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1.  Buried Angels - Camilla Lackberg ***1/2

2.  The Ineritance of Loss - Kieran Desai **

3.  The People in the Photo - Hélène Gestern ***** 

4.  Among Others - Jo Walton ****

5.  This Rough Magic - Mary stewart ****

6.  The War For All the Oceans - Roy Adkins & Lesley Adkins ****

7.  A Sweet Obscurity - Patrick Gale ****

8.  Make Me - Lee Child ****

9. A little death - Laura Wlson ***

10. Shadow of the Rock - Thomas Mogford ***

11.  The Islands of Chaldea - DianaWynne Jones ***1/2

12.  The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman ****

13.  The Awakening of Miss Prim - Natallia Sanmartino Fenollera ***

14.  The Killing Lessons - saul Black ****1/2

15.  Butchers Hill - Laura Lippmann ***1/2

16.  Too :many Godmothers - Kate Fenton ****1/2

17.  Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel (re-read for book group) *****

18.  Dead Man's Grip - Peter James ***1/2

19.  Brooklyn - Colm Toibin *****

20.  Lions and Liquorice - Kate Fenton ****

21.  The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason **1/2

22.  Painter of Silence - Georgina Harding ****

23.  Nora Webster- Colm Toibin ****

24.  The Rook - Daniel Mason (RR) ****

25.  A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson ***1/2

26.  Impossible - Michelle Magorrian **1/2

27.  Heartbreak Hotel - Deborah Moggach***1/2

28.  The Reluctant Widow - Georgette Heyer ****

29.  The Price of Love - Peter Robinson ***

30.  The Lowland - jhumpa Lahiri ****

31.  Divas Don't Knit - Gil McNeil ***

32.  The Testament of Mary - Colm Toibin ***1/2

31.  In Bitter Chill - Sarah Ward ****

32.  The Lewis Man - Peter May ****

33.  Needles and Pins - Gil McNeill ***

34.  The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett ****

35.  The Storied Life of AJ Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin ****

36.  Flappers - Judith Mackrell ****

37.  The Bookman's Tale - Charlie Lovatt **

38.  Career of Evil - Robert galbraith ****1/2

39.  A Place Called Winter - Patrick Gale ****1/2

40.  Crooked Heart -Lissa Evans ****

41.  The Rest of Us Just Live here - Patrick Ness ***

42. lamentation - C J Sansom ****1/2

43.  Disclaimer - Renee Knight ***

44.  Virginia Woolf in Manhatten - Maggie Gee

45.  The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson ***1/2

46.  Mariner and Gunner - Henry Baynham ****

47.  Theft of Life - Imogen Robertson ****1/2

48.  The Ides of April - Lindsey Davies ****

49.  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce ***

50.  The House of Silk - Anthony Horowitz ***

51.  Thorneyhold - Mary Stewart **

52.  A Song From Dead Lips - William Shaw ***1/2

53. Don't Point That Thing At Me - Kyril Bonfiglioli ***

54.  The Knitting Circle - Ann Hood **

55.  The Conjorer's Bird - Martin Davies ****

56.  The Newlyweds - Nell Freudenberger **

57. The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante *****

58.Sweet Caress - William Boyd ****1/2

59.  Those Wild Wyndhams - Claudia Renton

60. Dead Wake - Eric Larson

61. Flight Behaviour - Barbara Kingsolver ***1/2

62. The lie Tree - Frances Hardinge ***1/2

63. Elsewhere - Richard Russo ****

64  Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Elena Ferrante****1/2

65. Enemies At Home - Lindsey Davis ****

66. Light on Snow - Anita Shreve ****

67. I Let You Go - Clare Macintosh ***

68. Blood Symmetry - Kate Rhodes ****1/2

69. The News Where you Are - Catherine O'Flynn ****1/2

70.  After You - Jojo Moyes **** 1/2

71. Daisy in Chains -Sharon Bolton *** 1/2

72.  This Must Be The Place - Maggie O'Farrell ****1/2

73. Cry The Beloved Country - Alan Paton ****1/2

74. Scandal Takes a Holiday - Libdsey Davies ****

75. Behind Closed Doors - Elizabeth Haynes ****

76. Missing presumed- Susie steiner**

77. The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies *

78. Campari for Breakfast - Sara Crowe **

79. The Wrong Girl - Laura Wilson ****

80.  The Wolf Border - Sarah Hall DNF

81.  Deadly Election - Lindsay Davies ****

82.  At The Edge of the Orchard - Tracy Chevalier **** 

83. We Were Liars - E Lockhart ****

84. The Garden of the Heserides - Lindsay Davies ****

85. The Story of the Lost Child - Elena Ferrante ****1/2

86. Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley *****

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1. The Lost Painting by Nicholas Harr (01/02/16)****

2. Lexicon by Max Barry (01/06/16)***1/2

3. The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr***1/2

4. The Clasp by Sloan Crosley *** (but fun)

5. When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett (01/18/16)*****

6. The People in the Photo by Helene Gestern (01/19/16)****

7. The Girl in the River (01/16)***1/2

 

8. Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin (02/01/16)***1/2

9. Something from the Nightside (02/16)****

10. Hour of the Wolf. By Hakan Nester (02/12/16)*** 1/2

11. Rough Music by Patrick Gale (02/19/16)*****

12. The Girl with No Past by Kathryn Croft (02/25/16)***1/2

 

13. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar War by Juno Diaz (03/06/16)****

14. Even the Dead by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville)(03/13/16)****

15. In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward (03/22/16) ***1/2

16. A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gayle (03/27/16)****

17. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (03/31/16)***

 

18. The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon (04/02/16)***1/2

19. The Infidel Stain by M.J. Carter (04/10/16)***1/2

20. Shroud by John Banville (04/23/16)**** (may get to 5)

21. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer (04/30/16) *****

 

22. Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigrudadottir (05/04/16) ***1/2

23. An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich (05/11/16)**** (high rating for a spy novel)

24. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith (05/14/16)***1/2

25. Running on Red Dog Road (05/16/16)****1/2

26. My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigrudadottir (05/22/16)****

27. Sweet Caress by William Boyd (05/30/16)*****

 

28. Extraordinary People by William May (06/03/16)***1/2

29. Jungle of Stone by William Carlsen (06/17/16)**** (may get to 5)

30. Against a Dark Sky by Katherine Pathak (06/18/16)***1/2

31. The Hummingbird by Kati hiekkapelto (06/24/16)***1/2

 

32. The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth (07/01/16)****

33. The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith (07/04/16)*****

34. On a Dark Sea by Katherine Pathak (07/08/16)**1/2

35. The Letter Writer (07/14/16) by Dan Fesperman (07/17/16)****

36. The Girl You Lost (07/18/16) by Kathryn Croft (07/19/16)***

37. A Hero of France by Alan Furst (07/20/16)****1/2

38. Stilleto by Daniel O'Malley (07/___/16)***1/2

 

39. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (08/05/16)****

40. Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson (08/10/16)***1/2

41. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (08/22/16)****

42. The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson (08/25/16)****

43. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (08/30/16)**

 

45. The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner (09/13/16)*****My God, what a book

46. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (09/19/16)*****just heard the author speak tonight

47. Hell Fire by Karin Fossum (09/21/16)***1/2 (would have been higher but for one flaw)

 

48. Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham (10/23/16)*****

49. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (10/28/16)***

50. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet*****

By Gaslight by Steven Prince (gave it up--couldn't ever get into it)

51. The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto***1/2

 

52. No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd***1/2

53. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance *****

54. The Widow by Fiona Barton***

Every Man Dies Alone (stopped it, but didn't give up--just too busy to deal with anything serious

55. The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad**

56. The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza***

57. The Do-Right by Lisa Sandlin****

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The Paper Trail, Alexander Monro - completed (hardback, started 2015)
Call For the Dead, John Le Carré - completed (paperback)
Lonely Werewolf Girl, Martin Millar - completed (paperback)
The Trial, Franz Kafka - completed (paperback)
Iron Council, China Miéville - completed (paperback)
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll - completed (hardback)
The Strange Child, E T A Hoffman - completed (paperback)
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner - completed (paperback)
Cliff's Notes : Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, James L Roberts - completed {paperback)
A Study In Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle - completed (hardback)
Point Blank, Richard Stark - completed (paperback)
Instrumental, James Rhodes - completed (hardback)
At the Existentialist Café, Sarah Bakewell - completed (hardback)
The Killing Season, Mason Cross - completed (Paperback)
The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson - completed (paperback)
Playback, Raymond Chandler - completed (paperback)
The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty - completed (paperback)
The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton - completed (paperback)
The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels - completed (paperback)
A Drink Before the War, Dennis Lehane - completed (paperback)
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte - completed (paperback)
The Traveller's Companion, Ian Rankin - completed (hardback)
Das Boot, Lothar Gunther Buchheim - completed (paperback)
The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilmore - completed (paperback)
The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner - completed (paperback)
The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin - completed (paperback)
Thomas Beckett, John Guy - completed (paperback)
His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet - completed (ebook)
Beloved Poison, E S Thomson - completed (paperback)
Siddartha, Hermann Hesse - completed (paperback)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Wallace Irving - completed (paperback)
Backwater, Dorothy Richardson - completed (paperback)
Rather Be the Devil, Ian Rankin - completed (hardback)
The Wonderful Visit, H G Wells - completed (ebook)
Descent, Tim Johnston - completed (paperback)
The Paper Men, William Golding - completed (paperback)
Ross Poldark, Winston Graham - completed (paperback)
Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A Abbott - completed  (paperback)

The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne, Andrew Nicoll - completed (paperback)

 

So the total read is 39.  A world record for me.  I am pleased with the breadth of my reading this year as well as the volume, there is a nice mix of fiction, non-fiction, BGO recommended and discoveries of my own.

 

Very, very difficult to pick a highlight of the year.  So much so that I'm not going to bother.  The ones that I read gave me much in the way of pleasure and I can't pick just one.

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This year's special project is to re-read all of the late, great Iain Banks's non-genre fiction, sequentially, at least one book per

month, starting with The Wasp Factory and ending with The Quarry. That's 15 books, 16 if I also re-read  "Raw Spirit", his

excellent non-fiction book about Scottish whisky, so the exercise may continue into 2017.

 

Next year I'll be doing the same with his 13 SF books under the name of Iain M Banks.

 

Palookaville 20 - Seth [started December 2015]

Spectacles - Sue Perkins [started December 2015]

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan

Talulla Rising - Glen Duncan

By Blood We Live - Glen Duncan

Palookaville 21 - Seth

Walking On Glass - Iain Banks

Palookaville 22 - Seth

Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie

The Bridge - Iain Banks

The Rain Before It Falls - Jonathan Coe

It's Not Me, It's You - Jon Richardson [Kindle]

The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim - Jonathan Coe

Expo 58 - Jonathan Coe

Espedair Street - Iain Banks

Pier Review - Jon Bounds and Danny Smith

Something Of The Night - Ian Marchant

Canal Dreams - Iain Banks

100 Acts Of Minor Dissent - Mark Thomas

Becoming Johnny Vegas - Johnny Vegas

The Crow Road - Iain Banks

The Magicians - Lev Grossman

The Magician King - Lev Grossman

The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

Complicity - Iain Banks

1971: Never A Dull Moment - David Hepworth

Future Days - David Stubbs

Usagi Yojimbo Saga: Book 6 - Stan Sakai

The SEX Column And Other Misprints - David Langford [Kindle]

Whit - Iain Banks

A God In Ruins - Kate Atkinson

Viper Wine - Hermione Eyre

A Song Of Stone - Iain Banks

The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet - David Mitchell

Slade House - David Mitchell

The Business - Iain Banks

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

The Night Clock - Paul Meloy

Dead Air - Iain Banks

Two Pints - Roddy Doyle

The Guts - Roddy Doyle

The Steep Approach To Garbadale - Iain Banks

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - The Best Of Forty Years - Jon Naismith (ed.)

Up Through An Empty House Of Stars: Reviews and Essays 1980-2002 - David Langford [Kindle]

Transition - Iain Banks

Patience - Daniel Clowes

The Sandman: Overture - Neil Gaiman

Stonemouth - Iain Banks

The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

The Long War - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

The Long Mars - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

The Quarry - Iain Banks

Usagi Yojimbo Saga: Book 7 - Stan Sakai

Raw Spirit: In Search Of The Perfect Dram - Iain Banks

Crosstalk: Interviews Conducted By David Langford - David Langford [Kindle]

Blaze - Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

Welcome To Just A Minute - Nicholas Parsons

A Christmas Cornucopia - Mark Forsyth

Cell - Stephen King

Revival - Stephen King

Just After Sunset - Stephen King

I Like You - Sandol Stoddard Warburg

The Broons Annual 2017 - DC Thomson

Content Provider - Stewart Lee

 

Previously...
My Book List 2007
My Book List 2008
My Book List 2009
My Book List 2010
My Book List 2011
My Book List 2012
My Book List 2013

My Book List 2014

My Book List 2015

My Book List 2016

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30. Himself, Jess Kidd CURRENT

