What I read in 2016

Yes, I’m a month late doing the year-end wrap-up things, but I was way too busy in early January so didn’t have time to do them then.  And I like doing the annual summaries, so even though they’re late, I’m going to post them anyway.

I didn’t do a lot of reading last year (well, actually I did, but it was mostly in the form of academic journal articles, not books), and most of my “reading” was actually listening to audiobooks while walking to and from work.  So it’s the shortest list since I first starting recording my reading.

 Total = 92 books

January (9)

February (9)

March (14)

April (8)

May (8)

June (7)

July (8)

August (6)

  • The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower (library audio book)
  • Daisy’s War by Shayne Parkinson (e-book)
  • Rosemary by Kate Clifford Larson (library audio book)
  • The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini
  • The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (e-book)
  • Toms River by Dan Fagin (library audio book)

September (7)

October (7)

November (6)

December (5)

What I read in 2015 (112 books)
What I read in 2014 (93 books)
What I read in 2013 (129 books)
What I read in 2012 (128 books)
What I read in 2011 (133 books)
What I read in 2010 (137 books)
What I read in 2009 (150 books)
What I read in 2008 (154 books)
What I read in 2007 (123 books)
What I read in 2006 (140 books)
What I read in 2005 (168 books)

What counts as a book?

What I read in 2015

 Total = 112 books

January (13)

  • You Know You’re From ChCh When… compiled by Bruce Raines
  • Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters by Alan S Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa (library audio book)
  • Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan (e-book)
  • Drybread by Owen Marshall
  • The Chocolate Bear Burglary by JoAnna Carl (e-book)
  • Angel Sister by Ann H Gabhart (library audio book)
  • Clan Ground by Clare Bell
  • Christmas Short Stories by Charles Dickens (library audio book)
  • Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (e-book)
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (e-book)
  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
  • A Death in Kitchawank and Other Stories by TC Boyle (library audio book)

February (11)

March (6)

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (library audio book)
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (library audio book)
  • The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart (library audio book)
  • The Algebraist by Iain M Banks
  • Bonkers by Michelle Holman
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (library audio book)

April (13)

May (10)

June (9)

July (8)

  • The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell
  • My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein (library book)
  • Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris (library audio book)
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (library audio book)
  • The Best People in the World by Justin Tussing
  • Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein (library book)
  • Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang (library audio book)
  • Linguistic Fieldwork by Claire Bowern

August (10)

September (7)

October (9)

November (10)

December (6)

What I read in 2014 (93 books)
What I read in 2013 (129 books)
What I read in 2012 (128 books)
What I read in 2011 (133 books)
What I read in 2010 (137 books)
What I read in 2009 (150 books)
What I read in 2008 (154 books)
What I read in 2007 (123 books)
What I read in 2006 (140 books)
What I read in 2005 (168 books)

What counts as a book?

What I read in 2014

For the first time since I started keeping these reading lists, I dipped below 100 books read this year – my total was only 93.  I suspect the main reason for that is that I got out of habit of reading for pleasure in the first half of the year, when I was reading so many research papers for my course (none of which I counted towards my reading total, as they weren’t books, just journal articles – if I’d counted them the number would look way more impressive!) that when I took a break picking up a book was the last thing I’d feel like doing – instead, I’d watch a DVD, or something on YouTube, or play a game: anything quick and brainless and not requiring the concentration of reading (plus, the whole “critical reading” skill I was acquiring, which while invaluable for my academic aspirations, had the unfortunate side effect of making me more critical about everything I read…).  So by the time I finished the course I’d got out of the habit of reading being my default relaxation option.

But anyway, although shorter than usual, here’s the list for 2014:

 Total = 93 books

January (11)

February (6)

  • Where Angels Fear to Tread by EM Forster (library audio book)
  • Under the Harrow by Mark Dunn (e-book)
  • What the Animals Taught Me by Stephanie Marohn (library audio book)
  • Conrad’s Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (library audio book)
  • Labour Day by Joyce Maynard (library audio book)

March (6)

  • Death of an Artist by Kate Wilhelm (library audio book)
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (library audio book)
  • The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris (borrowed from SIL)
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky (library audio book)
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Journey by Kathryn Lasky (library audio book)
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Rescue by Kathryn Lasky (library audio book)

April (6)

May (9)

June (6)

  • Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (library audio book)
  • The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (library audio book)
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (e-book)
  • Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery (e-book)
  • The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe (library audio book)

July (10)

  • Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery (e-book)
  • Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery (e-book)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (library audio book)
  • Anne’s House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery (e-book)
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (library audio book)
  • Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery (e-book)
  • This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (library audio book)
  • Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery (e-book)
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (library audio book)

August (10)

September (5)

  • All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue (library audio book)
  • A Beautiful Lie by Tara Sivec (e-book)
  • The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (library audio book)
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • Home Front by Kristin Hannah (library audio book)

October (5)

November (9)

December (9)

What I read in 2013 (129 books)
What I read in 2012 (128 books)
What I read in 2011 (133 books)
What I read in 2010 (137 books)
What I read in 2009 (150 books)
What I read in 2008 (154 books)
What I read in 2007 (123 books)
What I read in 2006 (140 books)
What I read in 2005 (168 books)

What counts as a book?

