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04 January 2015 @ 08:42 pm
Book meme  
Stolen from [personal profile] flo_nelja

For reference, a list of the books I read.

How many books read in 2014?
About 50.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
All fiction

Male/Female authors?
Only 8 books by a male writer this year, the rest by one or two female writers.

Favorite books read?
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore was not flawless but is probably the one that will stay the most with me for its complicated treatment of how one recovers of trauma on a country wide scale.

Least favorite?
Precious Dragon by Liz Williams bored me enough I decided to drop that seire sof book. Also I thought The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P Beaulieu was thoroughly confused and mediocre.

Oldest book read?
Probably the Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, lol. (Which I thought felt rather painfully British at times.)

Probably the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. At least it is the "new hot book people are talking about".

Longest book title?
Well I reread "First Against the Wall" which is always a nice, long title.

Shortest title?
Cold Fire by Kate Elliott

How many re-reads?
About 6

Most books read by one author this year?
I read 10 books by Kate Elliott between the Crown of Stars and the Spirit Walker series.

Any in translation?
All in English.

How many of this year's books were from the library?
Zero. Haven't been much to the library this year.

Book that most changed my perspective:
I don't know that any really did that >_<

Favorite character:
Especially liked the protagonists of Kate Elliott's Spirit Walker trilogy (Cat, Vai and Bee), Alain in her Crown of Stars, Bitterblue in Bitterblue, Oda in the Kate Griffith books, and Sin in Sarah Rees Brennan's Demon series. Oh the protagonist from Slow River was pretty awesomely well realised as well.

Not counting characters from the books I've reread this year because OF COURSE I'm ridiculously fond of them.

Favorite scene:
hahahahahaha, go away.

Favorite quote:
Sorry, I don't write them out while I read, what do you expect?

Most inspirational in terms of own writing?
I don't know. Maybe Song of the Basilisk because Patricia McKillip's writing is always stunningly and hauntingly beautiful.

How many you'd actually read again?
Not quite sure, I could see myself reread about 5 of them (not counting those that were already rereads).

(she had two of them, but I got lazy).

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Her Hamsternesshamsterwoman on January 4th, 2015 08:52 pm (UTC)
because Patricia McKillip's writing is always stunningly and hauntingly beautiful.

Yes, it is!

The Raven Boys has been all over my flist as the "hot new book", yep -- I'm considering tracking it down. Is it worth the hype, in your opinion?

I did not realize Sin ended up so high on your list of characters (although I think she might be my second favorite, after Alan, for the series. No, third favorite, after Alan and Mae and Jamie's mom). Oda was definitely one of the things I liked best about the Matthew Swift books -- she is such a memorable character! (and I think the reason it's taken me so long to go back to reading the series is the lack of Oda and Ms Dees.

Also, that's a lot of Kate Elliott! I read the first... four? five? Crown of Stars books at some point, about a decade ago, but my interest in them gradually petered out as the scope widened to the point where I had trouble keeping track of everyone...

(Also, this reminds me I need to go answer your comment on the other post!)
Anne-Elisaetrangere on January 4th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm I don't know whether I'd rec the Raven Boys yet or not. They're definitely interesting and the characters are very appealing in a filled of fails yet sympathetic and oh no, baby don't!!! kind of way. And the overall atmosphere of both magic and teenage-hood is very well realised. OTOH the plot... didn't really go anywhere in the first book. It was severely lacking in conclusion, and i'm in the middle of the second book now, and I still have no idea where it's going so I'm waiting to get a sense of the direction of the plot before I would really rec it.
(If I were to compare it to anything it would be to Pamela Dean's Tam Lin.)

I think Sin really did end up being the most interesting character for me, yes. I love the theme of performance she embodies and the way she related to the market and the thing with responsibility.
I loved Alan and Nick, Mae not so much,Jamie I liked too, wish he had had more to do. Lol oh right, I'd forgotten how awesome their mum ended up being.

Hahaha yeah, can't blame you, it does get pretty crowded and weirdly paced mostly. I think what kept me reading the most was the sense of how well realised medieval life was. That's not something you often get in fantasy, the sense that people's stakes and values are those of people who live in a feudal society. Things like the importance of the church, and its politics.
Her Hamsternesshamsterwoman on January 5th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
A comparison with Tam Lin makes it sound quite appealing! Well, I'm buried in books at the moment anyway, so maybe I'll see what you think of the next book(s? how many are out, anyway?)

the sense that people's stakes and values are those of people who live in a feudal society. Things like the importance of the church, and its politics.

Yes! I really liked the way the church and its prominence was handled, specifically!
Anne-Elisaetrangere on January 5th, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
I think 3 with the last forthcoming.
Her Hamsternesshamsterwoman on January 9th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)

BTW, I just wanted to check in and make sure you're OK, with all the sad, scary stuff going on around Paris :( I hope you and your loved ones are well <3

Edited at 2015-01-09 11:17 pm (UTC)