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Life of Pi - Yann Martel

 

August

32. Possession - A.S. Byatt (8/10)

33. Just In Case - Meg Rosoff (7/10)

 

July

31. The Book of Chameleons - Jose Eduardo Agualusa (trans. Daniel Hahn) (8½/10)

30. Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (8/10)

29. Digging to America - Anne Tyler (9/10)

28. The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories - Michel Faber (9/10)

27. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl (8/10)

26. The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (8/10)

 

June

25. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde (7½ /10)

24. Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (9/10)

23. Small Island - Andrea Levy (8/10)

22. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly (6/10)

21. Arlington Park - Rachel Cusk (7/10)

 

May

20. The Crimson Petal & The White - Michel Faber (10/10)

19. My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier (8/10)

18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon (9/10)

17. Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (9/10)

16. How Novels Work - John Mullan (9/10)

15. Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier (8/10)

 

April

14. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (5/10)

13. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney* (9/10)

12. Disobedience - Naomi Alderman (9/10)

11. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (8/10)

10. Poppy Shakespeare - Clare Allen (5/10)

 

March

09. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon (8/10)

08. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (6/10)

07. One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson (10/10)

06. Restless - William Boyd (3/10)

 

February

05. The Girls - Lori Lansens (9/10)

04. The Night Watch - Sarah Waters (8/10)

 

January

03. Wicked - Gregory Maguire (7/10)

02. Vanity Fair - W.M Thackeray(8/10)

01. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi (9/10)

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[lady]Aemy's Reading 2007

 

Haven't kept strict track of these; also I am uncomfortable somehow "rating", for instance, Jane Eyre alongside an entirely different kind of book (different century, different genre, different culture); still, thought I might try for a list of sorts. More Canadian entries in here probably than in non-Canadian lists.

(Some of these we discussed in another book group, sadly no longer with us.)

 

1 and 2. Margaret Laurence, The Diviners; The Stone Angel (re-reads from much earlier)

 

3. Carol Shields, Unless.

 

4. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited .

 

5. Graham Greene, The Quiet American.

 

6. Janet Wallach, Desert Queen [a biography of Gertrude Bell] - fascinating woman.

 

7. Brian Moore, The Statement

 

8. Leonard Cohen, Book of Longing (poetry)

 

9. Ira B. Nadel, Various Positions: a life of Leonard Cohen. (biography.)

 

10. Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road. (Excellent)

 

11. Joanne Harris, Chocolat.

 

12. Dave Margoshes, Tommy Douglas: Building the New Society. (Douglas emerged at the top of a 2006 poll of Canadian heroes - as the man responsible for bringing universal healthcare first to his own province, Saskatchewan, and shepherding it through finally to the whole country.)

 

13. Ted Grant, Doctor's Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler.

 

14. Adam Nicholson, God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible.

 

15. Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness.

 

16. Frank McCourt, Teacher Man.

 

17. Alice Munro, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories

 

18. Claire Tomalin, Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man (biography)

 

19. Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

 

20. Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach

 

21. Margaret Atwood, Moving Targets: Writing With Intent 1982-2004 (non-fiction)

 

22. Annie Proulx, "Brokeback Mountain" from short story collection Close Range: Wyoming Stories

 

23. Ann-Marie MacDonald, The Way The Crow Flies

 

Currently: Mary Lawson, The Other Side of the Bridge

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Top TBRs (both Canadian):

 

Marie-Claire Blais, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction trans. Nigel Spencer.

 

Barry Callaghan, Between Trains - short stories.

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[lady] also I am uncomfortable somehow "rating", for instance, Jane Eyre alongside an entirely different kind of book (different century, different genre, different culture);

I understand what you mean; I try to think that I am purely rating what I think about each book and not comparing them to each other.

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Can someone clarify - is this a list of books we have read this year in order of reading them - or are they rated as No 1 the best we have read this year etc.,?

 

Cheers

Pauline

 

Hi Batspice - welcome to BGO.

 

The lists are kept in the order that we are reading them, so number 1 is the first of the year. Feel free also to rate as you decide best.

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Thanks Hazel - not sure that I will get the order strictly right and I think I will have missed one or two, but this is a great idea!

 

 

16. Untold Stories - Alan Bennett

15. Liseys Story - Stephen King

14. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen - Paul Torday

13. The Thief of Time - John Boyne

12. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

11. Carry Me Down - M J Hyland

10. The Shining - Stephen King

9. Ian McEwan - Enduring Love

8. Love In The Present Tense - Catherine Ryan Hyde

7. The Observationist - Jane Harris

6. Blowing It - Judy Astley

5. Jennifer Weiner - Goodnight Nobody

4. Goodnight Jim Bob (On the road with Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine)

3. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor

2. Margrave of the Marshes - John Peel

1. Glastonbury - Crispin Aubrey & John Shephard

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Thought I should finally add my list here. Links are to full reviews on my blog.

