For some reason, on 28th June 2009, I decided I should really keep track of what I read. 

Then, when I noticed I’d only read 12 books in 2011, (having managed 26 books in 2009 and 2010 without thinking), I began to set myself the target of 26 books a year – one a fortnight. Having missed this target, I lowered this to 24 for 2015, then to 12 for 2016. In 2017, I only managed 5. I managed 12 in 2018, and 8 in 2019. After 12 in 2020, I was back down to 5 in 2021 and 2022. Then just 3 in 2023.

Time to shake up the system.


  1. Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity [07Jan] (Devon Price)
  2. Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles Book 1) [10Feb] (K.F. Breene)
  3. The Survivor’s Quest: Recovery After Encountering Evil [19Feb] (HealingJourney)
  4. .
  5. ..


  1. The Sugar Jar: Create Boundaries, Embrace Self-Healing, and Enjoy the Sweet Things in Life [14May]  (Yasmine Cheyenne)
  2. This Is How You Lose The Time War   [24Jun]   (Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone)
  3. Existential Kink: Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power   [04Aug]  (Dr. Carolyn Elliott)


  1. The Courage Party: Helping Our Resilient Children Understand and Survive Sexual Assault [3Jan]  (Joyce Brabner)
  2. Beyond the Stars and Shadows    [11March]   (Kristen Martin)
  3. I Hope We Choose Love   [2May]   (Kai Cheng Thom)
  4. You Are a Badass  [29May]   (Jen Sincero)
  5. Codependent No More     [3Jun]      (Melody Beattie)


  1. The Illustrated Happiness Trap   [18Apr]   (Russ Harris)
  2. Stuff That’s Loud   [29Aug]   (Ben Sedley & Lisa Coyne)
  3. Secrets to Selling Books on Social Media     [09Oct21]   (Bethany Atazadeh & Mandi Lynn
  4. Plan a Profitable Book Launch     [24Oct21] (Mandi Lynn & Bethany Atazadeh)
  5. A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps      [27Nov]     (Patrick J. Carnes)


  1. How To Write This Book   [5Jan]   (Laura Gale)
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck    [31Jan]   (Sarah Knight)
  3. Song of the Dryad    [17Feb]    (Natalia Leigh)
  4. The Middle Finger Project [30Mar]   (Ash Ambirge)
  5. Untamed   [14Jul]  (Glennon Doyle)
  6. Unf**k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life  [18Jul]   (Gary John Bishop)
  7. Quiet Power Strategy   [15Aug]   (Tara Gentile)
  8. You 2.0: Master the Art of Personal Transformation   [18Sep]       (Ayodeji Awosika)
  9. Manifesting Money  [26Nov]   (Amanda Rose)
  10. Insurgent   [3Dec]  (Veronica Roth)
  11. Inner Demons   [11Dec]   (Sarra Cannon)
  12. Crystal Magic [30Dec]    (Madeline Freeman)


  1. The Chimp Paradox    [26May]   (Prof Steve Peters)
  2. What Is Your Cat Really Thinking?   [13Aug]   (Sophie Johnson)
  3. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life  [29Aug]   (Hector Garcia Puigcerver)
  4. Forever My Daughter      [29Aug]    (Pam Brown)
  5. Everything is Figureoutable: How One Simple Belief Can Help Us Overcome Any Obstacle and Create Unstoppable Success      [12Oct]   (Marie Forleo)
  6. Where’s My F**king Unicorn?: A Guide to Life, Your Unicorn Everything   [22Dec]   (Michelle Gordon)
  7. The Secrets of Success   [23Dec]     (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
  8. The Spirit Rebellion     [27Dec]    (Rachel Aaron)


  1. Happier at Home [22Jan]   (Gretchen Rubin)
  2. Rise Sister Rise   [13Mar]   (Rebecca Campbell)
  3. Mockingjay    [14Mar]   (Suzanne Collins)
  4. Go the F**k to Sleep   [27Apr]   (Adam Mansbach)
  5. Bare Naked Bravery  [23Jul]   (Emily Ann Peterson)
  6. Who The F*ck Am I To Be A Coach?! [18Aug] (Megan Jo Wilson)
  7. Revolutionary Productivity  [04Sep]   (Katie Mazzocco)
  8. Cat Haiku  [29Sep]   (Deborah Coates)
  9. How to Polish Your Manuscript into a Rock-Solid Book  [09Oct] (Andrea Pearson)
  10. The Code of Extraordinary Change   [12Oct]   (Steve Errey)
  11. Pulp Speed for Professional Writers   [13Oct]   (Blaze Ward)
  12. Divergent   [13Dec]  (Veronica Roth)


