frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.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?
frith_in_thorns: (DW Rise)
Now that I'm back from holiday in the wild reaches of the Cotswolds (well, kind of excessively civilised really) and about to head off to a New Year party, let's do this!

2016 )
frith_in_thorns: (SW Leia)
1. Your main fandom of the year?

I haven't really done fandom as such. I think Star Wars and Star Trek between them have taken the majority of my actively-thinking-about-fandoms time.


2. Your favourite film watched this year?

For once this is a hard question because I've actually seen quite a few films, way more than usual! But I think it has to be Moana, which was glorious.


3. Your favourite book read this year?

I loved The Fifth Season, rather to my surprise, and the sequel. (I had not got on with Jemisen's books previously.) Also Ninefox Gambit was really good. I read lots more that were really good too.


4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

Star Trek DS9! I finally got around to watching it, after a long time of certain friends talking about it incessently, and it deserved the hype :)


5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

Twitter and the lovely crowd there, aka the Julian Bashir Face Appreciation Society.


6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

DS9! It was SO GOOD and everyone in it is SO GREAT.


7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I hated the new Newsflesh book, which was a real shame. Also hated how tumblr fandom fell into Bernie-cult.


8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Julian Bashir, who is a darling.


9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Jadzia Dax :D


10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Finally getting Goldenhand, the Old Kingdom follow-up for Lireal, was wonderful!


11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

I don't really miss any fandom in particular anymore, but I do still really miss just being in a fandom -- just the socialness of it and the endless positive feedback loop that being a minor BNF ficwriter always gave me. (I know it's terribly gauche to admit, but I write so intensly for readers that even when I was churning out fic like 50% of it was directly from prompts that other people asked me to write, and the rest of it was written directly from me to my friends because I knew they'd like it. It's hard to describe, but I really fic-write as conversation. And without that, most of the drive is just... not really there.)


12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

Not sure. I always feel I should try getting more into book fandoms, but I am just not so keen on reading fic about books. There's a sort of uncanny valley for me in regards to the authorial voice.


13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Mass Effect Andromeda and Sunless Skies! Also the next Star Wars. And Jemisen's next book. And more Toby Daye.
frith_in_thorns: An open black umbrella with small red hearts falling out of it (.Love)
Goals for 2016!

Pass my teaching course and get a job
Finish editing my novel
Learn to drive and pass the tests
Do more housework, especially without E having to ask
WEDDING

And end-of-year memes, which I always find fun:

Fannish )

Life )
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
Happy New Year everyone! (I owe a million replies and comments to things, but am waiting until I get back to my proper computer and keyboard!)

Meme - 2013 in review (life version) )
frith_in_thorns: (Neal+Peter 1)
End of year meme: Fandom Edition!

I am talkative this evening. )
frith_in_thorns: (Default)
It's the time for end-of-year memes. This is a fandom one I copied from [personal profile] astridv .

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