Friday, January 20, 2017

The 2016 Bookish Recap Tag

Hello everyone!

Happy Friday! And with a Friday will usually come a tag or a character spotlight. Today is also a very special Friday because it's Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. Whether you're super excited or using the #doomsday hashtag everywhere or are kind of in the middle (like me) I hope you're not spending too much time on the computer and watching this historical event instead. ;-)
(And if you don't live in America well LUCKY YOU)

Anyway, Kaitlyn at Twin Thoughts tagged me for the 2016 Bookish Recap Tag! Thanks, Kaitlyn!


-Include the above button in your post. 
-Answer the 11 questions. 
-Use as many book covers as you like. 
-Tag 5-10 people and notify them they have been tagged. 


1. How many book did you read in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) 
I read a total of 79 books in 2016! Some of you might think that's good but I read around 120 in 2015, so this year I really need to step up my game if I'm ever going to beat that!

2. Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it? 
I set a goal for myself of 75 books and I just barely beat it by 4 books. ;) 

3. What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
My most read was definitely mystery. I read almost half the Trixie Belden series, a couple of classic Hardy Boys from the 1920s/1930s, the first couple Nancy Drews, a Sherlock Holmes book, and two Cherry Ames
My least read was probably biography, in which I read a grand total of 1 book. 

4. What's five of your favorite books from 2016? 
I'm just going to list books I read for the first time in 2016, not re-reads. And I know this question is supposed to mean books that came out in 2016 but I only read around 3 books that were actually published this year. :P 

-The Last Ride by Susan K. Marlow
This book was amazing!! It made me cry so hard my mom was like "Lydia are you alright?!" So good, but so sad. <3 

-The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 
This was my first Sherlock Holmes book, and I LOVED every minute of it! It was suspenseful, eerie, and everything I could hope for in a mystery. ;) 

-Dare by Tricia Mingerink 
I went into the book doubtful I would like it, but I was sooo wrong - L-O-V-E!! 

-The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart 
This is such a brilliant a clever book that I absolutely adored reading. 

-The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton 
I read this for a blog tour, and I really enjoyed it! The book was exciting, fast-paced and very well-written, with a Christian message woven in as well. 

5. What's five of your least favorite books from 2016? 

-Princess in Calico by Unknown 
This book just fell flat for me, like I said in my review on Goodreads it's like an Elsie Dinsmore story except the characters are less developed. 

-Terror on Tour by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon 
I have a lot of nasty things to say about this book. I will refrain from saying them. :P 

-Elsie's Girlhood by Martha Finley 
I liked it OK but definitely could use some improvement. 

-The Secret of the Unseen Treasure by Kathryn Kenney 
Worst Trixie Belden book I have read so far. 

-Jane Austen by (once again can't remember his name)
I liked learning more about one of my favorite authors, but biographies don't really give me too much entertainment, you know? :P 

6. What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is "new", but that they became new to you this year.) 
Trenton Lee Stewart. Hopefully I can read a lot more of his work in 2017! 

7. What's five of your favorite book covers from the year? 

-The Last Ride
-The Silent Blade
-Where Hope Prevails 
I can't think of any other covers I particularly liked that came out in 2016. But those are my top three, at least. :P 

8. How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.)
I would guess around 25, I don't really keep track of these things though so I'm not entirely sure.

9. What's the longest book you read in 2016? 
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

10. What's the shortest book you read in 2016? 
Katy by Mary Evelyn Notgrass

11. What's your reading goal for 2017? 
At the moment it's 100 books, but we'll see how that goes...:P 

And there you have it! My answers to the tag! ;) And now, here are the people I tag: 

 Elly at Iridescent Auras

And of course, you don't have to do it if you don't want to. ;) 

Thanks for reading, everyone!

What was a favorite book that you read in 2016? 

~Lydia~ <3 


  1. Mystery is such a well-written genre, which Is love to delve more into! I hope you reach your goal this year of one hundred books!

    xoxo Morning

    1. I agree, they do get a little predictable after awhile unless you read the right authors, though. I just started getting into Agatha Christie and it's quite refreshing. Her style is very unique for the mystery genre. :-)
      Thanks! :D

      ~Lydia~ <3

  2. Trixie Belden, YESSSSS. I read the whole series once and wanted more. Amazing books. <3
    OH OH OH ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE! SUSAN MARLOW! JESSECA WHEATON! TRICIA MINGERINK!*squeals* Sorry, I tend to obsess over good books. XD
    Thanks so much for doing the tag, Lydia! :D

    1. I know right? They go up-and-down but overall I really enjoy the series, hopefully I will be able to finish all of it this year. :D
      I can relate. XD
      No problem! I loved doing it! :)

      ~Lydia~ <3

  3. EEEEP I loved reading this post! I honestly have no idea how many books I read in 2016...though I'm guessing it probably wasn't a lot. I'm hoping to read more this year, SO LET'S SEE HOW THAT GOES.

    And thank you for tagging me! I probably won't be able to do it (because, tbh, I don't even remember what books I read last year =P), but IT MEANS SO MUCH THAT YOU THOUGHT OF ME. Loved this post!

    autumn's readings + writings

    1. Thanks! :) Good luck! ;D

      That's totally fine! The only reason I remember is because I have that "Books I Read in 2017/2016" sidebar widget >>>> And Goodreads. Goodreads is a lifesaver. ;)

      ~Lydia~ <3

  4. Fun tag, Lydia!! :D The Last Ride, yessss <3 <3


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