  1. The Vagrant  [2Mar]   (Peter Newman)
  2. No Mud, No Lotus  [21Aug]   (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  3. Steering by Starlight  [09Sep]   (Martha Beck)
  4. The Wind Between Worlds [17Sep]  (Julie Hutchings)
  5. Braving the Wilderness [23Dec] (Brené Brown)


  1. Managing Anxiety with CBT for Dummies   [2Jan]   (Graham Davey et al)
  2. Catching Fire    [13Jan]    (Suzanne Collins)
  3. Legion   [08Apr]   (Brandon Sanderson)
  4. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country  [08Apr]  (Helen Russell)
  5. The Felled Gods (TFG) WIP   [17Apr]   (K. R. Green)
  6. 250 Things You Should Know About Writing   [10May]   (Chuck Wendig)
  7. Darkening Skies: Draft Two WIP    [24May]    (K. R. Green)
  8. Shadowbound    [31May]   (Dianne Sylvan)
  9. Mockingbird   [05Jul]   (Chuck Wendig)
  10. The Hero of Ages  [08Aug]  (Brandon Sanderson)
  11. The Wisdom of the Shire     [08Dec]    (Noble Smith)
  12. Indigo    [11Dec]    (Mhairi Simpson)
  13. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things   [14Dec]   (Jenny Lawson)


  1. Devotion    [1Jan]   (Alexandra Franzen)
  2. The Art of Asking  [14Feb]  (Amanda Palmer)
  3. MoA Beta-Read [31Mar]  (Ellie Di Julio)
  4. Blackbirds  [04Apr]   (Chuck Wendig)
  5. The Little CBT Workbook [05Apr]  (Dr Michael Sinclair & Dr Belinda Hollingsworth)
  6. Darkening Skies (PS) WIP    [15Apr]    (K. R. Green)
  7. Furies of Calderon    [16May]   (Jim Butcher)
  8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.   [17May]  (Marie Kondo)
  9. IAPT: Reach Out (3rd Edition)  [01Sep]  (David Richards & Mark Whyte)
  10. Simplify      [07Sep]    (Joshua Becker)
  11. The Importance of Being Oscar  [05Dec]   (Yvonne Skargon)
  12. If It Fits, I Sits  [10Dec]  (Various)
  13. How it Works: The Husband [25Dec] (Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris)
  14. How it Works: The Wife [31Dec] (Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris)


  1. Throne of Glass    [7Jan]     (Sarah J. Maas)
  2. The Agency: Part IV   [10Feb]   (Dianne Sylvan)
  3. Planes Shifter WIP    [14Feb]    (K. R. Green)
  4. Beautiful Demons   [24Feb]   (Sarra Cannon)
  5. The Hunger Games [25Feb]  (Suzanne Collins)
  6. Mistborn: The Final Empire  [16Mar]   (Brandon Sanderson)
  7. Write Your Novel From The Middle   [4Apr]   (James Scott Bell)
  8. Warbreaker  [17May]  (Brandon Sanderson)
  9. Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey  [1Jun]   (Chuck Wendig)
  10. Summoned   [3Jun]   (Rainy Kaye)
  11. Queen of the Tearling    [3Jun]   (Erika Johansen)
  12. SWORD OF SOULS Beta-Read [12Jul]   (Ellie Di Julio)
  13. The Gospel of Loki  [1Sep]   (Joanne Harris)
  14. The Well of Ascension  [10Sep]   (Brandon Sanderson)
  15. The Usual Error [16Sep]   (Pace & Kyeli Smith)
  16. Charisma + 1  [03Oct]  (Jessica Brawner)
  17. Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing  [05Oct]  (David Farland)
  18. The Pursuit of Perfection and How it Harms Writers  [09Oct]  (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
  19. Between Two Thorns   [04Nov]   (Emma Newman)
  20. The Adventures of the Princess and Mr Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed  [06Nov]    (Patrick Rothfuss)
  21. 30 Days in the Word Mines.  [06Nov]  (Chuck Wendig)
  22. A Lovely Love Story [17Nov]  (Edward Monkton)
  23. Million Dollar Productivity   [31Dec]  (Kevin J. Anderson)


During 2013, I’m planning to do “novel-swaps” and beta reading, which means I’ll be including “X’s novel” or writing the title in capital letters just to keep track of my numbers.

