January-April 2017: The Numbers

Ever since I first started to keep track of the books I read with the help of an Excel spreadsheet last year, I’ve been putting together these wrap up graphics every four months. It seems like only last month I wrote my last The Numbers post… But the calendar doesn’t lie: it’s May already which means it’s time for another round of bookish graphics.

First of all some quick facts. In the first four months of 2017 I have read no less than 68 books with a total page count of 22.725 pages; an average of about 334 pages per book. The average rating is 3,79 stars, which is a lot higher than last year and shows I’ve been enjoying my books so far this year! Especially since it also includes one 0 star rating (DNF). 26 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 17 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 75% of the books this year, not bad! Another fun fact: 47 of the 68 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 69% of the total.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating is so high, because the highest ratings seem to have taken over completely. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many 4, 4,5 and 5 star ratings together in such a short period!!

I’m ashamed to admit I have yet to pick up a Middle Grade read this year… It’s not that I don’t like reading them, but with so many ARCs and other YA/Adult reads, I just haven’t had time. I’m hoping to read at least one by the next graphic post though! I’m also pleased that more than half of my books have been Adult books…

One of the things I’ve been trying to do this year is read more books by male authors, because somehow I always seem to be reading more books my female authors (even though I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author). I’m pleased my percentage of male author went up 7% since last time!

The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. As always mystery/thriller/horror is the biggest group (there’s truly no surprise there for those who follow my blog!), and both fantasy and (realistic) fiction are well represented as well. I’m happy with the numbers for the other genres though; they seem to be spread out more evenly this year.

I’m very happy with this average rating graphic! Because for the first time my favorite genres are actually among the highest ratings. Both mystery/thriller horror (3,77 rating), historical fiction (3,75 rating) and fantasy (3,63 rating) score pretty high even though each genre had some low ratings as well. (Realistic) fiction is a clear winner though with a whopping (4,64 rating). Almost a perfect score!

I’ve been reading more stand-alones since I started with this graphic posts, and I’m actually quite happy with this. As much as I love reading series, I tend to neglect them with the result of a huge pile of unfinished series collecting dust. And there is no such problem with stand-alones! 😉

Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge and have other challenges as well to help me read older titles, and somehow only a meager 12% of the books I’ve read in 2017 are published in 2014 or before. Oops? To make things worse, almost half of the books have been published this year… I guess it does show I have been reading mostly ARCs so far. xD I’m hoping to change this number by the next post!

Last graphic: as always most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… What I am happy about is that I’ve read quite a few longer books as well; a total of 25% of my books had over 400 pages. Fingers crossed I’ll keep this up!

Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this January-April 2017 review… Happy reading everyone!


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Month In Review: April 2017

Somehow we’re already into the fifth month of 2017… Time is seriously flying by way too fast; it seems like only yesterday we adopted little Delilah Bard (Lila) and she is HUGE now. Unfortunately what hasn’t changed is my other cat Jasmine’s attitude towards her; they still don’t get along and Jasmine is also still mad at me for bringing another cat into HER home. xD Fingers crossed things will go better with a little more time… Especially since she is a very grumpy cat in the first place. Pet photo spam ahead:

Bookish wise it was a great month and the ARCish Readathon was a big success. I managed to read 18 titles in April and no less than 14 of them were ARCs. I’ve also been able to keep up with my pending reviews for the second month in a row, which I’m very VERY happy about. Yay for no more stressing about the huge backlog of reviews! I’ve been having lots of fun with my bookstagram account as well in April… Bookstagram is just so addicting with all those gorgeous bookish photos out there! Find the favorite photos of my own bookstagram account below.

As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in April: 18 (1 reread)
  • Total number of books read this year: 68
  • Total number of pages read in April: 5.673
  • Total number of pages read this year: 22.725

April was a great month in general and I even managed to have another TWO new 5 star ratings (The Perfect Stranger technically doesn’t count since it was a reread)! And only five books were three stars or below, so I’m not complaining.


