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My reading challenge: 80 books

Goal: Read as many books as I can from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, including rereads. My Goodreads profile is here. I'm bad about writing reviews, but sometimes I remember to. (Sadly, it's usually for books I didn't like, but I'm trying to improve!)


Books read so far: 36
New: 26
Rereads: 10


Books read:

RR = re-read
+ = extra good
- = extra bad

1. Lock In, John Scalzi (Jan 3)
2. The Girl of Ink and Stars, Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Jan 7) +
3. Something Happened Here, But We’re Not Quite Sure What It Was, Paul McAuley (Jan 7)
4. The Air War, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Jan 13) RR
5. War Master's Gate, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Jan 20) RR
6. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (Jan 22)
7. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Jan 25)
8. All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Jan 28)

9. Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Feb 4) RR
10. The Cloud Hunters, Alex Shearer (Feb 4) +
11. On the Edge of Gone, Corrine Duvvis (Feb 5) +
12. Penric's Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 11) RR
13. Penric and the Shaman, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 12) RR
14. Penric's Mission, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 12) RR
15. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 13) RR
16. The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (Feb 17)
17. Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Feb 18) RR
18. A Conjuring of Light, V.E. Schwabe (Feb 26) +

19. Mira's Last Dance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Mar 3)
20. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Seanan McGuire (Mar 7)
21. A Mortal Song, Megan Crewe (Mar 10) +
22. The Bear and the Serpent, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Mar 17) +
23. The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Mar 21)

24. A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers (Apr 8) +
25. Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (Apr 14)
26. Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer (Apr 17) +
27. Cloudbound, Fran Wilde (Apr 26) +

28. The Unbroken Line of the Moon, Johanne Hildebrandt (May 1) -
29. Deerskin, Robin McKinley (May 3) +
30. More Than This, Patrick Ness (May 6) +
31. The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley (May 7) -
32. A Tyranny of Queens, Foz Meadows (May 8) +
33. Within the Sanctuary of Wings, Marie Brennan (May 10) +
34. Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor (May 17)
35. Komarr, Lois McMaster Bujold (May 29) RR
36. Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold (May 31) RR

37. Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer (Jun 11) +
38. The Tomato Thief, Ursula Vernon (Jun 20) +
39. Summer in Orcus, T. Kingfisher (Jun 25) +
40. Embassytown, China Mieville (Jun 30) RR

41. The City & The City, China Mieville (Jul 2) RR
42. The Seventh Bride, T. Kingfisher (Jul 3)
43. The Cloud Roads, Martha Wells (Jul 7) +
44. Seven Surrenders, Ada Palmer (Jul 9)
45. The Serpent Sea, Martha Wells (Jul 10)
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: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
My reading challenge: 80 books

Goal: Read as many books as I can from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, including rereads. My Goodreads profile is here, although it doesn't log books I've read more than once. I'm bad about writing reviews, but sometimes I remember to.


Books read so far: 86
New: 70
Rereads: 16


Books read:

RR = re-read
+ = extra good
- = extra bad

1. World War Z, Max Brooks (Jan 2) -
2. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Jan 7)
3. Coral Bones, Foz Meadows (Jan 11) +
4. The Glorious Angels, Justina Robson (Jan 13)
5. Reflections, Seanan McGuire (Jan 14)
6. The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, Carolyne Larrington (Jan 15) +
7. Five Wounds, Katharine Edgar (Jan 24)
8. Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Jan 25)
9. Hexwood, Diana Wynne Jones (Jan 29)

10. The Heaven Shop, Deborah Ellis (Feb 5)
11. There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom, Louis Sacher (Feb 7)
12. Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 12) RR +
13. The Hallowed Hunt, Lois McMaster Bujold (Feb 16) RR
14. Even in the Cannon's Mouth, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Feb 20)
15. Stormswept, Helen Dunmore (Feb 24) +
16. Saffy's Angel, Hilary McKay (Feb 27) +

17. Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore (Mar 3) RR +
18. Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (Mar 4) -
19. A Face Like Glass, Frances Hardinge (Mar 5) RR +
20. The Ragthorn, Robert Holdstock (Mar 5)
21. The Ship, Antonia Honeywell (Mar 12)
22. Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (Mar 18) +
23. The Terracotta Bride, Zen Cho (Mar 19) +
24. Quarter Days, Iona Sharma (Mar 20) +
25. Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (Mar 21)
26. Chaos Choreography, Seanan McGuire (Mar 21) +
27. City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Mar 25) +

28. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Apr 5) +
29. Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald (Apr 7)
30. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Apr 10) RR +
31. A Red-Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire (Apr 12) RR
32. A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwabe (Apr 14)
33. A Gathering of Shadows, V.E. Schwabe (Apr 16) +
34. In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Marie Brennan (Apr 20)
35. The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater (Apr 28) +

