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2015 in Review

To put things into perspective, at the beginning of this year, I hadn't even read Carmilla. CARMILLA.

 
Insanity.

Counting the two books I will assuredly finish New Year's Eve, I read 73 books this year, which is probably my highest ever, except that's kind of negated by the sheer number of comics. 2013 still beats me out in pages by a couple hundred.

A shockingly low 24 out of 73 were written by women. That's an all-time low. Has to be. Unsurprisingly, I also read very few feminist histories this year. I think we can all blame this on the sad state of female representation in comics.

How many were comics!
30

Were any of those comic collections over a thousand pages long!
Yes.

Does that kind of negate your guilt about also counting volumes that comprised only about 6 issues?
Obvs.

Some Things:

1. At the beginning of this year, no Carmilla, no Aquarium, no Sandman, no comics at all, no King Mob, no Robbie Kaplan book that led to me speaking with her on the phone, thereby fulfilling all the hopes and dreams of 2013 Alice — my point is, a lot's been goin' on. 

2. I read and hated Barnaby Rudge. I'll have finished Djuna Barnes's very difficult Nightwood by the end of tomorrow. I discovered I am really not into Matt Fraction's writing, and I cannot get into Bitch Planet, no matter how feministy it might be.

3. Because of the opera Thérèse Raquin, I read the book by Zola and thought it was the worst. Because of Barnaby Rudge, I read Christopher Hibbert's King Mob and thought it was the best.

Comics are great. I like history. More women should write comics. Looking forward to 2016.

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