Day #032 - Monkey Reader by Daniel Antunes CC-BY-NC-ND via flickr

i used to review books here

I know my book reviews were never very in-depth or insightful, but they were here and were some content for the site for a big chunk of its existence. I don’t know exactly why I stopped doing it, but obviously, I did.

There’s part of me that feels a bit bad about not reviewing each book I read. These days it feels a little bit too much like my only purpose for reading is to consume content rather than letting things affect and change me. The sitting down and at least making a paragraph about each book does help to consolidate thoughts I have. But it takes so much energy, and I probably have another book a flick away at on my screen.

I could argue a big chunk of my “making stuff about library adjacent topics” energy went into the radio show over the last year, but I’d let the reviews trail off well before that. Now with the new job and not doing the radio show any more, maybe there’s room to come back at this again.

In any case, I have been studiously tracking what I’ve been reading even if I haven’t been spewing my thoughts on it at whatever reading audience I still might have. Here’s the list of books I read in 2016. I might finish another Dark Tower book and this little treatise on crime in Canadian football before the year is up but whatevs. (formatting key: ebooks comics rereads)

  1. Elric of Melniboné (The Elric Saga, #1) by Michael Moorcock
  2. Delta Green: Dark Theatres by Benjamin Adams (Ed.)
  3. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
  4. Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly by Dennis Detwiller
  5. The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson
  6. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace
  7. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  8. The Weird of the White Wolf (The Elric Saga, #3) by Michael Moorcock
  9. The Vanishing Tower (The Elric Saga, #4) by Michael Moorcock
  10. Stormbringer (The Elric Saga, #6) by Michael Moorcock
  11. The Bane of the Black Sword (The Elric Saga, #5) by Michael Moorcock
  12. Trashed by Derf Backderf
  13. This Census-Taker by China Miéville
  14. Slade House by David Mitchell
  15. Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed
  16. The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
  17. The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
  18. The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
  19. Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1) by Connie Willis
  20. The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson
  21. Schild’s Ladder by Greg Egan
  22. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1) by Neal Stephenson
  23. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
  24. The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, #2) by Neal Stephenson
  25. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  26. The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, #3) by Neal Stephenson
  27. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
  28. The City & the City by China Miéville
  29. Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt
  30. Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift by Meredith Gran
  31. Buddhism in Chinese History by Arthur F. Wright
  32. The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory Doctorow
  33. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
  34. Thirst: A Novel of the Iran-Iraq War by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
  35. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  36. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  37. The Library at Mount Char by Scott  Hawkins
  38. A Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Glenn Taylor
  39. The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga, #1) by Kameron Hurley
  40. The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
  41. Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel by Mike Mignola
  42. Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack
  43. The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami by Matthew Carl Strecher
  44. The Quarry by Iain Banks
  45. Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
  46. Wicked and Weird: The Amazing Tales of Buck 65 by Rich Terfry
  47. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
  48. Two Brothers by Fábio Moon
  49. Writing for Radio by Christopher William Hill
  50. Bone by Jeff Smith
  51. The Dharma Punks by Ant Sang
  52. Beef With Tomato by Dean Haspiel
  53. Batman: Ego and Other Tails by Darwyn Cooke
  54. Dracula: The Company of Monsters Vol. 1 by Kurt Busiek
  55. Dracula: The Company of Monsters Vol. 2 by Kurt Busiek
  56. A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar
  57. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  58. Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue
  59. A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction by Terry Pratchett
  60. The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
  61. Going Postal (Discworld, #33; Moist von Lipwig, #1) by Terry Pratchett
  62. Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
  63. A Questionable Shape by Bennett Sims
  64. Descender, Volume One: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire
  65. How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  66. Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 by Warren Ellis
  67. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  68. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  69. H. P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition: The Master of Horror’s Influence on Modern Occultism by John L. Steadman
  70. Imperium by Ryszard Kapuściński
  71. The Starry Rift by James Tiptree Jr.
  72. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King
  73. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  74. The Player of Games (Culture, #2) by Iain M. Banks
  75. How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism 1840-2011 by Eric Hobsbawm
  76. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  77. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
  78. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
  79. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
  80. Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga, #2) by Kameron Hurley
  81. The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death by Colson Whitehead
  82. Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers
  83. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  84. The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
  85. Jaws by Peter Benchley
  86. Pretty Deadly, Vol. 2: The Bear by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  87. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  88. The Essentials of Buddhist Philosophy by J. Takakusu
  89. Hunter’s Run by George R.R. Martin
  90. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
  91. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  92. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  93. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  94. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
  95. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin
  96. The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2) by Stephen King
  97. The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3) by Stephen King
  98. The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1) by Liu Cixin
  99. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  100. The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2) by Liu Cixin
  101. Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #3) by Liu Cixin
  102. The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) by Patrick Rothfuss
  103. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  104. Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4) by Stephen King
  105. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) by N.K. Jemisin
  106. American Utopia by Fredric Jameson
  107. Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling by Tom Babin
  108. Sex Criminals, Volume Three: Three the Hard Way by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
  109. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
  110. The Revolutions by Felix Gilman

So yeah, I read 110 books this year. There are fewer comics on here than I feel is usual for me but there’s a fair number of re-reads. Those both kind of inflate the totals if you’re looking at this as a numbers game.

I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction and I think that kind of shows up in the list. I’ve also been trying to read more books by women, but as the list shows, I haven’t been successful at that (a quick perusal shows only 18 or 19). Under a bit of duress I’ve been buying fewer books than is my wont (only 6 from this list are things I purchased this year) but as my partner tells me, I do work in a library.

That’s been my year. I also read too many tweets and articles about politics and celebrities dying. Fuck 2016.

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