What I Read: 2016


Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star (1977, trans. Giovanni Pontiero)

Roberto Bolaño, Monsieur Pain (1999, trans. Chris Andrews)

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, Of Beards and Men (2016)

Andrew Schartmann, Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack (33 1/3) (2015)

Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project (2008)

Erika Janik, Apple: A Global History (2011)

Rafael Chirbes, On the Edge (2013, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)


Jonah Keri, Up, Up, and Away (2014) (CDN)

Evelyn Waugh, Scoop (1938)

Mary Pilon, The Monopolists (2015)

Jacques Jouet, My Beautiful Bus (2003, trans. Eric Lamb)

Daniel Levin Becker, Many Subtle Channels (2012)


Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (1972, trans. William Weaver)

Michèle Audin, One Hundred Twenty-One Days (2014, trans. Christiana Hills)

A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

Helen Ellis, American Housewife (2016)

Errol Morris, Believing Is Seeing (2011)

Leland Carlson, Dull Men of Great Britain (2015)

Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, The Professor and the Siren (1961, trans. Stephen Twilley)

China Mieville, This Census-Taker (2016)

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (ed.), In This Together (2016) (CDN)*


Mark Lisac, Where the Bodies Lie (2016) (CDN)*

Vivek Shraya, Even This Page Is White (2016) (CDN)*

Cordelia Strube, On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light (2016) (CDN)

Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (2016)

Nevin Martell, Looking for Calvin and Hobbes (2009)


Richard Crouse, Elvis Is King (Pop Classics) (2015) (CDN)

Margaret Mackey, One Child Reading (2016) (CDN)*

Shane Jones, Light Boxes (2009)

Dan Vyleta, Smoke (2016) (CDN)

Michael Dirda, Browsings (2015)

Myrna Kostash, The Seven Oaks Reader (2016) (CDN)*

David Peace, Red or Dead (2013)

Scott Esposito, The Surrender (2016)


Svetislav Basara, The Cyclist Conspiracy (1988, trans. Randall A. Major)

Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988)

Michael Chabon, A Model World (1991)

Alex Gino, George (2015)

Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book (1995)

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)

Inside Roald Dahl’s Writing Hut (2012)


Roald Dahl, Over to You (1946)

Donald Sturrock, Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl (2010)

Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox (1970) (re-read)

Roald Dahl, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (1977)

Roald Dahl, Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life (1989)

Roald Dahl, Matilda (1988)

Jennet Conant, The Irregulars (2008)


Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald (1979)

Stephen Smith, Puckstruck (2014) (CDN)

Jay Hosking, Three Years with the Rat (2016) (CDN)

William Morris, Useful Work v. Useless Toil (1888)

John McPhee, Silk Parachute (2010)


Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (2012, trans. Ann Goldstein)

Bruce Dowbiggin, Ice Storm (2014) (CDN) (re-read)

Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name (2012, trans. Ann Goldstein)

Tom Solomon, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine (2017)

Shawna Richer, The Kid (2006) (CDN)

Dasha Tolstikova, A Year Without Mom (2015)

Marty Klinkenberg, The McDavid Effect (2016) (CDN)*


John Swartzwelder, The Time Machine Did It (2004)

Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City (2015)

Camilo José Cela, The Family of Pascual Duarte (1942, trans. Anthony Kerrigan)

David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello, Signifying Rappers (1990)

Bill Watterson, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes (2014)

Elena Ferrante, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2013, trans. Ann Goldstein)


Elena Ferrante, The Story of the Lost Child (2015, trans. Ann Goldstein)

Toni Morrison, Sula (1973)

Ander Monson, Letter to a Future Lover (2015)

George Bowering and Charles Demers, The Dad Dialogues (2016) (CDN)


Emily Schultz, Men Walking on Water (2017) (CDN)

Evan Ratliff (ed.), Love and Ruin (2016)

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, Hamilton: The Revolution (2016)

Jason Lee Norman, Help (2016) (CDN)*

Nicholson Baker, Substitute (2016)

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Fiction: 41/75 (55%) 

Non-fiction: 34/75 (45%)

Books in translation: 13/75 (17%)

Male authors: 51/75 (68%)

Female authors: 22/75 (29%)

Canadian authors: 17/75 (23%)

Most-read author: Roald Dahl (6)

Favourite new books: Hamilton: The Revolution, Substitute

Favourite not-new books: Ferrante; Many Subtle ChannelsRed or Dead; Up, Up and Away

Obvious five-star classics: Frankenstein, Invisible Cities

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2017: 2

2016: 19

2010s: 26

2000s: 7

1990s: 4

1980s: 4

1970s: 5

1960s: 1

1940s: 2

1930s: 1

1920s: 1

1800s: 2