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108. The Not-So-Nice-Goings-On at Victoria Lodge, Philip Ardagh ****

107. The Boys: Herogasm (5), Garth Ennis **

106. Under the Dome, Stephen King

105. Blackmoor, Edward Hogan ***

104. The Murder Farm, Andrea Marie Schenkel ***

103. Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O'Neill **

102. Telling Tales:A History of Literary Hoaxes, Melissa Katsoulis ***

101. Crooked Little Vein, Warren Ellis ****

100. Loveless: A Kin of Homecoming, Brian Azzarello ****

99. Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence, Jimmy Palmiotti ****

98. Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link DNF

97. Wifey, Judy Blume ***

96. Britten & Brulightly, Hannah Berry ***

95. Black & Blue, Ian Rankin **

94. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson *****

93. The Girl Who Played With Fire, Stieg Larsson *****

92. The Absolutely True Diary of..., Sherman Alexie ****

91. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson *****

90. Abomination, Robert Swindells ***

89. Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Ben Templesmith **

88. 100 Bullets: Hang Up on the Hang Low (3, Brian Azzarello **

87. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910, Alan Moore *

86. The Death of Bunny Munro, Nick Cave ***

85. 100 Bullets: Split Second Chance, Brian Azzarello **

84. Out, Natsuo Kirino ***

83. The Knife That Killed Me, Anthony McGowan ***

82. Solace of the Road, Siobhan Dowd ***

81. The Walking Dead: What We Become (10), Robert Kirkman ****

80. Solace of the Road, Siobhan Dowd

79. I Am The Messenger, Markus Zusak *****

78. TSVM: From Dead to Worse (8), Charlaine Harris ***

77. TSVM: All Together Dead (7), Charlaine Harris ***

76. TSVM: Definitely Dead (6), Charlaine Harris **

75. TSVM: Dead as a Doornail, Charlaine Harris ***

74. Back To Brooklyn, Jimmy Palmiotti & Garth Ennis ****

73. TSVM: Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris **

72. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch *** but DNF

71. TSVM: Club Dead (3), Charlaine Harris ***

70. TSVMysteries: Living Dead in Dallas (2), Charlaine Harris ***

69. Epileptic, David B **

68. The Death of Sweet Mister, Daniel Woodrell ****

67. The Southern Vampire Mysteries: Dead Until Dark (1), Charlaine Harris ****

66. The Boys: We Gotta Go Now (4), Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson ***

65. Singin' I'm No a Billy, He's a Tim, Des Dillon ****

64. Serena, Ron Rash **

63. 100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call, Brian Azzarello ***

62. Lucifer: Devil In The Gateway, Mike Carey **

61. Emotionally Weird, Kate Atkinson DNF

60. Criminal: The Dead and the Dying, Ed Brubaker/Sean Philips ****

59. Criminal: Lawless (2), Ed Brubaker/Sean Philips ****

58. Criminal: Coward (1), Ed Brubaker/Sean Philips ****

57. Cinema Panopticum, Thomas Ott ****

56. Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo *****

55. I Am David, Anne Holm ****

54. Skellig, David Almond ****

53. Company of Liars, Karen Maitland ***

52. 32 Stories, Adrian Tomine **

51. Midnighter: Anthem (1) ***

50. Runaways (1), Brian K Vaughan **

49. Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street (1), Warren Ellis ***

48. The Selected Works of T S Spivet, Reif Larsen **

47. I Killed Adolf Hitler, Jason ****

46. The Authority: Kev, Garth Ennis/Glenn Fabry ***

45. Why Are You Doing This? Jason ****

44. The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8, Thomas Ott ****

43. The Angel Maker, Stefan Brijs ***

42. The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, Susan Hill ***

41. Dark Blue, Warren Ellis **

40. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel ***

39. The Walking Dead: Here We Remain, Robert Kirkman ****

38. The Walking Dead: Made to Suffer, Robert Kirkman *****

37. The Walking Dead: The Calm Before (7) ****

36. The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett **

35. Lost Souls, Poppy Z Brite DNF

34. Always Looking Up, Michael J Fox ****

33. Gone Tomorrow, Lee Child ****

32. The 13th Son: Worse Thing Waiting, Kelley Jones ***

31. Welcome to Hoxford, Ben Templesmith ****

30. The Walking Dead: This Sorrowful Life, Robert Kirkman *****

29. The Walking Dead, The Best Defense, Robert Kirkman *****

28. Scars, Warren Ellis, Jacen Burrows ****

27. The Walking Dead: The Heart's Desire, Robert Kirkman ****

26. The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry DNF

25. Screen Burn, Charlie Brooker ***

24. Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud *****

23. Midnighter, Garth Ennis et al ****

22. The Pro, Garth Ennis et al ***

21. Wanted, Mark Millar *

20. The Boys: Good for the Soul, Garth Ennis ***

19. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller **

18. The Servants, M M Smith **

17. Three Shadows, Cyril Pedrosa ****

16. He Died With His Eyes Open, Derek Raymond **

15. These Are Only Words, Simon R Biggum ****

14. Numbers, Rachel Ward **

13. The Walking Dead: Safety Behind Bars, Robert Kirkman ****

12. Bedlam: London and its Mad, Catharine Arnold ****

11. The Boys: Get Some, Garth Ennis ****

10. The Boys: The Name of the Game, Garth Ennis ****

09. Sin City: Family Values, Frank Miller *

08. Let The Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist DNF

07. Sin City: That Yellow Bastard, Frank Miller ***

06. The Beacon, Susan Hill ***

05. The Heroines, Eileen Favorite *

04. Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey ****

03. The Walking Dead: Miles Behind Us (2), Robert Kirkman ****

02. The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye (1), Robert Kirkman, ***

01. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke (carried from 08) **

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23. Waterland - Graham Swift****@

22. The End Of Mr Y - Scarlett Thomas*** @

21. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry ****@

20. The Water Clock - Jim Kelly**@

19. Agatha Raisin & the Vicious Vet - M.C. Beaton*@

18. The King's General - Daphne Du Maurier****@

17. The Explosive Child - Ross W. Greene***@

16. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë**@

15. Wycliffe and The Redhead - WJ Burley**@

14. Vacant Possession - Hilary Mantel***@

13. The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter*** @

12. Creole - Jose Eduardo Agualusa** @

11. The Secret River - Kate Grenville***** @

10. Wycliffe and the House of Fear - WJ Burley** @

09. Digging To America - Anne Tyler****@

08. How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff****@

07. Something In Disguise - Elizabeth Jane Howard****@

06. The Road Home - Rose Tremaine*****@

05. One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson****@

04. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott***@

03. Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach***@

02. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood*** @

01. Little Face - Sophie Hannah*** @

 

 

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39 Strip The Willow - John Aberdein **

