Tales Post – 2016 End Of Year Survey

This fab 2016 end of year book survey is the 7th annual end of year survey hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner and is the third time I am participating!

Before I start I would like to thank everyone for their support in 2016!  The brilliant book community, all the friends I have made, fab authors for writing fab books and being generally awesome, all the publishers who have sent me books and everyone who has supported me through my first full year of book blogging.

Thank You All x

Number Of Books You Read:


I’m really disappointed with myself I have to admit.  I hit a huge reading slump in about May time and I just could not get myself out of it.  Also I have been starting books and not finishing them and also not keeping track with books I have read!

*rolls eyes at self*

You can find out all about the books I read in 2016 here

Number of Re-Reads:

I don’t think I have read and re-reads but this does not include the Point Horror books as I can’t remember which ones I read as teenager!

Genre You Read The Most From:


I read a lot of UKYA books which is not a genre I know, but a worthy mention.

Best Book You Read In 2016?

Oh gosh!  I always struggle with this question so much!

I have my top 15 best books of 2016 here

If I had to pick these two would be top of the list……







Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I’m going to go for a Point Horror here I think……

Caroline B Cooney has become the queen of Point Horror, but this one was more disappointing than I would have thought.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?

In a good way…..mainly because I was not expecting what I read and it blew me away!

Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?

Without a doubt…….

Best series you started in 2016?

Best Sequel of 2016?

Best Series Ender of 2016?

I don’t think I got to read a series ender this year!

Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?

Sara Barnard!

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t tend to read a lot of fantasy, but Mel always makes me fall in love with the genre!

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Most memorable character of 2016?

Blister from Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?

Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Book That Shocked You The Most?

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

All the Katherine’s & Matthew’s….all of them!

Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?

The friendships in Beautiful Broken Things

Favourite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

OMG I haven’t fallen for any characters this year!  What even is happening!

Best 2016 debut you read?

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?








Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

New favourite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I think alittlebutalot.wordpress.com run by the lovely @eenalol and the brilliant yaundermyskin.com run by the lovely @YAundermyskin (Amy) are two highlights for me, but I’m sure there’s many more that I’m just not thinking of at the moment!

Favourite review that you wrote in 2016?

I think it has to be the review I wrote for the last book I read in 2015 – Jellicoe Road.  I just read that review back and although I feel like I haven’t done the book justice it brings back all the memories and feelings of the book completely.

You can find my review here

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I’ve hosted so many brilliant posts this year on my blog but I particularly loved this post I hosted by an anonymous friend about anxiety – here

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?


Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Chairing this event!  A dream come true!

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I’ve really struggled this year to find a good balance.  With working full time, having an 11 year old son who started secondary school in September, blogging, reading and trying to fit some writing time in I have to admit it’s been hard and I’m not sure I’ve been too successful at achieving everything, but this may be down to doing too much more than anything else.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I’m not a stats person.  I rarely check my stats.  Therefore I have absolutely no idea on this.

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I plucked up the courage and popped a very short story up on my blog as part of a blog tour post where we had to answer the question What Is Human.  I’m really proud of the story and it made people cry (sorry)

You can check out the story here

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Portable Charge Packs – all that tweeting and photo taking at events drain your battery so much!

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

You can find a whole post about this here

Goodreads Challenge – I read 37 out of the 75 book challenge I set myself at the start of the year.

British Books Challenge – I read 21 books by UK authors in 2016 and reviewed 12 of these which  counted towards the challenge.

2015 Classics Challenge – I read 0 Classic books for the Classics Challenge! FAIL!

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Becoming a lot more organised and actually giving myself some down time to do other things.

A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone

I’ve been sooooooo good and have not yet read any 2017 releases!  I’m either crazy or a genius!  I will let you guess which one!

Thanks to Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner for hosting and I’m looking forward to 2017 already!

Happy Reading


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3 Responses

  1. Suzanne Furness says:

    That’s sealed it – I must put The Deviants on my urgent TBR list! Somehow it’s one I missed till now. Great post and round- up of the year, Michelle. Happy New Year to you and the family. Looking forward to 2017 and some more great reads. I’m off to check out some more of your links here.

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