Bryan reads 120 books in 2021.

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Bryan reads 120 books in 2021.

1bryanoz
jan 3, 2021, 11:02 pm

I have been reading a hundred books or more since 2010 and managed 130 books at an average of 445 pages.
I read mainly fiction- modern, and fantasy, and classics.
I would like to do some more rereading of stories I have enjoyed, The Book Thief, Cloudstreet, The Dispossessed, The Idiot are a few on the list.
I am also in The Big Fat Book Challenge listing books over 500 pages.
Good luck to all of us, may we have a happy, healthy reading year !

2pamelad
jan 4, 2021, 3:01 am

That's a lot of pages. I hope all your 2021 books are good ones.

3bryanoz
jan 4, 2021, 8:36 pm

Thanks Pam, you too.

4bryanoz
jan 6, 2021, 3:58 am

1. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.

I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan and have read just about everything he has written. The Long Earth series is a collaboration that I haven't enjoyed so much, having read the first three of five books. I have decided to complete the series which includes rereading The Long Earth, The Long War and The Long Mars before the last two.
The premise behind the series is that a simple machine (powered by a potato!) enables the builder to 'step' to an alternative earth, and that these alternative Earths are endless. The plan for the stepper is released to the public, chaos ensues.

5Rohan_Ahuja
jan 6, 2021, 5:54 am

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6bryanoz
jan 14, 2021, 6:57 pm

2. Rabbit Angstrom. The Four Novels by John Updike.

One of my challenges this year is to read from 'thegreatestbooks.org' list, and Updike's 4 Rabbit novels are listed, my library had them in one volume (of 1516 pages!?).
This is Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom's life story, told in approximately 10 year stages, and I found this an engaging tale. Harry is not the most likeable character but I could identify with some of his frustrations and enjoyed the story.

7bryanoz
jan 14, 2021, 7:02 pm

3. The Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson.

Also part of my 'thegreatestbooks.org' challenge, I am not the keenest reader of poetry so read this book slowly, and I appreciate Dickinson's clever rhymes. Not in the same league as Walt Whitman's awe-inspiring poems though.

8bryanoz
jan 15, 2021, 8:40 pm

4. The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.

Fantasy author Mark Lawrence has been running a self published fantasy book competition, to bring attention to perhaps under-appreciated fantasy novels. The Grey Bastards headed the list when I last looked so was happy to buy and read it.
More comments to follow....

9bryanoz
jan 28, 2021, 2:02 am

5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

This is a big novel with an epic story of two families, the Hamiltons and the Trasks who live in rural California in the 18th to 19th century. Themes of family, love, hate, and redemption in the lives of ordinary people made this a very good read for me.

10Matke
jan 31, 2021, 10:44 pm

I really liked East of Eden, even though it seemed a bit preachy to me. The story was pretty compelling, and the background descriptions were fascinating.

11bryanoz
feb 1, 2021, 6:33 am

Agreed bohemina, good luck with your reading.

6. This House is Haunted by John Boyne.

"1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train.
She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.
It is the start of a journey into a world of abandoned occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlin's walls..."

John Boyne tries his hand at writing a ghost story and succeeds with this gothic page turner (that isn't that scary) !

12bryanoz
feb 3, 2021, 6:09 am

7. Return of the Crimson Guard by Ian C. Esslemont.

Esslemont's 2nd novel of the Malazan universe and very entertaining.

13bryanoz
feb 9, 2021, 5:51 am

Have read 14 books and only reviewed 7, showing my reluctance to put coherent comments that reflect my views ??

8. Humankind by Rutger Bregman, a positive book suggesting that at heart most people would help others rather than just

look out for themselves.

9. The Gambler and other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

10. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

14bryanoz
feb 9, 2021, 11:48 pm

11. 27 Days to Midnight by Kristine Kruppa.

Really enjoyed this debut YA steampunky fantasy novel - "Everyone in Dahlia's world knows when they are going to die. Except her. Her father has never shown her the pocket watch counting down the days she has left to live. When he sacrifices himself to save her from her scheduled death, Dahlia abandons her comfortable home and sets off after his murderer to uncover the secrets her father died to protect...and the time research that could bring him back to life."
Recommended.

15bryanoz
feb 15, 2021, 5:53 am

12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Reread and a joy to be reminded how good this novel is.