29. The Quality of Silence, Rosamund Lupton DNF

28. You Could Do...(Raoul Moat), Andrew Hankinson ***

27. Betrayal, The Boston Globe *****

26. His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnett ****

25. I See You, Claire Mackintosh ***

24. I Let You Go, Claire Mackintosh **

23. Descent, Tim Johnston ****

22. A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay ***

21. Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll ****

20. End of Watch, Stephen King ***

19. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin DNF

18. Pretty Girls, Karin Slaughter *****

17. Camille, Pierre LeMaitre ***

16. Alex, Pierre LeMaitre ****

15. Irene, Pierre LeMaitre ****

14. Dark Country, Thomas Ott *****

13. Flinch (vol 1), Various **
12. The Beauty, Jeremy Haun ****

11. The Rattler, Jason McNamara/Greg Hinkle *****
10. Working Stiff, Judy Melinek **
09. Serial Killers, Peter Vronsky *****
08. Memoirs of a Stalker, Thomas W Hodgkinson *
07. My Friend Dahmer ****
06. Harrow County: Countless Haints (1), Cullen Bunn ****
05. Severed, Scott Snyder ****
04. You're Not Doing It Right, Michael Ian Black ****
03. Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, Val McDermid ****
02. Lost at Sea, Jon Ronson *****
01. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King (CARRIED FROM 2015) ***

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52. Hot Milk Deborah Levy ****

51. Us David Nicholls ***

50. Born On A Tuesday Elnathan John ****

49. Dream Of Ding Village Yan Lianke **

48. Madonna In A Fur Coat Sabahattin Ali ***

47. A Whole Life Robert Seethaler ****

46. Me And Kaminski Daniel Kehlmann *****

45. Number 11 Jonathan Coe ***

44. From The Fifteenth District - Mavis Gallant *****

43. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers Max Porter ****

42. He Wants Alison Moore **(*)

41. Hotels Of North America Rick Moody ****

40. My Name is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout ***

39. Maus I and II Art Spiegelman (Graphic)(RR) *****

38. Red Rosa Kate Evans (Graphic) ***

 

37. An Artist Of The Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro ***** (RR)

36. Mothering Sunday Graham Swift *****

35. White City, Black City - Architecture And War In Tel Aviv And Jaffa Sharon Rotbard *****

34. All For Nothing Walter Kempowski ***(*)

33. Mrs Bridge Evan S. Connell ***(*)

32. The Not-Dead and the Saved Kate Clanchy ****

31. The Sermon On The Fall Of Rome Jerome Ferrari *****

30. Purity Jonathan Franzen **(*)

29. The Past Tessa Hadley ***

28. The Sense Of An Ending Julian Barnes ****

27. Providence Anita Brookner ***(*)

26. Mating Norman Rush ***

25. Are You Somebody? Nuala O'Faolain ****

24. Reading Turgenyev William Trevor ****

23. Life Drawing Robin Black ***

22. Different Class Joanne Harris **(*)

21. The River Is the River Jonathan Buckley ***(*)

20. All that Man Is David Szalay *****

19. Oh Sweden! Oh Israel! Stephen Mendel-Enk ***(*)

18. Sophie And The Sybil Patricia Duncker ****

17. In The Beginning Was The Sea Tomas Gonzalez ****

16. Schroder Amity Gaige ****

15. Brodeck's Report Phillipe Claudel **** (RR)

14. Animals Emma Jane Unsworth ***

13. Bonita Avenue Peter Budwala ***

12. A Way Of Life Like Any Other Darcy O'Brien ****

11. Night Waking Sarah Moss ***(*)

10. I Married A Communist Philip Roth ***(RR)

9. Past Continuous Yaakov Shabtai *****

8. Fathers And Sons Ivan Turgenev ***

7. Eleanor Marx Rachel Holmes *****

6. The Goldfinch Donna Tartt ****

5. An Unnecessary Woman Rabih Alameddine ****

4. Cockfosters Helen Simpson ****

3. The Tongue Set Free Elias Canetti ***

2. Lying Under the Apple Tree Alice Munro ****

1. Human Voices Penelope Fitzgerald ***(*)

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in ascending order

 

God Emperor of Dune, Frank Herbert ***00 (always fun)

Voices of the Wild, Bernie Krause *****

A Mortal Curiosity, Ann Granger ***00 (light relief)

A Casual Vacancy, J K Rowling ****0

Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver *****

The Thurber Carnival, James Thurber **000 (strange, old; filler)

Falling towards England, Clive James ***00 (witty in parts; filler)

Archie and Mehitabel, Don Marquis ***** (what a beauty!)

Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux ****0

Blue at the Mizzen, Patrick O'Brian ***00 (the last of the 20; project completed)

The Hundred Days, Patrick O'Brian ****0

The Last Train to Zona Verde, Paul Theroux, (abandoned, bored)

We of the Never-Never, Mrs Aeneas Gunn ***00 (I love Australian narratives)

MADDADDAM, Margaret Atwood ***** a fitting finale

The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood (started Dec '15). *****

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85 Education Reform and Internationalism: The Case of School Reform in Kazakhstan - David Bridges ****

84 The Bunting Quest - Steven Marcuson **

83 Running Dogs - Ruby J Murray ***

82 Our Kind of Traitor - John Le Carre **

81 Eggshells - Catriona Lally ***

80 The Dispatcher - Ryan David Jahn ***

79 Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun - Sarah Ladipo Manyika *****

