My Reading Year 2016

As this is my last blog post before 2017, it seems appropriate to round up my year’s reading. I did well this year – almost a hundred books read from cover to cover. I’m not counting books I bought and used for research because I don’t tend to read them in linear fashion, I cherrypick sections and information. The only non-fiction on this list has been read cover to cover. You can find full reviews of everything on this list at my Goodreads account or on my LiveJournal blog where I blog movies and books and occasional more personal bits than on this journal. My book blogs are purely personal rather than professional reviews, which is why I keep them on my LJ blog. I’ve been book-logging there since 2009. You can find all my booklogs by going to http://birdsedge.livejournal.com/ and filtering by ‘reading’ (right hand column).

So what have I been reading in 2016? Well, since I’ve also been busy writing I’ve tried to read books that haven’t interefered with my writing train-of-thought-at-the-time. Mostly I’ve succeeded. Highlights of 2016 have been:

  • the discovery of Jodi Taylor’s St. Marys books, wacky but with serious stakes
  • Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom duo and the rest of her Grisha books
  • Gaie Sebold’s Babylon Steel novels which I’ve been meaning to read for a few years and finally managed it
  • Ann Aguirre’s final Sirantha Jax book which i kept putting off reading because I didn’t want the series to end
  • catching up with Benedict Jacka’s Alex Verus novels at long last – now i can’t wait for the next one
  • Sean Danker’s The Admiral
  • finally finding a Zelazny that wows me. (A Night in the Lonesome October, narrated by Jack the Ripper’s dog.)
  • reading more Georgette Heyer Regency romances – always a delight

Here’s my full reading list.

