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    Default Your books of 2016!

    @Jensha hasn't started the annual thread so I shall. Post in here all the books you read this year, as well as any impromptu reviews, rants and questions. Did anyone have a new year's resolution to read more? I am here to hustle you along!
    My reading resolution this year is to read more diverse kids and YA stuff- ie books by and/or about people of colour, from different cultural backgrounds and translated books. That is very much a work related resolution- my personal reading resolution is to recognize a reading rut and climb out of it sooner! If I'm reading a book I'm not enjoying I tend to put it down and not pick up anything for days/weeks at a time. I need to be more ruthless about discarding books that don't interest me.

    Here's what I read in January:


    January

    All the light we cannot see- Anthony Doerr
    Runners world complete guide to minimalism and barefoot running- Scott Douglass
    Tenth of December- George Saunders
    Every woman's guide to foot pain relief- Katy Bowman
    The incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl- Melissa Keil
    How to be a woman- Caitlin Moran
    Why not me?- Mindy Kaling

    Standout of the month was definitely How to be a Woman. I HOWLED with laughter in some parts. Definitely didn't agree with a lot of it, but gosh she is one funny lady.
    Tenth of December was also very good- reminded me a lot of Kurt Vonnegut.
    Lots of non fic this month! Oh and bear in mind that January is always a big reading month for me. Time off + book store vouchers for Xmas= mega readathon!

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    I just haven't been reading enough so this is the kick up the bum I need.

    January

    The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
    All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
    A Mothers Story by Rosie Batty.

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    January - The Slap and Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas.

    Hated The Slap, detested it intensely. If I was into book burning (I'm not) then that would go on the fire and I'd dance around it. I found it downright disturbing and misogynistic.

    Given the above, I expected to hate Barracuda also, but that one I actually enjoyed and it resonated with me. By the end I was thinking, 'this is a really good book and he's a talented author'. So a complete turn around from The Slap.

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    I actually saw an interview with Cristos Tsiolkas on ABC just after The Slap came out. He said some things that really got me thinking. I found him to be an eminently intelligent, insightful human being.

    I first came across this amazing author when I read his book Loaded some 20 years ago. That book was hard going.

    I won't post all the books I've read thus far. Too long.

    At the moment, though, I've been reading (and ditched) Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini. I hated it.

    Finished The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwaller - haunting and memorable
    A Mother's Story by Rosie Batty - difficult to reconcile the anger I felt towards the author...not a fan of the book but its content elicited some surprising emotions in me.

    The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs - a masterful tour de force.

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    February

    The art of belonging- Hugh McKay
    A walk in the woods- Bill Bryson
    Move your DNA- Katy Bowman
    Purity- Jonathan Franzen
    Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead
    Good Omens- terry pratchett and Neil Gaiman


    Gosh Feb was a bust :-/ didn't finish Purity or Good Omens. Nothing at all really grabbed me.
    Just started The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood and it's incredible, so hopefully March is better than February!

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    I so miss reading!! I have just finished The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    I so miss reading!! I have just finished The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
    Oh wow that is one of my all time favourite books!

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    I've been waiting for this thread!

    December/January reads:
    The last letter from your lover - Jojo Moyers - Surprisingly enjoyable
    ***** love - Madison Seidler - Don't really remember as I was recovering from surgery but I finished it so much of been OK.
    A death in Sweden - Kevin Wignall - Really enjoyed!
    The short drop - Matthew Fitzsimmons - Really good!
    What she left behind - Ellen Marie Wiseman - Enjoyed this one, quite sad but moving.

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    March
    The natural way of things- Charlotte Wood
    Bad Luck- Pseudonomous Bosch
    Murder most unladylike- Robin Stevens

    Ugh, I'm in such a reading slump!
    The Natural Way of Things was quite good, other two were kids books I read for work so I knocked them off quite quickly. I started reading A God in Ruins but it just didn't capture me, so I have been staring at my pile of books wondering what to read next and I'm not finding anything terribly appealing.


 

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