 

Current Read(s):

053.
The Poison That Fascinates
, Jennifer Clement

053.
Lust, Caution
, Eileen Chang

053..
Turning Back The Clock
, Umberto Eco

 

052.
, Adalbert Stifter

051.
Dark Paradise
, Rosa Liksom

050.
, Raymond Radiguet

049.
, Gilbert Adair

048.
, Gilbert Adair

047.
, Quim Monzó

046.
, Noel Virtue

045.
, Italo Calvino

044.
, Dan Fante

043.
, Ron Hansen

042.
, Tarjei Vesaas

041.
, Joyce Carol Oates

040.
, Don DeLillo

039.
, Alan Bennett

038.
, André Brink

037.
, Arto Paasilinna

036.
, Blaise Cendrars

035.
, Edward Docx

034.
, John Steinbeck

033.
, Nadine Gordimer

032.
, Nicola Barker

031.
, Roddy Doyle

030.
, Susan Hill

029.
, Tan Twan Eng

028.
, Warwick Collins

027.
, Timothy O'Grady, Steve Pyke

026.
, Paul Auster

025.
, Michael Redhill

024.
, Catherine O'Flynn

023.
, Nikita Lalwani

022.
, Anne Enright

021.
, Mohsin Hamid

020.
, A.N. Wilson

019.
, Ian McEwan

018.
, Indra Sinha

017.
, Peter Ho Davies

016.
, Gilbert Adair

015.
, Lloyd Jones

014.
, Julienne Van Loon

013.
, Gabriel García Márquez

012.
, Patrick McGrath

011.
, Ian Fleming

010.
, Erskine Caldwell

009.
, Jill Dawson

008.
Northern Lights
, Philip Pullman

007.
Heat
, George Monbiot

006.
Lovers Or Something Like It
, Florian Zeller

005.
The Road
, Cormac McCarthy

004.
I, The Divine
, Rabih Alameddine

003.
A Tragic Honesty: The Life And Works Of Richard Yates
, Blake Bailey

002.
The War Against Cliche
, Martin Amis

001.
Best And Edwards
, Gordon Burn

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7 Types of Ambiguity - Elliot Perlman ****

The Tortilla Curtain - TC Boyle ***

Intimacy - Kureishi ****

The Bride Stripped Bare - anonymous ***

The Naked Husband - Mark D'Arbanville ***

Sophie's World - Gardner **

The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger *****

A Spot of Bother- Mark Haddon ****

A Sky so Close - Khedari **

Yellow Dog - Martin Amis ***

White Noise- Don DeLillo ****

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess ****

Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters ***

Seymour - an Introduction ***

Earthly Powers - Anthony Burgess (didn't finish it - hard work)

London Fields - Martin Amis ***

Money - Martin Amis ****

Oblivion - David Foster Wallace ****

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller - Calvino ***

Motherless Brooklyn - Jonothan Lethem ****

The French Lieutenant's Woman - Fowles ****

A Certain Chemistry - Millington ***

Middlesex - Eugenides ****

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling *****

The Old Man and the Sea - Hemmingway ****

A Farewell to Arms - Hemmingway ***

Currently reading The Crimson Petal and the White (Faber) and enjoying it. These are all that come to mind right now from this year. I don't know how some of you have so much time to read!

 

Waiting to be read at home I have: The Man who Loved Children, On Beauty, The Great Gatsby, Mao's Last Dancer, Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, Underworld, White Teeth, Once Upon a Time: a Floating Opera, Infinite Jest, White Boy Shuffle, Stone Junction, Q&A, Three Dollars, Virgin Suicides and Ask the Dust. Please feel free to spare me the trouble if you think anything I just listed is not worth bothering, or suggest which one to start with!

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Hi Hungry Hippo-Megan,

 

A fellow Perthite (I live 10 mins from Freo) on BGO, here! I'd recommend "The Great Gatsby" as your next read, followed by "Franny and Zooey". I've read the first and was haunted by it, but I haven't read the second. I would have liked to have read them both, sequentially, just for the sake of comparison.

 

I liked "Gatsby" for its sense of regret, time, and missed opportunities. I think I read it ("Gatsby") the same year I read Alain-Fournier's "Le Grand Meaulnes". Both had the same over-arching theme.

 

I like your music. Feel free to send me a PM (private message) to tell me when and where your next gig is.

 

These days I say: "Go Geelong!"

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January

1. Lasher by Anne Rice

2. Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley

3. Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico

4. Kingdom for Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks

5. Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

6. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

7. The Black House by Paul Theroux

8. Taltos: Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice

9. The Crocodile Bird by Ruth Rendell

10.The Tree of Hands by Ruth Rendell

11.Not That Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley

 

February 2007

12. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

13. The River at Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston

14. A Stranger at Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston

15. After Michael by Betty O'Rourke

16. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

17. The Anubis Gate by Tim Powers

18. Palladium by Elisabeth Taylor

19. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

20. Mill on the Floss by George Elliot

 

March 2007

21. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

22. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

23. Cosmic Ordering for Beginners by Barbel Mohr and Clemens Maria Mohr

24. The Cosmic Ordering Service by Barbel Mohr

25. Positively Happy by Noel Edmonds

26. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

 

April 2007

27. A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

28. Brother & Sister by Joanna Trollope

29. When Night Closes In by Iris Gower

30. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

31. Borrowed Time by Robert Goddard

32. The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

33. A Jealous Ghost by A.N. Wilson

34. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

35. The Children's Hour by Marcia Willett

 

May 2007

36 The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

37. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

38. The Poe Shadow by Mathew Pearl

 

