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1  Deborah Harkness, Time's Convert - completed (hardback)

2  Agatha Christie, The ABC Murders - completed (paperback)

3  Anna Burns, Milkman - completed (paperback)

4  James Clear, Atomic Habits - completed (paperback)

5  H E Bates, The Jacaranda Tree - completed (paperback)

6  Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf - completed (paperback)

7  Hans Christian Andersen, The Ice Virgin, novella - completed (paperback)

8  Stuart Turton,The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - completed (paperback)

9  Stacy Halls, The Familiars - completed (hardback)

10 Emma Goldman, My Life - completed (paperback)

11 China Miéville, Railsea - completed (paperback)

12 Hans Christian Andersen, The Dunes and other stories - completed (paperback)

13 E S Thomson, Surgeon's Hall - completed (hardback)

14 The Binding, Bridget Collins - completed (hardback)

15 The Smart, Sarah Bakewell - completed (paperback)

16 The Corset, Laura Purcell - completed (hardback)

17 What Not, Rose Macauley - completed (paperback)

18 Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner - completed (paperback)

19 Poldark 4, Warleggan, Winston Graham - completed (paperback)

20 The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback)

21 Old Masters, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback)

22 Darkness Take My Hand, Dennis Lehane - completed (paperback)

23  The Pearl, John Steinbeck - completed (paperback) novella

24 Clock Without Hands, Carson McCullers - completed (paperback)

25 The Time to Kill (Carter Blake 3), Mason Cross - completed (paperback)

26 All That Remains, Sue Black - completed (paperback)

27 Catch-22, Joseph Heller - completed (paperback)

28 Gentleman Jack, the real Anne Lister, Anne Choma - completed (paperback)

29 The Giver, Lois Lowry - completed (hardback)

30 Honeycomb, Dorothy Richardson - completed (paperback)

31 Furious Hours, Casey Cep - completed (paperback)

32 The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback)

33 Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky - completed (paperback)

34 The Jungle Book I &II, Rudyard Kipling - completed (paperback)

35 The Warlow Experiment, Alix Nathan - completed (hardback)

36 Poverty Safari, Darren McGarvey - completed (paperback)

37 The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood - completed (paperback)

38 A Short Treatise On the Joys of Morphinism, Hans Fallada - completed (ebook, very short story)

39 The Borgias, Paul Strathern - completed (paperback)

40 Maigret and the Man on the Bench, Georges Simenon - completed (paperback)

41 The Testaments, Margaret Atwood - completed (hardback)

42 The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli - completed (paperback)

43 The Institute, Stephen King - completed (hardback)

44 Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad - completed (paperback)

45 Ten Days in a Madhouse, Nellie Bly - completed (e-book)

46 Rappaccini's Daughter! Nigel Hawthorne - completed (short story, paper)

47 Bone China, Laura Purcell - completed (hardback)

48 Molloy, Samuel Beckett - completed (paperback)

49 The Inheritors, William Golding - completed (paperback)

50 Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Döblin - completed (paperback)
51 Howard's End, E M Forster - completed (paperback)
52 Westwind, Ian Rankin - completed (paperback)
53 Ness, Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood - completed (hardback)

54 The Chimes, Cricket on the Hearth, Charles Dickens Christmas books - completed (hardback)

55 Like Death, Guy de Maupassant - completed (paperback)

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Born To Be Posthumous - The Eccentric Life And Mysterious Genius Of Edward Gorey - Mark Dery

NOS4R2 - Joe Hill

Monograph - Chris Ware

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Eric Idle

I'm A Joke And So Are You - Robin Ince

Deliverance - D. West [Kindle]

The Pie At Night - Stuart Maconie

Europe At Dawn - Dave Hutchinson

The Luckiest Guy Alive - John Cooper Clarke

25 Years In The Word Mines - Graham Joyce

The Acme Novelty Date Book Vol.1: 1986-1995 - Chris Ware

The Black Prince - Adam Roberts

Hello World - Hannah Fry [Kindle]

The Acme Novelty Date Book Vol.2: 1995-2002 - Chris Ware

The Mission Song - John le Carré

Wainwright In Scotland - A. Wainwright

Tales Of Mystery & Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe

What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book - Mark Fisher (ed.)

Behind The Scenes At The Museum - Kate Atkinson

The Pleasant Profession Of Robert A. Heinlein - Farah Mendlesohn **ABANDONED**

Turing: Pioneer Of The Information Age - Jack Copeland

The Hut Six Story - Gordon Welchman

Codebreakers: The Inside Story Of Bletchley Park - F.H. Hinsley & Alan Stripp

The Uncollected Ian Watson - Ian Watson

The End Of Vandalism - Tom Drury

True Rat: The Beast Of Leroy Kettle - Roy Kettle [Kindle]

Common People: An Anthology Of Working-Class Writers - Kit de Waal (ed.)

Rosewater - Tade Thompson [KIndle]

Shetland: Cooking On The Edge Of The World - James & Tom Morton

An American Story - Christopher Priest

My Shit Life So Far - Frankie Boyle

The Power - Naomi Alderman

The Arran Malt: An Island Whisky Renaissance - Neil Wilson

The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology

Dark Matter - Michelle Paver

Granite And Grit - Ronald Turnbull

Going On The Turn - Danny Baker [Kindle]

Semiosis - Sue Burke

The Rift - Nina Allan

Frankenstein In Baghdad - Ahmed Saadawi

The Loosening Skin - Aliya Whiteley

Circe - Madeline Miller

Cunk On Everything - Philomena Cunk

1966: The Year The Decade Exploded - Jon Savage

21st Century Yokel - Tom Cox [Kindle]

How Does It Feel? - Mark Kermode [Kindle]

Running Amok In The Fun Factory - Graham Charnock (ed.) [Kindle]

I'm Not With The Band - Sylvia Patterson [Kindle]

The Dollmaker - Nina Allan

Bullfighting - Roddy Doyle

Smile - Roddy Doyle

F u c k Yeah Video Games - Daniel Hardcastle

Ring The Hill - Tom Cox

Episodes - Christopher Priest

Father, Son and the Pennine Way - Mark Richards [Kindle]

The Long Utopia - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

The Long Cosmos - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

Gahan Wilson’s Out There - Gahan Wilson

Collected Ghost Stories - M R James

The Ancient - Muriel Gray

Broons Annual 2020

Glastonbury 50 - Michael Eavis & Emily Eavis

 

 

Previous years' booklists:

2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007

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47 - The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English - unfinished

46 - Touchstone by Laurie R. King (audio) unfinished 

45 - Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin (audio)

44 - The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (audio)

43 - Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy s/s

42 - Father Sergius by Leo Tolstoy s/s

41 - The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carre (audio)

40 - Tall Tales and wee stories by Billy Connolly 

39 - Black Rose by Jane Thynne (audio)

38 - Elevation by Stephen King

37 - Turner - A Life by James Hamilton (unfinished)

36 - The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (audio)

35 - Institute by Stephen King

34 - The old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (audio)

33 - Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott (audio) unfinished

32 - Atonement by Ian McEwan (audio) unfinished

31 - The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (audi) unfinished.