78 The Easy Way Out - Steven Amsterdam ***

77 The Cleanskin - Laura Bloom **

76 Ruins - Rajith Savanadasa ****

75 Coherence - Michael Fullan ****

74 News of the World - Paulette Jiles *****

73 Visible Learning - John Hattie *****

72 The Education Debate - Steven J Ball ****

71 Dirt Road - James Kelman *****

70 Martin John - Anakana Schofield *****

69 Belfast Noir - Various Authors *****

68 Vixen - Hoa Pham *****

67 Hurt - Brian McGilloway ***

66 Leading Mindfully - Amanda Sinclair ***

65 The Schooldays of Jesus - JM Coetzee **

64 The Lesser Bohemians - Eimear McBride ***

63 Beast - Paul Kingsnorth ***

62 All That Man Is - David Szalay ***

61 Hot Milk - Deborah Levy **

60 The Sellout - Paul Beatty *****

59 The North Water - Ian McGuire *****

58 Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh ***

57 My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout **

56 Serious Sweet - AL Kennedy *****

55 Gods and Angels - David Park ****

54 Multitudes - Lucy Caldwell ****

53 The Many - Wyl Menmuir *****

52 Do Not Say We Have Nothing - Madeleine Thien *

51 Work Like Any Other - Virginia Reeves ****

50 His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet *****

49 Hotels of North America - Rick Moody ****

48 The Girls - Emma Cline ***

47 The Vanishing Futurist - Charlotte Hobson ***

46 Gun Street Girl - Adrian McKinley ****

45 The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney *****

44 The Natural Way of Things - Charlotte Wood ***

43 The Dry - Jane Harper ***

42 I Am No One - Patrick Flanery ***

41 Back To Moscow - Guillermo Erades *****

40 The Devil is a Black Dog - Sándor Jászberényi *****

39 Hystopia - David Means ****

38 ​Locust Girl - Merlinda Bobis ***

37 Cambodia Noir - Nicholas Seeley ****

36 Viral - Helen Fitzgerald ***

35 Quicksand - Steve Toltz ***

34 Public Library - Ali Smith **

33 Salt Creek - Lucy Treloar ***

32 The Frankston Serial Killer - Vikki Petraitis ****

31 The Hands - Stephen Orr *****

30 The Poets Wives - David Park ***

29 Leap - Myfanwy Jones *****

28 Black Rock White City - AS Patric ***

27 Tony Birch - The Promise ****

26 Things We Have In Common - Tasha Kavanagh *****

25 The Message - Tariq Goddard *

24 Lightning Rods - Helen Dewitt **

23 Ordinary Decent Criminals - Lionel Shriver ****

22 Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk - Ben Fountain ****

21 King of the Cross - Mark Dapin ***

20 Rickshaw - David McGrath ***

19 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck *****

18 The Human Part - Kari Hotakainen ***

17 Occupied City - David Peace ****

16 The Sun Is God - Adrian McKinley ****

15 Prisoners of Geography - Tim Marshall ***

14 After the Fire, A Small Voice - Evie Wyld ***

13 Undermajordomo Minor - Patrick Dewitt *****

12 The Other Shore - Hoa Pham *****

11 The Beach - Alex Garland *****

10 The Human Part - Kari Hotakainen ***

9 These Demented Lands - Alan Warner ***

8 John The Revelator - Peter Murphy ****

7 Gull - Glenn Patterson ****

6 Shadowboxing - Tony Birch ****

5 Welcome To Orphancorp - Marlee Jane Ward ***

4 Get Me Out Of Here - Henry Sutton *****

3 The Mill for Grinding Old People Young - Glenn Patterson ****

2 Father's Day - Tony Birch *****

1 Jerusalem - Patrick Neate ****

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Iff 2016

1. One hundred years of solitude - Gabriel Garcia marquez  ★★★★★ 01/01/16 - 14/01/16 reread BGO Thread
2. Undermajordomo Minor - Patrick DeWitt ★★★★ 14/01/16 - 20/01/16 BGO Thread
3. my brilliant friend - Elena Ferrante ★★★ 1/2  20/01/16 - 30/01/16 BGO Thread
4. a whole life - robert seethaler ★★★★★ 31/01/16 BGO Thread
5. the green road - anne enright ★★ 01/02/16 - 07/02/16 BGO Thread
6. I refuse - Per Petterson ★★★★★ 08/02/16 - 21/02/16 BGO Thread
7. while the gods were sleeping - erwin mortier ★★★★ 364 pages 22/02/16 - 05/03/16 BGO Thread
8. the japanese lover - isabel allende ★★★ 1/2 05/03/16 - 12/03/16 BGO Thread
9. a heartbreaking work of staggering genius - dave eggers ★★★ 1/2 13/03/16 - 23/03/16
10. the Sermon on the Fall of Rome - Jerome Ferrari ★★★★★ 24/03/16 - 26/03/16 BGO Thread
11. thirteen ways of looking - Colum McCann  ★★★★ 27/02/16, 27/03/16 - 29/03/16 BGO Thread
12. The outsiders - S.E. Hinton ★★★★ 30/03/16 - 02/04/16 reread
13. half of a yellow sun - chimamanda ngozi adichie ★★★ 1/2 02/04/16 - 10/04/16 BGO Thread
14. talking to ourselves - andres neuman ★★★★★ 11/04/16 - 16/04/16 BGO Thread
15. how to be both - ali smith ★★★★  16/04/16 - 23/04/16 BGO Thread
16. yugoslavia, my fatherland - goran vojnovic ★★★★★  23/04/16 - 30/04/16 BGO Thread
17. butterflies in november - ava audur olafsdoittir ★★★★  30/04/16 - 06/05/16 BGO Thread
18. the motel life - willy vlautin ★★★ 1/2  04/05/16 - 07/05/16 BGO Thread
19. birth of a bridge - maylis de kerangel ★★★★  08/05/16 - 15/05/16 BGO Thread
20. you have me to love - jaap robben ★★★★   16/05/16 - 21/05/16 BGO Thread
21. the stars in the bright sky - alan warner ★★★★★  reread 22/05/16 - 04/05/16 BGO Thread
22. the red collar - jean christophe ruffin ★★★★★  05/06/16 BGO Thread
23. tender - belinda mckeon ★★★ 1/2  06/06/16 - 17/06/16
24. rhubarb - craig silvey ★★★ 1/2   18/06/16 - 23/06/16
25. borders - roy jacobsen ★★★★★  23/06/16 - 06/07/16 BGO Thread
26. the story of a new name - elena ferrante ★★★ 1/2  07/07/16 - 20/07/16
27. the mandibles: a family 2029 - 2047 - lionel shriver ★★★★ 1/2  21/07/16 - 30/07/16 BGO Thread
28. brooklyn - colm toibin ★★★   31/07/16 - 06/08/16 BGO Thread
29. satin island - tom mccarthy ★★★★  06/08/16 - 13/08/16 BGO Thread
30. the skating rink - roberto bolano ★★★★ 1/2  reread 11/08/16 - 22/08/16
31. stoner - john williams ★★★★★  20/08/16 - 26/08/16 BGO Thread
32. the vegetarian - han kang ★★★ 27/08/16 - 28/08/16 BGO Thread
33. A small circus - Hans fallada ★★★★  29/09/16 -17/09/16 BGO Thread BGO Thread
34. the bricks that built the house - kate tempest ★★★ 12/09/16 - 24/09/16 BGO Thread
35. the sopranos - alan warner ★★★★★ 25/09/16 - 01/10/16 BGO Thread
37. me & kaminski - daniel kehlmann ★★★★★ 03/10/16 - 07/10/16 BGO Thread
37. visitation - jenny erpenbeck ★★★★★ 08/10/16 BGO Thread
38. martin john - anakana schofield ★★★★ 14/10/16 - 22/10/16

39. our lady of the nile - scholastique mukasonga ★★★★  24/10/16 - 29/10/16

40. none so blind - j.a. gonzalez sainz ★★★★★  31/10/16 - 05/11/16

41. the unseen - roy jacobsen ★★★★★ 12/11/16 - 18/11/16

42. the wonder - emma o'donoghue  ★★★★ 21/11/16 - 01/12/16

43. purity - jonathan franzen ★★ 1/2 02/12/16 - 17/12/16

44. the secret war - max hastings   ★★★★ 26/09/16 - 24/12/16

45. thirty days - annelies verbekke ★★★★★  25/12/26 - 30/12/16

46. ace & proud - an asexual anthology - edited by a.k. andrews ★★★★ 31/12/16

 

total pages - 13,990 pages 13,891 pages

average pages per book - 302 pages

 