June 2007

39. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

40. The Inheritance by Annabel Dilke

41. A Demon In My View by Ruth Rendell

42. The Edge of Darkness by Barbara Erskine

43. Thursbitch by Alan Garner

44. A Demon in My View by Ruth Rendell

45. Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell

 

July 2007

46. The Killing Doll by Ruth Rendell

47. The Minotaur by Barbara Vine

48. Gallowglass by Babara Vine

49. Never Go Back by Robert Goddard

50. The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine

51. Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard

 

August 2007

52. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

53. Christmas Holiday by Somerset Maugham

54. Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

54. Mr Golightly's Holiday by Salley Vickers

56. Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

57. Pigs Have Wings by P.G Wodehouse

58. Look At Me by Anita Brookner

59. Bluestocking by Helen Fletcher

60. I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill

 

September 2007

61. The woman of Rome by Alberto Moravia

62. After Midnight by Susan Sallis

63. Unquenchable Fire by Rachel Pollack

64. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

65. The Ghosts of Sleath by James Herbert

 

October 2007

66. Neverwhere by Neil Gaimen

67 Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

68. The Dante Club by Mathew Pearlman

69 Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

70 Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel

71. Out of the Shadows by Titia Sutherland

72. The Men and the Girls by Joanna Trollope

73. The Incomer by Margaret Elphinstone

74. Acid Row by Minette Walters

75. The Best of Friends by Joanna Trollope

76. Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

77. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman - reading this now

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(I had star ratings for these, but have misplaced most of them, hopefully I'll find them again)

 

72. Haruki Murakami. After Dark.

71. Jennifer Clement. The Poison that Fascinates

70. Rupert Thomson. Death of a Murderer. ***

69. Richard Ford. The Sportswriter. currently reading

68. Brian Moore. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.

67. Ernest Hemingway. The Sun Also Rises. this year's best reads are re-reads, but perhaps that's inevitable.

67. Nicola Barker. Clear.

66. Ryu Murakami. In the Miso Soup made me crave sushi & I had to make do with a not-quite-a-bento-box from Tesco.

65. Richard Yates. The Easter Parade.

64. Anne Enright. The Gathering

63. William Trevor The Story of Lucy Gault.

62. Indra Sinha. Animal's People. Quite brilliant.

61. Lloyd Jones. Mister Pip. vile.

60. Nicola Barker. Darkmans.

59. Tan Twan Eng. The Gift of Rain.

58. Mohsin Hamid. The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

57. Peter Ho Davies. The Welsh Girl.

56.Catherine O'Flynn. What Was Lost

55. James Kelman. How late it was, how late. just brilliant, I keep waiting for the current book that will read as fluently as this.

54. Monica Ali. Alentejo Blue. her writing style is better suited to a more intimate perspective, this collection of characters is unsatisfyingly shallow

53. Simon Ings. The Weight of Numbers.

52. Patrick McGrath Dr. Haggard's Disease.

51. Haruki Murakami. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

x. Jonathan Coe. The Dwarves of Death currently paused

50. Catherine Millet. The Sexual life of Catherine M. Dull, dull, dull, repetitive and dull. Only a deeply, deeply narcissistic person could take this subject and make it so boring.

49. Milan Kundera. Identity. Interesting ideas and short! Plus love, death, sex, so why so uninvolving?

48. Colm Toibin. The Blackwater Lightship.

47. Terry Eagleton. After Theory. currently reading. Maybe I need a brief hiatus from fiction.

x. Marisha Pessl. Special Topics in Calamity Physics. abandoned after 90 pages. Starts as a weird car journey, Lolita without the sex, continues derivative and... tired. When I actually forgot which book I was reading (called it The Secret History by mistake) it was time to toss aside.

46. Doris Lessing. briefing for a descent into hell.

45. Paul Torday. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

x. Patrick McGrath. Asylum. abandoned half way. Prefer Tender is the Night for a beautiful fragile woman in asylum, married to a psychiatrist story.

44. Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Sunset Song.

43. Susan Greenfield. The Private Life of the Brain. fascinating.

42.Anonymous. The Book With No Name. On the back, says don't read this. Really, don't. Should be The Book With No Readers.

41.James Hogg. Private Memories and Confessions of a Jusitified Sinner. I find it impossible to give stars to a classic... this is simply good.

40. Chuck Palahnick. Fight Club inspired.

39.Helen Oyeyemi. The Icarus Girl. Good for a young first-timer.

38. Ian McEwan. Atonement.

37. Jose Saramago. The Double (O Homem Duplicado) very clever, not an altogether enjoyable read.

36. Maggie O'Farrell The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. I love her modern gothics.

35. Billy Collins (ed) The Best American Poetry 2006. currently reading.

34. Barry Unsworth. Sacred Hunger. can't go on, sorry...

33. Francine Prose. Reading Like a Writer. Currently reading.

32. James Lasdun. The Horned Man.

31. Muriel Spark. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. currently misplaced

30. Philip Roth. Everyman.

29. Martin Amis. Time's Arrow. Have looked forward to re-reading this.

28. Ian McEwan. On Chesil Beach.

27. Koji Suzuki. Loop. still wondering why Ring so creeped me. The answer isn't here.

26. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Half of a Yellow Sun. Fascinating subject matter but simply far toooooo long.

