March 2024 books

Hugos have been a distraction – I read fewer books this month than in any month since March 2019 and March 2017, the two previous times that I was supervising the close of Hugo nominations as Administrator.

Non-fiction 4 (YTD 15)
Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, by Isabel Hardman 
Ex Marginalia: Essays from the Edges of Speculative Fiction, ed. Chinuo Onwualu
A Traveller in Time: The Critical Practice of Maureen Kincaid Speller, edited by Nina Allan
Paradise Towers, by John Toon

Non-genre 2 (YTD 11)
Confusion, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Those Pricey Thakur Girls, by Anuja Chauhan

SF 4 (YTD 15)
Shigidi and the  Brass Head of Obalufon, by Wole Talabi
Airside, by Christopher Priest
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
Sleepers of Mars, by John Wyndham

Doctor Who 2 (YTD 4)
Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks, by Frazer Hines
Doctor Who – Paradise Towers, by Stephen Wyatt

Comics 1 (YTD 6)
Serve You, by Al Ewing, Rob Williams et al 

3,200 pages (YTD 13,700) 
6/13 (YTD 22/54) by non-male writers (Hardman, Onwualu, Speller/Allan, Howard, Chauhan, Butler)
3/13 (YTD 6/41) by a non-white writer (Onwualu, Chauhan, Talabi)
1/13 rereads (Doctor Who – Paradise Towers)

321 books currently tagged unread, up 12 from last month (thanks to shortlists and Eastercon purchases), down 74 from March 2023.

Reading now
De verdwijning, by Guido Eekhout
The Code of the Woosters, by P.G. Wodehouse
All These Worlds, by Niall Harrison, by Niall Harrison

Coming soon (perhaps)
Doctor Who: Kinda, by Terrance Dicks
Kinda, by Frank Collins
Return, by Simon Fraser et al
Reminiscences of a Bachelor, by Sheridan Le Fanu
DOOM 94, by Janis Jonevs
Ara Guler’s Istanbul: 40 Years of Photographs
The Return of Marco Polo’s World, by Robert Kaplan
Moroda, by L.L. McNeil
How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Foxglove Summer, by Ben Aaronovitch
The Pragmatic Programmer, by David Thomas and Andrew Hunt
When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
When Voiha Wakes, by Joy Chant
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak
Land of the Blind, by Scott Gray
Casting Off, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Fevered Star, by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Virgin in the Garden, by A.S. Byatt
“Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge”, by Mike Resnick
The Sol Majestic, by Ferrett Steinmetz
L’Affaire Tournesol, by Hergé
The Lost Puzzler, by Eyal Kless
The Wonderful Visit, by H. G. Wells
Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse
Hard to be a God, by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

February 2024 books

Non-fiction 4 (YTD 11)
A Life in Questions, by Jeremy Paxman
David Whitaker in an Exciting Adventure with Television, by Simon Guerrier
The Sunmakers, by Lewis Baston
Bletchley Park Brainteasers, by Sinclair McKay

Non-genre 5 (YTD 9)
Three Girls in a Flat, by Enid Yandell and Laura Hayes
Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien
The Smile on the Face of the Tiger, by Douglas Hurd and Andrew Osmond
The Wheels of Chance, by H.G. Wells
Moonraker’s Bride, by Madeleine Brent

Poetry 1
The Odyssey, by Homer, tr Emily Wilson

SF 6 (YTD 11)
The Dawnhounds, by Sasha Stronach
The Fire Starters, by Jan Carson
Lizard Radio, by Pat Schmatz
The Unsettled Dust, by Robert Aickman
Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North
Sferics 2017, ed. Roz Clarke

Doctor Who 1 (YTD 2)
Doctor Who and the Sunmakers, by Terrance Dicks

Comics 3 (YTD 5)
Tintin au Pays de l’Or Noir, by Hergé
After Life, by Al Ewing et al
Sunstone, vol. 1, by Stjepan Sejić

4,900 pages (YTD 10,500) 
7/20 (YTD 16/41) by non-male writers (Yandell/Hayes, Wilson, Stronach, Carson, Schmatz, North, Clarke; “Madeleine Brent” is a pseudonym for Peter O’Donnell)
0/20 (YTD 3/41) by a non-white writer (must do better)
3/20 rereads (The Smile on the Face of the Tiger, Doctor Who and the Sunmakers, Tintin au Pays de l’Or Noir)

309 books currently tagged unread, up 4 from last month, down 76 from 28 Feb 2023

Reading now
Confusion, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, by Isabel Hartman

Coming soon (perhaps)
Serve You, by Al Ewing et al 
Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks, by Frazer Hines
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers, by Stephen Wyatt
Paradise Towers, by John Toon
Doctor Who: Kinda, by Terrance Dicks
Kinda, by Frank Collins
De verdwijning, by Guido Eekhaut
Reminiscences of a Bachelor, by Sheridan Le Fanu
DOOM 94, by Janis Jonevs
Ara Guler’s Istanbul: 40 Years of Photographs
The Return of Marco Polo’s World, by Robert Kaplan
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Foxglove Summer, by Ben Aaronovitch
The Pragmatic Programmer, by David Thomas and Andrew Hunt
When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
When Voiha Wakes, by Joy Chant
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak
Land of the Blind, by Scott Gray
“Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge”, by Mike Resnick
The Sol Majestic, by Ferrett Steinmetz
L’Affaire Tournesol, by Hergé
The Lost Puzzler, by Eyal Kless
The Wonderful Visit, by H. G. Wells
Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse
Casting Off, by Elizabeth Jane Howard

January 2024 books

Non-fiction 7
Fatal Path, by Ronan Fanning
Rule of Law: A Memoir, by Glynnis Breytenbach
Anthro-Vision, by Gillian Tett
The Dark Queens, by Shelley Puhak
Blackpool Revisited, by John Collier
Vincent and the Doctor, by Paul Driscoll
The Talons of Weng-Chiang, by Dale Smith

Non-genre 4
The Beautifull Cassandra, by Jane Austen
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne
Yellowface, by R.F. Kuang
Murder in Mesopotamia, by Agatha Christie

Plays 2
The Talons of Weng-Chiang, by Robert Holmes, edited by John McElroy
Three Plays, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

SF 5
The Future, by Naomi Alderman
Attack on Thebes, by M.D. Cooper (did not finish)
Babel, by R.F. Kuang
“The New Mother”, by Eugene Fischer
“Georgia on my Mind”, by Charles Sheffield

Doctor Who 1
Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang, by Terrance Dicks

Comics 2
A Fairytale Life, by Lilah Sturges et al
Strawberry and the Soul Reapers, by Tite Kubo

5,600 pages 
9/21 by non-male writers (Breytenbach, Tett, Puhak, Austen, Christie, Alderman, Cooper, Kuang, Sturges)
3/21 by a non-white writer (Kuang x2, Kubo)
5/21 rereads (Tristram Shandy, The Talons of Weng-Chiang (script), “The New Mother”, “Georgia on my Mind”, Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang)
305 books currently tagged unread, down 7 from last month

Reading now
The Dawnhounds, by Sasha Stronach
The Odyssey, by Homer, tr Emily Wilson
A Life in Questions, by Jeremy Paxman
Tintin au Pays de l’Or Noir, by Hergé

Coming soon (perhaps)
After Life, by Al Ewing et al 
David Whitaker in an Exciting Adventure with Television, by Simon Guerrier
Kill the Moon, by Darren Mooney
Doctor Who and the Sunmakers
, by Terrance Dicks
The Sunmakers, by Lewis Baston
The Unsettled Dust, by Robert Aickman
Sferics 2017, ed. Roz Clarke
The Smile on the Face of the Tiger, by Douglas Hurd and Andrew Osmond
Bletchley Park Brainteasers, by Sinclair McKay
Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North
Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien
The Wheels of Chance, by H.G. Wells
Confusion, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Moonraker’s Bride, by Madeleine Brent
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Foxglove Summer, by Ben Aaronovitch
The Pragmatic Programmer, by David Thomas and Andrew Hunt
The Unsettled Dust, by Robert Aickman
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak
Land of the Blind, by Scott Gray
L’Affaire Tournesol, by Hergé
The Sol Majestic, by Ferrett Steinmetz

Sunday and December books

Sunday books

(This will shift to Mondays as of tomorrow week)

Last books finished
Bee Quest, by Dave Goulson
Lunar Descent, by Allen Steele
In Xanadu, by Lavie Tidhar
The New Machiavelli, by H. G. Wells
Emotional Chemistry, by Simon Forward
Marking Time, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
iLobby.eu, by Caroline de Cock

December Reading

Non-fiction 7 (YTD 86)
Recollections of Virginia Woolf by Her Contemporaries, by Joan Russell Noble
Invasion of the Dinosaurs, by Jon Arnold
Atlas of Irish History, by Ruth Dudley Edwards
Into the Unknown, eds. Laura Clarke and Patrick Gyger
The Haunting of Villa Diodati, by Philip Purser-Hallard
Bee Quest, by Dave Goulson
iLobby.eu, by Caroline de Cock

Non-genre 2 (YTD 29)
The New Machiavelli, by H. G. Wells
Marking Time, by Elizabeth Jane Howard

SF 5 (YTD 164)
Giants at the End of the World, eds. Johanna Sinisalo & Toni Jerrmann
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
A Long Day in Lychford, by Paul Cornell
Lunar Descent, by Allen Steele
In Xanadu, by Lavie Tidhar

