Retrospective for Year 2 – Nov. ’16 ~ Nov. ’17


Daisen Temple, Mt. Daisen (near where I live).

Happy Autumn everyone! It’s the best time of the year for reading (according to Japanese people). What books or comics are you enjoying at the moment?…

I’m in the middle of reading Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust. So far, it has been a very comfortable read and I’m nicely into it.


Now that Hallowe’en is over for another year, I think it’s time for a retrospective post about my second year of blogging about books. Two years, eh? Where did the time go?… I spent some of it reading, but not enough really. I was too often tempted by some of the quality TV drama appearing on Netflix and Amazon Prime, notably Stranger Things, Mister Robot, Fargo, Jessica Jones, American Gods, Luke Cage, and Star Trek Discovery. How about you? Does TV still tempt you, or are you only in it for the books?!



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Okay, time for some numbers.

Reading Statistics

Number of books read: 80
Number of books reviewed: 39
Number of books yet to be read (and still growing at an alarming rate): 33! Yikes!

Personal Reading Challenges

BSFA Best Novel Challenge books read: 2
William Gibson Read Along: 4
Books by Female Authors: 14

Again, I am disappointed with myself for not reading more BSFA winners, as this was my original reading challenge that helped get this blog rolling. I am embarrassed to admit that I gave up on my personal William Gibson challenge after I DNF’d his collaborative novel with Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine. That was such a disappointment after the glorious ‘Sprawl Trilogy’ and Burning Chrome.

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I read more stories by female authors than I managed last year, so I am happy about that. (Although 14 out of 80 is not a good ratio at all.) Plus, I joined the RIP XII challenge for the first time this year. (Readers Imbibing Peril 12). I read Stephen King’s novella “1922”, Victor LaValle’s “The Ballad of Black Tom”, and Cassandra Khaw’s “A Song for Quiet”.

Best Reads of the Year

It’s always difficult to narrow these down to a few favorite titles. But here are my Top 5 reads of the year, in no particular order:

  • The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley                                (Review here)
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson – a re-re-read    (Review here)
  • Black Amazon of Mars by Leigh Brackett             (Review here)
  • The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb          (Review to come)
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle                    (Review here)

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Let’s have a look if I fulfilled any of my Challenges for Year Two, (written last year):

-to read more books that fulfil my challenges;
hmm… not really. Although I did read more books by female writers than last year😊
  -to read as many of my TBRs as possible;
  -to write more reviews;
39 this year, 33 last year
  -to resist the endless temptation to buy more books, both paper and digital, (made more difficult because of Kindle special offers);
Major fail!!
  -And to comment more on the blogs I follow.
About the same as last year…

Current Blogs I read regularly:

Battered, Tattered, Yellowed and Creased
Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations
Weighing a Pig Doesn’t Fatten It
The Critiquing Chemist
Mogsy @the BiblioSanctum
I cannot recommend these sites highly enough!


And that’s all for now. Onwards to another year of reading and blog-reviewing. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews and recommendations. Please drop by for a chat or comment when you can. It’s always nice to hear from you.

Let’s finish with a quote from Robin Hobb’s The Assassin’s Apprentice:

‘Just know, from the beginning, that I’m going to be teaching you how to kill people. For your king. Not in the showy way […], not on the battlefield where others see and cheer you on. No. I’ll be teaching you the nasty, furtive, polite ways to kill people. You’ll either develop a taste for it, or not.’ (p.68)

Happy Reading!

5 thoughts on “Retrospective for Year 2 – Nov. ’16 ~ Nov. ’17

  1. If you liked “The Last Unicorn” I would recommend another of Beagle’s novels: “The Innkeeper’s Song”.

    And congratulations on keeping your blog going for two full years. I hope you keep it going.

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