Books you’ve read in 2021

Phoenix

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Let’s go :disco:

Here’s a list of my 2020 books:

1. Rhythm of War - Brandon Sanderson
2. Cleanness - Garth Greenwell
3. Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir
4. My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Otessa Moshfegh
5. Assassin’s Apprentice - Robin Hobb
6. The Raven Tower - Ann Lecke
7. The Glass Hotel - Emily St. John Mandel
8. Dawnshard - Brandon Sanderson
9. Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Morriarty
10. Assassin’s Quest - Robin Hobb
11. Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
12. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb
13. Sin Eater - Megan Campisi
14. Conviction - Denise Mina
15. Strange Practice - Vivian Shaw
16. The Beguiling - Zsuzsi Gartner

Currently reading Shuggie Bain
 

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I’ve just started The Robber Bride by Atwood tonight because it’s always annoyed me that I’ve never read it, so will report back
 

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Thanks to my okhti al kabira, Phoe-Phoe for starting the thread. My 2020 books:

1. Miriam Towes - All My Puny Sorrows
2. Joan Didion - The White Album
3. Rebecca Makkai - The Great Believers
4. Rebecca Solnit - A Field Guide for Getting Lost
5. WG Sebald - The Emigrants
6. James Wharton - Something for the Weekend
7. Julian Fuks - Resistance
8. J.M. Coetzee - Summertime
9. Akwaeke Emezi - Freshwater
10. J.M. Coetzee - Elizabeth Costello
11. Ben Lerner - 10:04
12. Candice Carty-Williams - Queenie
13. Amit Chaudhri - Friend of My Youth
14. Annie Ernaux - I Remain in Darkness
15. Elisa Shua Desapin - Winter in Sochko
16. Zeba Talkhani - My Past in a Foreign Country
17. Cho Nam-Joo - Kim Ji-Young, Born in 1982
18. Pauline Delabroy-Allard - All About Sarah
19. Elena Ferrante - The Story of the Lost Child
20. Maggie Nelson - The Argonauts
21. Karl Ove Knausgaard - A Death in the Family
22. Megan Bradbury - Everyone is Watching
23. Yukio Tsushima - Territory of Light
24. Cathy Park Hong - Minor Feelings
25. Valeria Luiselli - Lost Children Archive
26. Douglas Glover - Attack of the Copula Spider
27. Patricia Highsmith - Carol
28. Alice Munro - The Beggar Maid
29. Sam Selvon - The Lonely Londoners
30. Mary Gaitskill - Bad Behaviour
31. Elif Shafak - How to Stay Sane in an age of Division
32. Natalia Ginzburg - Family Lexicon
33. Chris Power - Mothers
34. Douglas Stewart - Shuggie Bain
35. Marieke Lucas Rijnveld - The Discomfort of an Evening
36. Colm Toibin - The South
37. Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
38. Dorothy B. Hughes - Murder on the Orient Express
39. Avni Doshi - Burnt Sugar
40. Patricia Highsmith - The Talented Mr Ripley
41. Pat Barker - Blow Your House Down
42. Brandon Taylor - Real Life
43. Bryan Washington - Memorial
44. Cormac McCarthy - No Country for Old Men
45. Sayaka Murata - Earthlings
46. Mary Gaitskill - Lost Cat
47. Yuri Herrera - A Silent Fury
48. Natalie Diaz - Postcolonial Love Poem
49. Ocean Vuong - Night Sky With Exit Wounds
50. Tommy Orange - There, There

29 women, 2 non-binary, 19 poc :disco:
 

Phoenix

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It wasn’t planned but I only have 2 male authors and 11 female authors last year.
 

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Oh honey I don’t have a problem with the number of books I read. 15-20 is what I usually do.

I was talking about the male/female author split.
 

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Oh honey I don’t have a problem with the number of books I read. 15-20 is what I usually do.

I was talking about the male/female author split.

Just take the pass, sis! :disco:

I definitely gravitate to female authors a lot more, although Coetzee was the first time I read a guy and felt like I needed to read ALL of his stuff.

Do you have any reading resolutions?
 

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No I don’t like reading challenges, it takes away from the fun of reading for me.
 

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I was tempted to do away with my reading challenge. I found it quite stressful this year cos I had to read so much stuff for class that I hadn't chosen myself. So I would like to read a few longer books this year as I do love sticking with a book for a while, and not give a fuck about my challenge.
 