16bryanoz
feb 15, 2021, 6:02 am

13. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.

Ranked 130 on thegreatestbooks.org, this 1971 'drug addled' search for the American dream must have been controversial at the time but somewhat dated now.

17bryanoz
feb 15, 2021, 6:03 am

14. The Long War by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.

Second in the Long Earth series and notable for the lack of any war...

18bryanoz
feb 16, 2021, 4:32 am

15. Stonewielder by Ian C. Esslemont.

Next in Esslemont's Malazan series, always enjoy my time in this world.

19bryanoz
feb 24, 2021, 5:12 am

16. The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft.

Though little appreciated in his own lifetime, Lovecraft is these days regarded as one of the original and significant writers of weird and supernatural fiction.
My favourite stories - 'Herbert West-Reanimator', 'The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath', 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward', 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth', 'The Quest of Iranon', and the delightful parody 'Sweet Ermemgade'.

20bryanoz
mar 7, 2021, 5:54 am

17. Honeybee by Craig Silvey.

Book club friend lent me this, enjoyed Silvey's first novel Jasper Jones but not this one so much.

21bryanoz
mar 7, 2021, 6:04 am

18. Malice by John Gwynne.

Have been hearing good things about this fantasy series so decided to try it, with good results ! This is a common-of-age young man aspiring to be a warrior-destined to be the great hope..., and is an engaging story as well.
Apparently the series really improves in the next three books so I am locked in, next book Valour.

22bryanoz
mar 23, 2021, 9:44 pm

Way behind on reviews...

19. The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

20. Jack by Marilynne Robinson, latest in her Gilead series, brilliant writing.

21. A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi, ok story of an Afghan woman accused of murdering her husband.

23bryanoz
mar 24, 2021, 5:30 am

22. Those Who Favor Fire by Lauren Wolk.

Lauren Wolk is the acclaimed author of three YA novels Wolf Hollow, Echo Mountain and Beyond the Bright Sea. Her first published work was an adult novel Those Who Favor Fire, a romance and not my usual fare but engaging enough to keep my interest.

24bryanoz
mar 28, 2021, 5:04 am

23. The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh.

Friend lent me this historical fictional account of South East Asia from the late 1800s to the late 1900s. I found the history interesting, the characters not so much.

25bryanoz
mar 28, 2021, 5:05 am

24. Eric by Terry Pratchett.

The Discworld reread continues, great fun !

26bryanoz
Redigeret: mar 29, 2021, 7:03 pm

25. The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.

Third in the Long Earth series, reread for me, setting up for the final two books that I haven't read.
Some interesting ideas but not Sir Pterry's best work by a long way.

26. Quick Service by P.G. Wodehouse.

Audiobook, typical Wodehouse humour, great fun !

27bryanoz
apr 5, 2021, 8:06 pm

27. Valour by John Gwynne.

Second in the Faithful and the Fallen fantasy series, the plot thickening and the characters engaging.

28. Guards, Guards by Terry Pratchett.

Have read this Discworld book quite a few times and always enjoy it, the first in the City watch series and we are introduced to many of Terry's most endearing characters.

28bryanoz
apr 6, 2021, 5:53 am

29. The Congress of Rough Riders by John Boyne.

Ever since his brilliant The Heart's Invisible Furies I have been reading anything by John Boyne, and this earlier novel featuring the Wild West and Buffalo Bill does not disappoint.

29bryanoz
Redigeret: apr 9, 2021, 11:21 pm

30. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.

Fantasy that reminds me of Ancient Chinese stories, an enjoyable story that is uneven in places, happy to read the upcoming next instalment The Bone Shard Emperor.

30bryanoz
apr 9, 2021, 11:25 pm

31. Snow by John Banville.

His latest novel, a murder whodunnit, and though not my preferred genre I found myself happily caught up in the character's tribulations and the resolution of the case.

31bryanoz
apr 11, 2021, 9:38 pm

32. The Rebel by Albert Camus.

Slightly interesting look at the history and why anyone rebels against the establishment.

33. The Green Mile by Stephen King.

Reread for me, I really enjoyed the audiobook (narrated expertly by Frank Muller) and must watch the brilliant movie sometime soon.

