Reading List 2016

2016 was the first time I kept track of what I read throughout the year. I’m a fairly slow reader, but I think I got through a respectable amount. I intend to actually read less in 2017, for the simple reason that I intent to WRITE more. Already on my breaks at work, which was when I used to do most of my reading, I’ve taken to jotting in my notebook – a combination of ideas and short stories. My goal, and it’s the most important goal, is always writing. There’s a lot of great books I own and want to read, I’m desperate to read them, but I’ll just have to try and squeeze them in when and if I can. As an alternative, I plan to read a lot more short stories this year – Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel, John Cheever, Chekhov – so I’m quite excited about that.

Anyway, without any further ado, here’s the list of books, kid’s books, biographies and comics I read in 2016, in chronological order:

  1. The Demon – Hubert Selby Jr
  2. Wrestling’s 101 Strangest Matches – Oliver Hurley
  3. A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
  4. Red Riding: 1974 – David Peace
  5. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said – Philip K Dick
  6. The Digger’s Game – George V Higgins
  7. The Knockout Artist – Harry Crews
  8. Sarah – JT Leroy
  9. Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
  10. Two For Texas – James Lee Burke
  11. The Gunslinger – Stephen King
  12. The Walking Dead vol 15 – Robert Kirkman
  13. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  14. The Hilliker Curse – James Ellroy
  15. Music For Chameleons – Truman Capote
  16. James And The Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  17. The Devil All The Time – Donald Ray Pollock
  18. Ridgerunner – Rusty Barnes
  19. Y: The Last Man Compendium Book One – Brian K Vaughan
  20. Y: The Last Man Compendium Book Two – Brian K Vaughan
  21. Almost Transparent Blue – Ryu Murakami
  22. The Cartel – Don Winslow
  23. Savage Season – Joe R Lansdale
  24. Child Of God – Cormac McCarthy
  25. Saga Book 6 – Brian K Vaughan
  26. Miracleman: The Golden Age – Neil Gaiman
  27. The Autobiography Of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
  28. Hell’s Angels – Hunter S Thompson
  29. Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
  30. Philosophy In The Boudoir – Marquis De Sade
  31. Ghost Story – Peter Straub
  32. The Bandido Massacre – Peter Edwards
  33. A Spy In The House Of Love – Anais Nin

Currently in progress and making the transition into 2017 are Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens, and The Secret History Of Twin Peaks – Mark Frost.

Like I said, I’m a slow reader, but it’s certainly been a case of quality over quantity. The list doesn’t include any of my own stuff that I’ve read/proof-read, nor the numerous short stories I’ve read in a variety of websites and magazines.

To appease any further curiosity anyone may have, the standouts of the year were The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock, The Knockout Artist by Harry Crews, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, and A Brief History Of Seven Killings by Marlon James. By virtue of comics being a quicker and easier read, it looks like Brian K Vaughan has been my most read writer, with both Y: The Last Man and Saga (I fucking love Saga, and if you haven’t checked it out you really should).

As for the best?

Drumroll…

The Cartel, by Don Winslow. I read it in early summer, I’m still thinking about it now. It kept me up loooong into the night. I was reading it when I should have been writing. Perhaps it’s just because I read it more recently, but I think it was even better than its predecessor, The Power Of The Dog.

Anyway, that was my reading year. Now, back to the writing.

Onwards!

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