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My favourite books of 2011

The books listed here were not necessarily released in 2011, but read in 2011. You can read reviews of many of the books I’ve read over at ASif! or sometimes on Goodreads, which is where I keep track these days. I read over 400 books during the year – many of them for children or young adults, but if it weren’t for Goodreads, I don’t know how I’d remember them all!

So, which did I like best?

Marvel Runaways (graphic novels) – read on Tansy’s recommendation, and really great stuff.

The Vorkosigan Saga (reread and blogged with Alex)

Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts (a Twelve Planets collection)

Eona: the last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman

The Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Teeth: vampire tales edited by Ellen Datlow

Happy as Larry by Scot Gardner

Treachery in Death and New York to Dallas by JD Robb

The Fitzosbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

Deadline by Mira Grant

Toppling by Sally Murphy

Henry Hoey Hobson by Christine Bongers

Chicks Dig Timelords edited by Lynne M Thomas and Tara O’Shea

Songs of Love and Death edited by George RR Martin

Debris by Jo Anderton

Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti (a Twelve Planets collection)

Steampunk! An anthology of fantastically rich and strange stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This is a pretty long list, derived almost entirely from cross-checking those books I gave five stars to on Goodreads in 2011. However, if you check out my Goodreads, you’ll note that there are hundreds of unstarred books – these are CBCA judging books and I have not included my favourites from those here, because it’s an ongoing judging process. There are some VERY excellent books in the mix though, and I look forward to starring them later this year!

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The year that was

I’ve been reading everyone else’s Year That Was posts, and best/favourite of the year thingies, and really want to do some but not sure I can muster the energy or memory! 2011 was a pretty good year, but it was about an 11 on the crazy-busy scale! Things what I done:

1. Helped run a convention – Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. And while I didn’t enjoy the weekend itself (not because of the con, but because I had so little time TO enjoy it!), I really enjoyed being part of the team and enjoyed the fact that everyone ELSE enjoyed it! It hasn’t put me off con-running 🙂

2. Brought out a new book – After the Rain – it’s very good, have you read it? 🙂 The ebook version of this that I pulled together in the aftermath of the terrible QLD floods (well before the release of the print version) raised over $2000 for the QLD Premier’s Flood Appeal, which I was very proud of and appreciative for the support given by people from all over the world (and from the authors who permitted their stories to be used).

3. Started a new journal for a professional association (the WA School Library Association) called ic3: information, communication, collaboration, celebration. I’m very proud of the first three issues and look forward to my continuing role as editor.

4. Failed to sell a house – market dead flat, but still, it helped declutter somewhat before…

5. Successfully moved interstate (well, we’re not there yet, but everything was moved out before the end of 2011, so that counts!)

6. Worked three days per week.

7. Continued to raise three very awesome kidlets.

8. Continued to be married to a very motivated, hard working, pretty hunky bloke.

9. Acted as judging co-ordinator for the Aurealis Awards (still going).

10. Acted as judge for the 2010 WA Premier’s Book Awards.

11. Acted as judge for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards (still going).

12. As part of those last couple, read over 400 books in 2012.

13. Started a podcast – The Book Nut – it’s pretty good have you heard it yet? 🙂

14. Turned 36.

15. Created two new book projects for FableCroft (due out in 2012).

16. Fell in love with Doctor Who. Rabidly. And started to blog about it with Tansy and David.

17. Fell in love with Fringe. And Haven. And Misfits. I actually watched rather a lot of television this year – most unusual!

18. Reread and blogged about the Vorkosigan Saga with Alex.

19. Hosted some fantastic blog posts about indie press.

20. Visited family and friends (and hosted them in return).

And look, I’m sure there’s loads more! But 20 highlights is probably enough, so I’ll leave it there. It’s been a busy year, and 2012 looks set to be no less busy, but quite a lot different – bring it on!


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