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longest novel - a small circus by hans fallada 572 pages

shortest - the outsiders by s.e. hinton 136 pages

shortest that wasn't a reread - a whole life by robert seethaler

 

place of purchase

amazon - 16 books

dubray books - 11 books

gifts - 8 books

local - 6 books

chapters - 4 books

easons - 1 book (a reread)

 

category

fiction - 40 books

fiction reread - 3 books

non-fiction - 3 books

 

nationality (fiction only)

USA, UK and Ireland - 5 books each

Norway, France and Germany - 3 books each

Canada, Italy, Belgium, Chile - 2 books each

Colombia, Austria, Nigeria, Argentina, Slovenia, Iceland, Netherlands, Austrailia, South Korea, Rwanda and Spain - 1 book each

 

new countries I had not read novels from before - Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, South Korea and Rwanda

 

First time reading author (excluding rereads and fiction)

new authors - 20 books

previously read novels from author - 20 books

 

Sex of author (fiction only)

male - 25 books

female - 18 books

 

translated or not (fiction only)

Novel in translation - 24 books

Novel in English originally - 19 books

 

favourites of 2016 (best 10)

a whole life - robert seethaler, the unseen - roy jacobsen stoner - john williams, thirty days - annelies verbeke, i refuse - per petterson, yugoslavia, my fatherland by goran vojnovic, visitation by jenny erpenbeck, the red collar by jean christophe ruffin, borders by roy acobsen, sermon on the fall of rome by jerome ferrari and birth of a bridge by maylis de kerangel

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1-Boxer, beetle-Ned Beauman; ***.5 -started Dec26, fin Jan1

2-Hexed-Kevin Hearne; **** -would've been *****if I was just basing it on how squarely he hit his target- 4 because he wasn't really aiming that high

3-Hounded-Kevin Hearne ****

4-The Teleportation Accident- Ned Beauman; ****

5- Bleeding Edge-Thomas Pynchon ****.5

6- Something from the Nightside-Simon R Green***.5

7-Angels of Light and Darkness-Simon R Green***.5

8-Nightingale's Lament-Simon R Green***.5

9-Deep Secret-Diana Wynne Jones ***

10- Alone on the Wall-Alex Honnold and David Roberts *** if you're a climber; **+ otherwise (non-fiction)

11- Invisible-Paul Auster ****

12- Brazzaville Beach-William Boyd ***.5, would've be 4stars but he was aiming at 5

13-Storm Front- Jim Butcher ***+

14-Wonder Boys-Michael Chabon ****.5

15-The Sister's Brothers-Patrick DeWitt ***+

16- The Virgin Suicides-Jeffery Eugenides ***

17-Flashman and the Angel of the Lord-George MacDonald Fraser ***

18-Nog-Rudolph Wurlitzer ***

19- The Jump-Off Creek - Molly Gloss ****.5

20-Pavlov's Trout- Paul Quinnett **** if you fish; *** otherwise(non-fiction;re-read)

21-A Spot of Bother-Mark Haddon ****

22- The Fourth Hand-John Irving **.5

23- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man- James Joyce ***

24- One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest-Ken Kesey ***** (re-read)

25- When 2+2=5? Reflecting Love in a Loveless World-Ken Wapnick *****(spiritual/ non-duality)

26- Get Shorty-Elmore Leonard ***.5

27- The next queen of heaven-Gregory Maguire **.5

28- On Chesil Beach- Ian McEwan ****.5

29-Bend Sinister-Vladimir Nabokov ***

30-Hex and the City-Simon R Green ***.5

31-Paths not Taken-Simon R Green ***.5

32-Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth-Simon R Green ***.5

33-My Year in Meats-Ruth Ozeki ****

34-The Patron Saint of Liars-Ann Patchett ****

35- Waxwings- Jonathan Raban ****

36- Mathematicians in Love- Rudy Rucker **.9

37- The Hollow Man- Dan Simmons ****.5

38-The Tangerine Tango Equation-Barry Targan ****

39- Rabbit, Run- John Upike *** ; barely, and only because the prose is outstanding

40- Creation- Gore Vidal ***.5

41- Nine Princes in Amber -Roger Zelazny ***(re-read from high school)

42- The Guns of Avalon- Roger Zelazny ***.5 (re-read)

43- The Sign of the Unicorn- Roger Zelazny **** (re-read)

44-The Hand of Oberon- Roger Zelazny ***.5 (re-read)

45- The Courts of Chaos-Roger Zelazny **** (re-read)

46- The Invention of Nature; Alexander Humboldt's New World-Andrea Wulf **** (non-fiction)

47- Bodily Harm-Margaret Atwood ***

48- Eclipse- John Banville ***.5

49- Fool Moon- Jim Butcher ***

50- The Wonder of Being-Jeff Foster ***** (non-fiction)

51- Crow Nation; Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness- Lyanda Lynn Haupt ****.5 (non-fiction)

52- The Closed Circle- Jonathan Coe ***.5

53- The Awakening- Kate Chopin **

54-Triggerfish Twist- Tim Dorsey ****

55- Rare encounters with ordinary birds- Lyanda Lynn Haupt ***** (non-fiction)

56-The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse- Louise Erdrich *****

57- Neuromancer- William Gibson ****

58-The Preservationist- David Maine ***.5

59- As I Lay Dying- William Faulkner ****.5

60- Ask the Dust- John Fante **.5

61- Sweet Thursday- John Steinbeck ****

62- The Robber Bride- Margaret Atwood ****.5

63-Leaving Before the Rains Come- Alexandra Fuller *****!

