This post is inspired by Kerry at Pickle Me This, and by my own love of numbers, charts and research, because I want to know where my books come from and yours too.
Join in! You can either list the last 30 books you read, as Kerry did, or calculate your stats for the whole year. I’ve done my year in books and some infographics to accompany them!
P.S This list does not (and cannot for obvious reasons) include a huge chunk of reading I do for Knight Errant Press – the dozens of short stories, poems, novels and excerpts I’ve gone through this year will not be accounted for here.
- Fun Home – Alison Bechdel | borrowed from Friend
- Treats – Lara Williams | Library
- Are you my mother? – Alison Bechdel | borrowed from Friend
- Letter from an Unknown Woman – Stefan Zweig | Library
- The Lives of Animals – J. M Coetzee | Library
- Look at the Birdie – Kurt Vonnegut | Library
- Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay | Library
- Gilead – Marilynne Robertson | Library (Audio)
- Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli | Library (Audio)
- The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka | Library (Audio)
- The Witches – Roald Dahl | Library (Audio)
- Flesh of the Peach – Helen McClory | Netgalley (Advanced Review eBook)
- Firewall – Henning Mankell | Library (Audiobook)
- Blood Stained Tea – Amy Tasukada |Netgalley (eBook) DNF
- The Selected Stories vol. 1 – Phillip K. Dick | Library (Audiobook)
- The Good Immigrant – ed. by Nikesh Shukla | Library
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins | Library (Audiobook)
- The Adoption Papers – Jackie Kay | Library
- Sula – Toni Morrison | Library (Audiobook)
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson | part Library eBook and Audiobook
- Juliet Takes a Breath – Gaby Riviera | NetGalley (Advanced Review eBook) [review]
- Mathilda – Roald Dahl | Library (Audiobook)
- Fated – Benedict Jacka | borrowed from a Friend
- The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova | Library (Audiobook)
- When you Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris | Library
- Reckless – Cornelia Funke | Library (Audiobook)
- Spectacles – Sue Perkins | Library (Audiobook)
- George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl | Library (Audiobook)
- [Author Manuscript] | eBook
- When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi | Library (Audiobook)
- Men Explain things to Me – Rebecca Solnit | Library (Book)
- The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher | Library (Audiobook)
This has been a big year for my reading habits – I dipped my toes into crime fiction, shorter forms of writing and memoir! I am also continuing my epic quest, sadly thwarted by Half Bad – of exploring YA.
Male* 11 Mixed 1 (an anthology) Female* 15 LGBTQI+/NB* 7 POC 4 Translated 3
*The authors identify as described above to the best of my knowledge and research.
I have consciously made an effort to pick up more works written by women, by LGBTQI+/NB folk, POC and authors in translation. I think I did a pretty good job of it, though I can and will do better in 2018.
This was a busy year in all sorts of ways – audiobooks really helped fill my gap in reading while I scrambled to do other things, whilst commuting to work and when my eyes and brain were much too tired and wired to read. Though I am happy to see that more than half of the books read were inked!
This year my budget was very tight and I discovered the glory of NetGalley and Overdrive.
LIBRARIES ARE THE BEST AND DON’T YOU LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE.
“The search for truth takes us to dangerous places,” said Old Woman Josie. “Often it takes us to that most dangerous place: the library. You know who said that? No? George Washington did. Minutes before librarians ate him.”
― Joseph Fink,
This year I will also be adding a log of the books I bought – how and where – even if I haven’t read them. To start off:
November and December 2017
‘Fig’ by Maria Stoian 2017 (a zine) – ECAF – HC
‘Anatomy of the (broken) Heart’ by Kathryn Briggs (a graphic novel) – ECAF – HC
‘Feminism is Queer’ by Mimi Marinucci (2nd edition, academic non-fiction) – independent bookshop – HC
‘Goblin’ 2017 by Ever Dundas (a novel) – the author – HC
‘Attrib. and other stories’ by Eley Williams (short stories collection)- the publisher (Black Friday Sale) – HC
‘Delusions of Gender’ by Cordelia Fine (non-fiction) – independent bookshop – HC
‘Your Silence Will not Protect You’ 2017 by Audre Lorde (collection of essays) – independent bookshop – HC
‘The Violet Sea’ by Roisin Loughran & Kirsty Hunter – ECAF – HC
CONSENTED: the GENDER issue (magazine) – the publisher – HC