Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year, everybody! I’m a huge fan of goals and reflection, so New Year’s Day is always a fun day for me. Here’s some of my bookish reflections on 2015 and goals for 2016.

This year, I read 196 books. I worked hard at tracking them in a Google spreadsheet so I could have the fun of seeing all the pertinent details at the end of the year! (Yep, I’m a nerd.)

The genres I read included 15 children’s and middle grades, 3 classics, 6 comics and graphic novels, 10 dystopian, 4 collections (I usually hate short stories, essays, and poetry, so this is not shocking that the number is so low), 17 SFF, 13 historical fiction/history, 9 memoirs, 27 mysteries (that’s almost 14% of all the books I read this year. You know I love me some mystery books), 9 Newbery books, and 14 self help/self improvement.

32 of the books I read were classified as “diverse” in some way (author, MC, country of origin), which is 16%. I hope to bring this number up to 25% next year.

71% of the books were fiction; 29% were nonfiction.

61% were written by females; 39% were written by males; one was written by a husband and wife team. I am totally cool with these percentages.

71% were newly published; 20% were backlist books. I’d like to change this a little this year. We’ll see how many awesome new books are published in 2016!

I gave 1 star to 2% of the books I read, 2 stars to 11%, 3 stars to 34%, 4 stars to 39%, and 5 stars to 15%.


31% were indie or small press books; 69% were mainstream.

I read 2 audio books (1%), 80 ebooks (41%), and 112 print books (57%).

Of all the books I read this year, 54 were ARCs or review copies (that’s 28%), 7 were physical copies I purchased (hardly any this year), 23 were free online (12%) and 78 were from library (40%).

This year, my bookish and book blogging resolutions are

  • Up my diverse reading to 25% of all the books I read.
  • Consistently blog 3 times a week.
  • Add new kinds of posts, other than just reviews. I really enjoyed mixing it up for my Write 31 Days series, and I’m hoping to add more types of posts to my regular rotation. (Have any opinions on what kind of posts those should be? Leave me a comment!)
  • Improve my book photography and graphic design skills. I’m terrible at this, and I want to do better.
  • Participate more frequently in Top Ten Tuesday. I love lists, and I love this meme, and I love reading other people’s lists and getting their feedback on mine. I really want to make TTT a priority this year.

And that’s it from me! I hope you have a Happy New Year, and that 2016 is filled with amazing books and everything wonderful.

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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