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1 The Loser, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback)

2 Tales of the Peculiar, Ransom Riggs - completed (paperback)

3 Midwinter Break, Bernard MacLaverty - completed (paperback)

4 The Quantum Ten, Sheilla Jones - completed (hardback)

5 This Census Taker, China Mielville - completed (paperback)

6 My Own Story, Emmaline Pankhurst - completed (paperback)

7 Poldark: Jeremy Poldark - completed (paperback)

8 The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe - completed (short story, ebook)

9 The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe - completed (short story, ebook)

10 The Spire, William Golding - completed (paperback)

11 The Accident on the A35, Graeme Macrae Burnet - completed (paperback)

12  Sanctuary, William Faulkner - completed (paperback)

13  The City and the City, China Mieville - completed (paperback)

14  The End, Samuel Beckett - completed, short story (paperback)

15  The Calmative, Samuel Beckett - completed, short story (paperback)

16  My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier - completed (paperback)

17  Bleak House, Charles Dickens - completed (paperback)

18  The Blood, E S Thomson - completed (hardback)

19  Why I Am So Clever, Friedrich Nietzsche - completed (ebook)

20  The Silent Companions, Laura Purcell - completed (paperback)

21  Woodcutters, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback)

22  Manuel, Portrait of a Serial Killer - completed (paperback)

23  The Dead, James Joyce - completed (paperback)

24 Devils, Fyodor Dostoevsky - completed (paperback)

25  Fear, Trump in the Whitehouse, Bob Woodward - completed (hardback)

26  In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin - completed (hardback)

27  A Map of Days, Ransom Riggs - completed (hardback)

28  The Heather Blazing, Colm Tóibin - completed (paperback)

29  Mrs Rosie and the Priest, Giovanni Boccaccio - completed, short story (paperback)

30  The Luckiest Guy Alive, John Cooper Clarke - completed, (hardback) poetry

31  Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking - completed (hardback)

32  A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness - completed (paperback)

33  Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness - completed (paperback)

34  The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness - completed (paperback)

35  A Literary Christmas, Various - completed (hardback)

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And I guess I will be 2.  

 

1.  Imperium by Robert Harris (01/08/18)****

2.  Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (01/13/18)**** (graphic novel)

3.  World's End by T.C. Boyle (01/14/18)****

4.  The Dead by James Joyce (01/14/18)***** OMG OMG OMG, how have I not read this?

   re-read it 01/20/18 and one other time)

5.  Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jessmyn Ward (01/16/18)****

6.  The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (01/18/18)***1/2

7.  Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin (01/21/18)*****

8.  Munich by Robert Harris (01/31/18)***

 

[Possibly some other books, but I somehow have managed to be reading 3 books at the same time, which always messes with my list of books read, and my mother died in February, so I didn't do much reading or list-keeping.]

 

9.  Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (04/02/18)*****

10.  And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson (04/22/18)*****

11.  The Gatekeeper by Charles Todd (4/29/18)***1/2

 

12.  The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (05/19/18)***1/2--liked it enough to pre-order the next book for January 2019

13.  Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (05/25/18)*****

14.  The Mud Pyramid by Andrea Camilleri (05/28/18)***1/2

 

15.  How the Universe Got its Spots by Janna Levin (06/03/18)***1/2

16.  Less by Andrew Sean Greer (06/08/18)*****

[   ].

[  ].  The Bear and the Nightingale by Elizabeth Arden (              )****

19.  Wolf on a String by Benjamin Black (07/21/18)***1/2

20.  Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (07/27/18)***

 

21.  The Grail Bird by Tim Gallagher (08/04/18)**** 

22.  Conspirata by Robert Harris (08/__/18)****

23.  The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam (08/12/18)***** (second reading)

24.  Ticker by Mimi Swartz (08/22/18)**** (non-fiction)

24.  Dictator by Robert Harris (08/31/18)****

 

25.  Presidio by Randy Kennedy. (09/05/18)*****

26.  French Exit by Patrick DeWitt (09/13/18)****

27.  Stillhouse Lake (09/19/18)***

28.  Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (09/24/18)*****  

 

29.  A Dark Shadow Falls by Katherine Pathak (10/02/18)***

30.  Theft by Peter Finch (10/09/18)****

31.   American Wolf (non-fiction)(10/12/18)*****

32.  The Witch Elm by Tana French (10/20/18)**GAH!  Not up to her best at all.

33.  Love is Blind by William Boyd (10/30/18)****

 

34.  The Sympathizer (abandoned 1/3 of the way through!)

35.  A Supremely Bad Idea by Luke Dempsey (11/09/18)*****

35.  News of the World by Paulette Jiles (11/17/18)*****

 

36.  The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey  (12/03/18)***

37.  Valeria's Last Stand (12/24/18) by Marc Fitter****

38.  Dropped Names by Frank Langella (12/26/18)****

 

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No re-reading "special project" this year - time to clear some of my unread book backlog! (Future re-reading marathons could be Graham Joyce, Terry Pratchett, and/or Ramsey Campbell).

 

Benchmarks Revisited: F&SF "Books" Columns 1983-1986 - Algis Budrys [Kindle][Started 2017]

Deep Secret - Diana Wynne Jones

The Merlin Conspiracy - Diana Wynne Jones

The Dark Lord Of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones

Year Of The Griffin - Diana Wynne Jones

The Islanders - Christopher Priest

The Dream Archipelago - Christopher Priest

The Gradual - Christopher Priest

Benchmarks Concluded: F&SF "Books" Columns 1987-1993 - Algis Budrys [Kindle]

Fingers In The Sparkle Jar - Chris Packham

The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge

No Off Switch - Andy Kershaw

The Thing Itself - Adam Roberts

The End Of The Day - Claire North

Jack Glass - Adam Roberts

How Not To Be A Boy - Robert Webb

This Census-Taker - China Miéville

Embassytown - China Miéville

Uncommon People - David Hepworth [Kindle]

Voices - The First Book - Geoffrey Summerfield (ed.)

Three Moments Of An Explosion - China Miéville

Voices - The Second Book - Geoffrey Summerfield (ed.)

Europe In Autumn - Dave Hutchinson

Europe At Midnight - Dave Hutchinson

Europe In Winter - Dave Hutchinson

Voices - The Third Book - Geoffrey Summerfield (ed.)