  1. INKCHANGER Beta-Read [4Jan]  (Ellie Di Julio)
  2. The Parenting Puzzle  [4Jan] (Candida Hunt)
  3. Fire Bringer  [14Jan]  (David Clement-Davies)
  4. The Agency: Part I  [17Feb]  (Dianne Sylvan)
  5. The Agency: Part II  [16March]  (Dianne Sylvan)
  6. A Pagan Book of ABCs [24March] (Shanddaramon)
  7. The Spirit Thief [24March]  (Rachel Aaron)
  8. The Journey: Guardians #1  [02April]  (Michael Abayomi)
  9. Magic Tools for Raising Kids [04April]  (Elizabeth Crary)
  10. Of Shadow Born [07April]   (Dianne Sylvan)
  11. 2k to 10k: How to Write Better, Write Faster, and Write More of What You Love   [12June]  (Rachel Aaron)
  12. Time and Again  [28June]  (Kyeli Smith and Ellie Di Julio)
  13. The Agency: Part III  [07July]  (Dianne Sylvan)
  14. Artemis Fowl  [12July]  (Eoin Colfer)
  15. THE TRANSMIGRATION OF CORA RILEY Beta-Read, Part I [03Aug]   (Ellie Di Julio)
  16. TTOCR Beta-Read, Part II  [18Aug]  (Ellie Di Julio)
  17. The Fault In Our Stars   [07Oct]  (John Green)
  18. My Name is … , and I am an Indie Author [10Oct] (C. G. Cooper)
  19. Self Publishing Books 101   [11Oct]    (Shelley Hitz)
  20. The Light Keepers    [20Oct]  (Mande Matthews)
  21. The Forbidden Library   [01Dec]   (Django Wexler)


  1. The Happy Prince and Other Tales  [4Jan]   (Oscar Wilde)
  2. Holding On and Hanging In    [5Jan]   (Lorna Miles)
  3. Shadowflame    [15Jan]   (Dianne Sylvan)
  4. Game of Thrones  [22Jan]   (George R.R. Martin)
  5. Dusk   [28Jan]   (Kenneth Oppel)
  6. Walk Like a God   [11Feb]   (Drew Jacob)
  7. Astonishing the Gods    [26Feb]   (Ben Okri)
  8. Fairytale   [28Feb]   (Monica Kulling)
  9. Wights and Ancestors  [26March]    (Jenny Blain)
  10. Why Now Is The Time To Crush It!  [16April]   (Gary Vaynerchuk)
  11. Shadow’s Fall  [20April]  (Dianne Sylvan)
  12. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening  [27May]    (L. J. Smith)
  13. The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle  [29May]   (L. J. Smith)
  14. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury   [5June]    (L. J. Smith)
  15. The Vampire Diaries: The Reunion  [5June]   (L. J. Smith)
  16. The Vampire Diaries: Nightfall  [10June]   (L. J. Smith)
  17. The Elements of Style  [28June]   (W. Strunk and E.B. White)
  18. The Vampire Diaries: Shadow Souls [29June]   (L. J. Smith)
  19. The Vampire Diaries: Midnight   [16July]   (L. J. Smith)
  20. unfin Mind and Matter   [Erwin Schrodinger]
  21. unfin Working with Young People [Roger Harrison & Christine Wise]
  22. On Writing  [16Nov]  (Stephen King)
  23. Getting through Dental Fear with CBT  [24Nov]   (Helen Chapman & Nicky Kirby-Turner)


  1. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari   [5Feb]  (Robin Sharma)
  2. Of Spirits and Madness  [6March]   (Paul D. Linde)
  3. The Saddest Girl in the World  [9March]     (Cathy Glass)
  4. The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny   [11March]   (Philip Gonzalez)
  5. Living, Or Just Surviving   [4April]   (Ashley Ambirge)
  6. Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America   [12June]   (Elizabeth Wurtzel)
  7. Buddhism: Plain and Simple   [12June]   (Steve Hagen)
  8. Bushido: the Way of the Samurai  [18June]   (Tsunetomo Yamamoto)
  9. Promise of the Wolves  [17July]   (Dorothy Hearst)
  10. Queen of Shadows  [8Aug]    (Dianne Sylvan)
  11. The World According to Clarkson: And Another Thing (Vol2)   [23Sep]    (Jeremy Clarkson)
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray  [30Dec]  (Oscar Wilde)


