Inspired by Bernadette’s Virtual Travelling post at Reactions to Reading, I thought I’d take stock of where in the world my reading took me in 2012.
Bernadette managed to visit 21 countries in the course of reading 110 books in 2012. My tally of 12 countries in 40 books seems scant in comparison; though in my defence, I was also writing a novel (set in Thailand) during this period. I haven’t included stand alone short stories on my list, nor children’s books, although the seven-year-old bibliophile I live with ensures I read lot of those, too.
I’m surprised to discover 50% of what I read in 2012 was set in Australia. While I believe in supporting local authors and will no doubt continue to do so, I do feel like I need to get out more. To India, for example, and to African countries. I never thought I’d say this, but I need to read more American fiction, too.
Sixty per cent of the books I read were written by women, which is probably about my annual average, even without the added incentive of the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Anything above a 50:50 ratio is typical for me.
Likewise, 60% of my reading can be categorised more or less as crime fiction. I’m surprised I managed two non-fiction reads in 2012 – a 100% increase on previous years.
Where the action in a book takes place in more than one country, I have listed it under the country where most of the action takes place and/or where that setting motivated me to read it. Countries and authors are listed alphabetically.
Mongrel – Bernard Caleo (series)
Holding the Man – Timothy Conigrave
Comeback – Peter Corris
A Marvellous Boy – Peter Corris
Hard Labour – Crime Factory ed.
The Betrayal – YA Erskine
Miles Off Course – Sulari Gentill
Blue – Pat Grant
Unnatural Habits – Kerry Greenwood
In My Skin – Kate Holden
Silent Fear – Katherine Howell
The Mistake – Wendy James
Out of the Silence – Wendy James
Nine Days – Toni Jordan
The World Waiting To Be Made – Simone Lazaroo
The Midnight Promise – Zane Lovitt
Blackwattle Creek – Geoffrey McGeachin
Death and the Spanish Lady – Carolyn Morwood
The Fine Colour of Rust – PA O’Reilly
Thrill City – Leigh Redhead
Phnom Penh Noir – Christopher G Moore ed.
Ghost Money – Andrew Nette
The Woman Before Me – Ruth Dugdall
In Her Blood – Annie Hauxwell
The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
A Dissection of Murder – Felicity Young
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
All That I Am – Anna Funder
Paving the New Road – Sulari Gentill
Running Dogs – Ruby J Murray
Murder in Mesopotamia – Agatha Christie
The Wreckage – Michael Robotham
Salvation of a Saint – Keigo Higashino
The Travel Writer – Simone Lazaroo
Come Tell Me How You Live – Agatha Christie
Gitana: My Gypsy Life – Gueña Berguer
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
The Man From Primrose Lane – James Renner
Agatha Christie – An Autobiography
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East – Benjamin Law
And again inspired by Bernadette’s reading resolutions, in 2013 I aim to increase the diversity of my reading travels, read more Australian women’s fiction outside the crime genre, and continue to ensure a few classics make it on to my reading list.
Next stop, The Australian Fiance by Simone Lazaroo and Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil.