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)

Books Read 2010


 43 Books read in 2010...

January: 
 1. The Probable Future (Alice Hoffman)
 2. A Door into Ocean (Joan Slonczewski)

February:
 3. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
 4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling)
 5. The Last Dickens (Matthew Pearl)

March:
 6. The Tenth Gift (Jane Johnson)
 7. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

April:
 8. The Mapmakers Opera (Bea Gonzalez)
 9. Twins- Genes, Environment and the Mystery of Identity (Lawrence Wright)
10. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
11. The Black Prince (Iris Murdoch)
12. Johnny I Hardly Knew You (Edna O’Brien)

May:
13. Human Traces (Sebastian Faulks)
14. Missing (Susan Lewis)
15. The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (Iris Murdoch)

June:
16. The Colour (Rose Tremain)
17. Blue Diary (Alice Hoffman)
18. Bread and Chocolate (Phillippa Gregory) 
19. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) (re-read) 
20. All Balls and Glitter: My Life (Craig Revel Horwood)

July:
21. Captain Starlight’s Apprentice (Kathryn Heyman)
22. Worst Fears (Fay Wheldon)
23. The Secret Scriptures (Sebastian Barry)
24. A Foreign Country (Francine Stock)
25. Goodbye Tsugumi (Banana Yoshimoto)

August:
26. The Woman in the Fifth (Douglas Kennedy)
27. The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)
28. The Rose Labyrinth (Titania Hardy)
29. Touching Earth (Rani Manicka)
30. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
31. Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)
32. Kitchen (Banana Yoshimoto)
33. The Year of Living Biblically (A.J. Jacobs)

September:
34. Kafka on the Shore ((Haruki Murakami)
35. The Fairest Among Women (Shafira Horn)

October:
36. Over (Margaret Forster)
37. The Sound of Waves (Yukio Mishima)
38. The Sea,The Sea (Iris Murdoch)
39. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami)
40. Where Three Roads Meet (Salley Vickers)

November:
41. Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder)
42. Raw Shark Texts (Steven Hall)

December:
43. Nickolai of the North (Lucy Daniel Raby)