Time to put theforgottengeek on hiatus methinks. 2017 has been an exceptional year for my blog in terms of readership and my own personal development, but I think for now, after 215 posts, it’s time to give it a rest.
With that in mind, and my penchant for reflection, I thoughts I’d pick out some highlights from my time writing the blog. My best moment, personally, was my interview with Jeff Noon (albeit via email). He spotted my tweet about me enjoying his latest book, A Man of Shadows, and agreed to answer a few questions as a result. My most read review from 2017 was Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. For some reason, when I review her work, it seems to do very well on my hits. My missive on Sarah Lotz’ The Three is the most viewed review overall, followed by Micromégas by Voltaire.
My History of Science Fiction Literature section has been fairly successful, and I’ve reviewed and analysed 35 books from 1516 (Utopia) to 1950 (Cities in Flight). I’ve wondered about crowdfunding it into a collected book, or even self-publishing. Maybe one day…?
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to look at the gender distribution of the books I’ve read over the last few years. In the charts below, the inner ring is the male authors, and the outer is the female. I try not to chose my books on anything other than what I want to read, regardless of gender, but I find it disappointing that I with the exception of 2016 (25 male, 23 female) I don’t get close to parity.
I do like that fact my reading is not restricted to white English speakers however. I’ve enjoyed books from South Africans (Lauren Beukes), Italians (Niccola Ammaniti), Mexicans (Silvia Moreno-Garcia), Barbadians (Karen Lord), Nigerians (Nnedi Okorafor), Germans (Juli Zeh) and others.
But without further ado, here are my top 10 books that I’ve read since I began this blog, which was 2011, when I had a total of 1,080 views of my 25 posts.
|The Year of the Ladybird||Graham Joyce||2013|
|The Humans||Matt Haig||2013|
|The Ocean at the End of the Lane||Neil Gaiman||2013|
|The Death House||Sarah Pinborough||2015|
|A Tale for the Time Being||Ruth Ozeki||2013|
|All the Birds in the Sky||Charlie Jane Anders||2016|
|The Thing Itself||Adam Roberts||2015|
|The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August||Claire North||2014|
|Europe in Autumn||Dave Hutchinson||2014|
And then the rest up to number 50, in order of publication date:
|Seven Wonders||Adam Christopher||2012|
|The Dog Stars||Peter Heller||2012|
|Some Kind of Fairy Tale||Graham Joyce||2012|
|Redemption in Indigo||Karen Lord||2012|
|Jack Glass||Adam Roberts||2012|
|Alif the Unseen||G. Willow Wilson||2012|
|The Method||Juli Zeh||2012|
|The Shining Girls||Lauren Beukes||2013|
|The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf||Martin Millar||2013|
|The Adjacent||Christopher Priest||2013|
|The Machine||James Smythe||2013|
|The Golem and the Jinni||Helene Wecker||2013|
|The People in the Trees||Hanya Yanagihara||2013|
|The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet||Becky Chambers||2014|
|The Book of Strange New Things||Michel Faber||2014|
|Cuckoo Song||Frances Hardinge||2014|
|The Three||Sarah Lotz||2014|
|Station Eleven||Emily St. John Mandel||2014|
|A Man Lies Dreaming||Lavie Tidhar||2014|
|The Girl in the Road||Monica Byrne||2015|
|Europe at Midnight||Dave Hutchinson||2015|
|Signal to Noise||Silvia Moreno-Garcia||2015|
|The Book of Phoenix||Nnedi Okorafor||2015|
|Way Down Dark||J.P. Smythe||2015|
|The Seed Collectors||Scarlett Thomas||2015|
|The Power||Naomi Alderman||2016|
|The Race||Nina Allan||2016|
|A Closed and Common Orbit||Becky Chambers||2016|
|Europe in Winter||Dave Hutchinson||2016|
|The Rift||Nina Allan||2017|
|A Man of Shadows||Jeff Noon||2017|
|The End of the Day||Claire North||2017|
|The Essex Serpent||Sarah Perry||2017|
|La Belle Sauvage||Philip Pullman||2017|
|The Underground Railway||Colson Whitehead||2017|
So farewell for now…and thanks for all the fish books.