Doctor Who 5 (YTD 37)
Doctor Who: The Star Beast, by Gary Russell
Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder, by Mark Morris
Doctor Who: The Giggle, by James Goss
Emotional Chemistry, by Simon Forward

Comics 2 (YTD 28)
Facing Fate: The Good Companion, by Nick Abadzis et al
Jaren van de olifant, by Willy Linthout

4,900 pages (YTD 86,900)
7/21 (YTD 148/351) by non-male writers (Edwards, Clarke, de Cock, Howard, Sinisalo, St John Mandel, illustrators of The Good Companion)
None (YTD 42/351) by a non-white writer
3 rereads (Station Eleven, Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion, Emotional Chemistry)

312 books currently tagged unread – down 26 from last month after some reorganising

Reading now

The Future, by Naomi Alderman
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne

Coming soon (perhaps)

After Life, by Al Ewing et al
Blackpool Revisited, by John Collier
Vincent and the Doctor, by Paul Driscoll
Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang, by Terrance Dicks
The Talons of Weng-Chiang, by Dale Smith
Rule of Law, by Glynis Breitenbach
The Beautifull Cassandra, by Jane Austen
Attack on Thebes, by M.D. Cooper
Three Plays, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
A Life in Questions, by Jeremy Paxman
Strawberry and the Soul Reapers, by Tite Kubo
The Dawnhounds, by Sasha Stronach
Yellowface, by R.F. Kuang
“The New Mother”, by Eugene Fischer
“Georgia on my Mind”, by Charles Sheffield
Tintin au Pays de l’Or Noir, by Hergé
Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North
The Wheels of Chance, by H.G. Wells
Confusion, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Babel, by R.F. Kuancg
Foxglove Summer, by Ben Aaronovitch
The Pragmatic Programmer, by David thomas and Andrew Hunt
The Unsettled Dust, by Robert Aickman
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak

Annual roundup to come shortly.

November 2023 books

Travel this month: Oslo, Paris, London, and tonight in Natick, MA, via Copenhagen.

Non-fiction 8 (YTD 79)
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost
The Hand of Fear, by Simon Bucher-Jones
Dalek, by Billy Sequire
All Things Made New, by Diarmaid MacCulloch
The J.R.R. Tolkien Miscellany, by Robert S. Blackham
One Foot in Laos, by Dervla Murphy 
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women, by Elizabeth Norton
Many Grains of Sand, by Liz Castro

Non-genre 2 (YTD 27)
The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope
Under the Yoke, by Ivan Vazov

SF 5 (YTD 159)
The Road to Amber, by Roger Zelazny
My Real Children, by Jo Walton 
The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne
Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka

Doctor Who 4 (YTD 32)
Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara, by David Fisher
Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who: Dalek, by Rob Shearman

Comics 2 (YTD 26)
Facing Fate: Vortex Butterflies, by Nick Abadzis et al
Eldrad Must Live! by Bob Baker, Stephen B. Scott,  Andrew Orton and Colin Brockhurst

4,400 pages (YTD 82,000)
7/21 (YTD 141/330) by non-male writers (Murphy, Norton, Castro, Walton, Byrne, Leckie, illustrators of Vortex Butterflies)
None (YTD 42/330) by a non-white writer
9 rereads (The Prisoner of Zenda, My Real Children, The Girl in the Road, Ancillary Sword, The Metamorphosis, Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara, Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara, Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear, Doctor Who: Dalek)

338 books currently tagged unread – down 6 from last month.

Reading now
None – typing this up just after I finished The Metamorphosis on the plane.

Coming soon (perhaps)
Facing Fate: The Good Companion, by Nick Abadzis et al
Doctor Who: The Star Beast, by Gary Russell
Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion, by Terrance Dicks
Invasion of the Dinosaurs, by Jon Arnold
The Haunting of the Villa Diodati, by Philip Purser-Hallard
Giants at the End of the World, by Johanna Sinisalo
Recollections of Virginia Woolf by Her Contemporaries, by Joan Russell Noble
Atlas of Irish History, by Ruth Dudley Edwards
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
Jaren van de olifant, by Willy Linthout
Marking Time, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
A Long Day in Lychford, by Paul Cornell
The New Machiavelli, by H. G. Wells
Our Share of Night, by Mariana Enriquez
Fevered Star, by Rebecca Roanhorse
Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North
Land of the Blind, by Scott Gray et al
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne
How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
The Pragmatic Programmer, by David Thomas
“Georgia On My Mind”, by Charles Sheffield
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
The Lost Puzzler, by Eyal Kless
The Unsettled Dust, by Robert Aickman
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak

October 2023 books

This is the 240th month in which I have been keeping records of every book that I have read, and so it brings to an end my series of regular flashbacks to past months. (If you want to know what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks: basically, I went to China for Chengdu WorldCon.) Some analysis of 20 years of bookblogging tomorrow, perhaps, as it’s a day off for me. Meanwhile here are the tallies for the last 31 days:

Non-fiction 7 (YTD 71)
Living with the Gods, by Neil MacGregor
A Life of My Own, by Claire Tomalin
About Time 9, by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
Earthshock, by Brian J. Moss
The Battle of Ranskoor av Kolos, by James F. McGrath
Politics: Between The Extremes, by Nick Clegg 

Non-genre 4 (YTD 25)
Leave Me Alone, by Murong Xuecun
Fate, by Zhao Haohui
No, But I Saw the Movie, ed. David Wheeler 
Winter, by Ali Smith

SF 8 (YTD 154)
Nine Black Doves – Volume 5: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
Locklands, by Robert Jackson Bennett
2024, by Robert Durward 
“Even the Queen” by Connie Wilis
Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis 
Cart and Cwidder, by Diana Wynne Jones
Life Ceremony, by Sayaka Murata

Doctor Who 1 (YTD 28)
Doctor Who: Earthshock, by Ian Marter

Comics 1 (YTD 24)
Facing Fate: Breakfast at Tyranny’s, by Nick Abadzis et al

7,100 pages (YTD 77,600)
8/21 (YTD 134/309) by non-male writers  (Tomalin, Ail, Smith, Willis x2, Wynne Jones, Murata, illustrators of Breakfast at Tyranny’s)
3/21 (YTD 42/309) by a non-white writer (Murong, Zhou, Murata)
4 rereads (“Even the Queen”, Wyrd Sisters, Doomsday Book, Doctor Who – Earthshock)
344 books currently tagged unread – down 8 from last month. At this rate I will clear the lot some time in 2027.

Reading now
The Road to Amber, by Roger Zelazny

Coming soon (perhaps)
Vortex Butterflies, by Nick Abadzis et al
Doctor Who – the Androids of Tara, by David Fisher
Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear, by Terrance Dicks
The Hand of Fear, by Simon Bucher-Jones
Dalek, by Billy Sequire
All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation, by Diarmaid MacCulloch
The J.R.R. Tolkien Miscellany, by Robert S. Blackham
Three Plays, by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart
Many Grains of Sand, by Liz Castro
Giants at the End of the World, by Johanna Sinisalo
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, by Nick Montfort
My Real Children, by Jo Walton 
One Foot in Laos, by Dervla Murphy 
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women, by Elizabeth Norton
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
Jaren van de olifant, by Willy Linthout
Marking Time, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
A Long Day in Lychford, by Paul Cornell
The New Machiavelli, by H. G. Wells
Our Share of Night, by Mariana Enriquez
Fevered Star, by Rebecca Roanhorse
Land of the Blind, by Scott Gray et al
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne
How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
The Pragmatic Programmer, by David Thomas
“Georgia On My Mind”, by Charles Sheffield
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

September 2023 books

Non-fiction 6 (YTD 64)
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality, by Jaron Lanier
The Night of the Doctor, by James Cooray Smith
Fanny Kemble’s Civil Wars, by Catherine Clinton
The Day of the Doctor, by Alasdair Stuart
Dispatches from Chengdu, by Abdel LeRoy
Charmed in Chengdu, by Michael O’Neal (did not finish)

Non-genre 4 (YTD 21)
Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
Keats and Chapman Wryed Again, by Steven A. Jent
Letters from Klara, by Tove Jansson
Death Notice, by Zhou Haohui

SF 7 (YTD 146)
The Bruising of Qilwa, by Naseem Jamnia
Ocean’s Echo, by Everina Maxwell
The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd
Foundryside, by Robert Jackson Bennett
Rupetta, by N.A. Sulway
Shorefall, by Robert Jackson Bennett
What Not: A Prophetic Comedy, by Rose Macaulay

Doctor Who 2 (YTD 27)
Extraction Point, by MG Harris
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, by Steven Moffat

Comics 2 (YTD 23)
War of the Gods, by Nick Abadzis et al
A Doctor in the House?, by Jody Houser et al

5,600 pages (YTD 70,500)
11/21 (YTD 126/288) by non-male writers  (Clinton, Kingsolver, Jansson, Jamnia, Maxwell, Shepherd, Sulway, Macaulay, Harris, illustrators of War of the Gods, author and illustrators of A Doctor in the House?)
3/21 (YTD 39/288) by a non-white writer (Zhou, Jamnia, Shepherd)
1 reread (Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor)

352 books currently tagged unread – down 7 from last month.

