30 Day Book Challenge, Day 1

February has begun, and I’m eager to maintain this habit I’m developing, of posting daily to this blog. I know that these daily challenge things aren’t the most gripping content, but they’re reinforcing the habit, and as the month progresses, I’m going to try to also post non-challenge items as well.

The decision to do this particular challenge has come from a private chat server I’m on with some fellow creators, to whom I’d brought the Song challenge last month. They enjoyed it, as it sparked some good conversation, and so it was suggested to continue the theme, with books, and perhaps comics next month.

So, today’s challenge: Best book you read last year.

Most of the books I read last year were non-fiction — research for various projects. But in all honesty, the best book I read last year was fiction, which I absolutely devoured in the final three weeks of the year, after picking it up on the day it became available.

The best book I read in 2017 was the 7th book in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey (the pen name of writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. I’m an absolutely raving fanboy of this series, which is, in my opinion, the best science fiction series that I’ve read in years — a series that combines political intrigue, social commentary, adventure and a detailed, realistic look at human life spread throughout our solar system (and, later in the series, beyond our system — while also examining the sociopolitical effect that such a leap forward would have upon us).

Folks who are interested can click through via the image above. The other books in the series are available via the “Customers Also Purchased” gallery along the bottom of the page. Or you can check out the 2 seasons of the television adaptation of the series, which have already aired and are available in various formats (the TV series is about 1 1/2 books in, so far).

So there we go — Day 1. Hope to see you back here tomorrow.

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