My 2019 in books

I’ve often wondered how many books I read in a year. In 2019 I intend to find out.

I’m including books I read to my son at his bedtime, but not (for instance) the little £1 Penguin mini-classics.

(R) means a re-read. I re-read a lot.

January

1. Oliver, Neil – The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

2. Coxon, Dan (ed.) – This Dreaming Isle (review here)

3. Pearson, Joan – Tales of the Tay

4. James, M.R. – Collected Ghost Stories (R)

5. Sebald, W.G. – The Rings of Saturn (R)

6. Herge – The Seven Crystal Balls

7. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix the Legionary (R)

8. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix and the Great Crossing (R)

9. Duras, Marguerite – The Garden Square (R) (review here)

10. Jones, Darryl – Sleeping With The Lights On: The Unsettling Story of Horror

11. Boyd, Alex – St Kilda: The Silent Islands

12. Grant, Alan & Ranson, Arthur – Mazeworld

13. Conan Doyle, Arthur – Gothic Tales

14. Niffenegger, Audrey (ed.) – Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories (review here)

15. Crumley, Jim – The Winter Whale

16. Crumley, Jim – A High and Lonely Place

17. Scovell, Adam – Mothlight (review here)

18. Barthes, Roland – Mythologies

19. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix and the Roman Agent (R)

20. Heath, Stephen – The Nouveau Roman

21. Blackwood, Algernon – Ancient Sorceries

22. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix and Son (R)

23. Monaco, James – Alain Resnais

24. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix and the Black Gold (R)

25. Redford, Ian – Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head: My autobiography

February

26. Budden, Gary – Hollow Shores (R) (review here)

27. Goscinny & Uderzo – Obelix & Co. (R)

28. Rankin, Ian – In A House of Lies

29. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix and the Normans (R)

30. Hogg, James – The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

31. Tzara, Tristan – Selected Poems

32. Sedgwick, Marcus – Snow (R)

33. Larkin, Philip – A Girl in Winter

34. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix and the Soothsayer (R)

35. Woolf, Virginia – Mrs Dalloway (R)

36. Tzara, Tristan – Seven Dadaist Manifestos

37. Jones, Darryl (ed.) – Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

38. Kerouac, Jack – Satori in Paris (Kerouac post here)

39. Kerouac, Jack – Lonesome Traveler (R)

March

40. Kerouac, Jack – Desolation Angels (R)

41. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix and the Golden Sickle (R)

42. Kerouac, Jack – Big Sur

43. Kelman, James – Selected Stories (R) (Kelman article here)

44. Kelman, James – That Was a Shiver

45. Aaronovitch, Ben – Lies Sleeping

46. Watterson, Bill – Exploring ‘Calvin and Hobbes’: An Exhibition Catalogue

47. Kelman, James – How Late It Was, How Late (R)

48. Kelman, James – A Disaffection (R)

49. Ridgway, Keith – Hawthorn & Child

50. Larkin, Philip – Jill

51. Jamie, Kathleen – The Bonniest Companie (Kathleen Jamie article here)

52. Kelman, James – Dirt Road

53. Peacock, Charlotte – Into the Mountain: a Life of Nan Shepherd (Nan Shepherd article here)

54. Gray, Daniel – Black Boots & Football Pinks: 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game

55. Tutuola, Amos – The Palm-Wine Drinkard

56. Kelman, James – Not Not While The Giro (R)

57. Jansson, Tove – Moominland Midwinter (R)

April

58. Coxon, Dan (ed.) – Tales from the Shadow Booth, vol.3 (review here)

59. Kelman, James – A Lean Third

60. Kelman, James – A Chancer (R)

61. Tutuola, Amos – Pauper, Brawler and Slanderer

62. Kelman, James – Mo said she was quirky

63. Selvon, Sam – The Lonely Londoners

64. Tutuola, AmosThe Witch-Herbalist of the Remote Town (R)

65. Kafka, Franz – The Trial (R)

66. Joyce, James – Dubliners (R)

67. Kafka, Franz – The Castle

68. Joyce, James – Ulysses (R)¹

69. King, Stephen – Hearts in Atlantis

70. Tutuola, Amos – Simbi and the Satyr of the Dark Jungle

May

71. Woolf, Virginia – The Waves

72. Neve, Christopher – Unquiet Landscape: Places and Ideas in 20th Century English Painting

73. Warhol, Andy & Hackett, Pat – POPism

74. Jansson, Tove – Finn Family Moomintroll (R)

75. Marsden, Philip – Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place (R)

76. Garner, Alan – The Owl Service (R)

77. Byrne, David – How Music Works

78. Woolf, Virginia – To The Lighthouse

79. Kafka, Franz – Metamorphosis & other stories (R)

80. Zamyatin, Yevgeny – We

81. Jansson, Tove – Moominsummer Madness

82. Uderzo, Albert – Asterix and the Falling Sky

83. Porter, Max – Lanny

84. Reynolds, Simon – Rip It Up And Start Again: Post-Punk 1978 – 1984 (R)

85. Meijer, Eva – Bird Cottage

86. Garner, Alan – Thursbitch

87. Darton, Mike – The Dictionary of Place Names in Scotland

88. Harrison, Melissa – All Among the Barley

June

89. Ballard, J.G. – Crash

90. Garner, Alan – Red Shift

91. Ochota, Mary-Ann – Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape

92. Crumley, Jim – The Nature of Spring

93. Sagan, Françoise – Bonjour Tristesse (R)

94. Fisher, Mark – K-Punk

95. Macfarlane, Robert – Underland

96. Ridgway, Keith – The Long Falling

97. Goscinny & Uderzo – Asterix in Britain (R)

 

 

¹ Well, almost. I’ve read Ulysses several times, but I got as far as ‘Oxen of the Sun’ before grinding to a halt. That’s 500 pages in, so I’m counting it

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