32bryanoz
apr 13, 2021, 11:30 pm

34. Ruin by John Gwynne.

35. Wrath by John Gwynne.

Third and fourth books in The Faithful and the Fallen series and an enjoyable and satisfying conclusion to the story. Some authors have difficulty ending a series- I put Brandon Sanderson in this category, maybe controversial- but no qualms with Gwynne.

33bryanoz
apr 14, 2021, 9:46 pm

36. Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett.

Next in the Pratchett rereread, and a fun take on Hollywood, film stars and fans. Plenty of puns and film references, the biggest film made being 'Blown Away'!!

34bryanoz
maj 6, 2021, 6:51 am

37. Dear Miss Kopp by Amy Stewart.

Latest instalment in the adventures of the Kopp sisters, this book timed during the First World War.

38. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

Robinson's first novel and the only one I hadn't read, an engaging story of two sisters and the succession of relatives who look after them.

39. The Son by Philipp Meyer.

The saga of three generations of an American family living near the Mexican border and dealing with conflict from the natives and Mexicans. Recommended.

35bryanoz
maj 9, 2021, 6:19 am

40. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb.

First in her Liveship Traders trilogy, with the unusual premise of ships becoming 'living beings' after three generations within a family. Took me some chapters to get caught up in the characters and story but then enjoyed the novel very much and will soon read the next two.The Mad Ship is next.

36bryanoz
maj 9, 2021, 6:38 pm

41. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri.

Lent by a friend, a story of a Syrian refugee couple trying to get to England, confronting but also rewarding.

42. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Book club, also a reread, also another bee book ! Was really nice to reread this great story of Lily, Rosaleen, and the Boatwright sisters.

And that is my reading up to date !

37bryanoz
maj 12, 2021, 10:41 pm

43. The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb.

Second in The Liveship Traders trilogy and I an enjoying the saga and characters, Ship of Destiny is here and I am keen to see how the author brings the story to a close.

38bryanoz
maj 16, 2021, 7:38 am

44. The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.

Fourth in the Long Earth sci-fi series, The Long Cosmos next.
I am reading this series as it is the only major work authored by Sir Terry that I haven't read, unfortunately nowhere near as engaging as his Discworld series.

39bryanoz
jun 1, 2021, 3:10 am

45. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett.

Continuing my reread of the Discworld of which Reaper Man is tenth, in which Death goes to work on a farm, leaving many undead with the wizards trying to sort the mess out, great fun.

40Tess_W
jun 6, 2021, 3:56 pm

Hi bryan! LTNS!

>36 bryanoz: I also liked The Secret Life of Bees. Hubby told me there is a movie. I'm going to look that up next instead of a re-read.

41bryanoz
jun 10, 2021, 8:51 pm

Hi Tess, hope you are going well, I enjoyed the reread and the movie, hope you do as well.

42bryanoz
jun 15, 2021, 9:11 pm

46. All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton.

Dalton's 2nd novel and an improvement on his first Boy Swallows Universe which I thought was way over the top in terms of believability (plenty of others liked the novel though).
Set in Darwin in 1942 (time of the Japanese bombing), Molly Hook undergoes a cross country quest to find out how to lift the curse that afflicts her family.

43bryanoz
jun 16, 2021, 8:17 pm

47. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

Addie is a girl living in 17th century France who makes a Faustian deal to escape an unwanted wedding. The catch is that she is forgotten by everyone she meets, leading to a long and lonely life until modern times when someone remembers her.
Enjoyed this thoughtful fantasy story.

44bryanoz
Redigeret: jun 27, 2021, 7:20 am

48. Mutiny on the Bounty by John Boyne.

"14 year-old John Jacob Turnstile is about to be sent to prison when an offer is put to him-a ship has been refitted and is about to set sail with an important mission. The captain's valet has been injured and a replacement must be found immediately. The deal is struck and he finds himself aboard.
The ship is HMS Bounty, the captain is William Bligh, and their destination is Tahiti."

Seen through the young and inexperienced eyes of 'Turnip', John Boyne brings the characters, journey and travails to life, a great read!

45bryanoz
jun 27, 2021, 3:53 pm

49. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett.

The Discworld reread continues and it is always a delight to visit with Granny, Nanny Ogg, Magrat, and Greebo for a while.

