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I know I’ve been doing this Book Survey tag every year now. This year I was (am still!) ashamed of doing it because I read very very few books. Then, there were a few more questions that had a bit of 2017 plans that I found here in TGND’s blog which made me go ahead and do this tag. Thank you TGND for making me sail through one more day of this blogathon!

Here’s the survey!

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 16
Number of Re-Reads: None
Genre You Read The Most From: Fiction

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Non Fiction – We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fiction – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows.

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

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album

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

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It’s about a August Schroeder, a Science teacher who has lost his son and is taking his ashes to Yellowstone National Park. On his way, he is accompanied unexpectedly by two children throughout the journey. How he has an impact on them and how they have an impact of him forms the rest of the story. Beautifully written with so many emotions, I didn’t expect the book to affect me in the way it did!

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

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows.

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

The Accidental Mother and The Accidental Family is the series that I read in 2016. It was good. Series Ender would be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Almost all authors, except JK Rowling and Indu Sundaresan were new to me. Favorite would be The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

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

Non Fiction books aren’t what I usually like reading. And the best was of course We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I also liked reading Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance.

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

I would go with Silk by Alessandro Baricco.

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

None. I don’t think I’ll re-read any book.

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

Again, Silk by Alessandro Baricco.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Many. But I’ll choose Don Tilman from The Rosie Project.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

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

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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

In the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan. I had read all her later released novels and couldn’t understand why I hadn’t read this book.

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

Are all of us the same, I wonder, navigating our lives by interpreting the silences between words spoken, analyzing the returning echoes of our memory in order to chart the terrain, in order to make sense of the world around us?

The garden has to reach inside you. It should change your heart, sadden it, uplift. It has to make you appreciate the impermanence of everything in life. That point in time just as the last leaf is about to drop, as the remaining petal is about to fall; that moment captures everything beautiful and sorrowful about life. Mono no aware, the Japanese call it.

These are from The Garden of Evening Mists.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest was We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and longest was The Accidental Family by Rowan Coleman

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

None.

18. OTP Of The Year (OTP = one true pairing if you arn’t familiar)

Don Tilman and Rosie from The Rosie Project.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Morrie Schwartz and Mitch Album, that of a teacher and a student from Tuesdays with Morrie.

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

In the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan.

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

All of them. I read all the books based on recommendations from someone; either from the FB book club or friends from here.

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

No one!

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

None.

24. Best World-building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Garden if Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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

The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Garden of Evening Mists.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Modern Romance.

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

Okay.. This is a half completed book. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. Victor is a holocaust survivor and he speaks about it in detail. Half way through I abandoned the book because I couldn’t take it any further. I still recall some sections of the book and shudder.

Looking ahead

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

When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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

Anuja Chauhan’s fifth novel Baaz.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Nothing as such.

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

Has Harry Potter ended?

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

Read more and read more genres of books.

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

None. (I’ll wait until Baaz’s release dates comes closer and then start pestering people!)

Yay! Thank you, TGND. This tag was super fun!

 

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