End of the Book Year 2016/17

June 4, 2017

I read on someone’s blog that you should write down the books you read in order to see the gaps/bias in your reading. I’ve kept a list of books from 1993, but have never used it for that. My reading is directed by what people donate to charity shops, what’s on my sister’s shelves (marked S below) and recommendations from friends (marked F below). Because I am inordinately lazy, please let me know what glaring omissions I’m making in my reading and I’ll try and pull some in in 2017/18. 
Skip to the end for my book of the year, but in chronological order, the books I’ve read this year are: 


Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel (S)

The Stories of English David Crystal


The Periodic Table Primo Levy (F)

The Red House Mark Haddon

The Last Shot Hugo Hamilton

Happy To Be Here Garrison Keillor


Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel

Walden and Other Writings Henry David Thoreau


How the Dead Live Will Self

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken

Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison

The Taxidermist’s Daughter Kate Mosse

The Birds and Other Stories Daphne Du Maurier

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez


The Second Book of Modern Women’s Short Stories

The Summer Before the Dark Doris Lessing

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins (F)


The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain


The Life of Charlotte Bronte Elizabeth Gaskell

The Norfolk Mystery Ian Sansom

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft

We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson (S)


Ways of Seeing John Berger

The Siege of Krishnapur J.G. Farrell (S)

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

Journey by Moonlight Antal Szerb


A Sicilain Romance Ann Radcliffe

So Many Ways to Begin Jon McGregor

Joan Eardley A Sense of Place

The Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt John Cooper Clarke


My Life as a Fake Peter Carey

A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry

We Should All Be Feminists Chinamanda Ngozi Adiche (F)


Jamaica Inn Daphne Du Maurier

Father and Son Edmund Gosse

Carhedral Raymond Carver

Everyday Use Alice Walker

Midnight and I’m Not Famous Yet Barry Hannah

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

Injury Time Beryl Bainbridge

The Life you save may be your own and Good country people Flannery O’Connor

Peter Abelard Helen Waddell

The Haunted House and other Stories Wilkie Collins


Homegoing Yaa Gyasi (F)

Navajo Night Chant, Chippewa Songs, Ghost Dance Songs

Impressions of an Indian Childhood Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, Zitkala Sa

Book of the year 2016/17
I knew from the moment I started reading it, it was going to be Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell, but then it wasn’t, it was A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

2017/18 has started with The Mabinogion


12 Responses to “End of the Book Year 2016/17”

  1. Not sure about any gaps as I can’t see any overlap with my reading! I keep thinking of doing such a list, but only because I can rarely remember the title of what I have read. BTW what did you think of the Joan Eardly book? I’m interested, but have recently had a disappointment with Threads: the delicate life of John Craske. So I am a bit ‘gun shy’ at present.

    • The joan eardley was the exhibition catalogue/accompanying book, so nothing in depth. As you can see, I hardly ever leave fiction! The list is an aide memoir. I have another, older, film list that I do have to check regularly as I reached maximum capacity in film memory about 3 yrs ago!

  2. memadtwo said

    I keep my booklist through posting on Goodreads. Although I have to admit, sometimes someone “likes” and old review, and I can’t remember reading the book at all! I too read whatever comes my way, or what I see on the shelves in the library. Not organized at all. I think that’s best. I did like “Wolf Hall” (a birthday gift). (K)

    • There’s basically tooooo many books to get through, so over the years I’ve had different strategies – booker list shortlists, other awards, reading all by an author I liked or choosing a new author each time, joining a book club, reading reviews, pucking the book on my shelf that had been there the longest, but they are all just different ways to slice a huge cake and then nibble round the edges! I heard an interesting discussion on the radio a few years ago about being ‘well read’ and what that actually meant, when there was a limit to the l capacity for remembering the books.

      • memadtwo said

        I always read books that have been gifted to me. But otherwise it’s all random. Too many good ones will be missed, no matter what method you use!

  3. That’s an impressive list! Congratulations! 🙂

  4. Now I really wish I kept a list of books I read starting in 2011 cuz there’s a lot. I bounce all over; classics, YA sick lit, thriller, horror, zombie survival, action, YA drama, apocalyptic survival…

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