Books of 2014

I read 291 books this year, the most since 2011, with a total pagecount of ~97,100, which is way above previouis tallies ( ~68,000 in 2013, ~77,800 in 2012, ~88,200 in 2011). Partly this was the accelerating incentive of the Arthur C. Clarke Award; I read 58 works either which have been submitted or in a couple of cases which I thought might be submitted (and still might be).

Diversity: 81 (28%) by women, compared to 71 (30%) in 2013, 65 (25%) in 2012, 22% in 2011, 23% in 2010, 20% in 2009, 12% in 2008. Highest number recorded to date.
21 (7%) by PoC this year, compared with 11 (5%) in 2013, 12 (5%) in 2012, 5% in 2011, 9% in 2010, 5% in 2009, 2% in 2008. Boosted by Clarke submissions.

Most books by a single author:
Justin Richards (4), and one other who gets to 4 by counting Clarke submissions.
Non-fiction

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
48 46 53 69 66 88
16% 19% 20% 23% 24% 26%

Best in category: Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell. Really fantastic writing.
Runner-up: Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory, by Patrick McGuinness – still not sure who recommended this to me, but it was a good call.
The one you won't have heard of: Legacy: A story of racism and the Northern Ireland Troubles by Jayne Olorunda

Non-sfnal fiction

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
41 44 48 48 50 57
14% 19% 19% 16% 18% 18%

Best in category: The Waves, by Virginia Woolf – NB SPOILERS in my write-up.
Runner-up: The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene
The one you won't have heard of: Battle for Bittora, by Anuja Chauhan

Non-Whovian sff

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
124 65 62 78 73 78
43% 27% 24% 26% 26% 23%

(for convenience, this year’s total includes a couple of Clarke submissions that I don’t really think are sf.)

Best in category: The Ocean At The End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
Runner-up: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
The one you won't have heard of: The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World, by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.

Doctor Who fiction

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
59 72 75 80 71 70
20% 30% 29% 27% 26% 19%

Best in category: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller, by Joanne Harris – short but punchy.
Runner-up: Damaged Goods, by Russell T. Davis – excellent, unexpecetd foreshadowing of New Who.
The one you won't have heard of: The Cybermen Monster File, by Gavin Collinson and Joseph Lidster – a nifty ebook about your second favourite monsters.

Extra – Who non-fiction: Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living With Doctor Who, by Neil Perryman – a lovely confessional account of life as a Who fan and blogger
Extra – Who comics: The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, by Paul Cornell – loved it.

Comics

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
19 30 21 27 18 28
7% 13% 8% 9% 6% 8%

Best in category: Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot
Runner-up: Sugar Skull, by Charles Burns
The one you won't have heard of: Brussel in beeldekes: Manneken Pis en andere sjarels, ed. Marc Verhaegen

Worst book of the year: with some competition from others in the same series, the 1986 Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Doctor Who story by William Emms, Mission to Venus, is so poor that I would gently suggest to even the most dedicated Who completist than they can safely give it a miss.

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