marineko: (bookish)

The books listed would be books I read in 2013, and not necessarily published in 2013.

Last year I read only only 152 titles, 59 of which are YA. Of those, 38 are Contemporary/Realistic YA, 9 are Dystopians, 7 are Fantasy, 2 each for Science Fiction and Historical, and 1 Paranormal/Horror.

As for other categories, I read mostly manga, comics and picture books (68 titles total for the three categories combined). I only read 10 "grown-up" fiction, the most popular sub-categories being Fantasy (4 books) and "Literary" fiction (3 books). I also read 8 Non-Fiction titles, 4 of which are micro-histories, focusing on pop or indie culture.

I re-read 4 titles, and only read 12 LGBTIQA titles *side-eyes self*, not including yaoi manga, of course. But I did read a LOT of good YA, and am surprised that Allegiant didn't make it to my list.

BEST FANTASY (NON-YA)
The Immortals of Meluha, Amish Tripathy

BEST FANTASY (YA)
The House of Hades, Rick Riordan

BEST SF (NON-YA)
The Melancholy of Mechagirl, Catherynne M. Valente

BEST SF (YA)
Fragments, Dan Wells

BEST HORROR
Unbreakable, Kami Garcia

BEST ROMANCE (NON-YA)
The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road, and His Sacred Bones, Ginn Hale

BEST ROMANCE (YA)
Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER
did not read any in these categories

BEST CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
The Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan
Mr. Wuffles, David Wiesner

BEST YA
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
Ask the Passengers, AS King
This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

BEST GEN/LITERATURE
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

BEST HISTORICAL
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein

BEST NON-FICTION
Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, Alison Pipmeier

BEST HUMOUR
Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip, Yasmine Surovec
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Jen Campbell

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHOJO/JOSEI)
xxxHolic, CLAMP

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHONEN/SEINEN)
進撃の巨人 , 諫山

BEST STANDALONE MANGA
Pink, Kyoko Okazaki

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, Ellen Forney

BEST POETRY
October Mourning, Leslea Newman

BEST RE-READ
Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones

TOP TEN BOOKS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST
Butter, Erin Jade Lange
The Disenchantments, Nina LaCour
45 Pounds (More or Less), KA Barson
Openly Straight, Bill Konigsburg
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, e.m. danforth
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, Ursula Nordstrom
The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider
Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

marineko: (main)
As usual, books here are books I read in 2012, and not necessarily books published in 2012 ^^

I include children's picture books and even wordless picture books in my list (since images are also "read"), but not books that I didn't read from cover to cover. So even though I read a lot of non-fic, if I didn't read every single page of every single chapter, they won't get listed.

This year I read about 191 books, consisting of 85 volumes of manga (which includes 13 yaoi, 5 seinen, and about 67 shojo?), 31 young adult novels (12 of which are SF/F), 21 Science Fiction/Fantasy (not including the 12 YA SF/F), and 18 children's picture books, among others. Of the 8 non-fiction books I read (so few ^^;), four are on theory, and 2 focuses on feminist theory.

Not counting any authors twice, (so 28 volumes of Skip Beat would count as 28 separate books but only one author, for example), I've read 72 female authors this year, and 49 male authors. 9 books are mixed anthologies.

BEST FANTASY (NON-YA)
The Bone Key, Sarah Monette

BEST FANTASY (YA)
Black Heart, Holly Black

BEST SF (NON-YA)
Sorry Please Thank You, Charles Yu

BEST SF (YA)
Partials, Dan Wells

BEST HORROR
The Bone Key, Sarah Monette
I Don't Want to Kill You, Dan Wells

BEST ROMANCE
Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale

BEST "CHICK LIT"
Adorkable, Sarra Manning
My Most Excellent Year, Steve Kluger

BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER
The Hollow City, Dan Wells

BEST CHILDREN'S
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce

BEST YA
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

BEST GEN/LITERATURE
Monstress, Lysley Tenorio

BEST HISTORICAL
The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

BEST NON-FICTION
Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon

BEST HUMOUR
Feminist Ryan Gosling, Danielle Henderson
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Jen Campbell

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHOJO/JOSEI)
Natsume Yuujincho, Midorikawa Yuki

