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1 The Dollmaker, Harriette Arnow - completed (paperback)

2 Small Spaces, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback)

3 The Seagull (Vera Stanhope, eight) - completed (paperback)

4 History of a Drowning Boy, Dennis Nilsen - completed (e-book)

5 Dark Voices, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback)

6 The Shape of Darkness, Laura Purcell - completed (hardback)

7 Bel-Ami, Guy de Maupassant - completed (paperback)

8 The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope 9), Ann Cleeves - completed (hardback)

9 The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers - completed (paperback)

10 The Desolations of Devil's Acre, Ransom Riggs - completed (hardback)

11 The House of the Dead, Fyodor Dostoevsky - completed (paperback and e-book)

12 Presumed Dead, Mason Cross - completed (paperback)

13 Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking, S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport  - completed (paperback)

14 The Wee Free Men: A Tiffany Aching Novel (Discworld Novels), Terry Pratchett - completed (paperback)

15 The Drinker, Hans Fallada - completed (paperback)

16 The Four Swans (book 6 Poldark series), Winston Graham - completed (paperback)

17 Nightshade, E S Thomson - completed (hardback)

18 The Voice Imitator, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback)

19 The Strings of Murder (Frey and McGray 1), Oscar de Muriel - completed (paperback)

20 The Hunt (short story), Oscar de Muriel - completed (paperback)

21 Maigret's Mistake, Georges Simenon - completed (paperback)

22 The Red Pony, (novella) John Steinbeck - completed (paperback)

23 The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens - completed (paperback)

24 A Fire in the Blood (Frey and McGray 2), Oscar de Muriel - completed (paperback)

25 Kraken, China Mieville - completed (paperback)

26 Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse - completed (paperback) 

27 Mrs England, Stacy Halls - completed (hardback)

28 Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, Kate Summerscale - completed (ebook)

29 Hunger, Knut Hamsun - completed (paperback)

30 Candide by Voltaire - completed (paperback)

31 A Mask of Shadows (Frey and McGray 3), Oscar de Muriel - completed (paperback)

32 Chess Story, Stefan Zweig - completed (paperback)

33 The Messenger, Lois Lowry - completed (hardback, number 3 in the quartet) 

34 Death At The Boston Tea Party, Deryn Lake - completed (ebook)

35 In the Penal Colony, Franz Kafka - completed (paperback, short story)

36 Loch of the Dead (Frey and McGray 4), Oscar de Muriel - completed (paperback)

37 Maigret's Holiday, Georges Simenon - completed (paperback)

38 Rainbow in the Dark, Ronnie James Dio - completed (hardback)

39 The Old Manse (short story), Nathaniel Hawthorne - completed (paperback)

40 War and War, László Krasznahorkai - completed (paperback)

41 The Darker Arts, Oscar de Muriel - completed (paperback)

42 Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell-completed (paperback)

43 The Florentines, Paul Strathern - completed (hardback)

44 The Asylum, Karen Coles - completed (paperback)

45 Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor - completed (paperback)

46 The Impossible Dead, Ian Rankin - completed (paperback) 

47 Dance of the Serpents, Oscar de Muriel - completed (e-book)

48 Lady Audley's Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon - completed (paperback)

49 Case Study, Graeme Macrae Burnet - completed (hardback)

50 Carmilla, J Sheridan le Fanu - completed (e-book)

51 The Blind Owl, Sadegh Hedayat, Naveed Noori - completed (paperback)

52 The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson - completed (paperback

53 Le Chants de Maldorer, Comte de Lautrémont - completed (paperback)

54 The Body, Stephen King  - completed (paperback, short story 200 pgs)

55 The Unvanquished, William Faulkner - completed (paperback)

56 Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë - completed (paperback)

57 Maigret Goes to School, Georges Simenon -completed (paperback)

58 The Story of the Year, Hans Christian Andersen - completed (e-book, short story)

59 Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, Friedrich Nietzsche - completed (paperback)

60 Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings (Tales of the Weird), Tanya Kirk - completed (paperback)

61 The Sundays of Jean Dézert, Jean De La Ville De Mirmont - completed (paperback)

62 A Hero of Our Time, Mikhail Lermontov - completed (paperback)

63 Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights (Tales of the Weird) edited by Lucy Evans and Tanya Kirk - completed (paperback)

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Well, I'll put my marker here - just in case I manage to read something. Can't do worse than 2020, when, as far as I recall, I didn't manage to finish one book.

