Reading 2017

  1. Nomad by Alan Partridge. I do miss the TV show
  2. Bands of mourning by Brandon Sanderson. Enjoying the Wax and Wayne series more and more
  3. Mistborn: secret history. Novella. Reread due to reading Bands of Mourning
  4. Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb. Fantastic story telling as usual. Really needs live ships trilogy to have been read first though. Doesn’t stand alone well. Looking forward to the rest in this series.
  5. The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb. Novella. Nice little background to the other six duchy books
  6. Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb. This one felt like a proper story, really enjoyed it.
  7. City of Dragons by Robin Hobb. It just went by, it felt like another novel leading up to something rather than something that stood alone.
  8. Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb. The culmination of the series. The ending wasn’t particularly surprising. This is probably the weakest series of the Realm of the Elderlings. Possibly due to the main characters ages but it felt rather YA in places. Only bother with the series if you’re really into the Realm of the Elderlings
  9. Coalition by David Laws. Really interesting look into the coalition government by one of the insiders. Despite being written by a LibDem, and there being some obvious holes and biases I suspect this is a reasonably fair account
  10. Tamerlane by Justin Marozzi, interesting subject matter, I knew little of Tamerlane except from an episode of In Our Time. Never really settled into the book though it was certainly very informative
  11. Politics: Between the Extremes by Nick Clegg. This is Clegg talking about coalition’s and the future political landscape. Not entirely convinced of his expectations that european style coalition governments and consensus politics are increasingly likely.
  12. A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain. Mildly funny the whole way through. Great wit.
  13. Guide to Adventure Cycle Touring. Non fiction. Interesting, I like the romance.of the idea
  14. Janapar, love on a bike. Non fiction. Really interesting travelogue about a really long cycle ride.
  15. Coca cola, crisps and the trans Pennine trail - Darren Geal. Self published & short. A couple of funny bits.
  16. Lands End to John o’Groats on a Beer Mat. Self published short. Not worth bothering with
  17. The Lord’s of the North - Bernard Cromwell. Reread
  18. Where Shall We Walk Today: Walking the Pennine Way by Dave Marriott. Self published, written ok. Obviously written by a man in his 50s
  19. Sword song by Bernard Cromwell. Reread.
  20. Last Englishmen by Keith Foskett. About walking the Pacific Crest Trail, much better written then the other walking/cycling books I’ve read
  21. IT by Stephen King. Genuinely really scary.
  22. Sword Song by Bernard Cromwell. Reread
  23. Burning Land by Bernard Cromwell. Reread
  24. Death of Kings by Bernard Cromwell. Reread
  25. Pagan Lord by Bernard Cromwell. Reread
  26. Empty Throne by Bernard Cromwell. Reread
  27. Warriors of the storm by Bernard Cromwell
  28. The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way by Bill Bryson. Informative and enjoyable, not funny like a short history of nearly everything though
  29. Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden. Fantastic historical fiction about the early life of Ghengis Khan. It strays from the truth as good fiction should but I found it hard to put down.
  30. Lord’s of the Bow by Conn Iggulden. Next in the Ghengis Khan series, fantastic again, wish it hadn’t skipped over some of the betrayal and drama over the reunification of the tribes
  31. Bones of the hill by Conn Iggulden. Fantastic again.
  32. Empire of silver by Conn Iggulden. as above
  33. Conquerer by Conn Iggulden. Sad didn’t cover all of Khubali’s life
  34. Ghengis Khan by John Man. Reread to re-separate fact and fiction in my head.
  35. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. Short but enjoyable
  36. Mort by Terry Pratchett. Reread. It’s ok, not encouraged to read the whole of the death series as I planned.
  37. Why the West Rules - For Now by Ian Morris. Reread
  38. Kind of Blue by Ken Clarke. Interesting view into the world of politics before my time. Some of the contradictions drove me potty
  39. Absolute Pandemonium by Brian Blessed. Autobiography. Unbelievable.
  40. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Unputdownable
  41. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Ditto
  42. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Brilliant book about a man and his son in a post apocalyptic world. Brilliant in a terrible way, it’s a hard world that McCarthy made and I constantly found myself grateful I wasn’t in the main characters boots
  43. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Meh. Don’t be a dick, pay interest in people.
  44. Collapse by Jared diamond. It’s ok, no guns germs and steel
  45. Oathkeeper by Brandon Sanderson. Fantastic, can’t write storm light novels quick enough.
  46. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Reread. Didn’t enjoy it the first time round so much as I did this time
  47. Fools Assassin by Robin Hobb. I missed reading this series.
  48. Fools Quest by Robin Hobb. Went so fast, was surprised when it finished.
  49. Assassins Fate by Robin Hobb. Brilliant, though perhaps a bit rushed feels like it could have been two books? wraps up the whole world
  50. Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb had to re-read after finishing the others, still brilliant
  51. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. Reread.
  52. Assassins Quest by Robin Hobb. Reread.