30 - Colour by Victoria Finlay

29 - The Binding by Bridget Collins (audio) unfinished two thirds read - lost interest.

28 - The Storm of War by Andrew Roberts (audio)

27 - Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King re-read

26 - MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood (audio)

25 - Barefoot in Mullyneeny by Bryan Gallagher

24 - The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (audio)

23 - Chekov Short Stories - Folio Society Edition

22 - The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (audio)

21 - The Cruel Victory by Paddy Ashdown (unfinished)

20 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

19 - The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (audio)

18 - Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood (audio) re-read

17 - When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro (audio)

16 - A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin (audio)

15 - Nella Last's Peace - MO diaries of Nella Last Aug '45 to Dec '48

14 - You Don't Know Me by Imran Mahmood (audio)

13 - The Killing Room by Peter May (audio)

12 - The Mauritious Command by Patrick O'Brian - unfinished

11 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (audio)

10 - Death by Fire by Mala Sen 

9 - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre (audio) re-read 

8 - Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land (audio)

7 - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (audio)

6 - Wizard and Glass by Stephen King - re-read

5 - Exorcising Hitler by Frederick Taylor

4 - Whisky From Small Glasses by Denzil Meyrick (audio)

3 - The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell (audio) Last Kingdom book two. 

2 - The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

1 - An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (audio)

 

Films

 

1 - Old Man and a Gun - cinema

2 - Bookshop - Streaming

3 - Man Up - BBC iplayer

4 - Stan & Ollie - cinema

5 - Sweet Bean - Film Society

6 - Close - Streaming

7 - Green Book - cinema

8 - The Guardians - Film Society

9 - Oceans Eleven - streaming

10 - Nae Pasaran - BBC iplayer

11 - Fighting With My Family - cinema

12 - Amadeus - DVD

13 - What We Did On Holiday - streaming

14 - The African Doctor - streaming 

15 - World's End - streaming

16 - The Space Between Us - streaming

17 - Heart Beats Loud - streaming

18 - The Bucket List - streaming

19 - Fundamentals of Caring - streaming

20 - Equaliser - streaming

21 - Devil at the Crossroads - Robert Johnson documentary - streaming

22 - Under The Influence - Keith Richards documentary - streaming 

23 - The Boat That Rocked - streaming

24 - The Great Hack - streaming

25 - Patriots Day - streaming

26 - Safety Not Guaranteed - streaming

 

TV

 

1 - ABC Murders

2 - Endeavour - Season Two

3 - Made in Scotland - Billy Connolly 

4 - Million Joke Man - Bob Monkhouse

5 - Endeavour - Season Three

6 - Christmas University Challenge

7 - As Time Goes By - Season One

8 - Endeavour - Season Four

9 - As Time Goes By - Season Two

10 - Endeavour - Season Five

11 - As Time Goes By - Season Three

12 - Tenko - Season One

13 - Foyle's War - Season One

14 - Tenko - Season Two

15 - Foyle's War - Season Two

16 - Tenko - Season Three & Reunion

17 - Foyle's War - Season Three

18 - Morse - Season One

19 - Foyle's War - Season Four

20 - Morse Season - Two

21 - Foyle's War - Season Five

22 - Billion Dollar Railway - Season Two

23 - Foyle's War - Season Six

24 - Foyle's War - Season Seven

25 - Mum - Season Three

26 - Chernobyl

27 - Years & Years

28 - West Wing - Season One

29 - West Wing - Season Two 

30 - Young Sheldon Season One

31 - Young Sheldon Season Two

32 - Summer of Rockets

33 - West Wing - Season Three

34 - Stranger Things - Season Three

35 - West Wind - Season Four

36 - West Wing - Season Five

37 - West Wing - Season Six

38 - West Wind - Season Seven

39 - State of the Union

40 - Big Bang Theory - Season Twelve

41 - Unforgotten - Season One

42 - Unforgotten - Season Two

43 - What Remains

 

 

 

Gigs, theatre, exhibitions etc

 

1 - Babel with Gabriel Montero and Scottish Ensemble - Perth - 13/02/19

2 - Ocean Liners exhibit - V&A Dundee

3 - Da Vinci Exhibition - Kelvingrove, Glasgow 

4 - Spirit of Bad Company & Free - Kinross - 02/03/19

5 - All My Sons - Dundee Rep 

6 - Jack Lukeman with Lucas & King supporting - Perth - 11/03/19

7 - Brian Kennedy - Perth - 08/04/19

8 - Simon Kennedy Band/Helias - Perth - 15/04/19

9 - Discovery Centre - Dundee - 19/04/19

10 - Stirling Castle - 30/04/19

11 - Fergus McCreadie Trio - Perth - 13/05/19

12 - Yola - & Lady Nade supporting - Perth - 15/05/19

13 - Jools Holland & Selector - Mark Kingswood support -  Perth - 17/05/19

14 - Eleanor's Story - Perth - 23/05/19

15 - Scottish Opera: A Little Bit of Magic Flute - Perth - 24/05/19

16 - An Audience With John Simpson - Perth - 25/05/19

17 - Blue Rose Code - Lyle Watt support - Edinburgh - 31/05/19

18 - Horse - Roseanne Reid support - Dundee - 01/06/19

19 - Markus Zusak - St. Andrews - 07/06/19

20 - The Luminarium - Dundee - 20/07/19 - complete waste of time. 

