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What should I read in 2016?

As ever, I found your votes very helpful in leading me to interesting reading in 2015, and I would once again very much appreciate your advice on what books to read next, by filling in this poll. This is not the complete contents of my unread shelf; I've stripped out Doctor Who books, Dutch-language comics and books by white men which I acquired before this year. The books are listed in each category by descending popularity on LibraryThing.

With the gradual decline of Livejournal, and also as I dig down through my TBR pile to less well-known works, I wonder how much longer I'll be able to keep up these annual posts (see previously here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here). But for now I think we're good for at least this year.

I believe that even if you don't have a Livejournal account, you can sign in with your Twitter or Facebook credentials to tick boxes. Individual recommendations, pro and anti, regarding books actually on the lists are very welcome in comments. Apologies in advance to editors listed below as authors, or to any co-authors and co-editors whose names are omitted; this is scraped from my LibraryThing catalogue so some important details do get lost. Any miscategorisation, however, is entirely my fault and cannot be blamed on software.

NB that the question for the sf books is different from the questions for the other two categories.

Which of these 81 sf books have you read?

Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
27(9.3%)
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
34(11.7%)
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
12(4.1%)
The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
5(1.7%)
A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
4(1.4%)
Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey
2(0.7%)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
14(4.8%)
Angels & Visitations by Neil Gaiman
8(2.8%)
Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey
5(1.7%)
The Humans by Matt Haig
3(1.0%)
Frankenstein Unbound by Brian W. Aldiss
9(3.1%)
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
29(10.0%)
Wild Life by Molly Gloss
6(2.1%)
How To Train Your Dragon: A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell
3(1.0%)
Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett
3(1.0%)
How To Train Your Dragon: How to Ride a Dragon's Storm by Cressida Cowell
1(0.3%)
Perilous Dreams by Andre Norton
3(1.0%)
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
12(4.1%)
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
7(2.4%)
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
3(1.0%)
Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
13(4.5%)
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog by Doris Lessing
0(0.0%)
The Sea and Summer by George Turner
1(0.3%)
Gorgon Child by Steven Barnes
1(0.3%)
George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy Hawking
1(0.3%)
Bitter Angels by C. L. Anderson
4(1.4%)
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
8(2.8%)
Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction
6(2.1%)
How To Train Your Dragon: How to Steal a Dragon's Sword by Cressida Cowell
1(0.3%)
Touch by Claire North
3(1.0%)
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
9(3.1%)
Comic Inferno by Brian W. Aldiss
0(0.0%)
The Philosopher Kings: A Novel by Jo Walton
7(2.4%)
The Primal Urge by Brian Aldiss
3(1.0%)
Ghastly Beyond Belief by Neil Gaiman
7(2.4%)
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (?)
0(0.0%)
Beast Master's Planet: A Beast Master Omnibus by Andre Norton
3(1.0%)
Avalanche Soldier by Susan Matthews
0(0.0%)
Day of the Dead by Neil Gaiman (?)
0(0.0%)
Thor Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron
1(0.3%)
How To Train Your Dragon: How to Betray a Dragon's Hero by Cressida Cowell
1(0.3%)
Science Fiction: The Great Years by Carol Pohl
0(0.0%)
Spirit: The Princess of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones
4(1.4%)
Gateways by Elizabeth Anne Hull
1(0.3%)
Halo: The Thursday War by Karen Traviss
1(0.3%)
Queen of the States by Josephine Saxton
1(0.3%)
Valley of Lights by Steve Gallagher
2(0.7%)
Bételgeuse, tome 3 : L'Expédition by Leo
0(0.0%)
A Little Gold Book of Ghastly Stuff by Neil Gaiman
0(0.0%)
Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament by Tony Bennett
1(0.3%)
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women by Alex Dally MacFarlane
0(0.0%)
The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 4 by Usman T. Malik
1(0.3%)
Seven Deadly Sins by Neil Gaiman
0(0.0%)
A Fall of Stardust by Neil Gaiman
6(2.1%)
Zodiac Station by Tom Harper
0(0.0%)
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
1(0.3%)
Gráinne by Keith Roberts
2(0.7%)
Being An Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolus by Neil Gaiman
4(1.4%)
AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers by Nnedi Okorafor
0(0.0%)
Anno Mortis: Tomes of the Dead Series by Rebecca Levene
0(0.0%)
Above/Below by Stephanie Campisi
0(0.0%)
Peter Davison's Book of Alien Planets by Peter. Davison
1(0.3%)
Love, Fishie by Neil Gaiman (?)
0(0.0%)
Sweeney Todd & Other Stories by Neil Gaiman (?)
0(0.0%)
Feeders & Eaters & Other Stories by Neil Gaiman (?)
1(0.3%)
Sculpture Stories by Neil Gaiman (?)
0(0.0%)
Blood Monster by Neil Gaiman
0(0.0%)
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
1(0.3%)
La Femme by Storm Constantine
0(0.0%)
An Honest Answer & Other Stories by Neil Gaiman
0(0.0%)
Book of alien monsters by Peter Davison
1(0.3%)
Jews vs Aliens by Naomi Alderman
0(0.0%)
The Complete Short Stories: The 1950s by Brian Aldiss
1(0.3%)
The Empire of Time by David Wingrove
1(0.3%)
The Company Articles of Edward Teach/Angaelien Apocalypse by Thoraiya Dyer
0(0.0%)
Neil Dreams by Neil Gaiman
0(0.0%)
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia
0(0.0%)
Jocasta: Wife and Mother by Brian Aldiss
1(0.3%)
Jews vs Zombies by Rena Rossner
0(0.0%)
Tangle Of Fates by Leslie Ann Moore
0(0.0%)
Sprawl by Cat Sparks
0(0.0%)