25. Clare Allan. Poppy Shakespeare. Would have been better if it was shorter. Interesting but not enough in it to spin out to this length.

24. Rachel Cusk. Arlington Park. Mrs Dalloway in the burbs-ish.

23.Catherine Arnold. Necropolis: London and its Dead. fascinating non-fiction.

22. Sarah Dunant. In the Company of the Courtesan. Fun & transporting.

x. Iain Banks. Canal Dreams. postponed.

21. Kazuo Ishiguro. An Artist of the Floating World.

20. Jim Crace. Being Dead.

19. Richard Yates. Revolutionary Road.

18. Roland Barthes. Image, Music, Text. currently reading.

17. Hisham Matar. In the Country of Men. Wonderful book about a tragic Libyan boyhood.

16. Martin Amis. The Rachel Papers.

15. Will Self. The Book of Dave.

14. Clive Cussler and someone else. Polar Shift. Polar Shit actually.

13. James Morrow. The Last Witchfinder. picaresque romp

12.William Boyd. Restless.

11. Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The Shadow of the Wind. great start leads to unthrilling confused genres and contrived conclusion

10. Stef Penney. The Tenderness of Wolves. transporting

9. Kazuo Ishiguro. When We Were Orphans.

8. Jed Rubenfeld. The Interpretation of Murder. enjoyable.

7. Kate Mosse. Labyrinth. Suitable flu reading.

6. Stephen King. Cell. Below par for King... scary concept.

x. Salman Rushdie. Shalimar the Clown. Currently paused.

5. F Scott Fitzgerald. Tender is the Night. Might not quite measure up to The Great Gatsby but still better than most author's masterpieces.

x. Richard Powers. The Echo Maker. Was physically too heavy to pack but was enjoying and will return to it.

4. Claire Messud. The Emperor's Children.

x. Orhan Pamuk. Snow. only got a few pages in before I realised it won't suit my current mood. Will return..

3. Cormac McCarthy No Country For Old Men

2. John Updike. Rabbit, Run After the disappointing Terrorist great to go back to the master at an early peak.

1. Philip Roth. Portnoy's Complaint.

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Well, compared to most my list feels inconsequential, but here goes...

 

19. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

18. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

17. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

16. Hong Kong by Stephen Coonts

15. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

13. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

8. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling

7. The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

6. Ben and Jerry's Double-Dip by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

5. Deception Point by Dan Brown

4. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

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Guest John Self

Had to split my list in two as the post had too many characters otherwise...

 

July - December...

 

122. Irene Nemirovsky, Le Bal (current)

121. Rudolph Delson, Maynard and Jennica *****

120. Eileen Chang, Lust, Caution ****

119. Zadie Smith (ed.), The Book of Other People ****

118. Emile Zola, Therese Raquin ***

 

October

117. Adam Thirlwell, Miss Herbert ****

116. Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle ****

115. Anne Enright, The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch **

114. Tim Dowling, Suspicious Packages and Extendable Arms ***

113. Gerard Woodward, I'll Go to Bed at Noon *****

112. Stephen Benatar, Wish Her Safe at Home ****

111. Stefan Zweig, Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman ***

110. Alasdair Gray, Old Men in Love **

109. W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil ****

108. Elizabeth Taylor, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont ****

107. Philip Roth, Exit Ghost *****

106. John Sutherland, Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction **

105. Saul Bellow, Dangling Man ***

104. J.G. Farrell, Troubles ***

 

September

103. Ron Butlin, The Sound of My Voice ****

102. Tim Winton, Breath ***

101. Brian Moore, An Answer from Limbo ****

100. Philip Roth, Zuckerman Unbound ***

99. Glenn Patterson, The Third Party ***

98. Paul Auster, Travels in the Scriptorium **

97. J.M. Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year ***

96. Stefan Zweig, Twilight/Moonbeam Alley redstars.gif

95. Philip Roth, The Ghost Writer ****

94. Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader **

 

August

93. Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata ****

92. Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods *****

91. Pierre Péju, Clara's Tale ****

90. Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero ****

 

Booker Longlistees

89. Nicola Barker, Darkmans ***

88. A.N. Wilson, Winnie and Wolf **

87. Michael Redhill, Consolation ***

86. Anne Enright, The Gathering ***

85. Tan Twan Eng, The Gift of Rain ****

84. Catherine O'Flynn, What Was Lost **

83. Indra Sinha, Animal's People *****

82. Nikita Lalwani, Gifted ***

 

81. Ivan Turgenev, First Love ****

80. Ceridwen Dovey, Blood Kin ***

79. Vitaliano Brancati, Beautiful Antonio ***

 

July

78. Patrick McGrath, Dr Haggard's Disease ® redstars.gif

77. Brian Moore, The Feast of Lupercal ****

76. Pat Barker, Life Class ***

75. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart ****

74. Roddy Doyle, Paula Spencer *****

73. Maeve Brennan, The Visitor ****

72. Stefan Zweig, The Invisible Collection / Buchmendel ****

71. Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land ****

70. Lloyd Jones, Mister Pip ****

69. Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark ****

68. Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses **

67. Clive James, North Face of Soho ****

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January - June...