21 - Stanley Mills - Stanley - 30/07/19

22 - Jacobite Clans - Perth Museum - 08/08/19

23 - Bear's Den - Birnam - 16/08/19

24- Edinburgh Fringe and in evening Blue Rose Code presents This Is Caledonian Soul with Eddie Reader, John Douglas, Karen Matheson, Robert Vincent. 19/08/19

25 - Martin Simpson - The Unicorn Dundee - 20/09/19

26 - Tom Walker - Hamburg - 26/10/19

27 - Graceland Live - Paul Simon tribute - Perth - 02/11/19

28 - Dougie MacLean - Perth - 03/11/19

29 - Karine Polwart - Scottish Songbook - Perth - 15/11/19

30 - Australian Pink Floyd - Glasgow - 16/11/19

31 - Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi - Edinburgh - 01/12/19

 

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23. In The Woods by Tana French (P) ****1/2

22. The Man In The High Castle by Philip K Dick (P) ****

21. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (P) (reread) ****1/2

20  Melmoth by Sarah Perry (P) ****

19. Normal People by Sally Rooney (P) *****

18. The Wall by John Lanchester (P) ****

17. Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell (P) *****

16. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (K) ****

15. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan (P) ***1/2

14. Any Human Heart by William Boyd (K) *****

13. Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson (P) ****

12. The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler (P)  ****1/2

11. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (P) ****

10. The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe (K) *****

9. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (P) ****

8. Circe by Madeline Miller (P) ****1/2

7. Transcription by Kate Atkinson (P) ****

6. Scrublands by Chris Hammer (K) ****

5. Conversation With Friends by Sally Rooney (P) *****

4. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (P) (K) ****

3. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (P) ****1/2

2. Family Life by Akhil Sharma (P) ****

1. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (P) ***1/2

 

Edited by Clavain

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1. Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop **** (started 2018)

2. Marked in Flesh - Anne Bishop ****1/2

3. Snap - Belinda Bauer ****

4. In The Country of Men -Hakin Mazur ****

5. Dead Water - anne Cleeves ****

6. The Ghost Fields - Elly Griffiths ***

7. Reading Bed - Sue Gee ****

8. The Aftermath - Rhidian Brock ****1/2

9. The Mechanical Devil - Kate Ellis ***

10. The Lie of theLand - Amanda Craig ****1/2

11. Scrublands - Chris Hammer*****

12. A Sudden Wild Magic - Diana Wynne Jones *****

13. The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves ****

14. Ruin Beach - Kate Rhodes ****

15. Death in Provence - Serena Kent **

16. Broken - Karin Slaughter ****

17.The Light Years - Elizabeth Jane Howard *****

18. Marking Time - Elizabeth Jane Howard **** 1/2

19. Blindsighted - Karin Salughter ***1/2

20. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones - reread. ****

21. Bossypants - Tina Fey ****1/2

22.. Number 11 - Jonathan Coe ***

23. When I lived in Modern Times - Linda Grant ****1/2

24. The Architct's Apprentice - Elik Sharef ***1/2

25. Astrid and Veronica - Linda Olssen***1/2

26. Transcription - Kate Atkinson ***1/2

27. Deep Dark Water - Lara Dearman **

28. Perfect Liars - Rebecca reid DNF absolute rubbish

29. Dirty Little Secrets - Jo Spain ****1/2

30. Dead Water - Ann Cleeves ****

31. Murder With Peacocks - Donna Andrews ****

32. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton (rr for book group) ****

33. The House on Turpentine Lane - Elinor Lipmann****

34. Case Histories - Kate Atkinson ****

35. Beneath the Surface - Jo Spain ****

36. Telling Tales - anne Cleeves ****

37. The Lost Man - Jane Harper *****

38. A Man Called Ove - Fredrick Bachman (re-read for book group) *****

39. Wild Fire - Ann Cleeves ****

40. Then She found me - Elinor Lipmann ***1/2

41. The Detective's Daughter - Lesley Thompson **

42.The Sould of Discretion - Susan Hill ****

43.Then She Vanishes - Claire Macintosh ***1/2

44. The Lost - Mari Hannah ****1/2

45. The Moth Catcher - Ann Cleeves

46. Wild Magic - Diana Wynne Jones *****

47. The Lost - Mari Hannah ****

48. The Merlin Conspiracy - Diana Wynne Jones *****1/2

49. Never have I Ever - Joshilyn Jackson ****

50. The Mother in Law - Sally Hepworth ***1/2

51. Fast Women - Jennifer Crusie ****1/2

52. With Our Blessing - Jo Spain ****1/2

53. The Strawberry Thief- Joanne Harris **1/2

54. Clock Dance - Ann Tyler *****

55. The Garden of Lost and Found - Harriet Evans***

56. The Friend - Sigrid Nunez ***

57. Fatal Harmony _ Kate Rhodes ****1/2

58. City of Stairs - Robert Javkson Bennet ****1/2

59. Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch ****

60. The Widow - Fiona Barton **

61. Harbour Street - Ann Cleeves ****

62. An Easy Death - Charlain Harris ****

63. A Long Way Home - Saroo Brierely ***1/2

64. Martin Eden - Jack London ****

65. Fragrant Harbour - John Lanchester****

66. The Glass room - Ann Cleeves ****

67. The Piano Teacher - Janice YK Lee DNF - dreadful

(in no particular order as I can't remember exactlywhen I read them)

68. Last Letter from Istanbul - Lucey Foley ** (for book club)

69. Trio - Sue Gee *****

70. When All Is Said - Anne Griffin ****

71. Sleeping Beauties - Jo Spain ****

72.  The Darkest Place - Jo Spain ****

73.  The Seagull - Ann Cleeves ****

74. The Queen of All Crows - Rod Duncan ***1/2

75? The Keeper - Diane Seaton ***1/2

76. The Summer of Impossible Things - Rowan Colman ***1;2

77. The Unseen - Roy Jacobsen **** 3/4

78. Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler ***1/2

 

. The Horseman - Tim Pears

 

Audio

This is Going to Hurt - Adam Key****

Circe- Madeline Miller *****

The Grand Sophy - Georgette Heyer ****

Educated -Tara Westover*****

Mythos - Stephan Fry - narration too unctuous

Brit Marie Was Here ****

The Lost Man - Jane Harper *****

Wild Fire - Ann Cleeves ****

How to Stop Time - Matt Haig ***

The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert ****

The Inimitable Jeeves *** (read with an American accent)

The Stranger Diaries - Elly Griffiths ****

Once Upon a River - Diane setterfield ****

Something New - P G Wodehouse ****

The Silver Pigs - Lindsay Davis ****

Spinning Silver _ Naomi Novik *****

The Lost Man _ Jane Harper *****

Pride and Prejudice  *****

The Bedlam Stacks - Natasha Pulley ****

Lets Talk Diabetes With Owls - David Sedaris ***1/2

Dairy of a Bookseller - Shaun Bythell *****

Persuasian *****

The Watchmaker of Filigree street - Natasha Pulley ****

The Fall of the Gas Lit Empire -Rod Duncan*****

The Warden - Anthony Trollope *****

 

 

Edited by Viccie

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Here I am, right after Viccie, which I think is where I usually am.

