I purposely did not look at my 2015 reading list after making it just to see how well I would stick to it without reminders, or to see how far off track I would get. Let’s see how I did.
- Tell by Francis Itani
- The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley
- Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
- A Measure of Light by Beth Powning
- Against A Darkening Sky by Lauren B. Davis
- Tiny Beautiful Things – I’ve been reading one letter every once in a while before going to sleep. More than half-way done.
- No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy by Ina Linehan Young – This is one I read but didn’t review. The story is horrifying and heart-breaking, but I had a few issues with the writing/editing.
- Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder
- Canada’s Great War Album – I got it out in November and read through a lot of it. But, I saved some for this year, too.
- I read 4 out of the 5 books for Canada Reads this year: The Inconvenient Indian, When Everything Feels Like the Movies, Ru, and And the Birds Rained Down.
- I read all 8 Anne books for the Green Gables Readalong.
- I only read about 4 books for my A-Z CanLit Project list. I’m currently on letter ‘Q’.
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
- The Art of Fielding
- All the Light We Cannot See
- Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden – Canadian
- Never Let Me Go
- The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce – Atlantic Canadian
- Running the Whale’s Back (A collection of short stories) – Atlantic Canadian
- Q-Z of my CanLit Project
Not bad. Most of the books I did read were winners. But, there are also a lot of good ones I didn’t read. Let’s try it again.
Hopeful Reading List For 2016
- All of the above books that I didn’t get read last year, all of which I own.
2. The rest of my A-Z CanLit Project. I might not own all of these. My next one will be Paul Quarrington’s King Leary, which I do own.
3. For the Woolfalong, I’m hoping to read Mrs. Dalloway.
4. For Reading New England, I’m hoping to read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout and The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
5. For my own project of Reading Atlantic Canada, my top priorities are (because the list could be so much longer):
- Hangman’s Beach by Thomas Raddall
- re-read The Nymph and the Lamp by Thomas Raddall
- The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler
- Glass Voices by Carol Bruneau
- Rare Birds by Edward Riche (for letter ‘R’)
6. Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Gray and Roughing It In the Bush by Susanna Moodie.
7. Born To Walk by Dan Rubinstein – Because I was born to walk.
Books I (probably) don’t own (yet):
8. For 12 Germans in 2016 I’m hoping to read Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann, and along with it The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf.
9. For Reading Ireland Month I’m hoping to read at least one book by an Irish writer. I own Let the Great World Spin, but I really want to read one of Maggie O’Farrell’s books. Who knows, maybe I’ll fit them both in.
10. The Canada Reads shortlist (5 books), which hasn’t been announced yet. But, here’s the longlist – three of which I’ve already read (Sweetland, The Illegal, and Station Eleven). I’m especially interested in Birdie, Bone & Bread, and Minister Without Portfolio, but they all look good!
11. I also have my eye on this list of new Canadian releases coming out this year (but I don’t plan to read them all!).
What are you hoping to read this year?