 

Edit Jan 2nd 2022:

 The Playmaker, the only book I started in 2020 is still sitting by my chair, unfinished and gathering dust. I will not waste space on the Booklist 2022 thread by putting a marker down, as I am clearly not going to use it.

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Before We Was We: Madness by Madness - Mike Barson et a [Kindle] [Started 2020]

The Broons Annual 1990 [Started 2020]

Middle England - Jonathan Coe [Started 2020]

Coffinmaker's Blues: Collected Writings On Terror - Stephen Volk [Started 2020]

Days In The Life - Jonathon Green

The Race - Nina Allan

Oor Wullie Annual 1991

Inside No.9: The Scripts, Series 1-3 - Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith

The Broons Annual 1992

In A Glass Darkly - Sheridan Le Fanu

I Wanna Be Yours - John Cooper Clarke

The Broons Annual 1994

This Is How You Lose The Time War - Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

R Is For Rocket & S Is For Space - Ray Bradbury

The Broons Annual 2000

Times & Sounds - Jan Reetze

David Lynch: The Unified Field - Robert Cozzolino

The Dark Masters Trilogy - Stephen Volk

The Broons Annual 2004

The Broons Annual 2006

The Little Gift - Stephen Volk

Studio Of Screams - Bissette / Golden / Lebbon / Morris / Volk

Oor Wullie Annual 2007

The Broons Annual 2008

A Saucer Of Loneliness - Theodore Sturgeon

The Broons Annual 2010

Wayfinding - Michael Bond

Bright Segment - Theodore Sturgeon

Lynch On Lynch - Chris Rodley (ed.)

And Now The News... - Theodore Sturgeon

Room To Dream - David Lynch & Kristine McKenna

The Man Who Lost The Sea - Theodore Sturgeon

The Nail And The Oracle - Theodore Sturgeon

The Gameshouse - Claire North

Reflections Of Alan Turing - Dermot Turing

The Fire Starters - Jan Carson

You Know What You Could Be: Tuning Into The 1960s - Mike Heron & Andrew Greig

The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again - M. John Harrison

Under A Raven's Wing - Stephen Volk

Becoming Superman - J. Michael Straczynski

The Good Neighbours - Nina Allan

Somebody's Voice - Ramsey Campbell

Slow Sculpture - Theodore Sturgeon

Remain In Love - Chris Frantz

Case And The Dreamer - Theodore Sturgeon

The Kind Folk - Ramsey Campbell

Mister Invincible - Local Hero - Pascal Jousselin

The West Highland Way - Terry Marsh

Medical Grade Music - Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi

Ghosts Know - Ramsey Campbell

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

The 32 - Paul McVeigh ed.

The Art Of Space Travel - Nina Allan

Mister Invincible Local Hero  - Pascal Jousselin

Ayrshire And Arran Coastal Paths - Keith Fergus

Just Behind You - Ramsey Campbell

A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock [Kindle]

Baking With Kafka - Tom Gauld

You’re All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack - Tom Gauld

Van Der Graaf Generator: Every Album, Every Song - Dan Coffey

Wilson - Daniel Clowes

Embers Of War - Gareth L Powell

Notebook - Tom Cox

Mooncop - Tom Gauld

Just For One Day - Louise Wener [Kindle]

Goliath - Tom Gauld

Humble Pi - Matt Parker

Fleet Of Knives - Gareth L Powell

Castle Waiting - Linda Medley

Light Of Impossible Stars - Gareth L Powell

Toast On Toast - Steven Toast

Forgotten Heroes Of Comedy - Robert Ross

Thirteen Days By Sunset Beach - Ramsey Campbell

Think Yourself Lucky - Ramsey Campbell

Zero Bomb - M.T.Hill

Mazes & Labyrinths - W.H.Matthews

Castle Waiting Volume II - Linda Medley

The Smoke - Simon Ings

Spirits of The Season: Christmas Hauntings - Tanya Kirk (ed.)

Chill Tidings: Dark Tales Of The Christmas Season - Tanya Kirk (ed.)

Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales For The Longest Nights - Tanya Kirk & Lucy Evans (eds.)

Broken Greek - Pete Paphides [Kindle]

The Bishop Of Hell - Marjorie Bowen

Brilliant Maps - Ian Wright
The Broons Annual 2022

The Elements Of Eloquence - Mark Forsyth 

The Magic Box - Rob Young
 

Previous years' booklists:

2020

2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  

2009  2008  2007

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1. Begin Again - Ursula Orange ****

2. A Single Thread - Tracy Chevalier ****1/2

3. The Left Handed Booksellers - Garth Nix****

4. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme - Lars Mitterling *****

5. All The Ever Afters - Danielle Teller DNF

6 The Last Painting of Sara de Voss -Dominic Smith ****

7. The Burning Jane Casey ****

8. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout ****1/2

9. Snow Song - Sally Gardner ***1/2

10. Trust -Chris Hammer ****1/2

11. On Chapel Sands - Laura Cummings ****1/2

12. The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman *****

13. The Second Sleep - Robert Harris

14. Closed for Winter - Jorn Lier Horst ***

15. Eve in Hollywood - Amor Towles *****

16; Olive Again - Elizabeth Strout *****

17. A Deadly Education - Naomi Novik****1/2

18. Ayesha Again - Uzma Jaluddin ****1/2

19. The Unfinished Clue - Georgette Heyer ***1/2

20. Tales from the Folly - Ben Aaronovitch ****

21. The Mystery of Henri Pick **

22. The Religious Body - Catherine Aird ***

23. A Madness of Sunshone - Nalini Singh **1/2

24.Ink & Sigil - Kevin Hearne ****

25. The Strings of Murder - Oscar de Muriel  ****

26. The Queen of Bloody Everything - Joanna Nadin ****1/2

27. The Grove of the Caesars - Lindsay Davis ****1/2

28. I Am, I Am, I Am - Maggie O'Farrell *****

29. Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith *****

30. Three Women and a Boat - Anna Youngsen ***1/2

31. Pulpit Rock - Kate Rhodes ****

32. After the Fire - Jo Spain ****

33. Writers and Lovers - Lily King ****1/2

34. The Giver of Stars - Jojo Moyes ****1/2

35. Normal People - Sally Rooney ****1/2

36. The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective - Susanna Stapelton ****

37. The Lost Future of Pepperharrow - Natasha Pulley *****

38. MI5 andMe - Charlotte Bingham ****1/2

39. The Most Fun We Ever Had - Claire Lombardo ***1/2

40. The Penguin Lessons - Tom Mitchell ****1/2

41. Fanny Burney: Her Life - Kate Chisholm ****

42. Spies and Stars - Charlotte Bingham ***

43. The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan ****

44. Abide With Me - Elizabeth Strout *****

45. The Whole Truth - Cara Hunter ****

46. Jane Austen at Home - Lucy Worsley ****1/2

47 The Fire Court - Andrew Taylor ****

48. Euphoria - Lily King ****

49. A Country Road, A Tree - Jo Baker ****1/2

50. The Darkest Evening - Ann Cleeves ****1/2

51. She Lies in Wait - Gytha Lodge **

52. The Killing Season - Mason Cross****

53. The Midnight Queen - Sylvia Hunter ****1/2

54. The Fifth Season - N K Jemisin *****

55. Close to Home - Cara Hunter *****

56. Dog days - Ericka Waller **

57. Bordeaux, Private Eye - Rorie Smith ***

58. The Miseducation of Evie Epworth ****1/2

59. The Great Alone - Kirsten Hannah ***

60. The Kingdoms - Natasha Pulley +++++

61. The Water Clock - Jim Kelly ++++

62. Wild Strawberries - Angela Thirkell ++

       Behind Closed Doors - B A Paris DNF, completely ludicrous

63. In The Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant +++++

64. Confusion - Elizabeth Jane Howard ++++

65. Casting Off - Elizabeth Jane Howard ++++ - both r/r for book club

66. The Widows of Malabar Hill - Sujata Massey ++++1/2

67. Beach Read - Emelie Henry ++

68. V2 - Robert Harris ++++1/2

69. Ask Again, Yes - Mary Beth Keane ++++

70. The Perfect Lie - Jo Spain +++++

71. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N K Jemisin ++++1/2

72. The Bedlam Stacks - Natasha Pulley +++++

73. Big Summer - Jennifer Weiner ++

74. A Town Called Solace - Mary Lawson +++++

