Bookstooge Reviews 2016

2016 was on the whole a very good year for me. There will be lots of pictures and links in this post and the wordcount is the highest so far this year, so lets get cracking!

The Year in Visual Review. I continue to use for my collages, as their 25picture box works very well with the number of books I read each month and their iphone4 setting keeps all the squares pretty close to the cover sizes so the covers don’t get chopped off. I am sure there is a lot more I could be doing, but a monthly roundup is about the limit of my artsy-fartsy’ness.




I read 228 books this year. This was up from last years 183. Much of that is due to starting up Manga Monday again.



My pages read went up as well. From just under 63000 to just over 77000. Even though, in all fairness that includes the full number of pages for books that I DNF’d and abandoned. So take that number with a pinch or two of salt.




Each month stayed pretty steady in terms of overall books read with only 3 months dipping below the 18book mark. Even in August when I had to take some emergency time off to go move my parents when they unexpectedly sold their house in 2 weeks instead of the 3 months everyone was planning on. Which just means that I’ve made reading my main hobby this year and put most of my time and attention into it.




The Stars shall speak

13   star50-custom-custom


58  star40full-custom

53  star35full-custom

49  star30full-custom

13  star25full-custom

12  star20full-custom

1    star15full-custom

14  star10full-custom

4    star05full-custom

3    star00full-custom

That makes my average for the year right around 3.25. Considering that a 3 is a good and completely average read, 3.25 means I pulled ahead of just plain good. I am more than satisfied with that.


On to the Books themselves!

Venetia was probably the best 1Star of the Year. It was fun to do a buddy read outside of my genre. It did reinforce my thoughts on the Romance genre however.

Worst 1Star was a tossup between Obsidian Worlds and The Store. Both got my stomach churning with disgust and outrage.

Best Non-Fiction wasn’t that hard because it was the only real N0n-fiction I read AND it was a 5Star’r. The Many Faces of Evil. It was just what I needed this year with my friend Amy losing her preemie twins and dealing with stage 4 cancer, all at the same time.

Best 5Star was once again a tossup. This time it was between 2 Re-reads, Dune & Way-farer. If I had to pick a new book, I’d go with Heirs of Empire, as it just hit me right at the right time.

Weirdest book of the year was definitely Gregor Xane‘s TaboogasmIt just doesn’t get any weirder than that. If it does, I don’t want to know about it 😀


Project ReRead

This was a complete success. 11 books that I had read before being read again with the aim of comparing how my tastes had changed and how that was reflected in my enjoyment and rating of said books. I still enjoyed every single book. However, I was able to determine that this was the last time I would read some of them.

I cherry picked specific books just so I wouldn’t bog down. That did lead to me realizing that some of these books are going to be favorites of mine for quite some time.  It also lead to the realization that while I’ve matured as a reader and can articulate the why’s and wherefores better, at heart, I’m still just a big geek/nerd.

Because it was such a success, I decided to expand upon the whole idea in a big way for ’17 and quite possibly into ’18. I’ve got a whole bunch of SERIES that I’m going to be rereading. They are:

I) Malazan books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

II) Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert

III) Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede

IV) Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

V) Patricia McKillip’s books

VI) Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis

VII) Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky

VIII) The Malaz Empire novels by Iain Esslemont

IX) Swan’s War trilogy by Sean Russell

X) Polity books by Neal Asher

So be prepared for a lot of whining and angst from me as I rip into these. I did choose books that I think will stand up to my high standards, hahhaaha.

For my other plans for 2017, please feel free to read them HERE.



2016 is the year that Booklikes crashed. Crashed and Burned. Staff literally disappeared, the site kept breaking in new and varied ways, people left, people couldn’t join up. Some of the more patient and determined members made a supreme effort to stick around, figure out ways to work around the broken bits and keep members from totally hemorrhaging away. One staff member has returned at the end of the year but the site still crawls or doesn’t load right for long stretches at a time.

I am staying at Booklikes but it is no longer my primary social booksite. When it takes me 3 tries and 5minutes to just comment, that pretty much kills my desire to be there. You can find me there at:

To anyone who I have followed at wordpress who also is on booklikes, just let me know which site you prefer interaction at. I unfollowed a lot of people at Booklikes who started up blogs at WP but I know not everyone will make the move to WP and I don’t want to lose interaction if I can help it 😀



I joined Librarything with a free lifetime membership, thanks to some other Bookliker’s. I am using it as a backup catalogue site since I can’t export from Booklikes and I don’t know how long BL will last.

