This week’s theme is the Top Ten books I read this year. Off we go! The titles will link to my reviews, so you can read more about them.
- The Tropic of Serpents and Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan. Can’t choose, don’t make me. Both of these really kicked my love for the series into a higher gear, after I wasn’t that enchanted by A Natural History of Dragons.
- The Tale of Duelling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean. Very good non-fiction; engaging, interesting, wide-ranging.
- Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear. So. goshdarn. cute. Also cool alternative history.
- The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth J. Dickinson. Criticisms by other people be damned, I loved it.
- The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium, Jamie McKelvie & Kieron Gillen. It’s bloody gorgeous.
- Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood. This was a reread, which mostly I’ve avoided in this list, but it was like reading a new book, because I liked it so much more this time.
- A Taste of Blood Wine, Freda Warrington. This series has me mega-conflicted morally, but enraptured in terms of the writing quality.
- Lock In, John Scalzi. Scalzi’s books are always solidly fun, and this was a little more than that, I think.
- Remnant Population, Elizabeth Moon. Awesome elderly female protagonist!
- Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari. Very good overview of human prehistory and history.
I totally recommend all ten of those — they weren’t all 5* reads, but they were very enjoyable.