Reading now
Nine Black Doves – Volume 5: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
Living with the Gods, by Neil MacGregor
Leave Me Alone, by Murong Xuecun

Coming soon (perhaps)
Breakfast at Tyranny’s, by Nick Abadzis et al
About Time 9, by Tat Wood
Doctor Who: Earthshock, by Ian Marter
Earthshock, by Brian J. Moss
The Battle of Ranskoor av Kolos, by James F. McGrath
A Life of My Own, by Claire Tomalin
2024, by Robert Durward
No, But I Saw the Movie, ed. David Wheeler
Politics: Between The Extremes, by Nick Clegg
The Road to Amber — Volume 6: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
“Even the Queen” by Connie Wilis
Winter, by Ali Smith
Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
Life Ceremony, by Sayaka Murata
Cart and Cwidder, by Diana Wynne Jones
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, by Nick Montfort
My Real Children, by Jo Walton
One Foot in Laos, by Dervla Murphy
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
Jaren van de olifant, by Willy Linthout
A Long Day in Lychford, by Paul Cornell
The New Machiavelli, by H. G. Wells
Land of the Blind, by Scott Gray et al
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women, by Elizabeth Norton

August 2023 books

Non-fiction 10 (YTD 58)
Representatives of the People?: Parliamentarians and Constituents in Modern Democracies, ed. Vernon Bogdanor
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden
Gifted Amateurs and Other Essays, by David Bratman
Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Lifespan, by Digby Tantam 
The Stones of Blood, by Katrin Thier 
Arachnids in the UK, by Sam Maleski
Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road, by Kyle Buchanan (did not finish)
Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?, ed. Mick O’Hare
Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir, by Wil Wheaton
The Return of Eva Perón with the Killings in Trinidad, by V. S. Naipaul

Non-genre 4 (YTD 18)
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman
The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman: Including the Brother, by Flann O’Brien
Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver

SF 17 (YTD 139)
A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L’Engle
Akata Woman, by Nnedi Okorafor
The Outcast, by Louise Cooper
Bloodmarked, by Tracy Deonn (did not finish)
Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, by Charlie Jane Anders
Collision Course, by Robert Silverberg / Nemesis from Terra, by Leigh Brackett
Nettle and Bone, by “T. Kingfisher”
Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods, by Catherynne M. Valente
What Moves the Dead, by “T. Kingfisher”
A Mirror Mended, by Alix E. Harrow
A Rumor of Angels, by Dale Bailey
Into the Riverlands, by Nghi Vo
Even Though I Knew the End, by C.L. Polk
Where the Drowned Girls Go, by Seanan McGuire
“Beggars in Spain”, by Nancy Kress
Nona the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

Doctor Who 4 (YTD 25)
The Shadow Man, by Sharon Bidwell
Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion, by Peter Harness
Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who – The Stones of Blood, by David Fisher

Comics 7 (YTD 21)
Sins of the Father, by Nick Abadzis et al
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, by Tom King, Bilquis Evely and Matheus Lopes
Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams, by Bartosz Sztybor, Filipe Andrade, Alessio Fioriniello, Roman Titov, and Krzysztof Ostrowski
Monstress vol. 7: Devourer, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Major Matt Mason: Moon Mission, by George S. Elrick
DUNE: The Official Movie Graphic Novel, by Lilah Sturges, Drew Johnson, and Zid
Daleks, ed. Marcus Hearn

10,000 pages (YTD 64,900)
21/42 (YTD 115/267) by non-male writers (Thier, Kingsolver, L’Engle, Okorafor, Deonn, Anders, Brackett, 2x “Kingfisher”, Valente, Harrow, Vo, Polk, McGuire, Kress, Muir, Tidwell, illustrators of Sins of the Father, Evely, Liu/Takeda, Sturges)
6/42 (YTD 36/267) by a non-white writer (Naipaul, Okorafor, Deonn, Vo, Polk, Liu/Takeda)
6 rereads (The Various Lives of Keats and ChapmanA Wind in the DoorNemesis from Terra, “Beggars in Spain”, Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood, Doctor Who – The Stones of Blood)

359 books currently tagged unread – down 1 from last month, with purchases and other acquisitions balancing books cleared off the piles.

Reading now
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality, by Jaron Lanier

Coming soon (perhaps)
War of the Gods, by Nick Abadzis et al
Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara, by David Fisher
The Night of the Doctor, by James Cooray Smith
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, by Steven Moffat
The Day of the Doctor, by Alasdair Stuart
A Life of My Own, by Claire Tomalin
Keats and Chapman Wryed Again, by Steven A. Jent
Letters from Klara, by Tove Jansson
A Brief History of the Hobbit, by John D. Rateliff
Nine Black Doves – Volume 5: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
The Cartographers
, by Peng Shepherd
Rupetta, by N.A. Sulway
Living with the Gods, by Neil MacGregor
What Not: A Prophetic Comedy, by Rose Macaulay
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
“Even the Queen” by Connie Wilis
Winter, by Ali Smith
Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, by Nick Montfort
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
Jaren van de olifant, by Willy Linthout
A Long Day in Lychford, by Paul Cornell
The New Machiavelli, by H. G. Wells
Land of the Blind, by Scott Gray et al

July 2023 books

Non-fiction 9 (YTD 48)
Amy Dillwyn, by David Painting
After the War: How to Keep Europe Safe, by Paul Taylor
The Popes and Sixty Years of European Integration
How to End Russia’s War on Ukraine, by Timothy Ash et al
Blackpool Remembered, by John Collier
Drawing Boundaries, eds John C. Courtney, Peter MacKinnon and David E. Smith (did not finish)
The Deadly Assassin, by Andrew Orton
The Awakening, by David Evans-Powell
One Bible, Many Voices: Different Approaches to Biblical Studies, by S.E. Gillingham

Non-genre 7 (YTD 14)
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving
A Burglary, or, Unconscious Influence, by Amy Dillwyn
Jill, by Amy Dillwyn
Jill and Jack, by Amy Dillwyn
Nant Olchfa, by Amy Dillwyn
The Murder on the Links, by Agatha Christie
Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers

Poetry 1 (YTD 4)
The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran

SF 12 (YTD 122)
The Memory Librarian, ed. Janelle Monáe
Atlantis Fallen, by C.E. Murphy
In the Serpent’s Wake, by Rachel Hartman
Ancient, Ancient, by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, ed. Paula Guran
The Drowning Girl, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree
Tofu Brains: Life on Zeeta 21, by Lars Koch
There Will Be War Volume X, ed. Jerry Pournelle (did not finish)
Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut
Knights of God, by Richard Cooper
The Golden Enclaves, by Naomi Novik

Doctor Who 2 (YTD 21)
Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who – The Awakening, by Eric Pringle

Comics 4 (YTD 14)
Arena of Fear, by Nick Abadzis et al
Saga, Vol. 10,  by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan
Partitions irlandaises, by Vincent Baily and Kris
Once & Future Vol 4: Monarchies in the UK, by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamara Bonvillain

8,200 pages (YTD 54,900)
17/35 (YTD 94/225) by non-male writers (Gillingham, Dillwyn x 4, Christie, Sayers, Monáe, Murphy, Hartman, Salaam, Guran, Kiernan, Novik, illustrators of Arena of Fear, Staples, Bonvillain)
2/35 (YTD 30/225) by a non-white writer (Gibran, Salaam)
5 rereads (Whose Body?, Breakfast of Champions, Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin, Doctor Who – The Awakening, Once & Future Vol 4: Monarchies in the UK)

360 books currently tagged unread – up 41 from last month, as I reintegrated the Clarke submissions that I want to get back to, and made some other updates.

Reading now
Representatives of the People?: Parliamentarians and Constituents in Modern Democracies, ed. Vernon Bogdanor
The Outcast, by Louise Cooper
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden

Coming soon (perhaps)
Sins of the Father, by Nick Abadzis et al.
Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion, by Peter Harness
The Shadowman, by Sharon Bidwell
Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who: Stones of Blood, by David Fisher
The Stones of Blood, by Katrin Thier
Arachnids in the UK, by Sam Maleski
Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Life Span, by Digby Tantam
Collision Course, by Robert Silverberg / Nemesis from Terra, by Leigh Brackett
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman
Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
“Beggars in Spain”, by Nancy Kress
The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd
The Return of Eva Perón with the Killings in Trinidad, by V. S. Naipaul
DALEKS, ed. Marcus Hearn
Rupetta, by N.A. Sulway
Living with the Gods, by Neil MacGregor
What Not: A Prophetic Comedy, by Rose Macaulay
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality, by Jaron Lanier
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, by Nick Montfort
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
Jaren van de olifant, by Willy Linthout
The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman: Including the Brother
, by Flann O’Brien

June 2023 books

Non-fiction 8 (YTD 40)
A Brief History of Stonehenge, by Aubrey Burl
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern, by Mary Beard
The Shape of Irish History, by A.T.Q. Stewart
The Robots of Death, by Fiona Moore
City of Soldiers, by Kate Fearon
The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang, by Philip Bates
Franco-Irish Relations, 1500-1610: Politics, Migration and Trade, by Mary Ann Lyons
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, by Jessica Bruder 

Non-genre 3 (YTD 7)
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
The Rebecca Rioter, by Amy Dillwyn
Chloe Arguelle, by Amy Dillwyn

