Saturday, 31 December 2016

My books 2016

Last year I read 73 books, in 2014 I read 69 books and this year again 69 books. So even when I don't plan it, it seems that I am a pretty consistent reader ;-). This time my most intense reading time happened in the summer when I came across one good book after the other. The last few weeks were rather slow but now that school is over I was able to get back into a rhythmn. It was definitely enough to complete my reading challenge.

A bit more statistics before the acutal books:
  • 62 books are written in English
  • only 7 books are written in German (and most of them I read for school)
  • I reread 5 books (the whole Lunar Cronicles and the last Outlander book)
Maybe I should try to be a bit more up to date with German Literatur again next year. And one or two French books would definitely be nice.
  • only 5 books are proper books (most of them presents, I don't think I bought any books for myself)
  • 64 books are on my iPad
Even though I love the feeling of real books, there are a few reasons why I prefer ibooks: They are always with me and I can sneak in a few pages during a break or while I am sitting in the tram; there is no way I could put all these books in my bookshelf, so it seems like a waste of space and paper to buy actual books; quite often ibooks are cheaper than even the paperback edition and last but not least they are instantly available when I feel like starting a new book.

My favourites of 2016:

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Hum and Shiver by Alex Bledsoe
Holding Up the Universe by Jenniver Niven
Still Life by Louise Penny

Are there any amazing books you read recently that I might like as well?


  1. Quiet impressive collection! I fell in love with "History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" - the most unusual and engaging book I have ever read. The author is genius. I really enjoyed Einstein's biography - what an interesting personality! I think you would love it!

    1. I'll check that one out. I used to read a lot of historical novels and I am quite fond of the TV series The Crown right now.

  2. I'm curious... when you read iBooks, do you read them on your phone? Or on a tablet? or another device? I think I read 5 books this year - a pretty sad statement to be honest!

    1. Most of the time I read on my iPad mini, which is about as big as a paperback. When I am outside I often continue on my iPhone for a little while, but I prefer the bigger screen. Even though reading has been moved in my favourite list of things to do, it still is something I turn to quite often.

  3. oh... and happy new year Corinne!

    1. happy new year to you too. We celebrated an hour and six minutes ago and now I really need to go to sleep ;-)