I’m still here! Sort of.
Truthfully, I have very little time to “free read” these days and even less time to write reviews of my favourite books. I wish it weren’t so, but that’s what comes with the territory when you’re trying to complete your PhD. I still pop in every now and then to share some book news or favourite bookish quotes. And I do try to keep my yearly reading challenge list updated. But posts are very erratic and unpredictable these days.
I’ll hope you’ll come back every now and then to see if there’s anything new. Happy reading!
So, as it turns out, I didn’t read a ton of novels last year. Even more surprising was the fact that I simply didn’t make time for some of my favourite romance authors. But I did read a fair amount, and all of my favourites from 2017 were comics and graphic novels, most especially the recent collected volumes of certain series. So here are some of my favourites from the last year:
- The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie – consistently excellent writing and art, with a story that constantly surprises me. These guys are among the best in the industry, no question.
- I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young – it’s not for the faint of heart or those easily offended. But if you’re like me, with a twisted sense of humor, you’ll enjoy the foul-mouthed Gert and her…..”adventures.”
- Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick – a comic series every woman should read. Timely and important, with sharp, biting social commentary and characters of every colour, shape, size, gender, and sexual orientation.
- Poe Dameron by Charles Soule – though it takes place leading up to The Force Awakens (and thus doesn’t contain any information relevant to the latest movie), this comic has done wonders for developing Poe’s character. If you had questions about his decisions in The Last Jedi, then read this series!
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – I’ve loved Kamala Khan from the first issue, but Wilson continues to tie her story to current events in a way that never feels forced or contrived. And as a bonus, Kamala never feels unrealistic as a superhero. She’s still a teenager who makes mistakes.
Initially, my reading goals for 2017 were fairly modest, considering that my PhD work and teaching takes up most of my time. But thanks to comics and graphic novels, I did bump up my goal from 50 books to 65 book, and I managed to even beat that with 73. So, in chronological order, here are the books and comics / graphic novels I read last year.
Novels and Non-Fiction:
- Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn et al
- When Love Happens by Darcy Burke
- Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
- The Wedding Gift by Lucy Kevin
- Game for Love by Bella Andre
- Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre
- The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
- Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
- Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton
- Holiday Games by Jaci Burton
- Get Lucky by Lila Monroe
- The Secret by Julie Garwood
- Ransom by Julie Garwood
- Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
- The Bride by Julie Garwood
- The Thing About Love by Julie James
- Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
- Three Sisters Island collection by Nora Roberts
- Hired Bride by Noelle Adams
- Substitute Bride by Noelle Adams
- Accidental Bride by Noelle Adams
- The SEAL’s Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun
- Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (re-read)
- Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan (re-read)
- The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe
- Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair
- A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell
- A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas et al
- Once Upon a Christmas by Jill Barnett et al
- The SEAL’s Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun
- At the Christmas Wedding by Katharine Ashe et al
- Christmas in Kilts by Bronwen Evans et al
- Say Yes to the Scot by Lecia Cornwall et al
- Christmas Wishes by Nicole Flockton et al
- Complicating by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase
Comics and Graphic Novels:
- Vader Down by Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen
- Darth Vader, Vol. 3 by Kieron Gillen
- Darth Vader, Vol. 4 by Kieron Gillen
- Ms. Marvel #14 by G. Willow Wilson
- Love is Love by IDW Publishing
- Ms. Marvel #15 by G. Willow Wilson
- Ms. Marvel #16 by G. Willow Wilson
- America #1 by Gabby Rivera
- Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn
- Ms. Marvel #17 by G. Willow Wilson
- Ms. Marvel #18 by G. Willow Wilson
- America #2 by Gabby Rivera
- America #3 by Gabby Rivera
- Rogue One #1 by Jody Houser
- Rogue One #2 by Jody Houser
- Bitch Planet, Vol. 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
- The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
- The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
- Ms. Marvel #19 by G. Willow Wilson
- I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2 by Skottie Young
- The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 5 by Kieron Gillen
- Ms. Marvel #20 by G. Willow Wilson
- Poe Dameron, Vol. 1 by Charles Soule
- Poe Dameron, Vol. 2 by Charles Soule
- Ms. Marvel #21 by G. Willow Wilson
- Jane by Aline McKenna
- Ms. Marvel #22 by G. Willow Wilson
- Ms. Marvel #23 by G. Willow Wilson
- Generations: Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel #1 by G. Willow Wilson
- I Hate Fairyland – I Hate Image by Skottie Young
- I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3 by Skottie Young
- Ms. Marvel #24 by G. Willow Wilson
- Runaways Complete Collection Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
- Runaways (2017) #1 by Rainbow Rowell
- Runaways (2017) #2 by Rainbow Rowell
- Poe Dameron Vol. 3 by Charles Soule
- Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman
And still completely immersed in my PhD research. C’est la vie!
Here’s some random, book-ish things anyway:
- The absolutely bonkers YA best-seller mystery story that was sweeping Twitter last week, from Pajiba and Book Riot
- Have you seen the trailer for the new A Wrinkle in Time movie? Ava Du Vernay is an amazing director and I can’t wait to see this!
- Apparently some dudes in Hollywood want to make an all-female version of Lord of the Flies and Libba Bray, rightly, is basically over there going “been there, done that, my version was better.” (Which it was/is.)
- A few short days ago, 1 September 2017, was the day of the epilogue from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Albus Potter boards the Hogwarts Express for the first time. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for MY Hogwarts letter….
Happy reading, as always!