[DWJ] Best of 2017??

Jessica Spencer jessicaspencer at blueyonder.co.uk
Wed Jan 18 15:21:02 EST 2017

That looks like a wonderful reading list - particularly Hereville and Click Clack Moo.

I don’t have a list of everything I read in 2016, but I enjoyed Ben Aaronovitch, though I don’t think he’s very good at writing women. I finally read and loved The Bloody Chamber. I also discovered Carmen Maria Machado, whose first book isn’t quite published yet, but a lot of her stories are available online or in collections - I particularly liked The Husband Stitch and Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead.

Congratulations to the engaged people!


(PS. Sorry for many years of lurking.)
On 18 Jan 2017, at 7.57pm, deborah.dwj at suberic.net wrote:

> On Wed, 18 Jan 2017, Jameela Lares wrote:
>> Although I do not have a ready list of what I read in 2016, I did succeed in teaching my survey class on Anglo-American fantasy from  Tolkien, even _Fire and Hemlock_.  I had mentioned earlier this year that I was worried about teaching it, and your comments on student worries about age difference helped me channel that concern.   I also introduced the book with a day on the two ballads that inform it, which seemed to help.  Several of my students from that class are now in my Milton + epic course, and yesterday one of them announced that her favorite book is _Fire and Hemlock_.  Yay!
> That looks like a great syllabus, Jameela. I taught my SFF for children
> and young adults class again this fall for the first time in  five
> years, and I was impressed at how much growth there's been in the field
> that forced me to rework the syllabus  again..  (My syllabus is much
> less classics/history oriented---ffor values of classics and history
> that apparently include the late 20th century. *g*)
> My syllabus is at https://suberic.net/~deborah.kaplan/courses/414/ . The
> section on the reading list is:
>    Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
>    William Alexander, Ambassador (2014)
>    Tamora Pierce, Alanna: the First Adventure (1983)
>    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Conch Bearer (2003)
>    Barry Deutsch, Hereville (2011)
>    Laurence Yep, Dragon of the Lost Sea (1982)
>    Diana Wynne Jones, Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998)
>    Noelle Stevenson, Nimona (2015)
>    Philippa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden (1959)
>    Mary Norton, The Borrowers (1953)
>    Daniel José Older, Shadowshaper (2015)
>    Monica Hughes, The Game (previously Invitation to the Game) (1990)
>    Lois Lowry, The Giver (1993)
>    Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, The Shadow Speaker (2007)
>    Ambelin Kwaymullina,The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (2014)
>    Robert C. O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971)
>    Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion (2002)
>    Nancy Werlin, Double Helix (2004)
>    Margaret Mahy, The Changeover (1984)
>    Cassandra Clare City of Bones (2007)
>    Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (2013)
>    Robert A. Heinlein, Podkayne of Mars, Her Life and Times (1963)
>    Adam Rex, The True Meaning of Smekday (2007)
>    Corinne Duyvis, On the Edge of Gone (2016)
>    Robin McKinley, Beauty (1978)
>    Donna Jo Napoli, Breath (2003)
>    Joseph Bruchac, Killer of Enemies (2013)
>    Neil Gaiman, Coraline (2002)
>    Jill Thompson, Magic Trixie (2008)
>    Dia Reeves, Bleeding Violet (2010)
>    Catherine Jinks, Living Hell (2010)
>    Ysabeau Wilce Flora Segunda (2007)
>    Guadalupe Garcia McCall Summer of the Mariposas (2012)
>    Sarah Zettel Dust Girl (2012)
>    Arnold Lobel Mouse Soup (1977)
>    Rubert Munsch Paper Bag Princess (1980)
>    Chris Raschka Arlene Sardine (1998)
>    Doreen Cronin Click Clack Moo (2000)
>    Emily Gravett Orange Pear Apple Bear (2007)
>    Christopher Myers Jabberwocky (2007)
>    Ben Hatke Zita the Spacegirl (2011)
>    G. Willow Wilson Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal (2014)
> It's a very long list, of course. A fair amount of it is paper books and
> middle grade fiction, and they are graduate students who are expected to
> do a solid amount of reading, but if I teach it again I will probably
> bring it down by about one fewer book a week.
> -deborah
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