SF 10 (YTD 110)
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
χ4
δ3
φ3
β2
π3
World’s Fair 1992, by Robert Silverberg
“Bears Discover Fire”, by Terry Bisson
Aurora: Beyond Equality, eds Vonda N. McIntyre and Susan Anderson
The Hemingway Hoax, by Joe Haldeman

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 19)
K9 Megabytes, by Bob Baker
Doctor Who and the Robots of Death, by Terrance Dicks
Corpse Marker, by Chris Boucher

Comics 1 (YTD 10)
The Endless Song, by Nick Abadzis et al

7,200 pages (YTD 46,900)
12/26 (YTD 78/191) by non-male writers (Beard, Moore, Fearon, Lyons, Bruder, Zevin, Dillwyn x2, χ4, β2, McIntyre / Anderson, Endless Song illustrators)
2/26 (YTD 28/191) by a non-white writer (Zevin, β2)

Reading now
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving
The Memory Librarian, by Janelle Monáe
Atlantis Fallen, by C.E. Murphy
Amy Dillwyn, by David Painting

Coming soon (perhaps)
Arena of Fear, by Nick Abadis et al
The Shadow Man, by Sharon Bidwell
Blackpool Remembered, by John Collier
Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin, by Terrance Dicks
The Deadly Assassin, by Andrew Orton
Doctor Who – The Awakening, by Eric Pringle
The Awakening, by David Evans-Powell
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, by Elizabeth Bear
Electoral Laws and Their Political Consequences, by Bernard Grofman
Political, Electoral and Spatial Systems, by R. J. Johnston
There Will Be War Volume X, ed. Jerry Pournelle
Ancient, Ancient, by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Partitions irlandaises, by Vincent Baily and Kris
One Bible Many Voices, by S E Gillingham
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden
The Outcast, by Louise Cooper
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman
Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
“Beggars in Spain”, by Nancy Kress
DALEKS
Living with the Gods, by Neil MacGregor
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality, by Jaron Lanier
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, by Nick Montfort
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
The Return of Eva Perón with the Killings in Trinidad, by V. S. Naipaul

May 2023 books

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 32)
Johnson at 10: the Inside Story, by Anthony Seldon and Raymond Newell
The John Nathan-Turner Doctor Who Production Diary, 1979-90, by Richard Molesworth
American Gridlock, eds. James Thurber and Antoine Yoshinaka
Vengeance on Varos, by Jonathan Dennis
The Rings of Akhaten, by William Shaw

Poetry 1 (YTD 3)
Deep Wheel Orcadia, by Harry Josephine Giles

SF 13 (YTD 100)
Creation Machine, by Andrew Bannister
ω4
α5 (did not finish)
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
β5 (did not finish)
ψ4
The Race, by Nina Allan
A Marvellous Light, by Freya Marske
The Shape of Sex to Come, ed. Douglas Hill
The Old Drift, by Namwali Serpell
The Animals in That Country, by Laura Jean McKay
θ4
The Second ‘If’ Reader, ed. Fredrik Pohl

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 16)
Home Fires Burn, by Gareth Madgwick
Doctor Who – Vengeance on Varos, by Philip Martin
Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor, by Philip Martin

Comics 1 (YTD 9)
The Fountains of Forever, by Nick Abadzis et al

7,000 pages (YTD 39,700)
9/23 (YTD 66/165) by non-male writers (Giles, ω4, β5, ψ4, Allan, Marske, Serpell, McKay, Casagrande/Florean)
3/23 (YTD 26/165) by a non-white writer (Yoshinaka, ψ4, Serpell)
380 books currently tagged “unread”, 9 down from last month

Reading now
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
χ4
A Brief History of Stonehenge, by Aubrey Burl

Coming soon (perhaps)
The Endless Song, by Nick Abadzis et al
K9 Megabytes, by Bob Baker
The Shadowman, by Sharon Bidwell
Doctor Who and the Robots of Death, by Terrance Dicks
The Robots of Death, by Fiona Moore
The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang, by Philip Bates
The Shape of Irish History, by A.T.Q. Stewart
City of Soldiers, by Kate Fearon
Collision Course, by Robert Silverberg / Nemesis from Terra, by Leigh Brackett
World’s Fair 1992, by Robert Silverberg
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern, by Mary Beard
Winter, by Ali Smith
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving
The Memory Librarian, by Janelle Monáe
“Bears Discover Fire”, by Terry Bisson
Ancient, Ancient, by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Partitions irlandaises, by Vincent Baily and Kris
One Bible Many Voices, by S E Gillingham
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden
The Outcast, by Louise Cooper
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman
DALEKS
Living with the Gods, by Neil MacGregor
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality, by Jaron Lanier

April 2023 books

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 27)
The Cyprus Crisis and the Cold War, by Makarios Drousiotis
My Family And Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
The Silurians, by Robert Smith?
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation, by Paula Fredriksen
The Underwater Menace, by James Cooray Smith

SF 23 (YTD 87)
β4
Galactic Girl, by Fiona Richmond
γ4
ε4 (did not finish)
ζ4 (did not finish)
Redwood and Wildfire, by Andrea Hairston
δ4
θ4
ι4 (did not finish)
κ4 (did not finish)
η4
λ4
ν4 (did not finish)
ξ4 (did not finish)
ο4 (did not finish)
π4 (did not finish)
ρ4 (did not finish)
σ4 (did not finish)
μ4
τ4 (did not finish)
υ4 (did not finish)
φ4 (did not finish)
χ4

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 13)
Erasing Sherlock, by Kelly Hale
Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace, by Nigel Robinson

Comics 1 (YTD 8)
The Weeping Angels of Mons, by Robbie Morrison, Daniel Indro and Eleonora Carlini

6,500 pages (YTD 32,700)
11/32 (YTD 57/142) by non-male writers (Fredriksen, β4, Richmond, Hairston, θ4, κ4, ν4, ρ4, Hale, υ4, χ4)
2/32 (YTD 23/142) by a non-white writer (β4, Hairston)

389 books tagged “unread”, as of last night; that is 6 fewer than last month as I get through the Clarke submissions, and did not go wild at Eastercon.

Reading now
Creation Machine, by Andrew Bannister
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
ψ4

Coming soon (perhaps)
The Fountains of Forever, by Nick Abadzis et al
The John Nathan Turner Production Diary, 1979-90, by Richard Molesworth
Home Fires Burn, by Gareth Madgwick
Doctor Who – Vengeance on Varos, by Philip Martin
Vengeance on Varos, by Jonathan Dennis
The Rings of Akhaten, by William Shaw
The Race, by Nina Allan
The Shape of Sex to Come, ed. Douglas Hill
American Gridlock, by James Thurber
The Second ‘If’ Reader, ed. Fredrik Pohl
A Marvellous Light, by Freya Marske
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern, by Mary Beard
Winter, by Ali Smith
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving
The Memory Librarian, by Janelle Monáe
“Bears Discover Fire”, by Terry Bisson
Ancient, Ancient, by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Partitions irlandaises, by Vincent Baily and Kris
One Bible Many Voices, by S E Gillingham
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman
DALEKS
Living with the Gods, by Neil MacGregor
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett

March Books

Non-fiction 9 (YTD 22)
Madam Secretary, by Madeleine Albright
Management Lessons from Game of Thrones: Organization Theory and Strategy in Westeros, by Fiona Moore
Terry Pratchett: A Life with Footnotes, by Rob Wilkins
Wordsworth’s French Daughter, by George McLean Harper
Kerblam!, by Naomi Jacobs and Thomas L. Rodebaugh
William Wordsworth and Annette Vallon, by Émile Legouis
The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords, by James Mortimer
The Kosova Liberation Army, by James Pettifer
The Face of Britain, by Simon Schama

Non-genre 1 (YTD 4)
Ratlines, by Stuart Neville

SF 23 (YTD 64)
θ3 (did not finish)
ι3 (did not finish)
κ3 (did not finish)
λ3
μ3
ν3
ξ3 (did not finish)
Luca, by Or Luca
Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances, by Aliette de Bodard
Ogres, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
ο3
The Best of Ian McDonald
Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, eds. Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan and Troy L. Wiggins
π3
ρ3
σ3
τ3
υ3
φ3
χ3 (did not finish)
ψ3 (did not finish)
ω3
α4

Doctor Who 2 (YTD 10)
Warring States, by Mags Halliday
The HAVOC Files: The Laughing Gnome, ed ???

Comics 2 (YTD 7)
Revolutions of Terror, by Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande and Arianna Florean
The Secret to Superhuman Strength, by Alison Bechdel

10,100 pages (YTD 26,200)

17/37 (YTD 46/110) by non-male writers (Albright, Moore, Jacobs, θ3, λ3, μ3, ξ3, Luca, de Bodard, ο3, Thomas/Morigan, σ3, τ3, α4, Halliday, Casagrande/Florean, Bechdel)

7/37 (YTD 21/110) by a non-white writer (θ3, ξ3, Luca, de Bodard, ο3, Thomas/Wiggins, ψ3)

395 books currently tagged “unread”, 10 more than last month with the final Clarke submissions in.

