January 1

Books I read in 2016

  1. Tea with the Black Dragon by RA Asher
  2. Kaleidoscope (short story collection) edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
  3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  4. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  5. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  6. Tea: The drink that changed the world by Laura C Martin
  7. Mind Games by Teri Terry
  8. All the Tea in China by Wang Jian
  9. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Amberlin Kwaymullina
  10. Captive Prince by CS PacatCaptive Prince by CS Pacat
  11. Prince’s Gambit by CS Pacat
  12. Kings Rising by CS Pacat
  13. Captive Prince by CS Pacat (reread)
  14. Prince’s Gambit by CS Pacat (reread)
  15. Kings Rising by CS Pacat (reread)
  16. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (reread)
  17. Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty (reread)
  18. A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
  19. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  20. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  21. Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward
  22. Enamoured by Shannon Curtis
  23. Framed and Hung by Alexis Fleming
  24. The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan
  25. Secret Reflection by Jennifer Brassel
  26. White Tiger by Kylie Chan
  27. Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan
  28. Blue Dragon by Kylie Chan
  29. Earth to Hell by Kylie Chan
  30. Hell to Heaven by Kylie Chan
  31. Heaven to Wudang by Kylie Chan
  32. Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan
  33. Demon Child by Kylie Chan
  34. Black Jade by Kylie Chan
  35. The Beach by Alex Garland (reread)
  36. Formaldehyde by Jane Rawson
  37. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  38. A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson
  39. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  40. Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
  41. The Feel-Good Hit of the Year by Liam Pieper
  42. The Toymaker by Liam Pieper
  43. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
  44. Sabriel by Garth Nix (reread)
  45. Lirael by Garth Nix (reread)
  46. Abhorsen by Garth Nix (reread)
  47. Goldenhand by Garth Nix
  48. The Island will Sink by Briohny Doyle
  49. Portable Curiosities (short story collection) by Julie Koh
  50. The Last Unicorn + Two Hearts by Peter S Beagle
  51. Smalls Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright
  52. Dress, Memory by Lorelei Vashti
  53. The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
  54. Delta of Venus by Anais Nin

Once again series dominated my reading, particularly fantasy, and my non-fiction reading was largely confined to memoir and tea books. I noticed a lot more sexy reading than previous years (though a conscious effort to read outside my usual genres did result in finishing three not-great romance novellas) but also an increase in offbeat fiction by Jane Rawson, Marlee Jane Ward, Julie Koh and Briohny Doyle.

A surprise hit for me was CS Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy, which was not just a page-turning queer action/adventure/romance series but written with precision and panache, an artfully constructed plot without sacrificing character development. Yes, you read my list correctly: I read it twice in a row.

This year I have a mixed genre pile I aim to get through in the next few months (comprising authors from Kate Tempest and Cory Doctorow to Matthew Reilly and Annabel Crabb) before starting a rereading project of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I’m heading to Finland for the World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki this August too, so no doubt there’ll be a Hugo list to tackle in the weeks leading up to the ballot.

If you want my take on any of the above, hit me up in the comments or on Twitter (@witmol).