38 All The Colours Of The Town - Liam McIlvanney ****

37 Something Hidden - Nick Blackstock ****

36 The Twelve - Stuart Neville ****

35 Summertine - JM Coetzee *****

34 Amulet - Roberto Bolaño ***

33 Halfhead - Stuart B MacBride ****

32 The Death of Bunny Munro - Nick Cave ****

31 The Wilderness - Samantha Harvey ***

30 Love and Summer - William Trevor **

29 Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín *****

28 The Maintenance of Headway - Magnus Mills ***

27 The Quickening Maze - Adam Foulds **

26 How to Paint a Dead Man - Sarah Hall ***

25 The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters ***

24 Love and Obstacles - Aleksandar Hemon ***

23 This Is How - MJ Hyland ***

22 Cold Earth - Sarah Moss ****

21 All Names Have Been Changed - Claire Kilroy **

20 Ghosts & Lightning - Trevor Byrne ****

19 Six Degrees - Mark Lynas *

18 The Information Officer - Mark Mills ****

17 Black Rock - Amanda Smyth ****

16 Friendly Fire - Alaa al Aswany ***

15 2666 - Roberto Bolaño *****

14 Rivers Of Babylon - Peter Pišt'anek ****

13 A Good Day for a Dog - Carlo Gébler *****

12 Milltown: a Belfast Novella - Pól Ó Muirí ****

11 Distance - Ewan Morrison *

10 Nikolski - Nicolas Dickner ***

9 Map of the Invisible World - Tash Aw ***

8 Luggage - Peter Hollywood *****

7 Glover's Mistake - Nick Laird *****

6 The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan ***

5 unpublished manuscript

4 The Road - Cormac McCarthy *****

3 The Vagrants - Yiyun Li ****

2 The Polished Hoe - Austin Clarke ****

1 Chicago - Alaa al Aswany ****

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December

110. The Thing with Finn - Tom Kelly (A) ***

109. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters ****

108. Frozen in Time - Ali Sparkes ****

 

November

107. P.S. I Love You - Cecelia Ahern (A) ***

106. The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent (B)***

105. Nation - Terry Pratchett ****

104. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (B)****

103. Pretty Monsters - Kelly Link (BGO) ***

102. Dark Summer - Ali Sparkes ****

101. The Witching Hour - Elizabeth Laird ***

100. The Giver - Lois Lowry ****

099. Hide and Seek - Ian Rankin (A) ***

 

October

098. Wishing for Tomorrow - Hilary McKay ****

097. Are these my basoomas I see before me? - Louise Rennison (A) ® ****

096. Koh Tabu - Ann Kelley ***

095. Daughter of Fire and Ice - Marie-Louise Jensen *****

094. All Steamed Up - Kathy Lette ****

093. Hush Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick ***

092. Poe: A Life Cut Short - Peter Ackroyd (A) ***

091. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet - MC Beaton (A) ****

090. Bloodchild - Tim Bowler (W) *****

 

September

089. Auslander - Paul Dowswell (W) ****

088. Malice - Chris Wooding (W) ****

087. Could it be Magic? - Melanie Rose (A) **

086. Revolver - Marcus Sedgwick (W) ****

085. Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan ***

084. Sick as a Parrot - Liz Evans ****

083. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (B)****

082. Boy A - Jonathan Trigell (A) ***

081. Incendiary - Chris Cleave (B)***

 

August

080. Toby and the Secret of the Tree - Timothee de Fombelle ***

079. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death - M.C.Beaton (A) ****

078. Blabber Mouth - Morris Gleitzman (A) ****

077. The Affair of the Mutilated Mink - James Anderson (A) ****

076. The Interpretation of Murder – Jed Rubenstein (W) ***

075. Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts - Emma Kennedy ***

 

July

074. Flood and Fang – Marcus Sedgwick (A) **

073. The Bride Stripped Bare - anonymous **

072. Stop in the name of pants! - Louise Rennison ®(A) ****

071. Toby Alone - Timothee de Fombelle ****

070. No Such Thing as Dragons - Philip Reeve ****

069. Spies - Michael Frayn ***

068. Are these my basoomas I see before me? - Louise Rennison ****

067. Raven's Gate - Anthony Horowitz (A) ****

066. Finger-lickin' Fifteen - Janet Evanovich ****

065. What I Saw and How I Lied - Judy Blundell ***

064. 13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher ****

063. Where Rainbows End - Cecilia Ahern (A) ****

062. Resistance - Craig Simpson ***

061. The Thirteen Treasures - Michelle Harrison ***

 

June

60. Monday's Are Murder - Tanya Landman ***

59. The Magician's Elephant - Kate DiCamillo ****

58. The Medusa Project:The Set Up - Sophie McKenzie ***

57. The Host - Stephenie Meyer ***

56. Cassandra's Disk - Angela Green (H) (B)***

55. Angels - Marianne Keyes *** (H)

54. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield (H) ****

53. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella (H) ****

 

May

52. Rumors - Anna Godbersen (H) **

51. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - Helen Fielding (H) ****

50. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets - Eva Rice (H) ****

49. How to Speak Dragonese - Cressida Cowell (A) ***

48. How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant - Elen Caldecott *****

47. An Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (B)****

46. Silver Tongue - Charlie Fletcher ***

 

April

45. If I Stay - Gayle Forman ***

44. The Bride's Farewell - Meg Rosoff *****

43. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson ****

42. Killing God - Kevin Brooks ****

41. Life, interrupted - Damian Kelleher ****

40. Season of Secrets - Sally Nicholls *****

39. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Milan Kundera **

 

March

38. Solace of the Road - Siobhan Dowd ****

37. Ironhand - Charlie Fletcher ****

36. Outcast - Michelle Paver (W) ***

35. Young Samarai - Way of the Warrior - Chris Bradford ****

Pure Dead Magic - Debi Gliori (A) - abandoned

34. Somewhere Towards the End - Diana Athill (B)****

33. Between Two Seas - Marie-Louise Jensen (W) *****

32. Pongwiffy - The Spellovision Song Contest - Kaye Umansky (A) ***

31. Dogfight - Craig Simpson (W) ****

30. Viking in Trouble - Jeremy Strong (A) ***

29. Dragonfly - Julia Golding (W) ****

28. The Game of Triumphs - Laura Powell (W) **

 

February

27. The Princess Plot - Kirsten Boie (W) ****

26. The Devil's Toenail - Sally Prue (A) **

25. Die for Me - Karen Rose ****

24. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates (B)***

23. Stone Heart - Charlie Fletcher (Aa)® ****

22. The Point of Rescue - Sophie Hannah ***

21. Then - Morris Gleitzman ****

20. Once - Morris Gleitzman *****

19. Varjak Paw - S F Said (A) ****

18. Flesh House - Stuart MacBride ***

17. I, Nigel Dorking - (Mary-Anne Fahey) ***

16. Amy Green Teen Agony Queen: Boy Trouble - Sarah Webb ***

15. Lazlo Strangolov's Feather and Bone - (Matt Whyman) ***

14. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning - James Patterson (A) ***