Reading now
Redwood and Wildfire, by Andrea Hairston
β4
γ4
The Weeping Angels of Mons, by Robbie Morrison, Daniel Indro and Eleonora Carlini
Galactic Girl, by Fiona Richmond

Coming soon (perhaps)
Erasing Sherlock, by Kelly Hale
Home Fires Burn, by Gareth Madgwick
Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters, by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the Silurians, by Robert Smith?
Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace, by Nigel Robinson
The Underwater Menace, by James Cooray Smith
The Cyprus Crisis and the Cold War, by Makarios Drousiotis
Creation Machine, by Andrew Bannister
The Race, by Nina Allan
The Shape of Sex to Come, ed. Douglas Hill
My Family And Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation, by Paula Fredriksen
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
A Marvellous Light, by Freya Marske
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern, by Mary Beard
Winter, by Ali Smith
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving“Bears Discover Fire”, by Terry Bisson
The Memory Librarian, by Janelle Monáe
“Bears Discover Fire”, by Terry Bisson
Partitions irlandaises, by Vincent Baily and Kris
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman
Doctor Who Magazine Presents: Daleks
Living with the Gods
, by Neil MacGregor
Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam

February books

Non-fiction 4 (YTD 13)
The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life, by Marcus Du Sautoy
Timelash, by Phil Pascoe
Listen, by Dewi Small
Elizabeth I and Ireland, ed. Brendan Kane and Valerie McGowan-Doyle

Non-genre 1 (YTD 3)
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov

SF 19 (YTD 41)
ρ2
σ2 (did not finish)
τ2
Roadside Picnic, by Arkadii and Boris Strugatsky
υ2
φ2
Wild Cards: Deuces Down, ed. John J. Miller
χ2 (did not finish)
ψ2 (did not finish)
ω2 (did not finish)
α3 (did not finish)
β3 (did not finish)
Peculiar Lives, by Philip Purser Hallard
γ3
δ3
ε3 (did not finish)
ζ3 (did not finish)
Tales from Planet Earth, by Arthur C Clarke
η3

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 8)
Doctor Who: The Eaters of Light, by Rona Munro
Lucy Wilson & the Bledoe Cadets, by Tim Gambrell
Doctor Who: Timelash, by Glen McCoy

Comics 1 (YTD 5)
Agent Provocateur, by Gary Russell et al

6,100 pages (YTD 16,000)
12/28 (YTD 29/73) by non-male writers (McGowan-Doyle, σ2, τ2, υ2, φ2, χ2, ψ2, α3, β3, ε3, Munro, η3)
9/28 (YTD 14/73) by a non-white writer (ρ2, σ2, τ2, υ2, φ2, χ2, ψ2, α3, McCoy)
385 books currently tagged “unread”, 31 less than last month after some recalibration.

Reading now
Madam Secretary, by Madeleine Albright
The Best of Ian McDonald

Coming soon (perhaps)
Revolutions of Terror, by Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande and Arianna Florean
Warring States, by Mags Halliday
The HAVOC Files: The Laughing Gnome, ed ???
Kerblam!, by Naomi Jacobs and Thomas L. Rodebaugh
The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords, by James Mortimer
The Face of Britain: A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits, by Simon Schama
Galactic Girl, by Fiona Richmond
The Deep State of Europe: Welcome to Hell, by Basil Coronakis
Creation Machine, by Andrew Bannister
The Secret to Superhuman Strength, by Alison Bechdel
Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, ed. Sheree Renee Thomas
Ratlines, by Stuart Neville
Redwood and Wildfire, by Andrea Hairston
My Family And Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation, by Paula Fredriksen
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
A Marvellous Light, by Freya Marske
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern, by Mary Beard
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving
“Bears Discover Fire”, by Terry Bisson
Partitions irlandaises, by Vincent Baily and Kris
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
The Man Who Died Twice, by Richard Osman
Winter, by Ali Smith

January books

I have logged 45 books this month, my second highest ever monthly total since I started keeping track in November 2003. A lot of them were very short; a lot were Clarke submissions that I have put aside after fifty or a hundred pages and will get back to some time; also as the new year dawned I had almost finished several books which automatically boosted the total. I’ve also had a high page count, not quite the highest ever but I think in the top five since November 2003. I doubt if the whole year will be like this, but there’s an awfully large pile of Clarke submissions to get through…

Non-fiction 9
God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity, by Rupert Shortt
Diary of a Witchcraft Shop 2, by Trevor Jones and Liz Williams
Final Report of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol
Horror of Fang Rock, by Matthew Guerrieri
Battlefield, by Philip Purser-Hallard
The Karmic Curve, by Mary I. Williams
Juggle and Hide, by Sharon van Ivan
Representing Europeans, by Richard Rose
Complexity: A Very Short Introduction, by John H. Holland

Non-genre 2
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
λ2 (did not finish)

Plays 1
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, by Frank McGuinness

Poetry 2
Metamorphoses, by Ovid tr. Stephanie McCarter
Tales from Ovid, by Ted Hughes

SF 22
γ2
Fugue for a Darkening Island, by Christopher Priest
All the Names They Used for God, by Anjali Sachdeva
“The Mountains of Mourning” by Lois McMaster Bujold
δ2
ε2 (did not finish)
ζ2
η2 (did not finish)
θ2 (did not finish)
The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo
At The Edge Of The World, by Lord Dunsany
ι2
κ2
Death Draws Five, by John J. Miller
μ2
ν2
ξ2 (did not finish)
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, by Dubravka Ugrešić
ο2
The Perfect Assassin, by K.A. Doore
π2 (did not finish)
The World Set Free: A Fantasia of the Future, by H.G. Wells

Doctor Who 5
Doctor Who: Galaxy Four, by William Emms
Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii, by James Moran
Rise of the Dominator, by Robert Mammone
Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock, by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who: Battlefield, by Marc Platt

Comics 4
Alternating Current, by Jody Houser et al.
Sin Eaters, by Cavan Scott, Adriana Melo, Cris Bolson and Marco Lesko
Neptune – Épisode 1 by Leo
Neptune – Épisode 2 by Leo

9,900 pages
17/45 by non-male writers (Williams, Cheney/Lofgren/Murphy/Luria, “Williams”, van Ivan, λ2, McCarter, Sachdeva, Bujold, δ2, ε2, η2, Vo, ι2, Ugrešić, Doore, Houser et al, Melo)
5/45 by a non-white writer (Thompson/Aguilar/Murphy, λ2, γ2, Sachdeva, Vo)
416 books currently tagged “unread”, 21 more than last month, with more Clarke Award submissions to come…

Reading now
ρ2
The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life, by Marcus Du Sautoy

Coming soon (perhaps)
Agent Provocateur, by Gary Russell et al
Doctor Who: The Eaters of Light, by Rona Munro
Lucy Wilson & the Bledoe Cadets, by Tim Gambrell
Doctor Who: Timelash, by Glen McCoy
Timelash, by Phil Pascoe
Listen, by Dewi Small
Wild Cards: Deuces Down, ed. John Jos. Miller
Peculiar Lives, by Philip Purser-Hallard
Elizabeth I and Ireland, ed. Brendan Kane and Valerie McGowan-Doyle
Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Madam Secretary, by Madeleine Albright
Tales from Planet Earth, by Arthur C Clarke
The Secret to Superhuman Strength, by Alison Bechdel
The All-Consuming World, by Cassandra Khaw
Ratlines, by Stuart Neville
Redwood and Wildfire, by Andrea Hairston
My Family And Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation, by Paula Fredriksen
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving
“Bears Discover Fire”, by Terry Bisson
Partitions irlandaises, by Vincent Baily and Kris
Falling to Earth, by Al Worden
Love and Mr Lewisham, by H.G. Wells
A Marvellous Light, by Freya Marske

Saturday reading and December books

Current
Metamorphoses, by Ovid
Tales from Ovid, by Ted Hughes
γ2
Fugue for a Darkening Island, by Christopher Priest
All the Names They Used for God, by Anjali Sachdeva

Last books finished
The Free Lunch, by Spider Robinson
A Ship is Dying, by Brian Callison
What If? by Randall Munroe
On Black Sisters’ Street, by Chika Unigwe
Sewer, Gas and Electric, by Matt Ruff

December 2022 books

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 97)
Warriors’ Gate, by Frank Collins
Zink, by David Van Reybrouck
The Romans, by Jacob Edwards
The Ahtisaari Legacy, ed. Nina Suomalainen and Jyrki Karvinen
What If? by Randall Munroe

Non-genre 3 (YTD 18)
A Darker Shade, ed. John-Henri Holmberg
A Ship is Dying, by Brian Callison
On Black Sisters’ Street, by Chika Unigwe

SF 17 (YTD 122)
φ1
χ1 (did not finish)
Filter House, by Nisi Shawl
ψ1
Looking Further Backward, by Arthur Dudley Vinton
ω1
Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard, by Lawrence M. Schoen
α2
“Schrödinger’s Kitten”, by George Alec Effinger
The Turing Option, by Harry Harrison with Marvin Minsky
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness
“The Last of the Winnebagos”, by Connie Willis
Shadows of Amber, by John Betancourt
β2
Killing Time, by Caleb Carr
The Free Lunch, by Spider Robinson
Sewer, Gas and Electric, by Matt Ruff

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 34)
Doctor Who: Origin Stories (ed. ?Dave Rudden?)
Doctor Who and Warriors’ Gate, by John Lydecker
Doctor Who: The Romans, by Donald Cotton

Comics 2 (YTD 20)
Official Secrets, by Cavan Scott, Adriana Melo, Cris Bolson and Marco Lesko
The Carnival of Immortals, by Enki Bilal

7,100 pages (YTD 66,500)
9/30 (YTD 109/298) by non-male writers (Suomalainen, Unigwe, φ1, Shawl, ψ1α2, Willis, β2, Melo)
4/30 (YTD 39/298) by a non-white writer (Unigwe, Shawl,ω1β2)

384 books currently tagged “unread”, 11 less than last month, with more Clarke Award submissions read than received and some work done on the 2016 backlog.

