Only a couple of days until 2017 arrives so it’s time to take stock of the year. At the start of the year I aimed to read sixty books and it looks like I am going to finish there or thereabouts on that target. Without further ado, here is my 2016 roll of honour:


  • All The Light That We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
  • The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Rachel Joyce)
  • The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain (John Boyne)
  • Brilliant (Roddy Doyle)
  • The Narrow Road To The Deep North (Richard Flanagan)


  • Irene (Pierre Lemaitre)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami)
  • Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Year Of Pilgrimage (Haruki Murakami)
  • Beatlebone (Kevin Barry)
  • A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms (George RR Martin)


  • Midnight Sun (Jo Nesbo)
  • A Brief History Of Seven Killings (Marlon James)


  • Darkmouth: Worlds Explode (Shane Hegarty)
  • Cannery Row (John Steinbeck)
  • Osho: The Joy Of Living Dangerously (Osho)
  • Danny The Champion Of The World (Roald Dahl)
  • When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)


  • The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto (Mitch Albom)
  • The Turn Of The Screw (Henry James)
  • The Draining Lake (Arnaldur Indrioason)
  • Camille (Pierre Lemaitre)
  • James And The Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
  • Asking For It (Louise O’Neill)


  • The Man In The High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
  • Witches, Spies And Stockholm Syndrome: Life In Medieval Ireland (Finbar Dwyer)
  • About Sisterland (Martina Devlin)
  • The Fox and the Star (Coralie Bickford-Smith)


  • Undermajordomo Minor (Patrick deWitt)
  • Wishes Fulfilled (Dr. Wayne Dyer)
  • An Officer And A Spy (Robert Harris)
  • The Guest Cat (Takashi Hiraide)
  • The Revenant (Michael Punke)
  • The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades (Gail Boushey)


  • Grief Is The Thing With Feathers (Max Porter)
  • Door Into The Dark (Seamus Heaney)
  • Slade House (David Mitchell)
  • The Nightwalker (Sebastian Fitzek)
  • The Forerunner (Kahlil Gibran)
  • The Madman (Kahlil Gibran)
  • The Pilgrim (Kahlil Gibran)
  • Orphan X (Greg Hurwitz)
  • A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness)
  • The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)


  • Sweet Thursday (John Steinbeck)
  • The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students In Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction (Gail Boushey)
  • The Dog Who Dared To Dream (Sun-Mi Hwang)
  • The Vegetarian (Han Kang)
  • The Fireman (Joe Hill)
  • Days Without End (Sebastian Barry)


  • The Lesser Bohemians (Eimear McBride)
  • His Bloody Project (Graeme Macrae Burnet)
  • The Call (Peadar Ó’Guilín)
  • Black Box Thinking (Matthew Syed)


  • The Wolf Wilder (Katherine Rundell)
  • Life On Earth (Mike Dooley)
  • The Iron Man (Ted Hughes)
  • Siege Of Jadotville: The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle (Declan Power)
  • Penguin Probs (Jory John)


  • Hear The Wind Sing (Haruki Murakami)
  • Pinball 1973 (Haruki Murakami)
  • The Heart Goes Last (Margaret Atwood)
  • The Spinning Heart (Donal Ryan)
  • Silence (Shusako Endo)
  • The Sellout (Paul Beatty)
  • Eat That Frog! (Brian Tracy)
  • Half The World Away: A 27,000 Bicycle Journey from Alaska to Argentina (Ian Lacey)
  • Osho: Accept yourself as you are (Osho)
  • Fast Fuel: Food for Running Success (Renee McGregor)