December Reading Wrap-up

I’ve been doing so many end-of-2017 and beginning-of-2018 posts that I forgot to do my monthly reading wrap-up post! These are mostly for me so I can look at the month as a whole and see what kinds of things I was reading, how much I read, and which ones I loved.

The holidays took up a lot of my spare time this month, which was great because I love the holidays. I also reread more books than usual this month because the holidays always get me in the mood for old favorites.

Fiction

Glass Slipper Scandal by Tansy Rayner Roberts (4/5 stars)

The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu (5/5 stars)

Romeo And/Or Juliet by Ryan North (5/5 stars)

Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein (4/5 Stars)

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by EK Johnston (4/5 stars)

Rereads

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (4/5 stars)

Letters From Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien (5/5 stars)

My True Love Gave To Me ed. by Stephanie Perkins (4/5 stars)

Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham by JRR Tolkien (5/5 stars)

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by JRR Tolkien (4/5 stars)

Bartholomew’s Passage by Arnold Ytreeide

Graphic Novels/Comics

Wonder Woman: The Truth by Greg Rucka (4/5 stars)

Nonfiction

The Generalship of Alexander the Great by JFC Fuller (3/5 stars)

The Book of Hard Words by David Bramwell (4/5 stars)

Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp (5/5 stars)

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Best* Reads of 2017

I tried and failed to narrow this list down to a top ten. The books listed (and vaguely categorized) below are the best books I read this year, but not necessarily published this year. I read 256 books this year so they had to be PRETTY DANG GREAT to make this list.

I tried and failed to pick a grand prize winner. So.

Best Fiction

The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff

File under: Found Family; That’s So Wizard; I Had To Many Feelings To Catalog Them Properly;

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

File under: Monster Humans and Human Monsters; Beautiful Prose; Flailing;

Point of Hopes, Point of Dreams, Point of Knives, and Fairs’ Point by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett

File under: Fantasy/Mystery Series of Joy; I Want Ten More Please and Immediately; They’re All Good Boys Brent!;

The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant by C.S. Pacat

File under: An Absolute Delight, Hilarity

Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

File under: Books I Have a Book’s Worth of Thoughts On; F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E; Casual Perfection;

So You Want To Be A Robot and Other Stories by Merc Rustad

File under: Hope; Found Family; I Want To Reread Immediately;

A Choice of Destinies by Melissa Scott

File under: Alexander; Good AUs; Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This Book Existed;

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

File under: I Want To Reread Immediately; Found Family; Laugh or Cry or BOTH on every page;

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

File under: Human Monsters and Hero Robots; Smart Protagonists; I Want Ten More and A Movie Please

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

File under: Epic Fantasy But The Good Kind; Protags I Would Die For;

The Innkeeper Chronicles books 1-3 by Ilona Andrews

File under: An Absolute Delight; Space Werewolves;

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Hypothetically for Kids But I am 27** Years Old and I Do What I Want

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

File under: Found Family; All The Dragons That Love Can Buy; Protag I Would Die For;

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

File under: Well-Crafted Books; Maybe The Real Princesses Were The Friends We Made Along The Way; We Will Go Together;

Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka

File under: Grace Under Pressure, Hope in Dark Times

The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

File under: CHOCOLATE; DRAGONS; DRAGONS AND CHOCOLATE; CHOCOLATE AND DRAGONS; FAMILY;

Best Nonfiction

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

File under: Why Didn’t We Know This; Do What Must Be Done; Amazing Women;

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

File under: Making Sense of Nonfiction Via Fiction; Books About Books;

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

File under: Amazing Women; Seriously An Amazing Woman; How Does This Woman Exist;

Best Books With Pictures

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

File under: Androids With Feelings; Human Monsters and Hero Robots;

Ms. Marvel: Super Famous, Civil War II, and Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson

File under: An Absolute Delight; Heroes; We Will Go Together;

Wonder Woman: The Lies by Greg Rucka

File under: Who Gave DC My Wish List?; Diana Prince, Light of My Life Fire of My Loins;

March: Book One and Two by John Lewis (I haven’t read Book Three yet)

File under: Good Books; Why Didn’t I Know This?;

*”Best” as determined by Science and Reason, and definitely not by my own feelings and personal preferences definitely not

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2017 Reading Wrap-up

Here’s a quick run-down of my 2017 reading goals and whether or not I accomplished them.

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Readalongs

I aimed to keep doing readalongs, and succeeded! Here at Bahnreads we did 5 readalongs of public domain novels, listed below with links to the blog posts:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James 

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy had a couple of 2017 reading challenges, and I aimed to complete one of them: “Reading for Growth.” Below I’ve listed the categories and a book I read (or didn’t read) for each one. I definitely read more than one applicable book for some of these categories, so I listed one that I particularly loved.

  • A Newbery Award winner or Honor book: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • A book in translation: The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera
  • A book over 600 pages: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: The Oresteian Trilogy by Aeschylus
  • A book of any genre that addresses current events: Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • An immigrant story: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • A book published before you were born: Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • Three books by the same author: Ilona Andrews
  • A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: So You Want To Be A Robot by Merc Rustad
  • A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
  • A book nominated for an award in 2017: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (Goodreads Choice Awards)
  • A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: I think I was planning to read Beloved by Toni Morrison for this category but I forgot! Soooo put that on the top of my stack for 2018.

