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text 2017-03-28 17:43
2016 Year in Review
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers) - Becky Chambers
The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin
The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan
Midnight Taxi Tango - Daniel José Older
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild: A White Trash Zombie Novel by Rowland, Diana(October 6, 2015) Mass Market Paperback - Diana Rowland
The Liberation (The Alchemy Wars) - Ian ... The Liberation (The Alchemy Wars) - Ian Tregillis
Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey
The Core of the Sun - Johanna Sinisalo
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin
The Winged Histories: a novel - Sofia Samatar

Last year, I failed to do any summary posts about what I had read in 2015. I think I just kept putting it off until it was so late in the year that it seemed not worth the bother. Of course, I see so many "best books of the year" posts in November of the year in discussion that sometimes January seems like it is too late. So March isn't even that late, really.

 

My breakdown of the 76 "books" I finished in 2016:

anthologies: 1
collections: 0
Adult novels: 41
YA novels: 5
MG novels: 13
graphic novels: 1
art book: 0
comic omnibus: 11
magazine issues: 0
children's books: 2
nonfiction: 2

Of those 76, only 20 were published in 2016. I abandoned 3 titles without finishing. I also counted Final Formula as 1 book even though it was 2 novels and a short, and decided to consider the serial box stories an anthology instead of individual books. 
 
I did read some other miscellaneous short fiction in various magazines, but I don't shelve magazines unless I'm reviewing the issue. And I don't shelve individual stories because I am lazy.
 
Across all categories:
  Written by Women: 55 (72%, up from 2014)
  Written by POC's: 13 (17%, down from 2014)
  Written by Transgender authors: 1 (1%)
  Written by Non-binary authors: 1 (1%)
 
I'm a bit unhappy with how little of my reading was by POC's, both because it was a decrease from last time I checked, and because if I counted unique authors, I'd have even fewer. Apparently 2016 was the year I read lots of white ladies. I added 2 new demographic categories, which I know I'll need for the 2017 counts as well. I included the 1 transgender author in both that category and in the category she self identifies as. 
 
My favorite book from 2016 was A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers) - Becky Chambers, just barely edging out The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin and The Core of the Sun - Johanna Sinisalo because I needed comfort more than truth. All the novels I rated 5 stars are included in the ribbon. My favorite new-to-me writers were Noelle Stevenson and Daniel José Older, who both write awesome women.
 
I reviewed 72 titles read in 2016. That has to be a new high for me, even with the website issues here at BL.
 
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review 2017-03-15 23:59
Loved this!
The Clone Conspiracy (2016-) #1 (of 5) - Dan Slott,Jim Cheung,Gabriele Dell'Otto

And I wasn't sure: I wanted something to eat up some more points, but wasn't sure what to do.  I'd read the first Hawkeye volume - My Life As a Weapon - so wanted things I hadn't read yet.   Still, Marvel has a pretty awful history with clones.  Some of their clones stories are just godawful, like the original clone story where they had to retract and assure everyone Peter Parker was the original and not a clone because everyone hated that storyline. 

 

Still, free, I reminded myself.   And new.   Bracing myself, I prepared myself for the worst - and was pleasantly surprised.   This is not a series where they try to supplant characters, but rather The Jackal uses clones to attack Spider-Man.   Rhino's wife is resurrected to motivate him to go after Spider-Man and an even creepier revelation is made at the end; this clone is co-erced, although unsure at first, and will have a far more devastating effect on Spider-Man. 

 

I was absolutely fascinated throughout.   Another series I'm looking forward to continuing, possibly in MU+.

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review 2017-02-04 18:53
A Conspiracy of Ravens - Lila Bowen

Suffers a bit from middle book syndrome, but still a fun read.  Some thoughts on the series.

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review 2017-01-15 17:56
Conspiracy In Death
Conspiracy in Death - J.D. Robb

I know I've been rating all the books in this series pretty high, but so far, for me at least, they've deserved it.

And this one was one of the best.

My heart broke for Eve in this story. So very much of who she is as a person is wrapped up in being a cop, and when that's taken away, it all but breaks her. Seeing her so fragile and brought so low was a difficult thing, but it made it all the more satisfying when she made it through the sadness and moved onto anger and resolve to solve her case no matter what.

And right there with her you had Roarke. Steadfast, supportive, yet still ready to give her the kick in the ass she needed to get her out of her funk and stir that motivation to fight back.

I also loved seeing the way Eve's friends rallied behind her while all this was going on as well.

So far this series shows no signs of slowing down for me. Hopefully that continues to be the case.

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text 2017-01-15 05:27
Reading progress update: I've read 269 out of 386 pages.
Conspiracy in Death - J.D. Robb
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