Yearly Reading: Akylina

2018:

1. Time Killers: Short Story Collection by Kazue Kato *****
2. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur ***
3. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee ***** – review

2017:

1. Ρόσνα και… Μοζαμέλ by Χριστίνα Φραγκεσκάκη ***
2. Batman: Noël by Lee Bermejo and Jim Lee *****
3. World Trigger Volume 1 by Daisuke Ashihara ***
4. World Trigger Volume 2 by Daisuke Ashihara ***
5. The Literary Fantastic: From Gothic to Postmodernism by Neil Cornwell ****
6. The Sandman by E.T.A. Hoffmann ****
7. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ***
8. The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry by Harold Bloom ***
9. Tangled Hair: Selcted Tanka from Midaregami by Yosano Akiko ****
10. The Rise of the Novel: Studies on Defoe, Richardson and Fielding by Ian P. Watt ***
11. Ten Nights’ Dreams by Natsume Soseki ***
12. World Trigger Volume 3 by Daisuke Ashihara ***
13. World Trigger Volume 4 by Daisuke Ashihara ***
14. The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity by Susan Napier *****
15. Kappa by Ryunosuke Akutagawa ***
16. Monstress issue 9 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda ***
17. Sarrasine by Honoré de Balzac ****
18. In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki ****
19. S/Z by Roland Barthes ***
20. Monstress issue 10 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda ****
21. Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill ***
22. The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi ***
23. Hell Screen, Cogwheels and A Fool’s Life by Ryunosuke Akutagawa *****
24. 20th Century Boys Volume 2 by Naoki Urasawa ****
25. 20th Century Boys Volume 3 by Naoki Urasawa ***
26. The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre by Tzvetan Todorov ****
27. The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami ***
28. Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe ***
29. Escape from the Wasteland: Romanticism and Realism in the Fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo by Susan Napier ****
30. Kamisama 2011 by Hiromi Kawakami ***
31. 20th Century Boys Volume 4 by Naoki Urasawa ****
32. Peter and Alice by John Logan *****
33. Monstress issue 11 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda *****
34. 20th Century Boys Volume 5 by Naoki Urasawa ***
35. Fantasy and Mimesis: Responses to Reality in Western Literature by Kathryn Hume ****
36. The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson ****
37. 20th Century Boys Volume 6 by Naoki Urasawa ***
38. 20th Century Boys Volume 7 by Naoki Urasawa ****
39. Alienation by Richard Schacht ***
40. The Tent by Margaret Atwood **
41. White is for Wicthing by Helen Oyeyemi ***
42. The Mystery of Artistic Creation by Stefan Zweig ***
43. Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte issue 1 by Joe Benitez ***
44. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu *****
45. Μ. Καραγάτσης: Ο Συγγραφέας και τα Λογοτεχνικά Προσωπεία by Νένα Κοκκινάκη ****
46. Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen ****
47. The Blue Fox by Sjón ***
48. Monstress issue 12 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda ***
49. The Woman in the Dunes by Abe Kobo ****
50. 5 Modern Japanese Novelists by Donald Keene ****
51. The Happy Reader issue 9 ****
52. Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto ****
53. Buchmendel and The Invisible Collection by Stefan Zweig ****
54. Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah ***
55. Chess by Stefan Zweig ****
56. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson ****
57. Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster ***
58. Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte issue 2 by Joe Benitez ***
59. Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte issue 3 by Joe Benitez ***
60. The Means of Escape by Penelope Fitzgerald ****
61. Attributed to the Harrow Painter by Nick Twemlow **
62. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson ****
63. Strangers by Taichi Yamada ***
64. White Robes by David Kudler ***
65. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman ***
66. Hero Volume 1 by Yoshitaka Amano ***
67. The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais ****
68. Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami *** – review
69. Ms Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami **** – review
70. The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge **** – review
71. Disney Manga: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka *** – review
72. Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss ****
73. Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan ***
74. Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan ****
75. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro **** – review
76. No Time to Spare by Ursuka K. Le Guin **** – review
77. Daughter of Necessity by Marie Brennan ***
78. Letter from an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig ****
79. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden **** – review
80. Ο Χορός των Νεκρών by Βαγγέλης Γιαννίσης ****
81. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen ****
82. Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O’Hara *****
83. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ****
84. The Travelling Companion by Ian Rankin ***
85. カノジョは嘘を愛しすぎてる1 by 青木琴美 ***
86. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ****
87. Memoirs of a Pollar Bear by Yoko Tawada ***** – review
88. The Master Key by Masako Togawa **** – review
89. Harry Potter: A History of Magic ***
90. The Happy Reader issue 10 ***
91. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie ***
92. Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian **
93. Mr. Salary by Sally Rooney ****
94. Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks **** – review
95. The Devil’s Disciple by Shiro Hamao ***
96. Christmas with Dull People by Saki **
97. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ****
98. My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture by Kazuo Ishiguro *****
99. The Wilfull Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb ****

