Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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What should I read in 2014?

As in previous years, I found your votes very helpful in thinning out my unread shelf this year, and I would once again very much appreciate your advice on what books to read next, by filling in this poll. (I believe that even if you don't have a livejournal account, you can sign in with your Twitter or Facebook credentials.)

So as not to overburden the polling process, I've stripped out of my unread books list all books by white men which I acquired before 2013. This left about 50 in each category (sf, non-genre and non-fiction) which is a pleasing symmetry.

NB that the question for the non-fiction books is different from the questions for the other two categories.

Individual recommendations, pro and anti - preferably of books actually on the lists - are very welcome in comments.

Edited to add: aargh! I see at least one mis-categorised book in the non-genre section. Oh well.

Which of these 50 SF books have you read?

The Shining, by Stephen King
18(7.6%)
Assassin's Quest, by Robin Hobb
16(6.8%)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
18(7.6%)
Wool , by Hugh Howey
3(1.3%)
Kushiel's Justice, by Jacqueline Carey
3(1.3%)
And Another Thing..., by Eoin Colfer
4(1.7%)
Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch
21(8.9%)
Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler
11(4.7%)
Kushiel's Mercy, by Jacqueline Carey
3(1.3%)
The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
12(5.1%)
Any Given Doomsday , by Lori Handeland
1(0.4%)
The Arabian Nights, ed Muhsin Mahdi
4(1.7%)
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, by Samuel R. Delany
14(5.9%)
Naamah's Kiss, by Jacqueline Carey
0(0.0%)
Keeping it Real, by Justina Robson
6(2.5%)
Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal
6(2.5%)
Godslayer , by Jacqueline Carey
2(0.8%)
Flora Segunda , by Ysabeau S. Wilce
6(2.5%)
Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente
5(2.1%)
Naamah's Curse, by Jacqueline Carey
0(0.0%)
Up the Walls of the World, by James Tiptree
8(3.4%)
Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes
11(4.7%)
Wild Life, by Molly Gloss
2(0.8%)
The Empress of Mars, by Kage Baker
4(1.7%)
Stopping for a Spell, by Diana Wynne Jones
5(2.1%)
Streetlethal, by Steven Barnes
3(1.3%)
Gorgon Child, by Steven Barnes
2(0.8%)
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog, by Doris Lessing
0(0.0%)
Motherlines, by Suzy McKee Charnas
7(3.0%)
Bitter Angels, by C. L. Anderson
3(1.3%)
George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt, by Lucy Hawking
1(0.4%)
Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald
0(0.0%)
The Wind's Twelve Quarters, by Ursula K. Le Guin
23(9.7%)
Your Code Name Is Jonah, by Edward Packard
0(0.0%)
North Wind, by Gwyneth Jones
3(1.3%)
The Sound of his Horn, by Sarban
1(0.4%)
Sovereign, by R M Meluch
1(0.4%)
Phoenix Cafe, by Gwyneth Jones
3(1.3%)
Avalanche Soldier, by Susan Matthews
0(0.0%)
Brontomek!, by Michael Coney
4(1.7%)
Prophet of Bones, by Ted Kosmatka
0(0.0%)
Gateways, ed Elizabeth Anne Hull
0(0.0%)
Be My Enemy, by Ian McDonald
0(0.0%)
Spirit: The Princess of Bois Dormant, by Gwyneth Jones
2(0.8%)
Halo: The Thursday War , by Karen Traviss
0(0.0%)
Being Human: Chasers, by Mark Michalowski
0(0.0%)
Heaven's War, by David S Goyer
0(0.0%)
Heartspell, by Blaine Anderson
0(0.0%)
Anno Mortis , by Rebecca Levene
0(0.0%)
Assassin Hunter, by Billy Bob Buttons
0(0.0%)

Which of these 53 non-sf works of fiction have you read?

The Other Hand, by Chris Cleave
1(0.8%)
Absalom, Absalom!, by William Faulkner
7(5.9%)
Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
7(5.9%)
The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
7(5.9%)
The Waves, by Virginia Woolf
3(2.5%)
The Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Youncenar
3(2.5%)
Rules, by Cynthia Lord
1(0.8%)
Empire of the Sun, by J. G. Ballard
16(13.4%)
The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo
3(2.5%)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O'Farrell
3(2.5%)
Home, by Marilynne Robinson
2(1.7%)
The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte
4(3.4%)
I Don't Know How She Does It, by Allison Pearson
2(1.7%)
The Grass is Singing, by Doris Lessing
2(1.7%)
Between the Acts, by Virginia Woolf
2(1.7%)
The Complete Plays, by Christopher Marlowe
2(1.7%)
The Love of a Good Woman , by Alice Munro
1(0.8%)
Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro
0(0.0%)
Goodbye To Berlin, by Christopher Isherwood
12(10.1%)
The Sorrows of an American, by Siri Hustvedt
0(0.0%)
History, by Elsa Morante
0(0.0%)
Selected Stories, by Alice Munro
0(0.0%)
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, by Jeff Kinney
0(0.0%)
The Summer Before the Dark, by Doris Lessing
1(0.8%)
Land of Green Plums, by Herta Muller
0(0.0%)
The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
0(0.0%)
Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel
4(3.4%)
Mr. Norris Changes Trains, by Christopher Isherwood
4(3.4%)
Race Of Scorpions, by Dorothy Dunnett
3(2.5%)
The True Deceiver, by Tove Jansson
3(2.5%)
It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken, by Seth
0(0.0%)
Brother and Sister, by Joanna Trollope
1(0.8%)
A Winter Book: Selected Stories, by Tove Jansson
6(5.0%)
Girls in Love, by Jacqueline Wilson
2(1.7%)
Lost At Sea, by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2(1.7%)
A Man of Parts, by David Lodge
1(0.8%)
The Saint Zita Society, by Ruth Rendell
1(0.8%)
Something Like Normal, by Trish Doller
0(0.0%)
The Habit of Loving, by Doris May Lessing
0(0.0%)
Quoth the Raven, by Jane Haddam
1(0.8%)
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot
5(4.2%)
Travelling Light, by Tove Jansson
0(0.0%)
Dear Old Dead (The Gregor Demarkian Holiday Series), by Jane Haddam
1(0.8%)
Baptism in Blood, by Jane Haddam
1(0.8%)
Laatste schooldag, by J. G Siebelink
0(0.0%)
Local Hero, by David Benedictus
1(0.8%)
Doctor Who: A History Of The Universe In 100 Objects, by Steve Tribe
1(0.8%)
The Ghost of Lily Painter, by Caitlin Davies
2(1.7%)
Kings of the North, by Cecelia Holland
1(0.8%)
Every Step You Take, by Maureen O'Brien
0(0.0%)
Brussel in beeldekes: Manneken Pis en andere sjarels
0(0.0%)
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by Luo Guanzhong
0(0.0%)

