January 2

Books I read in 2017

  1. Double Dissolution by Lee Zachariah
  2. The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
  3. Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
  4. Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa
  5. The Llama Parlour by Kathy Lette
  6. The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb
  7. Relativity by Antonia Hayes
  8. Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka
  9. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  10. The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris
  11. Vango: Between Earth and Sky by Timothée de Frombelle
  12. Vango: Prince without a Kingdom by Timothée de Frombelle
  13. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
  14. Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
  15. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  16. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  17. Chasing Odysseus by SD Gentill
  18. Trying War by SD Gentill
  19. The Blood of Wolves by SD Gentill
  20. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  21. Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay
  22. Theophilus Grey and the Traitor’s Mask by Catherine Jinks
  23. Down the Hume by Peter Polites
  24. Singing my Sister Down by Margo Lanagan
  25. Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang
  26. From the Wreck by Jane Rawson
  27. Psynode by Marlee Jane Ward
  28. The Last Thread by Michael Sala
  29. All this Could End by Steph Bowe
  30. The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
  31. Faking It by Gabrielle Tozer
  32. Night Swimming by Steph Bowe
  33. The Restorer by Michael Sala
  34. Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe
  35. Remind Me how this Ends by Gabrielle Tozer
  36. Tea: Addiction, Exploitation and Empire by Roy Moxham
  37. Notes on a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  38. Tea with a Twist by Alice Parsons
  39. No way! Okay, Fine by Brodie Lancaster
  40. Speaking Out by Tara Moss
  41. Something to Say (Frankie Press)
  42. Rose by Victoria Tyler Bassett-Wilton
  43. Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

So last year I thought it’d be nice to read through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels in order but I never got around to starting. I also failed to touch any of the Hugo-nominated works despite jetting off to Worldcon in Helsinki.

Instead, I read quite a bit for work (National Young Writers’ Festival: Findlay, Sala, Tozer and Bowe) and quite a bit of short stuff, ie short story collections, essay collections and novellas, which comprised more than a fifth of my reading. That’s likely to remain high despite a pledge to read longer form work because I’ve committed to read the Sydney Story Factory’s student novella collection as well as JY Yang’s The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune novella duo.

Not as many series this year as last, just Gentill’s trilogy and a few pairs/second books (de Frombelle, Tozer, Ward, Jinks) but quite a number of debut authors (about a quarter of the list). No rereads, which surprised me. Then again, I have a to-be-read list that’s bigger than my shelf space, thanks to my tendency to purchase on Kindle as soon as a book takes my fancy. I bought Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust, so I’m likely to reread the His Dark Materials trilogy when I turn my mind to the new work.

I’ve started about three collections so they’re going to be swift additions to my next list once I sit down and finish them like a proper reader. There’s also a growing to-be-read pile of tea books that I often dip into for reference but haven’t read all the way through. Most of them are meant to be read like that, but I’d like to do some solid reading.

Interestingly, reading Ruins and Chinaman, both set in Sri Lanka, has catapulted Sri Lanka to the top of my travel list so we’ll see how that pans out as a destination in the coming year. Add to that tea! glorious tea! and it sounds like my kind of trip, eh?

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Posted January 2, 2018 by Adeline Teoh in category "Read

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Writer, environmentalist, traveller, taiko enthusiast and social philosopher. Drinks tea, walks long distances and collects postcards. (Find out why this blog is called Unfinished writing by Adeline.)

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