2016:

1. Sister by Rosamund Lupton ****
2. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Volume 1 by Hayao Miyazaki ****
3. The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone: Poems by Nancy K Pearson ****
4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton ****
5. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan ****
6. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki *****
7. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti ****
8. Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan ****
9. I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo ***
10. Angelarium: Book of Emanations by Magnetic Press Inc. ***
11. The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates ** – thoughts
12. Myth & Magic: The Art of John Howe by John Howe *****
13. Maurice, or, The Fisher’s Cot by Mary Shelley *** – thoughts
14. The Egg by Andy Weir ***
15. The Thief by Ruth Rendell **
16. The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inoue ****
17. The Nightingales Are Drunk by Hafez ***
18. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel ***
19. Hinges Volume 1 by Meredith McClaren *** – thoughts
20. Για μια χούφτα βινύλια by Χίλντα Παπαδημητρίου ****
21. Hinges Volume 2 by Meredith McClaren *** – thoughts
22. Black Philology by Pablo de Santis ***
23. The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen ***
24. The Happy Reader Issue 5 ****
25. The House by Leland Bardwell **** – thoughts
26. Πως η λογοτεχνία σου αλλάζει τη ζωή (How literature can change your life) by Δημήτρης Στεφανάκης ***
27. Lady Mechanika Volume 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez ****
28. Three Tang Dynasty Poets by Penguin Little Black Classics ***
29. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (re-read) *****
30. A Cup of Salt Tears (short story) by Isabel Yap ***
31. Salvation of a Saint by Higashino Keigo ****
32. The Clockwork Soldier (short story) by Ken Liu ****
33. The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith ***
34. House (poem) by Neil Gaiman ***
35. The Ballad of Oisín in Tir na nÓg by Michéal Ó Coimín **** – thoughts
36. Clockwork Fairies (short story) by Cat Rambo ****
37. Lady Mechanika Volume 2: The Tablet of Destinies by Joe Benitez ****
38. Wrath of the Khans by Dan Carlin ****
39. The Closet of Savage Mementos by Nuala Ní Chonchúir **** – thoughts
40. The Fade Out Issue 1 by Ed Brubaker ***
41. Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler ***
42. Myth and Meaning by Claude Levi-Strauss ***
43. Midnight Hour (short story) by Mary Robinette Kowal ****
44. Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life by Sayed Kashua *** – thoughts
45. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch *****
46. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf *****
47. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas ***
48. Book by John Agard ****
49. The Clocks by Agatha Christie ****

2015:

1. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah **** – thoughts
2. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman **** – thoughts
3. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide *** – thoughts
4. The Functional Analysis of English by Thomas Bloor ***
5. Syntax: A Generative Introduction by Andrew Carnie **
6. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa *****
7. Good Omens (BBC Radio 4 adaptation) by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman **** – thoughts
8. Ariel by Sylvia Plath ****
9. The Tantramar Revisited by Charles G.D. Roberts ***
10. An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English by Russell Brown ****
11. The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth **** – thoughts
12. In The Winter of Cities by Tennessee Williams **** – thoughts
13. Translating Identities on Stage and Screen: Pragmatic Perspectives and Discoursal Tendencies by Maria Sidiropoulou ***
14. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman **** – thoughts
15. Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot *** – thoughts
16. Victorian Fairy Tales edited by Michael Newton **** – thoughts
17. Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn *** – thoughts
18. In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’mor **** – thoughts
19. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood ****
20. Knight of the White Hart by Kathryn Marlowe ** – thoughts
21. Dubliners by James Joyce **** – thoughts
22. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot ****
23. Lips Too Chilled by Matsuo Basho ***** – thoughts
24. The Stove-Junker by S.K. Kalsi *** – thoughts
25. The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch *** – thoughts
26. The Judge’s House by Bram Stoker **** – thoughts
27. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde ***** – thoughts
28. The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde *** – thoughts
29. The Mark-2 Wife by William Trevor *** – thoughts
30. The Summer Visitor by William Trevor ***
31. The Twelve by Stuart Neville ***
32. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami ***
33. Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara *****
34. Γράμμα από την Αλάσκα by Σώτη Τριανταφύλλου ***
35. Let’s Eat Ramen and Other Doujinshi Short Stories by Nagumo ***
36. A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland ****
37. Το Παν Είναι Η Συγκίνηση by Μαρίκα Λάμπρου ****
38. The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen ***
39. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente *****
40. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett ***
41. A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees by Kenko *****
42. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman ****
43. Δεν Είναι Από Σύμπτωση by Ryoko Sekiguchi ****

2014:

