December Redux: midwinter reading

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

December has been tricky, as everything that’s been going on in meatspace this year caught up with me. My body gets snarky when I just put my head down and Keep On Keeping On, and it put its foot down about Stopping Now Thanks. This slowed my reading (hooray for comforting re-reads) and stopped me reviewing completely as my brain turned to jelly. I’ll be spending the next few weeks writing up those recent reads, as they’ve been amazing.

December Redux

I’m running the risk that I’ll read another book today (I’m sick – again – and I have no particular plans for the day) but I’m going to live dangerously and call it for the year anyway.

Reading round-up 

…besides, December has been an epic reading month, even allowing that half of these were rereads of heart’s favourites. So maybe I should stop while I’m ahead and try to write those reviews…

  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • The Ninth Rain – Jen Williams  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun – Jeanette Ng  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • The Dark is Rising – Susan Cooper  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)

Review round-up

Stacking the shelves

December isn’t famously a time where I acquire few books, because I’ve got no self-restraint in the face of holiday sales and everybody knows the best thing to give a bookworm at Christmas is more books! So: holiday spree, ARC goodness and gifts, YAY!

Erm, okay, it may have got a little out of hand this year…

Looking back at 2017

It’s been another good year in books, with very few disappointments and a lot of amazing read-alongs. I’ll be back in a couple of days with a final ‘best of’ list!

In terms of my challenges, I beat my original 2017 goal of 60 books, but didn’t set a stretch goal as I had so much going on at work (I did for the Game of Books, which has been great fun; I hit my original target and am just shy of the stretch goal, with no regrets).

As usual, I have stayed mostly in genre, which is my heart’s home. I’m just not interested in exploring beyond it when I’m working hard – I want the escape from the real world when I read. SciFi Month – as usual – made me feel (inaccurately, but shh) that my diet is SF heavy, so in the interests of balance I’m delighted to say that I’m plotting with two fellow SFF lovers to bring you a fantasy-focused reading event in 2018! Watch this space (or follow me on Twitter) to hear more as we get ourselves organised.

Conscious demographics

My annual challenge is to read diversely and to love every book. I’ve comfortably got past the gender imbalance of 5 years++ ago, but I’ve still to work on searching out own voices authors.

  • 32 male (43%) / 39 female (53%) / 2 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (3%) + 2 anthos
  • 11 (15%) – by authors of colour / 43 (58%) prominently featuring POC
  • 5 (7%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 28 (38%) featuring LGBTQIA characters
Challenges

I abandoned my challenges mid-year and next year I intend to set no reading challenges at all (although I will likely still track these categories and perhaps more (SF vs fantasy, for example) for my own interest).

  • 74 / 60 books or novellas (excl. Tremontaine)
  • 11 / 12 books by authors of colour
  • 5 / 12 non-SFF books of which 0 non-fiction
  • 3 / 12 classic SFF books (7 incl. rereads)
  • 18 / 36 – off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away!)
  • Game of Books score: 383 / 400

I hope you’ve had as much fun in your reading year as I have – here’s to more great reading in 2018. Happy New Year!