Tuesday 20 December 2016

It's the end of the year post

As ever the end of the year prompts a "best of" round up.

I've read 90 books this year (way down on previous years - but due to writing a novel and publishing a short story collection!)

I have only rated 9 as Brilliant - this is a lower percentage than previous years

15 books by women - which is woeful so I will definitely be doing the Discoverability Challenge (1 book by a women new to me with review per month) next year

17 ARCs - which is more than the 1 per month that I said I'd do...

51 bought this year - I need to read a higher percentage off my TBR list

21 as ebooks - this seems to be creeping up year on year

So those Brilliant books?

This Census-Taker by China Mieville
this census-taker by China Mieville 

A masterly novella built more around what isn't revealed than what is revealed

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken…

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

A deserved classic that I can't believe I've only just got round to reading this year

A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff…

A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh

Since the name of this blog is inspired by BLDG:BLOG you know I'm a fan of Manaugh and this book doesn't disappoint. A history of burglary and architecture, highly recommended.

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The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

A collection of essays on what it means to be an immigrant in today's UK. This should be required reading!

City of Blades (The Divine Cities) by Robert…

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Intelligent fantasy and a brilliant sequel

Lovecraft Country: A Novel by Matt Ruff

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

This is a fabulous book blending Lovecraftian horror with the experience of racism of the black characters. Reads like a series of novellas.

Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

Like Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics this book seeks to explain and describe the unique nature of comic art. If McCloud's is a Comics 101 this is a masterclass. Highly recommend both.

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

A dark modern gothic tale, does a fabulous job of evoking atmosphere and a thoroughly entertaining read.

All the Birds, Singing: A Novel by Evie Wyld

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

A cleverly constructed book that's a compelling character study in two narratives - one moving forwards in time and one moving backwards.

And that's it

I'm currently reading Don Quixote so expect that'll keep me busy til the end of the year...

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