5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
The Perfect Stranger – by Megan Miranda REREAD // Castle Of Water – by Dane Huckelbridge // Small Great Things – by Jodi Picoult

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Sleep Tight – by Caroline Mitchell // The Millionaire’s Wife – by Shalini Boland

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Blood Moon – by John David Bethel // The Red Hunter – by Lisa Unger // This Is Really Happening – by Erin Chack

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Start Of Me And You – by Emery Lord // Life Sentence – by Lily Luchesi // Among Friends – by Heather Murray // Ginny Moon – by Benjamin Ludwig // Riven by Belinda Crawford

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Color Purple – by Alice Walker // Miranda’s Rights – by Lily Luchesi // Never Fade – by Alexandra Bracken // What Doesn’t Kill You – by Ed James

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Car Bomb – by T.V. LoCicero


Somehow I have joined way more challenges than usual this year, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with most of them so far. I should really start working on both my Reading Through The Centuries and Beat The Backlist challenge again; although it will probably have to wait until next month.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals…I managed to maintain my Netgalley ratio above 80%, read a classic and reread a book, which I’m pretty happy about. I haven’t done much about the other goals though, but I’m hoping to read at least one classic and hopefully a Dutch/Spanish book in May…

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) 1/5 (The Color Purple)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 2/5 (Shades Of Magic, The Dominion Trilogy)
  • Reread at least 3 books 1/3 (The Perfect Stranger)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 303/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 624 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 82%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy May and Happy Reading! 


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Month In Review: March 2017

I can’t believe it’s April already… The first full month of autumn and the weather has been playing up accordingly. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind for those suffocating 35+ºC days to be gone, but I really detest those cold winter months… Sigh. March was a great month though with a lot of positive personal things happening; the highlights being my birthday and the arrival of a new furry family member Lila. And yes, it’s the same one who is currently playing on my lap and trying to make it impossible for me to finish this post. xD

Bookish wise it was a great month and I managed to finish no less than fifteen books, most of them being ARCs as I’ve been trying to get rid of my huge backlog of those. Even reached an 85% Netgalley ratio again! 😀 I still have a pile of ARCs left, but I’m hoping to finish most of them by the end of April. Another great blogging achievement is that I’ve finally been able to get rid of my backlog of pending reviews and I’m going to try and keep it that way, because it’s without doubt a lot less stressful. I’ve been having lots of fun with my bookstagram account as well although I admit I went a little follow-crazy last month haha. Bookstagram is just so addicting with all those gorgeous bookish photos out there! Find the favorite photos of my own bookstagram account below.

As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in March: 15
  • Total number of books read this year: 50
  • Total number of pages read in March: 5.671
  • Total number of pages read this year: 17.052

March was a great month in general and I even managed to have TWO new 5 star ratings! That sure doesn’t happen often… Seven others were 4 stars or above and only four below three stars, so I’m not complaining. 😀


5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
Goodbye Days – by Jeff Zentner // A Conjuring Of Light – by V.E. Schwab

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
I Found You – by Lisa Jewell // The Missing Ones – by Patricia Gibney // Last Breath – by Robert Bryndza

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Renegade Red – by Lauren Bird Horowitz // The Last Gods Of Indochine – by Samuel Ferrer // Silence Under Screams – by Collin Henderson // History Is All You Left Me –  by Adam Silvera

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Bull – by David Elliott

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Invisible Library –  by Genevieve Cogman

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Rose Petal Graves – by Olivia Wildenstein // The Yellow Envelope – by Kim Dinan

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Wanderers – by Meg Howrey // The First City –  by Joe Hart


A new year means new challenges… I ended up joining way more challenges than usual, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with most of them so far. I should really start working on both my Reading Through The Centuries and Beat The Backlist challenge again; maybe I should make May into a classics month?!

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals…I managed to both finish two series and reach a 85% Netgalley ratio in March, which I’m pretty happy about. I haven’t done much about the other goals though, but I’m hoping to read at least one classic and hopefully a Dutch/Spanish book in April. And I’m currently rereading The Perfect Stranger, so that’s one reread down!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) 0/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 2/5 (Shades Of Magic, The Dominion Trilogy)
  • Reread at least 3 books 0/3
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 303/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 624 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 85%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy April and Happy Reading! 


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Month In Review: February 2017

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It’s March 2017 already, and the summer is slowly coming to an end… February was quite a busy month for me, and it shows in the amount of books I was able to read. A wedding, Carnaval weekend… I guess it took away some of my reading time, but I’m not complaining. 😉 I did manage to read 13 books in February and I continued enjoying my new Instagram account as well. Bookstagram is seriously addicting! These nine photos are my personal February favorites; I’m still trying to find my own style, but I’m having lots of fun anyway! 😀

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 As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in February: 13
  • Total number of books read this year: 35
  • Total number of pages read in February: 4.524
  • Total number of pages read this year: 11.081

February was still a good reading month despite the three low ratings, and I had no less than five 4,5 star ratings, which isn’t bad at all. I’m definitely not complaining!


