2016

My reading list for 2016.

All books link back to the original review.

Key to Abbreviations.
O = Own copy – I bought / swapped / was gifted / inherited it;
PS = Review copy / freebie from publisher / Amazon Vine etc;
finally an asterisk * = from the TBR (acquired before 1.1.16)

Finished in DECEMBER, reviewed in JANUARY
– Gut by Guilia Enders – O (8/10) Review
– Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham – PS (9/10) Review
– Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment – PS (8/10) Review
– How you See Me by S.E. Craythorne – PS (8/10) Review

JANUARY
1. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – O* (10/10) SNBks Review
2. Cut Me In by Ed McBain – PS (8.5) SNBks Review
3. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse – O (6/10) Review
4. The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre – PS* (10/10) SNBks Review
5. Death is a Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh – PS* (9/10) SNBks Review
6. Shopgirl by Mary Portas – O* (9/10) Review
7. The Last of the Bowmans by Paul J Henderson – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
8. The Year of Living Danishly – O* (9/10) Review
9. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo – O (6/10) Review
10. The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage – PS* (9/10) SNBks Review
11. The Light of Day by Eric Ambler – O* (9.5/10) SNBks Review

FEBRUARY
12. The Revenant by Michael Punke – O* (9/10) Review
13. Lumberjanes I & II by Noelle Stevenson et al – O (7.5/10) Review
14. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman – PS* (7.5/10) Review
15. The 3rd Woman by Jonathan Freedland – PS (8/10) Review
16. Sweetgirl by Thomas Mulhauser – PS (9.5/10) SNBks Review
17. The Night Manager by John Le Carre – O* (10/10) Review
18. All the Birds in the Trees by Charlie Jane Anders – PS (8.5/10) Review
19. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant – O* (8.5/10) Review

MARCH
20. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (adapted by Stephane Heuet) – PS (6.5/10) Review
21. Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
22. Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins – PS (8.5/10) Review
23. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – O* (10/10) Review
24. Modesty Blaise: Ripper Jax by Peter O’Donnell – PS (8.5/10) SNBks Review
25. Fever City by Tim Baker – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
26. The Trees by Ali Shaw – PS (9/10) SNBks Review
27. Mend the Living by Maylis De Kerangal – PS (9/10) SNBks Review
28. Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy – O* (9/10) Review
29. The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien – O* (8.5/10) Review
30. The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink – PS (10/10) Review

APRIL
31. Real Tigers by Mick Herron – PS (9/10) Review
32. Half Lost by Sally Green – PS (9/10) Review
33. Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan – PS (6/10) Review
34. The Diet Myth by Tim Spector – O (10/10) Review
35. Cause for Alarm by Eric Ambler – O* (8.5/10) Review
36. Look At Me by Sarah Duguid – PS (8.5/10) Review
37. Spill Simmer Falter Wither – O (8/10) Review
38. Trading Futures by Jim Powell – PS (8/10) Review
39. Too Close to the Edge by Pascal Garnier – PS (10/10) Review
40. A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O’Brien – O* (9/10) Review
41. Dog Days by Mavis Cheek – PS (9/10) Review
42. The Course of Love by Alain De Botton – PS (10/10) SNBks Review

MAY
43. Thin Air by Michelle Paver – PS (10/10) Review
44. Armadillos by P.K. Lynch – PS (9/10) SNBks review
45. Hope Farm by Peggy Frew – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
46. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
47. The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery – O (8.5/10) SNBks Review
48. Zero K by Don DeLillo – PS (6.5/10) Review
49. The Forbidden Territory by Dennis Wheatley – PS (7.5/10) Review
50. Lingua Franca by William Thacker – PS (9/10) Review
51. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – PS (9/10) Review
52. Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre – PS (9.5/10) SNBks Review
53. V for Violet by Alison Rattle – PS (8/10) Review

JUNE
54. The Latecomer by Dimitri Verhulst – PS (9/10) Review
55. Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge – O (10/10) Review
56. A Weekend with Claude by Beryl Bainbridge – O* (8/10) Review
57. Another Part of the Wood by Beryl Bainbridge – O* (7/5/10) Review
58. Winter Garden by Beryl Bainbridge – O* (8/10) Review
58. Selma Lagerlof – The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson – PS (9/10) SNBks Review
59. The Girls by Emma Cline – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
60. A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush – O (8/10) Review
61. A Hero in France by Alan Furst – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
62. Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe – O (8/10) SNBks Review
63. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent – PS (9.5/10) Review
64. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – PS (8.5/10) Review