 

1.    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (01/19)***

2.    Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers by Alexander McCall Smith (01/19)***

3.   A House of Lies by Ian Rankin (01/__/19)****

4.  A  Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald (01/20/19)*****[Non-fiction]

5.  Are You my Mother by Alison Bechdel (01__/19)****My second graphic novel by her

 

6.  Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann (02/06/19)***** (for my IRL book club)

7.   Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (02/10/19)**** (ends up being the June selection for my IRL book club)

8.  Any Human Heart by William Boyd (02/16/19)*****(re-read of a favorite book for my hosting of my IRL book club)

 

9.  Jack of Spies by David Downing (03/??/19) ***1/2

10.  Educated by Tara Westover (03/17/19)*****[Non fiction]

11.  The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (03/22/19)****

12.  Bad Blood (03/31/19)*****[Non fiction]

 

13. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (04/05/19)*** (for my IRL book club)

14.  Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (04/14/19)****

15.  Unto Us a Child is Given by Donna Leon (04/21/19)****

16.  The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (04/27/19)***1/2

 

17.  Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer (05/04/19)*****

18.  Plainsong by Kent Haruf (05/___/19)***** (for my IRL book club)

19.  Furious Hours:  Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee (05/27/19)*****

 

20.  Sea People, The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson (06/__/19)*****

21.  The Bridge by Enza Galdolfo (06/17/19)*****[Thanks to Mr. HG]

22.  Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (06/22/19)****[for my IRL book club)

23.  The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (06/29/19)*****[Insisted upon by Benjamin Dreyer in #17 above)

 

24.  Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (07/01/19)****

25.  American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (07/09/19)****

26.  Trapeze by Simon Mawer (07/19/19)****

26.  By Way of Deception by Victory Otrovsky (07/25/19)***

27.  The Dry by Jane Harper (07/__/19)****

 

28.  Calypso by David Sedaris (08/03/19)**** [for my IRL book club]

29.  Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (08/__/19)****

30.  In the Enemy's House by Howard Blum (08/___/19)**** [for my IRL book club]

 

Dates uncertain and probably not read in this order:

31.  The Whisperer by Karin Fossum **** Scared the crap out of me

32.  Remembering Ben Clayton by Stepehen Harrigan (for IRL book club)****

33.  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf ****

34.  The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala***1/2

35.  Inland by Tea Obreht*****

36.  The Dutch House by Ann Patchett*****

37.  Heartstone by CJ Sansom***1/2

38   Revelation by CJ Sansom***1/2

39  I Remember You by Yrsa Sigridsdottir**

40.  The White Darkness by David Grann****1/2

41.  The Infatuations by Javier Marias*****

42.  The Big Year by Mark Obmasick****

 

43.  There was Still Love by Favel Parrett*****

44.  Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis****

45.  The Book of Dust:  The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (11/17/19)****

46.  City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (late November)***

 

47. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (12/__/19) [for my book club]
48. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (12/18/19)****
49. Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (12/25/19)*****
50. Under Occupation by Alan Furst (12/28/19)****

 

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iff's list 2019

 

January

1. The plot against America by Philip Roth 01/01/19 - 12/01/19 ★★★★★  reread

2. Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori 13/01/19 ★★★★★

3. The Orange Groove - larry Tremlay, translated by Sheila Fischman14/01/19 - 19/01/19 ★★1/2

4. My Year of Meats - Ruth Ozeki ★★★★ 20/01/19 - 28./01/19

 

February

5. call me by your name - andre aciman ★★1/2 28/01/19 - 05/02/19

6.  dry season - gabriela babnik, translated by rawley grau ★★ 04/02/19 -  11/02/19

7. clean - juno dawson ★★★★★  11/02/19 - 18/02/19

8. kingdom cons - yuri herrera, translated by lisa dillman ★★★★ 16/02/19

 

March

9. Maya's Notebook - isabel allende, translated by Anne McClean ★★★★★ 18/02/19 - 09/03/19

10. Leonard and Hungry Paul - Ronan Hession ★★★★ 1/2 02/03/19 - 09/03/19

11. freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi ★★★★

12. Four Soldiers - Hubert Mingarelli, translated by Sam Taylor ★★★★★

13. Number one chinese restaurant - lillian li ★★★ 1/2

 

April

14. milkman - anna burns ★★★★

15. home fire - kamila shamsie ★★★★★

16. the remainder - alia trabucco zeran translated by sophie hughes ★★★★

17. the brothers - asko sahlberg translated by Emily Jeremiah and fleur Jeremiah ★★ 1/2 

18. Lullaby - Leila Slimani translated by Sam Taylor ★★★★★

 

May

19. Homeland - Walter Kempowski translated by Charlotte Collins ★★★★

20. E.E.G. by Dasa Drndic translated by Celia hawkesworth ★★★★

21. Fame by Daniel kehlmann translated by Carol Brown Janeway ★★★★★ reread

22. tell them of Battles, Kings and Elephants - Matthias Enard translated by Charlotte mandall ★★★★★

23. People In The room - norah Lange translated by Charlotte Whittle ★★★ 1/2

 

June

24. Woe to Live On - Daniel Woodrell  ★★★★

25. the Last Children of Tokyo - Yoko Tawada translated by Margaret Mitsutani ★★★★

26. Mouthful of Birds - Samanta Schweblin translated by Megan McDowell ★★★★

27. The Polyglot Loves - Lina Wolff translated by Saskia Vogel ★★★★★

28. Under Pressure - Faruk Sehic translated by Mirza Puric ★★★★

29. French Exit - Patrick Dewitt ★★

 

