2015 saw me read a disgraceful three books. There was no way in literary heaven I was going to read just three books in 2016.
So this year I decided to set myself a challenge. The Goodreads challenge. I have a small child more commonly known as the Terror Tot, so I knew reading time would be limited. I figured reading one book a month would be better than just three over the year. So that’s what I set my challenge as.
12 books, 12 months.
But I’m pleased to say I smashed that goal into teeny tiny words like smithereens. I read 32 books.
So here’s my summary of the best books of 2016, including recommendations, my challenge for 2017 and the number of books are set myself to read next year.
Below is a list of all the books I read this year including my ratings and links to buy them. I’ve also included links to some of the reviews I’ve written if I’ve written them on my blog. And you can see all my Goodreads reviews here.
I’ve read a mix of non-fiction and fiction (12 non-fiction to 20 fiction) partly because I was trying to teach myself marketing. So you might want to shimmy your little booties down to the book forest and check out some of the marketing books I read as I found them extremely helpful in building my knowledge.
Next year, I’ve set one of my goals as reading a minimum of 52 books – one a week. I’m crying
a bit okay… (a lot) over that, but I think realistically, I’d hope I’d read more than that, I mean, clearly I didn’t this year, so fuck only knows why I think I can next year, but I’m nothing if not a fiend for setting unrealistic goals.
Do you do the Goodreads reading challenge? How many books are you going to aim to read next year? (Let me know in the comments below)
Onto the best books of the year. I’ve chosen a Non-Fiction book of the year and a Fiction book of the year, so my faves were:
Non-Fiction Book of the Year
How to Market A Book by Joanna Penn
This had to be one of the most helpful books I’ve read all year. It really gave me a kick up the proverbially strategic ass and changed my mindset towards writing. It also gave a ton of helpful tips on marketing as well as info on where to start with various things like Amazon and audiobooks. It’s probably more for your starter author, but nonetheless, even though I had some knowledge of marketing, I still learnt loads, and because of the amount I learnt, it gets my top spot for best non-fic book of the year.
Fiction Book of the Year… Is a Draw
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I won’t give too much away as I’ve written reviews for both books on my new website which is launching very soon and both will be on there. But suffice to say if you read young adult fiction then they’re a must. Seriously… Go. Read… NOW.
Other Books I Read This Year
Amazing Indie Authors To Read:
Connor Kelly & The Four Treasures of Eirean by Ali Isaac: AmazonUK, AmazonUSA – 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Translating Research Into Fiction
Non-Fiction Books on Marketing Or Writing:
Ancient Secrets of Lead Generation by Darryl Urbanski (Not linking to this because I do not recommend it)