#BookishBloggersUnite: 2018 in Review

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Hello friends!

In this edition of #BookishBloggersUnite, we’re looking back through our achievements of 2018 and some of our favourite reads from the year. This week the lovely emmy from Books Beyond Binaries is hosting – make sure you check out their blog!

First of all – Challenges:

I nailed my Goodreads challenge – I tend to set it low so I don’t stress myself out. It was set at 150, and at the moment I’m at 215 books for the year. I’ll probably finish another couple before the year is out but I’d be surprised if I made it to 220. Either way I’m happy with that number.

I have finished the Read Harder Challenge and my Aussies Rule Challenge. I’m one book off finishing the Reading Women Challenge and I may not get there.

Even thought I was trying really hard to read more Aussies this year I’m finishing with Aussie authors as 21.8% of my total. I really want to do better with that next year. My Authors of Colour percentage was a lot higher at 47.4% but I still want to get that higher next year as well. I haven’t really focussed on LGBTQ authors this year so that percentage is woeful and will be another area of focus for me next year. I’m really hoping to find more queer Aussie authors next year to support and I’ve found a lot more resources this year to help me find queer reads in general.

Favourite reads this year:

I have read a bunch of amazing books this year. I picked up my first Candice Fox book and was hooked. The Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant books I read this year were so good, and ditto for Martha Wells’ Murderbot books.

Here are my top 5:

1. Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman

2. Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar

3. Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

4. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

5. A Planet for Rent by Yoss

Another special mention for Melanin Garden by Anisa Nandaula, which is a stunning book of poetry from a local author and slam poet. I hope we get more to read from her soon!

How was your 2018 in reading? What were your favourite reads this year? Did you meet your goals? Do you have places where you want to improve next year?

Cheers,

Doddy’s Best books of 2016

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2016 was a pretty challenging year for me personally, as it was for many others, but it was an absolute stand out for my reading life. I discovered Litsy, signed up to Netgalley and started this blog (yay!) and I’m really grateful to have met such lovely people from the bookish blogging community.  I also smashed my original goal of 50 books for the year and read 200.

Here are some of the best books I read in 2016. (Just noting that “best” doesn’t equal “favourite”.)

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent brought me back to Australian literature. It is beautifully written, atmospheric heart breaking and all sorts of fucked up. It’s absolutely stunning and I’m so glad I picked it up.

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates talks frankly and heart-breakingly (are you sensing a theme?) about what it is to be black in a white world. It is raw, honest and so very sad. I wish society would learn more from books like this.

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Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe both broke my heart and mad me absolutely mad. Pascoe looks at the evidence to show that Aboriginal culture was much more advanced and no where near as nomadic as I was taught in school. I would love to get copies of this and hand it out to people. You should read this immediately, especially if you’re Australian.

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is an amazing and ambitious debut novel about slavery tearing a family apart in Africa and following the paths of their descendants through their harrowing journeys.

 

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my best author “find” of 2016. These two pieces are stunning and I can only imagine her other works are just as good.

Colson Whitehead is my other authorial “find”. Zone One is the most amazing zombie book I’ve ever read, with an ending that will leave you screaming “No!!” at the flyleaf. And I think enough people have talked about the Underground Railroad without me needing to add anything.

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Shrill by Lindy West is smart, funny, irreverent and unflinchingly honest. I’ll have my my feminism and body politics with an extra shot of sass please.

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I’ve been reading other China Mieville books in the hope that any of them are like this one. I wish all noir could be written like this.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern prompted me to start devouring fiction again. I had been looking in all the wrong places, and it had been a long time since I had found something of this quality.

And I couldn’t complete this post without these guys.

Gemina – Kaufman and Kristoff continue to deliver stylistic excellence in the second volume of the Illuminae files. I just love the way this book is presented.

Nevernight – YA will never be the same.

Becky Chambers and the Wayfarer series – I think I’ve said in a previous post that this is just how I like my sci-fi – lots of character development with some explosions for good measure. I don’t think Chambers has gotten enough recognition for just how great these books are.

I did read a lot more great books during 2016, but I had better stop there.

I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!

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