2016 has been a fun year for for me reading. I read 21 books, which doesn’t seem like very much when I think about it but I do feel like the books I attempted this year seem to be very long. The longest book was A Wise Man’s Fear coming in at 994 pages while on average the books were 366 pages. So A Wise Man’s Fear was like 3 books. Goodreads has done some cool stats on my year of reading which is awesome. You can check that out here.
I took it upon myself to do some other stats. I’ve felt for a long while that I do not read enough new books. This mainly comes from the fact that every year, when awards start coming around, I don’t know what any of the books are. In 2016, I tried to read a lot of books from previous year’s awards (mostly 2016 Hugos) but I’m not really sure if that worked well. Turns out I read more stuff published in 2016 then other years, so that’s cool. I hope to read more books published in 2017 during 2017 but we’ll see.
My stats were basically 10 books published in 2016, 5 in 2015 and 6 published in other years. So a little less than half were from 2016.
This leads me into my goals for 2017. So far I have 3! First, I’d like to read one new book (published in 2017) for every old book (published before 2017). Second, I’d like to read a female author, for every male author I’ve read. My 2016 stats on this are really kind of embarrassing. I read 10 male authors in 2016, only 5 female authors. I’d like to even that out a bit. As for my 3rd goal? I’d like to read a biography (maybe two) in 2017. I’m not sure who’s it will be yet but we shall see.
The books I’m most looking forward to in 2017 are:
- Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
- Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
- Beren and Luthien by JRR Tolkien
- Dragon Teeth by Michael Chrichton
After that, I’m not really sure. We’ll just have to wait and see. You might have noticed, that already my 2017 list is looking a little one sided. If you know of some female authors coming out with books in 2017, please leave em in the comments section.
To another year of awesome reading 🙂
UPDATE: I know updates are supposed to happen after you publish but it seemed the original post should stay intact even though I found at least two more list of books that have made me super excited and the fact that I just hadn’t hit publish yet seemed irrelevant. It’s still an update hahah. Ok here we go . . .
First list is the 9 modern women science fiction writers you need to be celebrating. A coworker sent me this list (you know who you are) and it looks amazing. And it’s a step towards my goal of reading as many women as men. So far the authors on this list that have books coming out in 2017 are:
- Nnedi Okorafor (Binti: Home)
- N.K. Jemisin (The Stone Sky)
- Malka Older (Null States)
- Ann Leckie will publishe something but we don’t know what
The 2nd list is the 96 books Sci-Fi & Fantasy Editors Can’t Wait for You to Read in 2017. Obviously I can’t read everything on this list but here’s what I want to try to read:
Forever On – Rob Reid
Minecraft: the island – Max brooks
Talon of God – Wesley Snipes
The Soul of the World – David Mealing
Raven Strategem – Yoon Ha Lee
The stars are legion – Kamerlon Hurley
Dichronuats – Greg Egan
The New fantasy – anthology
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The collapsing Empire – John Sclazi
Walkaway – Cory Doctorow
So yea . . . this list is rather ambitious . . . we’ll see what happens.