Read in September 2014

I think I wrote the most reviews (ever!) in September! Thanks to Diversiverse and RIP IX. I’ve already posted some reviews, and there will be more to come soon.

I had a great time armchair-travelling to Iran, Kitamaat (a village in Canada), London, Japan, 1970s Oakland, among other places, as well as fantastic invented worlds…

Some of my favourite reads were Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach,  NK Jemisin’s The Shadowed Sun, and Mimi Pond’s Over Easy

Together tea – Marjan Kamali
Monkey Beach – Eden Robinson
The Body at the Tower (The Agency #2) – YS Lee
The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency #3) – YS Lee
Supernatural Enhancements – Edgar Cantero
The Shadowed Sun – NK Jemisin
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris – R.L. LaFevers
Half a King – Joe Abercrombie
Audition – Ryu Murakami
Countdown City (The Last Policeman #2) – Ben H Winters
The one in the middle is the green kangaroo – Judy Blume
Carrie – Stephen King
Greenglass House – Kate Milford
The best science fiction and fantasy of the year Volume 8 – Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannah

Graphic novels
This One Summer – Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
Heartbreak Diet – Thorina Rose
Girl Genius 1: Agatha Heterodyne & the beetleburg clank : a gaslamp fantasy with adventure, romance & mad science – Kaja & Phil Foglio
Over Easy – Mimi Pond
Shoplifter – Michael Cho

