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I am so happy that I not only completed my goal of 50 books this year, I far surpassed it by reading 80! 2016 has been quite an exciting year for me in my reading life. Early in the year, I discovered a new podcast called “What Should I Read Next” hosted by Anne Bogel. Find it and subscribe on iTunes. This podcast really inspired me to step up my reading game and because of it, my “To Be Read” list has gotten out of control! Haha. I constantly have people asking me for book recommendations which I love and I kept thinking “How I can I make my love of reading into more of a public hobby?” I decided it was time to reach out to the public and create a space for my fellow readers and I to talk all things books. Book It Forward began (and still remains) a group on Facebook by the same name. I invited friends, and friends of friends that enjoyed reading as much as I did to join. Initially we just posted what we were reading or book recommendations, but then we decided to read a book as a group every other month and discuss it online. The host of the month selects four books and the remaining members vote on the one they are most interested in. Whichever book polls the highest wins and then we chat about it. The Book It Forward Facebook group then inspired me to think bigger.  I decided to branch out and create a blog space to review and suggest books to whomever asked. By the way, my lovely husband came up with the name Book It Forward! He is way more creative than I am.  Shortly after my blog went public, I became a professional reader with NetGalley. This really has taken my reading to a whole new level of amazingness! I think it is one of the coolest things ever to be given a copy of a book that has yet to be published. On top of that, my reviews become public and the author’s actually reach out to thank me!! I am such a nerd because every time this happens I get so ridiculously excited! I recently joined Twitter and have been meeting some fantastic writers, fellow bloggers and publishers. 2016 was such a great year for me and my favorite hobby and I cannot wait to see how 2017 goes!

To keep the Book It Forward momentum going, here are my goals for the upcoming year:

  1. Interacting more with you all in the comments!

  2. Working with additional writers and publishing houses.

  3. Hosting a Book It Forward Book Drive!

  4. Posting lots of giveaways!!

 Keep reading below for some fun reading stats from this year!


MY READING TOTALS

80 Books

27,743 pages

(and counting)

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SHORTEST BOOK

The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris

    89 Pages

The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy & Women’s Work 

 http://amzn.to/2iljOM0

This book isn’t as weird or bland as it sounds. In a nutshell, it is a great book to remind us how the little things in life such as daily housework aren’t just terrible things that we have to do, but are actually enormous life giving moments. Feeding and clothing our families is important work that we tend to forget means more than just getting it done.


LONGEST BOOK

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     832 Pages   

Paris: The Novel 

 http://amzn.to/2hYcHdi    

From Edward Rutherfurd, the grand master of the historical novel, comes a dazzling epic about the magnificent city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through intimate and thrilling tales of self-discovery, divided loyalty, and long-kept secrets. As various characters come of age, seek their fortunes, and fall in and out of love, the novel follows nobles who claim descent from the hero of the celebrated poem The Song of Roland; a humble family that embodies the ideals of the French Revolution; a pair of brothers from the slums behind Montmartre, one of whom works on the Eiffel Tower as the other joins the underworld near the Moulin Rouge; and merchants who lose everything during the reign of Louis XV, rise again in the age of Napoleon, and help establish Paris as the great center of art and culture that it is today. With Rutherfurd’s unrivaled blend of impeccable research and narrative verve, this bold novel brings the sights, scents, and tastes of the City of Light to brilliant life.                                           


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                     AVERAGE BOOK LENGTH: 363 Pages


MOST POPULAR

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak1,985,790 people also read

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

 http://amzn.to/2hwMiCc

 This book was amazing. Tragic, but beautiful.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.


LEAST POPULAR

Lockout by John J. Nance

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Lockout

by John J. Nance

http://amzn.to/2hNpam0

 For the record, this book hasn’t been read by many because it was only released a couple months ago.



MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2016 was 3.6


HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS

Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

Tell Me How This Ends Well

by David Samuel Levinson

http://amzn.to/2ilkSzv

This amazing book won’t be released until April 4, 2017 but I HIGHLY recommend presale purchasing it!



LOWEST RATED ON GOODREADS

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

http://amzn.to/2i0cUiK

I really wasn’t a fan of this one, but you might be!


MY 2016 BOOKS

You can find them all by clicking here! http://amzn.to/2hrlzJV

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter  SwansonDietland by Sarai WalkerThe Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen KingBonk by Mary Roach
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane MoriartyFind Me by Laura van den Berg
Still Star-Crossed by Melinda TaubWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiAll the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
My Planet by Mary RoachHigh-Rise by J.G. BallardThe Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Red Hill by Jamie McGuireYou by Caroline Kepnes
Man V. Nature by Diane   CookThe Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen NorrisThe History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Needful Things by Stephen KingDear Mr. You by Mary-Louise ParkerParis by Edward Rutherfurd
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch AlbomThe Three by Sarah LotzThe Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth PercerEligible by Curtis SittenfeldSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Confessions of a Scary Mommy by Jill SmoklerDaunting Days of Winter by Ray GorhamMost Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out by Lee GutkindThe Fireman by Joe HillSnow Bound by Blake Crouch
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakEnd of Watch by Stephen KingBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Before the Fall by Noah HawleyThe Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
The Rocks by Peter NicholsTruly Madly Guilty by Liane MoriartyThe Arrivals by Melissa Marr
Dark Matter by Blake CrouchThe Last One by Alexandra OlivaThe Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Into the Forest by Jean HeglandThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
The Girls by Emma ClineAfter Disasters by Viet DinhHere's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
Fool Me Once by Harlan CobenExhume by Danielle Girard
No One Knows by J.T. EllisonThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
TV (the Book) by Alan SepinwallBehind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris CleaveThe Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg ElisonChildren of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
Among the Living by Jonathan RabbGood Behavior by Blake CrouchGrave Predictions by Drew Ford
Security by Gina WohlsdorfParis for One and Other Stories by Jojo MoyesThe German Girl by Armando Lucas CorreaWe Are Unprepared by Meg Little ReillyThe Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner
In the Woods by Tana FrenchLockout by John J. Nance
The Regulars by Georgia ClarkMinds of Winter by Ed O'LoughlinAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola YoonTell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel LevinsonSwimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

In Conclusion… I read 80 books this year which brought me to a total of 160% of my 50 book goal for 2016. I am going to set next years goal at 80 books to see if I can once again read that many. Who knows, maybe I will read more! Let me know in the comments what your reading goal for 2017 is.

As always,

Happy Reading!


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