I thought it might be fun to show off what all I read last year… I read twenty-nine books in all. Which is a lot, considering I had almost stopped reading entirely in previous years, and it topped my reading challenge goal by two. I had expected my twenty-seven book goal to be excessively optimistic, so as I sit down to consider what I want to set my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge to, I’m a little thrown for where to lay the marker. If we also consider the fact that I didn’t include any of the comics that I read last year (except Nimona), then I surely read at least twice the recorded number. Which brings me more questions… do I record comics in my challenge too? Just the collections, or singles too? How to I estimate a goal that includes comics and novels and other books?
I think I may be overthinking it a bit… an arbitrary number choice, maybe? Say 36 books. Do you have a reading goal for 2017?
I made up a list to show you of all the books that I read last year, in as close to the order I read them in as I can guess. A few might be off, because I didn’t save them properly as I went or because of Goodreads app glitches. I have links on all of them so that you can check them out over on Goodreads and see the details, reviews, and so on for yourself.
- The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson
- Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
- Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It
- The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
- Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Little Girls by Ronald Malfi
- The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher
- Fated by Benedict Jacka
- Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
- The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling
- A Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling
- Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka
- Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Mourning Photography from the Thanatos Archive
- Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon
- The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon
- Strangeness and Charm by Mike Shevdon
- The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
- Tell Me Where it Hurts by J.R. Rogue
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling
- The Scourge of God by S.M. Stirling
- The Sword of the Lady by S.M. Stirling
- The High King of Montival by S.M. Stirling
- Affinity by Sarah Waters
Right now I’m working my way through two books.
The first is Super You: Release Your Inner SuperHero by Emily V. Gordon. This is a self-help book with a geeky swing to it. I used to be absolutely against self-help books, and it actually makes me wince a bit to talk about it now, but honestly this book is just great so far. It’s well written, entertaining, and most important – helpful. I’ve been journaling through the sections and questions, and I feel like I have a good handle on where I am headed, reflecting on some of the questions presented. I highly recommend it. As a witch, and as a dorky, broken minded woman looking for answers.
The other book that I’m reading right now is a small and painfully beautiful book of poetry: Salt is for Curing by Sonya Vatomsky. It took me almost a week just to flip past the first poem. I kept reading it and being so overwhelmed with the raw beauty, and the feelings that the words inspired in me that I’d just close the book again and set it aside. I imagine that this one is going to take me a while, but I’m looking forward to every line. I highly recommend this one. If only to stroke on your desk, and turn to when you need a little break or snack for inspiration. (Did I mention that the book is arranged by elaborate meal courses?)
Otherwise I don’t have much on my reading list for this year… what would you recommend?
Have you read any of these titles? What did you think of them?
Honestly I’m still slightly haunted by Affinity, and have no idea what novel could possibly step in to follow it. It was absolutely perfect. I was completely consumed by it, and so shattered by the time I finished it.
In a stricken, but delightful way.
Some of these books, I’d read before – like the first three of S.M. Stirling’s Change series which are half nostalgia and half personal torment for me, given some of the ideas and emotions they inspire – and some were brand new. Turns out that I love Patrick Rothfuss’ books with a deep longing – The Slow Regard of Silent Things is going high on my must reads, especially for any of you aspiring witches out there. And obviously Night Vale was amazing, as were Felicia Day’s and Grace Helbig’s books. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a must for anyone with any amount of geek/nerd/whatever in them. It’s an amazing collection. The Six-Gun Tarot was one that surprised me, by how much I loved it.
Now, the Mike Shevdon books sort of had me on the fence in a way… and I realized about half way through one of them that it was because of the depth and realistic flaw of the characters. They were very real – with a few exceptions – and it was this realness of personality which led me to moments of extreme annoyance, given some behavior or other of the male protagonist. But all in all, they were interesting. Possibly especially because of my back and forth. I will not likely read them again, though.
Beyond the Dark Veil, is not for everyone, of course, given the subject matter, but if you are not averse to matters of death, and enjoy the practice of mourning superstition or are even just curious, this book is absolutely for you. It is going into the category of favorite collectables for me, definitely.