1. For the Love of Books – Françoize Boucher ****
2. Inuyasha volume 31 – Rumiko Takahashi ***
3. Takasebune – Ogai Mori ****
4. Kew Gardens – Virginia Woolf ***
5. Saigo no Ikku – Ogai Mori ****
6. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl **
7. Batman: Hush volume 1 – Jeph Loeb ****
8. Inuyasha volume 32 – Rumiko Takahashi ***
9. The Day the Saucers Came – Neil Gaiman *****
10. Inuyasha volume 33 – Rumiko Takahashi ***
11. Batman: Hush volume 2 – Jeph Loeb *****
12. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka **
13. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters – Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell *****
14. Botchan – Natsume Soseki ***
15. Attack on Titan volume 1 – Hajime Isayama ***
16. The Little Mermaid – Hans Christian Andersen ****
17. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern *****
18. Sir Orfeo – Unknown ****
19. Attack on Titan volume 2 – Hajime Isayama ***
20. The Thing in the Forest – A.S. Byatt ****
21. Le Lai de Lanval – Marie de France ****
22. The Tale of Sir Thopas – Geoffrey Chaucer ***
23. Attack on Titan volume 3 – Hajime Isayama ***
24. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson ****
25. Fables volume 1 – Bill Willingham ****
26. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare ****
27. The Fairies in Tradition and Literature – Katharine Mary Briggs ****
28. La Belle Dame Sans Merci – John Keats ***
29. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis ****
30. The Gunslinger – Stephen King **
31. Sailor Moon volume 1 – Naoko Takeuchi ****
32. Palm-of-the-Hand Stories – Yasunari Kawabata *****
33. Japan/China: A Journal of Two Voyages to the Far East – Nikos Kazantzakis *****
34. A Village After Dark – Kazuo Ishiguro ****
35. The Skriker – Caryl Churchill ***
36. Samsa in Love – Haruki Murakami ***
37. City Deep – Jeremy Dyson ***
38. Beauty and the Beast – Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont ****
39. Waterland – Graham Swift ****
40. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote ****
41. Do You Love Me? – Peter Carey ***
42. Kristu-Du – Peter Carey **
43. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut **
44. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami *****
45. Printemps – Bruno Schulz ***
46. Boneshaker – Cherie Priest ***
47. Writings from Japan – Lafcadio Hearn *****
48. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow – George R.R. Martin ****
49. Sailor Moon volume 2 – Naoko Takeuchi ****
50. Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo – Takayuki Tomita *****
51. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo ***
52. The Boy Who Drew Cats and Other Stories – Lafcadio Hearn ****
53. The Book of Tea – Kakuzo Okakura ***** – thoughts
54. Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final – J.K. Rowling ***
55. M Is For Magic – Neil Gaiman ****
56. Hell Screen – Ryunosuke Akutagawa ****
57. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman ****
58. In Praise of Shadows – Junichiro Tanizaki ***
59. Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? – Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert **** – thoughts
60. Selected Short Stories – Virginia Woolf **** thoughts
61. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs ***
62. Cathleen Ni Houlihan – W.B. Yeats *** – thoughts
63. The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood **** – thoughts
64. The Lost Island (excerpts) – E. Pauline Johnson ***
65. Roughing It In The Bush (excerpts) – Susanna Moodie ***
66. The Backwoods of Canada (excerpts) – Catharine Parr Traill ***
67. Selected Poems – Emily Bronte *****
68. Between The Acts – Virginia Woolf ****
69. The Complete Poems – Emily Bronte *****
70. Varieties of Exile (short story) – Mavis Gallant ****
71. My Heart Is Broken (short story) – Mavis Gallant ***
72. When We Were Nearly Young (short story) – Mavis Gallant ***
73. About Geneva (short story) – Mavis Gallant **
74. The Progress of Love (short story) – Alice Munro ****
75. The Dutchman – Amiri Baraka ***
76. The Birds and Other Stories – Daphne Du Maurier ****
77. Translations – Brian Friel ***
78. Happy Days – Samuel Beckett **
79. Queenie – Alice Munro ****
80. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier *****
81. The Age of Lead (short story) – Margaret Atwood ****
82. Top Girls – Caryl Churchill ***
83. 1Q84 (Book 1) – Haruki Murakami ****
84. Margaret Atwood: Visions and Forms – Kathryn VanSpanckeren ***
85. Yokohama Days, Kyoto Nights – Andrew Parkin ***
86. Inheritance – Christopher Paolini ****
87. The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling ***** (re-read)
88. WarCraft: The Sunwell Trilogy vol.1: Dragon Hunt – Richard A. Knaak and Kim Jae-Hwan
89. Brian Friel and Ireland’s Drama – Richard Pine ***
90. Brian Friel: Making History, Dancing at Lughnasa, Philadelphia Here I Come, and Translations – Nesta Jones ***
91. Brian Friel: A Casebook – William Kerwin ***
92. As Birds Bring Forth The Sun (short story) – Alistair MacLeod *****
93. The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems – Michael Ondaatje ***
94. A Coyote Columbus Story – Thomas King ****
95. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger **

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