  1. Four-Hour Work Week [22Jan]   (Tim Ferriss)
  2. The Consolations of Philosophy [25Jan] (Alain de Botton)
  3. The Life Guide  [8Mar] (Psychologies Collections)
  4. The Wind Is My Mother [13Mar] (Bear Heart)
  5. Enchanted *again* [30Mar] (Nora Roberts)
  6. The Happiness Project [12Apr] (Gretchen Rubin)
  7. Eat, Pray, Love [26Mar]  (Elizabeth Gilbert)
  8. Committed [30Apr]  (Elizabeth Gilbert)
  9. Dewey [1May]  (Vicki Myron)
  10. The Sailboat Kit [5Jul]  (Eileen Corrigan Valazza)
  11. Love That Room  [6Jul]  (Lisa Baldwin)
  12. Creating Your Business Map [8Jul]  (Nona Jordan)
  13. Beginnings, Middles & Ends   [25Jul]   (Nancy Kress)
  14. Silent Power [4Aug] (Stuart Wilde)
  15. The Green Lady  [6Aug]   (Theresa Thomlinson)
  16. Child of the May [7Aug]   (Theresa Thomlinson)
  17. The Path of the She-Wolf  [7Aug]   (Theresa Thomlinson)
  18. Plot & Structure   [8Aug]   (James Scott Bell)
  19. The Importance of Being Earnest  [12Aug]  (Oscar Wilde)
  20. The Power of Deliberate Thinking: 5 Strategies for Staying at the Writing Desk  [5Sept]    (Joan Dempsey)
  21. The Magic of Physics [02Oct]  (Richard Weiss)
  22. Tickling the English  [28Oct]  (Dara O’Briain)
  23. The No Plot? No Problem Novel-writing Kit  [01Nov]   (Chris Baty)
  24. Butterfly  [08Nov]    (Nicola Lindsay)
  25. Brida  [20Nov]   (Paulo Coelho)
  26. Blue Jean Buddha  [18Dec]   (Sumi Loundon)
  27. Zen in the Art of Archery  [26Dec]  (Eugen Herrigel)


  1. Wild Magic (Immortals) [30Jun] (Tamora Pierce)
  2. Wolf Speaker (Immortals) [2July] (Tamora Pierce)
  3. Emperor Mage (Immortals) [14July] (Tamora Pierce)
  4. The Realms of the Gods (Immortals) [22July] (Tamora Pierce)
  5. Enchanted * [21July] (Nora Roberts)
  6. The Bell Jar [27July] (Sylvia Plath)
  7. Reinvent Yourself: 7 Steps to a Fresh New You [31July] (Fiona Harrold)
  8. Celestine Prophecy [2Aug] (James Redfield)
  9. Student Survival Guide [12Aug] (Phil Chambers & Elaine Colliar)
  10. Tranquil Thoughts: on Friendship [14Aug] (David Baird)
  11. On The Edge: My Story [30Aug] (Richard Hammond)
  12. The Sight [1Sept] (David Clement-Davies)
  13. Change Your Life in 7 Days [7Sept] (Paul McKenna)
  14. F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way [26Sept]   (John Parkin)
  15. Fell [13Sept] (David Clement-Davies)
  16. Becoming the Enchanter [19Sept] (Lyn Webster Wilde)
  17. Dear Fatty [2Oct]  (Dawn French)
  18. The World According to Clarkson [17Oct] (Jeremy Clarkson)
  19. Morrigan’s Cross [27Oct] (Nora Roberts)
  20. Dance of the Gods [2Nov]  (Nora Roberts)
  21. Valley of Silence [9Nov]  (Nora Roberts)
  22. Wisdom: Lessons from Successful Lives  [10Nov] (Psychologies Collections)
  23. The Mindful Woman  [3Dec] (Sue Patton Thoele)
  24. 279 Days to Overnight Success [28Dec]   (Chris Guillebeau)
  25. Minimalism: 7 Steps to a Simpler Life [28Dec]   (David Damron)
  26. The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness [30Dec]  (Alan Watts)

What books have you read this year?