July

30. You Would have missed me - Brigit Vanderbeke, translated by Jamie Bulloch ★★★★

31. white shadow - Roy Jacobsen translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw ★★★★★

32. A man called Ove - Fredrik Backman translated by Henning Koch ★★★★

 

August

33. The Man Who Walks - Alan Warner ★★★★

34. Celestial Bodies - Jokha Alharthi translated by Marilyn Booth ★★★★★

35. Children of the Cave - Virve Sammalkorpi translated by Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah ★★★★★

 

September

36. River - Esther Kinsky translated by Iain Galbraith ★★★★ 

37. Singer in the night - Olja Savicevic , translated by Celia Hawkesworth ★★★★★

38. the ten loves of nishino - Hiromi Kawkami, translated by Allison Markin Powell ★★★

39. Under the Tripoli Sky - Kamal Ben Hameda, translated by Adriana Hunter ★★★★

 

October

40. the fire starters - Jan Carson ★★★★

41. the paper wasp - lauren Acampora ★★★★★

42. Nobber - Oisin Fagan ★★★★

43. Beneath Another Sky - Norman Davies ★★★★

 

November

44. Inland - Tea Obreht ★★★★

45. Frankenstein in Baghdad - Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright ★★★★★

 

December

46. American Marriage - Tayari Jones ★★★★★

47. The Rehearsal - Eleanor Catton ★★★

48. To Leave With The Reindeer - Olivia Rosenthal, translated by Sophie Lewis ★★★★★

49. The Years - Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L Strayer ★★★★ 1/2 227 pages

50. The Blue room - Hanne Orstavik, translated by Debra Dawkin ★★★★ 164 pages

51. Vacuum in the dark - Jen Beagin ★★★★ 221 pages

 

 longest read - My Year of Meats - Ruth Ozeki  430 pages

shortest read - kingdom cons by yuri herrera 102 pages

 

some statistics

 

Spoiler

Category

Fiction - 46

fiction rereads - 3

non-fiction - 1

memoirist - 1

 

Gender  and Translations (fiction and memoir only)

women in tranlation - 19 books

men in translation - 12 books

women not in translation - 11 books

men not in translation - 7 books

Non-binary not in translation - 1 book

 

New authors I've not read before - 31 books

 

publisher

peirene books - 6 books

& other Stories - 5 books

quercus/maclehouse - 4 books

one World - 4 books

fitzcaraldo - 3 books

faber & faber - 3 books

Istros - 3 books

Portobello - 3 books

 

Nationality

8 books - USa

4 books - Germany, France

3 books - Japan

2 books - Chile, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, finland, canada, Britain, northern ireland, ireland

1 book - Serbia, mexico, Libya, Slovenia, Bosnia, Morocco (dual with france), Pakistan (duel with UK), Oman, iraq, new zealand, nigeria

 

new countries - finalnd, northern ireland, mexico, bosnia, morocco, oman, iraq

 

 

My top 5 books

1. Convenience store woman by sayaka murata, translated by ginny tapley takemori
2. Home fire by kamila shamsie
3. An American marriage by Tayari jones
4. The paper wasp by Lauren acampora
5. The polyglot lovers by lina wolff
, translated by saskia vogel

 

Other favourites are
Clean by juno dawson (very funny ya novel) , Freshwater by akwaeke emezi, children of the cave by virve saamalkorpi (wrote like journal entries with some missing about scientific trip to Russia), to leave with the Reindeer by Olivia rosenthal, tell them of battles, Kings and elephants by matthias enard, singer in the Night by olja savicevic, lullaby by leila slimani, Leonard and hungry Paul by ronan hession (enjoyable belated coming of age) debut from a guy I have a few music albums by), four soldiers by hubert mingarelli (Russian civil war novel while waiting for instructions) , and frankenstein in baghdad by Ahmed saadawi

 

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This is a bit of an embarrassment, but I will try to do better than last year.

 

= Links to BGO threads

= Unabridged Audiobook

R = Re-read

SS = Short Stories

08.  In The Woods - Tana French****@

07. Solar - Ian McEwan****@

06. The Swimming Pool Season - Rose Tremain****@

05. Small Steps - Louis Sachar**** @

04. The Singing Sands - Josephine Tey* @

03. Honeybath's Haven - Michael Innes***

02. The Darkness of Wallis Simpson - Rose Tremain**** SS  @

01. Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie*** SS @

 

Really Bad= no stars, and only something Exceptional = *****

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1. Unsheltered - Barbara Kingsolver

2. Howards End is on the Landing - Susan Hill

3. Thin Air - Ann Cleeves

4. Milkman - Anna Burns

5. Tombland - C.J. Sansom

6. Skin Deep - Liz Nugent

7. Melmoth - Sarah Perry

8. Force of Nature - Jane Harper

9. The Wall - John Lanchester

10. Washington Black - Esi Edugyan

11. Circe - Madeline Miller

12. In the Presence of the Enemy - Elizabeth George

13. Transcription - Kate Atkinson

14. Middle England- Jonathan Coe

15. The Trick to Time - Kit de Waal

16. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge

17. Elmet - Fiona Mozley

18. Piece of my Heart - Peter Robinson

19. The Choice - Edith Eger

20. The Comforts of Home - Susan Hill

21. History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund

22. Becoming - Michelle Obama

23. Mythos - Stephen Fry

24. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

25. Expo58 - Jonathan Coe

26. Blood & Sugar  - Laura Shepherd-Robinson

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28. People Like Me - Lynn Ruane

29. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

30. Dead at First Sight - Peter James

31. My Absolute Darling - Gabriel Tallent

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34. The Party - Elizabeth Day

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38. Skintown - Ciaran McMenamin

39. A Little History of the World - E.H. Gombrich

40. Not My Father's Son - Alan Cumming

41. Celestial Bodies - Jokha Alharthi

42. Ordinary People - Diana Evans

43. The Year of Reading Dangerously - Andy Miller

44. Heroes - Stephen Fry

45. You Will Be Safe Here - Damien Barr

46. Clock Dance - Anne Tyler

47. A Stranger City - Linda Grant

48. The Closed Circle - Jonathan Coe

49. The Lost Man - Jane Harper

50. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

51. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

52. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo

53. The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner

54. The Overstory - Richard Powers

55. Night Boat to Tangier - Kevin Barry

56. Machines Like Me - Ian McEwan

57. My Name is Why - Lemn Sissay

58. Deception on his Mind - Elizabeth George

59. The Dutch House - Ann Patchett

60. The Diary of a Bookseller - Shaun Bythell

61. My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

 

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Up and running now!

