Book Challenges

Since 2014 I’ve been keeping a track of my reading habits. It all began after I heard about the 50 book challenge at the end of 2013 – and realising that I’d read barely anything that year (4 books maybe) I decided to give the 50 book challenge a go and I’ve never looked back.

Here’s what I’ve been reading since January 2014.

2018 – work in progress
1. Another Time – W. H. Auden
2. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism – Yanis Varoufakis
3. The American Lover – Rose Tremain
4. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
5. The Accidental – Ali Smith
6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
7. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
8. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Süskind
9. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
10. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
11. Let Them Eat Chaos – Kate Tempest
12. The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
13. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
14. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
15. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
16. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
17. A Scattering – Christopher Reid
18. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
19. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
20. The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang
21. Between the World and Me – Te-Nehisi Coates
22. Bark – Lorrie Moore
23. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
24. Regeneration – Pat Barker
25. Women & Power: A Manifesto – Mary Beard
26. Soho – Richard Scott
27. Giant Days Volume 7 – John Allison
28. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
29. Persuasion – Jane Austen
30. Pulse – Julian Barnes
31. Outline – Rachel Cusk
32. The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill
33. No. More. Plastic.: What You Can Do to Make a Difference – Martin Dorey
34. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
35. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson
36. Paper Girls Volume 4. – Brian K. Vaughan
37. Rapture – Carol Ann Duffy
38. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell
39. The People Vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy – Jamie Bartlett

2017 – 66 Books
1. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
2. Minimum of Two – Tim Winton
3. This One Summer – Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
4. milk and honey – rupi kaur
5. Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch – John Bayley
6. But You Did Not Come Back – Marceline Loridan-Ivens
7. Emma – Jane Austen
8. The Adventures of Superhero Girl – Faith Erin Hicks
9. Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty
10. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
11. Happiness – Jack Underwood
12. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
13. Paper Girls Volume Two – Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
14. The Technological Singularly – Murray Shanahan
15. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
16. Giant Days Volume Four – John Allison
17. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
18. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
19. Lumberjanes Volume One – Noelle Stevenson
20. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
21. The Circle – Dave Eggers
22. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
23. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century – Timothy Snyder
24. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
25. Saga Volume Seven – Brian K. Vaughan
26. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
27. Brain on Fire – Susannah Cahalan
28. In Therapy: How Conversations With Psychotherapists Really Work – Susie Orbach
29. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
30. Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit
31. My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
32. The Descent of Man – Grayson Perry
33. Hold Your Own – Kate Tempest
34. Stranger, Baby – Emily Berry
35. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
36. The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception – Emmanuel Carrère
37. Giant Days Volume Five – John Allison
38. The End We Start From – Megan Hunter
39. How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
40. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
41. The Arrival – Shaun Tan
42. Bluets – Maggie Nelson
43. 4:50 from Paddington – Agatha Christie
44. The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shukla et al
45. The Little Mermaid – Hans Christian Andersen & Yayoi Kusama
46. Mend the Living – Maylis de Kerangal
47. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
48. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
49.  This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor – Adam Kay
50. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
51. Help – Simon Amstell
52. Sunshine – Melissa Lee-Houghton
53. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
54. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
55. The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage – Philip Pullman
56. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
57. Paper Girls Volume Three – Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
58. Giant Days Volume Six – John Allison
59. Autumn – Ali Smith
60. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research that’s Rewriting the Story – Angela Saini
61. The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
62. Another Day in the Death of America – Gary Younge
63. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
64. Dark Chapter – Winnie M Li
65. The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

