • The Vogue Factor
  • Leave Your Mark
  • #Girlboss
  • The Little Book of Feminism
  • Love x Style x Life
  • Capture Your Style
  • The Cursed Child
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Six of Crows
  • We Have Always Lived In The Castle
  • House on the Hill
  • The Miniaturist
  • Red Queen
  • Cruel Crown (halfway)
  • A Monster Calls
  • Caraval
  • The Forgetting (Best book I’ve read in 2016 and easily one of my favourite books of all time)
  • LOTR Fellowship of the Ring (reread)

Did not count: movie companions, information books, magazines, reference texts, graphic novels/manga/comic books, crappy books I read halfway but then returned or got rid of, etc

In total: 44 books are listed as having been read this year. This doesn’t take into consideration the ‘Did Not Count’ list, and I read a whole bunch of those. I’d same my numbers are pretty good considering there are 52 weeks in a year and some of those weeks are so busy that I didn’t read a thing (eg. this week…).

I think for the new year, I’ll stick to the same reading goal and not put too much pressure on myself.

How many books did you read this year? Do you set reading goals for yourself?



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