Climbing Mount Improbable - Richard Dawkins

The Eastern Fells - A. Wainwright

Matt Millz - Harry Hill

All Gates Open: The Story Of Can - Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt

The Far Eastern Fells - A. Wainwright

The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall - Steve Hanley & Olivia Piekarski

The Central Fells - A. Wainwright

Killed - Thomas Enger [Kindle]

Shelter - Dave Hutchinson

A Decent Ride - Irvine Welsh

The Southern Fells - A. Wainwright

The Constant Gardener - John le Carré

The Northern Fells - A. Wainwright

A Hero For High Times - Ian Marchant

The North Western Fells - A. Wainwright

The Western Fells - A. Wainwright

The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood

Dough - Richard Bertinet

The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin

In Search Of The Edge Of Time - John Gribbin

Dreams Before The Start Of Time - Anne Charnock [Kindle]

Haven - Adam Roberts

Parallel Lines - Ian Marchant

The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher [Kindle]

The Obelisk Gate - N. K. Jemisin

Dear Mr. Pop Star - Derek & Dave Philpott

The Stone Sky - N. K. Jemisin

Lanark - Alasdair Gray

Happy - Derren Brown [Kindle]

Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies - Various Authors

Emotionally Weird - Kate Atkinson

The Real-Town Murders - Adam Roberts

The Delirium Brief - Charles Stross

Thin Air - Michelle Paver

By The Light Of My Skull - Ramsey Campbell

The Searching Dead - Ramsey Campbell

Born To The Dark - Ramsey Campbell

The Way Of The Worm - Ramsey Campbell

Christmas Monkeys - Joe R Lansdale

Limericks Of The Alarming And Phantasmal - Ramsey Campbell

Help The Witch - Tom Cox

The Watcher In The Tower - James G Watson

A Ghosts & Scholars Book Of Folk Horror - Rosemary Pardoe (editor)

Cassandra Darke - Posy SImmonds

Furnace - Muriel Gray

Set In Stone: The Geology and Landscapes of Scotland - Alan McKirdy

 

Previous years' booklists:

2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007

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iff's list 2018

 

1. Lean on Pete - willy vlautin ★★★★★ 277 pages reread
2. Measuring the World - Daniel Kehlmann ★★★★ 259 pages
3. Go Went Gone - Jenny Erpenbeck ★★★★★ 286 pages

4. Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg ★★★★ 1/2  146 pages

5. Charlotte - David Foenkinos ★★★★★ 217 pages

6. Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson ★★★ 1/2  264 pages

7. Dance By The Canal - Kerstin Hensel ★★★★ 1/2 122 pages

8. In The Midst of Winter - Isabel Allende ★★★★ 340 pages

9. The Misunderstanding - Irene Nemirovsky ★★★★ 160 pages reread

10. The Evenings - Gerard Reve ★★ 317 pages

11. The White Book - Han Kang  ★★★★ 161 pages

12.  Judas - Amos Oz ★★★★★ 274 pages

13.  Sorry to disrupt the peace - Patty Yumi Cottrell ★★★★★ 265 pages

00. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo - Jill Twiss [Last week tonight with John Oliver] ★★★★★ [Audiobook - will not count in total]

14. The Gurugu Pledge - Juan Tomas Avila Laurel ★★★★ 183 pages

15. The Story of the Lost Child - Elena Ferrante ★★★★ 473 pages

16. The Maid's Version - Daniel Woodrell ★★★★★  164 pages reread

17. The Gender Games - Juno Dawson  ★★★★★ 354 pages

18. Vernon Subutex One - Virginie Despentes ★ 351 pages

19. Record of a Night Too Brief - Hiromi Kawakami ★★★★ 1/2 158 pages

20. The World Goes On - Laszlo Krasznahorkai ★ 1/2 311 pages

21. Reputations - Juan Gabriel Vazquez ★★ 173 pages

22. Don't Skip Out on Me - Willy Vlautin ★★★★★ 293 pages

23. Brother in Ice - Alicia Kopf ★★★★★ 250 pages

24. Love Murder - Saul Black ★★ 350 pages

25. Soviet Milk - Nora Ikstena ★★★★ 190 pages

26. Monsterhuman - Kjersti Skomsvold ★★ 448 pages

27. Shatila Stories - [collaborative novel from 9 authors in Shatila refugee camp from Peirene Press] ★★★★★ 123 pages

28. Shadows on the Tundra - Dalia Grinkeviciute ★★★★★ 204 pages

29. Winter Storms - Elin Hilderbrand ★★★ 243 pages

30.  The Last Summer - Ricarda Huch ★★★★ 1/2 121 pages

31. The Book of Chocolate Saints - Jeet Thayil  ★★★ 479 pages

32. The Visiting Privilege -Joy Williams ★★★ 490 pages

33. Swallow Summer - Larissa Boehning ★★★ 139 pages

34. Belladonna - Dasa Drndic ★★★★★ 396 pages

35. The Principle - Jerome Ferrari ★★★★ 1/2 135 pages

36.  The Mussel Feast - Brigit Vanderbeke ★★★★★ 105 pages

37. The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles - Roy Jacobsen ★★★★ 200 pages reread

38. Diary of a short sighted Adolescent - Mircea Elide ★★ 1/2 191 pages

39. Happiness - Aminatta Forna ★★★★★ 309 pages

40. Mission London - Alex Popov ★★ 248 pages

41. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen ★★★★ 325 pages

42. Fleeting Snow - Pavel Vilikovsky ★★★★ 132 pages

43. Hair Everywhere - Tea Tulic ★★★★ 136 pages

44. The Great War - Aleksandar Gatalica ★★★★ 410 pages

45. Hotel Silence -  Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir ★★★★ 218 pages

46. Pretend I'm Dead - Jen Beagin ★★★★★ 229 pages

47. The Good Life Elsewhere - Vladimir Lorchenkov ★★★★ 197 pages

48. Histories of Nations - Peter Furtado (Editor) ★★ 1/2 257 pages

49. Pure Hollywood - Christine Schutt ★★★★ 132 pages

50. Malarky - Anakana Schofield ★★★ 217 pages

51. The Museum of Avbandoned Secrets - Oksana Zabuzhko ★★★★★ 708 pages

52. And The Wind Sees All - Gudmundur Andri Thorsson ★★★ 1/2 173 pages

53. The Bear and The Paving Stone - Toshiyuki Horie ★★★★ 1/2 123 pages

54. History of Violence - Edouard Louis ★★★★★ 199 pages

 

pages - 13,623 pages

 

some statistics

 

 

 


longest - the museum of abandoned secrets - oksana zabuzhko

shortest - The Mussel Feast - Brigit Vanderbeke

 

 

Category

 

Fiction - 41

Fiction reread - 4

Short Story collections - 5

non-fiction 3

 

gender of author

female 30.5 (one was a collective novel featuring both male and female authors0

male 23.5

 

translations 39

non-translations - 15

 

females in translation 20.5

females not in translation 9

males not in translation 6

males in translation 18.5

 

nationality

7 books - USA

6 books - germany

5 books - France

4 books - UK

3 books - Norway

2 books - Japan, Iceland, Croatia, South Korea

1 book - Chile, Sierra Leone, Italy, Catalunya, Equatorial Guinea, Latvia, Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Colombia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Hungary, India, Ukraine, Canada, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia

collective novel had writers that were Palestinians, Palestinian Lebanese and Palestinaina Syrians and Syrians.