 

January

13. Love, Aubrey - Suzanne LaFleur *****

12. Black Butterfly: A Lucifer Box Mystery - Mark Gattiss ***

11. Ruby Parker: Shooting Star - Rowan Coleman ***

10. Hurting Distance - Sophie Hannah ****

09. Agent Angel: Living the Dream - Annie Dalton ***

08. The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton (B)****

07. Numbers - Rachel Ward *****

06. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J K Rowling ***

05. The Gathering - Anne Enright (B)**

04. Creatures of the Night - Kate Thompson ****

03. Kaï-Ro - Graham Marks ****

02. The Dragonfly Pool - Eva Ibbotson ****

01. Bedlam - Ally Kennen ***

 

Shorter Books / Illustrated Books read closely

Holly Joliday - Megan McDonald ****

Shop Cat: Cat Tales - Linda Newbery ***

 

 

(A) = Audio version

(Aa) = Audio abridged - avoided unless a re-read!

® = Re-read

(W) = for Work

(B) = Book club

(H) = Holiday

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08. These Are Only Words - Simon R. Biggum ***

08. A State of Denmark - Derek Raymond ® *****

07. The Various Flavours of Coffee - Anthony Capella *****

06. The Big Fat Duck Cookbook - Heston Blumenthal *

05. Bright Shiny Morning - Stephen Frey ****

04. Trauma - Patrick McGrath ****

03. We Cannot Fail - Geoff Powter ****

02. A Buyer's Market, Anthony Powell - ****

01. A Mysterious Affair of Style - Gilbert Adair ***

 

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1. A Good Day To Die - Simon Kernick ***1/2

2. Dead Man's Footsteps - Peter James ****1/2

3. Dancing With The Virgins - Stephen Booth ***1/2

4. Blood On The Tongue - Stephen Booth ****1/2

5. The Enemy - Lee Child ****

6. The Road - Cormac McCarthy ***1/2

7. The Chemistry of Death - Simon Beckett ****

8. Written In Bone - Simon Beckett ***1/2

9. Attack of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks - Christopher Brookmyre ****

10. Broken Angels - Richard Morgan ****

11. One Shot - Lee Child ***1/2

12. End In Tears - Ruth Rendell **1/2

13. Hot Money - Dick Francis ***

14. Tell No One - Harlan Coben ****1/2

15. Lifeless - Mark Billingham ***

16. Gone For Good - Harlan Coben ****1/2

17. Right As Rain - George Pelecanos ****

18. Hell To Pay - George Pelecanos ****

19. Soul Circus - George Pelecanos ****

20. Strip Jack - Ian Rankin ***1/2

21. Not In The Flesh - Ruth Rendell ***1/2

22. The Drought - JG Ballard **1/2

23. Cold Granite - Stuart MacBride ****

24. Dying Light - Stuart MacBride ***1/2

25. Flesh House - Stuart MacBride ****

26. The Hard Way - Lee Child ****

27. The Black Book - Ian Rankin ***

28. Berlin Game - Len Deighton ***

29. Mexico Set - Len Deighton ***1/2

30. Uncle Fred in Springtime - PG Wodehouse ***

31. London Match - Len Deighton ****

32. Possession - Peter James ****

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1. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee - Rebecca Miller ***1/2

2. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson ****

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khalid Hosseini (audio)

4. Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult **1/2

5. This Thing of Darkness - Harry Thompson ****

6. Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter ***

7. Solace of the Road - Siobhan Dowd ***

8. Shadow Web - N. M. Browne ***

9. White Tiger - Aravind Adiga ****

10. Twilight - Stephanie Meyer **

11. The Other Hand - Chris Cleeve **1/2

12. Black Rabbit Summer - Kevin Brooks ***1/2

13. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates ****1/2

14. On Beauty - Zadie Smith

15. The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe ***

16. Fingersmith- Sarah Waters *****

17. We Were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates

18. Pobby & Dingan - Ben Rice

19. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England - Ian Mortimer

20. Born on a Blue Day - Daniel Tammet

21. My Favourite People and Me - Alan Davies

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71. Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

70. Espresso Tales - Alexander McCall Smith ***

69. Blackwater - Kerstin Eckman ****

68. Dry Store Room No. 1 - Richard Fortey

67. Sushi For Beginners - Marian Keyes ***

66. 44, Scotland Street - Alexander McCall Smith ****

65. Intuition - Allegra Goodman *****

64. Company of Liars - Karen Maitland ****

63. Stuart, A Life Backwards - Alexander Masters ****

62. Found Wanting - Robert Goddard **

61. Christina Falls - Benjamin Black **

60. Enigma - Robert Harris ***

59. Last Chance Saloon - Marian Keyes ***

58. The Private Patient - P.D. James ***

57. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest - Steig Larsson *****

