December 29th, 2015


What should I read in 2016?

As ever, I found your votes very helpful in leading me to interesting reading in 2015, and I would once again very much appreciate your advice on what books to read next, by filling in this poll. This is not the complete contents of my unread shelf; I've stripped out Doctor Who books, Dutch-language comics and books by white men which I acquired before this year. The books are listed in each category by descending popularity on LibraryThing.

With the gradual decline of Livejournal, and also as I dig down through my TBR pile to less well-known works, I wonder how much longer I'll be able to keep up these annual posts (see previously here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here). But for now I think we're good for at least this year.

I believe that even if you don't have a Livejournal account, you can sign in with your Twitter or Facebook credentials to tick boxes. Individual recommendations, pro and anti, regarding books actually on the lists are very welcome in comments. Apologies in advance to editors listed below as authors, or to any co-authors and co-editors whose names are omitted; this is scraped from my LibraryThing catalogue so some important details do get lost. Any miscategorisation, however, is entirely my fault and cannot be blamed on software.

NB that the question for the sf books is different from the questions for the other two categories.

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My year on Livejournal

I've had a significant uptick in Livejournal activity this year. I'm not sure if this is because some people are returning to it who had left, or because I'm posting more interesting material; the biggest factor is certainly that the debate around the Hugos boosted LJ as a whole, thanks to grrm, and I think this particular channel was a partial beneficiary of that grim situation.

Anyway, in the last 12 months, 37 posts here got ten or more comments, almost as many as the previous two years combined (18 in 2014, 23 in 2013). Roughly a third of those had to do with this year's Hugos and the proposed fixes; but another 11 were part of my whimsical project of identifying the best known book associated with each European country, using infallible online metrics. A couple of personal posts and even some normal enough book reviews also pulled in commentary. So my conclusion is that LJ has not yet shuffled off this mortal coil.

(Compare also 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.)

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