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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak // Rebel Of The Sands – by Alwyn Hamilton // Traitor To The Throne – by Alwyn Hamilton // The Killing Game – by J.S. Carol // The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Little Girl Lost – by Carol Wyer // The Truth Will Out – by Brian Cleary // A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here – by Patrick Ness // The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley – by Shaun David Hutchinson

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Missing – by Monty Marsden

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Paris Mysteries – by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’.
The Light That Gets Lost – by Natasha Carthew


A new year means new challenges… I ended up joining way more challenges than usual, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with the ABC challenges so far. The other challenges are on track as well, although I should read a few classics for my Reading Through The Centuries challenge just in case.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals…No real progress in February, mostly because I’ve been reading quite a lot of ARCs. Hopefully March will be better, although it will be a tough one!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) 0/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 0/5
  • Reread at least 3 books 0/3
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 307/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 562 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 78%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy March and Happy Reading! 


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Month In Review: January 2017

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I still can’t believe January is already over! It seems like yesterday when I was typing the same thing for 2016… Time is seriously flying away. January was an excellent bookish month for me. Not only did I finally create both a Twitter and Instagram account for It’s All About Books, but I also managed to somehow get rid of the backlog of reviews AND read 22 books… I’m not sure how all that happened still haha. It’s currently summer down here in Argentina and the weather is HOT, but unfortunately the water level at the river is dangerously high so no kayaking for me. 😦 I did start running again though, and I’m slowly trying to get back on track for those 5km. Hopefully next month I will reach at least the halfway mark! As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in January: 22
  • Total number of books read this year: 22
  • Total number of pages read in January: 6.568
  • Total number of pages read this year: 6.568

I still can’t believe how lucky I was with my reads in January! It doesn’t happen often that I find three new 5 star reads in one month, and several 4,5 star reads as well. In fact, I’ve been doubting with at least half of those titles whether to change the rating to the highest one; they have just been THAT good. I had a DNF as well, which doesn’t happen often, but I guess the other titles more than make up for it.


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
The Perfect Stranger – by Megan Miranda // Mosquitoland – by David Arnold // The One Memory Of Flora Banks – by Emily Barr

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Witness – by Caroline Mitchell // The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner // The Sun Is Also A Star – by Nicola Yoon // Don’t Look Behind You – by Mel Sherratt // Blink – by K.L. Slater // Making Faces – by Amy Harmon

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Big Mushy Happy Lump – by Sarah Andersen // The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell // It’s All Absolutely Fine – by Ruby Elliot // The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Americosis Vol. 3 – by Haydn Wilks // Those Who Lie – by Diane Jeffrey // Stake-out – by Lily Luchesi // The Wrong Side Of Right – by Jenn Marie Thorne

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson // Unhooked – by Lisa Maxwell

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0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Absolutely and totally horrible!
You – by Caroline Kepnes


A new year means new challenges… I’ve actually signed up for two more yearly challenges than usual, but both the Netgalley and the Beat The Backlist challenge will hopefully help me keep my TBR under control this year. I’ll be looking forward to these challenges! 😀

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… I’m having the feeling my TBR goal is going to be slightly complicated, but at least I made a head start and created my Twitter account already. 😉 Hopefully I will be able to start making a dent in some of these goals in February!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) 0/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 0/5
  • Reread at least 3 books 0/3
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 307/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 562 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 82%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy February and Happy Reading! 


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2016: The Numbers

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I really liked how the graphics came out I used to analyze my first 25 TBR jar picks, so I have been keeping track of my reading months ever since. This post is about the full twelve months of 2016… No covers in the title this time, because there were just too many. 😉

First of all some quick facts. In the twelve months of 2016 I have read no less than 194 books with a total page count of 62.168 pages (not counting 2 rereads); an average of about 320 pages per book. The average rating is 3,54 stars, which is quite a good average considering it also includes three 0 star ratings (DNF). 41 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 32 books received a rating below 3 stars… Which means I enjoyed reading about 84% of the books this year, not bad! Another fun fact: 55 of the 194 books I’ve read were actually ARCs; about 28% of the total.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do.😉

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Like I said above, I gave only 32 books or 17% of the total a rating below 3 stars, which makes me really happy if you ask me. The most popular ratings have been 4, 3,5 or 3 stars and 21% of the books received one of the highest ratings. All in all a great year!