36. The Golem and the Djinn, Helene Wecker (May 5)
37. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo (May 6)
38. Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo (May 7)
39. Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo (May 7)
40. Sunbolt, Intisar Khanani (May 17)
41. The Witch of Duva, Leigh Bardugo (May 17)
42. The Too-Clever Fox, Leigh Bardugo (May 17)
43. Little Knife, Leigh Bardugo (May 18)

44. The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Jun 2) +
45. Stiletto, Daniel O'Malley (Jun 5) +
46. The Book of Phoenix, Nnedi Okorafor (Jun 12)
47. Memories of Ash, Intisar Khanani (Jun 13) +
48. This Savage Song, V.E. Schwabe (Jun 14)
49. City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jun 17) RR
50. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo (Jun 19)
51. The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickenson (Jun 28) -

52. Plastic Smile, S.L. Huang (Jul 1)
53. Ashes of Honor, Seanan McGuire (Jul 18) RR
54. Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Jul 20) RR
55. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Jul 27) +

56. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Aug 3) RR
57. Spiderlight, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Aug 9) +
58. The Drowning Eyes, Emily Foster (Aug 20)
59. An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows (Aug 21) +
60. The Jewel and her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Aug 27) -
61. The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Aug 28) +

62. Once Broken Faith, Seanan McGuire (Sep 1)
63. The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe, Kij Johnson (Sep 19) +
64. Cold-Forged Flame, Marie Brennan (Sep 23)
65. Crashing Heaven, Al Robertson (Sep 25)
66. Gilded Cage, Vic James (Sep 28) -

67. The Red Knight, Miles Cameron (Oct 8) +
68. Goldenhand, Garth Nix (Oct 9) +
69. Feedback, Mira Grant (Oct 11) -
70. Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett (Oct 15) RR
71. Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay (Oct 24) +
72. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Meg Elison (Oct 26)

73. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Nov 5) +
74. The Boy with the Porcelain Blade, Den Patrick (Nov 11) -
75. The Tin Princess, Philip Pullman (Nov 12) RR +
76. The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Nov 19) RR
77. An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir (Nov 26) +

78. The Art of Space Travel, Nina Allan (Dec 2)
79. Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Dec 3) +
80. Empire in Black and Gold, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 17) RR
81. Dragonfly Falling, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 18) RR
82. Blood of the Mantis, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 20) RR
83. Salute the Dark, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 23) RR
84. The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman (Dec 25) +
85. The Scarab Path, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 26) RR
86. Heirs of the Blade, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dec 31) RR


Recommendations always welcome!
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I read 104 books in 2015! Plus loads of picture books which I didn't log.
Complete list of books here! )

Some stats: (I like stats)

Brand new books read: 81
Books reread: 23
Brand new authors read: 37

Books by women: 67
Books by men: 37
Female authors: 41 (26 new-to-me)
Male authors: 19 (11 new-to-me)

I didn't stat for race, but it's quite white. I think at least the diversity of my reading is growing year on year. Nnedi Okorafor was particularly delightful to discover, and I'm waiting impatiently for the sequel to Akata Witch. It also took me shamefully long to get around to reading S. L. Huang's action series starring a heroine who's a mathematical genius and does all her own stunts, but they're super fun.

Actually, one thing that's surprised me was how low the proportion of re-reads is -- I'd have guessed it would be much higher! I know that being able to snap up kindle deals definitely made a difference in trying out books I wouldn't have considered, and probably also the fact that I've been publicly documenting my reading also made me want to keep reading new books rather than just returning to perennial favourites. (Also I think maybe 2014 was a year when I re-read lots and lots of my favourite series, and therefore didn't need to read them again for a while. They may make a reappearance in 2016!)

Now, ask me questions about my list please? I can't think of what to say on my own! To start off: my best new author discovery this year was undoubtedly Adrian Tchaikovsky. I genuinely cannot rate these highly enough, although avoid Children of Time if you have a spider phobia. (If you have always wanted a story documenting the rise of spider civilisation over thousands of years THIS IS THE BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!) The worst two books I read were Firehurler and Throne of Glass. They were so bad.
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Stolen from [personal profile] yohjideranged!

My reading challenge: 80 books

Goal: Read as many books as I can from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, including rereads. My Goodreads profile is here, although it doesn't log books I've read more than once. I'm bad about writing reviews, but sometimes I remember to.