 

June

66. Ben Elton, Chart Throb ***

65. Colm Toibin, The Blackwater Lightship *****

64. Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown redstars.gif

63. Susanna Jones, The Missing Person's Guide to Love **

62. Alain-Fournier, The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) ****

61. Matthew Kneale, When We Were Romans ***

60. G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday ***

59. Bill Bryson, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid **

58. Tim Dowling, The Giles Wareing Haters' Club ****

57. Peter Ho Davies, The Welsh Girl *****

56. Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne ® *****

55. Derren Brown, Tricks of the Mind ****

 

May

54. John Wyndham, Chocky ***

53. George Monbiot, Heat ***

52. Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep ****

51. Graham Greene, The Quiet American ® *****

50. Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel ***

49. James Salter, The Hunters *****

48. Charlotte Mendelson, When We Were Bad ****

47. Stefan Zweig, Chess ****

46. Ryan Boudinot, The Littlest Hitler ****

45. Edward Docx, Self Help ***

44. Don DeLillo, Falling Man *****

43. Anna Funder, Stasiland *****

 

April

42. Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress ***

41. Bernard MacLaverty, Cal ****

40. Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist ***

39. Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End **

38. Patricia Highsmith, The Black House **

37. Dan Rhodes, Gold ***

36. Patrick Hamilton, The Slaves of Solitude *****

35. John McGahern, Amongst Women ****

34. Brian Moore, No Other Life ***

33. Michael Frayn, Towards the End of the Morning **

32. Rupert Thomson, Death of a Murderer **

31. Keith Ridgway, Animals ****

 

March

30. James Salter, Last Night ***

29. Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach ***

28. Yukio Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea ***

27. Brian Moore, The Luck of Ginger Coffey *****

26. Warwick Collins, The Rationalist ****

25. Hilary Mantel, Fludd ****

24. James Salter, Light Years redstars.gif

23. Russell Hoban, Linger Awhile ****

22. Michael Fishwick, Sacrifices ***

21. Jim Crace, The Pesthouse ****

 

February

20. Jay McInerney, The Good Life ***

19. Jill Dawson, Watch Me Disappear *****

18. Rick Moody, The Diviners ***

17. Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World ***

16. Kobo Abe, The Face of Another **

15. John Banville, Shroud **

14. Irene Nemirovsky, Suite Francaise ***

13. James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack ****

12. Warwick Collins, Gents *****

 

January

11. Max Frisch, Homo Faber **

10. William Boyd, Restless ***

9. Louis Begley, Wartime Lies ***

8. A.M. Homes, This Book Will Save Your Life ****

7. Albert Camus, The Plague **

6. Patrick Suskind, The Double-Bass **

5. Richard Yates, Disturbing the Peace ****

4. Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies ***

3. Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation *****

2. Rohinton Mistry, Family Matters ***

1. Cormac McCarthy, The Road ****

 

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66. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling

65. Before I Die - Jenny Downham

64. Blood Canticle - Anne Rice

63. Just In Case - Meg Rosoff

62. The Witch's Captain - Rosemary Hawley Jarman

61. The Blackwater Lightship - Colm Toibin

60. Justin Thyme - Panama Oxridge

59. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

58. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

57. The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

56. Nightrise - Antony Horowitz

55. Black Maria - Diana Wynne Jones

54. The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford

53. The Island - Victoria Hislop

52. The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro

51. The Crow Road - Iain Banks

50. Winterwood - Patrick McCabe

49. The Game - Diana Wynne Jones

48. On Chesil Beath - Ian McEwan

47. Scoop - Evelyn Waugh

46. Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian

45. A Pure Swift Cry - Siobhan Dowd

44. Borderland - Rhiannon Lassiter

43. Endymion Spring - Matthew Skelton

42. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney

41. The Silver Donkey - Sonya Hartnett

40. Atonement - Ian McEwan

39. Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson

38. Parade's End - Ford Madox Ford

37. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

36. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - CS Lewis

35. The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff

34. Arthur & George - Julian Barnes ¾

33. Alas, Poor Darwin - arguments against Evolutionary Psychology - Steven & Hilary Rose et al.

32. The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathan Stroud

31. The Doctrine of DNA - Richard Lewontin

30. A Month in the Country - JL Carr

29. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

28. Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar

27. Set in Stone - Linda Newbery

26. The Greengage Summer - Rumer Godden

25. Revenance - Terence Blacker

24. The End of the Affair - Graham Greene

23. The Divide - Elizabeth Kay

22. Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

22. Les Enfants Terribles - Jean Cocteau/Rosemary Lehrmann

21. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

20. The Twelve & the Genii - Pauline Clarke

19. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

18. The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander

17. The Ennead - Jan Mark

16. Peter Pan in Scarlet - Geraldine McCaughrean

15. Old Filth - Jane Gardam

14. A Home at the End of the World - Michael Cunningham

13. Artemis Fowl & the Lost Colony - Eoin Colfer

12. Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris

11. Fly By Night - Frances Hardinge

10. The Blue Afternoon - William Boyd

9. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

8. Centre of my World - Andreas Steinhofel

7. Aquarius - Jan Mark

6. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

5. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad .

