2016 Reading Stats

2016 was a great reading year for me–SO many good reads!

Up until October, when Buddy Fitzwilliam suddenly appeared on the scene and changed my sluggish daily routine, I had been humming along in my reading life. He’s been with us for three months now and while I’m not exactly back into a reading groove, we’re starting to get into something that looks like it might eventually turn into a routine.

Buddy Fitzwilliam - #1 Reading Buddy (WildmooBooks)
Last read of the year with my reading Buddy

For years now my annual reading goal has been to read 52 books. That’s one book a week and doesn’t make me shy away from big books. It also doesn’t make me feel pressured about reading when life gets crazy busy.

Here’s some breakdown:

  • 58 books read
  • 37 by women
  • 20 by men 
  • 1 gender neutral
  • 3 published in the 19th century
  • 16 published in the 20th century
  • 39 published in the 21st century
  • 20 published in 2016 (super high for me and only 7 were ARCs)
  • 4 ebooks (same as last year)
  • 3 audiobooks (also same as last year)
  • 2 translated into English (one less than last year)
  • 11 qualified towards #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks 
  • 6 for The Classics Club
  • 1 for Australian Women Writers (#AWW2016)

List of books read. Yellow highlights are my Top 10 of 2016

Atwood, Kathyrn
Women Heroes of WWII: The Pacific Theater
Austen, Jane
Pride and Prejudice
Dogs and Their People
Caspary, Vera
Chbosky, Stephen
Perks of Being a Wall Flower, The
Chopin, Kate
Awakening, The
Christie, Agatha
And Then There Were None
Clark, Marcia
Blood Defense
Cornwell, Patricia
Chasing the Ripper
Doemer, Cornelia
Martin Luther’s Travel Guide
Du Maurier, Daphne
Ehrlich, Amy
Willa: The Story of Willa Cather, an American Writer
Eustice, Helen
Horizontal Man, The
Fleming, Jacky
Trouble with Women, The
Gilbert, Elizabeth
Big Magic
Gilman, George G.
Blind Side, The
Gorman, Jane
Blind Eye, The
Gyasi, Yaa
Hammett, Dashiell
Thin Man, The
Hawkins, Paula
Girl on the Train, The
Heller, Joseph
Catch-22 (DNF)
Hemingway, Ernest
Moveable Feast, A
Highsmith, Patricia
Price of Salt, The
Irving, John
Prayer for Owen Meany, A
Jackson, Shirley
Haunting of Hill House, The (reread)
Kiernan, Stephen P
Hummingbird, The
King, Stephen
Mr. Mercedes *
King, Stephen
Finders Keepers *
King, Stephen
End of Watch *
Kovic, Ron
Hurricane Street
Lagercrantz, David
Girl in the Spider’s Web, The
Lamb, Wally
She’s Come Undone
Longo, Stacey (ed)
Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors
Maran, Meredith
Why We Write About Ourselves
McNamara, Frances
Death at the Paris Exposition
Oakley, Barbara
Mind for Numbers, A
Olson, Karen E.
Sacred Cows
Patchette, Anne
Bel Canto
Penny, Louise
Great Reckoning, A
Pinckney, Darryl
Black Deutschland
Raabe, Melanie
Trap, The
Rhys, Jean
Good Morning, Midnight
Rhys, Jean
Wide Sargasso Sea, The
Scottoline, Lisa
Final Appeal
Seay, Martin
Mirror Thief, The
Shoemaker, Karen Gettert
Meaning of Names, The
Speart, Jessica
Winged Obsession
Stein, Triss
Brooklyn Secrets
Strecker, Susan
Nowhere Girl
Thorson, Robert M.
Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England’s Stone Walls**
Tremblay, Paul
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
Twain, Mark
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, A
Viskic, Emma
Resurrection Bay
Whitehead, Colson
Underground Railroad, The
Wilson, Anne A.
Woodham, Jane
Yun, Jung
Zacks, Richard
Chasing the Last Laugh

 * When Emily and I listed our Top 10 reads of 2016 on episode two of the Book Cougars, I cheated and listed Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy as one book.

** Currently reading and will finish today or tomorrow. Usually I’m anal and work it so that I finish whatever I’m reading on the last day of the year and then start a new read on the first day of the year, but apparently I’m living on the edge these days. Oh, and there are two books not on the list above that I’ve already started but didn’t list since I’m not near the half way point on either: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (audio and hardcover) and Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall by St. Sukie de la Croix (on my ereader).

I’m looking forward to more great reading in 2017 and my next post will be about my reading plans for the new year. The older I get, the less time I spend with books that don’t engage me, so my overall enjoyment of reading seems to be increasing with each passing year.

Here’s to health, happiness, world peace, and good reads in 2017!


  1. Happy New Year Chris! I am just starting Finders Keepers and hope to finish the trilogy in 2017. Love the way you rounded up 2016's reading.

  2. Oh, that's awesome that you had such a great reading year.

    “The older I get, the less time I spend with books that don't engage me, so my overall enjoyment of reading seems to be increasing with each passing year.”

    This is wonderful. What a healthy way to approach your reading.

    Also, hooray for Buddy! What a handsome dude with that bow tie on.

  3. Nice stats! I'm still working on my roundup page — I'm not optimistic. Made my reading goal — but just barely. Read a pretty high number of 2016 releases myself, and not ARCs either — somehow lucked out at library more than once, I guess….!

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