 

January

 

The Insider by Mari Hannah - 7.5/10

The Black Friar by S G MacLean - 8/10

The Seagull by Ann Cleeves - 8/10

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - 6.5/10

 

February

 

The  Frost Fair by Edward Marston - 7.5/10

The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson - 9/10

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - 5/10

The Winter Secret by Lulu Taylor - 7/10

 

March

 

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick - 7.5/10

In the Woods by Tana French - 8/10

 

April

 

A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central by Anja de Jager - 8/10

High Force by L J Ross - 8/10

A Nest of Vipers by Andrea Camilleri - 7/10

Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer by M C Beaton - 5/10

 

May

 

The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine - 8/10

Our House by Louise Candlish - 8/10

Dater with Malice by Julia Chapman 7/10

Waterproof by Chris Crowther - 7/10

 

June

 

Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon 7/10

The Mechanical Devil by Kate Ellis 7/10

The Last Hours by Minette Walters 7/10

The Lost Man by Jane Harper 8/10

 

July

 

Cragside by L J Ross - 7.5/10

The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths - 7/10

The Scandal by Mari Hannah - 8/10

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths - 7.5/10

 

August

 

A Summer Reunion - Fanny Blake 6.5/10

My Lemon Grove Summer - Jo Thomas - 6/10

The Likeness - Tana French 7/10

 

September

 

L'Auberge - Julia Stagg 6.5/10

Dark Skies - L J Ross 7.5/10

The Temptation of Forgiveness - Donna Leon 6.5/10

 

October

 

Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch 7.5/10

The Magpie Tree - Katherine Stansfield 7.5/10

Wild Fire - Ann Cleeves 7.5/10

 

November

 

The King's Witch by Tracy Borman - 8/10

Strange Fascination by Syd Moore - 7/10

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie - 7/10

The Corset by Laura Purcell - 8/10

The Christmas Party by Karen Swan - 7/10

 

December

 

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper - 7.5/10

The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly - 7/10

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper - 7/10

A Christmas Railway Mystery by Edward Marston - 8/10

The 12 Strange Days of Christmas by Syd Moore - 6/10

 

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48. Lowborn Kerry Hudson ****(*)

47. What Red Was Rosie Price ***(*) 
46. The Card Arnold Bennett ***
45.  Memories of the Future Siri Hustvedt ****

44. The Following Story Cees Nooteboom ***

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40. All That Man Is David Szalay (RR) *****

39. Fleishman Is In Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner  ****

38. The Conservationist Nadine Gordimer *(*)

37. Never Anyone But You Rupert Thomson ****

36. Common People Ed Kit de Waal ***(*)

35. Nina X Ewan Morrison ****

34. A High Wind In Jamaica (RR) Robert Hughes *****

33. The End Of Vandalism Tom Drury ****(*)

32. Emil And The Detectives Erich Kästner 

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30. A Different Drummer William Melvin Kelly ****

29. Waterland Graham Swift ***

28. The Only Story Julian Barnes ***(*)

27. Dinosaurs On Other Planets Danielle McLaughlin *****

26. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman ***(*)

25. The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad (RR) ***

24. Missing Fay Adam Thorpe ****

23. Country Michael Hughes ****(*)

22. From A Low And Quiet Sea Donal Ryan ****(*)

21. The 7th Function Of Language Laurent Binet ***(*)

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19. Enormous Changes At The Last Minute Grace Paley (RR) *****

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17. Scoop Evelyn Waugh (RR) ****

16. Mothers Chris Power ****

15. Lincoln In The Bardo George Saunders (Audio) (RR) *****

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12. Putney Sofka Zinovieff ***(*)

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9.  Family Lexicon Natalia Ginzburg ***

8.  Dear Evelyn Kathy Page **

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1.  Of Kids and Parents Emil Hakl ****

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One Man's Flag - David Downing
Lenin's Roller Coaster - David Downing
The Dark Clouds Shining - David Downing
March Violets - Philip Kerr
The Pale Criminal - Philip Kerr
A German Requiem - Philip Kerr
The One From the Other - Philip Kerr
A Quiet Flame - Philip Kerr
If The Dead Rise Not - Philip Kerr
Field Grey - Philip Kerr
Prague Fatale - Philip Kerr
A Man Without Breath - Philip Kerr
The Lady from Zagreb - Philip Kerr
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
The Other Side of Silence - Philip Kerr
Prussian Blue - Philip Kerr
Dandelions - Yasunari Kawabata
Greeks Bearing Gifts - Philip Kerr
Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror - Victor Sebestyen
Metropolis - Philip Kerr
The Peenemunde Deceptions - Jim McDermott
The Deaths of Berlin - Jim McDermott
No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai
Eye of the Red Tsar - Sam Eastland
A German Winter - Jim McDermott
The Lie Division - Jim McDermott
The Red Coffin - Sam Eastland
The Trick of It - Michael Frayn
Leaving Berlin - Joseph Kanon
A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
Without Fail - Lee Child
Echo Bruning  - Lee Child
Persuader - Lee Child
The Enemy - Lee Child
One Shot - Lee Child
The Hard Way - Lee Child
Bad Luck and Trouble - Lee Child
Nothing To Lose - Lee Child
Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child
61 Hours - Lee Child
Deep Down - Lee Child
The Affair - Lee Child
A Wanted Man - Lee Child
Never Go Back - Lee Child
High Heat - Lee Child
Not a Drill - Lee Child
Personal - Lee Child
Small Wars - Lee Child
Make Me - Lee Child
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Next - Stieg Larsson
A Killing Frost - RD Wingfield

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Book List - Completed Books read in 2019, all first time reads are rated I have included re-reads at the end of the list but |I've not rated them as obviously I liked them or I wouldn't be re-reading them, they will have a (R) at the end instead of a star rating to denote they are a re-read.

