Books 2014

Another year of non-productivity yet little books read. One of my new year resolutions will have to be about how I spend last time on the internet trying to consume all pop culture and simply finish reading my books.

This year’s favourite fiction find is a tie between Swann, Leonie Swan’s Three Bags Full and Downum’s Neocromancer series. I pretty much fell in love with the George’s sheep in Swan’s book and while I would rate The Bone Palace as my favourite out of the trilogy, I adore Isyllt Iskaldur and would love to see more books featuring this character if it happens.

Non fiction title of the year for me is definitely Strayed, Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar. I started reading the book on the train, started to tear and then trying to hold it and pretend I wasn’t (in the process probably freaking the hell out of everyone) all the way to the cafe where I was waiting for friends for dinner.

I didn’t explore too much this year in terms of English comics; in part because of tighter reins on my wallet, but Fables is definitely coming to an end, and I will have to try and check what other Mignola titles I might be missing out on.

Books Read 2014

Fiction

1. Anderson, Kevin J. Unnatural Acts (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Series).
2. Barzak, Christopher. The Love We Share Without Knowing.
3. Burgis, Stephanie. A Tangle of Magicks.
4. DeLima, Jan. Celtic Moon.
5. Downum, Amanda. The Drowning City (The Neocromancer Chronicles:Book 1).
6. Downum, Amanda. The Bone Palace (The Neocromancer Chronicles:Book 2).
7. Downum, Amanda. Kingdoms of Dust (The Neocromancer Chronicles:Book 3).
8. Green, John. The Fault In Our Stars.
9. Green, Simon R. The Unnatural Inquirer.
10. Green, Simon R. Just Another Judgement Day.
11. Green, Simon R. The Good, The Bad And The Uncanny.
12. Green, Simon R. A Hard Day’s Knight.
13. Green, Simon R. The Bride Wore Black Leather.
14. Mignola, Mike and Golden, Christopher. Baltimore,: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire.
15. Ogawa, Ito. Restaurant of Love Regained.
16. Swann, Leonie . Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story.
17. Zevin, Gabrielle. The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry.

Non Fiction

18. Altman, Elissa. Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking.
19. Botting, Geoff and Schreiber, Mark. Tabloid Tokyo: 101 Tales of Sex, Crime and the Bizarre from Japan’s Wild Weeklies.
20. Ellis, Samantha. How to Be a Heroine.
21. Fitzgerald,Issac & MacNaughton, Wendy. Pen & Ink : Tattoos & The Stories Behind Them.
22. Huang, Lingyun. Tao of Chinese Tea.
23. Kleon, Austin. Steal like an artist : 10 things nobody told you about being creative.
24. Majumdar, Simon. Eating for Britain : a journey into the heart (and belly) of the nation.
25. Morimura, Munefuyu (translated by McIvor,Kirstem). Japanese Historical Figures.
26. Saunders, Jennifer. Bonkers
27. Strayed, Cheryl. Tiny Beautiful Things : Advice On Love And Life From Dear Sugar.

Graphic Novels

28. Benson, Mike and Glass, Adam. Deadpool Pulp.
29. Mignola, Mike and Arcudi, John. B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 1: New World.
30. Mignola, Mike and Arcudi, John. B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 3: Russia.
31. Mignola, Mike and Stewart, Dave. The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects.
32. Mizuki, Shigeru (translated by Zack Davisson and Jocelyne Allen). Kitaro.
33. Willingham, Bill and Jimenez, Phil. Fairest, Vol.1.
34. Willingham, Bill and Lauren Beukes, Lauren and Miranda, Inaki. Fairest Vol.2: Hidden Kingdom
35. Willingham, Bill and Williams,Sean E and Sadowski, Stephen and Jimenez, Phil. Fairest Vol. 3: The Return of the Maharaja.
36. Gauld, Tom. Golitah.
37. Ellis, Warren. Global Frequency.

Re-reads
38. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jonnes
39. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers.
40. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
41. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Unfinished
Majumdar, Simon. Eat my globe.
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal
Warren Ellis, Gun Machine
Maria Konnikova, Mastermind : how to think like Sherlock Holmes
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
The future is Japanese / edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington.
Petzold, Charles. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software.
Tan, Chade-Meng. Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness and World Peace.

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