64- Hell to Pay-Simon R Green ***

65-The Unnatural Inquirer- Simon R Green ***

66- The Farmers Daughter-Jim Harrison ***.5

67-Collected Novellas- Gabriel Garcia Marquez ****

68-Dead Until Dark- Charlaine Harris ***+

69- Setting Free the Bears- John Irving ***

70-Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte ***

71- Brooklyn- Colm Toibin ***.5

72- At the Existentialist Cafe-Sarah Bakewell ****.5 (non-fiction)

73-Breathing Lessons- Anne Tyler *****

74-The Spectator Bird- Wallace Stegner ****

75- The Myth of Sisyphus; and other essays- Albert Camus ***** (non-fiction)

76- From Futility to Happiness: Sisyphus as Everyman- Ken Wapnick *****(non-fiction;spiritual)

77- Hammered- Kevin Hearne *****

78- Enlightenment is not what you think- Wayne Liquorman ****.5 (non-fiction; spiritual)

79- The Trial- Franz Kafka ***** (re-read)

80- A Ghost in the Music -John Nichols ***.5

81- Herzog- Saul Bellow ****

82- The Spell Coats - Diana Wynne Jones **.5

83- A Coffin for Dimitrios- Eric Ambler ***+

84- Moon Tiger- Penelope Liveley *****

85- Saturday -Ian McEwan *****

86- The Stainless steel rat wants you-Harry Harrison ***

87- Flatland; A romance of many dimensions- Edwin A Abbott ****

88- The Ice Storm -Rick Moody ****.5

89- The Light Fantastic- Terry Pratchett ****

90- The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett ***.5

91- Rare Birds -Edward Riche ***

92- The Motel Life -Willy Vlautin ***

93- The Autograph Man-Zadie Smith ***

94- The Joy Luck Club- Amy Tan ***

95- Mother Night- Kurt Vonnegut ***** (re-read)

96- The Sellout-Paul Beatty *****

97- Every Third Thought-John Barth ***.5

98- And the hippos were boiled in their tanks-William S Burroughs & Jack Kerouac **

99- Butcher's Crossing- John Williams ****.5

100- Lord of Light- Roger Zelazny ***.5

101- The Old Devils- Kingsley Amis ****

102- Syrup-Maxx Barry ***.5

103- The Throwback Special-Chris Bachelder ****.5

104-Shampoo Planet- Douglas Coupland ***.5

105- Another Brooklyn- Jacqueline Woodson ****.5

106- Wrong information is being given out at Princeton-JP Donleavy **.5

107- Sailor Song- Ken Kesey ****

108- All at Sea - Decca Aitkenhead ***.5

109- American Psycho-Bret Easton Ellis ***

110- The Association of Small Bombs- Karan Mahajan ****

111- The Eyre Affair-Jasper Fforde ***.5

112- The Paper Men -William Golding ***.5

113- Their Eyes were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston *****

114- Descent- Tim Johnson ****

115- Immortality- Milan Kundera ****.5

116- The Underground Railroad- Colson Whitehead ****.5

117- The Handmaid of Desire-John L'Heureux ***

118- Monster, 1959 - David Maine ****

119- News of the World- Paulette Jiles ****.5

120- Guerrillas- VS Naipaul **.5

121- His Bloody Project- Graeme Macrae Burnet *****

122- After You- Jojo Moyes ****

123 - A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki *****

124- Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk ***.5

125- Death Notes- Ruth Rendell ***.5

126- The Moon is Down- John Steinbeck *****

127- Liver- Will Self ****

128- Faceless Killers- Henning Mankell ***- would've been more with a better translation

129- The Book of Joe- Jonathan Tropper ***.8

130- The Hearts of Horses- Molly Gloss ****

131- Winter's Bone-Daniel Woodrell *****

132- The Storied Life of AJ Fikry- Gabrielle Zevin ***.5

133- The Pyramid-Henning Mankell ***.5

134- Shoot the Piano Player- David Goodis ***

135- The Russian Debutante's Handbook- Gary Shteyngart ****

136- The Stranger's Child-Alan Hollinghurst ****

137- Father to the Stars- Philip Jose Farmer ***

138- The Casual Vacancy-JK Rowling ****

 

This year I was trying to do a real survey of the Mount TBR that is my library. To that end I read 109 different authors, 68 of which were new to me. And of those, 39 were authors I read only because of BGO. Not to mention the National Book Award finalists reading inspired by MrHG, and the dozen or so authors I'd read before, but heard of here. So, thanks everyone !

The 5 best books I read this year are;

1-The Sellout-Paul Beatty *****!

2-The Trial- Franz Kafka *****!

3-A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki *****!

4-The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse- Louise Erdrich *****!

5-Leaving Before the Rains Come- Alexandra Fuller *****!

 

The rest of my 5star books (in no particular order) for the year are;

His Bloody Project- Graeme Macrae Burnet *****

The Moon is Down- John Steinbeck *****

Winter's Bone-Daniel Woodrell *****

One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest-Ken Kesey *****

Their Eyes were Watching God- Zora Neale Hurston *****

Breathing Lessons- Anne Tyler *****

Hammered- Kevin Hearne *****

Moon Tiger- Penelope Liveley *****

Saturday -Ian McEwan *****

Mother Night- Kurt Vonnegut *****

 

Honorable mention goes to (in no particular order);

Butcher's Crossing- John Williams ****.5

The Throwback Special-Chris Bachelder ****.5

Immortality- Milan Kundera ****.5

The Underground Railroad- Colson Whitehead ****.5

News of the World-Paulette Jiles ****.5

Bleeding Edge-Thomas Pynchon ****.5

Wonder Boys-Michael Chabon ****.5

The Jump-Off Creek - Molly Gloss ****.5

As I Lay Dying-William Faulkner ****.5

On Chesil Beach- Ian McEwan ****.5

The Hollow Man- Dan Simmons ****.5

The Robber Bride- Margaret Atwood ****.5

The Ice Storm -Rick Moody ****.5

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Ten Little Herrings:- L C Tyle**r
Any Human Heart:-William Boyd - oh yes, very good****
The Secret Agent:- Joseph Conrad****
Strangers on a Train:- Patricia Highsmith ***
Barchester Towers:- Anthony Trollope
Home Coming: -Susie Steiner(returned to library unread)
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah:The Story of Modern Pop: - Bob Stanley - reading it in bits
1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear: James Shapiro-not as interesting as his '1599' :***
The Bonfire of the Vanities: Tom Wolfe-unfinished
Purity: Jonathan Franzen****
Sweet Caress: William Boyd***
Mothering Sunday: Graham Swift - excellent*****
A Rising Man (Charles Wyndham 1) :****
Nora Webster: Colm Toibin***
Darjeeling: A History of the World's Greatest Tea: Jeff Koehler****
Wish You Were Here: Graham Swift-unfinished
Decline and Fall: Evelyn Waugh***
Brideshead Revisited: Evelyn Waugh***
Do Not Say We Have Nothing: Madeleine Thien- Booker shortlist and a bit of a struggle
Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead- (N.F.) Paula Byrne
The Crossing: Michael Connelly***
Night Soldiers: Alan Furst***
The Tunnel Through Time: Gillian Tindall (n.f.) ****
Blood Wedding: Pierre Lemaitre**

The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne: Alan Nicoll****

The Wrong Side of Goodbye: Michael Connelly*****

Nightmare in Berlin:-Hans Fallada

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43 - Uncle Otto's Truck by Stephen King S/S re-read

42 - Word Processor of the Gods by Stephen King S/S re-read

41 - Christine by Stephen King re-read

40 - Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (audio)

39 - Bollocks to Alton Towers by various authors. 