4. The Snakestone - Berlie Doherty

3. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys

2. The Accidental - Ali Smith

1. Hitler's Canary - Sandi Toksvig

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116. Fire & Hemlock - Diana Wynne Jones

115. Therese Raquin - Emile Zola

114. Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner

113. The Sterkarm Handshake - Susan Price

112. Mere Christianty - CS Lewis

111. Caddy Ever After/Saffy's Angel - Hilary McKay

110. On the Beach - Nevil Shute

109. Gents - Warwick Collins

108. Fire in the Blood - Irene Nemirovsky

107. The Light Princess & Other Stories - George MacDonald

106. What I Was - Meg Rosoff

105. Little Face - Sophie Hannah

104. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

103. Le Bal - Irene Nemirovsky

102. The Fifth Queen - Ford Madox Ford

101. Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood

100. Down the Garden Path - Beverley Nichols

99. Twenty-Five - Beverley Nichols

98. Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky

97. Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon - Jane Austen

96. Cart & Cwidder - Diana Wynne Jones

95. The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham

94. Blue Water - Manette Ansay

93. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon - Isabel Allende

92. Disturbing the Peace - Richard Yates

91. Larklight - Philip Reeve

90. Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones

89. The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad

88. The Phantom Tolbooth - Norton Juster

87. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer

86. The Devil and Miss Prym - Paulo Coehlo

85. Holes - Louis Sachar

84. The Wedding Officer - Anthony Capella

83. The Distance Between Us - Maggie O'Farrell

82. The Last Apache Girl - Jim Fergus

81. The Republic of Trees - Sam Taylor

80. Franky Furbo - William Wharton

79. The Ground Beneath Her Feet -Salman Rushdie

78. Outland - Rhiannon Lassiter

77. Ironside - Holly Black

76. Frontier House - Simon Shaw

75. Independence Day - Richard Ford

74. The Chrysalids - John Wyndham

73. Heaven Eyes - David Almond

72. Alma Cogan - Gordon Burn

71. The Island of Dr Moreau - HG Wells

70. Restless - William Boyd

69. Bloodsong - Melvyn Burgess

68. Bloodtide - Melvyn Burgess

67. Telling Liddy - Anne Fine

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Had to split my list in two as the post had too many characters otherwise...

I have just discovered the same problem. The initial post is number 17 in this thread (page 2), and has my first 100 reads of the year.

 

Continues:

 

118. T'is - Frank McCourt ***

117. Without Consent - Kathryn Fox ****

116. Before Green Gables - Budge Wilson ****

115. Lee Raven: Boy Thief - Zizou Corder ***

114. One for the Money - Janet Evanovich (A) ®

113. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs - Jack Gantos **

112. Slam - Nick Hornby ****

111. Tunnels - Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams ***

110. Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt ****

109. Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras - Cathy Hopkins (A) *** (plot = ****, reader = **)

108. For One More Day - Mitch Albom ****

107. Malicious Intent - Kathryn Fox *** and a half

106. Ceres: Celestial Legend - Yuu Masawe (Manga) ***

105. The Bone Magician - F E Higgins ****

104. Eustace: Allie's Ghost Hunters - Catherine Jinks **

103. Wild Magic - Cat Weatherill ****

Kalooki Nights - Howard Jacobson (abandoned)

102. A Summerstoke Affair - Caroline Kington ****

101. Bad Behaviour - Sheila O'Flanagan ****

 

Shorter / Illustrated Books read in Detail

Farmer Fred, Get Out of Bed - Christyan Fox, reviewed for WriteAway

You or Me, Rain or Shine - Caroline Jayne Church, reviewed for WriteAway

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Yikes - most of my star ratings have disappeared in the copying and pasting of this list from another forum. I've replaced the star ratings for the last few, but can't be bothered to go through the entire list just now.

 

1 -Sue Miller - The World Below -

2 - Robert Edric -Gathering The Water - 3.5 stars.

3 - How The Light Gets In - M.J.Hyland -

4 - Kate Grenville - The Secret River -

5 - Julian Barnes - Arthur and George - with the red accolade

6 - Patrick McGrath - Port Mungo 1/2

7 - Jon McGregor - So Many Ways To Begin 1/2

8 - Kazuo Ishiguro - When We Were Orphans

9 - I'm The King of the Castle - Susan Hill 1/2

10 - Ghostwritten - David Mitchell 1/2

11 - The Idea of Perfection - Kate Grenville ****1/2

12 - The Dead School - Patrick McCabe

13 - Astonishing Splashes of Colour - Clare Morrall -

14 - Restless - William Boyd

15 - The Good Life - Jay McInerney

16 - Bamboo - William Boyd -

17 - The Blue Afternoon - William Boyd 1/2

18 - Nat Tate - an American Artist - William Boyd

19 - Glamorama - Brett Easton Ellis

20 - Gertrude and Claudius - John Updike

21 - The Harmony Silk Factory - Tash Aw 1/2

22 - The New Confessions - William Boyd RED

23 - Poppy Shakespeare - Clare Allan 1/2

24 - Peripheral Vision - Patricia Ferguson 1/2

25 - The Girls - Lori Lansens

26 - Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

27 - Alligators - Lisa Moore

28 - The Destiny of Nathalie X and other stories - William Boyd

29 - The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney

30 - The Observations - Jane Harris 1/2

31 - The Housekeeper - Melanie Wallace

32 - Arlington Park - Rachel Cusk 1/2

33 - A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Beginners - Xiaolu Guo

34 - The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai

35 - A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd

36 - Le Grand Meaulnes - Alain-Fournier

37 - Ten Days in the Hills - Jane Smiley

38 - Armadillo - William Boyd

39 - School Ties - William Boyd - intro (also appears in Bamboo)

- plays with loss of star simply because would work so much better in visual medium

40 - The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies - Kimberley Starr - see comments on Palimplist discussions.

41 - The Easter Parade - Richard Yates 1/2

42 - A Special Providence - Richard Yates

43 - Stars and Bars - William Boyd

44 - My Lover's Lover - Maggie O'Farrell

45 - The Light of Day - Graham Swift

46 - House of Meetings - Martin Amis 1/2

47 - Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes 1/2

48 - The Horned Man - James Lasdun 1/2

49 - The Sportswriter - Richard Ford 1/2

50 - On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan 1/2

51 - The History of Love - Nicole Krauss

52 - Cosmopolis - Don DeLillo

53 - The Witches of Eastwick - John Updike 1/2

54 - Martha Peake - Patrick McGrath

Julian Barnes - A History of The World in 10 1/2 Chapters - suspended because of large sack of Booker longlisted books from library

55 - Animal's People - Indra Sinha

56 - What Was Lost - Catherine O'Flynn

57 - The Welsh Girl - Peter Ho Davies

58 - Darkmans - Nicola Barker **** 1/2

59 - The Gathering - Anne Enright

60 - The Lemon Table - Julian Barnes **** 1/2

61 - Self Help - Edward Docx **** 1/2

62 - Gifted - Nikita Lalwani *** 1/2

63 - One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson ***00

64 - Consider the Lobster - David Foster Wallace ****0

65 - Clear - Nicola Barker ***00 1/2

66 - The Closed Circle - Jonathan Coe ****0 1/2

67 - Nicola Barker - Behindlings ****0

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[Fr = in French; Ger = in German; RR = re-read]

5-star reads in red

 

-- Italo Calvino, If On A Winter's Night A Traveller [abandoned: turgid post-modern, metafictional posturing]

51 Alan Bissett, boyracers ****

50 Penelope Lively, Perfect Happiness ****

49 Françoise Mallet-Joris, Ni vous sans moi, ni moi sans vous [Fr] ***

48 David Peace, Nineteen Seventy-Four ***

47 Claire Tomalin, Thomas Hardy/The Time-Torn Man *****

46 Philippe Grimbert, Un secret [Fr] ***

45 Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not A Christian and other essays **

44 Andrew O'Hagan, Be Near Me *****

43 Andrea Levy, Small Island **

RR Jean Racine, Andromaque [Fr] ***** Sheer brilliance...

42 Ali Smith, Free Love and other stories ****

41 Nicola Barker, Darkmans *****

40 Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca ***

39 P.D.James, The Children of Men ***

38 Muriel Barbery, Une gourmandise [Fr] ****

37 Jonathan Coe, The Rain Before It Falls *****

36 Indra Sinha, Animal's People **

-- Noam Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival/America's Quest for Global Dominance [abandoned (on-the-ball content turgidly expressed)]

35 Anne Enright, The Gathering ****

34 Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach ****

33 Ali Smith, Like *****

32 Catherine O'Flynn, What Was Lost ***

31 Ian Rankin, Strip Jack ****

30 Anna Funder, Stasiland/Stories From Behind The Berlin Wall ****

29 Marcel Pagnol, Jean de Florette [Fr] ** & -- Manon des Sources [Fr][abandoned]

28 Naeem Murr, The Perfect Man *****

27 Christian von Ditfurth, Mit Blindheit geschlagen [Ger] *****

26 Philip Roth, Everyman ****

25 Will Self, Dorian *****

RR Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray ****

24 Frances Fyfield, Let's Dance ****

RR Marcel Proust, La Prisonnière [Fr] ****

23 Fred Vargas, Pars vite et reviens tard [Fr] **** [Have Mercy On Us All] Nothing very thought-provoking here, but a satisfying page-turner for the early summer...

22 Alice Munro, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (short stories) *****

21 Martin Amis, Yellow Dog ***

20 Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club *****

19 Donna Tartt, The Little Friend ****

18 Graham Swift, Shuttlecock ***

17 Bernard Pivot, 100 mots à sauver [Fr] **** Entertaining collection of rare French words.

16 Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit ***

RR Shakespeare, Macbeth ***** [re-read for teaching purposes]

15 M.J.Hyland, Carry Me Down ****

14 Michel Winock, La mêlée présidentielle ***** [The Presidential Scrum] [Fr] Excellent survey, by leading French historian, of presidential elections since 1965 [not translated].

13 Éric Besson, Qui connaît Madame Royal? *** [Fr] Devastating indictment of Ségolène Royal's bid for the French presidency: "With the Royal adventure, we have entered the kingdom of improvisation, amateurism and façade."

12 Emile Zola, La Conquête de Plassans *** [Les Rougon-Macquart vol.IV] [Fr]

11 Patrick McCabe, Breakfast on Pluto *

10 Sarah Waters, Affinity *****

09 Philip Pullman, Northern Lights ***

08 Margaret Atwood, Moral Disorder *****

07 Ian Rankin, Tooth and Nail *** Rankin brings Rebus down from his native Edinburgh to London in this third book in the series. The case is not one of Rankin's more plausible or more exciting ones...

