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Favourite Reads of 2017

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.

2017 Reading Challenge, Final List

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:

  1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn et al
  2. When Love Happens by Darcy Burke
  3. Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
  4. The Wedding Gift by Lucy Kevin
  5. Game for Love by Bella Andre
  6. Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre
  7. The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
  8. Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
  9. Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton
  10. Holiday Games by Jaci Burton
  11. Get Lucky by Lila Monroe
  12. The Secret by Julie Garwood
  13. Ransom by Julie Garwood
  14. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
  15. The Bride by Julie Garwood
  16. The Thing About Love by Julie James
  17. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
  18. Three Sisters Island collection by Nora Roberts
  19. Hired Bride by Noelle Adams
  20. Substitute Bride by Noelle Adams
  21. Accidental Bride by Noelle Adams
  22. The SEAL’s Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun
  23. Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (re-read)
  24. Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan (re-read)
  25. The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe
  26. Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair
  27. A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell
  28. A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas et al
  29. Once Upon a Christmas by Jill Barnett et al
  30. The SEAL’s Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun
  31. At the Christmas Wedding by Katharine Ashe et al
  32. Christmas in Kilts by Bronwen Evans et al
  33. Say Yes to the Scot by Lecia Cornwall et al
  34. Christmas Wishes by Nicole Flockton et al
  35. Complicating by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase

Comics and Graphic Novels:

  1. Vader Down by Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen
  2. Darth Vader, Vol. 3 by Kieron Gillen
  3. Darth Vader, Vol. 4 by Kieron Gillen
  4. Ms. Marvel #14 by G. Willow Wilson
  5. Love is Love by IDW Publishing
  6. Ms. Marvel #15 by G. Willow Wilson
  7. Ms. Marvel #16 by G. Willow Wilson
  8. America #1 by Gabby Rivera
  9. Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn
  10. Ms. Marvel #17 by G. Willow Wilson
  11. Ms. Marvel #18 by G. Willow Wilson
  12. America #2 by Gabby Rivera
  13. America #3 by Gabby Rivera
  14. Rogue One #1 by Jody Houser
  15. Rogue One #2 by Jody Houser
  16. Bitch Planet, Vol. 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  17. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
  18. The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  19. Ms. Marvel #19 by G. Willow Wilson
  20. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2 by Skottie Young
  21. The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 5 by Kieron Gillen
  22. Ms. Marvel #20 by G. Willow Wilson
  23. Poe Dameron, Vol. 1 by Charles Soule
  24. Poe Dameron, Vol. 2 by Charles Soule
  25. Ms. Marvel #21 by G. Willow Wilson
  26. Jane by Aline McKenna
  27. Ms. Marvel #22 by G. Willow Wilson
  28. Ms. Marvel #23 by G. Willow Wilson
  29. Generations: Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel #1 by G. Willow Wilson
  30. I Hate Fairyland – I Hate Image by Skottie Young
  31. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3 by Skottie Young
  32. Ms. Marvel #24 by G. Willow Wilson
  33. Runaways Complete Collection Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
  34. Runaways (2017) #1 by Rainbow Rowell
  35. Runaways (2017) #2 by Rainbow Rowell
  36. Poe Dameron Vol. 3 by Charles Soule
  37. Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman

Yearly Reading Challenge, 2016

Happy New Year, bookworms! I continue to be sadly behind on updating this blog, but on the plus side, I did manage to read 57 books in 2016 – seven more than my goal of 50. Granted, some of those books were rather short single issue comics, but reading is reading and in my mind, it all counts.

I had planned to write a separate post about my favourite books of the year, but let’s be honest: that’s probably not going to happen. Instead, the books and comics in bold below are those I’ve designated as favourites. Hyperlinks lead to the Goodreads page for each book, as I definitely didn’t review most (if any?) books this year. What can I say? Being a PhD candidate is hard and I’m just lucky I had time to read for fun at all.

Novels and Non-Fiction:

  1. Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James
  2. Tied Up, Tied Down by Lorelei James
  3. Short Rides by Lorelei James
  4. Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James
  5. All Jacked Up by Lorelei James
  6. My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
  7. Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale
  8. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  9. Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler
  10. Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl
  11. Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl
  12. Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl
  13. Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
  14. My American Duchess by Eloisa James
  15. A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James
  16. Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
  17. Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Lorelei James
  18. Strong, Silent Type by Lorelei James
  19. Rough, Raw and Ready by Lorelei James
  20. Every Beat of My Heart by Bella Andre
  21. Snowbound at Christmas by Jennifer Ryan et al
  22. That Mistletoe Moment by Cat Johnson et al
  23. Only in My Dreams by Darcy Burke
  24. Yours to Hold by Darcy Burke

Comics and Graphic Novels:

  1. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 by Amy Reeder
  2. Ms. Marvel #2 by G. Willow Wilson
  3. ANAD Avengers #2 by Mark Waid
  4. Looking for Group, Vol. 1 by Ryan Sohmer
  5. Ms. Marvel #3 by G. Willow Wilson
  6. ANAD Avengers #3 by Mark Waid
  7. ANAD Avengers #4 by Mark Waid
  8. The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 by Kieron Gillen
  9. Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Luna
  10. Ms. Marvel #4 by G. Willow Wilson
  11. Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub
  12. Ms. Marvel #5 by G. Willow Wilson
  13. Ms. Marvel #6 by G. Willow Wilson
  14. Orphan Black, Vol.1 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
  15. Ms. Marvel #7 by G. Willow Wilson
  16. Orphan Black: Helsinki #1 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
  17. Orphan Black: Helsinki #2 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
  18. Orphan Black: Helsinki #3 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
  19. Orphan Black: Helsinki #4 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
  20. Orphan Black: Helsinki #5 by Graeme Mason & John Fawcett
  21. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 by Skottie Young
  22. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  23. Ms. Marvel #8 by G. Willow Wilson
  24. Ms. Marvel #9 by G. Willow Wilson
  25. Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  26. Faith Vol. 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser
  27. Ms. Marvel #10 by G. Willow Wilson
  28. Ms. Marvel #11 by G. Willow Wilson
  29. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 4 by Kieron Gillen
  30. Ms. Marvel #12 by G. Willow Wilson
  31. Darth Vader Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen
  32. Darth Vader Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen
  33. Ms Marvel #13 by G. Willow Wilson
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