75. Lady of Devices - Shelly Adina +++1/2

76. Lady of Magic - Sylvia Hunter ++++

77. One More Croissant for the Road - Felicity Cloake +++

78. The Night Raven - Sarah Painter +++

79. The Dictionary of Lost Words - Pip Williams ++++

80. Mother May I? - Joshilyn Jackson +++++for first 5/6, ++ for last 1/6

81. The Reckoning - Jane casey ++++1/2

82. The Samaritan - Mason Cross ++++1/2

83. Missing Pieces - Tim Weaver ++

84. Writing Jane Austen - Elizabeth Aston +++

85. 1971, Never A Dull Moment - David Hepworth ++++1/2

86. Kindred - Octavia E Butler +++++

87. The Third Girl - Jane Casey ++++

88. Ghosting - Jennie Erdal ++++1/2

89 The Stranger You Know - Jane Casey ++++

90. The Kill - Jane Casey ++++

91. Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan +++1/2

92. The Art of Dying - Ambrose Parry +++1/2

94. Small Spaces - Katherine Arden ++++

95. Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout +++++

96. The Firebird - Susanna Kearsley    +++1/2

97. No Way Out - Cara Hunteer ++++

98. The Last Thing He Told Me - Laura Dave ++++1/2

99. Anxious People - Frederick Backman ++++1/2

100. Early Morning Riser - Katherine Heiny ++++

101. The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym- Paula Byrne ++++1/2

102. Ninth House - Leigh Bardugo ++++1/2

103. Getting Rid of Bradley - Jennifer Crusie ++++

104. Sorcery and Cecilia - Patricia Wrede & Caroline Steventon ++++1/2

105. A Master of Djinn - P Djeli Clark ++++

106. Love After Love - Ingrid Persaud +++++

107. Darkness Fall - Robert Bryndza ++++1/2

108. Devil's Table - Kate Rhodes ++++1/2

109. Property - Valerie Martin

110. The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza +++

111. Small Pleasures - Claire Chambers +++

 

 

Audio books

The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman ****

The Survivors - Jane Harper ****1/2

The Accusers - Lindsay Davies ****

The Postscript Murders - Elly Griffiths returned

See Delphi And Die - Lindsay Davies ****

A Room with a View - E M Forster (read by Emilia Fox)

La Belle Sauvage _ Phillip Pullman*****

Deep Secret - Diana Wynne Jones *****

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue - V Swarb - returned due to infuriating historical inacuracies which really started to grate.

Brazil - Michael Palin ****1/2

The Night Circus - Erin Morganstern *****

Birds, Beasts and Relatives - Gerald Durrell ****

The Huntress - Kate Quinn ***** narrator, ** story

A Dying Light in Cordoba _ Lindsay Davies ****1/2

The Sea Gate - Jane Johnson - sent back

Miss benson's Beetle - Rachel Joyce ++++ story +++++ narration

Erebus - Michael Palin +++++

The Seventh Sinner - Elizabeth Peters ++++

Unholy Harmonies - Elizabeth Aston ++++

The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim +++++

Cranford - Mrs Gaskell +++++

Die for Love - Elizabeth Peters ++++

Children of Chance - Elizabeth Aston ++++

The World, The Flesh and the Bishop - Elizabeth Aston ++++

Volcanic Airs -                                               "                           "

Unaccustomed Spirits                                   "                           "

Elizabeth and her German Garden - Elizabeth Von Armim +++++

Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith +++++

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman ++++1/2

The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman +++++

The Telephone Box on the Edge of the World ++++

Miss Mapp -E H Benson ++++1/2

Poseidon's Gold - Lindsay Davis ++++ 1/2

Her Husband's Secret - Liane Moriaty

 

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1 – Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin (audio)

2 – The Children’s War by J N Stroyar – started 2020

3 - Smoke & Ashes by Abir Mukherjee (audio)

4 – The Other Side of the Dales by Gervase Phinn – re read

5 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (audio)

6 – The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub – re-read

7 – Erebus by Michael Palin (audio)

