Round-up: 2016 + Thank You!

It’s only the fourth of December, so it might be too soon to slam the door on 2016. 2016 has been a strange year and I’ve got a stack of goals and much optimism for 2017. I’ve started banking reviews for 2017 so I can schedule posts and seem like I’ve finally gotten my act together with this blogging thing. How many times have I said that now?

Even with my irregular blogging, this has been my best year yet in terms of views/likes/comments. Thank you all so much for stopping by! The best thing about WordPress is how many engaging bloggers are out there with so many book recommendations. My TBR may not thank you, but I do! (The ol’ TBR is at an all-time high, but more on that later.)

Somewhat surprisingly (given its 2014 post date) Review: City of Thieves received more traffic than any other post this year. Of items published in 2016, Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was the most viewed, which fits the feedback I’ve gotten that my negative reviews are more entertaining than my positive ones.

2016 has been a great year for reading—I finally picked up books by Salman Rushdie, discovered J.G. Ballard (who I’ve yet to find in a bookstore, used or otherwise), and found appreciation for David Mitchell. Also, though I haven’t posted reviews yet, The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley and The North Water by Ian McGuire are both impossible to put down.

If you missed any and would like to catch up, links to all my 2016 reviews are below. Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful holiday season and new year! Cheers!

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (4.7)
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (4.2)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (1.5)
High Rise by J.G. Ballard (4.8)
Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem (4.3)
The Book of Evidence by John Banville (5.0)
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch (3.4)
Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard (4.7)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (4.4)
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie (4.8)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (2.5)
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (4.8)
My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl (3.8)
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (4.7)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4.4)
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (2.5)
Slade House by David Mitchell (4.7)
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (4.7)
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (3.2)
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (not rated)

 

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