Of these 30 non-sf works of fiction, please indicate both the books you have read and also the ones that just sound interesting!

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
10(5.9%)
Master Pip by Lloyd Jones
5(3.0%)
The Love of a Good Woman: Stories by Alice Munro
7(4.1%)
Selected Stories by Alice Munro
9(5.3%)
Tales from the Secret Annexe by Anne Frank
8(4.7%)
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
3(1.8%)
The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose by Alice Munro
3(1.8%)
A Delicate Truth by John le Carré
13(7.7%)
The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett
15(8.9%)
Brother and Sister by Joanna Trollope
3(1.8%)
Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy
1(0.6%)
The Quarry by Iain Banks
20(11.8%)
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
0(0.0%)
A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
6(3.6%)
A Close Run Thing by Allan Mallinson
0(0.0%)
The Habit of Loving by Doris May Lessing
5(3.0%)
Quoth the Raven by Jane Haddam
5(3.0%)
Travelling Light by Tove Jansson
22(13.0%)
Dear Old Dead by Jane Haddam
3(1.8%)
Marzi: A memoir by Marzena Sowa
1(0.6%)
Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
9(5.3%)
Baptism in Blood by Jane Haddam
3(1.8%)
Three Daves by Nicki Elson
1(0.6%)
Ghost of Lily Painter by Caitlin Davies
1(0.6%)
Kramer's War: A Novel by Derek Robinson
2(1.2%)
Kings of the North by Cecelia Holland
5(3.0%)
Lying Under the Apple Tree by Alice Munro
3(1.8%)
The Ice Cream Army by Jessica Gregson
3(1.8%)
Every Step You Take by Maureen O'Brien
1(0.6%)
Splinters and the Impolite President: Volume 1 (Splinters and the hockey adventures) by William Whyte
2(1.2%)

Again, of these 57 non-fiction books, please indicate both the books you have read and also the ones that just sound interesting!

