African Literature · yearly wrap up

2016 A Year In Review

Ah, 2016 no one really loved you did they? I don’t know a lot of people who loved their 2016 mine had it’s up’s and downs but overall it was just ok.

Some of the really good parts were the books I read. But, some of the bad came from books I read. Let’s talk about those, shall we? At the beginning of the year, I set a Goodreads goal of 60 books. Full discloser I almost never make my Goodreads goal and 2016 was no different. I read 56 which I was happy with especially considering I didn’t read anything in May or October. This was the first year I used a spreadsheet to track my reading. I used to just use Goodreads and before that, I just kept a sloppy word document. I found this spreadsheet from a youtube channel called Let’s Read just click here if you want to check it our for yourself.  I really enjoyed using the spreadsheet it was great fun to see all those stats in chart and graph form.

According to the spreadsheet over half of the books I read were mystery thrillers and the rest spread out between genre fiction and non-fiction. It was a pretty typical reading year in that respect. Women authors came in at 78% of the books read men at 18% and both at 4%.  This seems to be how I usually read, I tend to gravitate towards women authors for some reason. I always listen to a ton of audiobooks and 2016 was no different they accounted for 64% of the books I read.

This year my least favorite book was apparently a much-beloved children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I only read it because Ava Duvernay is directing the movie adaptation. I really hated it like super extra hated it. But, I am still looking forward to the film because everythingAva touches turn to gold.

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My favorite thriller/mystery book in 2016 was Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith. This was an edge of your seat thrill ride if ever there was one. I don’t know if enjoy is the right word but man this was a wild ride. I can’t wait to read whatever Mr. Smith writes next.

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My favorite book of the year without question was The Sisters are alright changing the broken narrative of Black women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris. This book takes a look at those stereotypes that seem to follow Black women around and why they are well basically crap. This was such an uplifting read and something I will be reading again and again especially over the next few years.

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So how was your 2016 reading year? What was the best or worst book you read?

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