I starting reading "properly" at the end of 2016 and carried on into 2017. At this stage, I was just (mostly) rating my books, but by the end of 2017, I started writing short reviews (mostly for myself).
The boost in reading is almost entirely down to using a Kindle, larger fonts and large line heights.
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
Read: 1-Jan 2017
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Read: 9-Jan 2017
Read: 10-Jan 2017
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Read: 15-Jan 2017
The Song From Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold
Beautiful story (and printed paper was so nice).
Read: 1-Fed 2017
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Read: 4-Fed 2017
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Read: 9-Fed 2017
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
I loved this story. It helps that I'm a dad with a son who has some similarities to the characters, but I found this story so warm and loving. I also found myself dragging the ending out just so that I could continue to have these characters in my life a little longer.
Read: 1-Mar 2017
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Read: 3-Apr 2017
The Humans by Matt Haig
Read: 28-Apr 2017
Saga, Vol. 7 (Saga, #7) by Brian K. Vaughan
Read: 30-Apr 2017
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Read: 3-Jun 2017
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Read: 6-Jul 2017
Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged! by Brian Michael Bendis
Read: 19-Jul 2017
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Read: 11-Aug 2017
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
Read: 20-Aug 2017
Alan Partridge: Nomad by Alan Partridge
Read: 23-Aug 2017
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
I loved this book. I'm not a fan of the apocalyptic stories, but this is so well told both from the storyline, but also the _way_ the story was written and each chapter is given from the perspective of the character (whilst still being 3rd person)—that I couldn't put the book down. Love it.
Read: 26-Aug 2017
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Read: 13-Sep 2017
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Read: 22-Sep 2017
Paper Girls, Vol. 3 (Paper Girls, #3) by Brian K. Vaughan
Read: 23-Sep 2017
The '86 Fix by Keith A. Pearson
Read: 29-Sep 2017
Beyond Broadhall (The '86 Fix #2) by Keith A. Pearson
Loved it. I happened to read this directly after the '86 Fix, and although it didn't have the same "retro" feel of the first book, it was superb all the same.
Some parts of the storyline were actually quite bleak, with the hard reflective thoughts that go with "what if" - I really enjoyed this.
It ties up a bit overly perfectly at the end, but after following Craig across the two books, and all the hardships he goes through, I was actually quite see Craig have a happy ending!
Read: 8-Oct 2017
How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb
Read: 23-Nov 2017
Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
Read: 26-Nov 2017
Home (Binti, #2) by Nnedi Okorafor
Read: 7-Dec 2017
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Read: 26-Dec 2017
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A beautiful tale, and the detail of the characters, their surroundings and the history throughout the book made me often wonder if it was actually a biography!
The entire story is a eloquently walk through a character's life whose choses to made the best of what they have, and left me wanting to see things the same in my.own daily life.
Read: 29-Dec 2017