2016 Wrap-up

Where did your reading take you this year?
I hung out in Britain a lot this year. I found a couple amazing authors (self-published). I entered Narnia (for the first time) and Oz (for the first time beyond The Wonderful Wizard). I went to ancient Greece. And I discovered Cozy Mysteries to be a lovely and fun mind vacation to go on on occasion.

How many books did you read and did you meet or beat your own personal goal?
I read 132 books. I don’t set specific goals anymore, really. Mostly just to read at least two books a week on average and I easily beat that. I’d love to reach an average of 3 books a week, but I don’t think that’ll ever happen. I beat my previous record of 126 books, but not page count.

What countries and time periods did you visit?
Mostly, Britain from Roman times through the Middle Ages. This was not planned. It just happened.

What were your most favorite stories? Any stories that stayed with you a long time, left you wanting more or needed to digest for a while before starting another? Which books became comfort reads?
My favorite stories were the young adult dystopian ones. I didn’t realize just how much I enjoy that genre.

The Breadwinner series stayed with me. They changed me, really. I am much more inclined to help people in any way I can. I’ve become determined that even though fixing everything is literally impossible, I can find the Starfish in need and help them. Spending time digesting that series really made me look for opportunities to help. Also, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I really have never even considered what it is like and the issues surrounding Native Americans living on reservations. I’m still mulling that one over, actually. I think both that book and the Breadwinner series have helped me to become a kinder, more compassionate person.

The Deltora Quest series became, or, really, already were comfort reads. I read them to my older children several years ago. I read them to myself 7 or 8 years ago. I read them to my little boys this year. Every time I return them, they are like visiting a friend I’ve missed, but didn’t quite realize I did.

What is the one book or the one author you thought you’d never read and found yourself pleasantly surprised that you liked it?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I’ve heard lots of negative stuff about it so I have avoided it. It was a Kindle Deal of the Day so I decided for two bucks I could see what the fuss is about myself. The negativity really misses the point. Completely. I’m glad I read it.

Did you read any books that touched you and made you laugh, cry, sing or dance?
The Fifth Floor made me sad, but hopeful at the same time. It made me dance because the author was amazing and when a self-published author is that good, it’s like the angels are singing in the background while you read. All the Tony James Slater books I read made me laugh. A lot. Out loud. The Breadwinner series made me cry at various points.

Any that made you want to toss it across the room in disgust?
Coffee, Tea or Me made me want to toss it across the room for lack of the Oxford comma in the title. Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon and Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen made me want to toss them across the room because they were so, so bad after the first book in the series, Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain, was so incredibly good.

Please share a favorite quote.
“A gal can cope with anything when her shoes match her bra.” ~A Trifle Dead

“She’s homeschooled because she can’t pass for human.” ~Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen

“__________, __________, and __________ __________ __________! __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________. And before we knew it, we were on the plane home.” ~Can I Kiss Her Yet? (This is from the chapter about their honeymoon. Tony said he actually wrote words in those blanks and made it as incredibly boring as he possibly could.)

“She would have despised the modern idea of women being equal to men. Equal, indeed! she knew they were superior.” ~Cranford

“Still, Lex ran unopposed for city council and won every time.” ~The Last Bookstore in America

“Remember that misuse of language can lead to miscommunication and that miscommunication leads to everything that has ever happened in the whole of the world.” ~Welcome to Night Vale

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