Read in 2014

1. Tales of the city – Armistead Maupin
2. One good earl deserves a lover (The rules of Scoundrels #2) – Sarah Maclean
3. The ocean at the end of the lane – Neil Gaiman
4. The abominable – Dan Simmons
5. The fall of Hyperion – Dan Simmons
6. Without a summer (Glamorist Histories #3) – Mary Robinette Kowal
7. The chocolate war – Robert Cormier
8. The baker’s daughter – D.E. Stevenson
9. The Free – Willy Vlautin
10. Evil and the mask – Fuminori Nakamura
11. Hawkeye: My life as a weapon (vol 1) – David Aja, Matt Fraction, Javier Pulido
12. Black Orchid – Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
13. Jerusalem: chronicles from the Holy City – Guy Delisle
14. Clockworks: Locke and Key Vol 5 Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
15. March Book One John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
16. Genius – Steven T Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
17. A time to keep silence – Patrick Leigh Fermor
18. Chinese Opera – Jessica Tan Gudnaaon
19. The Library Book – Alan Bennett et al
20. Bury my heart at wounded Knee: an Indian history of the American West Dee Brown
21. Delphine – Richard Sala
22. Divergent – Veronica Roth
23. An expert in murder (Josephine Tey #1) – Nicola Upson
24. Cheating at Canasta – William Trevor
25. The Good Muslim –  Tahmina Anam
26.The eternal smile – Gene Luen Yang
27. Hilda and the midnight giant – Luke Pearson
28. The Drowning Girl – Caitlin R Kiernan
29. The people in the trees – Hanya Yanagihara
30. Emiko superstar  – Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Steve Rolston
31. Claire of the sea light – Edwidge Danticat
32. Looking for Alaska – John Green
33. Sunny 1  – Taiyo Matsumoto
34. Why we broke up – Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman
35. Shovel Ready – Adam Sternbergh
36. Sloth – Gilbert Hernandez
37. Hilda and the bird parade – Luke Pearson
38. Coincidence  – J.W. Ironmonger
39. Zahrah the windseeker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
40. How to be a woman – Caitlin Moran
41. Nylon Road: a graphic memoir of coming of age in Iran – Parsua Bashi
42. Same difference –  Derek Kirk Kim
43. The idea of him – Holly Peterson
44. The longest way home : one man’s quest for the courage to settle down – Andrew McCarthy
45. The dead boy detectives – Ed Brubaker
46. The house at world’s end – Monica Dickens
47. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
48. The foreigner – Francie Lin
49. A game for swallows: to die, to leave, to return – Zeina Abirached
50. Great books for boys: more than 600 books for boys 2 to 14 – Kathleen Odean
51. Epileptic – David B
52. The Icarus Girl – Helen Oyeyemi
53. Meanwhile – Jason Shiga
54. The pirate’s daughter – Margaret Cezair-Thompson
55. Beloved – Toni Morrison
56. Lyra’s Oxford – Phillip Pullman
57. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
58. Woman rebel: the Margaret Sanger story – Peter Bagge
59. Delicious! – Ruth Reichl
60. Homecoming – Cynthia Voight
61. A stitch in time – Penelope Lively
62. Cart and Cwidder (Dalemark Quartet #1) – Diana Wynne Jones
63. The Initiates: a comic artist and a wine artisan exchange jobs – Etienne Davodeau
64. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
65. Darwin’s radio – Greg Bear
66. Saga Vol 1 – Brian Vaughan, Fiona Staples
67. Saga Vol 2 – Brian Vaughan, Fiona Staples
68. Winter Rose – Patricia A McKillip
69. The Photographer –  Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, Fréderic Lemercier
70. The song of the lark – Willa Cather
71. Fairy Tales – E.E. Cummings
72. Fallout – Sadie Jones
73. Tam Lin – Pamela Dean
74. The fault in our stars – John Green
75. Lovers at the Chameleon Club – Francine Prose
76. The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms #1) – Mercedes Lackey
77. Huntress – Malinda Lo
78. Morning Glories Vol 1: For a better future – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
79. Morning Glories Vol 2: All will be free – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
80. The outsiders – S.E. Hinton
81. Ballet Shoes for Anna – Noel Streatfeild
82. The golem and the jinni – Helene Wecker
83. The Scarecrow and his Servant – Philip Pullman
84. Morning Glories Vol 3 – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
85. Morning Glories Vol 4 – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
86. Heads in beds: a reckless memoir of hotels, hustles, and so-called hospitality –  Jacob Tomsky
87. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
88. The silence of our friends: the civil rights struggle was never black and white – Mark Long and Jim Demonakos; Art by Nate Powell
89. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
90. The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War – Jacqueline Winspear
91. Morning glories Vol 5: Tests – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
92. Morning glories Vol 6: Demerits – Nick Spencer, words ; Joe Eisma, art
93. Bitter in the mouth – Monique Truong
94. Level up – Gene Luen Yang; Thien Pham
95. The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness
96. Septembers of Shiraz – Dalia Sofer
97. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
99. The sons of heaven – Kage Baker
100. Sailor Twain; or the mermaid in the Hudson – Mark Siegel
101. The year she left us – Kathryn Ma
102. Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld
103. Cinder – Marisa Meyers
104. Ladder of Years – Anne Tyler
105. To play the fool (Kate Martinelli #2) – Laurie R King
106. How I live now Meg Rosoff
107. Happy all the time Laurie Colwin
108. Locke and Key 6: Alpha and Omega – Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
109. Astonish Me – Maggie Shipstead
110. Stuck Rubber Baby – Howard Cruse
111. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
112. Seraphina – Rachel Hartman
113. Re-gifters – Mike Carey, Marc Hempel, Sonny Liew
114. The Sea Garden – Deborah Lawrenson
115. Last Night at the Blue Angel – Rebecca Rotert
116. The Tea Reader: Living life one cup at a time – Katrina Avila Munichiello (ed)
117. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
118. Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
119. The Property – Rutu Modan
120. Memory Wall – Anthony Doerr
121. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marisa Meyer
122. Anarchy and Old Dogs (Dr Siri #4) – Colin Cotterill
123. The facts in the case of the departure of Miss Finch – Neil Gaiman; Michael Zulli
124. Ruby – Cynthia Bond
125. Sous chef – Michael Gibney
126. The Fever – Megan Abbott
127. Everything I never told you – Celeste Ng
128. Oaxaca Journal – Oliver Sacks
129. Barbary – Vonda McIntyre
130. Americus – MK Reed, Jonathan Hill
131. Ten little Indians: stories – Sherman Alexie
132. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton #1) – R.L. LaFevers
133. I’ll be right there – Shin Kyung-Sook
134. Ghost bride – Yangsze Choo
135. Where’d you go, Bernadette? – Maria Semple
136. The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst
137. The Magicians Land – Lev Grossman
138. The Vacationers – Emma Straub
139. The Story Hour – Thrity Umrigar
140. The White Bone – Barbara Gowdy
141. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
142. Zone One – Colson Whitehead
143. Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
144. Together tea – Marjan Kamali
145. Monkey Beach – Eden Robinson
146. The Body at the Tower (The Agency #2) – YS Lee
147. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris – R.L. LaFevers
148. This One Summer – Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
149. Supernatural Enhancements – Edgar Cantero
150. Half a King – Joe Abercrombie
151. The best science fiction and fantasy of the year Volume 8 – Edited by Jonathan Strahan
152. Audition – Ryu Murakami
153. Heartbreak Diet – Thorina Rose
154. Countdown City (The Last Policeman #2) – Ben H Winters
155. The one in the middle is the green kangaroo – Judy Blume
156. The Shadowed Sun – NK Jemisin
157. Carrie – Stephen King
158. Girl Genius 1: Agatha Heterodyne & the beetleburg clank : a gaslamp fantasy with adventure, romance & mad science – Kaja & Phil Foglio
159. The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency #3) – YS Lee
160. Over Easy – Mimi Pond
161. Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannah
162. Shoplifter – Michael Cho
163. Greenglass House – Kate Milford
164. Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials – Ovidia Yu
165. Bloodchild and other stories – Octavia Butler
166. China Witness – Xinran
167. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner – Bich Minh Nguyen
168. Evil under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #23) – Agatha Christie
169. Broken (Women of the otherworld #6) – Kelley Armstrong
170. Strangers in Paradise #1 – Terry Moore
171. Strangers in Paradise #2 – Terry Moore
172. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
173. Strangers in Paradise #3 – Terry Moore
174. The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
175. The Lady Astronaut of Mars – Mary Robinette Kowal
176. The Iron Ring – Lloyd Alexander
177. My year of meats – Ruth Ozeki
178. Strangers in Paradise #4 – Terry Moore
179. Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson
180. The Dead in their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce #6) – Alan Bradley
181. Strangers in Paradise #5- Terry Moore
182. Strangers in Paradise #6 – Terry Moore
183. The slow regard of silent things – Patrick Rothfuss
184. French Kids Eat Everything – Karen Le Billon
185. Drood – Dan Simmons
186. The hand that first held mine – Maggie O’Farrell
187. Men we reaped: a memoir – Jesmyn Ward
188. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater
189. Anatomy of a misfit – Andrea Portes
190. A crack in the edge of the world: America and the great California earthquake of 1906 – Simon Winchester
191. Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley
192. L.A. Son: My life, my city, my food – Roy Choi
193. I married you for happiness – Lily Tuck
194. Old man’s war -John Scalzi
195. Can’t We Talk about something more pleasant? – Roz Chast
196. Worn stories – Emily Spivak
197. The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi
198. Gossamer – Lois Lowry
199. Cleopatra: A life – Stacy Schiff
200. A visit to Don Otavio – Sybille Bedford
201. War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
202. Life after life – Jill McCorkle
203. The guild – Felicia Day; Jim Rugg
204. In Real Life – Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang
205. Sunny 2 – Taiyo Matsumoto
206. Sunny 3 – Taiyo Matsumoto
207. Fog Island Mountains – Michelle Bailat-Jones
208. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair – Nina Sankovitch
209. The woman upstairs – Claire Messud
210. (In a Sense) Lost and Found – Roman Muradov
211. Life after life – Kate Atkinson
212. Kill My Mother: a graphic novel – Jules Feiffer
213. West of Sunset – Stewart O’Nan
214. The Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan
215. The Boundless – Kenneth Oppel
216. A constellation of vital phenomena – Anthony Marra
217. The dream thieves (Raven Cycle #2) – Maggie Stiefvater

