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2022 in Review: Favourites Under Construction
The goal for 2022 is to again try to whittle down more of my TBR pile so that it represents less than one-sixth of my overall books, and get back to the gender parity.
The Ice House by Nina Bawden,
Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan,
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka,
Am I Too Loud? by Gerald Moore.
The Overstory by Richard Powers.
2021 in Review: Favourites
I enjoyed and reviewed 32 books, culled and added to my TBR pile (644:151 total:tbr), and overshot my gender parity goal (196:173 f:m).
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenit︠s︡yn,
The Tree in the Yard by Betty Smith,
On Broadway by Damon Runyon,
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman,
My Life in France by Julia Child,
Iron Gustav by Hans Fallada,
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson,
Mr Bridge by Evan S. Connell,
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo,
Cousin Harriet by Susan Tweedsmuir,
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
Dishonourable Mentions Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates,
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
2020 in Review: Favourites
I read and enjoyed and reviewed 36 books. Year-end, my TBR:overall ratio is 199:663 (from 388:808) and the gender M:F is 181:188 (49.05% to 50.95%).
Woodswoman by Anne LaBastille.
The Moon by Colin Barrett,
Wise Children by Angela Carter,
He Never Came Back by Helen McCloy,
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki,
Roman Fever and Other Stories by Edith Wharton,
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West,
The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann,
Moonglow by Michael Chabon,
Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa,
The Journals of Anais Nin: Volume I, 1931--1934 by Anais Nin,
A Rope - In Case by Lillian Beckwith.
Dishonourable Mentions The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.
2019 in Review: Favourites
2019 marked my fifth year on LibraryThing! It saw more non-fiction, in particular nature-reads and memoirs, and an abundance of short stories. It has also edged the year-start 56.38% - 43.62% (male-female) ratio to a more even 50.7% - 49.3%.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson,
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr,
Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland by Carson McCullers,
Collected Stories by Bernard MacLaverty,
The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich,
Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers,
The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne,
Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamund Lehmann,
The Light in the Piazza by Elizabeth Spencer,
Bartlett and the Forest of Plenty by Odo Hirsch,
The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier,
Wilding by Isabella Tree,
20 Years from the Waist Up by Richard MorecroftThe Fate of Food by Amanda Little,
The Skin Chairs by Barbara Comyns.
Dishonourable Mentions Independent People by Halldór Laxness,
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford,
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan,
A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter,
White Noise by Don Delillo,
Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym,
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell,
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
2018 in Review: Short Stories, Favourites
My 2018 reads mostly consisted of short story collections and authors who are women. There were lots of new-to-me authors, new voices,new styles for me to get acquainted with. I also reacquainted and consolidated my love for Decca Mitford and George Orwell.
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood,
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich,
Boys in Zinc by Svetlana Alexievich,
The Collected Stories by Grace Paley,
The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams,
Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel,
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin,
Women and Fiction edited by Susan Cahill,
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell,
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir,
The Home by Penelope Mortimer,
Yonnondio by Tillie Olsen,
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach,
The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado,
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy,
Saturday Lunch with the Brownings and Other Stories by Penelope Mortimer,
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford.
Dishonourable Mentions Pachinko by Min Jin Lee,
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh,
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell,
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein,
The Mothers by Brit Bennett,
Liars and Saints by Maile Meloy,
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster.
2017 in Review: Literature Forming, Favourites
I had hoped for more poetry and plays, but ended up just with more nonfiction and just one poetry and two plays. A lot more of world history and social awareness this year though, which I'm pleased by.
The Love Child by Edith Olivier,
Decca: the letters of Jessica Mitford by Jessica Mitford,
After the War: volume 125 of Granta,
Shostakovich: a life remembered by Elizabeth A. M. Wilson,
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel,
The Same Old Story by Ivan Goncharov,
The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller,
Night by Elie Wiesel,
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo,
Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov,
Gulag by Anne Applebaum,
We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families by Philip Gourevitch,
Celebrations by Maya Angelou,
Le Testament Francçais by Andreï Makine,
Negroland: a memoir by Margo Jefferson,
The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme by Andreï Makine,
The Gathering by Anne Enright,
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard,
Self-Help by Lorrie Moore,
The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer,
The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark,
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi,
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope.
Dishonourable Mentions The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas,
Stoner by John Williams,
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng,
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi,
Here I am by Jonathan Safran Foer,
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.
2016 in Review: Partly around the World, Favourites
As most of the authors I read before were English or American, I sought to broaden that this year with authors from Russia, France, Japan, Canada, and Poland. It is still a fairly narrow range, but it's a work in progress.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton,
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell,
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick,
Persuasion by Jane Austen,
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson,
The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki,
The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham,
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald,
Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov,
Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden,
My Ántonia by Willa Cather,
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky,
Darkness Visible by William Styron,
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson,
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers,
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand,
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell,
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell,
Life, a User's Manual by Georges Perec,
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky,
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor,
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson,
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński,
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton,
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Dishonourable Mentions The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman,
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr,
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri,
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith,
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen,
Crossing to Safety by William Stegner,
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry,
Shogun by James Clavell,
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen,
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke,
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak,
The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir,
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood,
Wild Swans by Jung Chang,
A Good School by Richard Yates,
The Years by Virginia Woolf,
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
2015 in Review: Progress towards Gender Equality
As the gender ratio of authors I read was skewed male, 2015 sought to rectify this with January being an all-female month with every book afterwards alternating. The practices of female-January will be carried over until the 42.46% female in my library is in its rightful place of 50%. Of the 34 books read this year, below were the favourites:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt,
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood,
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier,
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer,
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro,
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri,
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass,
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf,
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna,
Blindness by José Saramago,
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov,
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews,
If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino,
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton,
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.
Dishonourable Mentions Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth,
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer,
The Reader by Bernard Schlink,
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra,
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson,
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See,
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller,
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters,
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
2014 in Review: Getting Started
I had only read eighteen books since joining LibraryThing four months ago so there are not many to talk about. Note that a favourite book does not necessarily mean best rated book but may coincide. My favourites this year in my chronological reading order with links to my review/book/author:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver,
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway,
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel,
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez,
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon,
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco,
Possession: a romance by A. S. Byatt.
Dishonourable Mentions of books that I could not finish and therefore I did not review nor linked to the books nor authors but I linked to scathing reviews that I agree with:
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon,
Atonement by Ian McEwan.
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