Booking Through Thursday

What’s the best book you read this year?



Well, I guess it’s time to do the lists:

Best series: So hard to choose! I’ve read both familiar and new series. I guess I’ll have to support an old favorite and choose Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan science fiction series.

Best new-to-me author: This was a great year for new-to-me authors! I’ve already bought Laura Anne Gilman’s urban fantasy series the Retrievers, three of Lisa Shaerin’s four fantasy books on audio, Stacia Kane’s three Ghosts books, the three Kate Elliott’s Crossroads books which are out so far. But I’ll choose Stacia Kane for great characters and world-building, and a unique main character.

Top 10 books:
1, Kirsten Imani Kasai: Ice Song
2, C. J. Cherryh: The Kif Strike Back
3, C. J. Cherryh Chanur’s Homecoming
4, Liz Williams: the Demon and the City
5, Stacia Kane: Unholy Ghosts
6, Elizabeth Bear: Dust
7, Stacia Kane: City of Ghosts
8, Naomi Novik: Victory of Eagles
9. Claire McCleary: The Alchemy of Murder
10, Lisa Shearin: Armed and Magical

Top 3 most disappointing books:

1, Sharon Shinn: Dark Moon Defender: Unfortunately, the world-building and the plot crumbled under closer scrutiny.
2, Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses: I fully admit that it’s my fault: I don’t really like gritty modern world books.
3, Peter Elbling: the Food Taster: pretty bland after all.