Here’s my traditional wrap-up of 2016 in lists and numbers (I like spreadsheets, what can I say). I may have done my favourite reads of 2016 already, but here are a few other lists.
2016 new-to-me authors
I read books by 21 new-to-me authors over the course of 2016, which is pretty much on par with the previous year. The authors I’m really glad I discovered?
Well, four of them wrote books that featured in my favourites of 2016 so that probably goes without saying:
- Beth Brower
- Jodi Taylor
- Leigh Bardugo
- Santino Hassell
And the other five authors:
- Becky Albertalli (YA): Her contemporary YA is popping up on Best Of lists everywhere, and deservedly so
- Dal Maclean (M/M romantic suspense): It’s hard to believe BITTER LEGACY was her debut
- Elizabeth Boonsteel (SF): I fell for her Central Corps books, and am looking forward to the next in series
- Janet Kagan (SF): Baen’s done a re-release of her backlist, and I flew through HELLSPARK
- Julianna Keyes (romance): Loved her NA romance UNDECIDED (a.k.a. not a love triangle – I’ve since seen that she’s re-released this with a different cover to avoid the love triangle confusion!)
Authors most glommed in 2016
Unsurprisingly, Jodi Taylor – not only did I read all seven of her St Mary’s books, I also read her standalone romances – a contemporary, THE NOTHING GIRL, and a historical, A BACHELOR ESTABLISHMENT. Slightly different voices, but no less enjoyable.
Coming a close second with seven books each were Megan Derr and Lynn Kurland.
I’ve read Megan Derr before, but never quite got on with her books. This year however, for whatever reason, her M/M fantasy romances became my comfort reads (I read all of her Tales of the High Court, Unbreakable Soldiers, and Princes of the Blood series – the last being my favourite so far).
I also finished reading all of Lynn Kurland‘s Nine Kingdoms fantasy romances (spot a trend there?). It was a bit of a mixed bag overall, but at least I’m caught up now.
And some numbers…
I read 127 books over the year, way down on previous years (I usually average around 150). Let’s just say 2016 had distractions galore (not all bad though, I suspect the summer Olympics was a contributing factor!).
About one-third of the books I read were published prior to 2016, and roughly 40% were published via non-traditional channels.
Breakdown of genre and numbers by month (see what I mean by the Olympics?):
Compared to previous years (perhaps read more fantasy should be my 2017 resolution?):
And that’s my 2016 reading year! Here’s the Goodreads version, which is all pretty and fancy.
I know, I totally forgot about my plan for doing a regular book recommendation in my last post. Memory of a goldfish, sorry.
So here’s my first rec of 2017 – Kate Elliott’s JARAN: If you’re in the mood for some old-school SFF with romance a-plenty, I adored JARAN. It’s the first of a series, but works very well as a standalone.