On Books

Introducing Jill’s book page: Books I’ve Read in 2016

By Lin Kristensen from New Jersey, USA (Timeless Books) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Lin Kristensen from New Jersey, USA (Timeless Books) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

There’s a new feature on Jill’s Scene—my book page:  Books I’ve Read in 2016

There’s a techy bit associated with this new feature. It’s a page, not a post. That means it won’t appear when you click the On Books category in my menu, although this post does.

But when you visit any of my book posts you’ll see the image at the top of this post in the sidebar. Click on that image and you’ll go straight to the page: Books I’ve read in 2016  (Those of you reading from a phone will see it when you scroll down the screen.)

If you’re observant you’ll spot another link to the same page further down the sidebar,  in my list: Things That Matter.

On the matter of reading, I don’t have a definitive goal, other than to keep reading.  Some months, and January looks as if it will be one of them, I might average a book a week. But I also know from experience, there will be months when I’ll be lucky to read one complete book. My life, and my reading life in particular, is like that.

It’s likely that on the list you’ll see a fair smattering of recent publications from fiction, translated works, travelogues and a classic or two. I usually read or reread one of the truly greats each year.  I enjoy the occasional biography and the occasional investigative non-fiction. But I don’t expect they’ll feature that often. And you probably won’t see much  “chick lit” on this list—it doesn’t engage me in the way it once did.

In fact, I’ve noticed my reading tastes have changed. A year or two ago, I was reading mostly NewZealand/Aotearoa fiction and some Australian fiction. Not so much any more. In fact, during  2015 I don’t think I read anything from either country, other than blogs and newspapers of course. And that’s one of the reasons for keeping a list, it’ll help me track my reading habits for the year.

The list works like this:

  • Titles are grouped by the month in which I complete them
  • Titles appear in the order in which I read them
  • Where I can, I include information about how the book came to my attention.
  • If a title makes it to my Book of The Month feature I link to that, too.
  • I link to each author’s page, when they have one.

For the list of books I’ve read to date click here:

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13 replies »

  1. Cool idea Jill. I used to keep a list, then I started using Goodreads but then I stopped reading as much. I also kept a list of movies but fell off the wagon there too lol.
    Did you enjoy the book about Henrietta Lacks? I have spent many an hour culturing her cells in the lab.

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  2. Great idea! I love seeing what people are reading and why. It’s sort of like spying and one of my favorite books while growing up was Harriet the Spy. Thank you for reminding me of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – I’ll have to get to that one sometime this year. For now, I’m reading Eat Pray Love and it’s a good one for armchair traveling.

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    • Hah, it is like spying, Sheila, just like surreptiously chercking out people’s bookshelves—one of life’s great pleasures! There was so much hype when Eat Pray Love came out I avoided it, only to be surprised at how much I enjoyed it when I did get around to reading it. So much so I then read Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel The Signature of All Things and thoroughly enjoyed that, too.


  3. You’re so organised Jill. I just buy a heap on my kindle and work through them – well, if I can find anything worthwhile reading that is. I don’t run to non-fiction though – I like escapism in all it’s flavours.


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