Annual roundup in the next post.

Coming soon (perhaps)

Sin Eaters, by Cavan Scott, Adriana Melo, Cris Bolson and Marco Lesko
Rise of the Dominator, by Robert Mammone
The Fires of Pompeii, by James Moran
Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock. by Terrance Dicks
Horror of Fang Rock, by Matthew Guerrieri
Doctor Who: Battlefield, by Marc Platt
Battlefield, by Philip Purser-Hallard
God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity, by Rupert Shortt
Diary of a Witchcraft Shop 2, by Trevor Jones and Liz Williams
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, by Frank McGuinness
At The Edge Of The World, by Lord Dunsany
Death Draws Five, by John J. Miller
“The Mountains of Mourning” by Lois McMaster Bujold
Alternating Current, by Jody Houser et al
The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo
Neptune – Épisode 1 by Leo
Penric’s Progress, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, by Dubravka Ugrešić
Complexity: A Very Short Introduction, by John H. Holland
The World Set Free: A Fantasia of the Future, by H.G. Wells
Roadside Picnic, by Arkadii and Boris Strugatsky
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Madam Secretary, by Madeleine Albright
Tales from Planet Earth, by Arthur C Clarke
Ratlines, by Stuart Neville
My Family And Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
The Cider House Rules, by John Irving

November 2022 books

Non-fiction 9 (YTD 92)
The First World War Diary of Noël Drury, 6th Royal Dublin Fusiliers: Gallipoli, Salonika, The Middle East and the Western Front, ed. Richard Grayson
An Eloquent Soldier: The Peninsular War Journals of Lieutenant Charles Crowe of the Inniskillings, 1812-14, ed. Gareth Glover
Rauf Denktaş, a Private Portrait, by Yvonne Çerkez
Moon Boots and Dinner Suits, by Jon Pertwee
The Caucasus: an Introduction, by Thomas de Waal
The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon, by John Toon
The Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Jonathan Morris
Faith in Politics, by John Bruton
The Road To Kosovo: A Balkan Diary, by Greg Campbell

Non-genre 1 (YTD 15)
Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman

Poetry 1 (YTD 2)
Death of a Naturalist, by Seamus Heaney

SF 16 (YTD 105)
The End of the Day, by Claire North
The Harem of Aman Akbar, by Elizabeth Scarborough
Hyperspace Demons, by Jonathan Moeller
μ1
ν1
To Rule in Amber, by John Betancourt
ξ1
ο1 (did not finish)
π1 (did not finish)
ρ1 (did not finish)
σ1 (did not finish)
τ1
Revelations of the Dead-alive aka London and Its Eccentricities in the Year 2023, by John Banim
υ1
The Lost Child of Lychford, by Paul Cornell
Song of Time, by Ian R. MacLeod

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 31)
The Danger Men, by Nick Walter
Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Terrance Dicks
Dr Who: Dalek Invasion Earth 2150AD, by “Alan Smithee”

Comics 2 (YTD 18)
Doctormania, by Cavan Scott et al
The Clockwise War, by Scott Gray

7,400 pages (YTD 69,400)
9/32 (YTD 100/268) by non-male writers (Çerkez, Alderman, North, Scarborough, μ1, ν1, ο1, ρ1, σ1)
2/32 (YTD 35/268) by a non-white writer (ν1, ρ1)

395 books currently tagged “unread”, 15 more than last month, with more Clarke Award submissions

Reading now
A Darker Shade, ed. John-Henri Holmberg
φ1

Coming soon (perhaps)
Official Secrets, by Cavan Scott et al
Doctor Who: Origin Stories (no editor given)
Rise of the Dominator, by Robert Mammone
Doctor Who and Warriors’ Gate, by John Lydecker
Warriors’ Gate, by Frank Collins
Doctor Who: The Romans, by Donald Cotton
The Romans, by Jacob Edwards
Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard, by Lawrence M. Schoen
Zink, by David Van Reybrouck
Shadows of Amber, by John Betancourt
The Ahtisaari Legacy, ed. Nina Suomalainen
Filter House, by Nisi Shawl
“Schrödinger’s Kitten”, by George Alec Effinger
Metamorphoses, by Ovid
What If? by Randall Munroe
All the Names They Used for God, by Anjali Sachdeva
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Madam Secretary, by Madeleine Albright
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
Alternating Current, by Jody Houser et al
Penric’s Progress, by Lois Bujold
The World Set Free, by H.G. Wells
Neptune – Épisode 1, by Leo
Roadside Picnic, by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky
Ratlines, by Stuart Neville
Complexity, by John H. Holland
Tales from Planet Earth, by Arthur C Clarke
A Ship is Dying, by Brian Callison



October books

A couple of tweaks here. First I think I have finally cracked the secret of how to include the book covers neatly in each of the thematic sections. Second, I’ve revised the “Coming next” section to include the coming month’s Doctor Who-related reading first, and then the books acquired in 2016, followed by the rest of the Reading Order in sequence. As always, this is for my own records more than anything else.

Non-fiction 7 (YTD 83)
Doctor Who: A British Alien?
, by Danny Nicol
The Bad Christian’s Manifesto, by Dave Tomlinson (did not finish)
Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northrup
The Face of Evil, by Thomas L Rodebaugh
Love and Monsters, by Niki Haringsma
Welcome to the Doomsphere: Sad Puppies, Hugos, and Politics, by Matthew M. Foster
The Bordley and Belt Families, Based on Letters Written by Family Members, assembled and annotated by Edward Wickersham Hoffman

Plays 1
Juicy and Delicious
, by Lucy Alibar

SF 12 (YTD 89)
δ1
Empire Of Sand
, by Tasha Suri
Complete Short Stories: the 1950s, by Brian Aldiss
ε1
ζ1
La Femme
, ed. Ian Whates
η1
Goliath
, by Tochi Onyebuchi
θ1
ι1
κ1
λ1
 (did not finish)
  

Doctor Who 2 (YTD 28)
Lineage
, ed. Shaun Russell
Doctor Who and the Face of Evil, by Terrance Dicks

Comics 2 (YTD 16)
Voorbij de grenzen van de ernst
, by Kamagurka
Weapons of Past Destruction, by Cavan Scott, Blair Shedd, Rachel Stott and Anand Setyawan

6,500 pages (YTD 62,000)
7/24 (YTD 91/236) by non-male writers (Alibar, Suri, ε1, ι1, κ1, λ1, Stott)
6/24 (YTD 33/236) by a non-white writer (Northrup, Suri, Onyebuchi. κ1, λ1, Setyawan)

381 books currently tagged “unread”, 13 more than last month, with award submissions continuing to come in

Reading now
The End of the Day
, by Claire North
The Harem of Aman Akbar, by Elizabeth Scarborough
Rauf Denktaş, a Private Portrait, by Yvonne Cerkez

Coming soon (perhaps) – new format for this list
Doctormania, by Cavan Scott et al
Moon Boots and Dinner Suits, by Jon Pertwee
The Danger Men, by Nick Walter
The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon, by John Toon
Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Terrance Dicks
The Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Jonathan Morris
Hyperspace Demons, by Jonathan Moeller
To Rule in Amber, by John Betancourt
Faith in Politics, by John Bruton
A Darker Shade, ed. John-Henri Holmberg
Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard, by Lawrence M. Schoen
Null States, by Malka Older
Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman
Death of a Naturalist, by Seamus Heaney
The Clockwise War, by Scott Gray
Song of Time, by Ian R. MacLeod
The Lost Child of Lychford, by Paul Cornell
“Schrödinger’s Kitten”, by George Alec Effinger
Metamorphoses, by Ovid
What If? by Randall Munroe
All the Names They Used for God, by Anjali Sachdeva
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
The World Set Free, by H.G. Wells
Neptune – Épisode 1, by Leo
Roadside Picnic, by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky
Ratlines, by Stuart Neville

September books

Non-fiction 6 (YTD 76)
Political Animals, by Bev Laing
Matt Smith: The Biography, by Emily Herbert
Doctor Who (1996), by Paul Driscoll
The Dæmons, by Matt Barber
Richard of Cornwall: The English King of Germany, by Darren Baker
Argo: How the Cia and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, by Antonio J. Mendez and Matt Baglio 

Non-genre 1 (YTD 14)
Mr Britling Sees It Through, by H.G. Wells

SF 8 (YTD 77)
The Traders’ War, by Charles Stross
Brasyl, by Ian McDonald
Jocasta, by Brian Aldiss
Black Man, by Richard Morgan
α1
β1
Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card
γ1

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 26)
Fear of the Web, by Alyson Leeds
Doctor Who – The Movie, by Gary Russell
Doctor Who and the Dæmons, by Barry Letts

Comics 1 (YTD 14)
A Matter of Life and Death, by George Mann, Emma Vieceli and Hi Fi

5,700 pages (YTD 55,500)
6/19 (YTD 84/211) by non-male writers (Laing, Herbert, β1, γ1, Leeds, Vieceli)
2/19 (YTD 27/211) by a non-white writer (Mendez, α1)

368 books currently tagged “unread”, 8 more than last month, with award submissions coming in

Reading now
Complete Short Stories: the 1950s, by Brian Aldiss
Voorbij de Grenzen van de Ernst, by Kamagurka
Empire Of Sand, by Tasha Suri
δ1

Coming soon (perhaps)
Goliath, by Tochi Onyebuchi
The End of the Day, by Claire North
The Harem of Aman Akbar, by Elizabeth Scarborough
Null States, by Malka Older
Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman
Death of a Naturalist, by Seamus Heaney
La Femme, by Storm Constantine
The Bad Christian’s Manifesto, by Dave Tomlinson
The Clockwise War, by Scott Gray
Song of Time, by Ian R. MacLeod
The Lost Child of Lychford, by Paul Cornell
Schrödinger’s Kitten, by George Alec Effinger
Metamorphoses, by Ovid
What If? by Randall Munroe
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
Thirteen, by Richard Morgan
The World Set Free, by H.G. Wells
Roadside Picnic, by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky
Neptune – Épisode 1, by Leo

August Books

I just realised that this did not go live as I had planned on 31 August, the day I arrived in Chicago, so here it is now.