56. Hallucinating Foucault - Patricia Duncker *****

55. The Greatest Story Ever Told - Richard Dawkins ***

54. Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell ***

53. Haweswater - Sarah Hall ***

52. The Sorrows of an American - Siri Hustevdt ****

51. This Charming Man - Marian Keyes ****

50. The Glass of Time - Michael Cox ****

49. The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst ****

48. Home Before Dark - Charles Maclean ***

47. The Wisdom of Whores - Elizabeth Pisani ***

46. Me Cheeta - James Lever ***

45. Past Imperfect - Julian Fellowes ***

44. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson *****

43. Serena - Ron Rash **

42. Lush Life - Richard Price ****

41. The Story Of A Marriage - Andrew Sean Greer **

40. The Little Friend - Sarah Waters ****

39. The Other Boleyn Girl - Phillipa Gregory ***

38. The Age Of Wonder - Richard Holmes ****

37. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Schaffer ****

36. Homicide - David Simon *****

35. Six Suspects - Vikas Swarup ***

34. Anthem - Tim Binding *

33. The Spare Room - Helen Garner *****

32. The Other Side Of The Story - Marian Keyes ****

31. The Believers - Zoe Heller ****

30. Scottsboro - Ellen Feldman ****

29. Nothing To Lose - Lee Child ***

28. The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science - Natalie Angier ***

27. Bright Shiny Morning - James Frey *****

26. Quicksand - Nella Larsen **

25. Digging to America - Anne Tyler ****

24. Irrationality - Stuart Sutherland ***

23. A Dry White Season - Andre Brink ***

22. Samaritan - Richard Price ****

21. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - Winifred Watson *

20. The Room Of Lost Things - Stella Duffy ***

19. The Absinence Teacher - Tom Perotta ***

18. Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler ****

17. God's Own Country - Ross Raisin *****

16. Innocent Blood - P.D. James ***

15. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry ***

14. Sacred Country - Rose Tremain ***

13. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson *****

12. Cannery Row - John Steinbeck ****

11. December - Elizabeth H. Winthrop **

10. Passing - Nella Larsen ****

9. The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkley **

8. Collaborator - Murray Davies ***

7. The Railway Station Man - Jennifer Johnston ***

6. When Will There Be Good News? - Kate Atkinson ****

5. The Family That Couldn't Sleep - DT Max ***

4. GB84 - David Peace ***

3. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson **

2. The Captains and the Kings - Jennifer Johnston ****

1. The Lieutenant - Kate Grenville ***

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01. Beauty, McKinley *****

02. The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard, Rowling ***

03. American Gods, Gaiman *****

04. Siam, Tuck**

05. The Graveyard Book, Gaiman *****

06. Northern Clemency, Hensher *****

07. Birthday Stories, Murakami*****

08. Fun Home, Brecdel ****

09. The Master and Margarita **

10. So Many Ways to Begin, Mc Gregor *****

11. Family Matters, Mistry *****

12. Wicked, Maguire ***

13. Silk, Baricco *****

14. Talking Heads 2, Bennett****

15. Pyongyang***

16. Castle Wating, Medley***

17. Fugitive Pieces, Michaels*****

18. The House of Spirits, Allende****

19. The Hive, Cela***

20. Sky Burial, Xinran****

21. The Son of a Witch, Maguire****

22. Bagdhad Diaries, Al-Radi **

23. Ethel and Ernest, Briggs ****

24. Y The Last Man: Unmanned, ****

25. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denovich, Solzhenityn ***

26. The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau ***

27. Witch Child, Celia Rees ***

28. Mr Toppit, Charles Elton ***

29. Gould's Book of Fish, Flanagan***

30. Bel Canto, Pratchett*****

31. Beauty Sleep, Dokey *****

32. An Elegy for Easterly, Gappah****

33. The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway ****

34. What I Was, Rosoff****

35. Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez ****

36. The Aguero Sisters, Garcia***

37. The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani****

38. The Giver, Lowry

39. Mendel's Daughter, Lemelman

40. A Fraction of a Whole, Toltz *** and a half

41. Stone Cold ***

42. The Polysyllabic Spree ***

43. The Wasteland ***

44. Sabriel, Garth Nix *****

45. The Guensey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society*****

46. The Secrets of the Fire King, Edwards ****

47. The Inventions of Hugo Cabret, Selznick*****

48. The Wild Woods, Charles de Lint****

49. Obriter, Ellis and Doran**

50. Aya, Abouet and Oubrerie**

51. The Wasteland, Rowson**

52. The Bonesetter's Daughter, Tan***

53. Inkheart, Funke ****

54. Blindness, Saramago *****

55. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society *****

56. Then, Morris Gleitzman ***

57. New Moon, Stephanie Meyer ****

58. Long Way Down, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ***

59. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson *****

60. Bog Child, Dowd ****

61. Being Emily, Donovan

62. The Whale Rider, Ihimaera

63. The Piano, Champion***

64. Fear and Trembling**

65. Mudbound, Hilary Jordan *****

66. The Swarm, Schatzing ****

67. The Mermaid Chair, Sue Monk Kidd ***

68. A Year in Green Tea and Tuk Tuks, Rory Spowers ****

69. Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde ****

70. The Onion Girl, Charles de Lint****

71. Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson *****

72. Season of Migration from the North, Salih ***

73. Crossing Midnight: Cut Here ****

74. A Certain Slant of Light, Whitcomb *****

75. Normal, Amy Bloom ****

76. Night, Elie Wiesel***

77. First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung***

78. The Migraine Hotel, Kennard ****

79. Born Bad, Josephine Cox***

80. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, Wendy Cope **

81. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo ****

82. Creating Chaos

83. Embroiders ****

84. Good Omens, Pratchett and Gaiman****

85. The Fire-Eaters, David Almond*****

86. The Secret Hour, Scott Westerfeld ****

87. Creole Folktales, Chamoiseau ***

88. 13 Clocks, Thurber *

89. The Earth Hums in B Flat, Mari Strachen ***

90. The Farming of Bones, Danticat****

91. My Children! My Africa!, Fugard*****

92. Uglies, Westerfeld ****

93. City of Glass, Paul *****

94. Wolf Hall, Mantle****

95. Creole Folktales.****

96. The Glass Room, Mawer*****

97. Sputnik Sweetheart, Murakami ***1/2

98. Piercing, Murakami****

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34.Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

33.Unless, Carol Shields

32.Livia, Lawrence Durrell

31.Monsieur, Lawrence Durrell

30.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

29.Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis

28.Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra

27.Le fils du vent, Henning Mankell

26.By the light of day, Graham Swift

25.The Pesthouse, Jim Crace

24.Until I find you, John Irving

23. The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff

22.The Winter Vault, Anne Michaels

21.Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare

20.The Children's Book, A S Byatt

19.American Tabloid, James Ellroy

18. Good to be God, Tibor Fisher

17. The Women's Room, Marilyn French

16.The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

15.The Crow Road, Iain Banks

14.The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville

13.The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

12.The Sun and Moon Corrupted, Philip Ball

11.East of Eden, John Steinbeck

10.Diary of a Bad Year, J M Coetzee

9. My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult (RL bookgroup read)

8. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, Peter Hoeg

7. White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

6. Dreams from my Father, Barack Obama (RL bookgroup read)

5. The Steep Approach to Garbadale, Iain Banks

4. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

3. Qurantine, Jim Crace

2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne

1. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

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49. The Plot Margaret Bunting ****

