2016 in books – a recap

In the beginning of 2016 I joined goodreads reading challenge, and still had the one from last year in mind. Goodreads suggested reading 70 books and the old one was “30-20-10” – 30 countries, 20 books by the gender you normally read less from (men) and 10 decades.

So how did I do?

Total books read: 70.
Comment: Apparently I gave up on reading as soon as I reached this goal, so that’s not ideal…

Number of countries: 14. (Australia, Belarus, Canada, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Sweden, UK, USA + unknown)
Comment: A lot less than last year’s 26, but I’m OK with that. Kind of.

The other gender: Sadly the men took over this year; 52,9% (i.e. 37 books).
Comment: This is the reason this year’s reading will focus on the ladies!

Top 5 of 2016

In no particular order:

Siri Pettersen’s Odinsbarn. One of the best YA books I’ve ever read. Ever!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. The language! It’s like every line, every sentence has been thought out, weighed, measured and planned. I love it.

Svetlana Alexievich’s War’s Unwomanly Face. 2015 Nobel laureate from Belarus. Her books are based on interviews with lots of different people, where she then creates a more or less coherent storyline which refers to the people she talked to. Made me cry 😦

Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves. Dystopia meets space adventure! Stephenson has a good track record with predicting tech stuff, so this is bad news?

Nayyirah Waheed’s salt. Short, direct and pretty. This is what they should make you read as introduction to poetry in school.

 

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