The Treetops in 2016

December 28, 2016 Special Feature 0

The end of 2016 has come around quickly, hasn’t it?  Let’s take a look back at what we got up to at Tea in the Treetops this year.

I’m also going to take a look at my personal reading stats for the year, similar to last year’s post.

On the Blog

Firstly, thanks so much to all our readers, listeners, and fellow bloggers. You make all this worthwhile, and we love catching up with you in person from time to time. Also a big thanks to the Aussie authors and publishers who share their books with me to review. It makes me so happy to be able to help people promote their creations!

This year on Tea in the Treetops, we published 62 reviews, plus four joint review discussions on our podcast. We gave away five books plus a Society 6 pretty thing.

Tea in the Treetops Podcast has published fourteen episodes this year. We welcomed Isobelle Carmody back to chat about Game of Thrones with us before season 6 started, and we also welcomed our friends Jo from MiFlix and Sarah  from @commasandampersands to chat with us at various times. Thanks so much to all our listeners for your support, especially Tracy!

As usual you can see the reviews for all our favourite reads of the year under our “favourites” tag!


Angelya’s personal stats 

During 2016 I mostly read on the train once again, four days a week. I did work at home more this year than previously, which means a loss of reading time. I just seem to be unable to sit down with a book at home!

As at Dec 28th, I managed to read a total of 110 books this year, smack on my Goodreads goal. I’m hoping to polish off at least another one in the next few days as well. That’s a total of over 37000 pages. This count includes thirteen graphic novels and three novellas. On average I have read about 104 pages a day, with more on work days where I commute and less on the weekends.

My reading has dropped off dramatically towards the end of the year, though, because I have been obsessed with watching Supernatural. If you’ve listened to our latest podcast ep you’ve heard me raving about it, but basically I’ve watched 10 seasons in two months and that hasn’t left a lot of brain space for reading. I’m nearly through season 11 though, and I hope once I catch up I’ll have more inclination to read. In the meantime, I’m loving Supernatural! Why did I never watch this before?!

Next year, I’m hoping to read more of the books that have been sitting on my shelf unread for years. I probably say that every year, but this year I’m determined to accept less review books and fit in a few more epic fantasies that I just never seem to get to. We’ll see!

If you’d like to see some pretty book pictures, I’ve also been addicted to bookstagram. Find me at anni.treetops.


Rather than discuss the shortest book I read this year, I thought I’d mention that I’ve read quite a few graphic novels this year. The Brisbane Council libraries have a great range available, and I’ve read Star Wars, Doctor Who and various Marvel comics through the year.

I think my favourite from this year has to be the Saga series. This is certainly an adult comic (if you’ve read any of it you’ll undoubtedly agree!), but it’s some of the most beautiful comic artwork I’ve ever seen, and also one of the most exciting, hilarious and desperately sad stories I read all year.

There are currently six collected editions available, and it’s not over yet. I’m loving it!


Longest book: I didn’t get a chance to read any long epic fantasies this year! Officially the longest book I read was Sarah J Maas’ Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) at 693 pages.

The average length of the books I read this year was only about 336 pages.


New releases (2016) vs older books: 61 books released in 2016 – over half. There were 15 from 2015 and 31 older than that (oldest was from 2006). No surprises here, reading new books is pretty much what I do!


Genre split: I assigned a “main” genre to each book. There’s no surprise that fantasy is my top genre, but I have read a lot more paranormal stories this year. I’ve been enjoying the creepy ones!


Australian Authors: I’ve been trying so hard to promote Aussie books this year, but it seems only 33 books on my list were written by Aussie authors. A third is better than I did last year, but it’s still not great!


Format: The increase in physical books this year makes my inner bookstagrammer very happy!


Source: So basically, I’ve stopped using Netgalley and Edelweiss. I just have too many things to read already! Also, I keep going to the library when my tbr is already teetering. Thanks Brisbane City Council Libraries, you’re awesome! Also a big thank you to all the publishers who I’ve had the pleasure to work with this year.

 


Thanks so much for your support, and I hope you have a fantastic 2017!

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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