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2017: The Year in Reading Review

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So this is the year when I

  • went off books,
  • went off reading,
  • went off writing.

In the late summer, I taught myself how to crochet. My current goals seem to be

  • crochet all the things while
  • watching all the Netflix.

Neither is conducive to books. Evenings spent favouriting Etsy items and expanding my pinterest boards leave no time for much else.

Voice in my head: You did read 131 books this year, plus half of a long Russian one that you might finish sometime in January.

Me: Still.

When I started high school, I stopped reading books (other than assigned ones) for a year. Maybe I'll stop again this year. Who knows.

Here are some stats, and a map.

Best of 2017 (4.5 stars and above!)

Data: (I read 131 books total, which maybe makes some of this data more meaningful.) Be amazed at my ability to add stock photos to canva graphs!

(Obviously, some books can be in more than one category up there, less so in the graphs below.)

A passport to: (with a representative selection of a book partly or fully set in that locale)

 Abkhazia

 Algeria

 Argentina

 Australia

 Austria


 Bangladesh

 Belgium

 Benin

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Brazil


 Cambodia



 Canada

       Alberta

       British Columbia

       Manitoba

       New Brunswick

       Newfoundland and Labrador

       Nova Scotia

       Ontario

       Prince Edward Island

       Québec

       Saskatchewan

 Chechnya

 China

       Hong Kong

 Columbia

 Cuba

 Czech Republic


 Denmark


 Ecuador

 Egypt


 Finland

 France


 Georgia

 Germany

 Ghana

 Greece

 Guyana


 Hungary


 Iceland

 India

 Indonesia

 Iran

 Iraq

       Iraqi Kurdistan

 Ireland

 Israel

 Italy


 Jamaica

 Japan

 Jordan

 Kuwait

 Lebanon

 Lithuania


 Malaysia

 Mexico

 Moldova

 Morocco


 Nepal

 Netherlands

 Nicaragua

 Niger

 Nigeria

 Norway


 Pakistan

 Palestine

 Panama

 Peru

 Poland

 Portugal


 Qatar


 Romania

 Russia


 Saint Kitts and Nevis

 São Tomé and Príncipe

 Saudia Arabia

 Serbia

 Singapore

 Solomon Islands

 South Africa

 South Ossetia

 Spain

 Switzerland

 Syria


 Taiwan

 Transnistria

 Tunisia

 Turkey


 Ukraine

 United Kingdom

       Bermuda

       Cayman Islands

       England

       Scotland

 United States of America

       Puerto Rico

 Uruguay

 Uzbekistan


 Venezela

 Vietnam


 Yemen


So bye 2017.

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how well did I complete my reading 2016 challenge

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(Call to arms post from start of 2016.)

How well did I do for 2016, assuming that any book can appear in at most one category?

Legend:

Success! The novel superbly satisfies the criteria.
Quasi-sucess Parts, but not all of the novel satisfy the criteria.
Failure Didn't manage to read even one book like this. Sad panda 🙁
set in British Columbia We Are All Made of Molecules Susin Neilsen
set in Alberta
set in Saskatchewan Tears in the Grass Lynda Archer
set in Manitoba The Evolution of Alice David Alexander Robinson
set in Ontario A Place for Margaret Bernice Thurman Hunter
set in Quebec Fanny & Romeo Yves Pelletier and Pascal Girard
set in New Brunswick A Cure for Madness Jodi McIsaac
set in Nova Scotia The Lynching of Peter Wheeler Debra Komar
set in Prince Edward Island
set in Newfoundland/Labrador Sweetland Michael Crummey
set in Yukon/Northwest Territories/Nunavut
set in Africa Cockroaches Scholastique Mukasonga
set in Asia The Night Parade Kathryn Tanquary
set in Central America/Caribbean Annie John Jamaica Kincaid
set in Europe The Woman in Black Susan Hill
set in North America The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Michelle Hodkin
set in the Pacific/Oceania A Child's Book of True Crime Chloe Hooper
set in South America Death in the Andes Mario Vargas Llosa
set on an island The End Lemony Snicket
where someone goes to Antarctica Know the Night Maria Mutch
with a beautiful cover Inspired! Maria Bukhonina
with a blue cover Find Me Laura Van den Berg
with a cover not to my taste The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (More or Less) David Bercovici
with cats on the cover Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota
a First Nations author The Whale Rider Witi Ihimaera
a new-to-me author The Blue Line Ingrid Betancourt
a Nobel Prize winning author The Piano Teacher Elfriede Jelinek
an author who is a POC Ghost Summer Stories Tananarive Due
an author who is transgendered
an author with a disability Girl at War Sara Nović
an author with mental health issues You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) Felicia Day
an LGBQIA author The Children's Home Charles Lambert
one of my favourite authors Swing Time Zadie Smith
a Buddhist author
a Christian author Prophet's Prey Sam Brower
a Hindu author
a Jewish author The Collected Novellas Stefan Zweig
a Muslim author Ms Marvel No Normal G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
an agnositic or atheist author Bandit Molly Brodak
a reread of a book I read in 2015 The Grim Grotto Lemony Snicket
a reread of a book I read in my 30s The Penultimate Peril Lemony Snicket
a reread of a book I read in my 20s Yevgeny Onegin Alexander Pushkin
a reread of a book I read in my teens
1-99 pages long The Turn of the Screw Henry James
100-399 pages long Modern Romance Aziz Ansari
400-899 pages long Purity Jonathan Franzen
900+ pages long Dreamsongs 2-Book Bundle George R. R. Martin
a comic of book length Nimona Noelle Stevenson
a commercial fiction book The Accident Chris Pavone
a fantasy book The Whispering Trees J.A. White
a horror book Day Four Sarah Lotz
a literary fiction book The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood
a manga Gyo Junji Ito
a middle-grade book Fish in a Tree Lynda Mullaly Hunt
a mystery book The Likeness Tana French
a science fiction book The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu
a historical book Margaret in the Middle Bernice Thurman Hunter
a YA book A Monster Calls Patrick Ness
about feminism
about politics Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? Katrine Marçal
about race Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso Kali Nicole Gross
about religion Between Gods Alison Pick
about science Unnatural Selection Emily Monosson
written in the first person The Story of the Lost Child Elena Ferrante
written in the second person You Caroline Kepnes
written in the third person The Maze Runner James Dashner
nominated for the (Baileys/Orange) Women's Prize The Country of Ice Cream Star Sandra Newman
nominated for the Best Translated Book Award The Story of a New Name Elena Ferrante
nominated for the Commonwealth The Case of Emily V. Keith Oatley
nominated for the Danuta Gleed
nominated for the Giller Fifteen Dogs Andre Alexis
nominated for the Governor General's Maleficium Martine Desjardins
nominated for the Hugo
nominated for the IMPAC The Japanese Lover Isabel Allende
nominated for the James Triptree Jr Salt Fish Girl Larissa Lai
nominated for the Man Booker International Prize The Vegetarian Han Kang
nominated for the Man Booker Prize Year of the Runaways Sunjeev Sahota
nominated for the National Book A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara
nominated for the Nebula
nominated for the Newbery From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler E.L. Konigsburg
nominated for the Prix Goncourt Charlotte David Foenkinos
nominated for the Roger's Writer's Trust Inside Alix Ohlin
a biography So Long, Marianne Kari Hesthamar
a collection of essays Bossypants Tiny Fey
a memoir/autobiography The Cruel Country Judith Ortiz Cofer
a novel The Rabbit Back Literature Society Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen
a poetry collection You Can't Bury Them All Patrick Woodcock
a short story collection The People in the Castle Joan Aiken
translated into English The Violin of Auschwitz Maria Angels Anglada
translated into English from a non-European language Slow Boat to China Kim Chew Ng
a prequel Who Could That Be at This Hour? Lemony Snicket
an author's final book The Night of the Gun David Carr
an author's first book Lost Girls Robert Kolker
recommended to me by a Canadian Fates and Furies Lauren Groff
that grew on me Escape From Mr Lemoncello's Library Chris Grabenstein
the first book in a series by a POC author To All the Boys I've Loved Before Jenny Han
the last book in a series by a LGBTQIA author
with the word "capybara" in it Sisters Raina Telgemeier
with the word "resplendent" in it Horror Library+: The Best of Volumes 1-5 Various
that brought me joy Veins Drew
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where in the world did I read in 2016

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Map from AMCharts.