06 Sebastian Faulks, Human Traces ** Impressive research... tedious novel, and much, much too long.

RR Albert Camus, La Chute/The Fall ***** [Fr] Its debonair style makes it very different from The Outsider/L'Etranger, but the themes are actually the same: the human condition laid bare... Very perceptive - but also very philosophical, very French, very much a product of its time [mid-fifties], and some basic knowledge of the intellectual background is useful.

05 Christian von Ditfurth, Mann ohne Makel ***** [Ger] Excellent (as yet untranslated) German detective novel; contemporary setting, but with the wounds of Nazism still festering...

04 Various, 20 Kurzgeschichten des 20. Jahrhunderts * [Ger]; 20th-century German short stories: full marks for the grammar and vocab notes (in French), and no marks at all for the boring stories themselves...

RR Albert Camus, L'Etranger/The Outsider **** [Fr; re-read for teaching purposes] It is one of a kind, but for me it's not the absolute masterpiece some people rave about. In my book, a masterpiece has to be moving, and this never is.

RR Jonathan Coe, The Closed Circle***** [re-read for teaching purposes]

03 Lionel Shriver, We Need To Talk About Kevin ***

02 Jean Echenoz, Ravel **** [Fr] [not yet available in English translation] "...displays a miraculous balance of tact and insight" [Alan Hollinghurst in The Guardian]

01 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein *** "You are my creator, but I am your master - obey!" The ethics of the whole thing continue to reverberate, of course. The prose I found extremely clunking.

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(This year I started a new job that consumed my brain and surplus energy for a while, but at last mostly know what I’m doing and have been able to get back to reading. Since I work in local theatre, I read a fair number of plays that aren’t listed here, as well.)1. Hrafnkel’s Saga & Other Stories, Hermann Pálsson, trans.****

2. King Hereafter, Dorothy Dunnett*** (Gave up halfway through after several tries. While I like medieval history/fiction, the shifting alliances, various characters’ confusingly similar Gaelic names and incomprehensibly grim Norse in-jokes proved too much of a trudge.)

3. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien***** (eighth or ninth rereading, ‘nuff said)

4. The Little Country, Charles de Lint****

5. Someplace to Be Flying, Charles de Lint ***** (re-read)

6. House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday****

7. The King Must Die, Mary Renault****

8. The Bearkiller/Clan Mackenzie (?) trilogy, S.M. Stirling – Dies the Fire, The Protector’s War, A Meeting at Corvallis***** (Fabulous EOTWAWKI series about an unlikely group of survivors in the Pacific Northwest – I can’t recommend them highly enough)

9. Shadows on the Rock, Willa Cather****

10. My Ántonia, Willa Cather*****

11. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley****

12. Western Star, Stephen Vincent Benét****

13. Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson**** (challenging for someone with little scientific background, but historical setting fascinating enough to encourage me to read the sequels)

14. Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish, Bill Watkins****

15. Sorcery and Cecelia, Wrede & Steuermer****

16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling****

17. The Cape Ann, Faith Sullivan**** (a casual library-sale find that became a surprising page-turner)

18. Mamie, Susan Eisenhower***1/2 (another library-sale find, actually pretty interesting)

19. The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb***** (re-read this excellent fantasy writer whose gift of characterization and intrigue keeps her books from being just another epic of young, testosterone-poisoned heroes swinging swords, riding dragons and causing general mayhem…though there is some of that, too.)

20. The Liveship Traders Trilogy, Robin Hobb**** (re-read)

21. The 42nd Parallel, John Dos Passos****

22. 1919, John Dos Passos****

23. Will in the World, Stephen Greenblatt*****

24. The Midnight Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt****1/2

25. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway****

26. A Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe***1/2

27. The Tawny Man Trilogy, Robin Hobb***** (re-read)

28. They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, Deng et al.****

29. Bleak House, Dickens***** (currently reading for the first time and loving it)

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Books Read 2007 (33)

 

JAN

Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene - 7

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - 9

The Hobbit - by J.R.R. Tolkien - 6

 

FEB

December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith - 8

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster - 8

First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks - 6

 

MAR

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford - 8

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - 7

 

APR

Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas - 8

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene - 9

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - 7 (third time reading it and the only time that I've actually continued on reading the other two in the trilogy)

 

MAY

Vendetta by Michael Dibdin - 5 (my worst read of 2007)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth - 8

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien - 7

 

JUN

Personal Injuries by Scott Turow - 7

The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips - 7

Atonement by Ian McEwan - 7

Kingdom of Shadows by Alan Furst - 7

 

JUL

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien - 7

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez - 8

Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez - 7

 

AUG

Lincoln by Gore Vidal - 8

How to be Good by Nick Hornby - 8

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - 8

 

SEP

Snow by Orhan Pamuk - 7

 

OCT

A Gun For Sale by Graham Greene - 7

Jack Maggs by Peter Carey - 8

A Certain Justice by P.D. James - 6

 

NOV

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez - 9

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro - 7

 

DEC

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo - 8

Stallion Gate by Martin Cruz Smith - 7

Blood of Victory by Alan Furst - 8

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