I don’t feel like doing Top 5 Wednesday today, so instead I’ve decided to do a kind of a summary od the first quarter of 2016. What I did, what I liked and some of the things I’m planning to do. I’ll be back with Top 5 Wednesday next week, I didn’t really like today’s topic anyway. And by “didn’s like” I mean – I don’t think I could find many books on this topic anyway. I barely managed to dig up some mental illness books for one of last year’s topics :P.
I should probably warn you – I intend to add few numbers, possibly in graphic form 😛 I was kind of curious about some of my bookish stats and I’ve created a tracker for the things that Goodreads doesn’t track.
Favorite reads of 2016 thus far
What did I like so much about these books?
The Martian – one of few sci-fi novels that really took me in! It’s fantastically written, it keeps you on the edge, the main character is fantastic, and the humor! I do like books with a bit of humor that’s why Pratchett is among my favorites.
The Wicked + The Divine – it took me a while to read these, my motivation was that the 3rd volume PDF from Netgalley was about to expire and I wanted to know the whole story not only the last part. I loved it! Graphic’s amazing, main character is interesting and the plot pulls you in. The mystery that unravels through all the volumes is well written and I can’t wait to read more of it.
Love in the Time of Murder – a lovely cozy mystery with a solid dose of romance. A fantastic crew of characters, especially the knitting ladies. I loved the idea so much that I went for the other books in series. “Murder, mystery and dating mayhem” is just as good and it gives you a view into how the whole bunch got together.
Enchanted – lovely fairy tale retelling that I can’t get enough of! Yes, it was a re-read, but it was so cute I just couldn’t resist! I recently found out there’s a second book about Trix! I need it :D.
BBC and the horrible IT
From the other news – I had a horrible moment at work today. The IT blocked BBC radio!!! I was horrified! Luckily it started working after about half hour, but I was already finding my way around this problem (which totally dragged me away from any type of work). I can’t stand this kind of stress :P.
And since we’re on the topic of BBC, I hope more of you will fill in my little survey from the last week’s BBC Thursday! I got 6 responses and they were really helpful! Thanks, guys, I really appreciate it! Especially the comments. Oh, and one explanation as for
Oh, and one explanation as for what BBC Radio is (I probably should’ve explained it earlier). From my point of view, it’s an online radio station you can listen to through their website. As any other station (or rather a gathering of stations since the web has few of them) it has music, news, and some comedy programs. But what I’m interested in are the book adaptations and various Radio drama’s. They have plenty of these, especially on Radio 4 Extra. These are the things I’m linking you up on BBC Thursdays :).
I might be kind of addicted to these actually…
Let’s move on to some numbers
From the beginning of 2016, I’ve listened to or read 50 stories. A nice, round number :D. It’s good for statistics too – easy to count percentages and possible future statistics :P. These 50 stories contained 12 200 pages with an average of 214.2 pages per book. I admit I could’ve done better, but I still think it’s good enough for me. Average rating – 3.77. I think I’m rating some of my reads a bit too high…
Done with boring numbers 😛 time for some graphics!
Apparently I have a tendency to discover new authors and yet keep to the serialized books… how does that work you might ask? Well, I’m reading a lot of first books in series and It seems I can’t stay with the series for long. I think I should switch to reading stand-alone novels, but there’s not that many of them. Apparently series are more profitable?
What and where – in other words, what book formats I’m reading and where do I find them.
I won’t say “no” to a free book :P. Yes, Netgalley is still my main source of books and it will stay like this until I get bored. I treat is as an opportunity to find new authors and maybe catch something precious from the author I already know. As for SYNC – pretty much all the audiobooks I’ve listened through these three months were from there. Only one was bought – the Archmage by R.A. Salvatore.
That reminds me – SYNC is starting with new series of free audiobooks in May. There’s going to be “Sin Eater’s Daughter” in the second week. I just hope this time they choose wiser and went for the books that are actually available worldwide. Last year I could only get about half of the stories which is kind of annoying.
And now, since everyone seems to be obsessed with the genders I’ve also started tracking this. I’ve got some funny results in the main character part…
Yes, I’m talking about the “other” :D. It’s from “Musiville” – the characters were a mix of an animal and a musical instrument. Some of them had a feel of a certain gender, but it was never clearly defined, so I went with “other”.
I’ve also got a chart for the countries, but instead of putting it here I’ve added it to my Around the world in books page.
The random book I own challenge
I finally decided to shake my TBR jar and pick this one random paper book I should read. While writing this I realized you might want to see my jar and that required making a photo and that’s why I’m posting this so late (it’s almost midnight). And yes, it’s standing on the Bleachy shelf :P.
You might notice there are 3 colors of stars there. It might be a bit of a cheat, but I’ve decided I need to differentiate between 2 kinds of books:
- white stars – the paper books I own – the ones I haven’t read yet obviously
- purple stars – some of the electronic books – ebooks, graphic novels, and audio books
- green stars – classics, not all of these I own, but the beauty of these is that they’re available from free sources, like Project Gutenberg 🙂
I haven’t added new stars for about three months, so it doesn’t contain my latest purchases, but it will do for now.
And as for the chosen one, the fate wanted me to read one of my special “pretty” editions, so I might add few words about the looks when I’ll be writing my review :). I’ve got this lovely edition of some of Verne’s stories, I intend to gather more of them, but for now I only got 3 books including two parts of Two Years’ Vacation.
One last thing
I’ve mentioned I’m going to make some changes here, for now, I’ll keep them to the content and leave the blog look as it is. Some of the things I want to write about:
- A journey through my bookshelves – a bit of a show-off post where I’ll be showing you a photo of a part of my bookshelf and write few words about the chosen books. Well, I wrote show-off, but I’d rather intend it to be a reminder for myself and maybe some recommendations for you. I want to see how much I remember from the books I’ve read a long time ago.
- A discussion post – where I’ll try to write few words about whatever comes to my mind and is somewhat connected to books :D. I hope I’ll get some responses from you for these posts :D.
- Maybe, but just maybe I’ll write few words about book vs movie – how the adaptation broke the book (or maybe how it didn’t).
Any questions? Comments, as always – feel free to share your thoughts 😀
And one last tiny bit to end this post with something funny:
This will be my new t-shirt :D. Click on the image to see the web!