Monday, 1 January 2018

Books Read 2017



32 Books read in 2017...


January
1. The Tenderness of Wolves – Steff Penney
2. Spectacles (Memoir) – Sue Perkins
3. I Let You Go – Claire Mackintosh

February
4. Four Meals – Meir Shalev
5. The Psychopath Test (NF) -  Jon Ronson
6. The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
7. A Spool Of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

March
8. The Impressionist – Hari Kunzru
9. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch

April
10. The Mermaid Chair – Sue Monk Kidd
11. The Long Earth – Stephen Baxter & Terry Pratchett
12. Re-enchanting the Activist (NF) - Keith Hebden

May
13. Oh Dear Sylvia – Dawn French
14. I am Malala – (Memoir) Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
15. The Midnight Palace – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
16. Ultimate Confidence  (NF) - Marissa Peer

June
17. A Perfectly Good Man – Patrick Gale
18. Quiet (NF) -  Susan Cain
19. The Power – Naomi Alderman

July
20. Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure – Joanne Harris
21. Montmorency and the Assassins – Eleanor Updale

August
22. The Embers of Heaven – Alma Alexander
23. The Children’s Book – A.S.Byatt 

September
24. Nod – Adrian Barnes
25. In a Strange Room – Damon Galgut

October
26. Where’d You Go Bernadette? Maria Semple

 November
27. Mr. Chartwell – Rebecca Hunt
28. The Eureka Principal (NF) Colin Turner

December
29. Blue Remembered Earth – Alistair Reynolds
30. Blue Eyed Boy – Joanna Harris
31. A Wedding in December – Anita Shreve
32. A Slipping Down Life Anne Tyler


Monday, 2 January 2017

Books Read 2016


38 Books Read in 2016... 

January
1. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
2. The Winter House – Nicci Gerrard
3. Lost and Found – Brooke Davis
4. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer 

February
5. Lighthousekeeping – Janette Winterson
6. Fortune’s Rocks  - Anita Shreve
7. Delusions of Gender (NF) Cordelia Fine

March
8. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – David Mitchell
9. Bio Punk (Short Stories) R.A Page (Ed)
10. Days of Grace – Catherine Hall

April
11. Run – Ann Patchett
12. The Land of Decoration – Grace McCleen
13.The Distant Echo – Val McDermid
14. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A  Day – Winifred Watson

May
15. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
16. The Closed Door and Other Stories – Dorothy Whipple
17. The Hunger Games Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
18. The Hunger Games  Mockingjay– Suzanne Collins

June
19. The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
20. The Dip  (NF) Seth Godin
21. A Possible Life – Sebastian Faulks

July
22. Frog Music – Emma Donoghue
23. Colourless Tsukuro Tazaki - Haruki Murakami
24. Body Surfing – Anita Shreve 

August
25. Free Prize – Seth Godin
26. David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
27. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
28. When Will There Be Good News? – Kate Atkinson
29. The Taxidermists Daughter – Kate Mosse

 September
30. The Bone Clocks – Davis Mitchell
31. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
32. Build Your Business in 90 Minutes A Day – Nigel Botterill and Martin Gladdish

October
33. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
34. I Think You’ll Find It’s A Bit More Complicated Than That - Ben Goldacre

November
35. Eden Close – Anita Shreve
36. The E Myth Revisited (NF)  Michael Gerber
37. Reuben Sachs – Amy Levy  

December
38. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Books Read 2015



24 Books read in 2015...


January
  1. The White Lie – Andrea Gillies
  2. Women in Celtic Myth – Moyra Caldicott
  3. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells – Sebastian Faulks
 February
  1. And Then We Came To The End – Joshua Ferris
  2. The Long Song – Andrea Levy
 March
  1. MaddAddam – Margaret Atwood
 April
  1. Jane and Prudence – Barbara Pym
  2. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
 May
  1. Delivering Happiness (NF) – Tony Hsieh
  2. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruis Zafon

June
  1. A Tale For The Tine Being

July
  1. Back Trouble – Clare Chambers
  2. The Skin Chairs – Barbara Comyns
  3. Purple Cow – (NF) Seth Godin

August
  1. Rough Music – Patrick Gale
  2. How It All Began – Penelope Lively

September
  1. Night Train To Lisbon – Pascal Mercier
  2. Mind Of My Mind – Octavia Butler

October
  1. All He Ever Wanted- Anita Shreve

November
  1. One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson
  2. Number Ten – Sue Townsend
  3. After The Quake – Haruki Murakani

December

  1. The Moon Over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  2. The Snow Angel – Lulu Andrews

Friday, 9 January 2015

Books Read 2014





31 Books read in 2014...

 January: 
1.      A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
2.      Am I missing Something? Ruth Roberts (NF)
3.      Pigs in Heaven – Barbara Kingsolver

 February:
4.      Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
5.      The Year of the Flood – Margaret Attwood

March:
6.      The Well -Beloved – Thomas Hardy
7.      The Heart’s Time (Poems and reflections) - Janet Morley

April:
8.      Mr Fox – Helen Oyeyemi
9.      The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
10.  Property of – Alice Hoffman

May:
11.  State of Wonder –Ann Patchett
12.  Survivors (Star Trek Next Generation 4) Jean Lorrah
13.  Crampton Hodnett – Barbara Pym

June:
14.  Long Ago and Essentially True – Bridgid Pasulka
15.  The Husband’s Secret – Lianne Moriarty
16.  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

