2016: By the Books

It’s that time of year again. Time to assess my reading for the past 12 months.

And you know what? Despite the complete shitstorm that 2016 has become, I do manage to take some solace from the fact that I read some great books.

I found new (to me) authors. I read sequels. I discovered some great self-published books via the SPFBO (and made friends, too!).

I read non-fiction, fantasy, mysteries, history/archaeology, historical fiction, science fiction, literary fiction, and, lo and behold, one novelette.

The bad news is that my official to-read list on Goodreads, which I valiantly strove to keep short and manageable for so long, ballooned like Trumperdink’s lies. But there are far worse things. The books probably aren’t going to hack an election or appoint white supremacists to important positions of government. Probably.

But let’s get to the good stuff.

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Some Thoughts on Books that Matter

*brushes off dust*

Oh, right, I have a blog.

In the wake of the holidays, my attention was hogged by these pesky things called assessments.  You know, the academic sort with deadlines that really matter.  The stuff that will determine whether I receive a piece of paper that says MA on it.  Yeah, those things.

But I’m back.  I’ve emerged from my cave and I have something I want to talk about.

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Top Five Books of 2015

A few weeks back, I talked about the books I read in 2015, mainly the unconscious variety I found on my list, both in terms of authors (new and familiar) and genre (ALL the genres).

But I didn’t mention anywhere among all those musings (ramblings, if you like, I won’t be offended) which books were my favorite.

A lot of people put out their Top Ten lists at this time of year.  Not me.  Nope, you’re getting my Fabulous, Fierce Five.  Because narrowing it down to five choices is so much…better?  I don’t know.

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