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHONEN/SEINEN)
♥ 深夜食堂, 安倍 夜郎

BEST STANDALONE MANGA
none

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL
Baby's In Black, Arne Bellstorf

BEST RE-READ
The Son of Neptune, Rick Riordan

TOP TEN BOOKS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST
Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor
Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson
Bait, Alex Sanchez
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead, Julie Anne Peters
The Girl With Borrowed Wings, Rinsai Rossetti
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Melusine, Sarah Monette
The Mozart Season, Virginia Euwer Wolff
A Scholar of Magics, Caroline Stevermer
Somewhere Beneath Those Waves, Sarah Monette
marineko: (bookish)
As usual, this is based on books I read this year, rather than books that are published this year :D

In 2011 I've read a total of 195 books, the majority of which are manga (108 volumes, 44 of which are yaoi). I also read 14 fantasy novels, 3 of which are non-YA, 7 graphic novels, 19 picture books, 12 non-fiction (2 feminism, 3 travel, 3 philosophy, 1 self-help, 1 language, 2 lit criticism), 1 drama... and the rest are fiction.

BEST FANTASY (NON-YA)
Among Others by Jo Walton

BEST FANTASY (YA)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland With a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

BEST SF (NON-YA)
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

BEST SF (YA)
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

BEST HORROR
Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

BEST ROMANCE
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

BEST CHICK LIT
Meet Me At Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER
♥ 謎解きはディナーのあとで by 東川 篤哉

BEST CHILDREN'S
Again! by Emily Gravett (picture book)

BEST YA
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

BEST GEN/LITERATURE
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

BEST NON-FICTION
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHOJO/JOSEI)
♥ マイガール by 佐原 ミズ

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHONEN/SEINEN)
♥ 深夜食堂 by 安倍夜郎

BEST STANDALONE MANGA
La Quinta Camera by Natsume Ono

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL
The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman

BEST RE-READ
The Lake by Yoshimoto Banana, read twice this year ^^;

TOP TEN BOOKS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST
Reading Women by Stephanie Staal
The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
Peter and Max by Bill Willingham
Looking for the Lost by Alan Booth
Fox and Hen Together by Beatrice Rodriguez
Cat Versus Human by Yasmine Surovec
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
The God Box by Alex Sanchez
marineko: (bookish)
It is that time of the year again! As usual, I base this on books I actually read within this year, rather than books published this year.

This year I read about half the amount of books I did last year, which really proved the fact that I didn't read all that much this year. (T_T)

I read 109 books, the majority being Young Adult/Children's fiction (31 books), and Graphic Novels/Manga (29 books). I read a lot more Non-Fiction (11) and General Fiction/Literature (9) compared to previous years, I think, although the actual amount isn't that much. I hardly read Science Fiction (6) and Fantasy (5) compared to last year, although of the YA books I read, about 14 are Fantasy and 3, SF. And... and... I actually read a couple of Mystery/Thriller novels! Part of this is because I do reviews for other categories than my usual (SF/F), and therefore have the opportunity to branch out more in my readings. The YA and manga are for fun, for the most part. Lately I've also been more in the mood to read Non-Fiction than usual.

On to the awards...

BEST FANTASY (NON-YA)
The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak

BEST FANTASY (YA)
The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner

BEST SF (NON-YA) - tie
The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
The Sheriff of Yrnameer, Michael Rubens

BEST SF (YA)
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Gabrielle Zevin

BEST HORROR
I Am Not A Serial Killer, Dan Wells

BEST ROMANCE
Soulless, Gail Carriger*

BEST CHIC LIT
In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner

BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER
Remote Control, Isaka Kotaro

BEST CHILDREN'S
It's A Book!, Lane Smith

BEST YA - tie
When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
Looking For Alaska, John Green

BEST GEN FIC/LITERATURE
Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel

BEST NON-FICTION - tie
Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, John Woods

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHOJO/JOSEI)
Ooku, Yoshinaga Fumi**

BEST MANGA SERIAL (SHONEN/SEINEN)
Bakuman, Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

BEST STANDALONE MANGA
Solanin, Asano Inio

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL
Castle Waiting Volume 1, Linda Medley

