What I’m Reading

I am currently reading Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman.
I’ve long tried to read 80 books a year. That’s 6 books a month, just over one and a half books each week. In 2010 I read 73 books (these books included the YA heavy-weights of the time, Ray Chandler’s Marlowe series and almost every new release fiction title I could get my hands on while working at Borders). Here, I’m trying to hunt down that elusive 80 again, but I find as I get older, the years get shorter and the book-count fewer. Doesn’t mean I’m giving up hope.

You can read more about what I’m reading in Meanjin here.

What I’ve read in 2017
32. Elegy by Jane Abbott
31. The Boundless Sublime by Lilly Wilkinson
30. No Way Okay Fine by Brodie Lancaster
29. Closing Down by Sally Abbott
28. Risk by Fleur Ferris
27. The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong
26. Goodwood by Holly Throsby
25. The Silent Invasion by James Bradley
24. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
23. Our Race for Reconciliation by Anita Heiss
22. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
21. The Road to Winter by Mark Smith
20. Salt Story by Sarah Drummond
19. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
18. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
17. The Dry by Jane Harper
16. The Girl Before by JP Delaney
15. Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson
14. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
13. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
12. Holes by Louis Sachar
11. Small Acts of Dissapearance: Essays on hunger by Fiona Wright
10. Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk
09. Analogue Men by Nick Earls
08. Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
07. The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing
06. Tying the Knot by Terri Psiakis
05. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
04. Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curry
03. 48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls
02. Us by David Nicholls
01. The Turner House by Angela Flourney

What I read in 2016
32. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
31. Troppo by Madeline Dickie
30. Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doherty
29. Our Magic Hour by Jennifer Down
28. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
27. Yellow by Megan Jacobson
26. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
25. Chook Doolan by James Roy
24. Ruby Wishfingers by Deborah Kelly
23. Noho by Nick Earls
22. Juneau by Nick Earls
20. The Sound by Sarah Drummond
19. Vancouver by Nick Earls
18. Venice by Nick Earls
17. Gotham by Nick Earls
16. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
15. The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
14. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
13. Second Life by SJ Watson
12. Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven
11. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
09. Wild Things by Brigid Delaney
08. The Turning by Tim Winton
07. The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
06. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
05. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
04. When There’s Nowhere Else To Run by Murray Middleton
03. How To Be Happy by Dave Burton
02. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
01. A Model World by Michael Chabon

What I read in 2015
23. Yellow Dog by Martin Amis
22. The Cryptographer by Tobias Hill
21. Atonement by Ian McEwan
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
19. Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
18. Mermaid by Margaret Millar
17. A Mad and Wonderful Thing by Mark Mullholland
16. The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster
15. The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
14. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
13. You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About by Daniel Herborn
12. Day Boy by Trent Jamieson
11. Heat & Light by Ellen van Neerven
10. Gotland by Fiona Capp
09. The Wonder Lover by Malcolm Knox
08. Dietland by Sarai Walker
07. This House of Grief by Helen Garner
06. Useful by Debra Oswald
05. Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist
04. Lost & Found by Brooke Davis
03. Laurinda by Alice Pung
02. Clade by James Bradley
01. The Minnow by Diana Sweeney

What I read in 2014
43. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
42. The Neighbour by Julie Proudfoot
41. Wren Lines by Billy Jones
40. Gap by Rebecca Jessen
39. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
38. Former Glory by Cate Kennedy
37. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
36. The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly
35. Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall by Jane Jervis-Read
34. The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
33. Goat Mountain by David Vann
32. The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
31. Eyrie by Tim Winton
30. Captives by Angela Meyer
29. Playing the Field by Zoe Foster
28. The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
27. The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin
26. The Whalers of Tangalooma by David Jones
25. The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
24. The Secret Sharer & Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
23. Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Phillips
22. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
21. The Boat by Nam Le
20. The Lost Child by Suzanne McCourt
19. Father’s Day by Tony Birch
18. The Enchantment of Lilly Dahl by Siri Hustvedt
17. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
16. Memory Palace by Hari Kunrzru
15. Hollywood Ending by Kathy Charles
14. The Outsider by Albert Camus
13. Raise the Red Lantern by Su Tong
12. Bar Balto by Faiza Cuene
11. The Unlimited Dream Company by JG Ballard
10. Tarcutta Wake by Josephine Rowe
09. The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
08. Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner Hospital
07. The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
06. A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
05. Our Sunshine by Robert Drewe
04. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
03. Death Will Have Your Eyes by James Sallis
02. Horn by Peter M Ball
01. Drowned by Junot Diaz

