Ye Olde Annual Book Post

I’ve read so few books this year that this should, at least be easy. My current count on Goodreads is 28, which will hopefully be 29 before January 1 if I finish Lord of the Rings in time. I’m currently around 45%, so we’ll see how that turns out. I should also probably note that a few of these were children’s books, so that count should probably be smaller.

I was about to link to all the others, but then I realized that all of those posts are in an unlinkable nether region somewhere in Palmer’s domain. Maybe I should dig them up, but I’m not going to because I’ve Moved On from the book blog. Except that I’m currently writing a post about books.

As in the past, I’ll list the books and rate them. Bold means I really liked them, italics means I didn’t like them, and no emphasis means they were good enough.

The Books

  1. God – Reza Aslan
  2. Senlin Ascends – Josiah Bancroft
  3. Cooking up a Storm – Staff of the Times Picayune
  4. The Black Tides of Heaven – Jy Yang
  5. Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Andersen
  6. Syllabus – Lynda Barry
  7. Winter – Ali Smith
  8. Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
  9. Wildlife – Richard Ford
  10. It Devours! – Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  11. Last Look – Charles Burns
  12. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett
  13. A Piece of the World – Christina Baker Kline
  14. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  15. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  16. Found Audio – N.J. Campbell
  17. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  18. Artemis – Andy Weir
  19. The Bird King – G. Willow Wilson
  20. Honor Girl – Maggie Thrash
  21. My Father’s Dragon – Ruth Stiles Gannett
  22. Christmas in Camelot – Mary Pope Osborne
  23. Monet Paints a Day – Lucy Danneberg
  24. Claude Monet – Catherine Nichols
  25. Linnea in Monet’s Garden – Christina Bjork
  26. The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree – Stan Berenstain
  27. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  28. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien (assuming I finish it in time)

That’s definitely more wins than losses, which is good since there were so few.

And the winner, you ask? Probably Sing, Unburied, Sing. I’m disqualifying Lord of the Rings because I’ve read it before, or those three novels together might have won.

My least favorite, by far, was Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry. The format is awesome, and it’s colorful and super nice to look at, but it’s infuriatingly dumb.

Next year, I’m hoping to hit 50 again. 2018 has been busy, and I’ve been finding lots of stuff to do that doesn’t involve reading. I’ve pretty much stopped using Facebook, so hopefully I can invest my reclaimed time on reading – or at least something more worthwhile than staring at my feed.

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