 

RATING:

*****5 stars - Outstanding! Brilliant! Highly recommended, read it, read it now!

****4 stars - Very good, recommended,

***3 stars - A good enjoyable read, read it if you want to,

**2 stars - It was ok, not totally sure about it so don't blame me if you think its rubbish

*1 star -  Not good, just about readable but not recommended

No stars - Utter crap, don't bother - should never have been published!

(R) - Re-read

  

FICTION:

The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes***

Damien by J Kenner

 

The Mitchells & O’Haras Trilogy by Kimberley Chambers - overall rating : ** (and that is being generous, because the first book was so good)

The Feud by Kimberley Chambers****

The Traitor by Kimberley Chambers **

The Victim by Kimberley Chambers *

 

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness ****

In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards***

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones****

Doll House by John Hunt ****

Dan & Nat Got Married by Jon Rance **

Love you Gone by Rona Halsall*

The Diary by Vikki Patis ***

Disgrace by Dee Palmer **

The Perfect Family **

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones **

The Memory by Lucy Dawson****

What She Left by T R Richmond*

Playing With Monsters by Amelia Hutchins**

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman****

The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne***

Sweetpea by C J Skuse****

 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (R)

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (R)

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice (R)

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (R)

Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (R)

Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (R)

House of Cards by Michael Dobbs (R)

The Entity by Frank De Felitta (R)

Carrie by Stephen King (R)

 

NON-FICTION:

The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx****

This is Gonna Hurt by Nikki Sixx****

 

I will add that I have also been reading a number of stories on the Wattpad site.  Now there is A LOT of crap on there and you really do have to look hard to find decent things to read, but there are a few gems amongst what can only be described as some pretty dire stuff. But I have found a few fairly decent stories.  All non-published works and a lot of it is work in progress and unfinished stories but if the stories are complete it does say and it's all free to read so what's not to like about that? As long as you are prepared to sift through the crap. 
 

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The Seven Deaths of EvelynHardcastle: Stuart Turton -  unfinished

One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem:Neil Tennant (N. F. )

Scrublands: Chris Hammer

Red Harvest: Dashiell Hammett - unfinished

A History  of Hollywood: David  Thomson - unfinished

The Dry: Jane Harper

The King's Evil: Andrew Taylor

The Zig Zag Girl: Elly Griffiths

Thomas Cromwell: Diarmaid MacCulloch (N.F.)

The Road Home: Rose Tremain

Smoke and Mirrors: Elly Griffiths

The Blood Card: Elly Griffiths

The Cost of Living:  Deborah Levy

The Vanishing Box: Elly Griffiths

Sacred Country: Rose Tremain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07. Darling, Rachel Edwards ***

06. Snap, Belinda Bauer ***

05. Dark Entries, Robert Aickman **

04. The Folcroft Ghosts, Darcy Coates ***

03. Vox, Nicholson Baker **

02. One of Us is Lying, Karen M McManus ****

01. The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith ****

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62. No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton *****
61. Snowglobe by Amy Wilson ***
60. The Easy way to Control Alcohol by Alan Carr (A) **** 
59. A Gift from Bob by James Bowen ****
58. Mythos by Stephen Fry (A)

57. The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas by Carole Matthews ****

56. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell ***

55. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (A) ****

54. Now You See Her by Heidi Perks ****

53. Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo ****

52. The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave ****

51. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ****

50. The Secret Language of Cats by Susanne Schötz **

49. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys ****

48. Toffee by Sarah Crossan *****

47. The Fallout by Sadie Jones ***

46. Cloud Boy by Marcia Williams ****

45. Life: an exploded diagram by Mal Peet ***

44. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald ****

43. A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan ***

42. The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell ****

41. The Mortal Coil by Emily Suveda ****

40. The Island by Victoria Hislop ****

39. Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal ***

38. The Girl Under the Olive Tree by Leah Fleming ****

37. Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane (A) ***

36. Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari ***

35. The Lido Guide by Janet Wilkinson *****

34. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich ***

33. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella ***

32. Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter ****

31. The Lido by Libby Page ****

30. Dangerous Water by Anne Allen **

29. The World According to Bob by James Bowen ****

28. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebald **

27. The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (A) ***

26. The Boy who Flew by Fleur Hancock ****

25. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich ***

24. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (A) ***

23. My Brother’s Name is Jessica by John Boyne ***

22. A Song for the Dying by Stuart MacBride ****

21. The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum *****

20. Boy meets Hamster by Birdie Milano *****

19. Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon *****

18. You against Me by Jenny Downham ****

17. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella ***

16. The Woman who Died a lot by Jasper   Fforde (A) ****

15. Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor ***

14. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich ****

13. The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne **

12. The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling (A) ***

11. A Street cat named Bob by James Bowen ***

10. The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood ****

9. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich ***

8. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz ****

7. Eleanor Olliphant is Absolutely Fine by Gail Honeyman (A) *****

6. A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell ****

5. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich ***

4. Antigona and Me by Kate Claunchy ****

3. Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly ***

2. The Girl who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig (A) ***

1. Angel Fever by LA Weatherly ****

 

