A Year in Reading – 2016

Hello, lovelies! I’m sorry I’ve been so absent here on the blog. I’ve been drafting OUR DARK DUET, preparing for the CONJURING OF LIGHT launch, and safeguarding what little sanity I have left against the dregs of this horrific year.

I’ll have a new post in a few days about 2017, and what’s on tap on the book front, but in the meantime, I come to you as a reader, not a writer.


I read 103 books in 2016.

I didn’t set any particular goals for the year–I simply reached for what interested me at the time.

Of those 103 books:

81 were fiction and 22 were nonfiction. Only 30 of them were new releases, proving my reading tastes are as ornery as ever.

62 were by women, and 41 were by men, but only 15 were by PoC and/or LGBTQIA.


Of all 103 books, my top 15 were:

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (2016)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (2015)

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2015)

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (2015)

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronvitch (2011)

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (2017)

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee (2016)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (2016)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (2016)

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2002)

Mr. Monster by Dan Wells (2010)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells (2005)

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (2015)

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (2012)

Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (2016)


Books I’m hoping to finish before January 1:

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


The first books I’ll be reading in 2017:

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

House of Shattered Wings by Alliette de Bodard

More than This by Patrick Ness


This is the second year I’ve set a goal of 100 books, and the second time I’ve managed to reach that goal, so I’ll be setting the same one in 2017, with the hope of seeing a higher percentage of PoC and LGBTQIA on my end-of-the-year report. It won’t be hard, since there’s a wealth of wonderful work hitting shelves.

19 thoughts on “A Year in Reading – 2016

  1. C R Taylor says:

    Some advance copies in that list, not that the rest of us are jealous. Not us. Nope.

  2. Lot of great books on your list. Patrick Ness is brilliant so I would definitely recommend.

    I have Visit from the Goon Squad to read for my RL book club but want to read This Savage Song instead. Don’t suppose you’ll tell me what happens so I can pretend I’ve read it? 🙂

  3. Rebecca says:

    I loved Salt to the sea too!! So amazing! I went to Waterstones yesterday and bought The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet as I know you’ve said it’s so good and it’s been on my goodreads list for so long!! So excited! Happy New year V and can’t wait for ACOL! 😊

  4. Lili Mateo says:

    Great list! I love anything by Tiffany Reisz! Can’t wait for ACOL 😻

  5. Holly says:

    More Than This by Patrick Ness is fantastic… such a surprising ending! Happy reading! 🙂

  6. Rosemary A. Blodgett (@RosemaryAubry) says:

    Got my Hubby Lab Girl for Christmas. Hoping he loves it too. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction so going to give it a try.

  7. […] liked reading breakdowns and I think they help me identify weaknesses in my reading trends. I read Victoria Schwab’s a year in reading post and damn, if she can write that many books AND read that many…I really need to step up […]

  8. James Pailly says:

    That is impressive. I typically aim for 50 books a year, though for the last few years I’ve fallen a bit short (mid-40’s, which I still think is okay).

  9. […] was inspired by posts from both V.E. Schwab and Katherine Locke. Check both ladies out because they’re […]

  10. Rivers of London is a fabulous series. Have you read the sequels?

  11. Wow, 103 books is an amazing feat! I’m hoping to read Nimona and Every Heart a Doorway soon so I’m glad you enjoyed them. Hope you’re having a good Christmas and New Year!

  12. exillior says:

    You are my reading inspiration. :’) My pocket is suffering but my kindle app is loving it. I read 93 books this year and a large number of them I got from your twitter and goodreads. Thank you!

  13. […] readers have voiced their love for Nimona since its release in 2015. In fact, Victoria Schwab recently mentioned that it was one of her favourite reads of 2016. The art style is unique and the […]

  14. BR Kyle says:

    Hey there,

    I had the goal of reading four your books by the end of the year, but I only managed to read one, I didn’t even manage to get to the 20 book mark on my goodreads challenge this year *sigh*, but I did get an Ebook published, so I guess I just have to find the right Writing/Reading balance. How do you manage to do both and do both so well? Thanks for your time and Happy New Year :).

  15. […] inspiration for this post came from author Victoria Schwab’s blog post, wrapping up her year in reading. I was curious what my stats would be so I decided to look into […]

  16. Hanna says:

    I have been wanting to get my hands on a copy of Nimona for quite some time now! I read about half of what you accomplished, maybe I’ll surpass your 2016 goal for my 2017, that would be something! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  17. […] can read V E Schwab’s summary of her year in reading for 2016 here. This interview and her committed approach to reading made me think about my own practices. It […]

  18. moesserj says:

    I just finished More Than This. I thought it was…interesting. Definitely different than The Knife of Never Letting Go, but good in it’s own way. I reviewed it here: http://headoverbooks.com/book-reviews/more-than-this-patrick-ness-book-review-deal/. He definitely is a talented writer.

  19. Nicole says:

    Are you gonna make a 3rd book for the monsters of verity???

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