48. When I Forgot Elina Hirvonen ***

47. Brooklyn Colm Toibin ****(*)

46. The Polyglots William Gerhardi ****

45. American Wife Curtis Sittenfield ***

44. Waiting For An Angel Helon Habila ***(*)

43. Light On Snow Anita Shreve ***

42. An Equal Stillness Francesca Kaye ***

41. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson ***

40. The Janissary Tree Jason Goodwin **

39. The Glass Room Simon Mawer ***(*)

38. Molly Fox's Birthday Deirdre Madden **

37. Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel *****

36. Zoli Colum McCann ***

35. Pilgrim State Jacqueline Walker ***(*)

34. Collected Stories Of Eudora Welty ***(*)

33. Fever and Spear Javier Marias ****

32. The Loudest Sound And Nothing Clare Wigfall ****

31. The Abstinence Teacher Tom Perrotta ***

30. 2666 Roberto Bolano *****

29 Serena Ron Rash *(*)

28. New Boy William Sutcliffe **(*)

27. Doctor Glas Soderberg *****

26. Out Of A Clear Sky Sally Hinchcliffe ***

25. The Puttermesser Papers Cynthia Ozick (unclassifiable)

24. Monkey Grip Helen Garner ***

23. The Great Lover Jill Dawson ***

22. The Barracks John McGahern ***(*)

21. Miss Garnet's Angel Salley Vickers abandoned

20. Jeff In Venice, Death In Varanasi Geoff Dyer ****

19. Pnin Vladimir Nabokov *****

18. The Clothes On Their Backs Linda Grant ***(*)

17. Christine Falls Benjamin Black ***(*)

16. The Shadow -Line Joseph Conrad ****(*)

15. The Horned Man James Lasdun ****

14. Girl In A Blue Dress Gaynor Arnold ****

13. When We Were Romans Matthew Kneale ****

12. The Haunting Of Hill House Shirley Jackson ****

11. The Tortoise And The Hare Elizabeth Jenkins ****

10. Why Did I Ever? Mary Robison ***

9. God's Own Country Ross Raisin **(*)

8. Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri ****

7. The Last September Elizabeth Bowen ***(*)

6. We Were the Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates **

5. No One Belongs Here More Than You Miranda July ****

4. The Other Garden Francis Wyndham ***

3. The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison ****

2. Trauma Patrick McGrath ****(*)

1. The Brief Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz **(*)

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Think this should just about squeeze me onto page 1 of the thread, which is where I was for 2008 as well.

 

49. "Joy in the Morning" by P. G. Wodehouse [continued 2010]

48. "One Day" by David Nicholls - A [continued 2010]

47. "The Crossing" by Cormac McCarthy [continued 2010]

46. "The Interpretation of Murder" by Jed Rubenfeld * - A

45. "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy *****

44. "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss ***½ - A

43. "The Stone Gods" by Jeanette Winterson *½ - A

42. "The Bullet Trick" by Louise Welsh **½ - A

41. "The Sign of the Four" by Arthur Conan Doyle ***½ - A

40. "The Savage Detectives" by Roberto Bolaño ***

39. "In Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin ***

38. "Saturday" by Ian McEwan **** - A

37. "Gods Behaving Badly" by Marie Phillips *** - A

36. "House of Meetings" by Martin Amis **½ - A

35. "The Human Stain" by Philip Roth ****

34. "Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories" by Raymond Carver ***

33. "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins *** - A

32. "Judas Unchained" by Peter F. Hamilton **½

31. "Theft: A Love Story" by Peter Carey **½ - A

30. "Maximum Bob" by Elmore Leonard [probably abandoned]

29. "Black Coffee Blues" by Henry Rollins **

28. "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene ***

27. "Anyone but England" by Mike Marqusee [might pick up again]

26. "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters ****½ - A

25. "The Talented Mister Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith ****

24. "Essays" by George Orwell [will come back to one day!]

23. "The Quarry" by Damon Galgut ****

22. "Something to Tell You" by Hanif Kureishi ** - A

21. "Lost Tribes of Pop" by Tom Cox ****

20. "A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby *** - A

19. "Other Voices, Other Rooms" by Truman Capote ***

18. "Pandora's Star" by Peter F. Hamilton ***½

17. "Lazy Bones" by Mark Billingham **½ - A

16. "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G. K. Chesterton **

15. "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood **** - A

14. "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon ***

13. "Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness" by Jon Ronson ****

12. "The Bar on the Seine" by Georges Simenon ***

11. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald **** [short story]

10. "Engleby" by Sebastian Faulks **** - A

9. "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami ***

8. "Hide & Seek" by Ian Rankin *** - A

7. "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates *****

6. "Penguins Stopped Play" by Harry Thompson **** - A

5. "The Consolations of Philosophy" by Alain de Botton ***½

4. "The Mating Season" by P. G. Wodehouse **** [started 2008]

3. "Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris * - A [started 2008]

2. "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth ***½ [started 2008]

1. "True Tales of American Life" edited by Paul Auster **** [started 2008]

 

A - unabridged audiobook

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64. Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn - currently reading

63. A Summer Bird Cage by Margaret Drabble*****

62. Middlemarch by George Eliot*****

61. Ox-Tales: Fire*****

60. Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis*****

59. Ox-Tales: Air*****

58. Ox-Tales: Earth*****

57. The Girl at the Lion d'Or by Sebastian Faulks*****

56. The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse*****

55. The Framley Examiner*****

54. The Onion: Our Dumb Century*****

53. The Triple Echo by H.E. Bates*****

52. Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale *****

51. Happy Accidents by Tiffany Murray*****

50. William by E.H. Young*****

49. Storm in the Village by Miss Read*****

48. Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen*****

47. No More Dying Then by Ruth Rendell*****

46. According to Mark by Penelope Lively*****

45. Sleeping Beauties by Mavis Cheek*****

44. The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne*****

43. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy*****

42. Home by Marilynne Robinson*****

41. Balsamic Dreams by Joe Queenan*****

40. Restoration by Rose Tremain*****

39. Everything You Know by Zoe Heller*****

38. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes*****

37. The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life by William Nicholson*****

36. Cover Her Face by P.D. James*****

35. Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe*****

34. Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson*****

33. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson*****

32. A Peaceful Retirement by Miss Read*****

31. A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey*****

30. Party Frock by Noel Streatfeild*****

29. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs*****

28. Collected Short Stories by Carol Shields - currently reading

27. Wedding Season by Katie Fforde*****

26. Private Enterprise by Angela Thirkell*****

25. Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites by Franny Moyle*****

24. Diary of an Ordinary Woman by Margaret Forster*****

23. The Provincial Daughter by R.M. Dashwood*****

22. Sibyl by Benjamin Disraeli*****

21. Early Days: A Childhood Memoir by Miss Read*****

20. Careless in Red by Elizabeth George*****

19. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale*****

18. Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson*****

17. Dear Francesca by Mary Contini*****

16. The Septic's Companion by Chris Rae*****

15. Juan in America by Eric Linklater*****

14. The Bolter by Frances Osborne*****

13. Beautiful and Beloved by Roderic Owen and Tristan De Vere Cole*****

12. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai*****

11. The Road Home by Rose Tremain*****

10. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson*****

09. Flora Thompson: The Story of the 'Lark Rise' Writer by Gillian Lindsay - abandoned*****

08. The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike*****

07. My Life in France by Julia Child*****

06. Reflections of Old Cornwall by Reg Watkiss*****

05. She Wasn't Soft by T. Coraghessan Boyle*****

04. Lily and Hodge and Dr. Johnson by Samuel Johnson*****

03. Counting My Chickens ... and Other Home Truths by Deborah Devonshire*****

02. My Next Bride by Kay Boyle*****

01. The Safe House by Nicci French*****

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I'll try and keep the 2009 list up to date

