And welcome to my 6th year of blogging. 2016 had a bit of a hit in terms of blogging and reading volume, but I’m hoping to rectify this in 2017. Nevertheless, I’ve encountered some brilliant books.


  • 80 books read, 26 less than in 2015.
  • 34 5* books. 2 more than 2015. I’m always surprised when this number increases, but perhaps I am better at selecting books that challenge and entertain me.
  • Zero 1* books. Huzzah!

I began the year with All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and ended it with
Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka. 2016 was the year of embracing the graphic novel and comics.

My top 34 books
2016 was the year I discovered both Sarah Moss and Magda Szabó, now two of my favourite authors.

Hard to pick a favourite, but The Interestings affected me the most – I felt very emotionally invested.

2016 saw my first visit to LA to visit my lovely, generous friend Tania, as well as a fantastic new job. It’s also been a good and shit year culturally (such is the way of a recession, humanity gets selfish). On a superficial level, it has also been heartbreaking, with many famous deaths including actors like Alan Rickman (who I adore).

All in all, I look forward to 2017 being better.

What are your highlights of 2016?
Have you achieved or done anything special?
What is or will be your first book of 2017?

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Happy New Year to your too. While 2016 has been a sad year in celebrity deaths and politics, on a personal level I have a good year.


You have a wonderfully diverse list of books, which only a few of I’ve read. It’s interesting to see how many of us bloggers/readers read The Vegetarian, a book I’m not entirely sure what was the meaning other than being very creative and showing a woman’s hopelessness. Or, mental decline…anyway, it was fascinating.


I love the diversity of your list, too. Sarah Moss has cropped up so many times this year that I feel I ought to try her at some point, maybe as a book group read. Magda Szabo sounds very interesting as well. Happy New Year, Alice – I hope you have a great year of reading in 2017.


Happy New Year.

A great list and a lot of new books to me, so a lot to explore.

Andrew Blackman

Happy New Year, Alice! It’s good to read about your reading year. Sounds like a really good one. Very pleasing ratio of 5* to 1* books :)


6th year in blogging? I’m impressed :D Keep it up, always! I love the selection of different books. I might check them out sometime this year. I need to get back into reading as I have a back log of books to finish or start. XD

Jenny @ Reading the End

I decided after the election that my first book of 2017 was going to be James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and that’s what I went with. I thought I should begin my reading year as I mean to go on. :)


Happy new year, Alice! 80 books is awesome, forget the previous year :) “I am better at selecting books that challenge and entertain me” – I think that’s probably true, ever more experience :) I’m going to have to put Gyasi on my list and I still need to get to the Moss I have already on my shelf. Gappah and Moshfegh are two I’ve heard are great, too. My first book of the year is (haven’t finished – slump) Evie Wyld’s All The Birds, Singing. In bookish ways my 2016 was good, so I’m holding on to that because… Read more »


I still remember your review for Iza’s Ballad – I’ve got to get my hands on that one!


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