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Reading Summary, 2018

I’ve read 40 books this year, down from last year’s total of 59. Fewer were novellas, and one, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s Big Book of Science Fiction, was over 1000 pages long. Here’s the genre breakdown:

Fantasy: 20

Science Fiction: 9

Horror: 6

Historical Fiction: 1

Mystery: 1

Mixed Genres: 2

Other: 1

Fantasy was definitely the dominant genre this year, and I didn’t read as much horror as I have in the past. I read more sci-fi than usual but no nonfiction at all. In general, I strongly prefer fiction for recreational reading, but I usually try to read at least one interesting nonfiction book a year, so I’m going to try to get back to that tradition in 2019.

Favorite book: Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik. As with her previous standalone novel, Uprooted, Novik’s new offering just blew me away. It’s almost certain to be at the top of my Hugo nomination ballot. Robert Jackson Bennett’s Foundryside and S.A. Chakraborty’s The City of Brass were top contenders as well.

Least favorite book: Jewel of the Heart, by Matthew Hughes. As with previous years, it wasn’t that this novella (published in Fantasy and Science Fiction) was bad. It just felt a bit generic compared to some of the other outstanding books I read this year.

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