year in book review 2016


books read: 52

total pages: 17,669

avg. book page count: 340

avg. books per month: 4

no. of books that are a part of a series: 12

no. of re-reads: 0

  1. fangirl by rainbow rowell, 445p, 4.5 stars
  2. extremely loud and incredibly close by jonathan safran foer, 326p, 4 stars
  3. the splendid things we planned by blake bailey, 254p, 3 stars
  4. amy and rogers epic detour by morgan matson, 343p, 3.5 stars
  5. the kept girl by kim cooper, 274p, 2.5 stars
  6. a dream of ice by gillian anderson and jeff rovin, 279p, 3 stars
  7. the princess bride by william goldman, 283p, 4 stars
  8. the  fold by peter clines, 384p, 4 stars – blogging for books review
  9. the dinner by herman kock, 292p, 2 stars
  10. bucky fucking dent by david duchovny, 291p, 4 stars
  11. fuck that: an honest meditation by jason headley, 41p, 4 stars – blogging for books review
  12. the old man and the sea by ernest hemingway, 127p, 3 stars
  13. the little paris bookshop by nina george, 370p, 3 stars – blogging for books review
  14. the road by cormac mccarthy, 287p, 4 stars
  15. carol (previously titled the price of salt) by patricia highsmith under the name claire morgan, 292p, 5 stars
  16. american gods by neil gaiman, 522p, 5 stars
  17. the invoice by jonas karlsson, 204p, 4 stars – blogging for books review
  18. modern romance by aziz ansari, 251p, 3.5 stars
  19. the time machine by h.g. wells, 141p, 3 stars
  20. canadian fairytales by cyrus macmillan, 88p, 2 stars
  21. waiting for godot by samuel beckett, 94p, 2.5 stars
  22. the sunlight pilgrims by jenni fagan, 288p, 4.5 stars – blogging for books review
  23. sea oak by george sanders, 20p, 4.5 stars
  24. norwegian wood by haruki murakami, 293p, 5 stars
  25. in the penal colony by franz kafka, 23 p, 4 stars
  26. born with teeth by kate mulgrew, 320p, 4 stars
  27. the ones who walked away from the omelas by ursula k le guin, 13p, 5 stars
  28. the veldt by ray bradbury, 14p, 3.5 stars
  29. the awakening by kate chopin, 116p, 4.5 stars
  30. the sound of seas by gillian anderson and jeff rovin, 277p, 3.5 stars
  31. the glorious heresies by lisa mc inerney, 389p, 3.5 stars – blogging for books review
  32. allegiant by veronica roth, 285p, 3.5 stars
  33. four (the collection) by veronica roth, 285p, 2 stars: the transfer
  34. four: the initiate
  35. four: the son
  36. four: the traitor
  37. the kite ruunner by khaled hosseini, 371p, 5 stars
  38. rad women worldwide by kate schatz and illustrations by miriam klein stahl, 112p, 4 stars – blogging for books review
  39. dracula by bram stoker, 400p, 3 stars
  40. the school by donald barthelme, 10p, 4 stars
  41. scrappy little nobody by anna kendrick, 275p, 4 stars
  42. in such good company by carol burnett, 286p, 3.5 stars – blogging for books review
  43. goshen, fan fiction, 393p, 4 stars
  44. secret world, fan fiction, 2148p, 5 stars
  45. city of light, fan fiction, 2377, 5 stars
  46. mercy seat, fan fiction, 872p, 4 stars
  47. the lost land, fan fiction, 1959p, 4 stars
  48. the judgement by franz kafka, 10p, 2.5 stars
  49. the metamorphosis by franz kafka, 42p, 4.5 stars
  50. a country doctor by franz kafka, 5p, 3 stars
  51. a report to an academy by franz kafka, 7p, 4.5 stars
  52. today will be different by maria semple, 259p, 3.5 stars


top five- 1) american gods, 2) carol, 3) the kite runner, 4) the ones who walked away from the omelas, 5) fangirl

longest- city of light, 2377p

shortest- a country doctor, 5p

oldest- the time machine by h.g. wells published in 1895

newest- scrappy little nobody by anna kendrick published 11.15.2016

top 10 characters- 1) mike in the fold, 2) carol in carol, 3) therese in carol, 4) constance in the sunlight pilgrims, 5) media in american gods, 6) levi in fangirl, 7) scully in the goshen series, 8) mr black in extremely loud and incredibly close, 9) shadow in american gods, 10) the main character in the invoice (unnamed)

