2016 End of the Year Book Survey

December 31, 2016 | No comments


Since 2010, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner does this end of the year book survey. I’ve been participating since 2013, and it is a fun way of looking back at what you read during the year so of course I need to fill it out again.


Number of books you read: 293
Number of re-reads: 14
Genre you read the most from: Mystery


1. Best book you read in 2016?
Best fiction was without a doubt Snow Angels by James Thompson, and best non-fiction was Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
The Will to Climb by Richard Harris. I love reading books about mountaineering, but this one did not work for me at all. It was just a recollection of events, clinically listed without any passion.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I was surprised how much I enjoyed Becoming His by Mariah Dietz. I used to read a lot of romance/young adult novels but this year I was never really in the mood for it and most of the ones I read were neither good nor bad. Becoming His was a freebie from Amazon and I didn’t expect much from it, but it had me hooked from the first page and I will definitely read the sequel.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
The Inspector Kari Vaara series by James Thompsson.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I read a lot of series in 2016, so this would be better answered with a long list (or rather three long lists) but the best series were definitely James Thompsson’s Inspector Kari Vaara series and Christopher Paolini’s The Inheritance Cycle; one of the best sequels was Map of Fates (second in the Conspiracy of Us) by Maggie Hall; and best series ender was Inheritance (last in the Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
James Thompson, Paul Doiron, Elly Griffiths, Jeff Abbott, and Kristina Appelqvist.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but I loved all four books from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Snow Angels by James Thompson and The Sandman by Lars Kepler.

9. Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I usually wait several years before re-reading books, but I might listen to The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini again.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
My five favourite covers are A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain, 22 Dead Little Bodies by Stuart MacBride, The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths, Rädslans fångar by Anna Jansson, Minns mig som en ängel by Kristina Appelqvist.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Kari Vaara from James Thompsson’s Inspector Kari Vaara series.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
I don’t think there was any book that was exceptionally beautifully written. (I’m still comparing everything to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which I read in 2015.)

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?
Maybe Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016?
“Maybe the world isn’t full of signs so much as it’s full of people trying to use whatever evidence they can find to convince themselves of what they hope to be true.”, “Is the kind of smile she loves best: It’s like a sneeze, a reflex, a twitch, helpless and automatic, and it only happens when he looks at her.”, and “Love wasn’t something you could take back. It was like a magic spell: Once you said the words, they were simply out there, shifting and changing everything that had once been true.” (all from Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith)

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2016?
Shortest was Lockdown by Andrea Kane (25 pages) and longest was The Escape by David Baldacci (688 pages). If I include audiobooks, I read five books that were longer.

17. Book that shocked you the most?
None that I can think of.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Not many to choose between this year, but maybe Sam Capra and Mila from Jeff Abbott’s Sam Capra series, or Avery and Stellan (or Jack, I cannot decide) from Map of Fates by Maggie Hall.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller in Nine Dragons (and other books from the Harry Bosch universe) by Michael Connelly, and John Puller and his brother and father in the John Puller series by David Baldacci.

20. Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?
Paradisoffer by Kristina Ohlsson (I had read the three previous books in the series about Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht before).

21. Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
The Travelers by Chris Pavone.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
I don’t think I had any fictional crushes this year.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer always make me smile.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?
None, I think. (Or maybe The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.)

27. Hidden gem of the year?
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

29. Most unique book you read in 2016?
No obvious answer, but maybe The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Definitely The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajamas. I cannot remember when I last was so frustrated and annoyed with a book (or rather the protagonist).


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Karen’s blog Always Doing.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I’m horrible at writing proper, long reviews, but maybe my thoughts on the Inspector Kari Vaara series.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
No idea. I don’t usually keep track.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I did two long team reading challenges at Goodreads: uno and wobble, both of which were a lot of fun.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
No idea. (I get silly happy for every single comment.)

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I had a lot of things going on (submitting my PhD dissertation, moving back from US to Sweden, moving to Iceland and starting a new job) that I didn’t quite have time to blog as much as I wanted.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
No idea, I don’t keep track.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?
None that I can think of.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The local library in Reykjavik.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I tried to stay away from reading challenges this year, but I participated in Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer challenge, and the two team reading challenges at Goodreads.


1. One book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017?
I had planned to re-read the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, but never got around to it.

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2017 (non-debut)?
Origin by Dan Brown, The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, and A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain.

3. 2017 debut you are most anticipating?
I have no idea.

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?
Origin by Dan Brown, The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, and A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017?
As usual, write more reviews and try to finish several of the series I already started rather than starting new ones. And probably try to read more books in Swedish.

6. A 2017 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone:
I haven’t read any 2017 releases yet (I usually don’t read ARCs – keeping up with books that are already published keeps me busy enough).


(See my answers from 2013, 2014 and 2015.)