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n2016: The Year in Books

Books I finished in 2016 by month, not counting compulsively re-read bag-of-chips type books or anything I skimmed so that I could get it off my bookshelves before moving to a new apartment. Non-compulsive re-reads are marked with an asterisk. Titles in bold are from 99 Novels - a challenge I am obviously not going to finish anytime soon.


January

1. Plutarch: lives of Alcibaides, Coriolanus, Lysander, Sulla (NF) (ish)
2. Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake
3. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi*
4. Watching Television - Gitlin and Englehart et al.(NF)
5. No Place Like Home - Conrad et al (NF)
6. Coroner's Pidgin - Allingham
7. Love Lies Bleeding - E. Crispin
8. The Thin Man - Hammett
9. Third Girl - Christie
10. Scales of Justice - Marsh
11. The Light and the Dark -- C. P. Snow
12. The Silkworm - R. Galbraith
13. The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism -- T. Rosenberg (NF)
14. In the Company of Sherlock Holmes - King, Klinger et al.
15. The Left Hand of Darkness - UK LeGuin

February

16. Enemies Within the Gates? - Chase (NF)
17. The Laughing Monsters - D. Johnson
18. There is a Tide - A. Christie
19. The Shores of Light - E. Wilson (NF)
20. Tiger in the Smoke - M. Allingham
21. The Celebrated Mrs. Oldfield - J. Laffer (NF)
22. The War With Mr. Wizzle - G. Korman*
23. McNally's Gamble - L. Sanders
24. Sweet and Low - E. Lathen
25. Prometheus: The Life of Balzac - A. Maurois (NF)
26. The Locked Room - P. Auster
27. The Gods Themselves - I. Asimov
28. Towards Zero - A. Christie
29. The Seven Dials Mystery - A. Christie
30. The Grand Sophy - G. Heyer

March

31. Death of a Fool - N. Marsh
32. False Scent - N. Marsh
33. Night Watch - S. Kendrick
34. Malice - K. Higashino
35. Career of Evil - R. Galbraith
36. Singing in the Shrouds - N. Marsh
37. The Victim - Saul Bellow
38. Down With Big Brother - M. Dobbs (NF)
39. Season of Migration to the North -T. Salih
40. Selected Poems and Letters of John Keats - D. Bush, ed.
41. The Heart of the Matter - G. Greene
42. The Long Body - H. McCloy
43. Miss Pym Disposes - J. Tey
44. The Man in the High Castle - P. K. Dick
45. Sexual Anarchy - E. Showalter (NF)
46. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven -S. Alexie*
47. The XYY Man - K. Royce
48. The Writer on Her Work Vol II -- J. Sternberg ed. (NF)
49. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings - C. P. Gilman
50. Ape and Essence - A. Huxley
51. Swann's Way - M. Proust
52. Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
53. No Highway - Nevil Shute

April

54. Esther Waters - G. Moore
55. Seabiscuit - L. Hillerbrand (NF)
56. The Heat of the Day - E. Bowen
57. We - Y. Zamyatin
58. The Long Goodbye - R. Chandler
59. Behold, Here's Poison - G. Heyer
60. Barrayar - L.M. Bujold
61. The Lost Sisterhood - R. Rosen (NF)
62. Changing Places - D. Lodge
63. Hogfather - T. Pratchett*
64. Hand in Glove - N. Marsh
65. Mort - T. Pratchett
66. The Warrior's Apprentice - L. M. Bujold
67. Brat Farrar - J. Tey
68. Hot Water - PGW


May

69. The Body - W. Sansom
70. KILLER DOLPHIN!! - N. Marsh
71. Plot Counter-Plot - A. Clarke
72. Becoming a Writer - D. Brande (NF)
73. Reaper Man - T. Pratchett
74. Lady Chatterly's Lover - DH Lawrence
75. The Big Sleep - R. Chandler
76. The Woman Warrior - M. H. Kingston
77. Where Bears Roam the Streets - J. Parker (NF)
78. Best 'Thinking Machine' Detective Stories - J. Futrelle
79. July's People - N. Gordimer
80. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - E. Ferrante
81. The Dispossessed - U. K. LeGuin
82. Time of Hope - C. P. Snow
83. Within a Budding Grove - M. Proust
84. Just Like Beauty - L. Lerner
85. The Last Policeman - B. Winters
86. Writing Past Dark - B. Friedman (NF)
87. Clutch of Constables - N. Marsh
88. Guards! Guards! - T. Pratchett

June

89. The Disenchanted - B. Schulberg
90. Busman's Honeymoon - J. Bennett
91. Scenes from Provincial Life - W. Cooper
92. The Automatic Detective - A. L. Martinez
93. When in Rome - N. Marsh
94. Possession - A. S. Byatt
95. A Question of Upbringing - A. Powell
96. Tied Up in Tinsel - N. Marsh
97. Black as He's Painted - N. Marsh
98. Foundation - I. Asimov*

July

99. A Buyer's Market - A. Powell
100. The Girls of Slender Means - M. Spark
101. JUSTINE - L. Durrell

102. The Red House Mystery - A. A. Milne
103. The Ampersand Papers - M. Innes
104. My Enemy, My Ally - D. Duane
105. The Whale: A Love Story: A Novel - M. Beauregard
106. Foundation and Empire - I. Asimov*
107. The Acceptance World - A. Powell
108. The Masters - C. P. Snow