 

new authors - 28 authors i had not read before

new countries - 12 countries i had not read any book from before
 

 

 

 

my top 10 books were:

1. sorry to disrupt the peace by patty yumi cottrell

2. belladonna by dasa drndic

3. brother in ice by alicia kopf

4. happiness by aminatta forna

5. charlotte by david foenkinos

6. judas by amos oz

7. record of a night too brief by hiromi kawakami

8. history of violence  - edouard louis

9. the mussel feast by brigit vanderbeke

10. go went gone by jenny erpenbeck

 

4 - 10 are not in order but the first three are

 

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35. The Maker of Swans by Paraic O'Donnell (K) ****

34. Flight Behaviour - Barbara Kingsolver (P) ****1/2

33. The Last Town (The Wayward Pines Trilogy Book 3) By Blake Crouch (K) ***

32. Wayward (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 2) by Blake Crouch (K) ***

31. Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) by Blake Crouch (K) ***1/2

30. The Player Of Games by Iain M Banks (K) ****

29. River of Gods by Ian Mcdonald (P) ***1/2

28. Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks (reread) (K) ****

27. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (reread) (K) ****!/2

26. Room by Emma Donoghue (K) ****1/2

25. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (reread) (K) *****

24. A Skinful of Shadows by Francis Hardinge (K) ****

23. Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory (K) ***1/2

22. Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee (P) ***1/2

21. Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers (K) ***

20. Riotous Assembly by Tom Sharpe (reread) (K) ****

19. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin (P) *****

18. Complicity by Iain Banks (K) ****

17. Harvest by Jim Crace (P)  *****

16. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (P) *****

15. Crossed by Garth Ennis / Jacen Burrows (Comic Book) ****

14. Batman : The Killing Joke by Alan Moore / Brian Bolland (Comic Book) ****

13. Watchmen by Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons (reread) (Comic Book) *****

12. Locke & Key by Joe Hill / Gabriel Rodriguez (reread) (Comic Book) ****

11. Preacher by Garth Ennis / Steve Dillon / Glenn Fabry (Comic Book) ****

10. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (H) ****1/2

9. Monstress by Majorie Liu / Sana Takeda (Comic Book) ***

8. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (reread) (P)  *****

7. The Boys by Garth Ennis / Darick Robertson (Comic Book) ****

6. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (P)  *****

5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (P) *****

4. The Crow Road by Iain Banks (P) ****

3. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard (K) ****1/2

2. Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard (P) ****

1. The Dry by Jane Harper (K) ***1/2

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1. Coffin Road - Peter May ***1/2

2.A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles ****

3. The Riviera Set - Mary S Lovell ****

4. Lucca - Jens Christian Grondahl ****

5. I Saw A Man - Owen Sheers ***

6. Today Will Be Completely Different- Maria Semple ****1/2

7. Complicity - Iain Banks ****1/2

8. The Reader on the 6.27 - Jean-Paul Didierlaurent *****

9. In Bitter Chill - Sarah Ward ****

10. Upstairs at the Party - Linda Grant ****

11.  The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden *****

12.The Cruellest Month - Louise Penny ***

13. The Murder Stone - Louise Penny *** 3/4

14. Hell Bay - Kate Rhodes *****

15;  Auntie Poldi and the Scicilian Lions - Mario Giordano ***1/2

16 .Summer of the Dragon - Elizabeth Peters ****

17.A Natural History of Dragons - Marie Brennan ****

18. Pond Lane and Paris - Susie Vereker ***

19. Fated - Benjamin Jacka ****

20.  Cursed - Benjamin Jacka ****

21. Reservoir 13 - Jon Mcgregor ****1/2

22. The Grand Duchess of Nowwhere -Laurie Graham ****3/4

23. Autumn - Ali Smith ***1/2

24. The Trouble with Henry and Zoe - Andy Jones ***1/2

25. Perfect Death - Helen Fields *** 1/2

26. Jonathen Unleashed - Meg Rosoff ****

27. La Belle Sauvage - Phillip Pullman *****

28..The Secret River - Kate Granville ***

29. The Aeronaut's Windlass ****1/2

30. The Nothing Girl - Jodi Taylor ***1/2

31. First Frost - Sarah Addison Allen ***

32. Sourdough - Robin Sloan ***

33. Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger ****1/2

34. The Dark Circle - Linda Grant ****

35. The Martian - Andy Weir ***1/2

36. Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym ****

37. Snakehead - Peter May ***1/2

38 Solitaire - Jane Thynne ****

39. The Vacillations of Poppy Carew - Mary Wesley ****1/2

40. The Loving Husband - Christobel Kent **

41.The Secret Place - Tana French***1/2

42.Angels and Men - Catherine Fox  ****1/2

43. Therapy - David Lodge DNF

44. While My Pretty One Knits ***

45. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyan ****1/2

46. Magpie Murders -Antony Horowitz ****1/2

47. The Ballroom - Anna Hope ****1/2

48. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett *****

49. The Art of Baking Blind - Sarah Vaughn ***

50. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng ***1/2

51. Trio - Sue Gee *****

52. Another One Goes Tonight - ¨Peter Lovesey ****

53. Ink and Bone - Rachel Caine ****1/2

54. Summer at Mount Hope - Rosalie Hamm ***1/2

55. Greatest Hts - Laura Barnett ***

56. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriaty *****

57. The Villa on the Riviera - Elizabeth Edmonson ***1/2

58. Tin Man - Sarah Winman *****

59. The Heather Blazing - Colm Toibin *****

60. The Almost Sisters - Joshilyn Jackson ****1/2

61. Paper and Fire - Rachel Caine ****

62. The Wildflowers - Harriet Evans ***

63. The Witches of Cambridge - Meena van Praage ***

64. Libriomancer _ Jim Hines ****1/2

65. Nightbird - Alice Hoffmann ****

66. How to be a Heroine - Samantha Ellis ****1/2

67. The New Mrs Clifton - Elizabeth Buchan ***1/2

68. Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine **

69.Written in Blood - Anne Bishop *****

70. Raven Black - Anne Cleeves ****

71. Crosstalk - Connie Willis ****

72. The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald ***1/2

73. Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriaty DNF

74. White - RosieThomas DNF

75.White Nights - Anne Cleeves ****

76.The Last Hours - Minette Walters ****

77. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden ****1/2

78.  Meet Me At The Museum - Anna Younghusband ****

79. A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen **** (for book club)

80.The Woman in the Fifth - Douglas Kennedy ** (for book club)

81. Red Bones - Ann Cleeves ****

82. Blue Lightning - Ann Cleeves ****

83. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne DNF

84. The Craftman - Sharon Bolton *****

85. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton ****

86. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Windows - Bali Kuar Jaswal ***1/2

87. Lethal White - Robert Galbraith *****

88. The Blackwater Lightship -Colm Toibin *****

89. Thin Air Anne Cleeves ****

90. Still Me - Jojo Moyes ****

91. Dear Mrs Bird - A J Pearce ****

92.  Early Riser - Jasper fforde ****

 

 

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Reservoir13 - Jon McGregor *****

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Gail Honeyman *****

In Bitter Chill:: Sarah Ward***

A Deadly Thaw: Sarah Ward***

The Ashes of London: Andrew Taylor****

An English Murder: Cyril Hare**

I.Q. - Joe Ide***

Prague Nights - Benjamin Blabck***

Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

Smoke and Ashes: Amir Mukherjee****

Love You Dead - Peter James(unfinished)

Prisoners of Geography -Tim Marshall (N.F.)*****

A Place of Execution - Val McDermid

The Heather Blazing - Colm Toibin****

The British in India:Three Centuries of Ambition annd Experience: David Gilmour(N.F.)