Of these 47 non-fiction books, please indicate both the books you have read and also the ones that just sound interesting!

Jane Austen: A Life, by Claire Tomalin
10(4.6%)
The Unfolding Of Language: The Evolution of Mankind`s greatest Invention, by Guy Deutscher
20(9.3%)
The Road to Middle-earth: How J. R. R. Tolkien created a new mythology, by Tom Shippey
15(6.9%)
Tolstoy, by Henri Troyat
1(0.5%)
New Europe, by Michael Palin
3(1.4%)
F In Exams: The Best Test Paper Blunders, by Richard Benson
7(3.2%)
The Kindness of Strangers, by Kate Adie
10(4.6%)
Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, by Jane Hirshfield
1(0.5%)
How Languages Are Learned, by Patsy M. Lightbown
12(5.6%)
Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse, by Brigid Keenan
9(4.2%)
Is it Just Me?, by Miranda Hart
4(1.9%)
Understanding the Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism, by Rose A. Zimbardo
5(2.3%)
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, by Artemis Cooper
3(1.4%)
Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir, by Tove Jansson
7(3.2%)
Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary, by Jacqueline Rayner
3(1.4%)
Double Down, by John Heilemann
0(0.0%)
52 Ways of Looking at a Poem: A Poem for Every Week of the Year, by Ruth Padel
4(1.9%)
Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney, by Dennis O'Driscoll
3(1.4%)
Alexander the Corrector: The Tormented Genius Whose Cruden's Concordance Unwrote the Bible, by Julia Keay
5(2.3%)
Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City, by Russell Shorto
11(5.1%)
Selected Essays, by Virginia Woolf
6(2.8%)
Getting the Buggers to Behave, by Sue Cowley
8(3.7%)
George Eliot, by Tim Dolin
2(0.9%)
Presentations, by Daria Price Bowman
0(0.0%)
From a Clear Blue Sky, by Timothy Knatchbull
0(0.0%)
The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide , by Jeremy Daldry
0(0.0%)
Self Portrait: My Journey as an Actress, Wife and Mother in the Swinging Sixties, by Anneke Wills
2(0.9%)
Helen Waddell, by Felicitas Corrigan
0(0.0%)
Who's There: The Life and Career of William Hartnell, by Jessica Carney
4(1.9%)
Blue Box Boy: A Memoir of Doctor Who in Four Episodes, by Matthew Waterhouse
5(2.3%)
Edward Gibbon and Empire, by Rosamond McKitterick
8(3.7%)
No Going Back To Moldova, by Anna Robertson
4(1.9%)
Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden, by Twigs Way
5(2.3%)
Adventures in Kate Bush and Theory, by Deborah M. Withers
3(1.4%)
British Interventions in Early Modern Ireland, by Ciaran Brady
4(1.9%)
Here's One I Wrote Earlier , by Peter Purves
2(0.9%)
The Big Finish Companion - Volume 1, by Richard Dinnick
2(0.9%)
Fanny Kemble and the lovely land, by Constance Wright
2(0.9%)
Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization, by Laura Raynolds
2(0.9%)
The Big Finish Companion: Volume 2, by Kenny Smith
2(0.9%)
Anglicizing the Government of Ireland, by Jon G. Crawford
1(0.5%)
F in Retakes: Even More Test Paper Blunders, by Richard Benson
2(0.9%)
A Crocodile in the Fernery: An A-Z of Animals in the Garden, by Twigs Way
0(0.0%)
What Made Now in Northern Ireland, by Maurna Crozier
2(0.9%)
Building Confidence in Peace: Public Opinion and the Cyprus Peace Process, by Nathalie Tocci
3(1.4%)
Yugoslavia's Implosion: The Fatal Attraction of Serbian Nationalism, by Sonja Biserko
3(1.4%)
Exiled to Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya, by Greg Constantine
6(2.8%)
Survive!: How to survive, anything, anywhere, by Huw Davies
5(2.3%)
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