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Oh yeah that’s right I have a blog! Hi. It’s already more than halfway through January (aiiiiieeee hoooowwww whhhhyyyyyy) and we’re hurtling towards annihilation what with the Trumpocalypse officially beginning on Friday, but what the hell, here is the complete list of books I read in 2016.


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Winter wonderland.

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  1. Summerhouse with Swimming Pool, Herman Koch
  2. Future Perfect, Jen Larsen
  3. Asking For It, Louise O’Neill
  4. [beta read for a friend]
  5. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
  6. All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
  7. Shoot the Damn Dog, Sally Brampton
  8. I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
  9. Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan
  10. Paulina & Fran, Rachel B. Glaser
  11. Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan
  12. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison


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Posing dog. #dogsofinstagram #Wales

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    1. Ghostwritten, David Mitchell
    2. You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News, Cracked
    3. The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
    4. The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson
    5. My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga
    6. The Captive Prince, C. S. Pacat
    7. The Prince’s Gambit, C. S. Pacat
    8. Kings Rising, C. S. Pacat
    9. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino


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En route to the Maasai Mara.

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  1. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  2. NeuroTribes, Steve Silberman
  3. The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson
  4. Sabriel, Garth Nix
  5. An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison
  6. Nothing was the same, Kay Redfield Jamison
  7. A Seditious Affair, KJ Charles
  8. A Fashionable Indulgence, KJ Charles
  9. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  10. Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi
  11. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson
  12. Fallout, Sadie Jones
  13. Think of England, KJ Charles
  14. The Magpie Lord, KJ Charles
  15. A Case of Possession, KJ Charles



    1. Flight of Magpies, KJ Charles
    2. The Casebook of Simon Feximal, KJ Charles
    3. A Gentleman’s Position, KJ Charles
    4. Making It Up As I Go Along, Marian Keyes
    5. A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
    6. What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell
    7. The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, William Nicholson
    8. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
    9. Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin
    10. Reef, Romesh Gunesekera
    11. The Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho
    12. A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab
    13. The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters
    14. Gathering of Shadows, VE Schwab
    15. The Professional, Ashok Ferrey


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Rift Valley.

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  1. A Glasgow Gang Observed, Patrick James
  2. Ablutions, Patrick deWitt
  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
  4. The Steel Remains, Richard Morgan
  5. Hallucinating Foucault, Patricia Duncker
  6. The Second Mango, Shira Glassman
  7. The Prestige, Christopher Priest
  8. The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain
  9. The Cold Commands, Richard Morgan


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    1. The Dark Defiles, Richard Morgan
    2. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 – 2047, Lionel Shriver
    3. End of Watch, Stephen King
    4. Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith
    5. Missoula, John Krakauer
    6. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
    7. The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater
    8. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
    9. The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater
    10. The Feel of Steel, Helen Garner
    11. Every Day, David Levithan (Italy – London)


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Crashed a wedding.

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  1. Another Day, David Levithan
  2. Yes Please, Amy Poehler
  3. Falconer, John Cheever
  4. This Savage Song, VE Schwab
  5. The Wolf Border, Sarah Hall
  6. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
  7. Linger, Maggie Stiefvater
  8. Forever, Maggie Stiefvater
  9. Sinner, Maggie Stiefvater
  10. The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
  11. A Life Discarded, Alexander Masters
  12. Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit


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Love this city.

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    1. Lament, Maggie Stiefvater
    2. Ballad, Maggie Stiefvater
    3. Life Class, Pat Barker
    4. Toby’s Room, Pat Barker


  1. Noonday, Pat Barker
  2. Dear Mr M, Herman Koch
  3. The Sixth Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  4. All the Single Ladies, Rebecca Traister
  5. The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin, Idries Shah
  6. The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology, John Sweeney
  7. Mount! Jilly Cooper


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Just a northern industrial town

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    1. The Trespasser, Tana French
    2. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
    3. Siege and Stone, Leigh Bardugo
    4. Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo
    5. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
    6. Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
    7. The Making of Mollie, Anna Carey
    8. Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala
    9. Ayiti, Roxane Gay



  1. The Travelling Bag, Susan Hill
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, JD Vance
  3. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. The View from Flyover Country, Sarah Kendzior
  5. Chavs, Owen Jones



  1. Trump and Me, Mark Singer
  2. Where Memories Go, Sally Magnusson
  3. The Whispering Muse, Sjon
  4. From the Mouth of the Whale, Sjon
  5. Proxy, Alex London
  6. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas
  8. The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
  9. The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle
  10. The Widow, Fiona Barton
  11. A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James
  12. Guapa, Saleem Haddad
  13. Highly Illogical Behaviour, John Corey Whaley
  14. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
  15. Red Seas under Red Skies, Scott Lynch

Written by Jess

January 16, 2017 at 8:06 pm

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