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Old 12-29-2016, 01:29 AM View Post #1 (Link) What did you read in 2016?
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Last year's thread is here.

We do these threads every year and I always find it pretty fascinating to see what everyone's been reading, what your favourites are, and if you had any goals in mind for reading. Plenty of people last year had some goals in mind, such as wanting to read more POC and female writers and such.

My goal this year was to read more non-fiction, which if I'm comparing to last year, I technically did, but I definitely didn't read as many as I wanted to read. One's been sat on my currently-reading thing on goodreads for five months, and there are three I've been renewing from the library for months without actually getting round to reading oops.

This year I did read a lot, though, like more than I've read in the last few years combined. I read 81 books this year! But the downside is I barely wrote anything. Hopefully in 2017 I'll find more of a balance with reading/writing. My favourites are bolded. Books I hated/were awful are italicised.

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1. Inkdeath – Cornelia Funke
2. The Boy from Aleppo Who Painted the War – Sumia Sukkar (dnf)
3. Luka and the Fire of Life - Salman Rushdie
4. The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
5. Down Station - Simon Morden (netgalley)
6. The Coward’s Tale - Vanessa Gebbie
7. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton
8. The Quality of Silence - Rosamund Lupton
9. Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys (netgalley)
10. How to be Invisible - Tim Lott
11. The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson
12. The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
13. The Rental Heart and other Fairytales - Kirsty Logan
14. Jakob’s Colours - Lindsay Hawdon
15. The Letter Bearer - Robert Allison
16. The Summer We All Ran Away - Cassandra Parkin
17. Southern Cross the Dog - Bill Cheng
18. Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman
19. Nimona - Noelle Stevenson (Graphic novel)
20. The Wormworld Saga: The Journey Begins - Daniel Lieske (Graphic novel)
21. We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo
22. Through the Woods - Emily Carroll
23. A Whole Life - Robert Seethaler
24. How to Look for a Lost Dog - Ann. M. Martin
25. Northern Lights: the Graphic Novel - Philip Pullman (Graphic novel)
26. Dreaming the Bear - Mimi Thebo
27. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
28. The Chimes - Anna Smaill
29. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
30. The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness
31. The Girl of Ink and Stars - Kiran Milwood Hargrave
32. El Deafo - Cece Bell (Graphic novel)
33. The Wormworld Saga: The Shelter of Hope - Daniel Lieske (Graphic novel)
34. Relativity - Antonia Hayes
35. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
36. Nature Anatomy - Julia Rothman
37. Diving Belles - Lucy Wood
38. Walking the Nile - Levison Wood
39. The Ribbons are for Fearlessness - Catrina Davies
40. Monsters of Men - Patrick Ness
41. The Memory Book - Rowan Coleman
42. I’ll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
43. My Name is Leon - Kit De Waal (netgalley)
44. The Painted Ocean - Gabriel Packard (netgalley)
45. The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon
46. The Church of Marvels - Leslie Parry
47. Farm Anatomy - Julia Rothman
48. Ned’s Circus of Marvels - Justin Fisher (netgalley)
49. The Girl Who Walked on Air - Emma Carroll
50. Irmina - Barbara Yelin (Graphic novel)
51. Before the Fire - Sarah Butler (netgalley)
52. Night Sky with Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong (poetry)
53. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
54. Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
55. More Than This - Patrick Ness
56. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - J.K Rowling
57. Stand Still Stay Silent, book 1 - Minna Sundberg (webcomic/graphic novel)
58. Henry and the Guardians of the Lost - Jenni Nimmo (netgalley)
59. Q&A: Slumdog Millionaire - Vikas Swarup
60. All the Birds, Singing - Evie Wyld
61. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
62. Every Heart A Doorway - Seanan McGuire
63. Lagoon - Nnedi Okorafor
64. Grief is a Thing with Feathers - Max Porter
65. Island - Nicky Singer
66. First Light - Rebecca Stead
67. Ink and Bone - Rachel Caine
68. Lyra’s Oxford - Philip Pullman
69. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
70. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden (netgalley)
71. Devastation Road - Jason Hewitt
72. Blow on a Dead Man’s Embers - Mari Strachan
73. Welcome to Nowhere - Elizabeth Laird (netgalley)
74. At Break of Day - Elizabeth Speller
75 The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr (netgalley)
76. Taduno’s Song - Odafe Atogun
77. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
78. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat - Chris Riddell
79. Racing Hummingbirds - Jeanann Verlee (poetry)
80. Crooked Kingdom - Leigh Bardugo
81. Paper and Fire - Rachel Caine


Because I read so much more than I usually do, I've found it more interesting to break down, as I've been less picky about what I read than I have been in the past. Before and especially last year when I couldn't use the library and had limited time and no income, I only really read books that had specifically sparked my interest, books I'd seen buzzing around booktube and tumblr, and books I'd been recommended or already owned but had never got around to reading. This year I've had the luxury of the library and a job with wages yay.

Demographics
50 female authors
19 male authors
8 POC authors
10 Non USA/UK/AUS authors
5 translated

Genres
22 fantasy
21 YA
20 children's books
13 historical fiction (8 set in World War 1 or 2)
4 & 1/2 non-fiction
4 poetry/include poetry
6 short story collections
8 graphic novels/webcomics
11 netgalley books

Personal interests

4 books with deaf characters
4 books with autistic characters
5 books with a character who experiences memory loss
4 books with a character who has synaesthesia (only one of them well)
11 books that deal explicitly with mental health issues

Top three favourites: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and Racing Hummingbirds by Jeanann Verlee.

Worst read: The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard. I can rant about how awful this book is to eternity and back.