Books read so far: 104
New: 81
Rereads: 23


Books read:

1. Hild, Nicola Griffith (3/1)
2. Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (4/1)
3. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (4/1)
4. The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman (9/1)
5. Surface Detail, Iain M. Banks RR (16/1)
6. The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Gouge RR (28/1)

7. Delusions of Gender, Cordelia Fine (6/2)
8. Zero-Sum Game, SL Huang (6/2)
9. Half Life, SL Huang (12/2)
10. Cursor's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (18/2)
11. Captain's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (20/2)
12. Princep's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (22/2)
13. First Lord's Fury, Jim Butcher RR (25/2)

14. InCryptid short stories, Seanan McGuire (8/3)
15. Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (16/3)
16. The Body Electric, Beth Revis (20/3)
17. Gullstruck Island, Frances Hardinge (22/3)
18. The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland (For A Little While), Cathryn Valante (23/3)
19. The Boy Who Lost Fairlyand, Cathryn Valante (26/3)
20. Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore RR (31/3)

21. Fire, Kristin Cashore RR(2/4)
22. Echo City, Layla Lawlor (3/4)
23. Rosemary and Rue, Seanan McGuire RR (4/4)
24. A Local Habitation, Seanan McGuire RR (4/4)
25. The Winter Long, Seanan McGuire RR (5/4)
26. The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig (15/4)
27. Pocket Apocalypse, Seanan McGuire (18/4)
28. Rolling in the Deep, Mira Grant (20/4)
29. Chasing Ravens, Jessica E. Paige (25/4)

30. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (1/5)
31. The Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan (3/5)
32. Firehurler, J. S. Morin (7/5)
33. The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (10/5)
34. The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin (11/5)
35. City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (13/5)
36. The Rook, Daniel O'Malley RR (17/5)
37. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison RR (27/5)
38. Uprooted, Naomi Novik (29/5)

39. A Swarming of Bees, Theresa Tomlinson (5/6)
40. Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery RR (7/6)
41. Anne of Avonlea, L. M. Montgomery RR (14/6)
42. Anne of the Island, L. M. Montgomery RR (15/6)
43. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black RR (18/6)
44. The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black (20/6)
45. Thorn, Intisar Khanani (22/6)

46. The Girl With All The Gifts, M. R. Carey (5/7)
47. Penric's Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (17/7)
48. Please Do Not Taunt The Octopus, Seanan McGuire (18/7)
49. Gates of Thread and Stone, Lori M. Lee (24/7)
50. Empire in Black and Gold, Adrian Tchaikovsky (26/7)
51. Dragonfly Falling, Adrian Tchaikovsky (27/7)
52. Blood of the Mantis, Adrian Tchaikovsky (30/7)

53. Salute the Dark, Adrian Tchaikovsky (5/8)
54. The Scarab Path, Adrian Tchaikovsky (8/8)
55. The Sea Watch, Adrian Tchaikovsky (14/8)
56. Heirs of the Blade, Adrian Tchaikovsky (15/8)
57. The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black RR (17/8)
58. The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (21/8)
59. The Air War, Adrian Tchaikovsky (23/8)
60. The Wind Singer, William Nicholson RR (23/8)
61. War Master's Gate, Adrian Tchaikovsky (26/8)
62. I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett RR (27/8)
63. The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett (27/8)
64. Seal of the Worm, Adrian Tchaikovsky (30/8)

65. A Red Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire (1/9)
66. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (4/9)
67. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (6/9)
68. Clariel, Garth Nix (10/9)
69. Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, Bradley P. Beaulieu (12/9)
70. The Martian, Andy Weir (13/9)
71. Uprooted, Naomi Novik (15/9) RR
72. No Such Thing As Dragons, Philip Reeve (17/9)
73. Fever Crumb, Philip Reeve (19/9)
74. Half Bad, Sally Green (20/9)
75. A Web of Air, Philip Reeve (21/9)
76. Scrivener's Moon, Philip Reeve (21/9)
77. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (26/9)
78. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke (30/9) RR

79. Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (2/10)
80. Root of Unity, S. L. Huang (3/10)
81. Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (7/10)
82. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein (8/10)
83. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (11/10)
84. Updraft, Fran Wilde (14/10)
85. Soonchild, Russel Hoban (16/10)
86. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (18/10)
87. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold (25/10)
88. The Mirror Image Ghost, Catherine Storr (28/10)

89. Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky (5/11)
90. Empire Ascendant, Kameron Hurley (8/11)
91. Of Sorrow and Such, Andrea Slatter (12/11)
92. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater (18/11)
93. The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater (20/11)
94. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater (22/11)
95. Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas (29/11)
96. Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (30/11)

97. Shadow Scale, Rachel Hartman (1/12)
98. Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (5/12)
99. Chimera, Mira Grant (6/12)
100. The Masked City, Genevieve Cogman (11/12)
101. Railsea, China Mieville (13/12) RR
102. Sky Hawk, Gill Lewis (17/12)
103. Last Song Before Night, Ilana C. Myer (21/12)
104. The Force Awakens (Movie tie-in novel), Alan Dean Foster (31/12)


104 / 80 (130.00%)




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