2016 End of Year Book Survey

Posted 1 January, 2017 by DLWhite in Writers Write 0 Comments

Thanks to the Perpetual Page Turner for hosting this survey every year!

It’s time for the annual review of books! I have 125 books to look over, so… let’s get this party started!


Number Of Books You Read:126
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From:  Probably romance

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Can’t say the BEST, but I really enjoyed The Perfect Find- Tia Williams

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

I Almost Forgot About You- Terry McMillan. I was excited about it and most of it went well but the story soured and went flat for me toward the end.

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

At first thought, nothing really surprising.

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

LOL I don’t have this kind of influence.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

The Nobles of Sweet Rapids by Te Russ. 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Laila Ibrahim – I enjoyed Yellow Crocus and I’d probably read more from her.

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

The Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch. This is the closest I have come to the “fantasy” genre, though it was more dystopian.

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

Bronx Requiem by John Clarkson

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

Probably none, I’m not a re-reader. Too many books out there I haven’t read ONCE to read another one again.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

I’m going to be obnoxious and nominate my own. The cover of Beach Thing takes me back to all of my beach trips in 2016.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

After 125 books, it’s hard for one character to stand out.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Can’t answer that one, lol. Too many to choose from

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

I hate this cliche. Books don’t change my life. I enjoy them while it is open.

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

Forty Acres has been out for awhile, on my TBR. Had I known how frighteningly gripping it was, I’d have read it a long time ago.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest book: The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey


Shortest book: Hints of Spice, Christina C Jones 


How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most 

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Forty Acres was definitely a shocker.

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

Iono bout OTP but #MATHBAE! LOL

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Toni & Aviva from Bending the Rules had me cracking up!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Why you do dis? Ion’t eem know.

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

Might come back and answer this later.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?


23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Adore You, Nicole Falls. It was a pleasure to see this come to life!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Wayward Pines series

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

The Perfect Find

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

No tear jerkers this year. I rarely cry when reading books anyway.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

A few that had been lingering on my TBR but never read them: Yellow Crocus, Forty Acres, Dark Town

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalianthi. Writing your memoir as you’re dying has to be one of the most difficult tasks in one’s life.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Didn’t really read anything out of the ordinary.

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

Behind Closed Doors- This book, while pretty well written, was infuriating. There was a huge build up to a pretty flat ending and the main character, Grace, made all of the wrong decisions that dragged this book on and on. A rather impassive ending to a year and half of abject terror.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

Not really a reader of book blogs.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

My reviews were pretty lackluster this year. The more I write, the less I have time for or want to blog reviews.  The Blackbirds by EJD was a pretty good review, though.

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


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

Indie Love! What a great experience. We’re doing it again in 2017. REGISTER!


5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

It’s been a quiet year.

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

Making the time. It’s hard enough to squeeze in reading, but blogging, too? And finding something useful to say, to take time out of people’s day to read some post here. I never feel like what I have to say is worth saying so I say nothing.

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

I don’t know how to tell. According to the stats it occurred in January so it was probably my survey from last year.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I rarely post here, so… all of them? I finally turned comments off because I rarely receive comments on this blog and I didn’t want to have to worry about spam.

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

Not really, this year.

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

Just the Goodreads goal. I always set it for 100 books and then raise it 25 books at a time. This year I read 125 books.

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

I probably have like 400 of these. I just have to be in the mood.

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

Hmmm.. got a few books on this list

Shelly Ellis- Lust and Loyalty

Christina Jones- Ante Up


Love Belvin- Left of Love

Te Russ – Noble Seduction


City of Saviors- Rachel Howzell Hall

Linwood Barclay- Chase

Paul Cleave- Killer Harvest

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

None come to mind at the moment.

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

Shelly Ellis Lust & Loyalty. My body is READY. It’s a life of high-profile drama for the powerful Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia, and they just keep the scandals coming…

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

Be better about taking the time to write a review and spread the good word, especially for black indie authors.

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

Fatal– John Lescroart. I miss Abe and Dismas and Wes, but I suppose a long running series has to end sometime. Lescroart lets us down gently with this scintillating tale about “the unexpected, shattering, and lethal consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married couple.” 





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