2016 is almost over, and so I’m reflecting on the year past, asking myself what happened this year? Here on the blog and in my offline life, what have I been up to? What am I happy about, and what would be good to change in the new year?
Books I read in 2016
I somehow ended up reading less books in 2016 than in prior years. I know I’ve been busy with both work and with my thesis, but still… I kind of wish I had read more books! I did manage to read 160 books this year, though, and I certainly enjoyed most of them.
ARCs I Read in 2016
I am quite amazed at the fact that I read 98 ARCs this year, as that’s about 2/3 of the total books I read… I guess I need to become a bit better about reading the books I buy, too in the future, even if I made a nice dent in my bought shelves as well.
Star Ratings I Gave in 2016
While I did enjoy a lot of the books I read this past year, they weren’t all winners, unfortunately… I DNF’ed one book, rated one book with only 1 star, six books got 2 stars, twenty-five books 3 stars, sixty-two books 4 stars, and a whooping sixty-seven books got 5 stars. It seems I’m fairly generous with my ratings, right? It makes me very happy, though, because it also means that I have gotten quite good at choosing the right books both when I request ARCs and when I buy books.
Bookish Fun I Had in 2016
It was definitely a good year for bookish fun! I spent a week in Chicago in May for BEA, and I got to hang out with my dear blogger wife, Brandee and Denise; and with my COYER pals, Michelle, Stormi and Berls. I also spent time with Kim, Felicia, Kristin, Karen, Tamara and with Michelle and Lisa. I spent managed to hang out with the Blackhearted ladies Debbie and Ali a little, too. It was so much fun! Both at the conference and elsewhere in Chicago. I got to see my first ever baseball game, and we walked so many steps it should have almost been enough for the rest of the year! Some of my favorite authors were in Chicago, too, and it was really nice to be able to chat with them a little bit.
I came home from Chicago with a whole bunch of books, some that I have read this year, and enjoyed! It was definitely part of the fun 🙂
Then, in late September, I went to the south of France with my oldest for a weekend of bookish fun where Colleen Hoover, Karina Halle, Christina Lauren, KA Tucker, Anna Todd and others were as well. It was mostly very nice, even if some of the things did not happen according to the schedule, or what we had paid for. While in Bandol, I met some French bloggers I know as well, and good times were had 🙂
Bookish Challenges I Participated in
Of course, I participated in the 2016 New Release Challenge, and I also participated in the Blogger Shame Challenge, the COYER Challenges, the LGBTQIA Challenge, The Audiobook Challenge… I did quite well on these challenges, but I kind of failed both the Dystopia Challenge and the HW Challenge. I will definitely do less challenges next year, even if they are a lot of fun.
Non blog – What Happened in 2016?
Of course, everyone know we got a dog! Freddy has his own Instagram account, and he’s featured every week in my wrap-up post 🙂 He’s such an amazing addition to our family, and we all love him to pieces. He’s fun and cuddly, always ready to play or go for a walk – or take a nap 😉
I have spent the past few months writing my thesis, and I hope I’ll be able to have my defence at the beginning of the year, so my MA in English language and literature will be over with. I have also worked quite a bit as a teacher, and hope I’ll get even more work next year. I really love teaching, so finding my profession has become a case of better late than never. Next year, I will start my pedagogy training to get a Master in Advanced Science of Education.
Thanks for hanging out with me this year! Blogging would have been very lonely if you didn’t stop by to comment on my posts, or wave to me at Twitter or Facebook. Thanks for the old year, and all the best for 2017! Happy, healthy New Year – may it be filled with joy, love, success and peace.