August

109. Men at Arms - T. Pratchett
110. N or M? - A. Christie
111. Sad Cypress - A. Christie
112. Nana - E. Zola
113. The Story of an African Farm - O. Schreiner
114. The Guermantes Way - M. Proust
115. The Dark Lantern - H. Williamson
116. Eugenie Grandet - BALZAC
117. The Caine Mutiny - H. Wouk
118. The Just City - J. Walton
119. The Cure of Tours - BALZAC
120. The Keeper of Lost Causes - J. Adler-Olsen
121. Feet of Clay - T. Pratchett
122. The Dead Man's Knock - J. D. Carr
123. A Room With a View - E. M. Forster
124. The Mystery of Crooknose - L. W. Douglas
125. Second Foundation - I. Asimov*
126. Invisible Man - R. Ellison
127. Tancredi - L. Cameron
128. Foundation and Earth - I. Asimov

September

129. The Monkey's Mask - D. Porter
130. The Fifth Elephant - T. Pratchett
131. Last Ditch - N. Marsh
132. Robots and Murder - I. Asimov
133. Eric - T. Pratchett
134. Homegoing - Y. Gyasi
135. Dumb Witness - A. Christie
136. Uncle Fred in the Springtime - P. G. Wodehouse
137. Wyrd Sisters - T. Pratchett
138. HARDMAN #6 : MURDER'S NOT AN ODD JOB - R. Dennis
139. Grave Mistake - N. Marsh
140. The Old Man and the Sea - E. Hemingway
141. The Groves of Academe - M. McCarthy

142. Minding the Children - G. Youcha (NF)
143. The True Actor - J. L. Pires
144. The Size of the Universe - F. R. Hargreaves (NF)
145. The Tongues of Men and Angels - M. Carache
146. Brown Girl Dreaming - J. Woodson
147. Wise Blood - F. O'Connor
148. Photo Finish - N. Marsh
149. Light Thickens - N. Marsh
150. The Spiritual Life of Children - R. Coles (NF)
151. The Loved One - E. Waugh
152. The Good Detective - H.F.R. Keating
153. Pets in America - K. C. Grier (NF)
154. Black Panther - T-N Coates and B. Selfreeze

October

155.The Notebooks of Malte Laurdis Brigge - R. M. Rilke*
156. Regeneration - Pat Barker*
157. The New Men - C. P. Snow
158. Donkey Boy - H. Williamson
159. Men at Arms - E. Waugh

160. The Mysterious Affair at Styles - A. Christie
161. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - M. Spark*
162. The Secret Adversary - A Christie*
163. NW - Zadie Smith
164. Murder on the Links - A. Christie*
165. A Student History of England Vol II: 1509-1689 - S. R. Gardiner (NF)
166. The Man in the Brown Suit - A. Christie
167. Poirot Investigates - A. Christie
168. Maisie Dobbs - J. Winspear
169. Officers and Gentlemen - E. Waugh
170. The Documents in the Case - DLS
171. Birds of America - M. McCarthy

November

172. Female Authorship and Literary Culture in Canada 1760-2000 - F. Hamill (NF)
173. Died in the Wool - Rett MacPherson
174. The Dark Phoenix Saga - C. Claremont, D. Cockrum and J. Byrne
175. The Inheritance - C. Finch
176. The Secret of Chimneys - A. Christie
177. At Lady Molly's - A. Powell
178. Casanova's Chinese Restaurant - A. Powell
179. Balthazar - L. Durrell
180. The Kindly Ones - A. Powell
181. Young Phillip Maddison - H. Williamson

182. No More Dying Then - R. Rendell
183. Age of Apocalypse - various
184. The Case of the Careless Kitten - E. S. Gardner
185. The Big Four - A. Christie

December

186. Sector General: Beginning Operations - J. White
187. Sodom and Gomorrah - M. Proust
188. Mountolive - L. Durrell
189. Dreaming of Babylon - R. Brautigan
190. Yes and No - L. Tatelbaum
191. How Dear is Life - H. Williamson
192. In the Land of Believers - G. Welch (NF)
193. The Headless Lady - C. Rawson
194. Hard Living on Clay Street - J. T. Rowell (NF)
195. The Secret Country - P. Dean
196. White Teeth - Z. Smith
197. Clea - L. Durrell
198. The Captive - M. Proust
199. The Scoop and Behind the Screen - Det. Club
200. The Little Stranger - S. Waters
201. The Mystery of the Blue Train - A. Christie
202. The Backslider - S. McGrady


Non-fiction 24
Detective fiction: 73
Authors new to me in 2016 (fiction): 58
. . . that I really loved: 13

I stopped marking favorites this year because there were too many to choose from. The vast majority of books I've read this year have been good, and even the bad ones have been enjoyable for the most part; the few true slogs (Fifth Law of Hawkins comes to mind) were not part of any reading resolution, so I ditched them without ceremony and went on to something better.

A few highlights: the endless weirdness of Titus Groan, BALZAC's terrible life choices, reading Lady Chatterly's Lover, Possession, and The Count of Monte Cristo with osprey_archer (and all my flist regulars), getting blindsided by Invisible Man, finishing Ngaio Marsh, getting on the Elena Ferrante train only a couple of years late, and ALMOST getting to the end of Lost Time in time to start the whole thing over again with a Proust reading group in 2017.

This year, if all goes well, I will have less time to read. I'm in the process of changing jobs, and whatever I end up with, it won't give me nearly as much time to sit at a counter in idleness. On the other hand, if I wind up unemployed, I will have more time than I know what to do with.

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Jan. 5th, 2017 09:58 pm (UTC)
OMG, I am just staggered!!

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