46bryanoz
jul 1, 2021, 4:49 am

50. The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

This unremarkable novel is the first in the Dark Tower series and I am trusting that the ensuing books illuminate and enthuse this reader.

47bryanoz
jul 1, 2021, 4:50 am

Half way through the year, my reading so far...

56 books ; 27,808 pages ; 496 average pages.

48bryanoz
jul 9, 2021, 8:30 am

I have read 60 books so far so time for updates.

51. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, for Book Club, an ok read.

52. The Guest List by Lucy Foley, again Book Club, a whodunnit with dislikable characters, I would have preferred them all to be killed off...

49pamelad
jul 9, 2021, 5:06 pm

>48 bryanoz: 52. So callous! Made me laugh.

50bryanoz
jul 11, 2021, 12:40 am

Cheers Pam, I didn't pick the murderer or the murdered (!) so a successful crime novel I suppose, happy reading !

51bryanoz
jul 11, 2021, 12:43 am

53. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb.

Finale of the Liveship Traders trilogy and an enjoyable conclusion, guess this means I will be reading the Tawny Man trilogy, continuing Fitz's story, maybe later this year.

52bryanoz
jul 16, 2021, 12:45 am

54. The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.

55. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, really enjoyed this original fantasy novel, sequel Arm of the Sphinx on order.

56. Storm Front by Jim Butcher, first of a much hyped fantasy series, I found it a bit ho-hum, hope the series picks up.

53bryanoz
jul 16, 2021, 9:50 pm

57. Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender, winner of the 2020 World Fantasy Award, bit underwhelming for me.

58. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein, I enjoyed the language of this Middle Earth history.

54bryanoz
jul 22, 2021, 6:14 am

59. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King.

The second novel in The Dark Tower fantasy series and the plot certainly starts to take shape as we are introduced to three main characters who I presume will accompany Roland on his quest.

55bryanoz
jul 24, 2021, 12:25 am

60. The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence.

This is the newly published second novel in the Books of the Ice series, set in the same world as his Books of the Ancestor series. Mark Lawrence manages to combine great ideas, engaging characters and plenty of action so his novels are always a great reading experience.
Having said this Lawrence is best known for his Broken Empire trilogy of which I read the first Prince of Thorns and didn't like, so I haven't read the others. Then I picked up Prince of Fools and became a fan. Suppose I should go back and reread Jorg's story...

56bryanoz
aug 6, 2021, 11:33 pm

61. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.

My rereread of the Discworld continues with the 12th book in the canon in which Sir Terry takes deadly aim at organised religion under the guise of humorous fantasy. Great fun !

57bryanoz
aug 22, 2021, 8:04 pm

62. Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff.

An interesting narrative that combines Lovecraftian supernatural themes with the much scarier racism of 1950s America.

58bryanoz
aug 24, 2021, 8:52 pm

63. Orb Sceptre Throne by Ian C. Esslemont.

Fourth in Esslemont's Malazan Empire series, ant time spent in the Malazan world is great IMO.

64. The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld.

Book club read and a powerful yet subtle look at abuse towards three women across generations and centuries.

59bryanoz
sep 1, 2021, 7:03 am

65. Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft.

Second in the Books of Babel series, a really enjoyable and original fantasy story.

66. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher.

Second in the fantasy detective Dresden Files series, underwhelming in my opinion, I'll try the next book but if there is no big improvement I'm out.

60bryanoz
sep 12, 2021, 3:22 am

Way behind with reviews...

67. The Waste Lands by Stephen King, 3rd in the Dark Tower series, intriguing.

68. Once We Were Brothers by Richard H. Balson, enjoyed this page turner about Polish Jews under the Nazi regime and resettling in the US.

69. The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy, also enjoyed this tale of disappearing wildlife and relationships.

70. The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft, third in the Books of Babel fantasy series and I am delighting in this original story of Thomas Senlin and friends.

9 to go.

61bryanoz
sep 14, 2021, 8:15 pm

71. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, next instalment in the Witches series, super fun !

72. The God is Not Willing by Steven Erikson, new Malazan book and while not one of Malazan's best novels, still an intriguing visit to that unique world.

73. The Yield by Tara June Winch, engaging Australian narrative of both the past and modern mistreatment of Aboriginal people.

