And another year has passed, one in which I started out with the best of intentions to read extensively and widely, but was thwarted by constant serious medical issues and a rather massive and on-going depression.
Most of my reading in the second half of the year was comfort reading, when I could summon the energy and will to read at all. And of course there was the obligatory Hugo reading.
My list of the best books I read this year:
Necessity, by Jo Walton
Elizabeth Bear, Karen Memory
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Overture
Naomi Novik, League of Dragons
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti
Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell (eds.), Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel Delany
Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce (eds.), Letters to Tiptree
On to the statistics:
In 2016, I read 108 books or novellas - 100 fiction and 8 non-fiction; 13 of these were re-reads. A total of 7 of these were anthologies or edited non-fiction works, and so have been excluded from the demographic analysis of authorship.
Works written by women: 68 percent
Works written by men: 32 percent
(One work written by collaborators of different genders)
By author's nationality:
American: 78 percent
British: 7 percent
Canadian: 10 percent
Other: 6 percent
"Other" nationalities included: French, Chinese, Israeli, Moroccan and Swedish.
Works by writers of colour: 11 percent