This year I read 100 books (down a bit from last year), and abandoned 12 to the DNF pile (which is also down from last year). Among the books that I did not abandon, there were only 6 perfect 5-star reads this year (which, I am sad to say, is about half of last year's total).
At a quick glance, it looks like 42% were shelved as Fantasy and 35% as Horror (which is no great surprise), while a quick look back shows that 19% were written by women, 18% had some sort of LGBT content, and 10% were Canadian (which is pretty cool).
Gail has been a regular visitor the last few Halloweens, but she also makes a point of popping by and refreshing her posts throughout the year. Julie is something of an annual guest as well, and whether it's for her fantasy or her sci-fi, it's always a pleasure.
Vampire of Blackpool by Catherine Green - followed very closely by a book I would have expected - Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb.
Rounding out the top 5 were The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams, The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore, and Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.
Surprisingly, these titles represent a mix of the good, the bad, and the abandoned.
Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that 2 of this year's top 6 reads - John Everson and S. Nano - were review contributions to the new WTF Are You Reading blog, where you'll be seeing more of me in the new year. Finally, I strongly suspect we'll see Nicholas Eames become one of those familiar names!
- The Core by Peter V. Brett was (by far) the greatest book of an already impressive saga.
- Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames was the most pleasant surprise of the year, a fantastically fun read, from beginning to end
- Tyrant's Throne by Sebastien de Castell is about as close as epic fantasy gets to the legendary plateau of a truly perfect read.
- Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb was everything I could have asked of Robin Hobb, an entirely satisfying conclusion to the entire Realms of the Elderlings.
- NightWhere by John Everson is a work of erotic horror that delivered on both fronts.
- Mistress Of The Air by S. Nano was a brilliant combination of steampunk adventure, bondage erotica, and pulp humour.
What's Next for 2017
While I had a quiet December in the Ruins, I used that time to rekindle my love of reading with my WTF contributions, so I am feeling better about starting the new year.
I already have a handful of 2018 titles that I'm excited about, with Shroud of Eternity by Terry Goodkind and Fallen Gods by James A. Moore both releasing in January; The Armored Saint by Myke Cole hitting shelves in February; Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon publishing in March; and the long-awaited King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist finally arriving in May.