Mythology

I challenged myself to re-read some of Rick Riordan’s books and do Myth Monday posts for them: SUCCESS!

Other excellent mythology-related books that I read this year were:

Bull by David Elliott

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Myths From Mesopotamia ed. by Stephanie Dalley

Onward to 2018!

 

 

November Reading Wrap-up

Last month was National Novel Writing Month, so I read a lot less than usual. Whoopsies. However, having less reading time made me choose much more carefully, so most of what I read this month was stellar. My favorites were the Innkeeper Chronicles series by Ilona Andrews (urban scifantasy???), and the recent volume of Ms Marvel comics by G. Willow Wilson.

Fiction:

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (5/5 stars)

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (5/5 stars)

White Hot by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (5/5 stars)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (4/5 stars) – this was a reread

Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland (2/5 stars)

Drama:

Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone by Sophocles (4/5 stars)

Graphic Novels/Comics:

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (4/5 stars)

Princeless: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley (4/5 stars)

Princeless: The Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley (4/5 stars)

Ms. Marvel: Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson (4/5 stars)

 

October Reading Wrap-up

Whoopsies I keep forgetting to post this. I’m still struggling to read anything besides fiction. I had more rereads than usual this month, too! Top reads from this month were The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang and and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. I’m really looking forward to reading more Skip Beat!

 

Rereads are Good Reads

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (5/5 stars)

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roerig (5/5 stars)

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (4/5 stars)

All Hallows Eve by Charles Williams (4/5 stars)

Nonfiction

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (4/5 stars)

Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Leguin (3/5 stars)

Fiction

The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (4/5 stars)

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (3/5 stars)

Stealing Fire by Jo Graham (4/5 stars)

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (4/5 stars)

The Tiger’s Watch  by Julia Ember (3/5 stars)

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View anthology (4/5 stars)

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang (5/5 stars)

The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey (3/5 stars)

27 Hours by Tristina Wright (2/5 stars)

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (5/5 stars)

Poetry

The Complete Works of Horace (3/5 stars)

Comics/Graphic Novels

Poe Dameron: The Gathering Storm by Soule/Noto (4/5 stars)

Skip Beat volumes 1-4 by Yoshiki Nakamura (4/5 stars)

Black Butler volumes 21-23 by Yana Toboso (3-4/5 stars)

 

September Reading Wrap-up

My personal favorites from each section are: The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry, Release by Patrick Ness, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, March: Book 2 by John Lewis, and Inuit Mythology by Evelyn Wolfson.

So-called Kids Fiction:

Princess Adventure Stories by the Walt Disney Company (4/5 stars)

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny: Volume 1 by Emma Carlson Berne (3/5 stars)

Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka (4/5 stars)

The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry (5/5 stars)

Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci (2/5 stars)

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling (4/5 stars)

So-called Young Adult Fiction:

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (5/5 stars)

Release by Patrick Ness (5/5 stars)

So-called Adult Fiction:

Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis (5/5 stars)

 

All Systems Red by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey (4/5 stars)

Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell (4/5 stars)

The American by Henry James (4/5 stars)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (no rating)

So-called Comic Books:

The Wicked and The Divine: Imperial Phase I by Kieron Gillen (4/5 stars)

Mockingbird: My Feminist Agenda by Chelsea Cain (4/5 stars)

Like I’m the Only Squirrel in the World by Ryan North (4/5 stars)

Black Butler volume 19 by Yana Toboso (4/5 stars)

Black Butler volume 20 by Yana Toboso (4/5 stars)

Batgirl: Beyond Burnside by Hope Larson (3/5 stars)

March: Book 2 by John Lewis (5/5 stars)

Buso Renkin volume 1 by Nobuhiro Watsuki (3/5 stars)

Buso Renkin volume 2 by Nobuhiro Watsuki (2/5 stars)

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop: Volume 1: Anchor Points by Kelly Thompson (4/5 stars)

So-called Nonfiction:

Inuit Mythology by Evelyn Wolfson (4/5 stars)

 

The History of Alexander by Quintus Curtius Rufus (3/5 stars)

 

 

August Reading Wrap-up

Sooooooooooooo many good reads last month! I tried something new this time to give you a better idea of what each one’s about and which ones I really loved.

Fiction

I Want This To Last Forever

More Than This by Patrick Ness (5/5 stars)

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (5/5 stars)

Hippos In America?!

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (4/5 stars)

Feminist Superhero Fiction

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne Valente (5/5 stars)

McMaster of the Novella

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (5/5 stars)

Rereads Are Good Reads

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5 stars)

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (4/5 stars)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater (5/5 stars)

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (4/5 stars)

And The Rest

A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander (2/5 stars)

Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews (3/5 stars)

Graphic Novels

Personal Faves

March: Book One by John Lewis (5/5 stars)

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV (5/5 stars)

Marvel

A-Force: Rage Against the Dying of the Light by Kelly Thompson (4/5 stars)

Mockingbird: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain (4/5 stars)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North (4/5 stars)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: I Kissed A Squirrel and I Liked It by Ryan North (5/5 stars)

Star Wars

Doctor Aphra by Kieron Gillen (no rating)

Poetry

The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton (4/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Beowulf, a Translation and Commentary by JRR Tolkien (4/5 stars)