Non-fiction 8 (YTD 70)
Lenin the Dictator, by Victor Sebestyen
Manifesto, by Bernardine Evaristo
The Life of Col. Samuel M. Wickersham, ed. Edward Wickersham Hoffman
The Curse of Fenric, by Una McCormack
The Time Warrior, by Matthew Kilburn
That Damn’d Thing Called “Honour”: Duelling in Ireland, 1570-1860, by James Kelly
The Kosovo Indictment, by Michael O’Reilly
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Alexievich

Non-genre 2 (YTD 13)
Alaska Sampler 2014: Ten Authors from the Great Land, eds Deb Vanasse and David Marusek
The Light Years, by Elizabeth Jane Howard

SF 9 (YTD 69)
Swordheart, by T. Kingfisher
The Initiate, by Louise Cooper
Sprawl, ed. Cat Sparks
The Massacre of Mankind, by Stephen Baxter
Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber, by John Betancourt
The Harp and the Blade, by John Myers Myers
“Tangents”, by Greg Bear
The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett
The Carhullan Army, by Sarah Hall

Doctor Who 5 (YTD 23)
Dalek Combat Training Manual, by Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker
The Lost Skin, by Andy Frankham-Allen
Scary Monsters, by Simon A. Forward
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric, by Ian Briggs
Doctor Who and the Time Warrior, by Terrance Dicks

Comics 1 (YTD 13)
Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor: Operation Volcano, by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel

6,100 pages (YTD 49,800)

9/25 (YTD 78/192) by non-male writers (Evaristo, McCormack, Alexievich, Vanasse, Howard, “Kingfisher”, Cooper, Sparks, Hall)

1/25 (YTD 25/192) by a non-white writer (Evaristo)

360 books currently tagged “unread”, after adding lots of Doctor Who comics

Reading now
The Traders’ War, by Charles Stross
Brasyl, by Ian McDonald
Mr Britling Sees It Through, by H.G. Wells

Coming soon (perhaps)
Speaker to the Dead, by Orson Scott Card
Political Animals, by Bev Laing
Empire Of Sand, by Tasha Suri
Goliath, by Tochi Onyebuchi
Jocasta, by Brian Aldiss
Complete Short Stories: the 1950s, by Brian Aldiss
The End of the Day, by Claire North
The Harem of Aman Akbar, by Elizabeth Scarborough
Null States, by Malka Older
Voorbij de grenzen van de ernst, by Kamagurka
Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman
Death of a Naturalist, by Seamus Heaney
The Clockwise War, by Scott Gray
The Lost Child of Lychford, by Paul Cornell
Metamorphoses, by Ovid
What If? by Randall Munroe
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
Thirteen, by Richard Morgan
The World Set Free, by H.G. Wells

July Books

Non-fiction 8 (YTD 62)
The Darwin Awards, by Wendy Northcutt
A Short History of Kosovo, by Noel Malcolm
Stability Operations in Kosovo 1999-2000: A Case Study, by Jason Fritz
The Smell of War, by Roland Bartetzko
Presidential Election, by John Danforth et al
Make Your Brain Work, by Amy Brann
Heaven Sent, by Kara Dennison
Hell Bent, by Alyssa Franke

SF 10 (YTD 60)
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, by Sally Ann Melia (did not finish)
Victories Greater than Death, by Charlie Jane Anders
The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden, by Catherynne M. Valente
The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik
Moon Zero Two, by John Burke
Redemptor, by Jordan Ifueko
A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger
Winter’s Orbit, by Everina Maxwell
Soulstar, by C.L. Polk (did not finish)
Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

Doctor Who 2 (YTD 18)
The Unofficial Master Annual, ed. Mark Worgan
The New Unusual, by Adrian Sherlock and Andy Frankham-Allen

5,100 pages (YTD 43,700)
11/20 (YTD 69/167) by non-male writers (Northcutt, Brann, Dennison, Franke, Melia, Anders, Valente, Novil, Ifueko, Little Badger, Maxwell, Polk)
4/20 (YTD 24/167) by non-white writers (Ifueko, Little Badger, Polk, Rushdie)

315 books currently tagged “unread”, 1 less than last month

Reading now
Lenin the Dictator, by Victor Sebestyen
The Initiate, by Louise Cooper
Swordheart, by T. Kingfisher

Coming soon (perhaps)
The Massacre of Mankind, by Stephen Baxter
Manifesto, by Bernardine Evaristo
Alaska Sampler 2014, ed. Deb Vanasse and David Marusek 
Sprawl, by Cat Sparks
Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber, by John Betancourt
The Light Years, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
The Harp and the Blade, by John Myers Myers
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Alexievich
The Kosovo Indictment, by Michael O’Reilly
The Carhullan Army, by Sarah Hall
“Tangents”, by Greg Bear
Mr Britling Sees it Through, by H. G. Wells
Voorbij de grenzen van de ernst, by Kamagurka
Death of a Naturalist, by Seamus Heaney
The Lost Child of Lychford, by Paul Cornell
The Clockwise War, by Scott Gray
Metamorphoses, by Ovid
What If?, by Randall Munroe
Empire Of Sand, by Tasha Suri

June books

Non-fiction 9 (YTD 54)
Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985, eds. Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre
The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, by Amia Srinivasan
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, by Abraham Riesman
Directed by Douglas Camfield, by Michael Seely
Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism, by Elsa Sjunneson
The Eleventh Hour, by Jon Arnold
Face the Raven, by Sarah Groenewegen
No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media, by Peter Steven
The King of Almayne: a 13th century Englishman in Europe, by T.W.E. Roche

Non-genre 2 (YTD 11)
Intimacy, by Jean Paul Sartre
Q&A, by Vikas Swarup

SF 7 (YTD 50)
Half Life, by Shelley Jackson
The Happier Dead, by Ivo Stourton
Queen of the States, by Josephine Saxton
End of the World Blues, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
The Monk, by Matthew Lewis
Nova Swing, by M. John Harrison
Killdozer!, by Theodore Sturgeon

Doctor Who 1 (YTD 16)
The HAVOC Files, Volume 4, ed. Shaun Russell

Comics 9 (YTD 12)
Monstress, Volume 6: The Vow, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Far Sector, by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell
Lore Olympus, by Rachael Smythe
Die, vol.3: The Great Game, by Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans and Clayton Cowles 
Die, vol 4: Bleed, by Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans and Clayton Cowles 
Once & Future, vol. 3: The Parliament of Magpies, by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain
Once & Future, vol. 4: Monarchies in the UK, by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bon-villain
Junker: een Pruisische blues, by Simon Spruyt
Strange Adventures, by Tom King, Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shane

7,100 pages (YTD 38,600), median 257 (YTD 254)
median LT ownership 45; YTD 63.5
12/28 (YTD 58/147) by non-male writers (Srinavasan, Sjunneson, Groenewegen, Jackson, Saxton, Liu/Takeda, Jemisin, Smythe, 2x Hans, 2x Bonvillain)
4/28 (YTD 20/147) by non-white writers (Srinavasan, Swarup, Liu/Takeda, Jemisin)

316 books currently tagged “unread”, 13 less than last month

Reading now
The Darwin Awards, by Wendy Northcutt
The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden, by Catherynne M. Valente
A Short History of Kosovo, by Noel Malcolm 

Coming soon (perhaps)
Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, by Sally Ann Melia
Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
Make Your Brain Work, by Amy Brann
Lenin the Dictator, by Victor Sebestyen
Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells
The Massacre of Mankind, by Stephen Baxter
Manifesto, by Bernardine Evaristo
Alaska Sampler 2014, ed. Deb Vanasse and David Marusek
Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber, by John Betancourt
The Light Years, by Elizabeth Jane Howard
The Harp and the Blade, by John Myers Myers
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett
“Tangents”, by Greg Bear
Mr Britling Sees it Through, by H. G. Wells
Voorbij de grenzen van de ernst, by Kamagurka
Death of a Naturalist, by Seamus Heaney
The Clockwise War, by Scott Gray
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Alexievich
The Lost Child of Lychford, by Paul Cornell

