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My year in books


At the beginning of 2013 I joined Goodreads and joined their reading challenge. Initially I got a bit carried away and signed up to read 100 books in 52 weeks. Once I sat down and did the maths, I realised that I’d have to quit my job and live off fresh air if I was going to reach that target.

I soon snapped back to reality and set myself a slightly more realistic target of 52 books in 52 weeks, one a week. I got close, but fell short of the mark.

Here’s what I did manage to read with a6891875659_76642c6b8a_b short, highly unscientific rating.

* – godawfully shite, I’d of burned it if I could have

** – meh

*** – could have been 4 stars if the author hadn’t screwed up the ending or some other small thing I took offence to or just because I didn’t want to give it 4 stars

**** – stand out books of 2013


Snowchild – Eowyn Ivey****
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson****
The Cutting Season – Atticus Locke***
Tom All Alones – Lynn Shepherd***
The Children’s Hospital – Chris Adrian***
The Good House – Anne Leary***
Snowdrops – AD Miller**
Train Dream – Denis Johnson**
The Daylight Gate – Jeanette Winterson***
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt**
Hawthorn & Child – Keith Ridgway**
A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki*** (the ending felt stuck on at the last minute)
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson***
The Trader of Saigon – Lucy Cruickshanks**
Capital – John Lanchester*

Non Fiction

Quiet – Susan Cain***
Rainbow Pie – Joe Bageant **
Londoners – Craig Taylor **

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Zombie

The Martian – Andy Weir**
Wool – Hugh Howey****
First Shift – Hugh Howey****
Second Shift – Hugh Howey****
Third Shift – Hugh Howey****
Extinction Point – Paul Antony Jones*
The Rook – Daniel O’Malley****
Dr Dale’s Zombie Dictionary*
Fuse – Julianna Baggott***
Autumn – David Moodie*
A Return Ticket – Tom Duke**
The Summer Isles – Ian R. MacLeod**
Eden – Dean Crawford**

Graphic Novels

The Walking Dead (3-10)
Dial H – China Mieville****

Published in play


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