Archive for December, 2015


Books – 2015 and plans for 2016

I read 40 books this year, 32 fiction and 8 non-fiction. I might try to get a better balance between fiction and non-fiction in 2016. My favourite 5 for the year (first link is to the book, link on the author is to a review):

  1. The English MonsterLloyd Shepherd
  2. Strange Weather in TokyoHiromi Kawakami
  3. The State of Africa: A history of fifty years of independenceMartin Meredith
  4. Parrot and Olivier in AmericaPeter Carey
  5. Yellow, Blue, TibiaAdam Roberts

2016’s book theme will be banned books. I’ve got a long list from which I will read a minimum of 6. Turns out there are LOADS of banned or challenged books so there was lots to choose from:

  1. Brave New World
  2. Grapes of Wrath
  3. Slaughter-house five
  4. Cat’s Cradle
  5. Metamorphisis
  6. Lolita
  7. Ulysses
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front
  9. American Pyscho
  10. Catch 22 (already read it but might read it again because its so great)
  11. Gone with the Wind
  12. The Call of the Wild
  13. Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  14. Clockwork Organe
  15. Of Mice and Men
  16. Lord of the Flies
  17. Hunchback of Notre Dame (already got a copy ready to read as my first book for 2016)
  18. Farewell to Arms
  19. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  20. Grimm’s Fairytales

2015 in review

January: Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris

February: Temp job finished; several job interviews

March: Unemployed; more job interviews

April: start new job; got ridiculously and inappropriately drunk at a party

May: Birthday month; UK elections leading to Tory government (ugh); attended music festival in Helsinki, got job offer based in Mongolia

June: attend friend’s hen do

July: attend friend’s wedding

August: vaccinations for Mongolia

September: Week in Hong Kong and then onto Mongolia to start new job

October: Visa problems, went to Jeju for a week

November: Attacks in Paris, Nigeria, Lebanon, Mali

December: Christmas and work


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