2017

Bold – favorite and/or best books of the year
* – from my personal collection
  1. *A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  2. West of the Moon, Margi Preus (Kindle)
  3. Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1), Seanan McGuire (Kindle)
  4. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (Kindle; re-read?)
  5. Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here, Anna Breslaw (Kindle)
  6. *The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey (re-read)
  7. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland #2), Catherynne M. Valente
  8. Bunheads, Sophie Flack
  9. If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo
  10. The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged #1), Tamora Pierce (re-read)
  11. The World According to Star Wars, Cass R. Sunstein (Kindle)
  12. Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy #1), Jacqueline Carey (re-read, sort of--I got bored the first time I tried to read this and skimmed about 2/3 of it)
  13. *Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1), Anne McCaffrey (Kindle; re-read)
  14. Thursday's Children, Rumer Godden
  15. *Dragonquest (Dragonriders of Pern #2), Anne McCaffrey (Kindle; re-read)
  16. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1), Becky Chambers (Kindle)
  17. The Rook (The Rook Files #1), Daniel O'Malley (Kindle; re-read)
  18. Electricity, Victoria Glendinning
  19. Up to This Pointe, Jennifer Longo
  20. *The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (re-read)
  21. Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc
  22. *The Folk Keeper, Franny Billingsley (re-read)
  23. *Moominpappa's Memoirs (Moomins #3), Tove Jansson (re-read)
  24. The Painted Girls, Cathy Marie Buchanan
  25. The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki, Dani Cavallaro (not all of it, just the interesting bits on the films I'm most familiar with)
  26. Imagined London, Anna Quindlen
  27. Letters to Anyone and Everyone, Toon Tellegen
  28. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (re-read)
  29. The 13 Clocks, James Thurber
  30. A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2), Becky Chambers
  31. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon In Two (Fairyland #3), Catherynne M. Valente
  32. Heir to the Empire (Star Wars; Thrawn #1), Timothy Zahn
  33. Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: Thrawn #2), Timothy Zahn
  34. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland #4), Catherynne M. Valente
  35. Ballerina Body, Misty Copeland
  36. *Among Others, Jo Walton (re-read)
  37. A Natural History of Dragons (Memoirs of Lady Trent #1), Marie Brennan (re-read)
  38. *The Penderwicks (Penderwicks #1), Jeanne Birdsall (re-read)
  39. Pointe, Claw, Amber J. Keyser
  40. The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland #5), Catherynne M. Valente
  41. The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Kindle)
  42. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Penderwicks #2), Jeanne Birdsall (Kindle; re-read)
  43. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (Penderwicks #3), Jeanne Birdsall (Kindle; re-read)
  44. The Penderwicks in Spring (Penderwicks #4), Jeanne Birdsall (Kindle; re-read)
  45. Off Balance (Ballet Theatre Chronicles #1), Terez Mertes Rose (Kindle)
  46. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (Kindle)
  47. *So You Want To Be a Wizard (Young Wizards #1, New Millennium Edition), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  48. *Deep Wizardry (Young Wizards #2, New Millennium Edition), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  49. *High Wizardry (Young Wizards #3, New Millennium Edition), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  50. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (Kindle)
  51. *A Wizard Abroad (Young Wizards #4, New Millennium Edition), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  52. *The Wizard's Dilemma (Young Wizards #5, New Millennium Edition), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  53. The Last Command (Star Wars: Thrawn #3), Timothy Zahn
  54. A Wizard Alone (Young Wizards #6, New Millennium Edition), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  55. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Meik Wiking
  56. Wizard's Holiday (Young Wizards #7, New Millennium Edition), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  57. *Dragonsong (Dragonriders of Pern: Harper Hall #1), Anne McCaffrey (re-read)
  58. *Dragonsinger (Dragonriders of Pern: Harper Hall #2), Anne McCaffrey (re-read)
  59. *Dragondrums (Dragonriders of Pern: Harper Hall #3), Anne McCaffrey (re-read)
  60. *The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1), Philip Pullman (re-read)
  61. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2), Seanan McGuire
  62. The Tropic of Serpents (Memoirs of Lady Trent #2), Marie Brennan (re-read)
  63. *The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2), Philip Pullman (re-read)
  64. *The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3), Philip Pullman (re-read)
  65. *The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber
  66. Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoirs of Lady Trent #3), Marie Brennan (re-read)
  67. From the Editorial Pages of the Falchester Weekly Review (Memoirs of Lady Trent #3.5), Marie Brennan
  68. Wizards at War (Young Wizards #8), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  69. *The Constant Nymph, Margaret Kennedy (re-read)
  70. Out of the Limelight (Ballet Theatre Chronicles #2), Terez Mertes Rose (Kindle)
  71. *Roses and Rot, Kat Howard (re-read)
  72. *The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1), Becky Chambers (re-read)
  73. A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards #9), Diane Duane (Kindle; re-read)
  74. Interim Errantry (Young Wizards #9.5), Diane Duane (Kindle)
  75. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo (Kindle)
  76. Make Space: A Minimalist's Guide to the Good and the Extraordinary, Regina Wong (Kindle)
  77. Games Wizards Play (Young Wizards #10), Diane Duane
  78. Write No Matter What, Joli Jensen
  79. In the Labyrinth of Drakes (Memoirs of Lady Trent #4), Marie Brennan
  80. *Lyra's Oxford (His Dark Materials #3.5), Philip Pullman (re-read)
  81. *Star Wars: A New Hope (Star Wars Novelizations, Episode 4), George Lucas (ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster) (re-read)
  82. *Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars Novelizations, Episode 5), Donald F. Glut (re-read)
  83. *Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Star Wars Novelizations, Episode 6), James Kahn (re-read)
  84. *Moominsummer Madness (Moomins #4), Tove Jansson (re-read)
  85. Once Upon a Time in the North (His Dark Materials #0.5), Philip Pullman
  86. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Meg Elison
  87. *When I Whistle, Shusaku Endo
  88. Within the Sanctuary of Wings (Memoirs of Lady Trent #5), Marie Brennan
  89. The Collectors (His Dark Materials #0.6), Philip Pullman (Kindle)
  90. Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin
  91. *Mariel of Redwall (Redwall #4), Brian Jacques (re-read)
  92. *La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1), Philip Pullman
  93. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie (re-read)
  94. The Stars are Legion, Kameron Hurley
  95. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg (Kindle)
  96. Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones (Kindle)
  97. The Lady Astronaut of Mars (Kindle)
  98. An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard
  99. *A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2), Becky Chambers (re-read)
  100. Ragnarok: The End of the Gods, A.S. Byatt
  101. A Long, Long Sleep, Anna Sheehan (Kindle)
  102. Greenglass House (Greenglass House #1), Kate Milford (Kindle; re-read)
  103. Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2), Kate Milford (Kindle)
  104. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (Kindle)
  105. The Bat-Poet, Randall Jarrell
  106. Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner
  107. Witches of Lychford (Lychford #1), Paul Cornell
  108. White Swan, Black Swan, Adrienne Sharp
  109. *The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey (re-read)
Did not finish:
  1. When the Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore (I loved its diversity, but fairytale books don't always work for me, and I found this one a bit too descriptive and slow)
  2. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M. Danforth (first-novel syndrome: too descriptive, everything fraught with meaning)
  3. Resenting the Hero, Moira J. Moore (lately I'm limiting my amount of what feels like insignificant, truly forgettable SFF)
  4. Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (the writing style didn't grab me, and I was concerned about cultural appropriation issues)
  5. Melting Stones (The Circle Reforged #2), Tamora Pierce (I remain stumped why she wrote this trilogy out of order and failed to actually explain who certain characters are, or how characters got from the end of The Circle Opens quartet to where they are now; and I don't tend to like her first-person narrative style)
  6. How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned From Reading Too Much, Samantha Ellis (turns out I mostly am not familiar with the literary heroines she focuses on)
  7. Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (awesome premise, poorly-written execution)
  8. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Samuel R. Delany (gave it a shot but it didn't ultimately interest me)
  9. Russian Winter, Daphne Kalotay (though the main character was a ballerina at the Russian Bolshoi, this really isn't a ballet novel)
  10. The Scent of Water, Elizabeth Goudge (kind of boring, and I'm also concurrently reading another English-woman-moves-to-a-sleepy-country-village novel)
  11. The Returning, Christine Hinwood (somehow even with the overly simplistic language I couldn't understand it)
  12. The Bards of Bone Plain, Patricia A. McKillip (boring)
  13. The Safe-Keeper's Secret, Sharon Shinn (didn't grab me)
  14. *The Sword of Shannara (Shannara #1), Terry Brooks (nostalgia was not enough to make up for the poor writing. I wonder if I should keep my copy?)