Read in June 2010

Oh June, where did you go? I’m ending the last day of June absorbed in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and unfortunately, it will end up being a July read. But June was, on a whole, a pretty good and varied reading month. A lot more hits than misses!

Total: 16 (and 1 DNF)

Fiction (5)
The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell
Anil’s Ghost – Michael Ondaatje
Headlong – Michael Frayn
Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

Short stories (3)
Red Spikes – Margo Lanagan
A vocation and a voice : stories – Kate Chopin
Midnight All Day – Hanif Kureishi

Graphic Novels (5)
The Alcoholic – Jonathan Ames
Exit Wounds – Rutu Modan
Lucky – Gabrielle Bell
The Curse of the Umbrella – Lewis Trondheim [translation by Joe Johnson]
Wilson – Daniel Clowes

Non-fiction (2)
The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream – Patrick Radden Keefe
The Caliph’s House – Tahir Shah

Cookbook (1)
Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate – Alice Medrich

Did not finish (1)

Another sea, another shore : Persian stories of migration – translated and edited by Shouleh Vatanab

(I got this one to read a story by Kader Abdolah, author of The House of The Mosque, but found this collection of stories too much of a mixed bag. I only enjoyed reading one of the stories, and after several other stories that didn’t quite interest me, I decided to give up.)