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I’m pleasantly surprised I ended up reading more Adult books than YA this year, because I had been neglecting the Adult reads a lot in 2015. I love reading YA, but that doesn’t take away I enjoy reading other books as well… I know I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade though, so that low percentage is no surprise.
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I feel so bad that the percentage of female authors is so much higher than male authors… I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author, so this number is quite a surprise. I really should focus on reading more books by male authors in 2017.

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The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. There is no surprise here are a lot of mystery/thriller and fantasy reads on this list since they are two of my favorite genres. The other well represented genres are contemporary romance and (realistic) fiction. I actually don’t really like romance in general, but apparently I have been reading a lot of books belonging to the genre anyway.

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This graphic is a huge surprise! I’ve calculated the average rating for each genre, and even though Mystery/Thriller and Fantasy are two of my favorite genres, they didn’t score that well with 3,49 and 3,36 stars respectively. Contemporary Romance didn’t have a high rating either with 3,40 stars…But that might just be because it’s not really my genre in the first place. Historical Fiction, another favorite genre, scored quite low as well with 3,53 stars average. Non Fiction/Memoir and Science Fiction/Dystopia were the best scoring genres with 3,96 and 4 stars respectively.

2016seriesstandaloneOne of my unnamed goals of 2016 has been reading more stand-alones, so I’m quite happy with this number. I have tons of unfinished series though, so I will be trying to finish more of them this year.

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Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I made a promise to myself over two years ago to read more books published before 2000, and so far I have been doing a lousy job with only roughly 6% of the total. To make things even worse, 74% of the books were published in 2014, 2015 or 2016!

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Last graphic: it seems that most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… I really need to try and read longer books as well though, since so far it’s been only 17% of the total.


Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this 2016 review… 

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Month In Review: December 2016

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I know everybody has been repeating this over and over again already, but where did 2016 go?!?! Seriously time is flying by way too fast… December went away in a blink of an eye, with the holidays and everything. Honestly I’m surprised I was able to finish 17 books, because I sure didn’t have that much spare time to read! The Holidays were a great excuse to bake some season inspired treats, the highlights being the following 3 photos below: dulce de leche filled Christmas ‘trees’, traditional Argentinian sweetbread and chocolate muffins with green coconut glaze. This will also be the last of my baking for a while as I will be needing a diet after the food overdose. xD

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I’m hoping 2017 will bring me yet again a lot of time to read, and hopefully more time to kayak again soon…It’s currently summer and it sure is hot out here, although we’ve been having problems with rain lately. Fingers crossed! Also, my furry friends wanted to say hi before continuing to the last of 2016’s numbers…

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  • Number of books read in December: 17
  • Total number of books read this year: 194 (+2 rereads)
  • Total number of pages read in December: 5.477
  • Total number of pages read this year: 62.168

I had some excellent as well as average reads in the last month of 2016, and quite a few classics! It’s a shame 5 ratings were below 3 stars, but at least I had a lot of good reads to make up for it.


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
This Savage Song – by Victoria Schwab

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
The Gift – by Louise Jensen // From Sand And Ash – by Amy Harmon

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Catacomb – Madeleine Roux // Walk Into Silence – by Susan McBride // The Picture Of Dorian Gray – by Oscar Wilde // Rubyfruit Jungle – by Rita Mae Brown // Wuthering Heights – by Emily Bronte

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Kill The Next One – by Federico Axat // Point Of No Return – by Martha Gellhorn

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
13 Little Blue Envelopes – by Maureen Johnson // The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Another Day Gone – by Eliza Graham // Down The Rabbit Hole – by Julia Crane // What Light – by Jay Asher // After You – by Jojo Moyes

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0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Absolutely and totally horrible!
Tipping Point – by Tomas Byrne


I can’t believe I have actually finished all challenges on time! Ok, The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge technically wasn’t finished because the two last mystery missions were never revealed, but the host told us we can consider them as a free space. So I’m calling it finished. 😉

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…I managed to finish at least one of the other goals, but I have three big red lines were I totally and painfully failed. Oops? I already knew the TBR pile was going to be hopeless though, as well as the Spanish and running. Hopefully this year will be better!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics
  • Complete at least 5 series 
  • Reread at least 3 books 
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 306/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet
  • Update older reviews to new format
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Stay tuned for my Year In Review graphics and 2017 goals coming soon!!!