The Mermaids Singing: Val McDermid

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1. The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo

2. A Line Made By Walking - Sarah Baume

3. The Power - Naomi Alderman

4. This Must Be The Place - Maggie O'Farrell

5. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

6. Smile - Roddy Doyle

7. The Summer that Never Was - Peter Robinson

8. On the Black Hill - Bruce Chatwin

9. The Convenient Marriage - Georgette Heyer

10. Utz - Bruce Chatwin

11. Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan

12. Bookworm - Lucy Mangan

13. The Guts - Roddy Doyle

14. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

15. Playing For the Ashes - Elizabeth George

16. From a Low and Quiet Sea - Donal Ryan

17. The Dry - Jane Harper

18. Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward

19. The Balkan Trilogy - Olivia Manning

20. The Beautiful Visit - Elizabeth Jane Howard

21. Dead If You Don't - Peter James

22. A Long Way From Home - Peter Carey

23. All Change - Elizabeth Jane Howard

24. I Am, I Am, I Am - Maggie O'Farrell

25. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

26. The Blood Miracles - Lisa McInerney

27. 4321 - Paul Auster

28. A History of Loneliness - John Boyne

29. Playing With Fire - Peter Robinson

30. The Popes - John Julius Norwich

31. White Teeth - Zadie Smith

32. Strange Affair - Peter Robinson

33. The Absolutist - John Boyne

34. The Sparsholt Affair - Alan Hollinghurst

35. Educated - Tara Westover

36. Conclave - Robert Harris

37. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami

38. The Nix - Nathan Hill

39. My Name is Leon - Kit de Waal

40. The Golden Legend - Nadeem Aslam

41. How Not to Be a Boy - Robert Webb

42. Notes on a Nervous Planet - Matt Haig

43. This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay

44. Travelling in a Strange Land - David Park

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42 - The Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin (audio) 

41 - Broken Music by Sting

40 - Mythos by Stephen Fry (audio)

39 - The Tower at the Edge of the World by William Heinesen

38 - The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home (audio)

37 - The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

36 - Tombland by C J Sansom (audio)

35 - This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson

34 - Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (audio)

33 - Bothie The Polar Dog by Ranulph and Virginia Fiennes 

32 - Beggar's Banquet by Ian Rankin S/S 

31 - Reporting Civil Rights - 1962 to 1963

30 - A Small Town In Germany by John Le Carre (audio)

29 - The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May (audio)

28 - The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

27 - The Scarlet Sword by H. E. Bates

26 - Silence by Shusaku Endo (audio)

25 - Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (audio)

24 - The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell (audio)

23 - Long Walk Home by Judith Tebbutt

22 - The Dark Tower Vol 3 - The Wastelands - Stephen King re-read

21 - An Eye For An Eye by T F Muir (audio)

20 - Beyond The Sky and Earth - A journey Into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa

19 - The Looking Glass War by John Le Carre (audio)

18 - The Outsider by Stephen King

17 - The Shooting Party by Anton Chekov

16 - The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (audio)

15 - In Siberia by Colin Thubron

14 - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (audio) unfinished

13 - The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami S/S (audio)

12 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (audio)

11 - Collected Short Stories Vol 1 by W. Somerset Maughan

10 - His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (audio)

9 - A Fortunate Life by A B Facey

8 - The Colour Purple by Alice Walker (audio) re-read

7 - H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian

6 - The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre re-read (audio)

5 - The Firemaker by Peter May (audio)

4 - The Snakebite Survivors' Club by Jeremy Seal

3 - Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (audio)

2 - Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami S/S (audio)

1 - The Danakil Diary by Wilfred Thesiger - unfinished

 

 

Film List 

1 - Back to Burgundy (French) - cinema

2 - Manchester by the Sea - DVD

3 - Darkest Hour - cinema

4 - Mollie's Game - cinema

5 - All The Money In The World - cinema

6 - Life In 12 Bars - cinema

7 - Human Flow - cinema

8 - Coco - cinema

9 - The Post

10 - La Isla - Film Festival

11 - Directions - F/F

12 - The Work - F/F

13 - Mountains May Depart - F/F

14 - Tawai - F/F

15 - Gook - F/F

16 - Third Murder - F/F

17 - Shape of Water - cinema

18 - Red Sparrow - cinema

19 - Ready Player One - cinema

20 - Peter Rabbit - cinema

21 - Isle of Dogs - cinema

22 - The Fellowship of the Ring - DVD

23 - A Quiet Place - cinema

24 - Guernsey Literary - cinema

25 - Lost in Paris - cinema

26 - Avengers - Infinity War - cinema

27 - Deadpool 1 - Netflix

28 - Bombshell - The Story of Hedy Lamar - cinema

29 - Deadpool 2 - cinema

30 - Children Act - cinema

31 - Hurricane - cinema

32 - A Star Is Born - cinema

33 - Bohemian Rhapsody - cinema

34 - C'est La Vie - cinema 

35 - Three Billboards  - streaming

36 - Four Weddings and a Funeral - streaming

37 - Passengers - Streaming

38 - My generation - Streaming

39 - Their Finest - Streaming

 

TV List

1 - Big Bang Theory - Season Six

2 - The Crown - Season Two

3 - Stranger Things - Season Two

4 - Big Bang Theory - Season Seven

5 - Hard Sun

6 - Big Bang Theory - Season Eight

7 - Voyager - Season Three

8 - Mum - Season One

9 - Big Bang Theory - Season Nine

10 - Strike - Career of Evil - Season Three

11 - Big Bang Theory - Season Ten

12 - Collateral - Season One

13 - Mum - Season Two

14 - Voyager - Season Four

15 - Voyager - Season Five

16 - Voyager - Season Six

17 - Still Game - Season Eight

18 - Britain's Biggest Warship

19 - Voyager - Season Seven

20 - Secret Agent Selection WW2 

21 - Coupling - Season Two 

22 - Coupling - Season Three

23 - E.R. - Season Ten

24 - Star trek Next Generation - Season One

25 - A Very English Scandal

26 - E. R. - Season Eleven

27 - Cold Feet - Season Seven

28 - E.R. - Season Twelve

29 - New Tricks - Season Ten

30 - Danger UXB

31 - Star Trek Next Generation - Season Two

32 - E. R. - Season Thirteen

33 - Star Trek Next Generation - Season Three

34 - Bodyguard - Season One

35 - Killing Eve - Season One

36 - Star Trek Next Generation - Season Four

37 - The Plague - Season One

38 - Enemy At The Door - Season One & Two

39 - E.R. - Season Fourteen

40 - Star Trek Next Generation - Season Five

41 - Big Bang Theory - Season - Eleven

42 - E. R. - Season Fifteen

43 - Dickensian  

44 - Mrs Wilson

45 - Norman Wisdom

46 - Endeavour - Season One 

  

 

Gig List

1 - Christian Moss & Pete Moran - Penrith - 20/01/18

2 - Clive Carroll - Penrith - 04/02/18

3 - The Misdemeanors - Penrith - 17/02/18

4 - Vonda Shephard - Pocklington - 18/02/18

5 - Jake Bugg - Carlisle - 21/02/18  

6 - Hicks and Goulbourn - Penrith - 01/04/18

7 - Money For Nothing (Dire Straits tribute act) - Carlisle - 22/04/18

8 - Dean Friedman - Kendal - 03/05/18

9 - Duncan Chisholm with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill supporting - Perth - 05/05/18 

10 - Roger Waters - Glasgow - 30/06/18

11- Paul Simon - Manchester - 10/07/18

12 - Paul Simon - Glasgow - 11/07/18

13 - The Bevvy Sisters - 28/07/18 - Southern Fried Festival, Perth

14 - Blue Rose Code - 28/07/18 - Southern Fried

15 - Graham Nash - 28/07/18 - Southern Fried

16 - Beneath The Beacon Song Project - 31/08/18 - Penrith

17 - Hawkwind - Newcastle - 20/10/18

18 - David Byrne - Glasgow - 22/10/18

19 - Ross Noble - Carlisle - 02/11/18

20 - Australian Pink Floyd - Carlisle - 04/12/18

 

