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The Big Read 2017

Does it matter that the Big Read 2016 fell a wee bit short of the official goal? I think not. (OK, I was a bit bummed) Fingers crossed I’ll be able to carve out more reading time in 2017 and meet the challenge of (yet another) 50 books for the final count. As usual, 35 English and 15 French.

En français
Non-BD
01 | Battements de cœur – Jean-Denis Bredin
02 | Le cheval à bascule – Agatha Christie
03 | Jours sans faim – Delphine de Vigan
04 | L’Évangile selon Pilates – Éric-Emmanuel Schmit
05 | Drôles de bulles – Emmanuelle Rousseau
06 | La carte et le territoire – Michel Houellebecq
07 | Le sens de ma vie – Romain Gary
08 | La vraie parisienne – Anne Plantagenet
09 | Wagon-lit – Joseph Kessel
10 | Courrier sud – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

BD
01-03 | L’Arabe du futur, Tome 1-3 – Riad Sattouf
04 | Maus – Art Spiegelman
05 | Chroniques birmanes – Guy Delisle
06-07 | Le jour où…, Tome 1-2 – Beka Marko Cosson
08 | Dans la combi de Thomas Pesquet – Marion Montaigne
09 | La France sur le pouce – Courtois & Phicil
10 | L’Extravagante comédie du quotidien: Tome 1 – Gregory Mardon
11 | Chiisakobé – Minetarô Mochizuki

In English
01 | Born on a Tuesday – Elnathan John
02 | Being Perfect – Anna Quindlen
03 | The Murder on the Links – Agatha Christie
04 | Looking for Alaska – John Green
05 | The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie
06 | Poirot Investigates – Agatha Christie
07 | The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
08 | The Big Four – Agatha Christie
09 | Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
10 | Four Weddings and a Sixpence – Julian Quinn
11 | The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman
12 | Organized Mind – Daniel Levitin
13 | Wake up, Sir! – Jonathan Ames
14 | Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less – Jeffrey Archer
15 | Good Omens – Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
16 | In the Heart of the Country – J M Coetzee
17 | The Masque of Africa – V S Naipul
18 | The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
19 | Five Star Billionaire – Tash Aw
20 | The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
21 | The Queen of the Night – Alexander Chee
22 | Dreams from my Father – Barack Obama
23 | The Rice Paper Diaries – Francesca Rhydderch
24 | 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl – Mona Awad
25 | The Red Notebook – Antoine Laurain
26 | Checked Out – Abby Matthews
27 | The Mystery of the Blue Train – Agatha Christie
28 | One, Two, Buckle my Shoe – Agatha Christie
29 | Lord Edgware Dies – Agatha Christie
30 | Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie
31 | Peril at End House – Agatha Christie
32 | Three Act Tragedy – Agatha Christie
33 | Death in the Clouds – Agatha Christie
34 | The A.B.C. Murders – Agatha Christie
35 | Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
36 | China Rich Girlfriends – Kevin Kwan
37 | Murder in Mesopotamia – Agatha Christie
38 | Cards on the Table – Agatha Christie
39 | Murder in the Mews – Agatha Christie
40 | Dumb Witness – Agatha Christie
41 | Appointment with Death – Agatha Christie
42 | Hercule Poirot’s Christman – Agatha Christie
43 | Sad Cypress – Agatha Christie
44 | Evil Under the Sun – Agatha Christie
45 | Five Little Pigs – Agatha Christie
46 | The Hollow – Agatha Christie
47 | The Labours of Hercules – Agatha Christie
48 | Taken at the Flood – Agatha Christie
49 | The Underdog and Other Stories – Agatha Christie
50 | The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice – Ronan Ryan
51 | Mrs McGinty’s Dead – Agatha Christie
52 | After the Funeral – Agatha Christie
53 | Hickory Dickory Dock – Agatha Christie
54 | Dead Man’s Folly – Agatha Christie
55 | Cat Among the Pigeons – Agatha Christie
56 | The Clocks – Agatha Christie
57 | Third Girl – Agatha Christie
58 | Hallowe’en Party – Agatha Christie
59 | Elephants Can Remember – Agatha Christie
60 | Poirot’s Early Cases – Agatha Christie
61 | Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case – Agatha Christie
62 | The Power of Creativity – Bryan Collins
63 | The Book of Memory – Petina Gappah
64 | Black Coffee – Agatha Christie
65 | The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – Agatha Christie
66 | Deep Work – Cal Newport
67 | Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg
68 | How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams

 

31 December 2017: This is a good year for reading (Agatha Christie). Long haul flights always help, and I had a few of them this year. Somewhat less diverse perhaps, compared to previous years. Given the popularity of BDs (bande dessinées, aka comics) in France, it really is just a matter of time before I discover the joy they bring although they’re not particularly easy to transport everywhere nor to read on Kindle. I’m making use of public libraries for the continuous supply of BDs to read ;)

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