Yearly Wrap-Up

ghostgrrrl’s Best of 2017

(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:

FANTASY
Weave A Circle Round, Kari Maaren
Thick As Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner
In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan

SF
Provenance, Ann Leckie
Jane, Unlimited, Kristin Cashore
That Inevitable Victorian Thing, E.K. Johnston

HORROR
This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet, Victoria Schwab

ROMANCE
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Jaye Robin Brown

MYSTERY/THRILLER
♥ none

PICTURE BOOK
The Mouse, The Duck and the Wolf by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

CONTEMPORARY/REALISTIC
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

HISTORICAL
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Mackenzi Lee

NON-FICTION
Telling Children’s Stories, Mike Cadden

HUMOUR
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!)

STANDALONE MANGA
♥ none

COMIC (Series)
Runaways, Brian K. Vaughan & Adrian Alphona

STANDALONE COMIC
Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
♥ The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

POETRY
♥ none

BEST RE-READ
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!

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4 thoughts on “ghostgrrrl’s Best of 2017

  1. I can’t compete with your range and rate of reading, Maria, so impressive and yet defeating to a slow reader like me! Off the top of my head I can recommend a couple of titles I’ve read in 2017 that you may enjoy: Pull man’s Lane Belle Sauvage (which I don’t think on your list) and Jenny Diski’s Skating to Antarctica (which came out some time ago). I’m sure there are others, but I haven’t drunk my full quota of coffee yet!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Ahaha, that’s a typo I haven’t seen before! 😀
      I am definitely adding La Belle Sauvage into my reading list; I’ve been wanting to reread the trilogy first, but Daphne tells me I don’t need to.

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      1. Absolutely, read Later Belle Sauvage first – – despite Pullman calling it an ‘equel’ in effect it’s a prequel. I’m going to be rereading HDM soon, hopefully before the BBC start televising their serial version of it (whenever that’s scheduled for).

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