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1- The Castle- Franz Kafka ***.5

2- The New York Trilogy-Paul Auster *****

3- Wittgenstein's Nephew- Thomas Bernhard ****

4-The Quantum Ten-Sheilla Jones ***.5

5-Freelance Pallbearers-Ishmael Reed ****

6-Complicity-Iain Banks *****

7-Lean on Pete-Willy Vlautin ****

8- To Have and have not-Ernest Hemingway ***

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41. Swing Time Zadie Smith ****(*)

40. The Plot Against America (RR) Philip Roth ******

39. Prosperity Drive Mary Morrissy *****

38. Tin Man Sarah Winman ***

36. Autumn Ali Smith ****

35. The Sparsholt Affair Alan Hollinghurst ****

34. The Golden Legend Nadeem Aslam ****(*)

33. In The Unlikely Event Judy Blume **(*)

32. East West Street Philippe Sands *****

31. Sisters Lily Tuck **(*)

30. You Think It, I'll Say It Curtis Sittenfield *****

29. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden Denis Johnson ****(*)

28. Less Andrew Sean Greer *****

27. Fictions and Lies Irina Ratushinskaya ***(*)

26. Dunbar Edward St Aubyn ****(*)

25. Lullaby Leila Slimani ****

24. We That Are Young Preti Taneja ***(*)

23. Brother David Charinady *****

22. Submission Michel Houellebecq **

21. A Kiss Before Dying Ira Levin (RR) ***** 

20. In A Free State V.S.Naipaul *****

18. A World Of Adventure And Delight Akhil Sharma ***

18. How To Be Both Ali Smith (RR) ****(*)

17. Asymmetry Lisa Halliday *****

16. Fugitive Pieces Ann Michaels *****

15. Conversatons With Friends Sally Rooney ****

14. A Long Way From Home Peter Carey ****(*)

13. Offshore Penelope Fitzgerald (RR) *****

12. The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge ****

11. Lincoln In The Bardo George Saunders *****

10. The Bodhran Makers John Keane ***

9.  See What I Have Done Sarah Schmidt ***(*)

8.  Lost Hearts In Italy Andrea Lee **

7.  All Grown Up Jami Attenberg ****

6.  The Courage Consort and The Hundred and Ninety-nine Steps Michel Faber ***(*)

5.  Freya Anthony Quinn ***(*)

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

3.  American Pastoral Philip Roth (RR) *****

2.  Reservoir 13 Jon McGregor *****

1.  At The Existentialist Cafe Sarah Bakewell *****

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@ = Links to BGO threads
A = Unabridged Audiobook

R = Re-read

SS = Short Stories

 

 

03. Evangelista's Fan - Rose Tremain**** SS  @

02. The Man In The Queue - Josephine Tey**@

01. The Unfinished Clue - Georgette Heyer*@

 

 

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

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TV Shows:

Riverdale- Season 2

Stranger Things- Season 1 (I am planning to start it)

Pretty Little Liars- Season 7 (they put like 5 episodes a year which is odd)

 

Books:

Me after you by Jojo Moyes (I have to finish it)

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid

 

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35 John Banville, Mrs Osmond

34 Lynne Murphy, The Prodigal Tongue: The Love–Hate Relationship Between British and American English

33 Jonathan Coe, Middle England

32 Laurent Obertone, La France orange mécanique (in French)

31 Eric Zemmour, Destin français (in French)

RR Barbara Pym, No Fond Return of Love

Ø Anna Burns, Milkman [ABANDONED]

30 Maylis de Kerangal, Un monde à portée de main (in French)

29 Dominique Fernandez, Une fleur de jasmin à l'oreille (in French)

RR Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger

28 Craig Thompson, Blankets (US graphic novel, read in German translation)

Ø Will Self, Phone (eventually ABANDONED... after 400 pages' hard slog...)

27 A.L.Kennedy, Serious Sweet

26 Sebastian Fitzek, Passagier 23 (in German)

25 Benedict Wells, Fast genial (in German)

24 Sebastian Fitzek, Das Paket (in German)

23 Max Frisch, Homo Faber (in German)

RR Thomas Mann, Mario und der Zauberer (in German)

RR Thomas Mann, Tonio Kröger (in German)

RR Agatha Christie, Sleeping Murder

Ø Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint [ABANDONED]

RR Michel Butor, La modification (in French)

22 Jean-Marie Le Pen, Fils de la nation (in French)

21 Leïla Slimani, Chanson douce (in French)

RR Racine, Andromaque (in French)

20 Renaud Camus, Le mot « musique » (in French)

19 Renaud Camus, Le mot « race » (in French)

RR Renaud Camus, La grande déculturation (in French)

RR Jonathan Coe, The House of Sleep

18 Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

17 Benedict Wells, Spinner (in German)

16 Robert Macfarlane, Landmarks

RR E.T.A Hoffman, Der Goldene Topf (in German)

RR Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Der Richter und sein Henker (in German)

15 Sylvain Prudhomme, Légende (in French)

14 Philippe Besson, Un personnage de roman (in French)

13 André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name

12 Ernst J.Gombrich, Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser (in German)

11 Susan Sontag, Sur la photographie (French translation of On Photography)

10 Pierre Lemaitre, Couleurs de l'incendie (in French)

RR Pierre Lemaitre, Au revoir là-haut (in French)

09 Catherine Cusset, Un brillant avenir (in French)

08 Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury/Inside the Trump White House

07 Nancy Huston, Danse noire (in French)

06 Julian Barnes, The Only Story

05 Karim Kattan, Préliminaires pour un verger futur (in French)

04 Lydie Salvayre, Tout homme est une nuit (in French)

03 Abdellah Taïa, Celui qui est digne d'être aimé (in French)

02 George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

01 Abdellah Taïa, Un pays pour mourir (in French)

RR Alan Hollinghurst, The Folding Star

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23. The Trauma Cleaner, Sarah Krasnostein ***

22. The Lingering, Sji Holliday ***

21. Chalk, Paul Cornell ***

20. The Devil's Claw, Lara Dearman **

19. I Am Not A Serial Killer, Dan Wells ***

18. The Grip of It, Jac Jemc CURRENT

17. Perfect Silence, Helen Fields ****

16. Lullaby, Leila Slimani ***

15. The Tall Man, Phoebe Locke **

14. You, Caroline Kepnes ****

13. I'll Be Gone In The Dark, Michelle McNamara ****

12. Tampa, Alissa Nutting *****

11. Exquisite Corpse, Poppy Z Brite ***

10. Perfect Death, Helen Fields *****

09. Perfect Prey, Helen Fields *****

08. Perfect Remains, Helen Fields *****

07. In A Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware ***

06. Kill Creek, Scott Thomas ***

05. Final Girls, Riley Sager ***

04. Stillhouse Lake, Rachel Caine *****

03. Good Me, Bad Me, Ali Land ****

02. The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith ****

01. Darktown, Thomas Mullen ****

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Before the Frost - Henning Mankell

Autumn - Ali Smith

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

War Story - Derek Robinson

About Face - Donna Leon

Hornet's Sting - Derek Robinson

Goshawk Squadron - Derek Robinson

A Question of Belief - Donna Leon

Drawing Conclusions - Donna Leon

Consider Phlebas - Iain M Banks

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Player of Games - Iain M Banks