(A) = Audiobook

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      29. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker****1/2 (06/22/13)
      30. Meet me in Malmo by Torquil MacLeod***1/2 (06/24/13)
      31. Murder in Malmo by Torquil MacLeod***1/2 (06/29/13)
      32. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman*****(06/30/13)
      33. The Golden Egg by Donna Leon****(07/04/13)
      34. Inferno by Dan Brown**1/2 (07/07/13)
      35. The Untouchable by John Banville *****(07/28/13)
      36. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ***1/2(08/02/13)
      37. Portobello by Ruth Rendell****1/2 (08/04/13)
      38. The Bat by Jo Nesbo***1/2 (08/08/13)
      39. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen****(08/13/13)
      40. The Telling Room, a Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti****(08/26/13)
      41. Eva's Eye by Karin Fossum***1/2(09/01/13)--may get to 4 stars
      __. The Care of Wooden Floors [abandoned--too much like a painfully long episode of Fawlty Towers]
      42. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin
      43. The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill (09/17/13) ***1/2 (may get to 4 stars)
      44. Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill (09/22/13)***1/2
      45. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (10/10/13)****1/2
      46. Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson (10/19/13)***1/2 (may get to 4 stars)
      47. The Monster of Florence (10/24/13) by Magdalen Nabb***1/2
      48. Angle of Repose (11/09/13) by Wallace Stegner*****
      49. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith (11/10/13)***1/2
      50. Identical by Scott Turow (11/16/13)***1/2
      51. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle ****
      52. Young Philby by Robert Littrell (11/28/13)****
      53. Disco for the Departed by Colin Cotterill (11/30/13)***1/2
      54. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (12/02/13)****
      55. Divergent (12/05/13)****
      56. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (12/08/13)****
      57. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (12/16/13)****
      58. Bereft by Chris Womersley (sp?) (12/21/13)****
      59. Solo by William Boyd (12/24/13)****
      60. Dead Simple by Peter James (12/27/13)***1/2
      61. Looking Good Dead by Peter James (12/29/13)*** 1/2
    • By MisterHobgoblin
      88 Cairo - Louis Armand **
      87 Understanding Public Leadership - Paul 't Hart ***
      86 Demons - Wayne MacAuley ***
      85 Rethinking Public Service Delivery - John Alford *****
      84 Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult ****
      83 The Blunders of our Governments - Anthony King and Ivor Crewe ***
      82 Wanting – Richard Flanagan ****
      81 Foe – JM Coetzee ***
      80 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck *****
      79 Delete This At Your Peril – The Bob Servant Emails****
      78 Stasiland – Anna Funder ****
      77 The Lot: In Words – Michael Leunig *
      76 Amnesia – Peter Carey ***
      75 Dominion – CJ Samson *
      74 The Sound and The Fury – William Faulkner ***
      73 How I Became The Mr Big Of People Smuggling – Martin Chambers ****
      72 Purge – Sofi Oksanen **
      71 Care of Wooden Floors – Will Wiles ****
      70 Hotel Iris – Yoko Ogawa *****
      69 Confessions – Kanae Minato *****
      68 Strange Weather in Tokyo – Hiromi Kawakami**
      67 How’s The Pain – Pascal Garnier ***
      66 When The Night Comes – Favel Parrett ***
      65 The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell *****
      64 Not In Front Of The Corgis – Brian Hoey ***
      63 How To Be Both – Ali Smith ***
      62 Orfeo – Richard Powers *
      61 The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee ***
      60 To Rise Again At A Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris ****
      59 The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt ****
      58 The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****
      57 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler ***
      56 History Of The Rain – Niall Williams **
      55 The Dog – Joseph O’Neill ****
      54 The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth ****
      53 The Ruby Slippers – Keir Alexander *****
      52 All That Is Solid Melts Into Air – Darragh McKeon *****
      51 Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth **
      50 Fourth Of July Creek – Smith Henderson ***
      49 All The Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld *****
      48 Layla – Nina De La Mer ****
      47e A&U Shorts: Nanoparticles – Charlotte Wood ****
      47d A&U Shorts: Blackberries – Tom Keneally ****
      47c A&U Shorts: Ithaca In My Mind – Peter Temple ****
      47b A&U Shorts: Manuka  - Alex Miller *****
      47a A&U Shorts: Sticks, Stones, Christos Tsiolkas ****
      46 In The Approaches – Nicola Barker ****
      45 Burial Rites – Hannah Kent **
      44 Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas *****
      43 The Farm – Tom Rob Smith ****
      42 Where There’s Smoke – Jodi Picoult ****
      41 Dept of Speculation – Jenny Offill ***
      40 Irene – Pierre Lamaitre *****
      39 Glow – Ned Beauman ***
      38 Moon In A Dead Eye – Pascal Garnier ****
      37 A Mad and Wonderful Thing – Mark Mulholland ****
      36 The Pedant In The Kitchen – Julian Barnes ***
      35 Blue Is The Night – Eoin McNamee ****
      34 The Bees – Laline Paull **
      33 Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson ***
      32 The Light Of Amsterdam – David Park ****
      31 The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales – Kirsty Logan **
      30 The Book Of You – Claire Kendal ****
      29 The Ghost of the Mary Celeste – Valerie Martin **
      28 600 Hours of Edward – Craig Lancaster **
      27 Cooking With Fernet Branca – James Hamilton-Patterson ****
      26 The Falling Sky – Pippa Goldschmidt ***
      25 Company – Max Barry ****
      24 In The Morning I’ll Be Gone – Adrian McKinty ****
      23 An Elegant Young Man – Luke Carman ***
      22 Cairo – Chris Womersley *****
      21 Dogs at the Perimeter – Madeleine Thien ***
      20 419 – Will Ferguson *****
      19 Walk The Lines – Mark Mason **
      18 The Matrix – Jonathan Aycliffe ***
      17 Dust – Hugh Howey **
      16 The Rest Just Follows – Glenn Patterson ***
      15 Tenth of December – George Saunders ****
      14 A Naked Singularity – Sergio De La Pava ****
      13 Fragrant Harbour - John Lanchester **
      12 Lexicon - Max Barry ****
      11 Trusting A Stranger - Kimberley Brown (unrated as I am married to the author)
      10 Ablutions - Patrick de Witt ***
      9 Nine Days - Toni Jordan ****
      8 Night At The Pink Poodle - Matthew Condon **
      7 The Amber Fury - Natalie Haynes ***
      6 Unity - Michael Arditti ***
      5 After Such Kindness - Gaynor Arnold ****
      4 Alex - Pierre LeMaitre *****
      3 A Capital Union - Victoria Hendry ***
      2 Big Brother - Lionel Shriver *****
      1 The Burial - Courteney Collins ****
    • By TwinBibbles
      Hello Everyone,

      This is my first post, and I am making a list of my favourite top 8 20th century books.

      1. The Traveller in Time: Excellent read, sounds rubbish, but is the contrary. (1985)
      2. The Runaways: A children's classic, some people may remember reading it in their childhood. (1987)
      3. All that Katy Did: A collection of 'Katy' books.
      4. Anna Keeps Her Promise: Translated from it's original language, this a very good read. (1987)
      5. Ballet shoes for Anna: A lovely ballet story, written by Noel Streatfeild (1983).
      6. The Borrowers: A lovely classic for me, and a good read. (1953)
      7. Fecility Dances: Another ballet book (1938)
      8. Tim and the Hidden People: (series) a excellent series of lovely books, which are harder to get hold of, we have them all. (date?)

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