May books

Non-fiction 16 (YTD 45)
Carnival of Monsters, by Ian Potter
Thursday’s Child, by Maralyn Rittenour
Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, by Mark Blake
Queens of the Crusades, by Alison Weir
A Norman Legacy, by Sally Harpur O’Dowd
Tower, by Nigel Jones
The Pilgrimage of S. Silvia of Aquitania to the Holy Places (circa 385 A.D.), trans. John H. Bernard, with an appendix by Sir Charles William Wilson.
The Pilgrimage of Etheria, trans. M. L. McClure and C. L. Feltoe
Signs and Symbols Around the World, by Elizabeth S. Helfman
The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit, by Simon Bucher-Jones
The Pilgrimage of Egeria: A New Translation, by Anne McGowan and Paul F. Bradshaw
Terrorism In Asymmetric Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects, by Ekaterina A. Stepanova
Marco Polo, by Dene October
The Halls of Narrow Water, by Bill Hall
Never Say You Can’t Survive, by Charlie Jane Anders
CBT Workbook, by Stephanie Fitzgerald

Poetry 1
The Sun is Open, by Gail McConnell

Non-genre 1 (YTD 9)
The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak

SF 11 (YTD 43)
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, by Becky Chambers
Light from Uncommon Stars, by Ryka Aoki
A Master of Djinn, by P. Djélì Clark
Flicker, by Theodore Roszak
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
Demons and Dreams: Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror v. 1, eds. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
She Who Became the Sun, by Shelly Parker-Chan
Mort, by Terry Pratchett
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
A Modern Utopia, by H. G. Wells
Mythos, by Stephen Fry

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 18)
Unofficial Doctor Who Annual 1987, ed. Mark Worgan
I am the Master, by Peter Anghelides et al
Doctor Who – Marco Polo, by John Lucarotti

9,700 pages (YTD 31,500), median 322 (YTD 205)
median LT ownership 83 (Queens of the Crusades / Never Say You Can’t Survive); YTD 72.5
15/32 (YTD 47/120) by non-male writers (Rittenour, Weir, Harpur O’Dowd, 3x Egeria and commentators, Helfman, Stepanova, Anders, Fitzgerald, Shafak, Aoki, Datlow/Windling, Parker-Chan)
4/32 (YTD 16/120) by non-white writers (Shafak, Aoki, Clark, Parker-Chan)

329 books currently tagged “unread”, 3 less than last month

Reading now
The Monk, by Matthew Lewis (a chapter a week)
The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, by Amia Srinivasan
Half Life, by Shelley Jackson

Coming soon (perhaps)
The Happier Dead, by Ivo Stourton
Queen of the States, by Josephine Saxton
Monstress, Volume 6: The Vow, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media, by Peter Steven
Junker: een Pruisische blues, by Simon Spruyt
Killdozer!, by Theodore Sturgeon
Intimacy, by Jean Paul Sartre
The Darwin Awards, by Wendy Northcutt
Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
Make Your Brain Work, by Amy Brann
Lenin the Dictator, by Victor Sebestyen
Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells (2021)
The Massacre of Mankind, by Stephen Baxter
Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber, by John Betancourt
The Harp and the Blade, by John Myers Myers
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross
The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett
“Tangents”, by Greg Bear
Mr Britling Sees it Through, by H. G. Wells
End of the World Blues, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Manifesto, by Bernardine Evaristo

April and weekly books

Books read this week:
The Past is Red, by Cat Valente
The Man from Yesterday, by Nick Walters
Stucwerk, Hechtwerk van het Kasteel te Boxmeer, by W.V.J. Freling
Doctor Who: Full Circle, by Andrew Smith
The Limbless Landlord, by Brian Igoe
No Country for Old Men, by Cormac MacCarthy
Full Circle, by John Toon
A Spindle Splintered, by Alix E. Harrow

Non-fiction read in April 8 (YTD 29)
Human Nature / Family of Blood, by Naomi Jacobs and Philip Purser-Hallard
Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Colour, by Joy Sanchez-Taylor
The Ultimate Foe, by James Cooray Smith
Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T Barbini
Hergé, Son of Tintin, by Benoît Peeters
Stucwerk, Hechtwerk van het Kasteel te Boxmeer, by W.V.J. Freling
The Limbless Landlord, by Brian Igoe
Full Circle, by John Toon

Non-genre fiction read in April 1 (YTD 8)
No Country for Old Men, by Cormac MacCarthy

SF (non-Who) read in April: 11 (YTD 32)
Blackthorn Winter, by Liz Williams
Purgatory Mount, by Adam Roberts
Air, by Geoff Ryman
Hive Monkey, by Gareth L. Powell
L’Esprit de L’Escalier, by Catherynne M. Valente
Valley of Lights, by Steve Gallagher
Elder Race, by Adian Tchaikovsky
Across the Green Grass Fields, by Seanan McGuire
A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers
The Past is Red, by Cat Valente
A Spindle Splintered, by Alix E. Harrow
Air Hive Monkey Valley of Lights

Doctor Who books read in April: 4 (YTD 15)
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Foe, by Pip and Jane Baker
Legends of Camelot, by Jacqueline Rayner
The Man from Yesterday, by Nick Walters
Doctor Who: Full Circle, by Andrew Smith

5200 pages (YTD 21,800); average length 208 pages; median length 181 (Human Nature)
median LT ownership 43 (Hergé, Son of Tintin)
11/25 (YTD 32/88) by non-male writers (Jacobs, Sanchez-Taylor, Williams, Valente, McGuire, Chambers, Valente, Harrow, J Baker, Rayner)
2/25 (YTD 12/88) by non-white writers (Sanchez-Taylor, Cooray Smith)

332 books currently tagged “unread”, 1 more than last month

Reading now:
The Monk, by Matthew Lewis (a chapter a week)
Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, by Mark Blake
Tower, by Nigel Jones
Thursday’s Child, by Maralyn Rittenour

Coming soon (perhaps)
Flicker, by Theodore Roszak
Demons and Dreams: Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Vol 1, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Mort, by Terry Pratchett
Make Your Brain Work: How to Maximize Your Efficiency, Productivity and Effectiveness, by Amy Brann
A Modern Utopia, by H. G. Wells
The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, by Amia Srinivasan
Half Life, by Shelley Jackson
The Happier Dead, by Ivo Stourton
Queen of the States, by Josephine Saxton
Monstress, Volume 6: The Vow, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media, by Peter Steven
Junker: een Pruisische blues, by Simon Spruyt
Killdozer!, by Theodore Sturgeon
Intimacy, by Jean Paul Sartre
Lenin the Dictator, by Victor Sebestyen
The Massacre of Mankind, by Stephen Baxter
Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber, by John Betancourt
The Harp and the Blade, by John Myers Myers
The Revolution Trade, by Charles Stross

March books

Pressure of work and Hugos meant I only read 15 books this month, the lowest since March 2019, when I was Hugo Administrator.

(NB I’m still struggling with the best way to display images in WordPress.)

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 21)
The Twinkling of an Eye, by Brian Aldiss
The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe in Contemporary Culture, by Mark Bould
Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology: Seeing Through the Mirrorshades, by Anna McFarlane
Elles font l’abstraction/Women in Abstraction, by Christine Macel and Laure Chavelot
Nine Lives, by Aimen Dean

SF 6 (YTD 21)
The Green Man’s Challenge, by Juliet McKenna
Skyward Inn, by Aliya Whiteley
Light Chaser, by Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell
The Space Machine, by Christopher Priest 
Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao
Shards of Earth, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Doctor Who 3 (YTD 11)
The Unofficial Doctor Who Annual 1972, ed. Mark Worgan
A Very Private Haunting, by Sharon Bidwell
Human Nature, by Paul Cornell

Comics 1 (YTD 3)
Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don’t Care, by Brian Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung

4,300 pages (YTD 16,600); average length 288 pages
Median LT ownership 54 (Skyward Inn)
7/15 (YTD 21/63) not by men (McFarlane, Macel/Chavelot, McKenna, Whiteley, Zhao, Bidwell, Hung)
3/15 (YTD 10/63) by PoC (Dean, Zhao, Lee O’Malley/Hung)
321 books currently tagged “unread”, 4 more than last month

Reading now
Air, by Geoff Ryman
Blackthorn Winter, by Liz Williams
Human Nature / Family of Blood, by Naomi Jacobs and Philip Purser-Hallard
Hive Monkey, by Gareth L. Powell

Coming soon (perhaps)
Valley of Lights, by Steve Gallagher
Hergé, Son of Tintin, by Benoît Peeters
Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, by Mark Blake
The Limbless Landlord, by Brian Igoe
Tower, by Nigel Jones
Flicker, by Theodore Roszak
Demons and Dreams: v. 1: Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, ed. Ellen Datlow
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Mort, by Terry Pratchett
Make Your Brain Work: How to Maximize Your Efficiency, Productivity and Effectiveness, by Amy Brann
A Modern Utopia, by H. G. Wells
Junker: een Pruisische blues, by Simon Spruyt
Killdozer!, by Theodore Sturgeon
Intimacy, by Jean Paul Sartre
Lenin the Dictator, by Victor Sebestyen
The Massacre of Mankind, by Stephen Baxter
Roger Zelazny’s Chaos and Amber, by John Betancourt
The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, by Amia Srinivasan
Half Life, by Shelley Jackson
The Happier Dead, by Ivo Stourton