66. Blankets – Craig Thompson

2016 – 60 books
1. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
2. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
3. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 – Sue Townsend
4. Room – Emma Donoghue
5. Bilgewater – Jane Gardam
6. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
7.  The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
8. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
9. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam
10. Trees – Warren Ellis
11. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
12. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
13. Giant Days – Allison, Treiman, Cogan
14.  I Call Myself a Feminist – Victoria Pepe et al
15. The Trouble With Women – Jacky Fleming
16. weird things customers say in bookshops – Jen Campbell
17. Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty – Simon Baron-Cohen
18. Paper Girls – Brian K. Vaughan
19. Not Working – Lisa Owens
20. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
21. Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
22. Saga Volume One – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
23. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
24. Saga Volume Two – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
25. Take It As a Compliment – Maria Stoian
26. Saga Volume Three – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
27. Ariel – Sylvia Plath
28. Saga Volume Four – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
29. Saga Volume Five – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
30. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
31. Us – David Nicholls
32. The Vegetarian – Han Kang
33. Levels of Life – Julian Barnes
34. Vagina: A New Biography – Naomi Wolf
35. A View from the Bridge – Arthur Miller
36. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
37. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
38. The ABC Murders – Agatha Christie
39. Asking For It – Louise O’Neill
40. It’s All In Your Head: Stories from the Frontline of Psychosomatic Illness – Suzanne O’Sullivan
41. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
42. Giant Days: Volume Two – Allison, Treiman, Sarin, Cogar
43. Saga Volume Six – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
44. The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life- Andy Miller
45. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
46. The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
47. The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves – Stephen Grosz
48. Blue is the Warmest Color – Julie Maroh
49. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? – Lorrie Moore
50. Big Fish – Daniel Wallace
51. Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter
52. Hogwarts: an incomplete and unreliable guide – J. K. Rowling
53. Why Don’t You Stop Talking – Jackie Kay
54. After You – Jojo Moyes
55. Animal – Sara Pascoe
56. We Found a Hat – Jon Klassen
57. The Girl With All the Gifts – M. R. Carey
58. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists – J. K. Rowling
59. Giant Days: Volume Three – Allison, Sarin, Cogar

60. Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class – Owen Jones

 

2015 – 44 books 
1. Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
2. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
3. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
4. Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley
5. The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson
6. Stag’s Leap – Sharon Olds
7. Bad Blood – Lorna Sage
8. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
9. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
10. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
11. The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
12. Skylight – David Hare
13. Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson
14. Leaving the Atocha Station – Ben Lerner
15. The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman
16. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson
17. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
18. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
19. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
20. Y the Last Man deluxe volume 2 – Brian K. Vaughn
21. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
22. The Humans – Matt Haig
23. The Last Act of Love – Cathy Rentzenbrink
24. Sunstone Volume 1 – Stjepan Sejic
25. Sunstone Volume 2 – Stjepan Sejic
26. Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
27. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
28. Ms Marvel volume one
29. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
30. Train Dreams – Denis Johnson
31. Scott pilgrim volume 4 – Bryan Lee O’Malley
32. Scott Pilgrim Volume 5 – Bryan Lee O’Malley
33. Scott pilgrim volume 6 – Bryan Lee O’Malley
34. The Borrowers – Mary Norton
35. Dad is Fat – Jim Gaffigan
36. Carol – Patricia Highsmith
37. Dear Boy – Emily Berry
38. Gut – Giulia Enders
39. Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
40. Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden
41. The Utopia Experiment – Dylan Evans
42. Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
43. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín

44. Anya’s Ghost – Vera Brosgol

2014 – 32 books
1. Fables Volume 6 Deluxe – Bill Willingham
2. Scott Pilgrim Volume 2 – Bryan Lee O’Malley
3. Scott Pilgrim Volume 3 – Bryan Lee O’Malley
4. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
5. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
6. The Fault in our Stars – John Green
7. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
9. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
10. The Gigantic Beard that was Evil – Stephen Collins
11. Y the Last Man Volume 1 – Brian K. Vaughan
12. Fables Volume 7 Deluxe – Bill Willingham
13. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
14. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
15. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
16. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
17. The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
18. Divergent – Veronica Roth
19. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
20. Bossypants – Tina Fey
21. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie
22. Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates
23. Just So Happens – Fumio Obata
24. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy – Helen Fielding
25. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
26. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
27. How Fiction Works – James Wood
28. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
29. The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
30. And When Did You Last See Your Father? – Blake Morrison
31. Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay
32. The Magic Toyshop – Angela Carter

I find it interesting to see the changes in my reading habits and tastes over the years. Do you keep track of your reading throughout the year?

Lucy 

 

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