July:
17.  Out – Natsuo Kirino
18.  How I Survived My First Year of Full- time self –employment
           (Going It Alone At Forty) -  Liz Broomfield (NF)

August:
19.  Still Life – A.S.Byatt
20.  Addition – Toni Jordan
21.  Bounce – Matthew Syed (NF)

September:
22.  The Sandcastle – Iris Murdoch
23.  Gift From the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh (NF)
24.  Dazzling Darkness  - Rachel Mann (NF)

October:
25.  Girl Reading – Katie Ward

November:
     26.  After Dark – Haruki Murakami
27.  Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
28.  The Lifeboat – Charlotte Rogan
29.  The Penelopiad – Margaret Attwood

December:
30.  The Humans – Mark Haig
31.  One Day – David Nicholls






Saturday, 4 January 2014

Books Read 2013


30 Books read in 2013...

 January: 
 1. The Winter Ghosts – Kate Mosse
2. The Horned Man – James Lasdun

February:
3. The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
4. Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith

March:
5. Past Imperfect - Julian Fellowes
6.The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy

April:
7.The Secret Life of Bletchley Park  - (NF) Sinclair McKay

May:
8.The Ex Wives – Deborah Moggach
9. The Editors Wife – Clare Chambers
10. The Language of Others – Clare Morrall
11. Wessex Tales – Thomas Hardy

June:
12. Life of Man – Margaret Attwood
13. Before I go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
14. Pies and Prejudice (NF) Stuart Maconie

July:
15. The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver  
16. Amity and Sorrow – Peggy Riley
17. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

August:
18. Is It Just Me?  - Miranda Hart
19. A Group of |Noble Dames – Thomas Hardy
20. The White Horse – Jules Watson
21. The Pirates Daughter – Margaret Cezair-Thompson

September:
22. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson




October:
23.Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
24. Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch

November:
25. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
26.The Patience Stone – Atiq Rahimi
27.Women Can’t Park, Men Can’t Pack – The Psychology of Stereotypes  - Geoff Rolls (NF)
28. Alice Bliss- Laura Harrington

December:
29.Life’s Little Ironies – Thomas Hardy
30. The Sealed Letter – Emma Donoghue





Books Read 2012


32 Books read in 2012...


January: 
1.      The Message – Julie Highmore
2.      The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
3.      Emily Goes to Exeter - M.C. Beaton

February:
4.   Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
5.   Big Fish – Daniel Wallace 
6.  The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
7.  Butterfly Burning – Yvonne Vera

March:
8. Hawk of May – Gillian Bradshaw
9. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy

April:
10. Kingdom of Summer - Gillian Bradshaw
11.Four Ways to Forgiveness – Ursula Le Guin

May:
12. In Winters Shadow - Gillian Bradshaw
13. The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy


June:
14. Body of Glass – Marge Piercy
15. The Bottle Factory Outing – Beryl Bainbridge

July:
16. Something Borrowed – Paul Magrs
17. The Carhullan Army – Sarah Hall
18. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud – Ben Sherwood
19. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

August:
20. Conjugal Rites – Paul Magrs
21. Blue Heaven – Joe Keenan
22. The Trumpet Major – Thomas Hardy
23. Blind Willow Sleeping Woman - Haruki Murakami

September:
24. Baudolino – Umberto Eco

October:
25.  PopCo –Scarlet Thomas

November:
26. A Laodicean – Thomas Hardy
27. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

December:
28. The Female Man- Joanna Russ
29. Two on a Tower – Thomas Hardy
30. Strictly Shimmer – Amanda Roberts
31. Maps for Lost Lovers – Nadeem Aslam
32. Starfire Angels – Melanie Nilles





Books Read 2011


29 Books read in 2011...

January: 
 1. Twelve days (Short Stories) (Shelley Silas Ed.)
 2. The Sunne in Splendour (Sharon Pennman) 
 3. The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai)
 4. Room (Emma Donoghue) 

February:
 5. Never the Bride (Paul Magrs)
 6. The Message to the Planet (Iris Murdoch)
 7. The Careful Use of Compliments (Alexander McCall Smith)
 8. Quirkology (NF)(Richard Wiseman)

March:
 9. The Room of Lost Things (Stella Duffy)
10. The Green Knight (Iris Murdoch)
11. Moominsummer Madness (Tove Jansson)
12. Strangers (Taichi Yamada)

April:
13. Tanglewreck (Jeanette Winterson)
14. Jackson's Dilemma (Iris Murdoch)


May:
14. Wild Swans (Jung Chang)
15. Tell it to the Bees (Fiona Shaw)
16. Case Histories (Kate Atkinson)


June:
17. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (Helen Simonson)
18. Pirates at Play (Violet Trefusis)


July:
19. Desperate Remedies (Thomas Hardy)

August:
20. Sepulchre (Kate Mosse)
21. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher- The Murder at Road Hill House-
       (Kate Summerscale)

September:
22. Nocturnes (Kazuo Ishiguro)
23. Under the Greenwood Tree (Thomas Hardy)
24. Snakes and earrings (Hitomi Kanehara)

October:
 25. A Suitable Boy (Vikram Seth) 

November:
26. A Pair of Blue Eyes (Thomas Hardy)

December:
27. A Week in December (Sebastian Faulks)
28. Through a Glass Darkly (Jostein Gaarder)
29. Hard Boiled Hard Luck (Banana Yoshimoto)