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This is my reading report card for 2016. I set myself a target of reading 20 books for the whole of 2016 but it looks like I should aim higher. I am very proud of myself. I didn’t get a chance to write a review for each one, but I did write for the ones that mattered.

Best Book
The Vegetarian by Han Kang, by a mile. Even now I can still feel it under my skin. Strangely beautiful even if the premise is viscerally violent.

Best Anthology
A draw – The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. The former author displayed an uncanny prowess at handling an array of genres, and the latter for a distinctive voice of grace and poise.

Best Graphic Novel
Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron, is incredible stuff. Every page feels so cinematic and the flawed characters jumped off the page. I heard it has been picked up for a TV series. Can’t wait to see that.

Novels
01 The Concrete Blonde – Michael Connelly
02 Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín
03 Goth – Otsuichi
04 Tripwire – Lee Child
05 The Crossing – Michael Connelly
06 Stone Mattress – Margaret Atwood
07 Last Winter, We Parted – Fuminori Nakamura
08 Inferno – Dan Brown
09 Carol – Patricia Highsmith
10 A Midsummer’s Equation – Keigo Higashino
11 A Strangeness in My Mind – Orhan Pamuk
12 The Gun – Fuminori Nakamura
13 Shield of Straw – Kazuhiro Kiuchi
14 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
15 A Dog in Water – Kazuhiro Kiuchi
16 The Vegetarian – Han Kang
17 The Widow – Fiona Barton
18 The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
19 The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu
20 Human Acts – Han Kang
21 The Poet – Michael Connelly
22 Inspector Imanishi Investigates – Seichō Matsumoto
23 Mr Mercedes – Stephen King
24 Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
25 Now That It’s Over – O Thiam Chin
26 Corridor – Alfian Sa’at
27 The Beach – Alex Garland
28 Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
29 Six Four – Hideo Yokoyama
30 Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman
31 The Black Echo – Michael Connelly
32 The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

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Graphic Novels
01 Jupiter’s Circle (1) – Mark Millar
02 Deadly Class (3) – Rick Remender
03 The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Vol 1) – Bill Waterson
04 Get Jiro – Anthony Bourdain
05 100 Bullets: Brother Lono – Brian Azzarello
06 Killing and Dying – Adrian Tomine
07 The Sandman: Overture – Neil Gaiman
08 B.P.R.D.- Hell on Earth (4) – Mike Mignola
09 The Complete Far Side (Vol 2) – Gary Larson
10 The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Vol 2) – Bill Waterson
11 B.P.R.D.- Hell on Earth (5) – Mike Mignola
12 Brilliant – Brian Michael Bendis
13 Batman and Robin (4) – Peter J. Tomasi
14 Batman and Robin (5) – Peter J. Tomasi
15 Batman and Robin (6) – Peter J. Tomasi
16 B.P.R.D.- Hell on Earth (6) – Mike Mignola
17 Batman Noir – Brian Azzarello
18 Lazarus (4) – Greg Rucka
19 American Vampire (1) – Scott Snyder
20 The Complete Far Side (Vol 3) – Gary Larson
21 Crossed (5) – David Lapham
22 Nemo: Heart of Ice – Alan Moore
23 Criminal Macabre: Final Night – Steve Niles
24 Walking Dead (25) – Robert Kirkman
25 American Vampire (2) – Scott Snyder
26 American Vampire (3) – Scott Snyder
27 American Vampire (4) – Scott Snyder
28 Revival (6) – Tim Seeley
29 Conan (18) – Fred Van Lente
30 Stitches (1) – Garth Ennis
31 Invincible (22) – Robert Kirkman
32 Zoo – Andy MacDonald
33 Chew (11) – John Layman
34 Sex Criminals (3) – Matt Fraction
35 Astro City: Through Open Doors – Kurt Busiek
36 Astro City: Victory – Kurt Busiek
37 New Lone Wolf & Cub (7) – Kazuo Koike
38 New Lone Wolf & Cub (8) – Kazuo Koike
39 New Lone Wolf & Cub (9) – Kazuo Koike
40 Deadly Class (4) – Rick Remender
41 Jupiter’s Circle (2) – Mark Millar
42 American Vampire (5) – Scott Synder
43 American Vampire (6) – Scott Synder
44 American Vampire (7) – Scott Synder
45 Trinity – Matt Wagner
46 2 Guns – Steven Grant
47 Fade Out (1) – Ed Brubaker
48 Fade Out (2) – Ed Brubaker
49 Fade Out (3) – Ed Brubaker
50 Southern Bastards (1) – Jason Aaron
51 Southern Bastards (2) – Jason Aaron
53 Southern Bastards (3) – Jason Aaron
54 The Walking Dead (26) – Robert Kirkman
55 Velvet (3) – Ed Brubaker
56 Nailbiter (1) – Joshua Williamson
57 Nailbiter (2) – Joshua Williamson
58 Nailbiter (3) – Joshua Williamson
59 Nailbiter (4) – Joshua Williamson
60 Nailbiter (5) – Joshua Williamson
61 Criminal – Ed Brubaker
62 Revival (7) – Tim Seeley
63 The United States of Murder Inc. (1) – Brian Michael Bendis
64 Batman: Europa – Brian Azzarello
65 Thor: God of Thunder (1) – Jason Aaron
66 Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z (1) – Rick Remender
67 Constantine (4) – Ray Fawkes
68 Thor: The Goddess of Thunder (1) – Jason Aaron

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