8 – Reporting Civil Rights Vol 2 pages 300 – 600

9 – Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down by Alan Jones

10 – A Month in the Country by J L Carr - re-read

11 – Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (audio)

12 - The Freedom Line by Peter Eisner

13 - A Higher Call by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander (audio)

14 - Barbary Shore by Norman Mailer

15 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (audio)

16 - Death in the East by Abir Muckherjee (audio)

17 - Sacred Sierra by Jason Webster

18 – Thinner by Stephen King - re-read

19 - The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg (audio) – Re-read

20 - Over Hill and Dale by Gervase Phinn

21 – Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin (audio)

22 – The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian

23 – Poverty Safari by Darren MacGarvey (audio)

24 – The Master & the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (audio) 2nd time unfinished

25 – Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally  (audio) re read

26 – North From Granada by Roy Nash

27 – Swan Song by Robert McCammon (audio)

28 – Consider Her Ways and other stories by John Wyndham

29 – The Chimes by Charles Dickens (audio) unfinished

30 – The Fog by James Herbert (audio) re read

31 – A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford (audio)

32 – Later by Stephen King

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1. Sula - Toni Morrison

2. A Ghost in the Throat - Doireann Ni Ghriofa

3. Tatty - Christine Dwyer Hickey

4. Daisy Jones and the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid

5. Love - Roddy Doyle

6. To Calais in Ordinary Time - James Meek

7. Beloved - Toni Morrison

8. Urban Grimshaw & the Shed Crew - Bernard Hare

9. The Red and the Black - Stendhal

10. Lowborn - Kerry Hudson

11. Goodbye to All That - Robert Graves

12. Grief is the Thing With Feathers - Max Porter

13. Snow - John Banville

14. Inglorious Empire - Shashi Tharoor

15. The End of Eddy - Edouard Louis

16. Who They Was - Gabriel Krauze

17. Lost Children Archive - Valeria Luiselli

18. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk

19. The Odyssey - Homer

20. Heroes - Simon Sebag Montefiore

21. Monsters - Simon Sebag Montefiore

22. The Pull of the Stars - Emma Donoghue

23. Motherwell - Deborah Orr

24. 1974 - David Peace

25. The Scholar - Dervla McTiernan

26. The Curious Case of the Mayo Librarian - Pat Walsh

27. Morality Play - Barry Unsworth

28. Mayflies - Andrew O'Hagan

29. The Hungry Grass - Richard Power

30. Leonard & Hungry Paul - Ronan Hession

31. Howards End - E.M. Forster

32. Through the Narrow Gate - Karen Armstrong

33. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami

34. Practicing Catholic - James Carroll

35. The Familiars - Stacey Halls

36. Black Water Rising - Attica Locke

37. The Good Turn - Dervla McTiernan

38. The Accidental Woman - Jonathan Coe

39. The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

40. Padre Pio Irish Encounters With the Saint - Colm Keane

41. The City Always Wins - Omar Robert Hamilton

42. The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman

43. The Immoralist - Andre Gide

44. The Discomfort of Evening - Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

45. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James

46. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell

47. The Woman in Black - Susan Hill

48. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

49. Double Blind - Edward St Aubyn

50. Catch and Kill - Ronan Farrow

51. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