38 - Pinball by Haruki Murakami (audio)

37 - Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood -  unfinished

36 - Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (audio)

35 - About Grace - by Anthony Doerr

34 - Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami (audio) 

33 - Set In Darkness  by Ian Rankin (audio)

32 - No Country For Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (audio)

31 - The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck

30 - Master & Commander by Patrick O'Brian

29 - The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K Dick (audio) unfinished

28 - D-Day The Battle For Normandy by Antony Beevor

27 - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (audio)

26 - The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami (audio)

25 - The Dark Tower : The Gunslinger by Stephen King

24 - The Survivor Type by Stephen King S/S re-read

23 - A Small Place In Italy by Eric Newby

22 - Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene

21 - End of Watch by Stephen King

20 - A History of the English Speaking Peoples - The Great Democracies by Winston Churchill

19 - 1927 - One Summer in America by Bill Bryson (audio)

18 - Stone Junction by Jim Dodge - unfinished

17 - The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri

16 - Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (audio) re read

15 - Gardens of Stone by Stephen Grady

14 - Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling (audio) re read

13 - One Hot Summer in St. Petersburg by Duncan Fallowell

12 - The Black House by Peter May (audio)

11 - Restless by William Boyd (audio)

10 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald (audio)

9 - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (audio) unfinished 

8 - The Tales of Max Carados by Ernest Bramah (audio) unfiinished

7 - Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood 

6 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling (audio) re read

5 - Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre (audio)

4 - Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra

3 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling (audio) re read

2 - Private Battles - Mass Observation diaries edited by Simon Garfield 

1 - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (audio) re read 

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1. The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante ***

2. We the Animals - Justin Torres ***

3. The Man on a Donkey - H.F.M. Prescott ***1/2

4. The Coal Tattoo - Silas House ****

5. The Law of Similars - Chris Bohjalian **

6. Silk - Alessandro Baricco ***

7. The Princes of Ireland - Edward Rutherfurd ***1/2

8. Birds of America - Lorrie Moore ****

9. Dreams Underfoot - Charles de Lint *****

10. Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James ***

11. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler *****

12. Memory and Dream - Charles de Lint ****

13. Breakfast with Buddha - Roland Merullo ***

14. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Elena Ferrante ****

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--  John Lanchester, Capital (started in 2015)

01 Nathalie Azoulai, Titus n'aimait pas Bérénice (Fr)

02 Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World

RR Simone de Beauvoir, La femme rompue [“L’âge de discrétion”, “Monologue”, “La femme rompue”] (Fr)

RR Jonathan Coe, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

RR Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Voyage au bout de la nuit (Fr) [ongoing]

03 Christiane Taubira, Murmures à la jeunesse (Fr)

04 Jonathan Coe, Number Eleven

RR Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy

05 Edouard Louis, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (Fr)

06 Edouard Louis, Histoire de la violence (Fr)

07 Jean Echenoz, Au piano (Fr)

08 Colm Toibin, Nora Webster

09 Agatha Christie, Endless Night

10 Pierre Lemaitre, Sacrifices (Fr)

11 Patrick Lapeyre, La vie est brève et le désir sans fin (Fr)

12 Maylis de Kerangal, A ce stade de la nuit (Fr)

13 A.M.Homes, Music for Torching

14 Edward W.Said, Orientalism [(at least) temporarily abandoned]

15 Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

RR Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac

RR Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders

16 Ian Rankin, Exit Music

RR Alice Munro, Runaway

RR Philippe Djian, “Oh…” (Fr)

17 Paula Hawkins, The Girl On The Train

RR Donna Tartt, The Secret History (abandoned)

18 David Foenkinos, Le mystère Henri Pick (Fr)

19 Michel Houellebecq, La possibilité d’une île (Fr)

20 Thomas Morris, We Don't Know What We're Doing

21 Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

RR Marguerite Duras, L’amant (Fr)

22 Nick Hornby, Funny Girl

23 Andrew Hussey, The French Intifada

24 Philippe Djian, Chéri-Chéri (Fr)

25 Françoise Rullier-Theuret, Les genres narratifs (Fr)

26 Laurent Mauvignier, Autour du monde (Fr)

27 Hélène Lenoir, L'entracte (Fr)

28 Edna O'Brien, The Little Red Chairs

30 Ali Smith, Artful

30 Zoë Heller, Everything You Know

31 Andrew O'Hagan, The Illuminations

32 Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last

33 Hannah Rothschild, The Improbability of Love

34 Paul Beatty, The Sellout

35 Julian Barnes, Nothing To Be Frightened Of

36 Michel Winock, Flaubert (Fr)

37 David Mitchell, Slade House

38 A.M.Homes, The End of Alice

39 Colum McCann, Thirteen Ways of Looking

RR Pascal Lainé, La dentellière (Fr)

40 Patrick Weil, Être français/Les quatre piliers de la nationalité (Fr)

41 Ivan Jablonka, Laëtitia ou la fin des hommes (Fr)

42 Catherine Cusset, L'autre qu'on adorait (Fr)

RR William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

RR Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library

43 Hilary Mantel, Every Day Is Mother's Day

RR Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale

44 Zadie Smith, On Beauty

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1. Capital by John Lanchester ***

2. Slade House by David Mitchell ***1/2

3. A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson ****

4. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge ****

5. Touch by Claire North ***

6. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley ****1/2

7. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney *****

8. The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall ***

9. High-Rise by JG Ballard ***1/2

10. Fishbowl by Bradley Somer **

11. The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark ****

12. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders **

13. The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard **1/2

14. The Green Road by Anne Enright *****

15. After The Crash by Michel Bussi **

16. The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore **

17. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman **

18. The Night Manager by John Le Carre ***1/2

19. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien ****

20. Neuromancer by William Gibson (re read) ****

21. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (re read) ****

22. The Buried Giant  by Kazuo Ishiguro ***

23. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (re read) **

24.Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (re read) ****

25. In The Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman **

26. All For Nothing by Walter Kempowski ****

27. The Father by Anton Svensson ***

28. Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (re read) ****1/2

29. Shogun by James Clavell (re read) *****

30. Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt *****

31. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt *****

32. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet *****

33. Lila by Marilynne Robinson *****

34. Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh *****

35. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson *****

36. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (re read) ****

37. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen *****

38. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler *****

39. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen *****

40. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R Carey (re read for new film) ****

41. The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill ***

42. Everything Belongs To The Future by Laurie Penny **

43. Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds (re read) ***1/2

44. The Sellout by Paul Beatty *****

45. The Children Act by Ian McEwan ****

47. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway **

48. Purity by Jonathan Franzen *****

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A Storm of Swords by George R R Martin - K

Purity by Jonathan Franzen - K

The Counsellor by Cormac McCarthy - A

Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami - A *** 

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway - A ****

The Mandibles 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver - K

The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn ***** - A  

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - A **** 

A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin - K ***

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - A ***1/2 

The Children Act by Ian McEwan - A ****

This Census Taker by China Mieville - K (abandoned!!??) 