page to screen adaptations that i’ve seen- extremely loud and incredibly close, the princess bride, carol, allegiant (part 1)

best adaptation: the princess bride

worst adaptation: allegiant (part 1)

page to screen adaptations that i haven’t seen- the old man and the sea, the time machine, the road, dracula

the 2016 reading challenge:
a book you meant to read in 2015- four: the son
a book set in a different continent- the sound of seas
a book from a goodreads choice awards 2015- modern romance
a book by an author you discovered in 2015- the invoice by joans karlsson
a book with a title beginning with the first letter of your first name- extremely loud and incredibly close
the highest rated on your tbr list- fuck that at a 4.33 rating
a book about books- the little paris bookshop
a classic book with less than 200 pages- the old man and the sea, 127p
a book that was mentioned in another book- the metamorphosis (mentioned in bucky fucking dent)
a book by an author you feel you should’ve read by now-in the penal colony by franz kafka
a book from the rory gilmore challenge- waiting for godot
a childhood classic- the time machine
reader’s choice- the fold
a book with who/what/where/when/why/how in the title- the ones who walk away from the omelas
a book set in the past more than 100 years- the judgement
a book from the top 100 mystery novels- dracula
a book with a beautiful cover- allegiant
a book on a summer beach reading list- today will be different
a non-fiction book- in such good company
a book with a first name in the title- four: the initiate
a book from the goodreads rec page- the splendid things we planned
the first book in a new series to you- goshen
the next book in a series you’re reading- city of light
a between the numbers book- four: the transfer
a book whose main character is in a profession that interests you- a dream of ice (caitlin is a psychologist)
a book everyone is talking about- scrappy little nobody
a book with a beautiful title- the lost land
a biography, auto-biography, or memoir- born with teeth
a book by an author who writes under more than one name- carol (previously titled the price of salt) by patricia highsmith under the name claire morgan
a fairytale from a culture other than your own- canadian fairytales
YA fiction- amy and roger’s epic detour
historical fiction- bucky fucking dent
the 16th book on your tbr- the princess bride
a book about mental illness- norwegian wood
an award winning book- the road (pulitzer 2007)
an identity book- rad women worldwide
a book that you’ve seen the movie but haven’t read- did not fulfill, but i will count mercy seat since it is fan fiction about the x-files which i have seen.
a book about an anti-hero- the glorious hersies
a previous selection that’s not on the list- the veldt
a novella- the awakening
a book about a major world event- the kite runner
a top 100 fantasy novel- american gods
a book about a thing that goes bump in the night- sea oak
a book you’re embarrassed to read in public- secret world
a book related to a hobby or passion you have- fangirl (fan fiction)
a crime story- the kept girl
a book with a food or drink in the title- the dinner
dystopian- four: the traitor
a book with a great opening line- a report to an academy
a book originally written in another language- a country doctor (german)
a short story- the school
a book published in 2016- the sunlight pilgrims on 7.19.2016

some quotes:

“parents are always more knowledgeable than their children, and children are always smarter than their parents.” extremely loud and incredibly close

“time was passing like a hand waving from a train that I wanted to be on.” extremely loud and incredibly close

“ted flashed a smile that was a grimace in drag.” bucky fucking dent

“”all the love, all the dead, all the people we’ve known. they are the rivers that feed our sea of souls. if we refuse to remember them, that sea will dry up too.”” the little paris bookshop

“how does the never to be differ from what never was?” the road

“you want to see lucy’s tits?” american gods

“”i’m sorry I didn’t teach you how to let the world in (other than in film) but I never figured out how to do it myself.”” the sunlight pilgrims 

“death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life.” norwegian wood

“”don’t feel sorry for yourself,” he said. “only assholes do that.”” norwegian wood

“…because murphy’s law is the law of sadness…” born with teeth 

“at a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life–that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions.” the awakening 

“”the bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.”” the awakening 

“the trouble is we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. this is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.” the ones who walk away from omelas

“”but just because you have ties to someone doesn’t mean you have to double-knot it.”” the glorious heresies

“”children aren’t coloring books. you don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”” the kite runner 

“flung out of space.” carol 

“…though sympathy can’t alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.” dracula 

“”that’s how i am and that’s how he’s got to accept me,” he said to himself; “i can’t remake myself into a person who might be more suited to be his friend than i am.”” the judgement 

“as everybody knows, being raised catholic with half a brain means becoming an atheist.” today will be different 



About buckuplittlecamper

this is a random mix of whatever. some book and movie reviews. a lot of fangirling over the x-files. reviewing all episodes, slowly but surely. thanks for visiting!
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