10 books that escaped 2016


The Broke and Bookish has chosen as the theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books released in 2016 I meant to read – but didn’t. I read more contemporary fiction last year than in previous years but even then couldn’t keep up with so much that was new. Here’s my list of the ones that got away….

The Sellout by Paul Beatty – the novel that won the 2016 Booker prize. I have a signed copy awaiting me….

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh: I read a sample of this when it was longlisted for the 2016 Booker Prize and was struck by the strong voice of the narrator. It’s had mixed reviews since then but I have my own copy now so will get around to reading it. Someday..

The Book of Memory by  Petina Gappah: I wanted to read her collection of short stories before starting on this novel but never got to finish the collection.

Paris Mon Amour by Isabel Costello: This is an unusual choice for me because it’s essentially a story of love but it’s set in one of my favourite cities (Paris). I know from Isabel’s blog that she researched the setting extensively.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, the debut novel that ‘everyone’ seemed to be talking about last year

His Bloody Project  by  Graeme Macrae Burnet- another Booker contender. I’ve taken this out of the library twice now and each time had to return it unread. Third time lucky maybe.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I saw a number of reviews all recommending this but couldn’t get it via our library system and I don’t typically buy novels in hardcover on the grounds of cost so have been waiting for this to come out in paperback.

Old Soldiers Never Die by Frank Richards. This account of life in the trenches of World War 1 was published in 1933. It was given fresh life last year through a new edition by the National Library of Wales

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. Another popular novel from 2016 that I missed. Usually the more attention a novel gets the less likely I am to want to read it but this one refused to go away.

Human Acts by Han Kang. A very intriguing novel but before I get to this I’d better hurry up and read her earlier novel The Vegetarian 


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What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on January 10, 2017, in Top Ten Tuesday and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Nice list!
    I preferred Human Acts to The Vegetarian. They’re very different though!

    • Thanks for that insight – since I have The Vegetarian I will start with that – it will mean I can keep to my plan of reading my own books in preference to buying yet more

  2. thehungryreader

    Love this list for most books mentioned but there were also some that were known and not missed 🙂 But I am glad you made this list.

  3. I had A Bloody Project on my radar too but haven’t read it yet either! Sounds promising though! I hope to read your review first and you’ll convince me to finally get the book too then 😉

  4. Will you be reading any of the ones that got away this year? Human Acts hasn’t been published in the US yet, net month i think. I already have a hold request on it at the library 🙂

  5. I haven’t read any of these either, but some are on my TBR. Isn’t it alarming/exciting to see how many books one has yet to cross off/explore, even in the reading years in which we feel we ARE making an effort/enjoying contemporary books!? (Some years, for me anyway, are solidly more about backlists, and I think I’ll have markedly different results when I make a point of following new releases, but the TBR at the end often seems to be the same length whether I’m reading backlist or new titles!)

  6. I can recommend Eileen, but that’s about it. Several of these are still on my own list. I think, though, I could probably have a top 50 list for this topic!

  7. Love your graphic!

    There’s a few here that I still have on my list – Goats and Sheep, Moscow and Heresies. I can highly recommend Eileen – weird and memorable!

  8. “Usually the more attention a novel gets the less likely I am to want to read it” – me, too!

  9. I hope you’ll get around to The Book of Memory – a very impressive first novel. Having said that, I really should get around to the short stories!

  10. I was able to read His Bloody Project last year, which I enjoyed. I’m currently reading The Sellout, but it’s still to early to say whether or not I like it.

  11. cool montage! I also plan to read A Gentleman in Moscow

  12. I loved The Glorious Heresies, hope you do too. There was a lot of hype but for me it lived up to it. I haven’t heard of Goats and Sheep, so I guess I missed something. Good title though!

  13. I loved Glorious Heresies (review on my blog!) I also need to read sellout and human acts – I loved The Vegetarian

  14. Well I thoroughly enjoyed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.

  15. I’m in the middle of His Bloody Project at the moment and would definitely recommend it. I hope you have another chance to read it! I also love the sound of A Gentleman in Moscow and am hoping to read it soon.

  16. I want to read A Gentleman in Moscow. I almost put Eileen on my best of list. I would have if I hadn’t tried to stick to ten titles.

  17. A Gentleman in Moscow rather appeals to me, of course – but I’m not sure if it’s appeared in my library either. I’ll just have to wait for the paperback!

  18. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep would make my list too! I strongly recommend Hos Bloody Project – a definite hit for me in 2016

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