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters **** - A

The Scar by China Mieville *** - A

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling *** - A

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt *** - A

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes *** - A

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin **** - K

Walking Home by Simon Armitage **** - A

Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming *** - K

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell ***** - A

Summer Moonshine by P G Wodehouse *** - A 

Deep South by Paul Theroux *** - A

The Life and Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee **** - K

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami *** - K 

 

A - unabridged audiobook

K - Kindle 

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Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett

I Shall Wear Midnight - Terry Pratchett

Snuff - Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam - Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett

Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD - Martin Aston

The Wayward Apprentice - Jason Vail

Baynard's List - Jason Vail

March Violets - Philip Kerr

A Dreadful Penance - Jason Vail

The Pale Criminal - Philip Kerr

The Girl in the Ice - Jason Vail

A German Requiem - Philip Kerr

Saint Milburga's Bones - Jason Vail

The One From the Other - Philip Kerr

One Man's Flag - David Downing

A Quiet Flame - Philip Kerr

The Tudor Secret - CW Gortner

If The Dead Rise Not - Philip Kerr

The Tudor Conspiracy - CW Gortner

The Tudor Vendetta - CW Gortner

The Cruellest Month - Louise Penny

A Plague on Both Your Houses - Susanna Gregory

An Unholy Alliance - Susanna Gregory

Field Grey - Philip Kerr

A Bone of Contention - Susanna Gregory

Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child

61 Hours - Lee Child

Worth Dying For - Lee Child

The Affair - Lee Child

A Wanted Man - Lee Child

Never Go Back - Lee Child

Personal - Lee Child

A Deadly Brew - Susanna Gregory

A Wicked Deed - Susanna Gregory

A Masterly Murder - Susanna Gregory

Beyond the Pampas: In Search of Patagonia - Imogen Rhia Herrad

An Order for Death - Susanna Gregory

Death at La Fenice - Donna Leon

A Summer of Discontent - Susanna Gregory

A Killer In Winter - Susanna Gregory

Death in a Strange Country - Donna Leon

Red Icon - Sam Eastland

The Anonymous Venetian - Donna Leon

The Hand of Justice - Susanna Gregory

The Ninja - Eric Van Lustbader

A Venetian Reckoning - Donna Leon

Stranger Than Fiction: The Life and Times of Split Enz - Mike Chunn

Acqua Alta - Donna Leon

The Miko - Eric Van Lustbader

The Mark of a Murderer - Susanna Gregory

Crowded House: Something So Strong - Chris Bourke

The Death of Faith - Donna Leon

The Tarnished Chalice - Susanna Gregory

A Noble Radiance - Donna Leon

Fatal Remedies - Donna Leon

Friends in High Places - Donna Leon

A Close Run Thing - Allan Mallinson

Hue & Cry - Shirley McKay

 

Book List 2015

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1. All For Nothing - Walter Kempowski
2. The Dog - Joseph O'Neill
3. The Mark and the Void - Paul Murray
4. Casting Off - Elizabeth Jane Howard
5. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
6. The Lewis Man - Peter May
7. Blue Lightening - Ann Cleeves
8. A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
9. Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey
10. Purity - Jonathan Franzen
11. My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
12. The Year of the Runaways - Sunjeev Sahota
13. Some Luck - Jane Smiley
14. A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin
15. The Fishermen - Chigozie Obioma
16. Trauma - Patrick McGrath
17. TransAtlantic - Colum McCann
18. Dry Bones that Dream - Peter Robinson
19. The Map of Love - Ahdaf Soueif
20. The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante
21. The Citadel - A.J. Cronin
22. Innocent Graves - Peter Robinson
23. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
24. Acqua Alta - Donna Leon
25. Early Warning - Jane Smiley
26. The Loney - Andrew Michael Hurley
27. spill simmer falter wither - Sarah Baume
28. Saint Peter's Fair - Ellis Peters
29. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
30. Lark & Termite - Jayne Anne Phillips
31. The Lives of Others - Neel Mukherjee
32. Dead Water - Anne Cleeves
33. Searching for Caleb - Anne Tyler
34. Dead Right - Peter Robinson
35. The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney
36. Exposure - Helen Dunmore
37. The Valley - Richard Benson
38. Want You Dead - Peter James
39. A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler
40. Longbourn - Jo Baker
41. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Elena Ferrante
42. Simisola - Ruth Rendell
43. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
44. The Colour - Rose Tremain
45. Mr Fox - Helen Oyeyemi
46. The Risk of Darkness - Susan Hill
47. The Farm - Richard Benson
48. Road Rage - Ruth Rendell
49. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
50. Selection Day - Aravind Adiga
51. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
52. Golden Age - Jane Smiley
53. You are Dead - Peter James
54. Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
55. The Vows of Silence - Susan Hill
56. The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry
57. The Shadows in the Street - Susan Hill
58. Here I Am - Jonathan Safran Foer
59. The Noise of Time - Julian Barnes
60. Love You Dead - Peter James
61. Frenchman's Creek - Daphne du Maurier
62. The Betrayal of Trust - Susan Hill
63. Stoner - John Williams
64. Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh

65. Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson

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My book list for 2016 to go here

Well, it will if I can find the scrap of paper I jotted them down on, intending to start/add to threads before listing them. Hey ho - good intentions, eh?

 

Here I am, in February 2018, having just found the above mentioned scrap of paper (a postcard, in truth) so I will list them and link to any existing thread. Really,, I can remember very little, if anything, about the majority of them but will do my best to add to or start threads on them

 

@ = Links to BGO threads
A = Unabridged Audiobook

R = Re-read

NF Not Finished

 

!8. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro** A @

17. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey*** A @

16. The Temporary Gentleman - Sebastian Barry A

15. The Blue Afternoon - William Boyd**** A @

14. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton*** A @

13.The Woman in Black - Susan Hill @

12. The Man In The Wooden Hat - Jane Gardam**** A @

11. A Long Way From Verona - Jane Gardam ***@

10. The News Where You Are - Catherine O'Flynn**** @

09. The King's Speech -  Mark Logue & Peter Conradi @

08. Letter To Sister Benedicta - Rose Tremain**** @

07. Lives of Girlas and Women*** - Alice Munro @

06. A Good Man In Africa - William Boyd**** @

05. the Great & Calamitous Tale of John Thomas - Ian Thornton  NF @

04. The Testament of Jessie Lamb - Jane Rogers*** @

03. God On The Rocks - Jane Gardam***@

02. ????

01. The Friday Gospels - Jenn Ashforth*** @

 

 

Really Bad = no stars, and only something Exceptional = *****

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