JULY
65. Third Reich by Roberto Bolano – O* (7/10) Review
66. Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne – PS (9/10) Review
67. My Last Continent by Midge Raymond – PS (10/10) Review
68. No and Me by Delphine de Vigan – O* (9.5/10) Review
69. A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter – PS (7/10) Review
70. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
71. The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain – O* (10/10) Review
72. Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick – PS (9/10) Review
73. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett – O* re-read (8/10) Book Group review
74. The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence – PS (9/10) SNBks Review

AUGUST
75. Faith and Beauty by Jane Thynne – O* (9/10) Review
76. The Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes – PS (8/10) Review
77. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall – PS (9/10) Review
78. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple – PS (7.5/10) Review
79. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang – O (9/10) Review
80. Mãn by Kim Thuy – O* (9/10) Review
81. Born Scared by Kevin Brooks – PS (7/10) Review
82. John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk – O* re-read (9/10) Review
83. The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland by Julia Stuart – PS (8.5/10) Review
84. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – O (10/10) Review
85. Marie by Madeleine Boudouxhe – O (9/10) Review
86. Europe in Autumn by Dave Richardson – O (10/10) Review
87. Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher – PS (6.5/10) Review
88. The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church – PS (8.5/10) SNBks review
89. The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
90. Shopgirl by Steve Martin – O* (10/10) Review
91. Unboxed by Non Pratt – O (8/10) Review
92. Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker – PS (8.5/10) Review
93. The Good Guy by Susan Beale – PS (9/10) Review

SEPTEMBER
94. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – PS (9.5/10) SNBks Review
95. The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley – O (8.5/10) SNBks Review
96. French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
97. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
98. The Wicked Go To Hell by Frédéric Dard – PS (8.5/10) Review
99. Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney – PS (8.5/10) SNBks review + Q&A here
100. A Farewell to Ice by Peter Wadhams – PS (7/10) Review

OCTOBER
101. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle (re-read) – O (8.5/10) Review
102. Bodies of Water by V.H. Leslie – PS (8.5/10) SNBks Review
103. Snow by Marcus Sedgwick – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
104. My Life in Design by Sir Terence Conran – PS (9.5/10) Review
105. Marshall The Book of Loud by Nick Harper – PS (5/10) Review
106. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy – O (7.5/10) Review
107. The Plague by Albert Camus – O* (6/10) Review
108. All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan – PS (10/10) Review
109. Dark Matter by Michelle Paver – O* (9/10) Review
110. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – O* (6/10) Review
111. Old Buildings in Texas by Jen Waldo – PS (10/10) SNBks review + Q&A here
112. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – PS – (8.5/10) Review
113. Beside Myself by Ann Morgan – O (9.5/10) Review
114. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (Pop-up – engineered by David Pelham and Christopher Wormell) (10/10) Review
115. Blade and Bone by Catherine Johnson – PS (8/10) Review
116. Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra – O (6/10) Review
117. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer – O* (7.5/10) Review
118. Don’t Turn Out the Light by Bernard Minier – PS (8.5/10) SNBks review

NOVEMBER
119. Moving by Jenny Eclair – O (9/10) Review
120. 1222 by Anne Holt – O* (6.5/10) Review
121. The Travelers by Chris Pavone – PS (9/10) Review
122. The Fatal Tree by Jeff Arnott – PS (8/10) SNBks review
123. Family Life by Akhil Sharma – O* (9/10) Review
124. I See You by Clare Mackintosh – O (10/10) Review
125. The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski – PS (7.5/10) Review
126. A Portrait of Bowie by Brian Hiatt – PS (8/10) Review
127. 33 Revolutions by Canek Sanchez Guevara – PS (10/10) SNBks review
128. The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent – O (9.5/10) Review

DECEMBER
129. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
130. Messy by Tim Harford – O (9/10) Review
131. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – PS (6.5/10) Review
132. A Tour of Bones by Denise Inge – PS* (9/10) Review
133. The Novel of the Century by David Bellos – PS (8/10) SNBks Review
134. You Took the Last Bus Home by Brian Bilston – O (10/10) Review
135. Set Phasers to Stun by Marcus Berkman – O (8.5/10) Review
136. We are all stardust – conversations with Stefan Klein – O (7.5? Review
137. How Music Works by David Byrne – O* (10/10) Review
138. Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey – O (8.5/10) Review
139. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – O (7.5/10) Review
140. Play All by Clive James – O (9/10) Review
141. Sirens by Joseph Knox – PS (10/10) SNBks Review
142. A Crime in Holland by Georges Simenon – O (7.5/10) Review