What I read in 2013 
48. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
47. Confessional Box by Vanessa Page
46. Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts
45. My Island Homicide by Catherine Titasey
44. Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson
43. Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad
42. End Zone by Don DeLillo
41. Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
40. Welcome to Normal by Nick Earls
39. The Family Room by Lily Yulianti Farid
38. The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer
37. Wildlife by Richard Ford
36. The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
35. Postcards from Surfers by Helen Garner
34. The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
33. The Firm by John Grisham
32. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
31. Philosophy in the Garden by Damon Young
30. Into the Woods by Anna Krien
29. Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson
28. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
27. LA Candy by Lauren Conrad
26. The Tax Inspector by Peter Carey
25. The Darkest Little Room by Patrick Holland
24. The Mary Smokes Boys by Patrick Holland
23. Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy
22. The Mayne Inheritance by Rosamond Siemon
21. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
20. Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
19. Palo Alto by James Franco
18. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
17. This Is Shyness by Leanne Hall
16. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
15. Killing Rachel by Anne Cassidy
14. The Younger Man by Zoe Foster
13. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
12. Cold Skin by Steven Herrick
11. Forty-Seventeen by Frank Moorhouse
10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
09. Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot by Annabel Smith
08. The Ottoman Motel by Christopher Currie
07. Just Kids by Patti Smith
06. Fortune by Megan Cole
05. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
04. Breath by Tim Winton
03. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
02. The Man Who Painted Women by John Newton
01. Miracles of Life by J.G. Ballard

What I read in 2012 
56. Air Kisses by Zoe Foster
55. Animal Kingdom by Stephen Sewell
54. Ethan Grout by Matt Howard
53. Hide and Seek by Sara Shepard
52. Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard
51. The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq
50. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
49. One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
48. Dirt by David Vann
47. The Soloist by Steve Lopez
46. Wunderkind by Carson McCullers
45. Mr Phillips by John Lanchester
44. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
43. Push by Sapphire
42. Eleven Seasons by Paul D Carter
41. The Reasons I Won’t be Coming by Elliot Perlman
40. Liver by Will Self
39. The End of the World by Paddy O’Reilly
38. Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard
37. Legend of a Suicide by David Vann
36. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
35. Vermilion Sands by J.G. Ballard
34. Shame in the Blood by Tetsuo Miura
33. All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen
32. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Prince by J.K. Rowling
30. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
29. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
28. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
27. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
26. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
25. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
24. London Fields by Martin Amis
23. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
22. My Father’s Tears and Other Stories by John Updike
21. The Darling North by Anne Kennedy
20. Love and Death on Long Island by Gilbert Adair
19. Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
18. Code Crimson by Petra James
17. Platform by Michel Houellebecq
16. The Insatiable Spiderman by Pedro Juan Gutierrez
15. Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury
14. A Mile Down by David Vann
13. Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
12. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
11. The Book of Other People by Zadie Smith (Ed)
10. The Book of Fame by Lloyd Jones
09. Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard
08. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
07. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
06. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
05. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
04. Falling Man by Don DeLillo
03. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
02. Amulet by Roberto Bolano
01. Thrill Seekers by Edwina Shaw

What I read in 2011
58. Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard
57. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
56. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
55. Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
54. Twenty-One Stories by Graham Greene
53. The Broken Ones by Stephen M Irwin
52. The Fear Index by Robert Harris
51. Other People by Martin Amis
50. The Dreamers by Gilbert Adair
49. Trouble is My Business by Raymond Chandler
48. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
47. Tell All by Chuck Palahniuk
46. Whatever by Michel Houellebecq
45. Unlubricated by Arthur Nersesian
44. The Penguin Book of Crime Stories V.2 by Peter Robinson (Ed)
43. Noctournes by Kazuo Ishiguro
42. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
41. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
40. Big Girl by Danielle Steele
39. Midnight Cactus by Bella Pollen
38. Last Orders by Graham Swift
37. Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
36. El Dorado by Dorothy Porter
35. Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan
34. High Rise by J.G. Ballard
33. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
32. Einstein’s Monsters by Martin Amis
31. End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
30. Headgames by Casey Levey
29. The Bodysurfers by Robert Drewe
28. Lucky Girls by Nell Freudenberger
27. Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich
26. Plan B by Jonathan Tropper
25. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
24. Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor
23. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
22. The Poet by Michael Connelly
21. The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
20. Dark Roots by Cate Kennedy
19. The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
18. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
17. Caribou Island by David Vann
16. The Ghost Writer by Robert Harris
15. Anthem by Ayn Rand
14. Larry’s Party by Carol Shields
13. The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
12. The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter
11. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
10. The Actual by Saul Bellow
09. The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy
08. Inheritance by Nicholas Shakespeare
07. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
06. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
05. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
04. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
03. Last Drinks by Andrew McGahan
02. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
01. Cocaine Nights by J.G. Ballard

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