What I read in 2013

Total: 129 books

January (17)

  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (e-book)
  • The Sandman: The Wake by Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)
  • Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire by Derek Landy (borrowed from Nephew)
  • The Favoured Child by Philippa Gregory (library audio book)
  • Save Yourself, Mammal! by Zach Weiner (cartoons, e-book)
  • The Most Dangerous Game by Zach Weiner (cartoons, e-book)
  • Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones (e-book)
  • Attack of the Bacon Robots by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (cartoons, e-book)
  • The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
  • Napoleon’s Buttons by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy (borrowed from Nephew)
  • Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith (library audio book)
  • House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (e-book)
  • Seize the Day by Saul Bellow (library audio book)
  • These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
  • Wizard by John Varley (borrowed from Jenny)

February (9)

March (13)

  • The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielson (library audio book)
  • Chair Person by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Epic Legends of the Magic Sword Kings by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (cartoons, e-book)
  • And Did Those Feet by Charlie Connelly (library audio book)
  • Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Summer School by Domenica de Rosa (library audio book)
  • Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren (library audio book)
  • Invasion by Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libbey, Cody Martin, and Dennis Lee (e-book)
  • Dapper Caps and Pedal-Copters by David Malki! (cartoons, e-book)
  • My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler (library audio book)
  • Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Hélène Boudreau (library audio book)
  • Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey (e-book)

April (7)

May (6)

  • The Sylvia Chronicles by Nicole Hollander (cartoons)
  • Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link (e-book)
  • Nerd Prom by Joshua Anderson (e-book)
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid (e-book)
  • What We Saw by Ryan Casey (e-book)
  • Lucia by Andrea di Robilant (library audio book)

June (12)

July (11)

August (11)

September (7)

October (13)

November (10)

December (13)

What I read in 2012 (128 books)
What I read in 2011 (133 books)
What I read in 2010 (137 books)
What I read in 2009 (150 books)
What I read in 2008 (154 books)
What I read in 2007 (123 books)
What I read in 2006 (140 books)
What I read in 2005 (168 books)

What counts as a book?

What I read in 2012

Total = 128 books

January (17)

  • Machine of Death edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo and David Malki!
  • Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (e-book)
  • Broadmoor Revealed by Mark Stevens (e-book)
  • Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer (library audio book)
  • A Year on Planet Alzheimer by Carolyn Steele (e-book)
  • Wool by Hugh Howey (e-book)
  • Wool 2: Proper Gauge by Hugh Howey (e-book)
  • Wool 3: Casting Off by Hugh Howey (e-book)
  • Wool 4: The Unraveling by Hugh Howey (e-book)
  • Earthquake: Christchurch, New Zealand 22 February 2011 by Chris Moore (borrowed from work)
  • Flashforward by Robert J Sawyer (library audiobook)
  • The Atoms of Language by Mark C Baker (e-book)
  • Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson (e-book)
  • The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty (borrowed from Jenny)
  • Mud and Gold by Shayne Parkinson (e-book)
  • The Game Games Bowl by Tim Buckley (e-book)
  • Ping by Susan Lowry (e-book)

February (8)

  • A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow (e-book)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (e-book)
  • Powerless: The Synthesis by Jason Letts (e-book)
  • Powerless 2: The Shadowing by Jason Letts (e-book)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (library audio book)
  • Powerless 3: The Stasis by Jason Letts (e-book)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (library audio book)
  • Invisible by Lorena McCourtney (e-book)

March (13)

April (10)

May (14)

June (8)

July (7)

August (9)

  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (e-book)
  • Kowloon Tong by Paul Theroux (library audio book)
  • A Second Chance by Shayne Parkinson (e-book)
  • Ellie Lane by Emma Brown (e-book)
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • Pathologies by William Walsh (e-book)
  • Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey (library audio book)
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (e-book)
  • Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dhar (e-book)

September (7)

  • How to be a Woman by Caitlan Moran (e-book)
  • The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
  • Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury (library audio book)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (borrowed from nephews)
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (library audio book)
  • Life Mask by Emma Donoghue (e-book)
  • Talking it Over by Julian Barnes

October (13)

November (8)

December (14)

What I read in 2011 (133 books)
What I read in 2010 (137 books)
What I read in 2009 (150 books)
What I read in 2008 (154 books)
What I read in 2007 (123 books)
What I read in 2006 (140 books)
What I read in 2005 (168 books)

What counts as a book?

What I read in 2011

Total = 133 books

January (12)

February (9)

March (10)

April (15)

May (9)

June (10)

July (11)

August (9)

September (6)

October (15)

November (15)

December (12)

What I read in 2010 (137 books)
What I read in 2009 (150 books)
What I read in 2008 (154 books)
What I read in 2007 (123 books)
What I read in 2006 (140 books)
What I read in 2005 (168 books)

What counts as a book?