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January 3

Books I read in 2015

  1. Veins by Drew
  2. Bound by Alan Baxter
  3. Obsidian by Alan Baxter
  4. Abduction by Alan Baxter
  5. Boyfriends we’ve all had (and shouldn’t have) by Mandy Nolan
  6. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
  7. Mind the Gap by Tim Richards
  8. Charlotte’s Web by EB White (re-read)
  9. Stuart Little by EB White
  10. The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White
  11. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  12. El Dorado by Dorothy Porter
  13. The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
  14. Clade by James Bradley
  15. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. Unnatural Selection by Emily Monosson
  17. The Biography of Tea by Carrie Gleason
  18. New Tastes in Green Tea by Matsuko Tokunaga
  19. For all the tea in China by Sarah Rose
  20. Great Writers, Great Loves by Ann Marie Priest
  21. Chinese Tea by Liu Tong
  22. Cha Dao by Solala Towler
  23. Dead Famous by Ben Elton
  24. Tea: A History of the drink that changed the world by John Griffiths
  25. For God’s Sake edited by Jane Caro
  26. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  27. So You Have Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  28. Hikikomori by Saito Tamaki (translated by Jeffrey Angles)
  29. The Humans by Matt Haig
  30. Convergence by David Henley
  31. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  32. Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce
  33. The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
  34. Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Marc Hendrickx
  35. Zombies versus Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
  36. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  37. To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix
  38. Lock In by John Scalzi
  39. The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett
  40. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  41. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  42. Mistakes were made by Liam Pieper
  43. Surveillance by Bernard Keane
  44. Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury
  45. Mister Monday by Garth Nix
  46. Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
  47. Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
  48. Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
  49. Lady Friday by Garth Nix
  50. Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
  51. Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
  52. Mad about the boy by Helen Fielding
  53. The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  54. T2: The Book by Maryanne Shearer
  55. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  56. Lion Attack! by Oliver Mol
  57. Holding the Man by Tim Conigrave
  58. Theophilus Grey and the Demon Thief by Catherine Jinks
  59. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison [Hugo nominee]

Some random stats:

  • Junior fiction and YA titles: 18
  • Books about tea: 7
  • Non-fiction books: 21
  • Books by Australian authors: 27.5—the 0.5 for Zombies versus Unicorns, edited by Holly Black (USA) and Justine Larbalestier (Australia)
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December 31

2014: Books I read

  1. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
  2. The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (re-read)
  4. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton [book club]
  5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  8. Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold (re-read)
  9. We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  10. Life After Life by Kate Atkins [book club]
  11. The Girl with all the Gifts by MR Carey [book club]
  12. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult [book club]
  13. Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois [book club]
  14. Sabriel by Garth Nix (re-read)
  15. Lirael by Garth Nix (re-read)
  16. Abhorsen by Garth Nix (re-read)
  17. Across the Wall by Garth Nix (re-read)
  18. The Happy Prince & Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
  19. Murder in Mississippi by John Safran
  20. The Chaplain’s Legacy by Brad R Torgersen [Hugo nominee]
  21. The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells [Hugo nominee]
  22. Equoid by Charles Stross [Hugo nominee]
  23. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie [Hugo nominee]
  24. Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross [Hugo nominee]
  25. Parasite by Mira Grant [Hugo nominee]
  26. The Double by Fyodor Doestoyevsky
  27. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  28. Clariel by Garth Nix
  29. Livid by Francesco Verso (translated from Italian)
  30. Maze Runner by James Dashner
  31. All You Zombies and other stories by Robert Heinlein
  32. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  33. Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  34. Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  35. A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  36. Stranger on a Train by Jenny Diski
  37. Inheritance by Lisa Forrest
  38. Moron to Moron by Tom Doig
  39. Book of David by Anonymous
  40. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
  41. My Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  42. Deeper Water by Jessie Cole
  43. The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty
  44. The Call of the Trance by Catherine Clément (translated from French)
  45. The Hunt for Pierre Jnr by David M Henley
  46. The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon
  47. Manifestations by David M Henley
  48. Holiday in Cambodia by Laura Jean McKay
  49. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (re-read)
  50. Stories of Sydney edited by SWEATSHOP and Seizure
  51. A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton

Some random stats:

  • 25 books by women; 24 by men; 1 anonymous (Book of David—presumed male but may be a collaboration); 1 mixed gender collection
  • Books from 10 series or parts thereof (throwing dirty looks at Jaclyn Moriarty and David M Henley who’ll have their respective third books of trilogies out in 2015)
  • 47 novels/fiction collections versus 4 non-fiction books (my quota of 3:1 went out the window when I read 18 novels before I picked up Murder in Mississippi)
  • 6 short story collections
  • 9 of these books were made into 11 movies in the last five years (that odd number brought to you by the three movies made from The Hobbit)
  • 18 books by Australian authors
  • 14 authors I’ve seen live at events
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