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Bryan's 120 Books of 2022

1bryanoz
Editat: gen. 4, 2022, 2:24 am

Hi, I am Bryan and have been reading a hundred books a year or more for the last 12 years.
Last year I managed 108 books, an average of 478 pages but would like to read a 120 books or more this year.
I read mainly modern fiction, a few classics and fantasy.
Good luck to all of us this year !

2bryanoz
gen. 23, 2022, 1:40 am

Behind with my posts already...

1. Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont, fantasy Malazan series.

2. Jingo by Terry Pratchett, rereading the Discworld series.

3. Devotion by Hannah Kent, really enjoyed this new, heartfelt novel by a local author.

3bryanoz
abr. 27, 2022, 6:49 am

Not sure why I have left this thread for so long because I am still reading, 39 books so far.

4. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie, grimdark fantasy, 2nd in First Law trilogy.

5. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy, gripping story of reintroducing wolves to rural Scotland, but domestic violence warning.

6. The Conference of Birds by Ransom Riggs, final book in the Miss Peregrine series.

5bryanoz
maig 1, 2022, 8:20 pm

10. The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett, continuing my Discworld reread.

11. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, great potential but didn't deliver.

12. The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman, really good fantasy debut.

6bryanoz
maig 7, 2022, 9:38 pm

13. Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie, true Grimdark fantasy.

14. The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, fiction with Buddhist perspectives.

15. Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames, I seem to be one of the few who find this and the earlier Kings of the Wild as plenty of action, some humour, but little substance.

7bryanoz
maig 10, 2022, 7:24 am

16. GodPretty in the Tobacco Field by Kim Michele Richardson, another excellent novel from the author of The Book woman of Troublesome Creek.

17. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett, Discworld reread.

18. The Desolation's of Devil's Acre by Ransom Riggs, last novel in the Miss Peregrine series.

8bryanoz
maig 11, 2022, 8:14 am

19. Still Life by Sarah Winman.

20. The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb, 2nd in the Tawny Man trilogy, great !

21. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

9bryanoz
maig 12, 2022, 6:49 am

22. Assail by Ian C. Esslemont, another Malazan novel.

23. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, powerful look at Stephenson's work helping black American prisoners.

24. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett, next Discworld reread.

10bryanoz
maig 17, 2022, 6:45 am

25. Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.

26. Love Stories by Trent Dalton, Book Club read.

27. When Days Tilt by Karen Ginnane, YA fantasy.

11bryanoz
maig 30, 2022, 2:56 am

28. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, disturbing dystopia, reminded me of 1984.

29. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb, last in The Tawny Man trilogy, satisfying conclusion.

30. Dancer's Lament by Ian C. Esslemont, first in Malazan Empire: Path to Ascendancy trilogy.

12bryanoz
juny 18, 2022, 11:43 pm

31. Sidewinders by Robert V. S. Redick.

Second in the Fire Sacraments epic fantasy series, good read and looking forward to the next instalment.

32. The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud.

First novel in Stroud's new fantasy series for young adults (and oldies), just as good as his other series Bartimaeus and Lockwood & Co. Next book published soon.

33. The Truth by Terry Pratchett.

Another reread and always enjoyable to visit the Discworld !

13bryanoz
Editat: ag. 2, 2022, 8:16 am

34. City of Lies by Sam Hawke. Australian fantasy.

35. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki.

36. The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, grim dark fantasy.

14bryanoz
des. 22, 2022, 1:03 am

I don't know why I keep forgetting about this thread, I have read 121 books so far and will update this thread daily, hope everyone has had a good reading year.

37. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett, discworld reread.

38. Deadhouse Landing by Ian C. Esselmont, any Malazan tale is a good one !

39. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Grey, ok fiction.

40. Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, enjoying these dragon stories.

15bryanoz
des. 23, 2022, 6:55 am

41. Where the Past Begins. A Writer's Memoir by Amy Tan, a book club read where the author reviews her life and inspiration for writing.

42. Bone Music by David Almond, inspiring story for young adult (and older) readers.

43. To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara, I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing alternative narrative.

44. Male Tears : Stories by Benjamin Myers, some interesting stories, including a mention of Motorhead, one of my favourite bands!

45. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, classic look at royal life in historic Japan.

16bryanoz
Editat: des. 23, 2022, 8:46 pm

46. The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett, great illustrations and story.

47. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, brilliant novel, probably my best read this year !

48. Red Country by Joe Abercrombie, more First Law.

49. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, loved her novel Who Fears Death but found this underwhelming.

50. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, quirky fiction, enjoyed it.

17bryanoz
des. 25, 2022, 4:20 am

51. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett, brilliant !