BEST RE-READ
The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner

TOP TEN BOOKS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST
#1 The Boy With Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne
#2 Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
#3 How To Say Goodbye In Robot, Natalie Sandiford
#4 A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
#5 Ballads of Suburbia, Stephanie Kuehnert
#6 Wide Awake, David Levithan
#7 Paper Towns, John Green
#8 Hero, Perry Moore
#9 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
#0 Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones

* Not really a romance novel, but the romance in it is better than that in actual romance novels I've read
** Not sure if I can really categorise it as Shojo/Josei, but hmm... whatever.lkiohuipjn'o<- that's [livejournal.com profile] salwaphoenixn hubkuguh<-that too
marineko: (inspired)
As usual, this list is made up not of books published this year, but books I've read during this year. I added more categories this year, as I read more different kinds of books this year. Also from now on I shall keep to these categories, and just list "did not read any [category] books this year" if it doesn't apply. Since I don't like the term literary fiction (all fiction are literature, duh!) I changed it to General Fiction & Literature, which includes all non-YA realist fiction as well as fiction that are hard to categorize - like Sarah Waters' Little Stranger, which is like a ghost story but not really a horror novel.

Category Breakdown:

I've read 201 books this year (will probably be 202 by tomorrow, but I'll add the next book into January's reads). Of these books, 11 are ANTHOLOGIES. 40 are by individual MALE authors, and 59 FEMALE authors (I didn't count same authors twice). 53 are NEW-TO-ME authors, that is, authors I tried for the first time in 2009. Among these, Margo Lanagan, John Green, Megan Whalen Turner and Suzanne Collins are my favourite discoveries this year.

I RE-READ 18 books, 1 of which I read twice this year (Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief).

I read 80 YOUNG ADULT fiction, which includes 54 YA FANTASY, 18 YA GEN FIC, and 8 YA SCI-FI.

I read 11 NON-YA FANTASY fiction, and 8 NON-YA SCI-FI. This means I read 16 Sci-Fi books in total, which in turn means that I fail my personal sci-fi challenge, where I'm supposed to read 20 sci-fi books this year.

I read 33 volumes of MANGA from four or five different series, as well as several one-shots. My favourite manga discovery this year are Fullmetal Alchemist and 「夏目友人帳」. I also read 14 volumes of GRAPHIC NOVELS, mostly Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Bill Willingham's Fables, Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, and re-reads of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.

I read 8 books for CHILDREN, including picture books, and 16 works of NON-FICTION, 2 of which are YA NON-FICTION. I read 11 ROMANCE novels, mostly by Nora Roberts. I read only 1 book each for CHIC LIT, HORROR, PLAYS, POETRY, and HUMOR. I did not read any MYSTERY or EROTICA titles this year.

Now, of the 201 titles I've read throughout 2009, here's the 2009 MARINEKO BOOK AWARDS:

Best Fantasy (non-YA)
The Magicians, Lev Grossman

Best Fantasy (YA)
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan

Best Children's
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate diCamillo

Best Science Fiction (non-YA)
Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card

Best Science Fiction (YA) -tie
Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Best Horror
The Strain, Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Best Romance
Bed of Roses, Nora Roberts

Best Chic Lit
Twenties Girl, Sophie Kinsella

Best Poetry
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot

Best General Fiction & Literature (non-YA)
Little Stranger, Sarah Waters

Best General Fiction & Literature (YA)
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Stephanie Kuehnert

Best Non-Fiction
Bitch Fest, edited by Lisa Jervis & Andi Zeisler

Best Manga Serial (Shojo & Josei)
Gokujyo Drops, Mikuni Hazime

Best Manga Serial (Shonen & Seinen) -tie
Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa
BECK, Harold Sakuishi

Best Standalone Manga
sweet lovin' baby, Yamaji Ebine

Best Graphic Novel
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: No Future For You, Joss Whedon

Best Re-Read
♥ The Quinn Brothers trilogy (3 books), Nora Roberts

Best Anthology
Geektastic, edited by Cecil Castellucci and Holly Black


Top 10 books that didn't make into the above list
Missin' + Missin' 2: Kasako, Novala Takemoto
Beige, Cecil Castellucci
Medicine Road, Charles de Lint
Genesis, Bernard Beckett
Cybele's Secret, Juliet Marillier
The Wood Wife, Terri Windling
Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
Let It Snow, John Green/Maureen Johnson/Lauren Myracle
Are We There Yet?, David Levithan

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