Redux: January gets off to a good start

A pair of burgundy boots rest on a bookshelf of fantasy novels

I had so many good intentions for 2017. No, that’s not true. I had a few intentions that were meant to keep me honest. Hands up who would be surprised if the ones relating to acquiring books didn’t survive the first week of the year… At least I’m doing well on my reading goals.

Reading Round-up 
Review Round-up
  • A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers (spoiler-free!)
  • The Book was Better (or was it): I ran of time this month, but this will be back!
Stacking the shelves

In my defence, they’re ARCs and gifts. So that doesn’t count, right? Right? Seriously, all my off the shelf and rereading challenges don’t stand a chance…

Conscious demographics

My annual challenge is to read diversely and to love every book. This year I’ve made things a bit more complicated with subsidiary challenges and more fun with the Game of Books.

  • 0 male (0%) / 9 female (100%) / 0 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (0%)
  • 2 (22%) – by authors of colour / 5 (55%) prominently featuring POC / 80% HEAs
  • 0 (0%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 3 (33%) featuring LGBTQIA characters / 33% HEAs
  • 9 / 5 books or novellas
  • 2 / 1 books by authors of colour
  • 1 / 1 non-SFF books of which 0 non-fiction
  • 1 / 1 classic SFF books
  • 5 / 3 – off the shelf
  • Game of Books score: 43

On HEAs: if they are alive and not heartbroken or otherwise disappointed in their fate, I count it HEA. Even though I feel weird assigning Sparrowhawk a HEA as he doesn’t strike me as a man who is ever content with his lot. I’m not assigning Tazir a HEA because I don’t think she’s reconciled with where she ends up.