What was your favorite book in 2009?
In 2009, I was very much into manga, so my favorite was Rurouni Kenshin. It follows the red-headed character on the front, eleven years in Meiji Era Japan. Kenshin, during the Bakumatsu regime, eleven years beforehand, was a manslayer – an agent of death for one side of the revolution. He killed many, and his killer name – Battousai, became legend. Years after, Kenshin has sworn off killing, and has been wondering, saving people when he can to try to repent for his previous life. His past however, is hard to outrun.
This series is a decent length – 28 volumes – but it’s full of historical fun facts, good character development, interesting arcs and even a bit of humor. I really love this one.
What is your favorite book of 2019?
The Monster Baru Cormorant – I’ve only rated five books five stars this year (so far) and this is one of them. I can’t pick between them, so I’m going with the one I’ve talked about least recently. This is the second book in Dickinson’s Masquerade series, and this one is just as good as if not better than the first one. I. adore. it.
It follows Baru, a woman whose home is invaded and colonized by a foreign nation, as she tries to bring it down from the inside. This series is smart, well thought out, and twisty. I really, really love it. The third one comes out next year and I’m SO EXCITED FOR IT, MAN.
What was your least favorite book in 2009?
I wasn’t actively tracking my reading so long ago, so I’m going to go with Breaking Dawn, which is a book I read around then that I remember not liking. I know it’s beating a dead horse, but… honestly I didn’t mind the first three books. I thought they were ok for what they were. But this fourth one man. Holy cow, it was the worst.
What was your least favorite book in 2019?
Black Leopard, Red Wolf – I really didn’t care for this book, like at all. It was really explicit, and normally this doesn’t bother me, but the general attitude towards rape in this book is what I didn’t like. Like… I can handle graphic content and themes, but I didn’t like this because it was never called out as a negative. It was never questioned. It was just status quo. Like, things would happen, the main character even would threaten to do things like this, and it was just all… ‘this is how it is here, la de da’. Like there was so much unnecessary violence in here. Characters would get killed via sexual violence and the main character would see it because he happened to be there and then like.. would move on, and none of the characters he saw would be mentioned again, nor would the scene be relevant to the plot. I feel like it was just put in there for shock value, and I did not dig it.
What is a book published in 2009 that you still want to read?
The Edge of the World – I’ve had this book and the second book in the trilogy on my shelves for, well, almost a decade. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.
What is a book published in 2019 you want to get to before 2020?
Honestly nothing. I have my books planned for the rest of the year and none of them were published this year, haah.
What is a genre you used to read a lot of that you don’t read as much of anymore?
Historical and literary fiction. I used to read quite a bit of it on top of manga, and now I stick mostly to fantasy. I’ll still pick historical or lit fiction up occasionally, but I really have to be in the mood for it.
What is a new genre you’ve discovered since 2009?
Science fiction! And by that I mostly mean space operas. I read a bit of light sci-fi back when I was a teen, but I had never picked up a chunky space opera before. I really like them though, and I’m glad I got into them!
What is a reading or book habit you are hoping to leave behind in this decade?
Having hundreds of unread books. I’ve been trying to decrease my purchasing, and I’ve been purging as well. Ideally I want about 20-30 unread books at any one time. Enough to have a selection when choosing something new to read, but few enough that it’s not overwhelming and I don’t feel guilty for getting more. I need to pick up my reading speed, man.
What is a new reading goal or habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?
As mentioned, getting my unread pile of books to a manageable number, either by reading them or by losing interest/purging them. Either way, I wanna get it down.
And that’s it! I tag Katy!