Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017: Page by Page


It's New Year's Eve so here is the now traditional round up of just what I've been reading these past twelve months. Overall, it's been a disappointing year books wise. I haven't managed to organise my life/pastime balance as well as I'd like and I found it hard to invest and immerse in what I was reading. Compare 2016's total of 51 books to this year's 33 and you can see how much of a struggle it was. It took ages to finish a good deal of them too, and I often resorted to re-reads of old favourites and familiars.

January

1. Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin. Started 2/1/17 Finished 11/1/17
2. Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran. Started 12/1/17 Finished 19/1/17
3. Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy. Started 20/1/17 Finished 29/1/17
4. Status Quo and the Kangaroo, and Other Rock Apocryphals by Jon Holmes. Started 29/1/17 Finished 2/2/17 (Re-read)

February

5. South of the Border by Barbara Machin. Started 3/2/17 Finished 11/2/17
6. The Last Breath by Denise Mina. Started 12/2/17 Finished 26/2/17
7. Seven Miles Out by Carol Morley. Started 27/2/17 Finished 5/3/17

March

8. Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend. Started 6/3/17 Finished 17/3/17
9. List of the Lost by Morrissey. Started 13/3/17 Finished 13/3/17
10. Our Bettie: Scenes from My Life by Liz Smith. Started 14/3/17 Finished 17/3/17
11. Caedmon's Song by Peter Robinson. Started 17/3/17 Finished 24/3/17
12. Strip Jack by Ian Rankin. Started 25/3/17 Finished 3/4/17

April

13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Started 4/4/17 Finished 8/4/17
14. Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness by Ben Watt. Started 7/4/17 Finished 11/5/17 (Audiobook)
15. Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew by Bernard Hare. Started 10/4/17 Finished 19/4/17
16. Liberty, Equality, Virginity by Ed Jones. Started 22/4/17 Finished 7/5/17

May

17. The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners by Seumas Milne. Started 8/5/17 Finished 25/5/17
18. One Day a Lemming Will Fly by Liz Holliday. Started 26/517 Finished 3/6/17

June

19. Rita Sue and Bob Too/A State Affair by Andrea Dunbar and Robin Soans. Started 4/6/17 Finished 7/6/17
20. A Year in the Life of a Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen. Started 10/6/17 Finished 15/6/17
21. Things Can Only Get Better by John O'Farrell. Started 16/6/17 Finished 19/6/17 (Re-read)
22. The Hanging Club by Tony Parsons. Started 26/6/17 Finished 13/7/17

July

23. Ken Campbell: The Great Caper by Michael Coveney. Started 30/7/17 Finished 10/8/17

August

24. Pride by Tim Tate, with LGSM. Started 11/8/17 Finished 18/8/17
25. Daisy Miller by Henry James. Started 13/8/17 Finished 13/8/17 (Re-read)
26. The Long Road From Jarrow by Stuart Maconie. Started 20/8/17 Finished 20/9/17

September

27. How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb. Started 20/9/17 Finished 5/10/17

October

28. Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare by Giles Milton. Started 7/10/17 Finished 22/10/17
29. Lonely Courage by Rick Stroud. Started 23/10/17 Finished 11/11/17

November

30. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Started 11/11/17 Finished 17/11/17
31. Man Overboard by Tim Binding. Started 18/11/17 Finished 27/11/17
32. You are Nothing by Robert Wringham. Started 28/11/17 Finished 3/12/17

December

33. How Not To Grow Up by Richard Herring. Started 5/12/17 Finished 30/12/17 (Re-read)

Best Books: The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners by Seumas Milne, The Long Road From Jarrow by Stuart Maconie, Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare by Giles Milton.

Worst Books: List of the Lost by Morrissey, Caedmon's Song by Peter Robinson.

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