Beastly Things - Donna Leon

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams

Use of Weapons - Iain M Banks

Excession - Iain M Banks

Inversions - Iain M Banks

The Golden Egg - Donna Leon

By Its Cover - Donna Leon

Look to Windward - Iain M Banks

Matter - Iain M Banks

Falling in Love - Donna Leon

Beautiful Exiles - Meg Waite Clayton

The Trouble I've Seen - Martha Gellhorn

Surface Detail - Iain M Banks

Samskara - UR Ananthamurthy

The Doll's House - Neil Gaiman

Preludes and Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman

Dream Country - Neil Gaiman

Season of Mists - Neil Gaiman

A Game Of You - Neil Gaiman

Fables and Reflections - Neil Gaiman

Brief Lives - Neil Gaiman

Worlds' End - Neil Gaiman

The Kindly Ones - Neil Gaiman

The Wake - Neil Gaiman

Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan

Amsterdam - Ian McEwan

The Last Children of Tokyo - Yoko Towada

Killing Floor - Lee Child

On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan

King Crow - Michael Stewart

Die Trying - Lee Child

Tripwire - Lee Child

The Visitor - Lee Child

WTF? - Robert Peston

Princes Gate - Mark Ellis

Flames Over Norway - Robert Jackson

Divided Souls - Toby Clements

Stalin's Gold - Mark Ellis

Gentleman Captain - JD Davies

The Fifth Knight - EM Powell

4 3 2 1 - Paul Auster

Flames Over France - Robert Jackson

 

 

 

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1.  Roller Coaster by Karin Kallmaker - **

2.  Orlando by Virginia Woolf - *****

3.  Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West - ****

4.  Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - ****

5.  To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf - ****

6.  After the Funeral by Agatha Christie - ****

7.  Endless Night by Agatha Christie - ****

8.  The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie - ***

9.  The Introvert by Michael P. Michaud - ****

10.  The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett - ****

11.  Bats by Phil Richardson - ****

12.  The Waves by Virginia Woolf - ***

13.  Testimony of Light by Helen Greaves - *****

14.  Tamagotchi Diary by Joe Hutsko - ***

15.  Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household - ****

16.  Unfinished Business by James Van Praagh - ****

17.  Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett - *****

18.  The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault - ***

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Titles highlighted in red are my favourite book of each month:
 
January

Death on a Longship - Marsali Taylor 7.5/10
Nemesis - Jo Nesbo 8/10
Thin Air - Michelle Paver 8/10
Then she was gone - Lisa Jewell 7.5/10

February

Murder of a Lady - Anthony Wynne 7/10
The Butcher Bird - S D Sykes 8/10
Nightblind - Ragnar Jonasson 8/10
The Body in the Ice - A J MacKenzie 7.5/10
Date with Death - Julia Chapman 8/10

March

Her Frozen heart - Lulu Taylor 7.5/10
Under a Pole star - Stef Penney 7/10

April

The Shadowy Horses - Susanna Kearsley 8.5/10
Eleanor Oliphant - Gail Honeyman 7.5.10
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig 8/10
The Miller's Dance - Winston Graham 9/10

May

The Riviera Express - T P Fielden 7/10
A Voice in the Night - Andrea Camilleri 8/10
The Secret of High Eldersham - Miles Burton 7/10
The Venetian Game - Philip Gwynne Jones 7/10
The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch 7/10
Sycamore Gap - L J Ross 8/10

June

The Music Shop - Rachel Joyce 6/10
The Mermaid's Scream - Kate Ellis 7/10
The Thief's Daughter - Victoria Cornwall 8/10
Falling Creatures - Katherine Stansfield 7/10

July

Force of Nature - Jane Harper 8.5/10
A Suitable Vengeance - Elizabeth George 7/10
The Dark Angel - 7.5/10

August

The Lost - Mari Hannah 8/10
The Wildflowers - Harriet Evans 7/10
The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths - 7.5/10

September

Earthly Remains - Donna Leon 7.5/10
The Loving Cup - Winston Graham 8/10
Heavenfield - L J Ross 8/10
Lost for Words - Stephanie Butland 8/10

October

Emotional Geology - Linda Gillard 7/10
The Witch-Finder's sister - Beth Underdown 7.5/10
The Travelling Bay - Susan Hill 7.5/10
The Silent Companions - Laura Purcell 7.5/10
Agatha Raisin and the Witches Tree - M C Beaton 6.5/10
 
November

Strange Sight - Syd Moore 7/10
Fireside Gothic - Andrew Taylor 7.5/10
A Trail through Time - Jodi Taylor (accidental re-read!) 7/10
Angel - L J Ross 7.5/10
Sleep no More - P D James 7/10

December

The Toymakers - Robert Dinsdale 8.5/10
House of Christmas Secrets - Lynda Stacey 6.5/10
The Christmas Card Crime & other stories - various authors 8/10
The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan - 7.5/10
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Blimey I did well this year with the list of books I've read.  I have read more this year than any other year previously not sure why but I have just been really 'into' reading and devouring one book after another, I think the Prime Reading option I have now has helped as reading for free is always a good thing, but on the flip side you can find some real crap out there, but if its free it doesn't really matter.

 

I am not including the re-reads I have read just the first time reads.

 

Rating:

5 stars - Brilliant, highly recommended, read it, read it now!

4 stars - Very good, recommended

3 stars - good, read it if you want 

2 stars -  Ok, but really not sure about this one don't blame me if you think its rubbish

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

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

 

Anyway I'll shut up now, here in no particular order are what I have read this year:

 

Fiction:

 

The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost - overall rating: ****

Halfway to the Grave, *****
One Foot in the Grave,****
At Graves End,****
Destined for an Early Grave,****
This side of the Grave,****
One Grave at a Time,****
Up from the Grave,****

Home for the Holidays (Novella)****

 

Night Prince Series by Jeaniene Frost overall rating: ****
Once Burned,****
Twice Tempted,****
Bound by Flames,****
Into the Fire,***

 

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost (Novella), ****

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost (Novella), **

Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost, ****

 

Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones overall rating: ****

First Grave on the Right, *****

Second Grave on the Left,*****

Third Grave Dead Ahead,****

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, ****

Fifth Grave Past The Light, ****

Sixth Grave on the Edge, ****

Seventh Grave and No Body, ****

Eighth Grave after Dark, ****

The Dirt on Ninth Grave, ****

The Curse of Tenth Grave, ****

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, ****

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave ****

 

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness - Overall rating *****

Discovery of Witches *****

Shadow of Night *****

The Book of Life*****

 

Four Psychos by Kristy Cunning, **

Three Trials by Kristy Cunning ,**

Two Kingdoms by Kristy Cunning, **

One Apocalypse by Kristy Cunning, *

Bloodlust by Aureyn Hadley ***

Instinctual by Aureyn Hadley **

Defiance by Aureyn Hadley **

Kiss of Death by Aureyn Hadley ****

For Love of Evil by Aureyn Hadley ***

Hardwired by Meredith Wild *

Hard Pressed by Meredith Wild 

Relentless by Karen Lynch ***

Refuge by Karen Lynch***

Rogue by Karen Lynch***

Please Me by J Kenner*

Lost with Me by J Kenner

You Don't Know Me by Mandy Lee**

True Colours by Mandy Lee**

Shut your Eyes by Mandy Lee**

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle***

Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle****

The Storm by Samantha Towle (Novella)***

Abandoned Heart by Skye MacInnon*

American Gods by Neil Gaiman****

Scarred by Kylie Walker****

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes****

Degrees of Darkness by Tony J Forder****

Sister Psychopath by Maggie James****

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price****

After You Left by Carol Mason

When You Disappeared by John Marrs***

The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland**

I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll****

The Retreat by Mark Edwards***

The Contract by Melanie Moreland

Deliver Me by Karen Cole**

 

