2017

2017 was a Good (64%) year with 24 books read including 23 from the 1001 Books list. The exception was Norwegian Wood which I thought was on the list but turned out not to be. This was the lowest annual tally of books completed since Arukiyomi began in late 2006. For the first time, there were two months (January and October) where I finished no books at all. In total, I read approx. 13,000 pages, including one of the 1001 list’s shortest (Silk) and one of its three longest (1001 Nights) which means I’ve read the three longest books on the list (with Dance to the Music of Time and In Search of Lost Time making up the other two). Only one book, The Forsyte Saga, made it to my Hall of Fame. The most balanced book was The Feast of the Goat with a standard deviation of only 0.0709, while the most unbalanced was Ulysses (2.766). The worst book of the year was the very first one I read: Against the Day achieved only 20%.

January
February
0574 | Against the Day | Thomas Pynchon
March
0575 | The Feast of the Goat | Mario Vargas Llosa
April
0576 | The Golden Notebook | Dorris Lessing
0577 | North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
May
0578 | The Recognitions | William Gaddis
0577 | Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow | Peter Høeg
June
0580 | Vernon God Little | DBC Pierre
0581 | He Knew he was Right | Anthony Trollope
0582 | The Player of Games | Iain M. Banks
0583 | The Radetzky March | Joseph Roth
July
0584 | Promise at Dawn | Romain Gary
0585 | Ulysses | James Joyce
0586 | The Master | Colm Tóibín
August
0587 | The Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
0588 | If on a winter’s night a traveller … | Italo Calvino
0589 | Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami
September
0590 | The Adventures of Augie March | Saul Bellow
October
November
0591 | Buddenbrooks | Thomas Mann
December
0592 | Cause for Alarm | Eric Ambler
0593 | Women in Love | D.H. Lawrence
0594 | Murphy | Samuel Beckett
0595 | Silk | Alessandro Baricco
0596 | The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night | Anonymous
0597 | The Forsyte Saga | John Galsworthy
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