(Previously Marineko Book Awards!)
It’s time for all the year-end lists, and I have to say, this is one of the hardest years, list-wise. In fact, I cheated and gave myself an up-to-three books per category leeway so that more favourites can be listed. Still, a lot of the books I listed as favourites around the middle of the year didn’t end up in my new list.
My GoodReads Challenge recorded 219 books; as always, there are probably several picture books and comics that I’ve forgotten to record. Only 19% of the books I read (not including manga) feature non-white characters, and around 26% (again, not including manga) have queer main characters. I only read six books featuring a character with disabilities, and six books not set in the US – the latter number does not include fantasies set in different worlds, or manga. 60.7% of the books I read were written (or co-written) by female authors.
43.8% of the books I read were comics (including manga). Only 20.8% of my comics total were from the big two (Marvel/DC), so I didn’t read that many superhero comics, considering. Of course, I never recorded the single issues that I read…
30.5% of the books I read were YA – of the YA books I read, 59.7% were fantasy or science fiction.
I listened to 17 audiobooks. I only read 15 books with more than 400 pages. According to GoodReads, the shortest book I read was 32 pages (a picture book, of course), and the longest was 601 pages (The Black Witch by Laurie Forest).
And, from all the books I read this year (whether or not they’re 2017 releases), these are my favourites:
♥ Weave A Circle Round, Kari Maaren
♥ Thick As Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner
♥ In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan
♥ Provenance, Ann Leckie
♥ Jane, Unlimited, Kristin Cashore
♥ That Inevitable Victorian Thing, E.K. Johnston
♥ This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet, Victoria Schwab
♥ Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Jaye Robin Brown
♥ The Mouse, The Duck and the Wolf by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
♥ The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Benjamin Alire Saenz
♥ The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
♥ The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Mackenzi Lee
♥ Telling Children’s Stories, Mike Cadden
♥ 99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire, Greg Stones
MANGA SERIAL (SHOJO/JOSEI)
♥ Descending Stories by Haruko Kumota
MANGA SERIAL (SHONEN/SEINEN)
♥ Hikaru no Go by Yumi Hotta & Takeshi Obata (reread!)
♥ Runaways, Brian K. Vaughan & Adrian Alphona
♥ Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
♥ The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
♥ Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones
TOP TEN BOOKS THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE ABOVE LIST
♥ The Wayward Children books by Seanan McGuire*
♥ Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain & Aurelie Neyret
♥ Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
♥ Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
♥ Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
♥ Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
♥ Release by Patrick Ness
♥ Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer
♥ Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
♥ Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
* I read Every Heart A Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and Beneath the Sugar Sky and decided that all three deserve to be on this list.
What are your favourites this year? Share in the comments so I can check out more books next year 😀
Happy new year!