2016 In Review

December 31, 2016 Uncategorized 16

You know, I don’t care what anyone else says – 2016 was a wonderful year. I finished my PhD and finally got to actually live with my husband. We had our 1 year anniversary and have started setting up our apartment together. I’ve started my first full time, non-academic job and while it’s been a learning curve, it’s also been pretty awesome. And, of course, there’s my blog. I’ve had my fifth blog birthday and the comments from all the fantastic people I’ve met reminded me why I love the book blogging community so much. Yes, there was also Trump, but I have faith that our community in particular will continue to fight to protect human rights for all. So I say, bring it on 2017! May the next year be as fantastic as the last. Before we move on, here’s a brief summary of what happened in 2016 here at Doing Dewey.

Books Read

This year, I read 123 books. Of those, 48 or 39% were nonfiction and 84 or 68% were by women. Hopefully I’ll be able to give you a better break down next year, but my stats tracking this year left something to be desired. Consider that another goal for 2017 🙂 I’ve listed my favorite fiction and favorite nonfiction reads, but if I had to pick one of each, I’d go with Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma and Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Top Post

My top post this year was the Nonfiction November kick-off, so I want to thank you all again for making that such a great event! It will definitely be returning in 2017.

2017 Preview

As I just mentioned, Nonfiction November will be back in the coming year. So will Nonfiction Friday and the Nonfiction Book Club, since nonfiction is kind of what I do 🙂 I’m also hoping to host a month long event or two – perhaps a Women In Science History month, perhaps a bookish photo scavenger hunt, we’ll see!

How was your 2016? Any favorite reads I should definitely get to in the new year?

16 Responses to “2016 In Review”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    That’s great that you had a fantastic year! And kind of refreshing to see 🙂 That’s an awesome nonfiction stat – I’d like to see if I can approach that in 2017 now that I’ll have a full year of audiobooks (where nonfiction works best for me).

    And thrilled to hear Nonfiction November will be back in 2017 – I’d love to co-host again if there’s space!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Sarah! I was pretty happy with it. I think I spend more time reading nonfiction than fiction, but that’s partially because it can take me longer to read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect until I counted things up. I’m super excited for Nonfiction November this year and I’m sure you’ll be able to co-host if you like! I really appreciate the help this past year 🙂

  2. KatieMcD @ Bookish Tendencies

    Happy 5 years! I feel similarly about 2016… I mean, Trump is the f-ing worst, and in the political world, 2016 has been a garbage fire… BUT, in my personal life, my son was born this year and that takes the cake on all the rest. Glad 2016 treated you well, personally anyways, and I’m grateful to be in the same community with another like minded individual such as yourself. Cheers! 🙂
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    • DoingDewey

      I’m glad you had a good year too! Congratulations again on the birth of your son. I’m sure that can’t be topped! I’ve really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on events, even if events are currently depressing. We do have a great community going 🙂

  3. looloolooweez

    Woohoo, you sure showed 2016 who’s boss! I’m really glad that you’ll be doing Nonfiction November again this year, and I hope you decide to do the Women in Science History thing again, too.

    • DoingDewey

      I’m definitely planning on doing the Women in Science History event again! As a female scientist, I feel like that’s a topic I really should know more about. I’m excited you’re looking forward to it too!

  4. Jennine G

    I agree – 2016 was pretty wonderful for me too! I’m so glad it was for you too. I’m jealous of your amount of reading. Think my PhD program will give me a nice reading boost this year? I’m jealous that you graduated last year and I was only starting, lol.
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    • DoingDewey

      It seems like you’re doing more reading books for your PhD than I was, so I definitely don’t think you should feel bad if you’re reading less! I was able to read a lot because for my PhD program I was pretty exclusively reading scientific papers. That was different enough from reading for fun that it didn’t make me want to read books any less. Good luck with your PhD program! It sounds like it’s going well so far 🙂