  15. *The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (fell by the wayside until it was far too late for this year's winter break Bronte. I'll read it next year)
  16. The Fool of the Family, Margaret Kennedy (not nearly as wonderful as The Constant Nymph; in fact rather frothy, with neither the serious themes nor quirky gaiety of its predecessor)
  17. Stiletto (The Rook Files #2), Daniel O'Malley (I re-read the first one in preparation for this one, and it wasn't nearly as good on re-read. This one lost me within the first few pages)
  18. *The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern #3), Anne McCaffrey (I set it aside and never picked it up again. Despite wanting to do a Pern re-read, I found the sexual politics nearly unbearable)
  19. The Wild Girl, Kate Forsyth (I didn't love it, and I'm warned of sexual abuse later in the novel)
  20. Rogue Squadron (Star Wars, X-Wing #1), Michael A. Stackpole (I no longer have any patience for a novel comprised entirely of male characters)
  21. The Mabinogion Tetralogy, Evangeline Walton (I intend to come back to this, but now was not the right time)
  22. Autumn, Ali Smith (too stream-of-consciousness for me)
  23. Lying Awake, Mark Salzman (somehow simultaneously too brusque and too explainy. If I want to read a lyrical novel about nuns, I'll re-read Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede)
  24. Infandous, Elana K. Arnold (did not like the narrator)
  25. Astonish Me, Maggie Shipstead (for a ballet novel it was surprisingly dark and depressing. I didn't like any of the characters)
  26. Spellbook of the Lost and Found, Moira Fowley-Doyle (too many characters without enough differentiation in their narrative voices)
TV Series:
  1. Big Bang Theory, season 9
  2. Tried Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  3. Finished Sailor Moon, season 1 (rewatch, sort of)
  4. Call the Midwife, season 3 (rewatch)
  5. Call the Midwife, season 4 (rewatch)
  6. Dance Academy, season 1
  7. Dance Academy, season 2
  8. Dance Academy, season 3
  9. Call the Midwife, season 5
  10. Unicornland, season 1
  11. Tried The Crown, season 1
  12. The Bletchley Circle, season 1
  13. The Bletchley Circle, season 2
  14. The Great British Bake Off, season 6
  15. Firefly (rewatch)
  16. Ascension
  17. Avatar: The Last Airbender, season 1
  18. Avatar: The Last Airbender, season 2
  19. Finished The Vampire Diaries, season 3 (rewatch)
  20. The Vampire Diaries, season 4 (rewatch)
  21. The Handmaid's Tale, season 1
  22. Avatar: The Last Airbender, season 3
  23. Finished Doctor Who, season 3 (rewatch)
  24. Doctor Who, season 4 (rewatch)
  25. Project Runway, season 15
  26. Big Bang Theory, season 9 (rewatch)
  27. MasterChef, season 8
  28. Bits of Grand Designs, seasons 13 and 14
  29. The 100, season 3
  30. The 100, season 4
  31. Doctor Who, season 5 (rewatch)
  32. Gilmore Girls, season 2 (rewatch)
  33. Gilmore Girls, season 3 (rewatch)
  34. Gilmore Girls, season 4
  35. Redwall, season 1
  36. Gilmore Girls, season 5
  37. Gilmore Girls, season 6
  38. Gilmore Girls, season 7
  39. Call the Midwife, season 6
  40. The Good Place, season 1
  41. Sex and the City, season 1 (rewatch)
  42. Sex and the City, season 2 (rewatch)
  43. Alias Grace
  44. Sex and the City, season 3 (rewatch)
  45. Sex and the City, season 4 (rewatch)
  46. Sex and the City, season 5 (rewatch)
  47. Sex and the City, season 6 (rewatch)
Films and Documentaries and Such:
  1. Save the Last Dance (rewatch)
  2. The Giver
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (in theaters)
  4. *Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (rewatch)
  5. *Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (rewatch)
  6. Finding Dory
  7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  8. For the Love of Spock (documentary)
  9. *Labyrinth (rewatch)
  10. The Imitation Game (rewatch)
  11. Arrival (rewatch)
  12. A Very Potter Musical (rewatch)
  13. Moana
  14. Hidden Figures (in theaters)
  15. First Position (documentary)
  16. Florence Foster Jenkins
  17. Ballet 422 (documentary)
  18. When Marnie Was There
  19. A Ballerina's Tale (documentary)
  20. The Secret of Kells
  21. My Neighbors the Yamadas
  22. The Matrix (rewatch)
  23. Mona Lisa Smile (rewatch)
  24. Avatar (rewatch; unfinished--wow, it's really problematic)
  25. Room
  26. *Labyrinth (rewatch)
  27. Florence Foster Jenkins (rewatch)
  28. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (rewatch)
  29. Black Swan (rewatch)
  30. Miss Congeniality (rewatch)
  31. Edge of Tomorrow
  32. The Red Turtle
  33. Ex Machina
  34. Moon
  35. Our Little Sister
  36. A Monster Calls
  37. Looper (unfinished--too much of a Philip K Dick-type grittiness and unrelentingly masculine perspective)
  38. Ponyo
  39. Independence Day (rewatch)
  40. Jurassic World
  41. Passengers
  42. Ex Machina (rewatch)
  43. Snowpiercer
  44. Wonder Woman (in theaters)
  45. *The Hobbit (animated) (rewatch)
  46. *Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (rewatch)
  47. Sunshine
  48. Children of Men
  49. *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (rewatch)
  50. *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (rewatch)
  51. Beauty and the Beast (live action)
  52. The Martian (rewatch; unfinished--watched on an airplane)
  53. Finding Dory (rewatch)
  54. The Constant Nymph
  55. MirrorMask
  56. The Craft
  57. Dead Poets Society (rewatch)
  58. Enchanted April (rewatch)
  59. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (rewatch)
  60. The Nightmare Before Christmas (rewatch)
  61. High School Musical (rewatch)
  62. The Crucible (rewatch)
  63. Kubo and the Two Strings
  64. The Court Jester (rewatch)
  65. Jupiter Ascending
  66. The Monuments Men
  67. After the Storm
  68. Rebecca
  69. Harry Potter: A History of Magic (documentary)
  70. Kiki's Delivery Service (rewatch)
  71. The Space Between Us

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