52 The Seduction of Water - Carol Goodman

51 House of Many Ways - Diana Wynne Jones ****1/2

50 Promise Me - Harlan Coban

49 Two Minute Rule - Robert Crais ***

48 Playing With Fire - Peter Robinson ****

47 Killing Floor - Lee Child ***

46. The Drowning Tree - Carol Goodman ****

45. The Winter Queen - Boris Akunin ***

44. Wedding season - Katie fforde *

43. The Lake of Dead Languages - Carol Goodman ****

42. Wedding Tiers - Trisha Ashley **

41. In The Woods- Harlan Coban ****

40. Part of the Furniture - Mary Wesley ****

39. The Various Flavours of Coffee***

38. Curry - Lizzie Collingwood ****

37. The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen ***

36. Murder With Peacocks - Donna Andrews ***

35. Bad Friends - Claire Seeber ***

34. Special Relationship - Douglas Kennedy ****

33. Any Human Heart - William Boyd *****

32. Winter in Madrid - C J Sampson ****

31. Dead Cold - Louise Penney **

30. Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen ****

29. Fast Women - Jennifer Crusie ****

28 Death Under The Dryer - Simon Brett ***

27. Down Amongst The Gods - Kate Thompson abandoned

26. The Glassblower of Murano - Marina Fioato **1/2

25. Sunshine - Robin McKinley ****

24. Sunset Express Robert Crais ***

23. Anna Karenina - Tolstoy****

22. The Revenge of The Middle Aged Woman - Elizabeth Buchan **

21. Dogs and Goddesses - Jennifer Crusie ***

20. The Constant Princess - Philipa Gregory **

19. My Dream Of You - Nuala O'Faolain ****1/2

18. Voodoo River - Robert Crais ***

17. Free Fall - Robert crais ***

16. Faith Fox - Jane Gardam

15. The Watchman - Robert Crais***

14. Lullaby - Clare Seeber ***

13. The Pirate's Daughter - Margaret Cezair Thompson ***

12. In The Company Of The Courtesan - Sarah Dunant ****

11. A Dead Man Out of Mind - Kate Charles ***

10. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips ****

9. The Fortune Quilt - Lani Diane Rich ***

8. Just Henry - Michelle Magorian ***

7. Lucia Lucia - Adriana Trigiani *

6. When Will There Be Good News - Kate Atkinson ****

5. On Chesil Beach - Iam McEwan ****

4. State Of Fear - Michael Chrighton ****

3. Fade Away - Harlan Coban ****

2. I Like It Like That - Clare Calman ***

1. Sowing Secrets - Trisha Ashley ***

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47. Harlequin - Bernard Cronwell. ****

46. Sejanus - Dewey Lambdin. ****

45. The King's Commission - Dewey Lambdin. (audiobook) ****

44. Germanicus - David Wishart. ****

43. Golden Voyager - Simon Finch. ***

42. Ovid - David Wishart. ****

41. The French Admiral - Dewey Lambdin. (audiobook) ****

40. Clear and Present Dasnger - Tom Clancy. ***

39. The Cardinal fo the Kremlin - Tom Clancy. *****

38. The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy. ****

37. The King's Coat - Dewey Lambdin. (audiobook) ****

36. Red Rabbit - Tom Clancy. ***

35. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling. (audiobook) *****

34. Patriot Games - Tom Clancy. ***

33. Without Remorse - Tom Clancy. ****

32. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold - John le Carré. ****

31. A Murder Of Quality - John le Carré. ***

30. Call For the Dead - John le Carré. ***

29. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - JK Rowling. (audiobook) ****

28. Train To Pakistan - Khushwant Singh. *****

27. Stalin's Ghost - Martin Cruz Smith. ***

26. Lieutenant Fury - GS Beard. ****

25. Mr Midshipman Fury - GS Beard. ****

24. Wolves Eat Dogs - Martin Cruz Smith. *****

23. HMS Expedient - Peter Smalley. ***

22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling. (audiobook) ****

21. Soldier of Fortune by Edward Marston ***

20. Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith ****

19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, (audiobook) ****

18. The Gathering Night by Margaret Elphinstone *****

17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling. (audiobook) ****

16. Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett *****

15. Magic Seeds by VS Naipaul ****

14. Assegai by Wilbur Smith *****

13. Zorro by Isabel Allende *****

12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (audiobook) ****

11. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (audiobook) *****

10. Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith ****

9. Half A Life by VS Naipaul ****

8. The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan ***

7. The Anonymous Venetian by Donna Leon ****

6. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith *****

5. The Secret River by Kate Grenville ****

4. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett ***

3. The Virginian by Owen Wister ****

2. The Innocent by Ian McEwan ****

1. The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville ****

 

 

My Book List 2008

My Book List 2007

My Book List 2006

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71. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore - 2002 **** (RL book club)

70. The Secret of Life: Commonsense Advice for Uncommon Women - Elizabeth Wurtzel - 2001 *

69. Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey - Trudy Harris - 2008 **

68. Theology of the Body for Beginners - Christopher West - 2004 * (RL book club)

67. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - 2005 ****

66. The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb - 2008 **** (RL book club)

65. Lenin kam nur bis Lüdenscheid. Meine kleine deutsche Revolution. - Richard David Precht - 2007 ****

64. Sons - Pearl S. Buck - 1932 ***

63. In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms - Dr. Laura Schlessinger - 2009 **

62. The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream (O Alquimista) - Paulo Coelho - 1988 ***** (RL book club)

61. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett - 2007 ***

60. Digging to America - Anne Tyler - 2006 ****

59. Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? - Gary Thomas - 2000 ***(RL book club)

58. 10-10-10 Produkt-Information - Suzy Welch - 2009 *

57. Black like me - John Howard Griffin - 1961 **** (RL book club)

56. Was in zwei Koffer passt - Veronika Peters - 2007 **** (RL book club)

55. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck - 1931 R **** (RL book club)

54. Fatherhood - Bill Cosby - 1987 ****

53. Love Child - Allegra Houston - 2009 ***

52. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen – 2006 ** (RL book club)

51. London – The Novel - Edward Rutherfurd - 1997 ****

50. Im Eigelb steckt der Igel - Karlhans Frank - 2008 (supposedly funny book about about the German language) **

49. Løst in Tränšlatioπ. Misadventures in English Abroad - Charlie Croker - 2006 ****

48. The Unofficial Facebooker’s Social Survival Guide - Sarah Herman & Lucy York - 2008 (a present from a friend who wanted me to join facebook) ***

47. The Rose of Sebastopol - Katherine McMahon - 2007 ****

46. The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East - Sandy Tolan – 2006 *****

45. Deutsch fürs Leben. Was die Schule zu lehren vergaß - Wolf Schneider - 1994 ****

44. Die Instrumente des Herrn Jørgensen - Georg Jonathan & Richard David Precht - 1999 *** (RL book club)

43. Drachensaat -Jan Weiler – 2008 **

42. Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda - Roméo Dallaire - 2003 *** (RL book club)

