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Frith ([personal profile] frith_in_thorns) wrote2017-01-04 10:15 pm

2016 in books!

A book meme! I love round-up memes and had also been vaguely meaning to write up my book-reading, so I immediately copied this from [personal profile] naye.

How many books read in 2016?
86 books -- this is my log. 70 were new-to-me and 16 were re-reads.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
Nonfiction: 1 1/2 (I started a book about geopolitics in early November. WHY, you ask. I asked myself this, and put it aside to finish when it's less depressing.)
Fiction: 85

Male/Female authors?
male: 27 (this is skewed by the fact that one third of these books were the same author)
female: 57
other: 2

Most books read by one author this year?
I read nine books by Adrian Tchaikovsky, since I started a re-read in December of his 10-book (excellent!) Shadows of the Apt series. Also he published like three things this year, what the hell dude.

Any in translation?
Nope

Favorite?
Not counting re-reads, because I am utterly unobjective about books I like enough to have read more than twice, it was probably The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison, which was just mind-bending.
Runner ups up include A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwabe, with was DELIGHTFUL, and Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. And shoutout to Goldenhand by Garth Nix because LIREAL.


Least Favorite?
Gilded Cage by Vic James, which is an utterly offensive piece of rubbish. (You want my review?
Runners up were The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which was also infuriatingly offensive and also boring, and The Boy with the Porcelain Blade which was just stupid.

Oldest?
Hexwood, Diana Wynne Jones (1993)

Newest?
I read several books on their release day, but the most recent of those was The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman (late December 2016)

Longest Title?
The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, Carolyne Larrington

Shortest Title?
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson

Book that most changed my perspective:
Well, World War Z made me realise that I'm actually sick of zombies? And I found There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom really insightful (title associated trans issues for me but it's about being the "problem boy" in a ~yr 5 class)

Favorite character:
Mulaghesh from City of Blades. I didn't like the first book that much, but this one was about a different character and WOW I LOVE HER. She's a disillusioned, ex-General and life-long soldier who's being forced to help out in a political mess in a hostile colony before she's allowed to retire. And I just fell in love. (Sadly the third book is about a dude I don't care much about, so ugh.)

Favorite scene:
I have read Bitterblue several times now, and the last few chapters in particular are just so important to me.

Favorite quote:
I read most of these books on kindle; sadly I don't have time to skim for quotes!

What do you want to read in 2017?
These ones which I'm too lazy to type out, books already on my kindle, more good fantasy, the continuations of all the series I'm partway through...

Any recs?
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[personal profile] sholio 2017-01-05 05:39 am (UTC)(link)
Your Gilded Cage review was marvelously entertaining. XD Unlike the book, from the sound of things. (btw, it sounds like the problems with that book are really similar to the problems I have with the worldbuilding in most slavefics in fandom, too. I realize that most people write slavefic for porn, but I don't care about that! I want sensible worldbuilding and rebellions! XD)

I'd be interested to know what the problems were that you had with The Traitor Baru Cormorant, because I keep seeing that one mentioned everywhere and was thinking about reading it, but I don't know anything about it other than the setup sounds interesting.