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Books and Films of 2016
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A list of all the books I read in 2016. Bold means that it was a library book. NF means it was non-fiction.

The End – Ian Kershaw (nf)
A Corner of Paradise – Brian Thompson (nf)
Baba Yaga Laid An Egg - Dubravka Ugrešić
Nightbird – Alice Hoffmann
Blackout – Sarah Hepola (nf)
Lila – Marilynne Robinson
The Shepherd’s Life – James Rebanks (nf)
Home – Marilynne Robinson
The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands – Mary Seacole (nf)
Dragons in the Water – Madeleine L’Engle
Damage – Josephine Hart
The Runaways – Elizabeth Gouge
Thunder on the Right – Mary Stewart
This Rough Magic – Mary Stewart
The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Half Wild – Sally Green
Picture Me Gone – Meg Rosoff
Stormy Petrel – Mary Stewart
The Accursed – Joyce Carol Oates
Needful Things – Stephen King
Beneath a Meth Moon – Jacqueline Woodson
The Night Villa – Carol Goodman
Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls (nf)
Half Lost – Sally Green
An Episode of Sparrows – Rumer Godden
The Secret Rooms – Catherine Bailey (nf)
Deathless – Catherynne M.Valente
The White Road – Edmund de Waal (nf)
Nuclear Time – Oli Smith
Lost & Found: Tales From Battersea (nf)
An Angel at My Table – Janet Frame (nf)
Mythago Wood – Robert Holdstock
Mr Norris Changes Trains – Christopher Isherwood
Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
Wildflower – Drew Barrymore (nf)
Yes Please – Amy Poehler (nf)
A House Like A Lotus – Madeleine L’Engle
Boneland – Alan Garner
A Woman In Berlin – Anonymous (nf)
M Train – Patti Smith (nf)
Ritual – David Pinner (inspired The Wicker Man)
Bedsit Disco Queen – Tracey Thorn (nf)
Spectacles – Sue Perkins (nf)
Towards Another Summer – Jane Frame
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud
She’s Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick
Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine (nf)
The Waking Dark – Robin Wasserman
The Yellow Room – Jess Vance
Christopher and his Kind – Christopher Isherwood (nf)
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better – Pickett & Wilkinson (nf)
Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull – Jonathan Stroud
Naked at the Albert Hall – Tracey Thorn (nf)
Meadowland – John Lewis-Stempel (nf)
Paris – Julian Green (nf)
The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
The Old Man and Me – Elaine Dundy
Slade House – David Mitchell
Joyland – Stephen King
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
The Silver Dark Sea – Susan Fletcher
I’m Not With The Band: A Writer’s Life Lost in Music – Sylvia Patterson (nf)
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson
The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater
Reef – Romesh Gunesekera
Jane of Lantern Hill – L.M. Montgomery
The Harvest Man – Alex Grecian
Lost and Gone Forever – Alex Grecian
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
Doctor Sleep – Stephen King
More Than This – Patrick Ness
An Acceptable Time – Madeleine L’Engle

As you can see, I read a lot of library books this year. They finally relaxed the rule at work that said we couldn't read when nothing was going on. We can now read books/magazines or do craft while we're on calls, to keep our minds going. Kindles aren't allowed as they are electronic devices. This annoys a lot of people but as I don't have one, I don't care. :D

A list of all the films I saw in 2016. Bold means it was rented (either via my cable provider or ITunes), italic means I saw it at the cinema, plain means it was on TV.

Black Mass
Bridge of Spies
Sunset Song
In The Heart of the Sea
The Hateful Eight
The Danish Girl


The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Dad’s Army
A Bigger Splash

Johnny English Reborn
The Man Who Knew Infinity
High Rise
Eddie the Eagle

Our Little Sister
Captain America: Civil War
The Jungle Book
I Saw the Light
Miles Ahead
Love & Friendship

Pride & Prejudice and Zombies
The Nice Guys
Learning to Drive
When Marnie Was There
Independence Day: Resurgence
The Secret Life of Pets

Ghostbusters 2016
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Jason Bourne
Cemetery of Splendour

Batman vs Superman
Star Trek Beyond
Finding Dory
Valley of Love
Hamlet 1921
The Wicker Man
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Magnificent Seven

21 Cloverfield Lane

My Scientology Movie
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
I, Daniel Blake

X-Men: Apocalypse
Doctor Strange
Ethel and Ernest

The Curse of Frankenstein
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Red Tails
A Street Cat Named Bob
Rogue One

Miracle on 34th Street

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Damn. I'm wildly impressed.

I'm a fast reader. Just got through three library books last week.

See, I'm a fast reader too, but I can't remember the last time I went to the library...

I don't want to lose mine so I use it as much as possible. :/

I remember having this open in a tab, not sure why I didn't comment...

So many books! Any one you would recommend me checking out?

I see Terry Pratchett here, perhaps this will be the year I finally actually borrow a book of his from the library. Him and Neil Gaiman has been on my to-read list for a good while, but never made it to read-list.

Many films too. I want to try to watch more films this year. I don't know why I am so picky with what I want to watch with films...too picky!

Depends what you like! Deathless is a re-telling of the Russian fairytale Koschei the Deathless and The White Road is all about the history of porcelain as a pottery material. They are both well-written. Edmund de Waal also wrote a memoir called The Hare With Amber Eyes about a collection of netsuke that he inherited from his great uncle and how they came to be in his family, which his fascinating but sad (his mother's family was Jewish).

Do you have any particular preferences?

Fantasy, historic fiction and contemporary. General history, mythology and social science stuff.

The End is about the end of WWII from Germany's POV and why Germany didn't just surrender the way it did at the end of WWI. I think you'd also enjoy Delusions of Gender and The Spirit Level. As for fantasy, Deathless and the Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; The Raven King) are an interesting take on old tales.

Edited at 2017-01-13 04:11 pm (UTC)

Great they relaxed the rule at work about reading. It's like me listening to stuff when I'm shelving books - I love being paid to have time to do the things I want to have more time for! I want to get into audiobooks this year. Podcasts are great but there's not too many that hold my interest.

Yeah, I get through so many books now. Let me know if you find a good audiobook.

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