52. Kellanved's Reach by Ian C. Esslemont, Malazan fantasy.

53. The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, her first novel, more intriguement.

54. Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb, Realm of the Elderlings fantasy.

55. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer, book club read, can't remember it ?

18bryanoz
des. 26, 2022, 7:11 am

56. Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge, humorous YA fantasy, good fun.

57. The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes, solid fiction.

58. Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie, short stories from the First Law world.

59. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett.

60. The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris, great historical fiction novel.

20bryanoz
des. 28, 2022, 5:42 am

66. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, introduction of tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles, some of Terry's best characters.

67. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd, interesting premise but didn't engage me.

68. The Girl and the Moon by Mark Lawrence, finale of the Book of the Ice trilogy, not mark's best series.

69. Liar's Bench by Kim Michele Richardson, her usual gripping historical fiction.

70. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie, Joe's YA trilogy, I enjoyed it !

21bryanoz
des. 29, 2022, 2:21 am

71. The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, thoroughly enjoyed her simple but profound fantasy for the young and old.

72. Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge, sequel to Fly by Night, not quite as good I think but I will reading more of her fiction work.

73. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett, one of my favourites.

74. A Time of Dread by John Gwynne, first in a trilogy od epic fantasy.

75. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, good fiction.

22bryanoz
des. 29, 2022, 7:44 pm

76. News of the World by Paulette Jiles, short, sparely written but powerful.

77. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett.

78. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie.

79. When Things are Alive They Hum by Hannah Bent, recommended fiction.

80. The Happiest man on Earth by Eddie Jaku, book club autobiography of a Holocaust survivor.

23bryanoz
des. 30, 2022, 2:22 am

81.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, not my type of story but written well enough to keep me engaged.

82. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, confronting in places but uplifting story.

83. Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb, I enjoyed this dragon series.

84. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, discworld mayhem.

85. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, great story - though unfinished due to author's death, I need to read more Victorian fiction.

24bryanoz
des. 30, 2022, 6:28 am

86. A Time of Blood by John Gwynne, second in epic fantasy trilogy.

87. Half a War by Joe Abercrombie, third in Shattered Seas trilogy, enjoyed the series.

88. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, historical fiction with libraries and Paris, good combination !

89. Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb, first in the final trilogy of Realm of the Elderlings, it was a good plan to read Hobb's measured but deep stories concurrently with the epic fantasy of Gwynne and Abercrombie.

90. Thud! by Terry Pratchett.

25bryanoz
des. 30, 2022, 7:03 pm

91. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, recommended.

92. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, ok classic.

93. A Time of Courage by John Gwynne, finale of epic fantasy trilogy.

94. The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis, book club, ok.

95. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, more Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles, great !

26bryanoz
des. 30, 2022, 9:41 pm

96. Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb, plot is slow going but I am enjoying being immersed in the realm.

97. Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen, book club, enjoyed the story and will chase up his other works.

98. Making Money by Terry Pratchett, Adora Belle Dearheart is fast becoming a favourite.

99. Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann, someone into classical music might have got more from it than me.

100. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, great story, one of my best this year.

27bryanoz
des. 31, 2022, 5:14 am

101. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, I enjoyed rereading this weird fantasy.

102. The Colony by Audrey Magee, others liked this novel more than I did.

103. Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb, didn't pick that ending, it has been a great fantasy series !

104. We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza, book club, ok.

105. Nation by Terry Pratchett.

28bryanoz
des. 31, 2022, 5:27 am

106. Matrix by Lauren Groff, book club.

107. Fairy Tale by Stephen King, his new novel and as always an engaging narrative with many nods to traditional tales.

108. Baudolino by Umberto Eco.

109. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, football Discworld style.

110. The Scar by China Mieville, a disappointing sequel to Perdido Street Station.

30bryanoz
des. 31, 2022, 5:47 am

116. Snuff by Terry Pratchett.

117. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

118. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman, ok.

119. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, her modern tribute to David Copperfield, confronting but rewarding story.

120. Iron Council by China Mieville, ok.

31bryanoz
des. 31, 2022, 5:54 am

121. Dodger by Terry Pratchett, his tribute to Dickensian London.

122. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, I'm not the biggest Hemingway fan but I was engaged with many of these stories, mainly to do with big game hunting, fishing, bull fighting and war.

123. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett.

124. Looking For Jake by China Mieville, short stories.

125. The Notorious Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud, great fun !

126. The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett, final Discworld novel, sad but a wonderful journey to reread this series.

32pamelad
des. 31, 2022, 6:03 am

Congratulations on passing the 100, Bryan.

34bryanoz
des. 31, 2022, 6:21 am

#32 Thanks Pam and congratulations on your reading this year. Thanks for setting up the 2023 group and I will be a more regular contributor, promise !