It is VERY different from what I am used to and you’re going to hear me complain about those differences, a lot! That doesn’t mean I will stop using it or that I hate the site. It just means that I am set in my ways and learning a new way brings out my inner cranky. You can find me there at:



I’ve been on since ’13, but more as a backup than as anything serious. As BL kept pushing me away, I started looking around at other booksites to find an alternative. I tried a lot of places but one thing or another just made them unpalatable. So finally I started making a serious effort to find new people here on WordPress and connect with fellow Booklikers who also had backup blogs here.

I’d like to thank you all who I follow for writing such fun things and I’d like to thank all of you who have chosen to follow me. It is nice to know that I am not screaming into the void. I plan on find another handful of bloggers to follow and to refine those I already do, as I see who posts regularly and who does it sporadically.



AND I think that about wraps it up. I’m plum out of words anyway, so that forces the issue. So onward to 2017 and a lot of Good Books!


31 thoughts on “Bookstooge Reviews 2016

  1. That is an impressive number of books read! Maybe it’s just me but I think congratulations are in order. I’m also excited to read your thoughts on Mazalan from both authors since I haven’t read any of them.

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    1. Well thank you! I do think my number would have been sub-200 if it weren’t for the manga. Those are easy padding 🙂

      I’m looking forward to the Malazan reread as well now that I’ve finished it and realize it isn’t one long connected story. I kept waiting for it to all tie together the first time and it never did and I suspect that was part of why I got more and more frustrated as the series went on.


        1. Well, as long as the existential angst is bearable this time around, I should be able to. It got wicked bad in the last 3 books so I’m hoping I can weather it better this time around.
          Oh wait, that doesn’t help you, now does it? 😀


  2. Yay, do you know when you will start your Malazan read-along? I re-read Gardens of the Moon last year already, but would probably join in when you come to Deadhouse Gates. I was planning to re-read the whole series before I start the Kharkanas Trilogy.

    Also, you read SO many books, wow!!

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    1. Ok, I’ve got about 30 different series on my kindle. I should reach GotM at the end of January and then Deadhouse by mid or late march? If you want to wait I am willing to give you a heads up when the time gets closer and I get a better handle on how things are going.

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  3. What a great reading year. Man, time flies…I swear I was JUST reading about how “Flowers for Algernon” was among your top reads of the year, but that was a year ago and here we are. Here’s to all your reading goals for 2017!

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    1. I know, right? Sadly, there was no Flowers for Algernon this year. But I guess every year can’t have All The Feelz 🙂

      And thanks. I’m hoping I enjoy my goals instead of being driven by them…

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  4. Oh wow, I feel so inadequate. 228 books!? Seriously?! That’s awesome!

    Ah, Dune ….. I just have to read that one. I’m going to mentally book it for later in the year. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Lewis trilogy.

    And I’m so, so sorry to hear about your friend, Amy. What an absolutely heartbreaking situation. I’ll keep her in my prayers for a return to health and lots of peace and patience. Wow, 2016 sucked as a year. I just have to keep telling myself God is good and that 2017 MUST be better.

    In any case, all the best with your reading in 2017. If you can beat 228, you seriously deserve some sort of award. 🙂

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    1. Well, if you take into account that the Mrs and I don’t have kids, only have 1 job each, are both introverts, love reading and no other life, Reading/Reviewing pretty much fills up the space.

      And thanks about Amy. We keep praying and I’m really praying for her husband, as realistically, this will be her last year.

      I actually bumped my goal way down to 150 as I plan on reading several books like Quixote, ie very slow and indepth, and that’ll slow me way down.


    1. I am loving his Lightbringer series. I did find that I had a hard time starting each book but after the 10-15% mark things just clicked. That has happened for all four books so far. It is really odd.

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  5. 228 books! Grats to my fellow power reader 😀

    I wish I was better at DNFing books though, I’m so stubborn that I refuse to not finish a book even when I’m not enjoying it at all. Life is too short for bad books and think of how many more books I can get to!

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    1. I USED to not dnf books, but in the last couple of years I’ve just realized that I can’t avoid the indies and sometimes crap just needs to be spaced.

      As for power reader, it boils down to me having NO life. No kids, no other hobbies, no party friends and a wife who loves to read as much as me. So our couch is our best friend 😀


    1. If I had children, not even as many as you, I can guarantee that my reading time AND genres would be vastly different.
      I am impressed that you can read as much as you do with everything that’s on your shoulders.

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