Now that I’ve finally written up all of my 2017 books, I’m back to my usual schedule. I’ll get a post about my 2018 reading goals up soon, but Monday means short fiction. I’m still working my way through Event Horizon 2017, so this is the next short story in the collection highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.
Published: September, 2016 in Compelling Science Fiction Issue 2
Genre: science fiction
Setting: the exoplanet Bharata, far future Continue reading
For my last book of the year, I decided I was in the mood for some science fiction. I picked a random Baen book off my Kindle based on a title I was pretty sure would be scifi instead of fantasy.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 320 pages
Setting: the Earth, near future Continue reading
I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author (for one last book in my reading the alphabet challenge) and came upon this book. I chose it because Zusak also wrote The Book Thief, which I enjoyed.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 357 pages
Setting: I’m guessing England based on some of the nouns (like fish and chips or crisps), present day Continue reading
Someone from book club was offering this book to anyone who wanted it. I took it because it was an O author, but knew absolutely nothing about the book when I started it.
Length: 316 pages
Setting: Flax Hill, Massachusetts, 1953-1960s Continue reading
This is a classic kid’s book that I decided to read to the kids before Christmas as a change of pace from The Golden Compass.
Genre: children’s chapter fiction
Length: 120 pages
Setting: NYC, early 1970s Continue reading
I’m looking for a book that was published relatively recently that discusses many of the world’s environmental issues for my Environmental Science class. This was an option I found at the library.
Subtitle: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse
Genre: nonfiction environmental science
Length: 202 pages of text, 240 pages total Continue reading
I haven’t quite finished reviewing all the books from 2017, but I’d still like to look back and see how I did with my reading life this past year. Let’s start with my Goodreads totals. I read 98 novels, and 128 books total, when you factor in all the graphic novels and novellas. That stacked up to 39,744 pages, slightly less than last year but still respectable.
Rereading Challenge: I got four books reread in the Outlander series. I’ve previously read six of the eight currently published books in the series so I’ve still got some work to do. I think I’ll try to finish the series this year.
Finish the Series Challenge: I finished five series, and put a dent in several others that have been lingering for a while. I’ll count that as a success.
Reading the Alphabet Challenge: I missed four categories this year, which is probably the worst I’ve done in this challenge in a while. I did manage to get at least one book in each letter, but I’m disappointed I didn’t finish the alphabet this year.
Overall, I am happy with the reading challenges I set for myself and plan to repeat them in 2018. I’ve still got a lot of series that I’d like to finish, and I didn’t finish rereading the Outlander series yet, so I’m just keeping last year’s challenges for 2018.