2016 Book Reviews

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It’s that time of year again when I wrap up (pun-intended) all the books I read throughout 2016. I read less books this year, 32, compared to last year’s 40 books since I didn’t have to read any novels for one of my semesters. I did find, however, that my reading was much more diverse in terms of the authors’ backgrounds, and the stories. Plus the gender ratio of the authors I read was much improved on last year. 

All reviews can be found by clicking on the book titles. 


1. The Blackwater Lightship (1999) – Colm Tóbín – 8/10.

2. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (1985) – Jeannette Winterson – 8/10.

3. Slade House (2015) – David Mitchell – 7/10.

4. Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) – Jean Rhys – 6/10.

5. Carol (1952) – Patricia Highsmith – 8/10.

6. Remains Of The Day  (1989) – Kazuo Ishiguro – 10/10.

7. The Martian (2011) – Andy Weir – 9/10.

8. One By One In The Darkness  (1996) – Deirdre Madden – 7/10.

9. Room (2010) – Emma Donoghue – 10/10.

10. Ghost Light (2010) – Joseph O’Connor – 6/10.

11. Small Island (2004) – Andrea Levy – 8/10.

12. The Cripple Of Inismaan (1996) – Martin McDonagh – 7/10.

13. The Buddha Of Suburbia (1990) – Hanif Kureishi – 7/10. 

14. The Green Road (2015) – Anne Enright – 10/10.

15. The Passion Of New Eve (1977) – Angela Carter – 5/10.

16. Haroun & The Sea Of Stories (1990) – Salman Rushdie – 7/10.

17. A Slanting Of The Sun (2015) – Donal Ryan – 9/10.

18. The Two Towers (1954) – J.R.R. Tolkien – 7/10.

19. No Country For Old Men (2005) – Cormac McCarthy – 10/10.

20. To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) – Harper Lee – 10/10.

21. Hollow City (2014) – Ransom Riggs – 6/10.

22. Number 9 Dream (2001) – David Mitchell – 9/10.

23. The Various Lives Of Keats & Chapman (1976) – Flann O’Brien – 6/10.

24. Lord Of The Flies (1954) – William Golding – 7/10.

25. Carry On (2015) – Rainbow Rowell – 3/10.

26. Tonight (2015) – Karen Stivali – 6/10.

27. Return Of The King (1955) – J.R.R. Tolkien – 10/10. 

28. Black Swan Green (2006) – David Mitchell – 8/10.

29. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (2016) – J.K. Rowling – 7/10.

30. Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (1985) – Patrick Süskind – 7/10.

31. Good Morning, Midnight (2016) – Lily Brooks-Dalton – 6/10.

32. A Single Man (1964) – Christopher Isherwood – 7/10.


Authors by gender:

  • Male: 19.
  • Female: 13.

Authors by country:

  • UK: 13 (England: 12, Scotland: 1).
  • Ireland: 8.
  • USA: 8.
  • Dominica: 1.
  • Japan: 1.
  • Germany: 1. 
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3 comments on “2016 Book Reviews

  1. Joaquin Mak says:

    I wish I could read that many books in a year! This year I only read maybe around 15 books. Good reading!

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