Because I’m a nerd, I like to keep track of all the fun books I read each year, partly to prove to myself that my life isn’t entirely devoted to analysing Icelandic literature, partly to remember what I was reading when (not least to prevent me from buying the same book twice. Which I’ve done. More than once.)

Now, If I was a real nerd, I’d also list the short stories and magazines I’ve devoured — but seriously. Books are enough. (Loophole: collections of short stories make the list, just because.)

You may have noticed a lack of updatery on this page… Visit my author page on Goodreads for all of the reading info you could possibly desire (and a lot you possibly won’t…)

But for the curious or desperately bored, here are Les Listes:

Read in 2012

  1. Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck
  2. Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
  3. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Still She Wished for Company by Margaret Irwin
  5. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  6. Bloodstock and Other Stories by Margaret Irwin
  7. Galore by Michael Crummey
  8. Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore
  9. Salvage by Jason Nahrung
  10. Lycanthia; or the children of wolves by Tanith Lee
  11. Ishtar by Kaaron Warren, Deborah Biancotti, and Cat Sparks
  12. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  13. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  14. Suited by Jo Anderton
  15. Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
  16. Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears
  17. The Children of Men by P.D. James
  18. In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
  19. After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh
  20. Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan
  21. More Scary Kisses edited by Liz Grzyb
  22. Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren
  23. Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas
  24. The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood
  25. The Hall of Lost Footsteps by Sara Douglass

Read in 2011

  1. The Rebel Prince by Celine Kiernan
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  4. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  5. The Honey Month by Amal El-Mohtar
  6. When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai
  7. [This lull in the list brought to you by the completion of my PhD. Regularly scheduled reading will resume shortly.]
  8. The Library of Forgotten Books by Rjurik Davidson
  9. Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  10. Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
  11. The Door to Lost Things by Claude Lalumière
  12. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  13. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
  14. Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  15. By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
  16. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  17. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
  18. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  19. By the Light of My Father’s Smile by Alice Walker
  20. The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
  21. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  22. In the Forest of Forgetting by Theodora Goss
  23. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  24. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  25. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
  26. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  27. Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones
  28. Debris, by Jo Anderton
  29. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  30. Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  31. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf
  32. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  33. Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
  34. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  35. The Water-Method Man by John Irving
  36. The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
  37. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  38. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

Read in 2010

  1. Wonders of a Godless World by Andrew McGahan
  2. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  3. The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan
  4. The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl by Belle de Jour
  5. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  6. The Crowded Shadows by Celine Kiernan
  7. Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter
  8. Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey
  9. De Profundis by Oscar Wilde
  10. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  11. Dry by Augusten Burroughs
  12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  13. Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  14. Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth
  15. Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas
  16. The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays by Oscar Wilde
  17. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  18. Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner
  19. The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales by Angela Slatter
  20. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  21. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  22. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  23. Rosa and the Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins
  24. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  25. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  26. Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
  27. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
  28. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  29. Galore by Michael Crummey
  30. The Grifters by Jim Thompson
  31. Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott
  32. Death Most Definite by Trent Jamieson
  33. Blackout by Connie Willis
  34. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  35. Bleed by Peter M. Ball
  36. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  37. Spiel by David Sornig
  38. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  39. Blood Countess by Tara Moss
  40. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg
  41. The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
  42. Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
  43. Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
  44. The City and The City by China Mieville

Read in 2009

  1. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  2. Tiny Deaths by Robert Shearman
  3. Willful Creatures. Stories by Aimee Bender
  4. Kissing the Witch. Old Stories in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
  5. The Complete Stories by David Malouf
  6. Dogboy by Eva Hornung
  7. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  8. Ransom by David Malouf
  9. Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman
  10. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  11. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr
  13. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  14. St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
  15. The Wood Wife by Terry Windling
  16. Horn by Peter M. Ball
  17. Icelandic Journals 1871 & 1873 by William Morris
  18. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  19. Superbia by Philip Hui
  20. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  21. The Seance by John Harwood
  22. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  23. White Noise by Don Delillo
  24. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  25. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  26. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  27. Spiel by David Sornig
  28. Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
  29. The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds
  30. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  31. A Free Man of Colour by Barbara Hambly
  32. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  33. Fevre Dream by George RR Martin
  34. The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers
  35. The Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham
  36. The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
  37. The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
  38. Disgrace by JM Coetzee
  39. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
  40. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  41. The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner
  42. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  43. Finch by Jeff VanderMeer
  44. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Lists are so satisfying: neat, tidy, complete. Unlike my PhD. WOOT! THE PHD IS DONE!!

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