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A quick post to pick out a few highlights from my reading year so far now we’re halfway through – and I’m on track to emulate last year, having read about the same number of books 68 vs 71 last year, and close to the same number of pages 18300 vs 18500 – if you add in my three DNFs for this year – SNAP!
I awarded 10/10 to a whopping fifteen books – all brilliant. They are:
- Transcription by Kate Atkinson – Review – Period spies / Thriller
- The Dry by Jane Harper – Review – Aussie / Crime
- The Train in the Night by Nick Coleman – Review – Memoir / Medical / Rock’n’roll
- Slow Motion Ghosts by Jeff Noon – Shiny review – Rock’n’roll / Crime
- Graceland by Bethan Roberts – Shiny review – fictionalised Elvis – Rock’n’roll
- MI5 and Me by Charlotte Bingham – Review – Period spies / Memoir
- No Minor Chords by Andre Previn – Review – Memoir / Hollywood (re-read)
- The Bothy by Trevor Mark Thomas – Review – Gangland / Thriller
- Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Shiny Review – Rock’n’roll
- Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy – Review – Memoir / Education
- West by Carys Davies – Review – Pioneer / Novella
- Modesty Blaise by Peter O’Donnell – Review – Classic / Period spies / Thriller
- There There by Tommy Orange – Review – Multiphonic
- The Girl Before by JP Delaney – Review – Psychological thriller
- Why You Should Read Children’s Books… by Katherine Rundell – Review – Essay / Reading
A few themes emerge from inside wider categories of crime & thrillers, and memoirs. Rebecca would maybe call this book serendipity, but spread over six months I’d say it’s probably more of an unconscious bias towards reading themes I love more than any others! I adore period spy novels, (well, spy novels from any period actually) and anything with some Rock’n’roll to it.
What else have I read this year?
- POETRY! This is where going to the library again is coming up trumps for me. 5/68 + one book about the subject.
- The Wellcome Book Prize shortlist – it’s a shame this prize has been put on hiatus, but I love books that fit in its criteria anyway, so they’ll continue to feature in my reading.
- Non-fiction in general makes up 16/68 books read this year (24%).
- The longest book I read was The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay at 640 pages of very small type.