52. History of Violence - Edouard Louis

53. Panther in the Basement - Amos Oz

54. Oroonoko - Aphra Behn

55. Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi

56. Night - Elie Wiesel

57. When I Hit You - Meena Kandasamy

58. Abdication - Juliet Nicolson

59. The Wandering Jews - Joseph Roth

60. There's No Home - Alexander Baron

61. The Five - Hallie Rubenhold

62. A Sentimental Journey - Laurence Sterne

63. My Dark Vanessa - Kate Elizabeth Russell

64. A Separate Peace - John Knowles

65. Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell

66. That Could Never Be - Kevin Dalton

67. State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

68. The Bachelor of Arts - RK Narayan

69. Panenka - Ronan Hession

70. The Language of Kindness - Christie Watson

71. The Cut Out Girl - Bart van Es

72. Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion

73. Our Souls at Night - Kent Haruf

74. The Hare With Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal

75. The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb

76. The Two Popes - Anthony McCarten

77. Pope Francis - Paul Vallely

78. It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis

79. How Much Of These Hills Is Gold - C Pam Zhang

80. The Great Fire - Shirley Hazzard

81. A Passage to India - E.M. Forster

82. Ask Again, Yes - Mary Beth Keane

83. The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht

84. Winter - Ali Smith

85. Farthest Field - Raghu Karnad

86. A House of Ghosts - W.C. Ryan

87. An Orchestra of Minorities - Chigozie Obioma

88. God's Politician - David Willey

89. OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea - Patrick Freyne

90. American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins

91. Bad Boy - Peter Robinson

92. Three Soldiers - John Dos Passos

93. The Glass Hotel - Emily St John Mandel

94. The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek - Kim Michele Richardson

95. The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

96. On Chapel Sands - Laura Cumming

97. The Shepherd's Hut - Tim Winton

98. Ghost Wall - Sarah Moss

99. The Rules of Revelation - Lisa McInerney

100. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari

101. Dirt Music - Tim Winton

102. The 100 Best Novels in English - Robert McCrum

103. Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

104. Apeirogon - Colum McCann

105. Snowflake - Louise Nealon

106. Ex Libris - Michiko Kakutani

107. Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro

108. Glorious Rock Bottom - Bryony Gordon

109. Empress Dowager Cixi - Jung Chang

110. Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith

111. Our Spoons Came From Woolworths - Barbara Comyns

112. Honour - Elif Shafak

113. The Book of Forgotten Authors - Christopher Fowler

114. The Madness of Grief - Richard Coles

115. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House - Cherie Jones

116. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat - Oliver Sacks

117. Left You Dead - Peter James

118. The Man Who Died Twice - Richard Osman

119. Unsettled Ground - Claire Fuller

120. Swimming Home - Deborah Levy

121. Adele - Leila Slimani

122. Lanzarote - Michel Houellebecq

123. The Runaways - Fatima Bhutto

124. Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens

125. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister - Jung Chang

126. A Room With A View - EM Forster

127. Hungry - Grace Dent

128. A Change of Circumstance - Susan Hill

129. Church, Interrupted - John Cornwell

130. O Pioneers! - Willa Cather

131. Still Life - Sarah Winman

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56. The Fell Sarah Moss (Audio) ****

55. The Hunters Claire Messud ****

54. Doreen Barbara Noble ***(*)

53. The Occupation Trilogy P1 Patrick Modiano ****

52. The Promise Damon Galgut *****

51. After Midnight Irmgard Keun ****

50. The Dry Heart Natalia Ginzburg ****

49. Austerlitz W.G Sebald 

48. Burnt Sugar Avni Doshi (Audio) ****(*)

47. The Greengage Summer Rumer Godden ****(*)

46. Hamnet Maggie O'Farrell

45. Dear Reader Cathy Rentzenbrink (Audio) ****

44. A Town Called Solace Mary Lawson ****

43. A Shepherd's Life James Reebanks (Audio) *****

42. Elmet Fiona Mozley ****?

41. Small Pleasures Clare Chambers ***

40. Ghosts Dolly Alderton (Audio) ****

39. Maps For Lost Lovers Nadeem Aslam ***(*)

38. Letters To Camondo Edward de Waal ????

37 Sorrow And Bliss Meg Mason

36. The Green Road Ann Enright Audio

35. Child Of All Nations Irmgard Keun ****(*)

34. That Reminds Me Derek Owusu (Audio) ****

33. The China Room Sunjeev Sahota ****

32. The Glass Kingdom Lawrence Osborne (Audio) ***(*)

31. Darkness Falls From The Air Nigel Balchin ****(*)

30. The Silence Of The Girls Pat Barker ***

29. Early Morning Riser Katharine Heiney (Audio) ****

28. A Room Made Of Leaves Kate Grenville (Audio) ****

27. Love After Love Ingrid Persaud ***(*)

26. Magpie Lane Lucy Atkins ***(*)

25. A Lonely Man Chris Power ****(*)

24. Pilgrims Matthew Kneale ***(*)

23. The Startup Wife Tahmima Ahnum (Audio) ***(*)

22. Summer Brother Jaap Robben ****

21. Claire Fuller Unsettled Ground ****(*)

20. Peace Talks Tim Finch ***(*)

19. At Hawthorn Time Melissa Harrison ****

18. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Audio RR) *****

17. Old School Tobias Wolff (RR) *****

16. Leonard And Hungry Paul Ronam Hession (Audio) ***(*)

15. Where I Left My Soul Jerome Ferrari (RR) ****(*)

14. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Wells Tower *****

13. Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart (Audio) ****

12. The Weather In the Streets Rosamund Lehmann (RR) ****(*)

11. An Unsuitable Attatchment Barbara Pym ****

10. Light Perpetual Frances Spufford ***(*)

9.  Summerwater Sarah Moss (Audio) ***(*)

8.  The Other Americans Laila Lalami ***

7.  The Long View Elizabeth Jane Howard ****(*)

6.  Stasiland (Audio) Anna Funder *****

5.  The Secret Scripture Sebastian Barry ***(*)

4. The Mirror And The Light Hilary Mantel ****(*)

3. Mother For Dinner (Audio) Shalom Auslander ***(*)

2. Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me (Audio) Kate Clanchy ****(*)

1. The Narrow Land Christine Dwyer Hickey ***(*)

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Here's mine

 

January

 

The Christmas Collection - Victoria Connelly 7/10

A Winter beneath the Stars - Jo Thomas 8/10

The Chalet - Catherine Cooper 7/10

 

February

 

The Devils' Garden - Aline Templeton 7/10

Now you see them - Elly Griffiths 7/10

 

March

 

The Moor - L J Ross 7/10

Echoes of the Runes - Christina Courtenay 7/10

The Potter's Field - Andrea Camilleri 7/10

 

April

 

The Darkest Evening - Ann Cleeves 7/10

Dreaming of Italy - T A Williams 6/10

 

May

 

Tidelands - Philippa Gregory 8/10

Death in Delft - Graham Brack 8/10

 

June

 

The Light Within Us - Charlotte Betts 6/10

Penshaw - L J Ross 6.5/10

 

July

 

Hell Bay - Kate Rhodes 7.5/10

Chasing the Italian Dream - Jo Thomas 5/10

 

August

 

Unto us a son is Given - Donna Leon 6/10

The River Between Us - Liz Fenwick 7/10

Borderlands - L J Ross 8/10

 

September

 

The Silver Collar - Antonia Hodgson 8/10

The Night Hawks - Elly Griffiths 8/10

 

October

 

The Long Call - Ann Cleeves 7.5/10

The Survivors - Jane Harper 8/10

The Strings of Murder - Oscar de Meriel 8/10

 

November

 

The Shape of Darkness - Laura Purcell 7/10

The Shrine - L J Ross 7.5/10

The Cook of the Halcyon - Andrea Camilleri 8/10

 

December

 

The Warrior's Princess - Barbara Erskine DNF

A Noel Killing - M L Longworth 7/10

Dreaming of Christmas - T A Williams 6.5/10

Murder after Christmas - Rupert Latimer DNF

 

 

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Love is Blind - William Boyd *not one of his best

Patisserie Made Simple: Ed Kimber

Butter:Elaine Khorsova

Stolen Children: Michael Wood  *needed better editing content and spelling

Blood and Sugar:

 

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On 12/01/2021 at 20:46, chuntzy said:

Love is Blind - William Boyd *not one of his best

Patisserie Made Simple: Ed Kimber

Butter:Elaine Khorsova N.F.

Stolen Children: Michael Wood  *needed better editing content and spelling

Blood and Sugar:

Trust: Chris Hammer

 

 

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I'm a bit behind this year.  I blame work and TV.

