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2016’s Year In Reading - Fruit of the Vine
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calendula_witch
Date: 2017-01-02 16:12
Subject: 2016’s Year In Reading
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As is my custom, I keep an Excel spreadsheet of all the books I read, and add them up at the new year, and publish the list here.

As is my more recent custom, I don’t tell you the names or authors of the books I read for work, as a number of them may not be published (or even announced) yet.

It’s fascinating to compare to prior years. In 2015, I read a total of 63 books, 25 of those for pleasure. In 2016, my total was 107, with 27 for pleasure. So, 38 jobs increasing to 80 in the space of one year: my getting-paid-to-read business is clearly booming! I knew I was busier than ever…it’s actually comforting to see numerical proof of that. (I never count as I go along; I prefer to know only when the year is finished.)

Anyway, without further ado, here is the list of books I read last year just because I wanted to:

Waters, Sarah, The Paying Guests
Byatt, A.S., The Children’s Book
Novik, Naomi, Uprooted
Beagle, Peter S., The Last Unicorn
Connolly, Tina, Seriously Wicked
Henderson, Randy, Finn Fancy Necromancy
Dickinson, Seth, The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Lawson, Jenny, Furiously Happy
Jemison, N.K., The Fifth Season
Bennett, Robert Jackson, City of Blades
Grossman, Lev, The Magician’s Land
Anders, Charlie Jane, All the Birds in the Sky
King, Stephen, Doctor Sleep
Addison, Katherine, The Goblin Emperor
Cooper, Brenda, Edge of Dark
Buckell, Tobias A., Crystal Rain
Palmer, Ada, Too Like the Lightning
Johansen, Erika, The Invasion of the Tearling (ARC)
Corey, James S.A., Leviathan Wakes
Levine, David, Arabella of Mars
Mostert, Natasha, Season of the Witch
Hendee, Barb & JC, The Dead Seekers (ARC)
Corey, James S.A., Caliban’s War
Corey, James S.A., Abbadon’s Gate
Corey, James S.A., Cibola Burn
Okorafor, Nnedi, Binti (novella)
Kadrey, Richard, Butcher Bird

Though now I realize I must clarify further: of the 27 above, 8 were for our book group (which kind of confuses me, as we meet every month), but the rest were chosen just by me. I’m in the middle of the fifth Expanse book now, so that’ll be my first pleasure book of 2017 (already have a work-book on the list).

What was your favorite thing YOU read last year?

Originally published at Shannon Page. You can comment here or there.

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Deborah J. Ross
User: deborahjross
Date: 2017-01-03 18:19 (UTC)
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I think WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen. I'd never heard of her before and got a copy through NetGalley. Knocked my socks off.
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Deborah J. Ross
User: deborahjross
Date: 2017-01-03 18:21 (UTC)
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I think WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen. I'd never heard of her before and got a copy through NetGalley. Knocked my socks off.
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calendula_witch
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2017-01-17 19:43 (UTC)
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Thank you!
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2017-01-04 10:24 (UTC)
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It's a difficult question when you don't keep a list, as if your memory's like mine you only remember the recent ones:). So with my apologies to anything I read earlier and forgot, my favourite recently has been the first of Freda Warrington's Aetherial Tales series Elfland. It's a rare fantasy I finish as apparently I'm quite princessy and easy to disappoint, but I enjoyed her unusual take on a well-travelled subject. I'm reading the second one at the moment and am liking that even more.

Of the crossovers with your reading list, I really liked The Goblin Emperor, but it surprised me by finishing just as I thought it was about to get going. Although I wasn't too crazy about Lev Grossman's Magicians series at the beginning as the homage aspect made much of it seem overfamiliar, I enjoyed them more and more as I went along. The Tearling books I thought had rather a thinly imagined world, but nevertheless I found the lead character very engaging and am looking forward to the next one. I absolutely loved City Of Stairs and had no idea the next one was out - I'll hunt it down immediately.
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calendula_witch
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2017-01-17 19:45 (UTC)
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Thank you! I will look for the Warrington.

I loved Goblin Emperor so much and am sad that it's a stand-alone.
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