My year in books

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My year in books according to goodreads is here.

I successfully moved back into SF this year, thanks to SpecFic Buddy Reads. You guys were a lot of fun to be with this year! I found a bunch of really nice new friends and great books. Also some not so great books, but who is counting…

My longest book this year was A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by George R.R. Martin. It was ok, but pretty tedious in parts. I was glad to be done with it. I came to realize that I am not into epic fantasy all that much anymore. Too long, takes too much time to get to the point. I actually prefer the TV series to the books now. Sacrilege, I know. I am pretty sure though that I will get the next book, whenever that will be.

Brian Sanderson still languishes on my shelf unfinished. One year and I haven’t touched it once. I am reluctant to abandon it, maybe in 2018…

I (re-)discovered Audible this year and this time it works. I listen to about one novel per month and some of my favourite “reads” of the year were audiobooks:

The first four books of The Expanse series, starting with Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1) by James S.A. Corey, were solid 4- and 5-star additions.

I also found and came to love Ann Leckie with her Imperial Radch series, starting with Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie.

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison
Neverwhere BBC Dramatisation by Neil Gaiman Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky The Martian by Andy Weir were other audiobooks that I enjoyed.

I reduced my UF reading a lot, nonetheless I had some noteable 5-star additions this year, mostly continuations of ongoing series:

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) by Patricia Briggs White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2) by Ilona Andrews Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) by Ilona Andrews

There was also some fantasy/historical romance The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, #1) by K.J. Charles and fun SciFi novellas All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells — looking forward to the sequel in 2018! — and great comics The Black Incal by Alexandro Jodorowsky.

Other fun books worth mentioning:
Harmony Black (Harmony Black, #1) by Craig Schaefer
Substrate Phantoms by Jessica Reisman Thief of Songs (Twin Kingdoms Romances Book 1) by M.C.A. Hogarth Provenance by Ann Leckie Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7) by Lois McMaster Bujold River of Teeth (River of Teeth #1) by Sarah Gailey

Some of my biggest disappointments in 2017:
Binary/System by Eric Brown
Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin Insomnia by Stephen King A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) by Cherie Priest

So, pretty wild mix this year. Let’s see where goodreads and my reading buddies lead me next. Maybe read fewer buddy reads and catch up with some of my other reading. Continue my series buddy read of the Vorkosigan series. I would quite like to branch out a little further next year. And finally catch up with my Netgalley pile. And that mountainous TBR pile didn’t really go down all that much either. *must buy fewer books*

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Not very spooky

Mrs. Zant and the GhostMrs. Zant and the Ghost by Wilkie Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A classic Victorian ghost story, first published in 1885, which I got as an Audible freebie. Narrated by Gillian Anderson (X-Files).

I found it to be a pretty dull ghost story, with the stereotypical gender roles of the time.

Gillian Anderson’s narration was a bit breathy for my taste and the different characters were not terribly distinct and pretty much in the same register, regardless of situation.

It was short, it was free, it was ok.

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