 Afghanistan

 Antigua and Barbuda

 Argentina

 Australia

 Austria

 Azerbaijan

 Bangladesh

 Barbados

 Belize

 Bhutan

 Bolivia

 Burundi

 Cambodia

 Canada

 China

 Columbia

 Congo, Democratic Republic of the

 Croatia

 Czech Republic

 Denmark

 Dominica

 Ecuador

 Egypt

 El Salvador

 England

 Ethiopia

 Finland

 France

 The Gambia

 Georgia

 Germany

 Greece

 Guatemala

 Hong Kong

 Iceland

 India

 Indonesia

 Iran

 Iraqi Kurdistan

 Ireland

 Israel

 Italy

 Jamaica

 Japan

 Kenya

 Korea, South

 Lithuania

 Macedonia

 Malaysia

 Mali

 Mauritius

 Mexico

 Moldova

 Morocco

 Mozambique

 New Zealand

 Norway

 Oman

 Pakistan

 Palestine

 Peru

 Poland

 Puerto Rico

 Qatar

 Québec

 Russia

 Rwanda

 Saint Barthélemy

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 Scotland

 Serbia

 Singapore

 Slovenia

 South Africa

 South Sudan

 Spain

 Sudan

 Sweden

 Switzerland

 Syria

 Taiwan

 Tanzania

 Thailand

 Turkey

 Ukraine

 United States of America

 Uruguay

 Vietnam

 Wales

 Yemen

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and how well did I do on my 2015 challenge?

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So way way way long time ago (last January), I found a reading challenge (here's the link). So how well did I do for 2015 and this challenge, assuming that I want a unique book has to fit in each category?

Legend:

Success! The novel superbly satisfies the criteria.
Quasi-sucess Parts, but not all of the novel satisfy the criteria.
Failure Didn't manage to read even one book like this. Sad panda 🙁

Read a book that is/Read a/Read an/Read/ ...

