Tuesday 29 December 2015

Bristol Book Blog Book Wrap Up

2015 book totals:

125 books read of which 14 were unfinished (up on the 94 read in 2014, evidence also of the fact that novel number two has not finished being written in 2015, whereas novel number one was written in 2014) - I generally know within 50 pages (sometimes less) if I'm going to finish a book. Sometimes they are unfinished because they are bad, but most often it's because it's just not the right book at that time and a few will be added back to the TBR pile to come back round in a year or two.

There were 27 Brilliant rated books (11 of which was the Unwritten series by Mike Carey) these are:

Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus…

The Unwritten Series (volume 1-11) - individually perhaps one or two of them wouldn't have made it to the Brilliant list but most are superlative storytelling and overall this is a very satisfying series and one I'd highly recommend to book lovers.

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by…

This is a classic, and rightly so. If you are at all interested in comics you should read this.

Discovering Scarfolk

If you'd like to know what the UK would be like eternally stuck in the 1970' then this is for you. Check out the website here

Screenwriting 101 by Film Crit Hulk! by FILM…

In HULK CAPITALS or wimpy Bruce Banner lowercase this is well worth reading if you are at all interested in films and how they should be written. You can check out Hulk's website here & he writes reviews here

The Enchanted: A Novel by Rene Denfeld

Powerful and beautiful writing Highly recommended

Dark Star by Oliver Langmead

This was a review copy and is an epic noir poem riffing off Dante - it didn't sound like it would work. It was brilliant. Unsung Stories are also a very nice little publisher.

The Skeleton Cupboard: Stories of Crisis,…

This was a raw experience and a very interesting reading journey into mental health issues.

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

Boy Robert Jackson Bennett can write, that makes me green with envy...

The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a…

Another beautifully written poetic prose book

Trout Fishing in America by Richard…

I think you have to be in the right mood for this book, luckily I was

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
I did say he could write. Check him out.

Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City…

Could possibly be a little too pretentious on the philosophy but fascinating nonetheless, and with great photographs

Bete by Adam Roberts

Really interesting examination of what it would be like if animals could not only think, but communicate too

The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to…

What is the true cost of building a dirt cheap toaster?

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and…

This is just brilliant. Read it. That is all.

Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson

This is a monster of a book. Every page crammed with interesting facts and insights. If you are at all interested in the built environment then you should check this out.

The Devil in Silver: A Novel by Victor…

A man is arrested and consigned to a mental institute as a method for the police to avoid their paperwork. His institutionalisation is the subject of this amazing book.

I read 16 books by women. That's still shockingly low! Must do better than 12% next year - I hope to double that and read 25%

72 paperback
2 hardback
27 Graphic Novels
22 e-books
2 audio books

That's it from Bristol Book Blog for 2015....

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