Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Year In Reading

This has been a super productive year in reading, having read more books than any year before. I attempted (and failed) to read the Tournament of Books Shortlist and almost completed the Man Booker Longlist. The latter challenge was much more enjoyable!

So a quick statistical summary:

88 Books Rated on Goodreads
29,924 pages read
43 Written by Women
29 Persons of Colour authors
16 Non-Fiction
6 Short-Story Collections

Favourite Book: 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (honourable mention to Hannah Tinti's The Twelve Lives of Samuel Halwey)

Least Favourite: Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (dishonourable mention to Tom Hank's Uncommon Type...stick to acting Tom)

Best Non-Fiction: How to Survive a Plague (but if I finish Blood in the Water by the 31st it will be that)

I'll be writing about my 2018 reading goals and some books I am really looking forward to before the end of the year. .

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Top Books of All Time (according to Goodreads ratings)

I saw someone recently post their top books recently and thought it would be an interesting exercise to think back about some books that have stood out over time and that I continue to think about and recommend. So in no particular order here are my top books of all time (which all got 5 stars on Goodreads for me). Another caveat is that I only included one book by author even if more of their books have gotten five stars from me:

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Missoula by Jon Krakaur
The Cartel by Don Winslow
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Mara
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahara
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx by Alex Callinicos
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nature's Metropolis by William Cronon
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre
The Art of Fielding by Chad Haubach
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
A People's History of the World by Chris Harman
Ecology of Fear by Mike Davis
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
I Married a Communist by Phillip Roth
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Atonement by Ian McEwen
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Maus I and II by Art Speigelman
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Origin of the Urban Crisis by Thomas Sugrue