Well, the TBR started the year as above and (sneak preview) finished it like this, so that’s some progress, right?
In 2016 I read 126 books in total (up from 115 in 2015): 77 of them were fiction (83 in 2015) and 49 non-fiction (32 in 2015) and I had 6 Did Not Finishes (3 in 2015). 84 of the books I read were by women and 42 by men (very tidy stats). As to diversity of location: not so much. 59 books where the location could be identified were set in England or the general UK, 24 in the US, 9 in Iceland, 4 in Switzerland, 3 in France, 2 each in India, Ireland and Scotland and one in Wales. Then there were 1 in Canada, Morocco, Japan, Spain and Europe in general. None in Eastern Europe, Russia or China? No South America or Africa as a whole? Hm. I re-read just five or six books, half for Woolfalong.
Top 10 books of 2016
So here are my top ten with links to their reviews.
Barbara Kingsolver – Flight Behaviour – community, nature, science, learning, wonderful novel.
George Eliot – The Mill on the Floss – just wonderful: these are classics for a reason, aren’t they!
Katharine d’Souza – No Place – set in a Birmingham that’s so recognisable and a fabulous story.
Lisa Jackson – Your Pace or Mine? – removed the last traces of shame at being a slow runner and the author even emailed me on marathon day.
David Kynaston – Modernity Britain – his volumes of social history always make my top ten.
Joan Russell Noble – Recollections of Virginia Woolf – such a special book of pieces by her contemporaries.
A.S. Byatt – Ragnarok – a good old-fashioned read and about the Norse mythology.
Simon Armitage – Walking Home – a bloomin good read about a long walk.
Bob Stanley – Yeah Yeah Yeah – the definitive history of pop and SO entertaining.
Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse – difficult to choose between this and some of her others.
Honourable mentions to:
The rest of Woolf
Margery Sharp – brilliant and just pipped to the post
Jo Pavey – This Mum Runs
I know you’ve all done your top 10s now but have you read any of these?
I got on well with my own A Century of Reading and now have read or own 70 of the years.
I completed 20BooksofSummer this year!
I completed #Woolfalong, reading a book for every section and thoroughly enjoying the process.
I read all of Dorothy Richardson’s “Pilgrimage” series.
Happy reading for 2017!
Thanks to all my followers, readers and commenters; hope you have a great year of reading.
Coming up later: Christmas book pile (yay), state of the TBR and challenge plans for 2017 …