What I Read: 2017



Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) (re-read; read with Bridget)

Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell, Inspector Flytrap (2016) (read with Finn)

Linsay Knight (ed.), Stories for 6 Year Olds (2014) (read with Finn)

Diane Cook, Man v. Nature (2014)

Guillaume Morissette, New Tab (2014) (CDN)

Nevin Martell, Looking for Calvin and Hobbes (2009) (re-read)

Enrique Vila-Matas, The Illogic of Kassel (2014, trans. Anne McLean and Anna Milsom)

Richard Rosenbaum, Raise Some Shell (2014) (CDN) (re-read)


Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (2005)

John McPhee, The Crofter and the Laird (1970)

Steven Sherrill, The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break (2000)

Vladimir Sorokin, Day of the Oprichnik (2006, trans. Jamey Gambrell)

Victor Pelevin, The Blue Lantern (1994, trans. Andrew Bromfield)

Jim Westergard, Oddballs (2015) (CDN)*


Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)

Jesse Ruddock, Shot-Blue (2017) (CDN)

Mark Sampson, The Slip (2017) (CDN)

Positive Power: The Story of the Edmonton Oilers (1982) (CDN)

Terry McConnell, J'Lyn Nye, and Peter Pocklington, I'd Trade Him Again (2009) (CDN)*

Chris Eliopoulos, Mr. Puzzle Super Collection (2014) (read with Finn)

Martine Leavitt, Calvin (2015) (CDN)*

Michael Dirda, Caring for Your Books (1990)


Caroline Adderson, I, Bruno (2007) (CDN) (read with Finn)

Caroline Adderson, Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week (2012) (CDN) (read with Finn)

J. F. Powers, Morte D'Urban (1962)


Stuart Ross, Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer (CDN) (2005)

Jesse Ball, A Cure for Suicide (2015)

Donald Antrim, The Verificationist (2000)

Hidenori Kusaka and Mato, Pokemon Adventures: Volume One (1997) (read with Finn)

Alain de Botton, The News: A User's Manual (2014)

Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist (1999)

Denis Johnson, Jesus' Son (1992)


Denis Johnson, The Laughing Monsters (2014)

Hidenori Kusaka and Mato, Pokemon Adventures: Volume Two (1997) (read with Finn)

Diane Schoemperlen, One Thing Leads to Another (2017) (CDN)

Caroline Adderson, Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind (2013) (CDN) (read with Finn)

Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano (1947)


Georges Perec, The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise (1968, trans. David Bellos)

Caroline Adderson, Jasper John Dooley: Not in Love (2014) (CDN) (read with Finn)

Ismail Kadare, The File on H. (1981, trans. David Bellos and Jusuf Vrioni)

Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, Used and Rare (1997)

Josh O'Kane, Nowhere with You (2016) (CDN)

Javier Marias, To Begin at the Beginning (2016, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Javier Marias, While the Women Are Sleeping (1990, trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Caroline Adderson, Jasper John Dooley: You're in Trouble (2015) (CDN) (read with Finn)


Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (1988, trans. Patrick Creagh)

Hidenori Kusaka and Mato, Pokemon Adventures: Volume Three (1997) (read with Finn)

Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)

Caroline Adderson, Jasper John Dooley: Lost and Found (2015) (CDN) (read with Finn)

Rebecca Schiff, The Bed Moved (2016)


César Aira, The Little Buddhist Monk The Proof (1998/2006, trans. Nick Caistor)

Hidenori Kusaka and Mato, Pokemon Adventures: Volume Four (1998) (read with Finn)

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Autumn (2015, trans. Ingvild Burkey)

John Clarke, The Tournament (2002)

Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint (1969)


Naben Ruthnum, Curry (2017) (CDN)

Eliza Robertson, Wallflowers (2014) (CDN)

Deborah Willis, The Dark and Other Love Stories (2017) (CDN)*

Eva Crocker, Barrelling Forward (2017) (CDN)

Kevin Hardcastle, Debris (2015) (CDN)

Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian (2012) (CDN)

Taylor Lambert, Darwin's Moving (2017) (CDN)*


Paul de Fortis (ed.), The Kingdom of Redonda: 1865-1990 (1991)

Zadie Smith, Swing Time (2016)

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down (2017)

Marion Rankine, Brolliology (2017)


Julio Cortazar, Blow-Up and Other Stories (1963, trans. Paul Blackburn)

Eli Horowitz, The Pickle Index (2015)

William Gass, On Being Blue (1976)

Greg Rhyno, To Me You Seem Giant (2017) (CDN)

Stephen Leacock, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912) (CDN)

Charles Dickens, The Signalman (1860)

A. M. Burrage, One Who Saw (1931)

E. F. Benson, How Fear Departed the Long Gallery (1912)

Algernon Blackwood, The Empty House (1906)

Tom Gauld, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack (2013)

Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special (2016)

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Fiction: 55/77 (71%)

Non-fiction:  22/77 (29%)

Books in translation: 11/77 (14%)

Male authors: 57/77 (74%)

Female authors: 18/77 (23%)

Canadian authors: 26/77 (34%)

Most-read author: Caroline Adderson (6)

Favourite not-new book: The Intuitionist

Obvious classics: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestThe Inconvenient IndianJesus' Son, Portnoy's ComplaintUnder the Volcano

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2017: 10

2010s: 29

2000s: 11

1990s: 12

1980s: 3

1970s: 2

1960s: 5

1940s: 1

1930s: 1

1910s: 2

1900s: 1

1800s: 1