62bryanoz
sep 16, 2021, 10:03 pm

74. Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick, enjoyed this first in a series fantasy novel, next up is Sidewinders which I will buy and read soon.

75. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher, third in the Dresden Files, an urban fantasy series, and the last one I will be reading as I find the narrative underwhelming.

76. A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport by Titus O'Reilly, a change in pace and a very humorous look at sports, particularly from an Australian perspective.

63bryanoz
sep 17, 2021, 6:12 am

77. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, really enjoyed her later Strange the Dreamer duology, not this earlier trilogy so much. I have the next story Dreams of Gods and Monsters so will read it but so so.

78. Wizard and Glass by Stephen King, fourth in The Dark Tower fantasy series, I did like Roland's story of his earlier days and romance.

64bryanoz
sep 20, 2021, 1:33 am

79. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett, my reread of the Discworld series continues, this is the 2nd of the City Watch novels in which the Watch is diversified by recruiting dwarves, trolls, and werewolves, on top of which Sam Vines has to cope with an impending marriage and the end of his distinguished career. More excellent fun !

Side note : am reading the new Wecker fantasy novel The Hidden Palace, next is the new The Shadow of the Gods, followed by the just published The Wisdom of Crowds, how good is this reading business !!

65bryanoz
sep 25, 2021, 3:23 am

80. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.

A book club read and a confronting narrative of a Mexican mother and her son on the run from a cartel out to kill them. Their gruelling scramble to get to the US is a gripping read.

81. Cheat by Titus O'Reilly, another book club read and a humorous take on cheating in sport.

66bryanoz
sep 29, 2021, 6:18 am

82. Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery.

We enjoyed the Netflix 'Anne With an E' so I decided to reread Green Gables and read Avonlea for the first time, very enjoyable but that's enough Anne for me.

67bryanoz
okt 12, 2021, 4:18 am

83. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker, and

84. The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker.

The Golem and the Djinni is one of my favourite fantasy stories, published in 2013, and I was very happy to hear that Helene had written a sequel !
Set in pre 1914 New York, Chava and Ahmad's lives become more complicated and problematic as their true natures threaten to be disclosed.

68bryanoz
okt 12, 2021, 4:21 am

85. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett, hilarious reread as Sir Terry focuses on 'music with rocks in' landing on the Discworld.

69bryanoz
okt 16, 2021, 4:48 am

86. The Echo Chamber by john Boyne.

New novel by one of my favourite authors ! Boyne takes a satirical look at our dependence on social media.

70bryanoz
okt 16, 2021, 4:53 am

New books by some of my favourite authors, good times !!

The Echo Chamber by John Boyne, as above.

The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie, completing a great fantasy trilogy !

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, just started, going to be awesome !

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, his follow-up to The House in the Cerulean Sea.

71bryanoz
Redigeret: dec 13, 2021, 11:02 pm

Way way behind with my reviews (and my reading), teaching full-time for the last 7 weeks being the reason. Made it to the holidays, time for some serious reading. I have read 102 books so far so my principal goal of 100 books read is achieved at least.

87. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

88. What are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson.

89. The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne.

90. The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie.

91. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King.

92. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

More to come.

72bryanoz
dec 14, 2021, 11:08 pm

73bryanoz
dec 18, 2021, 9:19 pm

97. Maskerade by Terry Pratchett, reread and great fun as the witches get involved in opera !

98. Miss Kopp Investigates by Amy Stewart, latest in the Kopp sisters series.

99. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, really enjoyed the audiobook.

74bryanoz
dec 29, 2021, 10:47 pm

100. Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King.

The Dark Tower saga continues, confusing at times to me but fascinated to see how the journey proceeds and ends.

101. The Fall of Babel by Josiah Bancroft, the finale of the Senlin Ascends series, feel a bit let down by the last book and ending not wrapping up the series to the standard set by the earlier excellent books.

102. How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino, an ok story of how to better live our lives.

6 more books to come.

75bryanoz
dec 30, 2021, 8:32 pm

103. Song of Susannah by Stephen King.

104. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.

105. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett.

106. The Dark Tower by Stephen King, series finished !

107. A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs.

108. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

That is it for 2021, a few books less than I had planned but with extra work and an average page count of 478 I am happy with 108 books read.