Sadly, this is how I stand on each category to date. It is pitiful:
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL:COMMENTS: I am a huge fan of the Imperial Radch series, and Ancillary Mercy was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I own a print copy and an electronic copy. How is it that I have not read it yet? Elizabeth Bear is one of my favorite authors. Why have I not read Karen Memory? The same applies to China Miéville and his collection Three Moments of an Explosion.
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)-- On my coffee table
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor) -- In my Kindle
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) -- In my Kindle
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) -- Read
YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine) -- In my Kindle
Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace; Macmillan UK) -- In my Kindle
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris) -- In my Kindle
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com) -- In my Kindle
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)-- Read
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman (Morrow) - Read
Three Moments of an Explosion, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey 2016) - In my Kindle
I have no real answers to my questions above. My guess is that I haven't been in the right frame of mind to tackle these books. I'm a moody reader. But you know, almost every year the release of the Locus Award Finalists inspires me to read SFF -- the books already in my possession, as well as the novellas and novelettes I usually miss. Hopefully, that will be the case this time around.