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
23(6.9%)
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
8(2.4%)
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll
21(6.3%)
Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
10(3.0%)
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
9(2.7%)
Austerity Britain, 1945-1951 by David Kynaston
12(3.6%)
A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton
18(5.4%)
The Road to Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
12(3.6%)
So, Anyway... by John Cleese
10(3.0%)
Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry by Jane Hirshfield
4(1.2%)
Who I Am: A Memoir by Peter Townshend
3(0.9%)
Is it Just Me? by Miranda Hart
8(2.4%)
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper
7(2.1%)
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
24(7.2%)
Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England. Steve Jones by Steve Jones
8(2.4%)
The Queen's Spymaster by John Cooper
14(4.2%)
52 Ways of Looking at a Poem: A Poem for Every Week of the Year by Ruth Padel
10(3.0%)
Twice a Stranger: How Mass Expulsion Forged Modern Greece and Turkey by Bruce Clark
8(2.4%)
Alexander the Corrector: The Tormented Genius Whose Cruden's Concordance Unwrote the Bible by Julia Keay
2(0.6%)
Tove Jansson: Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen
18(5.4%)
Common People: The History of an English Family by Alison Light
4(1.2%)
The Twinkling of an Eye by Brian Aldiss
3(0.9%)
A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson
1(0.3%)
Gods & Tulips: Writing, Signings, and Selling Good Comics by Neil Gaiman
5(1.5%)
Presentations by Daria Price Bowman
0(0.0%)
No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media by Peter Steven
1(0.3%)
The Republic: The Fight for Irish Independence, 1918-1923 by Charles Townshend
4(1.2%)
Helen Waddell by Felicitas Corrigan
2(0.6%)
Duran Duran: The Book by Neil Gaiman
3(0.9%)
Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden by Twigs Way
4(1.2%)
Adventures in Kate Bush and Theory by Deborah M. Withers
4(1.2%)
No Going Back To Moldova by Anna Robertson
4(1.2%)
Free Speeches by Neil Gaiman
0(0.0%)
The Very Pointless Quiz Book by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman
4(1.2%)
First Generation: The Autobiography of Mary Tamm
3(0.9%)
T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot by Anne Chambers
1(0.3%)
Neither Unionist nor Nationalist: The 10th (Irish) Division in the Great War by Stephen Sandford
3(0.9%)
Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization by Laura Raynolds
3(0.9%)
Make Your Brain Work: How to Maximize Your Efficiency, Productivity and Effectiveness by Amy Brann
3(0.9%)
Fanny Kemble and the lovely land by Constance Wright
5(1.5%)
Setting the Truth Free: The Inside Story of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign by Julieann Campbell
3(0.9%)
A Crocodile in the Fernery: An A-Z of Animals in the Garden by Twigs Way
4(1.2%)
Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: Notes on Science Fiction and Culture in the Year of Angry Dogs by Philip Sandifer
11(3.3%)
Discipline or corruption by Konstantin Stanislavsky et al
0(0.0%)
Exploding School to Pieces: Growing Up With Pop Culture In the 1970s by Mick Deal
4(1.2%)
Yugoslavia's Implosion: The Fatal Attraction of Serbian Nationalism by Sonja Biserko
3(0.9%)
Europe, a Leap into the Unknown: A Journey Back in Time to Meet the Founders of the European Union by Victoria Martin De La Torre
5(1.5%)
What Made Now in Northern Ireland by Maurna Crozier
1(0.3%)
Political Animals by Bev Laing
0(0.0%)
El Libro del Mar / The Book of the Sea by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia
5(1.5%)
The Limbless Landlord by Brian Igoe
0(0.0%)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook - Teach Yourself by Stephanie Fitzgerald
5(1.5%)
Ian S. Forrester QC LL.D - A Scot without Borders. Liber Amicorum, Volume I by Sir David Edward
0(0.0%)
Ian S. Forrester QC LL.D - A Scot without Borders. Liber Amicorum, Volume II by Sir David Edward
0(0.0%)
The Kosovo Indictment by Michael O'Reilly
3(0.9%)
Letters from Europe by Sir Graham Watson
3(0.9%)
Continental Drift by Sir Graham Watson
1(0.3%)

Comments

nwhyte
Jan. 3rd, 2016 09:44 am (UTC)
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Ms Marvel v 2 by G Willow Wilson
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Frankenstein Unbound by Brian Aldiss
Alif the Unseen by G.Willow Wilson
Ghastly Beyond Belief by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman
The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinges
Angels and Visitations by Neil Gaiman
Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

A Fall of Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Spirit: The Princess of Bois Dormant by Gwyneth Jones
Wild Life by Molly Gloss
A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay

Travelling Light by Tove Jansson
The Quarry by Iain Banks
The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett
A Delicate Truth by John Le Carré
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Selected Stories by Alice Munro
Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
Tales from the Secret Annexe by Anne Frank
Kings of the North by Cecilia Holland

The Habit of Loving by Doris Lessing
A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Quoth the Raven by Jane Haddam

1491 by Charles C. Mann
Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll
Tove Jansson by Tuula Karjalainen
A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton

The Queen's Spymaster by John Cooper
Austerity Britain by David Kynaston
Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons by Philip Sandifer
So, Anyway... by John Cleese
The Road to Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
52 Ways of Looking at a Poem by Ruth Padel
Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
Twice a Stranger: How Mass Expulsion Forged Modern Greece and Turkey by Bruce Clark
Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss


Edited at 2016-12-30 09:25 am (UTC)

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