Saturday, December 31, 2016

Quartz Gazette 2016 Recap - The Books, Movies, and Shows of 2016 + The Return of the Gazette

Quartz Gazette 2016 Recap

Quartz Gazette's been a bit absent of late, mostly because I decided to retire it, due to my new posting schedule. However I ended up missing doing these recap posts, so it's back! A lot has happened since my last post and I'm not about to try to cover it all, so I decided, why not welcome this feature back with a recap of the year.

A lot has happened this year, I entered high school, sunk into so many more fandoms, and finally got my long dreamed of sewing machine.


2016 was (should I use present or past tense?) also the year where I discovered an interest in politics and the happenings of the world.

The 2016 election was the first one I payed close attention to. I'd been following it ever since the primaries (which were quite interesting.... I still can't believe candidate genital size was an actual area of contention).

Overall 2016's been a roller coaster of a year, both in good and bad ways.


I'm both eager and admittedly, a bit worried, to see what 2017 brings. Okay we're done with the sappy stuff, let's move onto the books. (I'll also be throwing in some movie/show love towards the end.)

So remember when I said I'd keep a better record of the books I read in 2016....


Well, I did do better this year, but there's still much room for improvement.... In 2017 I'm going to give All About Books' spreadsheet a go, we'll see how it works out.

Cassidy has read 95 books toward their goal of 200 books.

As you can see, my goal this year was not met (at all). I totally underestimated how much life would get in the way of my reading time.... My goal for next year will most likely be around 100, hopefully something I can achieve.

For the next bit, I'm gonna borrow some questions from Jamie's End of the Year Survey. I participated in the 2015 End of the Year Survey, and was planning on doing the same this year, but I ended up deciding to only pull a few questions. (I was too lazy to answer them all if I'm honest. It's hard to pick between all the great books I've read this year).

Carry On

Best Book You Read In 2016?

I don't know a single bookworm who doesn't despise this question, after all, forcing us to choose between our precious books is unnecessarily cruel.... However this year the question isn't quite as hard, mostly because there's a clear standout, that I've already reread at least three times. And that is... Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. If you don't have this book in your life, you need it. Also because there were so many other amazing books:

Notable Novels from 2016


The Beauty of Darkness

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

A lot of books have disappointed me this year (mostly due to the fact that I've become pickier), honestly there isn't a major standout, so I'll talk about a couple particularly disappointing ones.

Ever the Hunted: I was super excited to read this one, and was super ecstatic when my request was approved on Netgalley. However, I ended up DNFing because the story was flat and very tropey, also the romance was kinda getting on my nerves. Though that cover is still undeniably a beauty.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies: I'd heard so many good things about this book, and my expectations were pretty high. I put it aside around the 50% mark, intending to pick it up again, but after a month of it going untouched, I decided to DNF. (I just realized I DNF a lot of books about halfway for some reason....) I just never clicked with Norah, the book wasn't bad, just wasn't for me.

The Beauty of Darkness: This book earns the tops spot. Mostly, because, I'd already spent so much time reading the previous books in The Remnant Chronicles, only to get bored in the final book, The Beauty of Darkness. It's always disappointing for a final book in a series to fall short, much less one you'd already read 620 pages of.... I do intend to finish it someday, as I only have 64 pages left, but still, it was a pretty major disappointment.

Wolf by Wolf

Best series you started in 2016?

Wolf by Wolf was a welcome surprise. I'm beyond happy that I ended up finally reading it. It's just one of those books I knew I'd love from the first page. I really need to get my hands on Blood for Blood!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

It took me a bit to whittle the list down to one, as I'm a notorious cover judger and pretty cover gusher, however, in the end I had to pick Aristotle And Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, because the topography is just gorgeous, not to mention the beautiful art.

Creativity Inc.

Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016?

