Nonfiction and Memoir:
Total read: 23
Best of the year: Hunger by Roxane Gay, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Total read: 9
Best of the year: John Lewis’s March trilogy and Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Total read: 35
Best of the year: La Belle Savauge by Philip Pullman, N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, and The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
Total read: a lot– most of my stack
Best of the year: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
General reading wrap up:
A-Z challenge: 25/26 (could have tried harder to finish this one! X, you defeated me this time.)
Goodreads challenge: read 157/125 books– very pleased with this!
ARCs reviewed this year: 32
Favorite reading thing done #2: got a chance to interview the author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (a great, great book)
- Words written on book-length stuff: over 100k
- Full books finished: 1 (then edited significantly!)
- NaNoWriMo project: won NaNo, and book from that project in progress. Hope to finish draft zero by the end of January!
This was my most productive publishing year yet, so a few highlights:
Had the immense privilege this year to publish in a few outlets that I absolutely adore: The Rumpus to talk about ash trees and politics and Electric Lit, where my Wonder Woman history piece found a home.
I’ve been challenging myself to write and submit more, and have a few things pending for publication that I’m excited to announce.
2017 kicked me in the pants, like it did to many that I know.
Some things I’m grateful for at the end of it:
- family who keeps me on my toes (even with bouts of lice, colds, and constant “Why?” questioning)
- friends that will share fried pickles, stories, tears, and laughter
- a great job the challenges me daily
- a tougher shell, but a better ear for criticism
- hope for the future
Here’s to a good 2018, my friends.