Gail’s Favorite Reads & Stats of 2015

So I wrote this great big post, Gentle Reader, with all sorts of fun things about my favorite books and their cover art and what I read and… then blogger ate it! (Hot-key fail-bug got me again!) I haven’t the heart to redo it. Although, I have now instituted a policy of backing up my blog code manually (that 30 second auto-save is a doozy).

Regardless, I did calculate my stats by hand so I do have them still. And I remembered a bit of the blog so here’s a summary:

Ebooks Gail Read in 2015

  • 4 Nonfiction (most of my nonfiction is read in print)
  • 28 Short Story
  • 11 Sci-fi
  • 16 YA
  • 10 Anthology/Collection
  • 11 Fantasy Novel (including urban)
  • 4 Other Novel (historical, comedic)
  • 46 Romance Novel/Novella
  • 65 rejected (16 full books, the rest samples)

Since I’m intending to write romance in 2016 I bumped up my consumption of that genre. I also read romance faster than other genres, since I can skim read it easily.

Gail’s favorite books of 2015 included:

I’ve only included books that were new to me or newly released in 2015. I’m coming to define favorite books as ones I immediately want to reread. Or ones that I actually did reread a few months later.

I also read and enjoyed a couple Maas style YAs. These didn’t make the grade for me in terms of wanting to reread. However, if you like the YA fantasy assassin thing you might try Shannon Mayer’s Recurve (only $2.99), Moira Katson’s Shadownborn (first book is FREE), and Terah Edun’s Sworn series (first book is FREE). Like Maas’s books, I find them addicting while reading, but strangely dissatisfying when over, similar to eating milk chocolate when you really wanted dark.

Also, shout out of Wolverine’s Daughter by Doranna Durgin (only $3.99) which was not of the milk chocolate variety, being a YA fantasy that reminded me of Wrede’s Raven Ring, never a bad thing.

Some favorite quotes from books I read this year…

“The harper ducked his head, as if hoping the words would fly over him and not land.”
~ The Reluctant Berserker by Alex Beecroft

As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich.”
~ Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

“… gave one of Tarnekep Portree’s better smiles, the kind that tended to make law-abiding citizens suddenly remember urgent business elsewhere.”
~ By Honor Betray’d  by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald

“It’s your own fault for encouraging him when he was a first-year, you know. Now he thinks he’s a human being.” Owen threw himself at Neal.
~ Page: Book 2 of the Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce (Neal & Owen: my two favorite characters in the series) 

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1845 La Mode 102

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
A Stained Glass Octopus Chandelier

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Birth of Fashion Magazines

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
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  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail’s first foray into hybrid land. First draft finished, awaiting edits pass.

Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
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“And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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