 

Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
Spy Line - Len Deighton
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
Kings and Emperors - Dewey Lambdin
Grimson's Prime Ministers - Andrew Gimson
Zoo Station - David Downing
Silesian Station - David Downing
Stetting Station - David Downing
Potsdam Station - David Downing
Lehrter Station - David Downing
Masaryk Station - David Downing
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January

Review posted on January 10 - The Map and the Territory (Michel Houellebecq) 7/10

 

March

Review posted on March 3 - The Book of Disquiet (Pessoa) 9\10

Review posted on March 23 - A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Tool) 6/10

 

April

Review posted on April 1 - If on a Winters Night a Traveller (Italo Calvino) 7/10

Review posted on April 19 - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers) 8/10

Review posted on April 27 - Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami) 8/10

 

May

Review posted on May 28 - Black Beauty (Anna Sewell) 7/10

 

June

Review posted on June 9 - The Land of Green Plums (Herta Müller) 8/10

Review posted on June 17 - No Longer Human (Osamu Dazai) 9/10

Review posted on June 24 - The Invention of Morel (Adolfo Bioy Casares) 8/10

Review posted on June 28 - Hunger (Knut Hamsun) 9/10

 

July

Review posted on July 15 - Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami) 7/10

Review posted on July 18 - Submission (Michel Houellebecq) 8/10

Review posted on July 31 - Man's Fate (André Malraux) 5/10

 

August 

Review posted on August 5 - Nightwood (Djuna Barnes) 5/10

Review posted on August 12 - Ask The Dust (John Fante) 8/10

Review posted on August 22 - The Drinker (Hans Fallada) 8/10

Review posted on August 29 - Riddley Walker (Russell Hoban) 6/10

 

September

Review posted on September 2 - A Month in the Country (J.L Carr) 7/10

Review posted on September 9 - Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse) 9/10

Review posted on September 15 - The Rings of Saturn (W.G Sebald) 8/10

Review posted on September 23 - Good Morning, Midnight (Jean Ryhs) 6/10

Review posted on September 29 - One, No-One, And One Hundred Thousand (Luigi Pirandello) 8/10

 

December

Review posted on December 3 - The Man Without Qualities (Robert Musil) 8/10

Review posted on December 7 - The Sundays of Jean Dezert (Jean de La Ville de Mirmont) 10/10

Review posted on December 23 - Zeno's Conscience (Italo Svevo) 7/10

Review posted on December 26 - Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Toshikazu Kawaguchi) 5/10

 

Could have sworn I read something in February. 🤔

 

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So, hoping this year will be better than last (but it can't be much worse!)

 

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:

Finding Grace by K L Slater **

Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright *

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing **

The Daughter by Lucy Dawson ***

The Secrets you Hide by Kate Helm ***

The Man Behind Closed Doors by Maria Frankland ****

Reapers Pack by Rhea Watson***

His Wife's Sister by A J Willis ***

When She Returned by Lucinda Berry **** (I gave this 4 stars because of how good it was for the majority of the book)

Without Her Consent by McGarvey Black ****

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs ***

Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes ***

Wicked All Night by Jeaniene Frost ****

The Graveyard Shift by Darynda Jones ***

Family by Owen Mullen *****

Beautifully Cruel by J T Geissinger ***

Freed by E L James ***

Blaze by Suzanne Wright ***

Ashes by Suzanne Wright ***

Embers by Suzanne Wright ***

Shadows by Suzanne Wright *

Omens by Suzanne Wright ***

The Locksmith by Linda Calvey****

Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris ***

Fallen by Suzanne Wright ***

Choose Me by Tess Geritsen & Gary Braver ****

Home Truths by Tina Seskis

Her Last Breath by Hilary Davidson ****

Leave Well Alone by A J Campbell *

Insider by Owen Mullen ***

Enchant Me by J Kenner*

 

The Charley Davidson series (13 book series) by Darynda Jones (R)

 

 

NON-FICTION:

Helter Skelter (The True Story of the Manson Murders) by Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry ***

Inside Broadmoor by Jonathan Levi & Emma French **

 

 

 

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Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
Spy Line - Len Deighton
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
Kings and Emperors - Dewey Lambdin
Grimson's Prime Ministers - Andrew Gimson
Zoo Station - David Downing
Silesian Station - David Downing
Stetting Station - David Downing
Potsdam Station - David Downing
Lehrter Station - David Downing
Masaryk Station - David Downing
Spy Sinker - Len Deighton
Faith - Len Deighton
Hope - Len Deighton
Without Remorse - Tome Clancy
Patriot Games - Tom Clancy
The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
Cadrinal of the Kremlin - Tom Clancy
Clear and Present Danger - Tom Clancy
Danger UXB - Michael Booker

The King's Hounds - Martin Jensen

Oathbreaker - Martin Jensen

The Anglo-Saxons - Marc Morris

 

 

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