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My 2020 list

01. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
02. My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Ottessa Moshfegh
03. The Blue Fox - Sjón
04. Rollercoaster: Europe 1950-2017 - Ian Kershaw
05. Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin
06. The Art of War - Sun Tzu
07. Drömfakulteten (Dream Faculty) - Sara Stridsberg
08. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
09. Virginia Woolf - A Room of One’s Own
10. Chagall - Rainer Metzger
11. Rothko - Jacob Baal-Teshuva
12. Birds without Wings - Louis de Bernières
13. How to Design Humane Cities - Karsten Palsson
14. The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
15. The Sea, the Sea - Iris Murdoch
16. Manet - Gilles Nerét
17. Degas - Bernd Growe
18. Cézanne - Ulrike Becks-Malorny
19. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
20. Monet - Christof Heinrich
21. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
22. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
23. Emma - Jane Austen
24. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
25. Carol - Patricia Highsmith
26. First Love - Ivan Turgenev
27. Renoir - Peter H. Feist
28. The Plague - Albert Camus
29. Arabs; a 3000 Years History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires - Tim Mackintosh-Smith
30. The Virgin and the Gypsy - D.H. Lawrence
31. Rosseau - Cornelia Stabenow
32. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Márquez
33. Gauguin - Ingo F. Walther
34. van Gough - Ingo F. Walther
35. Forbidden Love - Héloïse d’Argenteuil
36. Seurat - Hajo Düchting
37. Toulouse-Lautrec - Matthias Arnold
38. The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoy
39. A Russian Affair - Anton Chekhov
40. The Seducer’s Diary - Søren Kierkegaard
41. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
42. Atlantvärlden (World of the Atlantic) - Axel Andersson
43. 1Q84 (Book 1) - Haruki Murakami
44. Death in Venice and Other Stories - Thomas Mann
45. Tristan - Thomas Mann
46. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
47. Deviant Love - Sigmund Freud
48. Magnetism - F. Scott Fitzgerald
49. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
50. The Complete Fables - Aesop
 

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impressive. I'm a failure! couldn't even complete my own challenge of 15 books because I am stuck on the 14th (Svetlana Aleksijevitj, which is not as good as I had anticipated)

I've set the challenge to 15 books for 2021 so I can fail again!
 

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12 of mine were from Taschen’s Basic Art series; so they’re short art books and probably shouldn’t count but they were interesting and educative enough so they should count.

I’ll set 20 as a goal, but I won’t rush. I have a lot of really long books to read, each one would probably take a month to read.
 

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I only read 21 books last year. My goal was 30. Oh well.

1. E.M. Forster - Maurice
2. Toni Morrison - Sula
3. Jack Kerouac - On the Road
4. Adam Kay - This is Going to Hurt
5. Orhan Pamuk - A Strangeness in my Mind
6. Naja Marie Aidt - When Death Takes Something From You, Take it Back
7. Liane Moriarty - Nine Perfect Strangers
8. Sjon - The Blue Fox
10. Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex
11. Almost Sebold - The Almost Moon
12. Margaret Atwood - Bodily Harm
13. Cocteau - Les Enfants Terribles
14. Garth Greenwell - What Belongs to You
15. Garth Greenwell - Cleanness
16. Iris Murdoch - The Sea, The Sea
17. Tomasz Jedrowski - Swimming in the Dark
18. Vladimir Nobokov - Lolita
19. Yann Martel - Life of Pi
20. Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat Pray Love
21. Philippe Besson - Lie with Me
 

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12 of mine were from Taschen’s Basic Art series; so they’re short art books and probably shouldn’t count but they were interesting and educative enough so they should count.

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I should add here that I have 4 other books on the go (i.e. I started last year and have semi-abandoned.) I hate DNF whether it's a book or a race, so I shall post them here to remind myself that I need to re-start and finish them individually before I move on:

1. Museum of Innocence
2. Goodbye Berlin
3. The Meaning of Mariah
4. Brick Lane
 

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Someone I follow on Goodreads has set themselves a target of 350 books to read this year! :square:
 

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anyone already reading or going to read Klara and the Sun by Ishiguro? it's up next in my reading group. my first Ishiguro!
 

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I hardly read last year, blame covid.

Have been on a bit of a scifi vibe since picking up my kindle again, the past month I’ve read:

The Dog Stars - Peter Heller. A good post apocalypse book, nothing outstanding in its plot but I fucking love anything with an end of world scenario. 8/10

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes. I discovered this book on the back of a press release by a company giving stroke patients DMT. I googled Algernon, the company name, saw the synopsis and bought it. What a story. 10/10

Children Of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky. Have just finished this, a proper turner. The sci fi element is good, but the themes around god and society were really interesting, plus the little twist at the end. Awesome. 10000000/10
 

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Last year's list. I was going strong during lockdown and completely fell off a cliff from autumn onwards for the most part so made it to 36.

I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
The Empty Family - Colm Tóibín
Being Various - New Irish Short Stories - Lucy Caldwell (editor)
Cleanness - Garth Greenwell
Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín
Labels - Louis de Barnières
The South - Colm Tóibín
Aria - Nazanine Hozar
The Girls of Slender Means - Muriel Spark
Mysteries of the Home - Paula Meehan
You Will Be Safe Here - Damian Barr
An Honest Man - Ben Fergusson
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
Swimming in the Dark - Tomasz Jedrowski
Lie With Me - Philippe Besson
Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
In the Shadow of the Banyan - Vaddey Ratner
The Rest Just Follows - Glenn Patterson
Sealskin - Su Bristow
Unorthodox - Deborah Fieldman
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood
The Story of the Night - Colm Tóibín
The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
A Traveler At the Gates of Wisdom - John Boyne
At the Jerusalem - Paul Bailey
West - Carys Davies
Astonishing Splashes of Colour - Clare Morrall
Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart
Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller
The Road Home - Rose Tremain
Maggie and Me - Damian Barr
Stay With Me - Ayobami Adebayo
One August Night - Victoria Hislop
Nora Webster - Colm Tóibín
 

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This year going even slower but will hopefully pick up.

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong

And near the end of:
The Death of Vivek Oji - Akwaeke Emezi

Which is great so far.
 

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