Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Bookish Recap Tag

Hey all! *gasps* 2017 is only two days away!! Can you believe it?!?!
I'll *hopefully* have my year-in-review post up on Sunday, but for now here's my "Reading year in Review" post!

I was tagged by Faith @ Stories by Firefly and Micaiah @ Adventures Beyond the Horizon to do the "Bookish Recap Post", so . . . here goes! ;)

>> Rules. 
-- Include the above button in your post. 
-- Answer the 11 questions. 
-- Use as many book covers as you like. (The correct answer to this question would be ALOT. B-)) 
-- Tag 5-10 people and notify them that they have been tagged. 

>> Questions. 

// How many books did you read in 2016? (Exact if you know, or approximate if not.) 
Ummm . . . so far I've read 180 books. And hopefully by the time the year ends I'll have read 185. We'll see if I get that far. ;) 

// Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it?  
I did! My challenge was to read 150 books, and I finished that and then some! I wasn't sure I'd make it once we got to November . . . and then December came and reading exploded. *nods* This was a good thing. xD

// What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
Umm, historical fiction. This year I read 102 Historical fiction books. *nods* Least? Fantasy. I think I read . . .6 or 7 fantasy books. 

// What's five of your favorite books from 2016? 
This isn't gonna work, folks. We're doing series not books. xD And . . . we may go a bit over. *whispers* Don't tell anyone.

1.) The Blades of Acktar series by Tricia Mingerink 
2.) The Waves of Freedom series by Sarah Sundin 
3.)  The Lamb and the Fuhrer by Ravi Zacharias 
4.) Brothers in Arms by Jack Lewis Bailott
5.) Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanough 
6.) Resist by Emily Ann Putzke
7.) The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry  
8.) Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker
9.) The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias 
10.) Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer

   Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1)  Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1)  The Lamb and the Fuhrer by Ravi Zacharias Brothers-in-Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot Dear Enemy by Jack  Cavanaugh  Resist by Emily Ann Putzke The Methuselah Project by Rick  Barry Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer

Now we'll do 5 unpublished favorite books . . . *grins*

1.) War Tears, Love Needs no Words and Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts
2.) Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Emily Ann Putzke and Emily Chapman. 
3.) Katie's War by Kaitlyn K. 
4.) Left to Die  by Ivy Rose (To be published in January! Keep an eye out! :D)
5.) Ocean Mist by Rebekah Eddy 
6.) Ivan by Emily McConnell

Yes, that was eight. Hush.

// What's five of your least favorite books from 2016? 
Umm, least favorite . . this should be easy. xD

1.) A Log Cabin Christmas by Various Authors. I hated all the romances. xD
2.) The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert. SO excited for this one, but... the romance got really awkward and weird.
3.) Touching the Clouds by Bodie Leon. Romance was iffy. As was the story line.
4.) Sweet Liberty by Various Authors. Ehh. Romance was too much far too soon. xD
5.) In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin. I LOVE all her other books, this just . . didn't work for me for some reason. 

// What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is 'new', but that they became new to you this year.) 
EMILY ANN PUTZKE! *screams* And Rachel Coker. And Jack Lewis Bailott. ;) 

// What's five of your favorite book covers from the year? 

Through the Tunnel by Rebekah A. Morris  Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin  Resist by Emily Ann Putzke    Dear Enemy by Jack  Cavanaugh  The Old River Road by Ivy  Rose Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero

Don't count. That was totally five.

// How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2016? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) 
Umm, let's go with too many. xD IDK. Maybe 65? *nods* yeah. I buy a lot of books.;) 

// What's the longest book you read in 2016? 
Resistance by Jaye L. Knight. 524 pages. 

// What's the shortest book you read in 2016? 
Maggie's Hope Chest by Amanda Tero. 11 pages. 

// What's your reading goal for 2017? 
Somewhere between 100-175 books. I'm not sure yet. ;) 

And . . . I'm gonna tag . . .

 Julia @ The Barefoot Gal
Sarah @ The Introverted Extrovert
Emily @ The Creative Scribbles of a History Detective
Rebekah @ Rebekah's Remarks 
Blessing Counter @ Counting your Blessings One by One
Deborah @ Reading in June

 Yep, that was only six. xD I hope you all have a wonderful rest of 2016 and an amazing 2017! Happy New Year!!!


  1. Wow, what an exciting tag ;) And you've read 180 books this year!? *gasp* I think I read like... 30 maybe? But these are all such exciting books!!

    1. It was so much fun to do! Yeah... it was a bit much. I'm going for a smaller goal next year. xD
      Oh, 30 is good! *nods* More more sane. ;)

  2. I could never do this! I mean, seriously! All those difficult choices ...

    1. I KNOW RIGHT?! As you can see . . .I broke many rules. xD

  3. Wow!! Congratulations on reading 180 books and reaching your goal! Just curious, how long does it typically take you to read a book?
    The Waves of Freedom books are so good!
    I bought a lot of books too. They’re just so fun to buy! ;)
    I had fun reading through all of your answers, Jesseca! :D

    1. Thanks, Rebekah! Umm, I can usually finish a 400 page book in two days or so if It's really good. :)
      Hehe, I know, right?! So awesome!
      Glad you enjoyed!

  4. Oh, that was a fun post. :) You certainly got a lot of books read! I just discovered that our library (which never seems to have books I want to read) has a lot of Sarah Sundin's books! Now I just have to have a chance to get them and read. :)
    I only got 73 books read this year, but I reached and surpassed my goal. And those were new books now ones I had already read. I don't know how many kindle books I bought this year. :P I didn't keep track. :)

    1. It was fun! Faith did an awesome job with the questions! Ohh, awesome!!! Most of her books are amazing! Though a couple, like the one mentioned above, had some scenes that went a bit too far romance wise in my opinion--most of them are really goo, though! I need to do a re-read soon ;) Ohhh, that's a nice number! And that's great that they were all new! Hehe, yeah, I didn't count kindle, either xD Thanks so much for commenting! :)

  5. Wow, Jesseca! SO MANY BOOKS. 180-185?! That's incredible. XD Ooh looks like lots of WWII fiction!! How was The Methusaleh Project?? I've seen it before, and thought about reading it briefly, but never did. GOODNESS, Sarah Sundin's Waves of Freedom series (which I haven't read either *coughcough*) has SUCH nice covers!!!

    OH and I'm gonna read Resistance this year for the reading challenge!! Did you like that one too?

    Thanks for doing this, Jesseca! :)

    1. Hehe, I ended up with only 180. ;P And yeahhh, I love WWII fiction! xD
      It was really good! A little weird for the first two chapters or so, but it was AMAZING! And I adored the ending! ^_^ Soo sweet!
      I know, don't they?! All her books have the BEST covers! You need to read them. ;)
      Yes, I did! It was really good and I enjoyed it, despite it being a genre I don't normally read. :)

      Definitely! Thanks for tagging me!

  6. Ah ha...the rule breaker. B-) WHATWHATWHAT?!?! You mentioned my sttoorriiieesss.... <33 Okay. You're forgiven. B-)

    Blades of Acktar! Sarah Sundin! Amanda Tero! Ivy Rose! XD I've read many of these, but I see sooo many more that I want to read. :D And Have a Merry Little Christmas!!! Yesssss!!! :D

    Thanks for doing the tag, girl! :)

    1. Of course. What are rules if not to be broken? B-) And of course I did! I knew it would help. xD
      Oh, yes, read them all! They is all amazing authors! ;)
      Sure! Thanks for tagging me. ;)