Most surprising read: The Coward’s Tale by Vanessa Gebbie, which is a book that annoyed me to begin with but I adored by the end. It also made me cry, which is very rare, and is the only book I've read that uses future tense!

My goals for reading in 2017 are to read more non-fiction books, poetry, and translated books.

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I don't expect people to break down their reading like I have, it's just been interesting for me to see what/who I've been reading and how my personal interests have affected my reading. If anyone's also read any of these books and wants to discuss them, I'd love to hear your views. So what have you guys read this year? Read anything you think is brilliant? Anything awful? Got any reading goals for 2017?
  
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:38 PM View Post #2 (Link)
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I honestly don't really remember. I know I didn't read much, but I don't remember what I did.

I know I finally finished the fifth A Song of Ice and Fire book. And American Gods. I think I might have read The Ocean at the End of the Lane this year. I've read it, just not sure if it was this year.

Also I recently started The Wheel of Time series. I've finished the book 0, 1 and 2 and I started book 3.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:16 PM View Post #3 (Link)
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I finally made a goodreads account to keep track of all these things. I'd been meaning to for a while, but last march I actually did it, xD. I didn't read nearly as much as I wanted to, (for whatever reason high school seemed to have completely erased my desire to read from childhood) but I started the Hobbit yesterday, and I bought the LoTR trilogy. Loving them so far!

In the Lake of the Woods - Tim O'Brien
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Carmilla- Sheridan Le Fanu
January First - Michael Schofield
The Enchanted - Rene Denfeld
Manic - Terri Cheney
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Of those, The Bell Jar, Carmilla, and the Enchanted were probably my favorites. Although none of them were bad. I liked them all. Hoping to read much more this year.
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Old 01-03-2017, 02:52 AM View Post #4 (Link)
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Oh my gosh, Lily, you read so much! Jealous! I only read a few books "for fun." I guess I read a lot counting school books, though... And not all of those were bad; I just had to read them so quickly that it was annoying because I had to skim a bunch. I had no goals, but I've been trying to get more into YA fiction preferably with more diverse characters than what I usually read. I bought A World Without You by Beth Revis because I heard it was good (plus I got a gift card to Barnes and Noble), but I haven't had time to read more than two chapters of it.

For fun in chronological order (because I was good and wrote the down that way ):
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Every Day by David Levithan (so good)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Brave New World by Aldous (it was for school, but I wanted to read it anyway)
UnWholly by Neal Shusterman
UnSouled by Neal Shusterman (which, I actually didn't finish before last semester started up, oops...)

I won't list all the novels I read for my masters, but some are:

Fiction:
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Cane by Jean Toomer
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Maggie, a Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Short Story and Its Writer by Ann Charters

Non-fiction:
How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams
The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself by Susan Bell (it's a pretty good book if anyone's looking for something that gets into self-editing)
The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman (also pretty good, though definitely a lot more basic than Bell's, so if you've already got a lot of experience self-editing, then I wouldn't necessarily bother with this book)
Literary Theory: An Anthology by Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan
How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Can you tell I took all my literature requirements in 2016? I also read a buttload of poetry and short fiction, but don't ask me what. About all I can remember without digging around for it is what I had to read over the last few weeks. XD
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I'll highlight my non-white male authored books like I did last year.

The Martian Chronicles-Ray Bradbury
Nine Months-Paula Bomer
Solaris-Stanislaw Lem
The Lost Daughter-Elena Ferrante
My Brilliant Friend-Elena Ferrante

Ubik-Philip K. Dick
SCUM Manifesto-Valerie Solanas
The Metamorphosis-Kafka
Never Let Me Go-Kazuo Ishiguro
Confessions of a Mask-Yukio Mishima

The Shadow of the Torturer-Gene Wolfe
The Well of Ascension-Brandon Sanderson
American Pastoral-Philip Roth
The Story of a New Name-Elena Ferrante
Swamplandia!-Karen Russel
Atmospheric Disturbances-Rivka Galchen

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption-Stephen King
God Bless You Mr. Rosewater-Kurt Vonnegut
The Old Man and the Sea-Ernest Hemingway
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay-Elena Ferrante
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit-Jeanette Winterson

Patrimony-Philip Roth
Giovani's Room-James Baldwin
The God of Small Things-Arundhati Roy
The Secret History-Donna Tartt

The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
Autobiography of Red-Anne Carson
Mao II-Don DeLilo
Yabo-Alexis De Veaux
Ancillary Sword-Anne Leckie
Still Here-Lara Vapnyar

The Golden Compass-Philip Pullman
Hold the Dark-William Giraldi

My faves: The Martian Chronicles, Never Let Me Go, Hold the Dark, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Secret History, The Lost Daughter, The Well of Ascension, and American Pastoral
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Scanning back through what I've marked on goodreads, I don't even remember a lot of the books that I apparently read this year.

I really liked the Martian, though I haven't seen the movie yet. Reread a Canticle for Leibowitz and it was still great.

Was disappointed by Asimov, Frank Herbert and Dan Simmons... spotty, spotty output. How can they alternate between such excellent writing and such terrible writing?

Reread In the Skin of a Lion by Ondaatje and didn't like it nearly as much this time.

Surprise highlight: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I'd never heard of it, but it was good.

Jhumpa Lahiri is always solid reading.
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I've red Dante's Inferno book. Very nice book to me!
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I read:

The Namesake
The Book Thief
The Poisonwood Bible
And Then There Were None
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So many good books i found here, thx
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Old 04-19-2017, 06:26 AM View Post #10 (Link) Re: What did you read in 2016? Reply to Thread
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I read about the Hunger Games series which is absolutely fantastic!
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