Non-Fiction:

Death Punch'd Surviving Five Finger Death Punch by Jeremy Spencer****

 

 

***OVERALL FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2018***

The Book of Life (third book in the All Souls Trilogy)

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      71. Missing Presumed - Susie Steiner ***1/2
      72. The Split - Sharon Bolton *****
      73. A Day Like Any Other - Isla Dewar ****
      74. My Grandmother asked me to say she's sorry... - Frederik Bachmann ****1/2 (rr for book club)
      75. the Switch - Beth o leary ***
      76. The Book of Hidden Things - Francesco Dimitri *****
      77. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett *****
      78. Queen Bees - Sian Evans ***
      79. Friendly Fire - Patrick Gale *****
      80. The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler ****1/2
      81. Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan ****
      82. One, Two, Three, Four The Beatles in Time - Craig Brown *****
      83. Fifty Fifty Steve Cavanagh *****
      84. The Weekend - Charlotte Wood ***
      85. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (RR for book group) ****1/2
      86. The Long Call - Anne Cleeves ***1/2
      87. The True Queen- Zen Cho ****
      88. Before We Visit the Goddess - Chitra Banerjee Divrakani ****
      89. The Insider - MariHannah ***
      90. The Liar - Steve Cavanagh ****1/2
      91. Endurance - Alfred Lansing *****
      92. Bitter Wash Road - Gary Disher ***
      93. Old Baggage - Lissa Evans ****
      94. The Ten Thousand Doors of January - Alix E Harrow ****1/2
      95.  Death Comes to the Archbishop - Willa Cather ****1/2
      96. The Laughter of Dead Kings - Elizabeth Peters ***1/2
      97. To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis ****1/4
      98. The Year of the Griffin - Diana Wynne Jones ****1/2
      99. The Guest List - Lucy Foley **
      100. The Secret Commonwealth - Phillip Pullman ****
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Audio Books
      Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel *****
      Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller ***
      Miss Austen - Gill Hornby *****
      My Sweet Revenge - Jane Fallon ***
      The Ides of April - Lindsay Davies ****
      The Boy Who Fell - Jo Spain ****
      It is Rocket Science - Helen Keen *****
      Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel *****
      Pole to Pole - Michael palin ****1/2
      Saturnalia - Lindsay Davies *****
      Foundation - Isaac Asimov ***
      Leave it to Psmith - PG Wodehouse *****
      The Corset - Laura Purcell ****
      The Lost Future of Pepperharrow - Natasha Pulley *****
      Shadows in Bronze - Lindsay Davies ****
      Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope *****
      The Ninth House - Leigh Bardago ****
       
       
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    • By lunababymoonchild
      1  Deborah Harkness, Time's Convert - completed (hardback)
      2  Agatha Christie, The ABC Murders - completed (paperback)
      3  Anna Burns, Milkman - completed (paperback)
      4  James Clear, Atomic Habits - completed (paperback)
      5  H E Bates, The Jacaranda Tree - completed (paperback)
      6  Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf - completed (paperback)
      7  Hans Christian Andersen, The Ice Virgin, novella - completed (paperback)
      8  Stuart Turton,The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - completed (paperback)
      9  Stacy Halls, The Familiars - completed (hardback)
      10 Emma Goldman, My Life - completed (paperback)
      11 China Miéville, Railsea - completed (paperback)
      12 Hans Christian Andersen, The Dunes and other stories - completed (paperback)
      13 E S Thomson, Surgeon's Hall - completed (hardback)
      14 The Binding, Bridget Collins - completed (hardback)
      15 The Smart, Sarah Bakewell - completed (paperback)
      16 The Corset, Laura Purcell - completed (hardback)
      17 What Not, Rose Macauley - completed (paperback)
      18 Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner - completed (paperback)
      19 Poldark 4, Warleggan, Winston Graham - completed (paperback)
      20 The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback)
      21 Old Masters, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback)
      22 Darkness Take My Hand, Dennis Lehane - completed (paperback)
      23  The Pearl, John Steinbeck - completed (paperback) novella
      24 Clock Without Hands, Carson McCullers - completed (paperback)
      25 The Time to Kill (Carter Blake 3), Mason Cross - completed (paperback)
      26 All That Remains, Sue Black - completed (paperback)
      27 Catch-22, Joseph Heller - completed (paperback)
      28 Gentleman Jack, the real Anne Lister, Anne Choma - completed (paperback)
      29 The Giver, Lois Lowry - completed (hardback)
      30 Honeycomb, Dorothy Richardson - completed (paperback)
      31 Furious Hours, Casey Cep - completed (paperback)
      32 The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden - completed (paperback)
      33 Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky - completed (paperback)
      34 The Jungle Book I &II, Rudyard Kipling - completed (paperback)
      35 The Warlow Experiment, Alix Nathan - completed (hardback)
      36 Poverty Safari, Darren McGarvey - completed (paperback)
      37 The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood - completed (paperback)
      38 A Short Treatise On the Joys of Morphinism, Hans Fallada - completed (ebook, very short story)
      39 The Borgias, Paul Strathern - completed (paperback)
      40 Maigret and the Man on the Bench, Georges Simenon - completed (paperback)
      41 The Testaments, Margaret Atwood - completed (hardback)
      42 The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli - completed (paperback)
      43 The Institute, Stephen King - completed (hardback)
      44 Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad - completed (paperback)
      45 Ten Days in a Madhouse, Nellie Bly - completed (e-book)
      46 Rappaccini's Daughter! Nigel Hawthorne - completed (short story, paper)
      47 Bone China, Laura Purcell - completed (hardback)
      48 Molloy, Samuel Beckett - completed (paperback)
      49 The Inheritors, William Golding - completed (paperback)
      50 Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Döblin - completed (paperback)
      51 Howard's End, E M Forster - completed (paperback)
      52 Westwind, Ian Rankin - completed (paperback)
      53 Ness, Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood - completed (hardback)
      54 The Chimes, Cricket on the Hearth, Charles Dickens Christmas books - completed (hardback)
      55 Like Death, Guy de Maupassant - completed (paperback)
    • By Binker
      Is it possible that I am first? Here's what I think I've read since the beginning of the year, in no particular order:
       