FICTION

  1. Patricia Briggs: Fire Touched – Mercy Thompson #9
  2. Andy Weir: The Martian.
  3. Lois McMaster Bujold: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen – Vorkosi #16
  4. Paul Cornell: The Witches of Lychford
  5. Seanan McGuire: Every Heart a Doorway
  6. Julie Kagawa: The Iron King – The Iron Fey #1
  7. David Tallerman: Patchwerk
  8. Jim C Hines: Codex Born – Magic ex-Libris #2
  9. Benedict Jacka: Taken – Alex Verus #3
  10. Adrian Tchaikovsky: The Tiger and the Wolf – Echoes of the Fall #1
  11. Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown – Sorcerer Royal #1
  12. Emma Newman: Between Two Thorns – Split Worlds #1
  13. Veronica Roth: Insurgent – Divergent #2
  14. Liesel Schwarz: A Conspiracy of Alchemists  – Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1
  15. Ann Aguirre: Endgame – Sirantha Jax #6
  16. Leigh Bardugo: Six of Crows – Six of Crows #1
  17. Anne Gracie: The Perfect Rake – Merridew Sisters #1
  18. Georgette Heyer: The Masqueraders
  19. Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut’s Windlass – Cinder Spires #1
  20. Diana Gabaldon: Virgins – Outlander (novella)
  21. Rachael Miles: Chasing the Heiress – The Muses Salon #2
  22. Tim Powers: Down and Out in Purgatory
  23. Guy Haley: The Emperor’s Railroad – Dreaming Cities #1
  24. Tim Lebbon: Pieces of Hate with Dead Man’s Hand
  25. Sarah Hegger: The Bride Gift
  26. Gaie Sebold: Babylon Steel
  27. Jodi Taylor: Just one Damn Thing After Another – Chronicles of St Mary’s #1
  28. Jodi Taylor: A Symphony of Echoes – Chronicles of St Mary’s #2
  29. Jodi Taylor: A Second Chance – Chronicles of St Mary’s #3
  30. Jodi Taylor: A Trail Through Time – Chronicles of St Mary’s #4
  31. Jodi Taylor: The Very First Damn Thing – Chronicles of St Mary’s 0.5
  32. Jodi Taylor: When a Child is Born – Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story 2.5
  33. Jodi Taylor: Roman Holiday – Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story 3.5
  34. Jodi Taylor: No Time Like the Past – Chronicles of St Mary’s #5
  35. Jodi Taylor: Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings – Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story 6.5
  36. Jodi Taylor: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? – Chronicles of St Mary’s #6
  37. Jodi Taylor: Christmas Present – Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story 4.5
  38. Jodi Taylor: Lies, Damned Lies and History – Chronicles of St Mary’s #7
  39. Joe Hill: The Fireman
  40. Benedict Jacka: Chosen – Alex Verus #4
  41. Lisa Tuttle: The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
  42. Peter S. Beagle: Summerlong
  43. Tom Lloyd: Stranger of Tempest (Couldn’t finish)
  44. Georgette Heyer: The Nonesuch
  45. Benedict Jacka: Hidden – Alex Verus #5
  46. Isabella Barclay: A Bachelor Establishment
  47. Walter Jon Williams: Voice of the Whirlwind
  48. Alexandra Bracken: The Passenger
  49. Eileen Putman: The Dastardly Duke – Love in Disguise #2
  50. Lois McMaster Bujold: Penric & the Shaman – Penric & Desemona #2
  51. Georgette Heyer: The Quiet Gentleman
  52. Karen Tuft: The Earl’s Betrothal
  53. Sally MacKenzie: What to do with a Duke – The Spinster House #1
  54. Julie Daines: Willowkeep
  55. Kevin Hearne: The Purloined Poodle – Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries
  56. Willow Palecek: City of Wolves
  57. Georgette Heyer: Sylvester
  58. Georgette Heyer: Devil’s Cub
  59. Georgette Heyer: Regency Buck
  60. Jodi Taylor: The Great St Mary’s Day Out – Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story
  61. Regina Scott: The Husband Campaign – The Master Matchmakers #3
  62. C.E.Murphy: House of Cards – The Negotiator #2
  63. Allison Butler: The Healer – Borderland Brides #1
  64. Sean Danker: The Admiral – Evagardian #1
  65. Jodi Taylor: The Nothing Girl
  66. Cassandra Rose Clarke: The Wizard’s Promise
  67. Jodi Taylor: Little Donkey
  68. Donna Lea Simpson: Lord St Claire’s Angel
  69. Roger Zelazny: A Night in the Lonesome October
  70. Georgette Heyer: The Talisman Ring
  71. Alastair Reynolds: Revenger
  72. Janis Susan May: Miss Morrison’s Second Chance
  73. Regina Jeffers: Angel Comes to Devil’s Keep
  74. Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom – Six of Crows #2
  75. Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone – The Grisha #1
  76. Leigh Bardugo: Siege and Storm – The Grisha #2
  77. Leigh Bardugo: Ruin and Rising – The Grisha #3
  78. Sean Danker: Free Space – Evagardian #2
  79. C.C. Aune: The Ill-Kept Oath
  80. Den Patrick: The Boy with the Porcelain Blade – Erebus Sequence #1
  81. Julia Quinn: The Duke and I – Bridgertons #1
  82. Benedict Jacka: Veiled – Alex Verus #6
  83. John Scalzi: Miniatures – The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi
  84. Julia Quinn: The Viscount who Loved Me – Bridgertons #2
  85. Benedict Jacka: Burned – Alex Verus #7
  86. Lois McMaster Bujold: Penric’s Mission – Penric #3
  87. Bianca Blythe: A Rogue to Avoid – Matchmaking for Wallflowers #2
  88. Lois McMaster Bujold: Penric’s Demon – Penric #1
  89. Gaie Sebold: Dangerous Gifts – Babylon Steel #2
  90. Nick Wood: Azanian Bridges
  91. Genevieve Cogman: The Burning Page – Invisible Library #3
  92. Jodi Taylor: My Name is Markham – Chronicles of St Mary’s short story

NON-FICTION

  1. David McKie: What’s in a Surname
  2. Allison Kinney: Hood
  3. Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward: Writing the Other
  4. Susanne Alleyn: Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders
  5. Louise Allen: Walks Through Regency London
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About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (www.jaceybedford.co.uk), the secretary of Milford SF Writers (www.milfordSF.co.uk), a singer (www.artisan-harmony.com) and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers (www.jacey-bedford.com). She's also a Home Office / Border Agency licensed sponsor processing UK work permits (Certificate of Sponsorship).
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