Jan. 2nd, 2018

starlady: (bibliophile)
Well, we survived, and that ain't nothing.

2017 Reading Stats

Books read: 107, of which 7 (7%) rereads
By gender: 28 (26%) by men, the rest by women or non-binary authors
By race: 22 (21%) by authors of color, the rest by white authors
In translation: 0, not counting 3 (3%) in Japanese
New books: 25 (23%) published in 2017
Books owned before 2016: 1
New-to-me authors: 29
…versus 2017 resolutions
  1. Read 105 books ==> Achieved! 107/105
  2. Read 25 physical books owned since 2016 or earlier ==> 1/25. I tracked this as "before 2015," so it was a fail.
  3. Read 25 books by authors of color ==> 22/25, close but not quite
  4. Read 10 books in translation ==> Fail. 0/10
  5. Read 15 books in Japanese ==> 3/15. Both manga I read were purchased in 2017.
  6. Purchase no more than 52 books. ==> I haven't tracked this. Whoops.
  7. Read all the comics I've bought from Comixology and ECCC, the latter before ECCC 2017 ==> I have actually made semi-decent inroads on my stack of unread comics, which is partly what pushed my numbers on books written by dudes so much higher this year. I'm making good progress and plan to continue reading my stack before ECCC 2018.
General Comments
I read a lot of comics this year. I'm tempted to connect that to the continuing slow-motion apocalypse; I bought March vol. 1 on Inauguration Day and read it that same night, for instance. But it was also a naked attempt to cut down my TBR pile to a more manageable size. 

Doing the Sirens challenge continues to be a valuable way to force me to read outside my comfort zone and to read more current books, which I'm grateful for. The series I tackled this year was Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles, and I love them so much I already don't want them to end. I'm considering reading her Niccolo series too, just because I love her writing so much.

Best of 2017
A 10% selection rate is 10 books, so…
  • Ruthanna Emrys, Winter Tide (2017)
  • Sarah Rees Brennan, In Other Lands (2017)
  • Dorothy Dunnett, Pawn in Frankincense (1969)
  • Frances Hardinge, A Skinful of Shadows (2017)
  • Lloyd Alexander, The Beggar Queen (1984)
  • Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, Monstress vols. 1 & 2 (2016-17)
  • Ngozi Ukazu, Check, Please! vols. 1-3
  • Kate Leth, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! vols. 1 & 2
  • Kate Elliott, Buried Heart (2017)
  • Marie Brennan, Within the Sanctuary of Wings (2017)

2018 Reading Resolutions
  1. Read 110 books
  2. Read 25 physical books owned since 2016 or earlier
  3. Read 25 books by authors of color
  4. Read 10 books in translation
  5. Read 15 books in Japanese
  6. Read all the comics bought before 2018, both physical and digital