      1. A Question of Identity Susan Hill ***
      2. The Shadow Woman by Ake Edwardson
      3. Sun and Shadow by Ake Edwardson
      4. Outrage Arnaldur Indridason[/u] ***
      5. A Death in Small Hours Charles Finch ***
      6. The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey ***1/2
      Y7. The Epigenetics Revolution Nessa Carey *****t
      8. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card ****yyt
      9. A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black ****
      10. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt****
      11. Standing in Another Man's Grave Ian Rankin****u
      12. Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd***
      13. Pure by Andrew Miller****1/2, maybe*****(03/01/13)
      14. The Small Hand by Susan Hill ****
      15. Never End by Ake Edwardson***1/2, maybe **** (03/12/13)
      16. Frozen Tracks by Ake Edwardson***1/2(03/16/13)
      17. Sail of Stone by Ake Edwardson**** (03/24/13)
      18. Room No. 10by Ake Edwardson****(04/01/13)
      19. Blackout by Connie Willis****
      20. All Clear by Connie Willis****(04/27/13)
      21. Last Friends by Jane Gardam****1/2(04/30/13)
      22. Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Elanor Dymott****1/2 (05/06/13)
      23. Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterson***1/2 (05/10/13)
      24. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan***** (05/21/13)
      25. Derby Day by D.J. Taylor***1/2 (05/27/13)
      26. The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky****(06/03/13)
      27. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides****1/2 (06/07/13)
      28. Armadillo by William Boyd ***1/2 but may get to 4 stars (06/15/13)
      29. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker****1/2 (06/22/13)
      30. Meet me in Malmo by Torquil MacLeod***1/2 (06/24/13)
      31. Murder in Malmo by Torquil MacLeod***1/2 (06/29/13)
      32. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman*****(06/30/13)
      33. The Golden Egg by Donna Leon****(07/04/13)
      34. Inferno by Dan Brown**1/2 (07/07/13)
      35. The Untouchable by John Banville *****(07/28/13)
      36. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ***1/2(08/02/13)
      37. Portobello by Ruth Rendell****1/2 (08/04/13)
      38. The Bat by Jo Nesbo***1/2 (08/08/13)
      39. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen****(08/13/13)
      40. The Telling Room, a Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti****(08/26/13)
      41. Eva's Eye by Karin Fossum***1/2(09/01/13)--may get to 4 stars
      __. The Care of Wooden Floors [abandoned--too much like a painfully long episode of Fawlty Towers]
      42. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin
      43. The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill (09/17/13) ***1/2 (may get to 4 stars)
      44. Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill (09/22/13)***1/2
      45. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (10/10/13)****1/2
      46. Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson (10/19/13)***1/2 (may get to 4 stars)
      47. The Monster of Florence (10/24/13) by Magdalen Nabb***1/2
      48. Angle of Repose (11/09/13) by Wallace Stegner*****
      49. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith (11/10/13)***1/2
      50. Identical by Scott Turow (11/16/13)***1/2
      51. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle ****
      52. Young Philby by Robert Littrell (11/28/13)****
      53. Disco for the Departed by Colin Cotterill (11/30/13)***1/2
      54. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (12/02/13)****
      55. Divergent (12/05/13)****
      56. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (12/08/13)****
      57. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (12/16/13)****
      58. Bereft by Chris Womersley (sp?) (12/21/13)****
      59. Solo by William Boyd (12/24/13)****
      60. Dead Simple by Peter James (12/27/13)***1/2
      61. Looking Good Dead by Peter James (12/29/13)*** 1/2
    • By MisterHobgoblin
      88 Cairo - Louis Armand **
      87 Understanding Public Leadership - Paul 't Hart ***
      86 Demons - Wayne MacAuley ***
      85 Rethinking Public Service Delivery - John Alford *****
      84 Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult ****
      83 The Blunders of our Governments - Anthony King and Ivor Crewe ***
      82 Wanting – Richard Flanagan ****
      81 Foe – JM Coetzee ***
      80 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck *****
      79 Delete This At Your Peril – The Bob Servant Emails****
      78 Stasiland – Anna Funder ****
      77 The Lot: In Words – Michael Leunig *
      76 Amnesia – Peter Carey ***
      75 Dominion – CJ Samson *
      74 The Sound and The Fury – William Faulkner ***
      73 How I Became The Mr Big Of People Smuggling – Martin Chambers ****
      72 Purge – Sofi Oksanen **
      71 Care of Wooden Floors – Will Wiles ****
      70 Hotel Iris – Yoko Ogawa *****
      69 Confessions – Kanae Minato *****
      68 Strange Weather in Tokyo – Hiromi Kawakami**
      67 How’s The Pain – Pascal Garnier ***
      66 When The Night Comes – Favel Parrett ***
      65 The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell *****
      64 Not In Front Of The Corgis – Brian Hoey ***
      63 How To Be Both – Ali Smith ***
      62 Orfeo – Richard Powers *
      61 The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee ***
      60 To Rise Again At A Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris ****
      59 The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt ****
      58 The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****
      57 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler ***
      56 History Of The Rain – Niall Williams **
      55 The Dog – Joseph O’Neill ****
      54 The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth ****
      53 The Ruby Slippers – Keir Alexander *****
      52 All That Is Solid Melts Into Air – Darragh McKeon *****
      51 Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth **
      50 Fourth Of July Creek – Smith Henderson ***
      49 All The Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld *****
      48 Layla – Nina De La Mer ****
      47e A&U Shorts: Nanoparticles – Charlotte Wood ****
      47d A&U Shorts: Blackberries – Tom Keneally ****
      47c A&U Shorts: Ithaca In My Mind – Peter Temple ****
      47b A&U Shorts: Manuka  - Alex Miller *****
      47a A&U Shorts: Sticks, Stones, Christos Tsiolkas ****
      46 In The Approaches – Nicola Barker ****
      45 Burial Rites – Hannah Kent **
      44 Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas *****
      43 The Farm – Tom Rob Smith ****
      42 Where There’s Smoke – Jodi Picoult ****
      41 Dept of Speculation – Jenny Offill ***
      40 Irene – Pierre Lamaitre *****
      39 Glow – Ned Beauman ***
      38 Moon In A Dead Eye – Pascal Garnier ****
      37 A Mad and Wonderful Thing – Mark Mulholland ****
      36 The Pedant In The Kitchen – Julian Barnes ***
      35 Blue Is The Night – Eoin McNamee ****
      34 The Bees – Laline Paull **
      33 Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson ***
      32 The Light Of Amsterdam – David Park ****
      31 The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales – Kirsty Logan **
      30 The Book Of You – Claire Kendal ****
      29 The Ghost of the Mary Celeste – Valerie Martin **
      28 600 Hours of Edward – Craig Lancaster **
      27 Cooking With Fernet Branca – James Hamilton-Patterson ****
      26 The Falling Sky – Pippa Goldschmidt ***
      25 Company – Max Barry ****
      24 In The Morning I’ll Be Gone – Adrian McKinty ****
      23 An Elegant Young Man – Luke Carman ***
      22 Cairo – Chris Womersley *****
      21 Dogs at the Perimeter – Madeleine Thien ***
      20 419 – Will Ferguson *****
      19 Walk The Lines – Mark Mason **
      18 The Matrix – Jonathan Aycliffe ***
      17 Dust – Hugh Howey **
      16 The Rest Just Follows – Glenn Patterson ***
      15 Tenth of December – George Saunders ****
      14 A Naked Singularity – Sergio De La Pava ****
      13 Fragrant Harbour - John Lanchester **
      12 Lexicon - Max Barry ****
      11 Trusting A Stranger - Kimberley Brown (unrated as I am married to the author)
      10 Ablutions - Patrick de Witt ***
      9 Nine Days - Toni Jordan ****
      8 Night At The Pink Poodle - Matthew Condon **
      7 The Amber Fury - Natalie Haynes ***
      6 Unity - Michael Arditti ***
      5 After Such Kindness - Gaynor Arnold ****
      4 Alex - Pierre LeMaitre *****
      3 A Capital Union - Victoria Hendry ***
      2 Big Brother - Lionel Shriver *****
      1 The Burial - Courteney Collins ****
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