Jan. 1st, 2016

starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
2015 was damn hard. I simultaneously had an excellent year and a run of disasters equivalent to, as [personal profile] oliviacirce wisely commented, all of my bad luck for the past six years combined. Many things ended, I learned a lot of things I'm not sure I'd rather not have known, I ate dim sum this morning, and I'm very happy to be able to say at last, good fucking riddance.

In reading, 2015 was a much more straightforwardly positive story. I read 84 books this year, beating my goal of 70 by 14 books, and coming within three books of meeting my 2011 total. 24 of those 84 books were by chromatic authors, a decrease from last year at 29%. A 10% selection rate for the year's best is eight books, so without further ado: 
  • Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks (2004)
  • Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace (2015)
  • The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy by Martha Wells (2003-05)
  • The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer (2014)
  • River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh (2011)
  • Silver Spoon by Arakawa Hiromu (2011- )
  • Court of Fives by Kate Elliott (2015)
  • Sorceror to the Crown by Zen Cho (2015)
Runners up: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Interim Errantry by Diane Duane, Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix, The Wicked & the Divine, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine, Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones. Goal for 2016: 100 books.

Happy Gregorian New Year to all, and to all, a good night.