I feel like this year lasted so long and I feel like I did read some amazing books, but I also feel like I read a lot of bad ones: so what does it all boil down to?
At the beginning of the year, I made a Star Jar. It’s basically a jar I put a origami star into every time I finished a book. I thought I wouldn’t maintain it throughout the year, but I did, and I am so glad I did. It provided such a nice, tangible, visual evidence as to how my reading year exactly went, and I found it to be so satisfying.
It’s such a nice, colorful way to actually see all the books you read. As for color coding: 5 star reads are green, 4 are purple, 3 yellow, 2 orange and 1 star reads are red!
When you take it in like this, I had a fine reading year, with 12 five star books and 20 four star reads. However, I had a tone of two star books, a total of 14, and most of them I gave two stars just so I wouldn’t give them one. So I read a fair share of disappointing books.
As to my favorites and least favorites, my absolute favorite of the year was We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (more on it here and more on my favorites here). For my least favorite, let’s go with a book I absolutely hated: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. I read some books by Hopkins, which I loved, but this was awful and it portrayed mental illness so badly. Definitely do not recommend that one.
To end on a positive note, I started this blog this year, and I am looking forward to working on it throughout 2017! And I’ll definitely be starting another Star Jar!