Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: Post about your 5 favourite books this year and why you appreciated them so much. –OR– Take a shelfie / stack picture of the above-mentioned 5 favorite books.
1. Curtis Craddock: An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
The heroine saves several princes at the end. One of them with her knowledge of fantasy!Latin.
2. KJ Charles: Spectred Isle
A great romance AND demons from the war between Stephen and Matilda. This book is everything I never knew I needed
3. Carol Berg
Yes, not a book but since discovering Flesh and Spirit earlier this year I have been bingeing her books and while the Sanctuary Duet wasn’t quite my cup of tea I haven’t come across a book by her that I disliked. I love her characters, the relationship between her characters, her worldbuilding and how she avoids so many tired fantasy cliches.
4. Carola Dunn: Carola Dunn: Superfluous Women
The Lady Daisy-mysteries now have 22 books and I’m still reading them. Do I even need to say more? (Also, this pulled a really nice twist that stopped me from guessing the killer in advance).
5. J. Jefferson Farjeon: Mystery in White
Now I only rated this book three stars which means it isn’t technically one of my best books of the year but I think the author is really promising and I will check out more by him next year.
AND a shelfie. Well, window-ie since there is slightly more light this time of the year.
(The big drawback of e-copies is, of course, the lack of pretty pictures you can take with them. So I had to decide between Spectred Isle and Mystery in White since I have both only as e-book and despite currently reading my – ehem – eleventh Carol Berg novel this year, I consumed most of them as audiobook. Which are on my audible-app. Which is on my phone. Which I needed to take this pic)
Tasks for Festivus: Perform the Airing of Grievances: name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you – tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.
1. Katelyn Davies: A Dance with Dragons series (book 1 with links to the other reviews)
And no I didn’t read all of it this year but enough that it should qualify (and also no, usually I don’t read three full-length novels and four novellas if I already hated the first but I had the whole box set as review copy). The worldbuilding is abysmal and offensive (these horrible people that are really sexist and also the bad guys just happen to look like Arab/middle eastern people and have some customs similar to Muslim ones but that’s fine right? Just a coincidence!) and the characters are so bland and boring that I never really worried about them.
2. Sherry Thomas: A Conspiracy in Belgravia
Sadly the subtitled version of My Dearly Beloved Detective, a Soviet movie that did something actually fun with the idea of an all-female Holmes/Watson duo has disappeared from youtube. That’s a shame because while it wasn’t perfect it was better than this mess. You can still watch the original version if you know Russian. Or at least the intro in which there is singing about the London fog:
There is always singing in Soviet movies. It is known.
3. Andrew Caldecott: Rotherweird
That book was sadly so busy with creating quirky characters, that have quirky names, are quirky, act quirky and say quirky things that it forgot to have a plot
4. Brigitte Sokop: Jene Gräfin Larisch (German Review on GR)
This book proves that it is possible to write an extremely boring biography about a person with a really interesting life.
5. Jim Bradbury: Stephen and Matilda
If you want to write very detailed about military history just do it. But don’t claim it’s actually a book about the whole war. Also, your favoritism is showing.