Let's look at my reading habits up to this point for 2016. According to goodreads, I've read 57 books so far.
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction: This one is no surprise. I read mostly fiction (48 books); I dabble in non-fiction (9 books).
Format: Again, no surprise. I like my books. I don't even own an e-reader or an ipad. I'm so old-fashioned.
Source: I was pretty pleased with this outcome. I've been making an effort to #ReadMyBooks that are sitting on my bookshelf at home. I think this shows that I'm sorta kinda maybe making a dent in those stacks.
Genre: I know I read an assortment of genres. I enjoy mixing it up. I guess this (again, sorta kinda maybe) shows that is true. Heavy on the crime/mystery/thrillers.
Ratings: I think this is the category that surprised me the most...the fact that I am happy to give away 4star and 5star ratings. Then again, it doesn't surprise me all that much. I am weird about book-bashing (I don't like to do it all that often). So, I'm probably generous in that department. And, I am pretty good about knowing what I'm going to enjoy.
But, on a different day, or in a different hour, I may have picked The Cartel by Don Winslow, or Please Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos, or I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, or The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi, or, or, or...
Best in Non-Fiction: Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming
Biggest Surprise: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan; I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
Best Series Started: I think the only series I've started (I've read several series books, but not the start of one) is Tana French's "Dublin Murder Squad", and I've only read the first book - In the Woods - but I do plan to read more.
Best "New to Me" Author: I've been pretty lucky; I've read several fantastic books by authors that are new to me. I'll go with Clare Mackintosh (I Let You Go) for a couple of reasons: I liked this thriller so much that I've put myself on the library's reserve list for her new release before it has even been released (I See You), and she replied more than once to a tweet that I mentioned her...so, you know, she's kinda sorta maybe my best friend now.
Most Memorable Character: Without a doubt, Shorty from The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale
Most Thought-Provoking: Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent I actually said so in my review on goodreads:
"Uplifting, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Culturally and socially, this book is educational. Morally, this book is inspirational. Lessons of love, faith, forgiveness, change, philanthropy, and more. I respected the honest (sometimes brutally, painfully honest) description of the pain and suffering of a terminal illness. It made the other parts of the story carry merit and truth...parts that a reader could assume were sensationalized or exaggerated. For any person of faith, read this book. For others, read this book. Everyone, read this book."
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Did you learn anything new about my reading habits?