My 2017 in books

Goodreads has this cute and also horrifying feature where it will showcase all of the books you read in a given year, plus some other stats (longest/shortest, most/least popular, etc). The main problem is that for 2017, my goal was to read 12 books, and I only barely limped across that pathetically low barrier.

(Incidentally, I had to cheat a bit. Partway through the year, I was convinced that 12 was shooting for the stars and so changed it to 10 to be more practical. Then midway through December I realized even that would mean failure, so I revised it to 9. Only after I started digging hard into novellas was I able to jump back up to 12, my original goal.)

So, 2017 was not great for reading. But hey, I guess it was better than how I did for 2016 and 2015 with five books each… yyyeah.

The thing that ended up saving me by a hair was a Humble Bundle book deal that I got on a whim a couple of months ago, and got a bunch of Tachyon eBooks for a few dollars. I’ve already cleared a couple of them (Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds and The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson, which I’ve reviewed on Goodreads). I’m also currently on Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling, which I should have knocked out sometime either today or tomorrow.

I’m thinking of rewriting my previous two reviews to be longer and, well, better, and then reposting them here. Ideally I’d like to do long-form reviews that are more than just “this book was good mmkay” but then again I also don’t want to put up additional hurdles for myself when really my goal is just to read more. HMM.