HAPPY NEW YEAR!
And welcome to my 6th year of blogging. 2016 had a bit of a hit in terms of blogging and reading volume, but I’m hoping to rectify this in 2017. Nevertheless, I’ve encountered some brilliant books.
- 80 books read, 26 less than in 2015.
- 34 5* books. 2 more than 2015. I’m always surprised when this number increases, but perhaps I am better at selecting books that challenge and entertain me.
- Zero 1* books. Huzzah!
I began the year with All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and ended it with
Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka. 2016 was the year of embracing the graphic novel and comics.
My top 34 books
2016 was the year I discovered both Sarah Moss and Magda Szabó, now two of my favourite authors.
- All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
- A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
- Think Like an Artist – Will Gompertz
- Ex Libris – Anne Fadiman
- Iza’s Ballad – Magda Szabó
- The Portable Veblen – Elizabeth Mckenzie
- Embers – Sándor Márai
- The Girls – Emma Cline
- Ruby – Cynthia Bond
- My Name is Leon – Kit de Waal
- We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
- The Vegetarian – Han Kang
- The Book of Memory – Petina Gappah
- Contagious – Jonah Berger
- Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
- Pyongyang – Guy Delisle
- Logicomix – Apostolos Doxiadis
- Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys – Viv Albertine
- Animal – Sara Pascoe
- Agatha – Anne Martinetti
- Hysteria – Richard Appignanesi
- The Tidal Zone – Sarah Moss
- The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
- Ctrl, Alt; Delete – Emma Gannon
- Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
- Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide – J.K. Rowling
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies – J.K. Rowling
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists – J.K. Rowling
- Where Am I Now? – Mara Wilson
- Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh
- His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet
- Night Waking – Sarah Moss
- Love, Nina – Nina Stibbe
Hard to pick a favourite, but The Interestings affected me the most – I felt very emotionally invested.
2016 saw my first visit to LA to visit my lovely, generous friend Tania, as well as a fantastic new job. It’s also been a good and shit year culturally (such is the way of a recession, humanity gets selfish). On a superficial level, it has also been heartbreaking, with many famous deaths including actors like Alan Rickman (who I adore).
All in all, I look forward to 2017 being better.