54 books in 2016

I'm aiming to read 54 books this year, and this is where I'll chart my progress.

You can see my efforts from the previous two years here and here.


1. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl: a memoir by Carrie Brownstein. Brownstein is best known as a member of Sleater-Kinney, but this isn't the usual sex and drugs and rock n roll excess story. Instead, she examines her life provoking questions such as how does our upbringing shape what we look for in music, and how can creativity be reconciled with "normal" life? Finished January 2016. 

2. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. Finished January 2016.

3. The Look of Love: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, Soho's King of Clubs by Paul Willetts. Finished January 2016.


4. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot. Finished January 2016. 

5. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. Finished January 2016. 

6. How to be Both by Ali Smith. Finished February 2016. 

7. Not Working by Lisa Owens. Finished February 2016. 



8. The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith. I wrote about this book and its portrayal of single life in the 1920s hereFinished February 2016. 

9. Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. Finished February 2016. 

10. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante. Finished February 2016. 

11. War Damage by Elizabeth Wilson. Finished February 2016. 

12. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley. Finished March 2016.

13. Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller. Finished March 2016. 

14. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Finished March 2016. 

15. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante. Finished April 2016. 

16. Gigi and the Cat by Colette. Finished April 2016. 

17. Paulina and Fran by Rachel B. Glaser. Finished April 2016. 

18. Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore. Finished April 2016. 

19. Adrift in Soho: Beatniks, Bums and Bohemians by Colin Wilson. Finished April 2016. 

20. The House in Cornwall by Noel Streatfeild. Finished April 2016. 

21. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. Finished May 2016. 

22. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Finished May 2016. 




23. Teddy Boys' Picnic by Elizabeth Stucley. Finished May 2016. (You can buy my old copy here.)

24. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. Finished May 2016. 

25. Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson. Finished May 2016. 

26. The Infinite Air by Fiona Kidman. Finished May 2016. 

27. Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe. Finished May 2016. 





28. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Still a bit undecided what I actually think about this one. Great fun certainly, but did it have anything else to it other than froth? Finished May 2016. 

29. Walking Away by Simon Armitage. Finished May 2016. 

30. Beyond The Vicarage by Noel Streatfeild. Finished June 2016. 

31. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Finished June 2016. 

32. On Writing by Stephen King. Finished June 2016. 

33. The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans. Finished July 2016. 




34. The Girls by Emma Cline.
I was completely memorised by this tale of the darker side of the 1960s. More than the violence, it's Cline's dissection of the bored, waiting for life to begin teenage mind - in all its weakness and power - that made this so transfixing for me. Finished July 2016. 




35. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie.
I read this after a trip to Croydon Airport - the glamorous gateway to the continent in the Christie era. A murder takes place on a flight to Croydon, and it's up to Poirot to deduce which of the wealthy passengers is responsible. It's filled with typical Christie twists and turns and, fittingly, given the wasp's involvement in the murder plot, a sting in the tale. Finished July 2016. 

36. Aunts up the Cross by Robin Dalton. Finished July 2016. 

37. The Warden by Anthony Trollope. Finished August 2016. 

38. Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London by Matthew Beaumont. Finished August 2016. 

39. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Finished August 2016. 

40. Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin. Finished August 2016.

41. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Finished August 2016.

42. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Finished September 2016. 

43. 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded by Jon Savage. Finished October 2016. 

44. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Finished October 2016.

45. Grass in Piccadilly by Noel Streatfeild. Finished October 2016.

47. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Finished October 2016.

48. Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys. Finished October 2016.

49. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Finished November 2016. 

50. Roundabout by Katharine Whitehorn. Finished November 2016. 

51. Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire by Carol Dyhouse. Finished November 2016. 

52. I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelssohn. Finished November 2016. 

53. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell. Finished November 2016. 

54. Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Finished November 2016. 

55. Kiss Hollywood Goodbye by Anita Loos. Finished December 2016. 

56. The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats and Ex-Countries by Jessa Crispin. Finished December 2016. 

57. Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles. Finished December 2016. 

58. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Finished December 2016. 

59. The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell. Finished December 2016. 

60. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing. Finished December 2016. 

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