We’ll just say that 2016 was not my best year, on so many metrics. It was slumpy, and frumpy, and cranky. So very cranky. And while I may not have read as many books as usual, or what felt like as many really good ones, compared to the average population I would say quite a bit of reading has been done. I read 275 books of which approximately 150 or so were not rereads.
I am going to try to highlight some of my favorites now:
I haven’t and probably won’t end up reviewing these, because the kind of gorging I just did is not conducive to thoughtful reviewing. But I just read the 8 books in Jean Johnson’s connected series Their’s Not to Reason Why and First Salik War. I first plopped book 5 of TNTRW on my TBR in 2014 with a note that I wasn’t going to start the series until the book was completed because I hate to wait, and then somehow I forgot about it. Meanwhile, a prequel trilogy was also completed before I got around to it. I picked of the first in First Salik War late on 12/27/2016 and blazed through both series even WITH family events and happenings by New Years Day 2017. Needless to say I was engrossed, and if this author ever returns to this world, so will I.
Beyond Surrender was a bittersweet end to a much loved series.
One Fell Sweep was my happy place.
Alliance-Another series I am sad to see the end of.
The Undoing-Good quirky fun and I really need some more.
Magic Binds-the authorlords hit it out of the park as far as I am concerned.
And Warrior Wench, which is the only one that isn’t a five that I am throwing on this list, but it was just such a surprise for me that I had to include with the admonishment to gauge it by neither cover nor title.
I am not going any further, I am not speculating about the coming year, I am just going to make small goals and try to achieve them without stress.