2016: The Year that Was

December 29, 2016 Meta 8

WE ARE ALMOST DONE WITH THIS HELL-SPAWNED YEAR, Y’ALL.

Ehem. Sorry about the all caps, it’s just that… well, 2016 has been super weird and not in a cool way, right?

That’s not what this post is about. There are plenty of thinkpieces out there on this topic that are probably more eloquent than I can hope to be on this subject. But really, I’m just happy about finally being able to tell 2016 to get the eff outta here.


This is actually a wrap-up post for 3 different challenges:

Foodies Read

I ended up reading 8 books for Foodies Read this year:

Introductory Post

  1. The Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury — Reviewed 18 June 2016
  2. Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson — Reviewed 27 Feburary 2016
  3. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt — Reviewed 31 January 2016
  4. Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm — From Scratch by Lucie Amundsen — Reviewed 9 May 2016
  5. Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack – Reviewed 4 September 2016
  6. Community Cookbooks of West Texas – Special Feature, 19 November 2016

My favorite of these was probably Locally Laid by Lucy Amundsen, but Wine Folly and The Food Lab both tie for a close second — and, of course, the community cookbooks have a special place in my heart.

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

I didn’t do as well with this project as I’d intended, but I honestly don’t feel TOO bad about this. After all, 10 books is better than 0 books.

Introductory Post

  1. Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury — Reviewed 18 June 2016
  2. Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson — Reviewed 27 February 2016
  3. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt — Reviewed 31 January 2016
  4. Foundation by Isaac Asimov — Reviewed 29 January 2016
  5. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall — Reviewed 26 March 2016
  6. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle — Reviewed 22 December 2016
  7. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum — Reviewed 23 December 2016
  8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Reviewed 6 March 2016
  9. Wildlife of the Concho Valley by Terry Maxwell — Reviewed 16 December 2016
  10. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind — Reviewed 13 Feburary 2016

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt was definitely my favorite of these. Wizard’s First Rule was by far the WORST book I read this year and it makes me mad every time I see it on my bookshelf. (Still debating whether I ought to take it to the used bookshop for credit or just trash it like the true piece of garbage it is.)

Women’s Classic Literature Event

Again, I wish I’d read more books that counted for this project — but again, something is better than nothing, right?

Introductory Post

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Reviewed 9 July 2016
  2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin – Reviewed 2 July 2016
  3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell — Reviewed 19 June 2016
  4. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall — Reviewed 26 March 2016
  5. Middlemarch by George Eliot — Abandoned!
  6. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys — Reviewed 17 September 2016
  7. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman — Reviewed 6 February 2016

It’s really hard to pick a favorite of these. All of the fiction books were wonderful in their own ways, so I’m going to take the easy way out and say that Jane Goodall’s science nonfiction book In the Shadow of Man might be my favorite.


A few other things also happened this year…

I gots me some capital-P Plans for the coming year, too — more on that tomorrow.

8 Responses to “2016: The Year that Was”

  1. Jenni Elyse

    I’m so glad 2016 is almost over. I just really hope 2017 isn’t as bad. Only time will tell.

    I think you did awesome with your challenges even if you didn’t get to as many books as you wanted to. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  2. nikki @bookpunks

    Oooh, these are all pretty interesting reading challenges. I came by via the linky about readyourowndamnbooks, a challenge which I ended up basically failing because I kind of forgot about it. Oops. The foodies read challenge is a very cool one, will have to see if that is happening in 2017. I could get into that.

  3. Andi

    “WE ARE ALMOST DONE WITH THIS HELL-SPAWNED YEAR, Y’ALL.”

    SO MUCH THIS! But you already know I feel this way because Twitter. LOL!

  4. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    Congrats on a solid year of reading! I forgot I was offline for four months of 2016 – I keep finding great ‘new-to-me’ posts in all the 2016 review blogs I’ve been reading! I just looked at your review of Goodkind’s book. He has never appealed to me (mostly, I think, for the ‘derivateness’ you note in your review), but that book also just sounds awful. At least you read it early in the year so your reading must have been uphill from there 😛

    • Louise

      Ugh, that Goodkind book was the WORST. But you’re right, better to get that kind of thing out of the way at the start of a year rather than end on a sour note. Anyway, thanks for dropping by, and I hope you’re having a lovely 2017 so far.

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