All the books of 2016 (part 1)

All the books I read in 2016

For years I used to think of myself as a great reader. I read anything and everything that came my way. I read fast and I remembered what I read. Then suddenly that stopped being me. Black depression can do that. I lost the ability to concentrate and reading was no longer a pleasure. At the worst point, I couldn’t look at a book for fear of the sadness that would well up inside of me when I realised how far I’d fallen away from myself as a reader.

That’s in the past now. (He crosses his fingers, touches wood and tosses a pinch of salt over his shoulder.) A couple of years ago I realised I’d started reading again. I was a sporadic reader, to be sure, but still… It wasn’t just that I was no longer afraid of picking a book up, I was opening them, dipping into them, savouring them. I was even reading them through and looking for more. At the end of 2015 I looked back through my diary for the year and realised I must have read about 30 titles. I even wrote a blog article celebrating it.

My New Year resolution for 2016 (one of them) was to read 50 books. For once it was a resolution I kept. (And I’m going to do the same in 2017.)

Here’s a rundown of all the titles I read in 2016. Because there are so many, I’ve split this article in two. Below are the books I read roughly in the first half of 2016. I’ve mentioned all the books, including the photobooks. I know that’s cheating a little as photobooks generally have few words, but I kept my resolution even if you don’t count the photobooks, and I enjoyed them too, so why shouldn’t they share a little in the glory?

On the other hand, I’ve left out three books that I started but didn’t have the patience to finish. I don’t need to waste time grumbling about them. (Besides – I’ve already grumbled at length about one of them.)

January

Case Histories
The Wide Sargasso Sea
The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover
Musicophilia

February

Lannark
Trigger Warning
Best of British Short Stories 2015

Books 2016 - illustration 1

March

Farlig Midsommar
Perdido Street Station
Conversations with Children
Bildhuggarens dotter

April

A Game of Thrones
Self Publish, Be Happy
Go Set a Watchman
Structo 15

Books 2016 illustration 2

May

The Book Thief
Hallucinations
Gone Girl
A Clash of Kings
Miss Cavell was Shot

June

Backlash
Edith Cavell
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Resa med Lätt Baggage
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I wrote this entry for the #Blogg52 challenge.

8 thoughts on “All the books of 2016 (part 1)

    • Hi Björn,
      As I wrote, Basho was just a page or two a day for about 6 weeks. Poetry is often easier than fiction or non-fiction. A sonnet or a couple of haiku don’t need to take a lot of time.
      I have “Read in a book” written into the “For Health” section of my daily To Do list. I think that’s what has helped me find the time. Otherwise I find I have about 30 minutes in the morning over a cup of tea for reading, even if at no other time in the day. And I always make sure to carry a book when I’m travelling.
      I think I feel better for reading (and for having read too).
      Good luck finding time for yourself,
      John

    • Hej Kristina,
      Tack för ditt meddelande. Jag hoppas att du hittar något intressant att läsa själv här. Den andra delen kommer i ett par dagar … eller kanske inte förrän nästa onsdag.
      🙂
      John

  1. How good you found your way back to the books! Tove Jansson is one of the authors I return to, time and again, when I need some light and comfort.

    • Hi Kerstin,
      Light and comfort – yes, I understand what you mean!
      I read the Moomin books in English – I think all of them – when I was a kid. Borrowed from the library. (I thought her name was pronounced Touv Djansun.) It’s nice to read her in Swedish now – it’s only a shame it’s taken me so long to try it. I have “Sent i November” at home – I missed reading it in November 2016, so I’m saving it for the coming year. I’ll see what copies of the other books I can pick up when I’m home again later in the spring.
      John

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