Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Towards 2017

Posted January 1, 2017 by Stephanie B in General / 7 Comments

No matter who you are, I think we can all agree that 2016 (at the very least) was eventful. First though, I want to reflect on the reading bit of it. This year I read less than half of the amount of books I read from 2015, but that’s okay.

The Stats

I only read 20 (new) books in 2016, which was less than I hoped for but I’m not particularly disappointed either. I decided to stop pressuring myself to read a million books a month and to just read whenever I wanted this past year. Now that 2016 has come and nearly gone, I was thinking about which books I read this year have been my favorites and it’s actually surprisingly easy to choose them.

First of all though, lets look at some reading stats…

  • Number of Classics Read: 4 – I wanted to read more classics this year so I’m pleased with this number.
  • Nonfiction Novels Read: 1
  • Audiobooks Consumed: 10
  • Number of eBooks: 4
  • Highest Rating: 5 Stars – Only one book received this rating in 2016. That book was Illuminae.
  • Most Frequent Rating: 3 Stars – Out of the 20 books I consumed, I gave 14 of them a three star rating.
  • Lowest Rating: 2 Stars to Frankenstein even though the audio production was great.


Out of the 20 books I’ve finished this year, I’ve chosen my top three. None of them are in the same genre and none of them are for the same age group. I’m not sure why, but I think that’s kind of fun.


Ironically, I think Escape from Camp 14 is probably my favorite book I read this year. It’s nonfiction and follows the story of a man who was born and raised in one of North Korea’s political prison camps. I like to browse the history section of Barnes & Noble occasionally, and when I picked this book up I found myself reading and reading it. (I don’t typically read books inside the store.) After about 10 pages or so, I decided I had better buy this book and I’m so glad I did. It was very eye-opening for me and one of the few books this year that I read and didn’t want to put down.

Another difficult choice… but I think Illuminae takes second place for 2016. I listened to the audiobook and was completely hooked. It was a lot of fun to listen to and made work a bit more enjoyable as well! The story was great and the audio production was perfect.

So that leaves third place (a very honorable place) for The Hidden Oracle. It was a joy to return to Riordan’s world and spend time with Apollo, who was one of my favorite characters we met in Percy Jackson & the Olympians. It was relaxing and a whole lot of fun to read. I’m really looking forward to the second novel.

Favorite Articles Published Here

My top performing articles…


Here’s a list of my favorite articles I wrote for 2016…

2017 and Beyond

So what’s next for Chasm of Books? You can see a sneak peek of a couple of coming articles on the homepage but I think now is a good time to formally inform you all of the change I’ve decided to make. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve started covering some TV and movies on the blog. Due to my interests and time, I’ve decided to expand the site to include books and TV/movies. The goal is to still keep everything related to scifi and fantasy so that part is staying.

As far as other plans, I have none for the blog. That is the only goal I have. I want to even out the book to movie/TV ratio of articles published in 2017. My plan is to just have fun and do my own thing. Hopefully y’all will join me in that. If there’s a movie or show that you’d like me to cover here, definitely let me know in the comments or on twitter! I can’t make any promises, but I’d love to know what you guys would like to read here.

Now for bookish goals… I would like to read more nonfiction in 2017. Maybe that means I read 4 books instead of 1, but either way I want to read more of it. As a side note, this year I’ll be starting my bachelor degree in English and I am very excited about this!

So tell me, what are your 2017 plans?

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7 responses to “Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Towards 2017

  1. I just friended someone on Goodreads who has essentially read ONLY nonfiction books. Of the 210 books she has rated, we have only 3 in common. If nothing else, it make me aware that I don’t read a lot of nonfiction outside my academic field!

  2. Happy New Year! 🌟
    Illuminae totally rocked! Except I read it in e-book form. I bet it’s very different from audiobook format because it’s got so many illustrations. Have you seen the e-book or print format?
    And I hope you can achieve your goals for 2017 🙂 I haven’t set my reading goal yet, but I think I’m going to go for a 100. This year I did something over 50 🙂

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