41. Dear Husband, stories - Joyce Carol Oates - 2009 ****

40. Der Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf) - Hermann Hesse – 1927 ** (RL book club)

39. Anderwelten: Eine fabelhafte Einführung ins Philosophieren” - Gabriele Münnix – 2009 ** (RL book club)

38. De tresoor van Jacob Jansz. Over het vermoedelijke leven van een gewone man voor de 80-jarige oorlog in 1566 - Rien Poortvliet - 1991 ****

37. The Girl She Used to Be - David Cristofano - 2009 *****

36. Der Turm. Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land (The Tower) - Uwe Tellkamp – 2008

35. Practicing Catholic - James Carroll – 2009 *** (RL book club)

34. Creating Home. Inspiring Comfort in Every Room - Lily Zane – 1998 ***

33. Wer bin ich und wenn ja, wie viele? Eine philosophische Reise - Richard David Precht - 2007 ****

32. Effi Briest - Theodor Fontane - 1894 **** (RL book club)

31. Move a Little, Lose a Lot - James A. Levine - 2009 **

30. The five Love Lanugages of Teenagers - Gary Chapman – 2000 **

29. Die 3-Minuten-Bibel Werner Tiki Küstenmacher – 2004 ***

28. We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land. A Plan That Will Work - Jimmy Carter – 2008 ****

27. J’ai 100 ans et je voudrais vous dire … Sa dernière confession - Marie-Madeleine Cinquin = Sœur Emmanuelle avec Jacques Duquesne; Annabelle Cayrol - 2008 **

26. To Live and Remember (Russian title: Shiwi e pomni) - Valentin Rasputin - R ***

25. The Road to Emmaus. Pilgrimage as a Way of Life - Jim Forest **** (RL book club)

24. La fine è il mio inizio (The end is my beginning) - Tiziano Terzani ****

23. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne - R **** (RL book club)

22. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë ****

21. Paradise - Toni Morrison ***

20. Three Cups of Tea. One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time - Greg Mortenson & Oliver Relin ***** (RL book club)

19. Mal di pietre - Milena Agus (Italian book - which I read in German - about the life of a woman in Sardinia in the 40s) ***

18. 35 kilos d'espoir (95 pounds of hope) - Anna Gavalda **** (RL book club)

17. Anton oder Die Zeit des unwerten Lebens - Elisabeth Zöller (German book about the life of a handicapped child during the Nazi regime) **** (RL book club)

16. Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse ****

15. Het wassende water - Herman de Man (Dutch book about life at the beginning of the last century and the Great Flood) ***

14. Canal Grande - Raittila Hannu **

13. Islam - Souad Mekhennet & Michael Hanfeld ****

12. L'Africain - Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio ****

11. Japanische Schweine machen buubuu (Japanese Pigs make buubuu) - Serge Debrebant & Mauritius Much (non-fiction book about different expressions in different languages) ****

10. Cathedral of the Sea (La catedral del mar) - Ildefonso Falcones *****

9. Girl in a Blue Dress - Gaynor Arnold **** (RL book club)

8. We Worship: A Guide to the Catholic Mass - Oscar Lukefahr, C.M. **** (RL book club)

7. Les veus del Pamano - Jaume Cabré i Fabré **** (RL book club)

6. What Einstein told his Barber Robert L. Wolke **

5. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck ***** (RL book club)

4. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons *

3. The Shack - William Paul Young ****

2. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult **** (RL book club)

1. The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing - R *** (RL book club)

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My Book List 2009 (This one!)

My Book List 2008

My Book List 2007

 

Grumpy Old Rock Star - Rick Wakeman (Started 2008)

Rock Family Trees - Pete Frame (Started 2008)

Krazy and Ignatz - Complete Sunday Strips 1925-1934 - George Herriman (Started 2008)

The Olivetti Chronicles - John Peel

Incredible Visual Illusions - Al Seckel

Making Money - Terry Pratchett

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

McSweeney's 29 - Dave Eggers (ed.)

Kill Your Friends - John Niven

Tricks Of The Mind - Derren Brown

The Darkest Part Of The Woods - Ramsey Campbell

Museum Of Lost Wonder - Jeff Hoke

McSweeney's 30 - Dave Eggers (ed.)

The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

Berlin - City Of Stones - Jason Lutes

Doom Patrol Vol.3: Down Paradise Way - Grant Morrison

Doom Patrol Vol.4: Muscle Bound - Grant Morrison

Doom Patrol Vol.5: Magic Bus - Grant Morrison

The Nasty Bits - Anthony Bourdain

Adventures On The High Teas - Stuart Maconie

Doom Patrol Vol.6: Planet Love - Grant Morrison

Krazy and Ignatz - Complete Sunday Strips 1935-1944 - George Herriman

Bit Of A Blur - Alex James

Footnote* - Boff Whalley

Ronnie: The Autobiography - Ronnie Wood

Bad Vibes - Luke Haines

McSweeney's 31 - Dave Eggers (ed.)

Anathem - Neal Stephenson

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

A Shadow On The Wall - Jonathan Aycliffe

Silent Children - Ramsey Campbell

Looking For Jake - China Mieville

Self-Made Man - Poppy Z. Brite

Un Lun Dun - China Mieville

The Haunted Looking-Glass - Ghost Stories chosen by Edward Gorey

Pact Of The Fathers - Ramsey Campbell

The Annotated Alice - Lewis Carroll (edited by Martin Gardner)

The Overnight - Ramsey Campbell

McSweeney's 32 - Dave Eggers (ed.)

The Last Voice They Hear - Ramsey Campbell

The Talisman - Jonathan Aycliffe

The Grin Of The Dark - Ramsey Campbell

The Devil In Amber - Mark Gatiss

Secret Stories - Ramsey Campbell

The Absolute Sandman Volume 1 - Neil Gaiman

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39. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K Dick *** 20/12/09

38. Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger **** 11/12/09

37. Martian Time-slip, Philip K Dick *** 2/12/09

36. A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore *** 28/11/09

35. The Simulacra, Philip K Dick ** 22/11/09

34. Bleak House, Charles Dickens ***** 19/11/09

33. The Yacoubian Building, Alaa al Aswany *** 13/11/09

32. Generation A, Douglas Coupland **** 3/11/09

31. The Penultimate Truth, Philip K Dick *** 27/10/09

30. Turbulence, Giles Foden *** 19/09/09

29. Liver, Will Self *** 11/09/09

28. Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh **** 10/08/09

27. The Missing, Tim Gautreaux *** 6/09/09

26. Vulcan's Hammer, Philip K Dick **** 30/08/09

25. Dr Futurity, Philip K Dick **** 27/08/09

24. Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens *** 25/08/09

23. The Quickening Maze, Adam Foulds **** 20/08/09

22. The Devil's Paintbrush, Jake Arnott *** 10/08/09

21. The man Who Japed, Philip K Dick *** 29/07/09

20. Devil May Care, Sebastian Faulks *** 19/07/09

19. Long Lost, Harlen Coben *** 15/07/09

18. Voodoo Histories, David Aaronovitch *** 27/06/09

17. Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens **** 04/06/09

16. Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ** 18/05/09

15. Notes from an Exhibition, Patrick Gale **** 15/04/09

14. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K Dick *** 5/04/09

13. Time out of Joint, Philip K Dick **** 30/03/09

12. A Mysterious Affair of Style, Gilbert Adair *** 28/03/09

11. Barnaby Rudge, Charles Dickens *** 24/03/09

10. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff *** 12/03/09

9. World of Wonders, Robertson Davies **** 22/02/09

8. Cosmic Puppets, Philip K Dick *** 16/02/09

7. Black Butterfly, Mark Gatiss *** 15/02/09

6. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens *****13/02/09

5. The Bodies Left Behind, Jeffrey Deaver **** 30/01/09

4. A Mixture of Frailties, Robertson Davies ***** 24/01/09

3. The World Jones Made, Philip K Dick **** 16/01/09

2. Star of the Sea, Joseph O'Connor ***** 13/01/09

1. Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens **** 03/01/09

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1. The Sunrise Lands, S.M. Stirling****1/2

2. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett****

3. Beloved, Toni Morrison*****

4. The Queen's Head, Edward Marston***1/2

5. Circle of Light series, Niel Hancock**1/2

6. Playgoing in Shakespeare's London, Andrew Gurr***1/2

7. The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois***1/2

8. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons*****

9. The Black Ship, Diana Pharaoh Francis****1/2

10.The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett****

11.Priestess of Avalon, Bradley/Paxson****

12.The Cipher, Diana Pharaoh Francis****

13.The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon****1/2

14.The Onion Girl, Charles De Lint****

15.A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller****

16.The Talking Earth, Jean Craighead George***

17.Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett***1/2

18.The Heretic's Apprentice, Ellis Peters***

19.Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier*****

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28. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift (currently reading)

27. Talking to the dead - Margaret Atwood (currently reading)

26. The thing around your neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (currently reading)

25. Talking to the Dead - Helen Dunmore *****

24. The Tent - Margaret Atwood ****

23. The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver ****

22. Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency - Henry H. Perritt Jr. ****

21. In The Kitchen - Monica Ali ***

20. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini *****

19. Written Out - David Armstrong ***

18. The Road to Kosovo:A Balkan Diary - Greg Campbell *

17. Dr Zhivago - Boris Pasternak (abandoned after 200 pages) **

16. Solutions for Novelists - Sol Stein ***

15. Shadow Behind the Sun - Remzije Sherifi ****

14. The Suitcase: Refugee Voices from Bosnia and Croatia ****

13. The Selected Works of TS Spivet - Reif larsen ***1/2

12. The Road From Damascus - Robin Yassin-Kassab ****

11. A Secret Alchemy - Emma Darwin - ***

10. Kosova Express - James Pettifer - ***

9. Mothers and Sons - Colm Toibin - ***

8. The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswamy*****

7. How Not to Write a Novel - Mittelmark and Newman ****

6. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl *****

5. The Queen and I - Sue Townsend ****

4. How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone - Sasha Stanishich ***and a half

3. The Consolations of Philosophy - Alain de Botton ***

2. The Book of Other People - edited by Zadie Smith ****

1. Music for Chameleons - Truman Capote **** [started 2008]

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41. Diego De Silva. I Want to Watch. currently reading.

40. JM Coetzee. Summertime.

39. John Silvester and Andrew Rule. Underbelly: the Gangland War currently reading.

38. PD Martin. The Murderers Club.

37. Frances Fyfield. Blood From Stone.

36. Sarah Hall. How to Paint a Dead Man more lik rearranged short stories than a novel.

35. Malla Nunn. A Beautiful Place to Die. Africa, that would be.

34. Ed O'Loughlin. Not Untrue and Not Unkind. Not a lot of other things, either.

33. Charlaine Harris. Dead Until Dark. Inspiration behind the much better True Blood TV series.

32. Kathryn Fox. Malicious Intent.

31. Sydney Bauer. Undertow.

30. Samantha Harvey. The Wilderness. Woolfian, memorable, worth a re-read.

29. Sarah Waters. Affinity Brilliant.

28. Michael Robotham. Shatter.

27. Daniel Woodrell. Winter's Bone. brilliant, reviewed on thread.

26. Leah Giarratano. Vodka Doesn't Freeze.

25. Sarah Eyre and Ra Page (ed) The New Uncanny: Tales of Unease.

24. Toni Morrison. A Mercy. Morrison made short. Brilliant.

23. Sarah Waters. The Little Stranger. Jamesian, clever. COuld be a little shorter though.

 

lost track of things a bit around here.

 

22. Patricia Highsmith. The Talented Mr Ripley. re-read, and will again.

21. Geoffrey Robertson. Crimes Against Humanity.

20. Margaret Elphinstone. The Gathering Night. Canongate read.

19. Alan Bennett. The Uncommon Reader. The uninteresting reader.

18. Philip Roth. Zuckerman Unbound.

17. Patricia Highsmith. The Two Faces of January.

16. Barbara Vine. The Birthday Party. Boring.

15. Debra Adelaide. The Household Guide to Dying.

14. Ewan Morrison. Distance. unrealistic and uninvolving

13. Christos Tsiolkas. The Slap.

12. Henry Sutton. Gorleston.

11. Salman Rushdie. The Enchantress of Florence.

10. Gore Vidal. Messiah.

9. Philip Roth. Exit Ghost.

8. Mari Strachan. The Earth Hums in B-Flat.

7. Chuck Palahniuk. Survivor.

6. Antoni Jach. Napoleon's Double

5. John Updike. S: a Novel.

4. Kate Grenville. The Lieutenant.

3. Rebecca Stott. Ghostwalk.

2.

1. Saul Bellow. The Victim

 

in bold, best reads of the year.

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16. I'm Not Scared, Niccolo Ammaniti ****

15. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks ***

14. Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem ****1/2

13. The Cider House Rules, John Irving ****

12. The Periodic Table, Primo Levi *****

11. Dewey,Vicki Myron ***

10. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen *****

09. Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck (re-read) *****

08. Genome, Matt Ridley (re-read) ****

07. Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake **

06. A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon ***

05. The Color Purple, Alice Walker ***

04. The "Time Out" Book of New York Short Stories **

03. Hannibal, Thomas Harris **

02. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake *****

01. Gone to New York, Ian Frazier ****

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