I mostly picked up Creativity Inc. because, hello, newborn animation freak here. I loved learning about how Pixar functioned, how the structure of the company fostered creativity, and how the company has struggled. Honestly, this novel has made me want to work in animation so much more. Speaking of Pixar, I have a lot of their films to catch up on. I still haven't seen Toy Story, can you believe it?

Yuri on Ice

OTP of the Year (you will go down with this ship!)

Seriously, I'm suppose to choose??? 2016 has been a great year for shipping, and I am not picking between my ships, so enjoy them all.

The Ships of 2016


Cursed Child

Book That Made You The Most Mad?

To say Cursed Child made me mad, is the understatement of the century.... Just ask my family, I was yelling at the book the whole time I was reading it. The main cast from the Harry Potter series was out of character, the plot was a mess, the story and the twists (if you can even call them that) felt so damn lazy. The only good thing was Scorpius Malfoy, he is a precious cinnamon roll, and pretty much the only character I liked in Cursed Child. I mean Albus was fine, but sometimes he got on my nerves.

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017?

We'll be pretending that says books, as once again, my flawed decision-making skills are becoming apparent.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love: A book about a girl trying to find a boyfriend using K-dramas? Say no more. I've only seen two Korean Dramas (Boys Over Flowers and Goong), but I loved both, and both left me in terrible show holes, so I've been avoiding K-dramas for the time being to protect my fragile heart. Also the mc is going to Stanford??? Color me envy green, cause damn, I'd love to go to that school, but there's no chance....

Once and for All: I can't wait to read this book because, SARAH DESSEN!!! Plus the mc is a total HEA cynic, and I love hanging with my kind. Also I am totally digging that cover.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: Time-traveling and history, I AM SO IN. Don't even get me started on the unrequited crush on bff part, and freaking 18th-century Europe.

Rogue One

Best Shows & Movies?

Before 2016, I rarely watched shows or movies, I probably graced the theater with my presence like once a year. However, this year, everything changed, because I got addicted to animation.... So here are some of my favorite shows and movies of 2016:

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Tumblr is to blame for this one (as it's to blame for a lot of things). I never thought I'd like Voltron, I mean, the mecha genre has never interested me. But Voltron is different, it has a very serialized plot, well-developed characters, and it's not all about the fight scenes, not to mention the beautiful animation. In short, it's the perfect show to get addicted too.

Yuri on Ice: No, this show isn't what you think it is. In this case Yuri doesn't mean that... it's just the shared name of two characters, nothing more. Yuri on Ice's plot is quite simple, but the bonds between the characters are so strong and organic. The entire story is centered around Yuuri Katsuki, and how he develops and grows, both as a person and as a skater, throughout the show. The music is amazing, and the animation is beautiful (well some places it was a bit lacking, most likely due to budget constraints). Either way, I'd highly recommend it.

Zootopia: This one's still my favorite, even after Moana. I love how the film handled the delicate issues currently affecting our society, and the positive message it gave. I'm rooting for Zootopia, though I'm expecting Moana to sweep the Oscars, due to the fact that it's fresh in everyone's mind, has an amazing soundtrack, and of course, is a Disney Princess film.

Rogue One: One thing here doesn't match.... I don't see much live action, however I went to see this one with my brother, and absolutely loved it. Unsurprisingly, K-2SO was my favorite, gotta love that snarky bastard. As someone who's only seen two Star Wars films (this one and Force Awakens), I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I might actually check out the rest of the franchise because of Rogue One, (view spoiler)[though I'm still freaking salty over the fact that they killed off everyone].

I'm Joining the Winter 2017 Comment Challenge!

I don't do many challenges, as a lot of time, they just aren't my thing. However, I always like participating in FLYLÄ“F's and A Kernel of Nonsense's Comment Challenge. It's a great way to get to know other bloggers, and I'm so excited to get to know my partner this time around!

I Was Interviewed!

If you'd like to know a bit more about me, than check out my interview with Isobel @ Write through the Night. She asked so many great questions, and I had such a fun time answering them!

Well that's a wrap! How was your 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?