001 set in British Columbia Ellen In Pieces by Caroline Adderson
002 set in Alberta Saltwater Cowboys by Dayle Furlong
003 set in Saskatchewan The Girl in Saskatoon by Sharon Butala
004 set in Manitoba Crackpot by Adele Wiseman
005 set in Ontario And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
006 set in Quebec Sanaaq by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk
007 set in Nova Scotia Turn Us Again by Charlotte R. Mendel
008 set in New Brunswick Yep, the province I live in. Failure!
009 set in Prince Edward Island This Is Happy by Camilla Gibb (for about four pages of the whole book)
010 set in Newfoundland/Labrador The Night Stages by Jane Urquhart
011 set in Nunavut, Yukon, or Northwest Territories Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
012 set in an urban centre A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
013 with a rural setting Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
014 set outside of North America Under the Skin by Michel Faber
015 which has been nominated for the Giller Prize Outline by Rachel Cusk
016 which has been nominated Governor General’s Fiction Award The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
017 which has been nominated Governor General’s Nonfiction Award I have a book out from the library right now. I haven't read it, but it's at least in my house.
018 which has been nominated for the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
019 which has been nominated for the Writer’s Trust Nonfiction Prize (Weston Prize)  
020 which has been nominated for RBC Taylor Prize (formerly The Charles Taylor Prize) for Literary Nonfiction The Juggler's Children by Carolyn Abraham
021 which has been nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal For Humour I guess I don't like funny.
022 which has been nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
023 which has been nominated for the Commonwealth Prize Bang Crunch by Neil Smith
024 which has been nominated for the Booker Prize The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
025 that has featured in the The Morning News’ annual ‘Tournament of Books’ Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
026 that has been featured on Canada Reads When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
027 which has been nominated for a National Book Award Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
028 by an author who has won a Nobel Prize I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
029 which features a Canadian immigration experience The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro
030 authored by a First Nations writer Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
031 that features First Nations experiences Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont
032 that is considered a Canadian Classic Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler
033 by a Canadian author The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
034 featuring an animal Double Trouble by Jenny Dale
035 published by an independent (indie) publishing house Cosmo by Spencer Gordon
036 originally published in a language you do not speak Uzumaki Volume One by Junji Ito
037 ‘big book’ - a book over 600 pages A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
038 you discovered in a Canadian Newspaper The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
039 you discovered in a Canadian Magazine Erm...maybe I need to actually read a Canadian magazine.
040 you discovered on 49th Shelf http://49thshelf.com Elle by Douglas Glover
041 recommended to you by a Canadian Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
042 that features hockey If I Fall, I Die by Michael Christie (Well, he wears a hockey helmet on his first foray from the house, so close enough.)
043 that features music or musicians Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
044 written by an author under the age of 30 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (when it was published he was 29, not obviously that he is still under 30 now).
045 written by an author over the age of 65 The Brueghel Moon by Tamaz Chiladze
046 that features an LGBTQ character Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
047 written by an author who identifies as LGBTQ Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
048 about family Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
049 that has been banned A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
050 by an author who is also (or has been) a journalist Count on Yourself by Alison Griffiths
051 that has been a Canadian bestseller Adult Onset by Ann-Marie Macdonald
052 about survival The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
053 that has been on your bookshelf for a very long time Great American Short Stories edited by Wallace and Mary Stegner
054 published in 2015 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
055 published in the 1800s 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
056 published in the 1900s Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
057 published in the 2000s Submission by Michel Houellebecq
058 set in the future Feed by Mira Grant
059 set in the past Siberiak by Jenny Jaeckel
060 that has been adapted for TV, or the big screen Good-bye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
061 the first book in a series Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
062 in a series you have already begun A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson
063 that you think has a beautiful cover design Katamari Volume 1 by Alex Culang and Renato Castro
064 written by a man, featuring a female main character The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Johnsberg
065 written by a woman, featuring a male main character The Man Without A Face by Masha Gessen
066 recommended to you by a friend, or family member The Thickety by J.A. White
067 published in the year of your birth The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
068 by one of you favourite authors Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson
069 by an author you have never read before 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
070 novel that is a coming of age story Tita by Marie Houzelle
071 that was noted on any 2014 ‘best books of the year’ list Through the Woods by Emily Caroll
072 that features illness or disability The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
073 that is a mystery, or features crime The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
074 science fiction novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
075 fantasy novel The Turnip Princess by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth
076 novel which is considered ‘YA’ (published for young adults) The Thrilling Life of Pauline De Lammermoor by Edeet Ravel
077 poetry collection Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
078 play The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Krauss (also the only play I read this year)
079 that crosses genres Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
080 graphic novel, or graphic memoir Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët
081 about food or drink The Sweetness in the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
082 biography or memoir Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
083 love story The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
084 featuring travel 1988: I Want to Talk With the World by Han Han
085 collection of short stories What Boys Like by Amy Jones
086 of essays Yes Please by Amy Poehler
087 of narrative nonfiction A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre
088 epistolary novel, or a nonfiction collection of letters Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
089 that deals with overcoming the monster Boo by Neil Smith
090 that features a rags to riches story The BFG by Roald Dahl
091 about a quest Bird Box by Josh Malerman
092 featuring a voyage and return The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
093 comedy A Royal Pain by Ellen Conford
094 tragedy The Children Act by Ian McEwan
095 story about rebirth Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie
096 novel with a first-person narrative When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket
097 novel with a second-person narrative Viviane by Julia Deck
098 novel with a third-person narrative All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
099 that has an unreliable narrator Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
100 that features alternating narration The Swallow by Charis Cotter
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Around the World 2015

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I read to the following countries/territories:

countriesread2015

(Map via traveltip.)

 Afghanistan

 Algeria

 Angola

 Australia

 Austria

 Belgium

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Bulgaria

 Cambodia

 Canada

 Chile

 China

 Croatia

 Cuba

 Czech Republic

 Dominica

 Ecuador

 England

 Egypt

 Ethiopia

 France

 Georgia

 Germany

 Greece

 Hungary

 India

 Ireland

 Italy

 Jamaica

 Japan

 Korea, South

 Kosovo

 Mexico

 Mongolia

 Morocco

 Myanmar

 Netherlands

 New Zealand

 Nigeria

 Pakistan

 Poland

 Portugal

 Québec

 Romania

 Russia

 Serbia

 Scotland

 Slovenia

 Spain

 Switzerland

 Thailand

 Turkey

 Ukraine

 United States of America

 Vatican City

 Vietnam

Not even counting all the imaginary ones.

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Favs of 2015

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Books that I rated 4.5 or 5 stars out of five in a somewhat random order.

It was one of those years where I read books like water and wasn't particularly, as one can see above, discerning as I liked a lot.

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