Monday, December 30, 2013

Books 2013

The ones that I am especially fond of are marked with ***

  1. The Watchers by Jon Steele
  2. The Lewis Man by Peter May ****
  3. Blood Line by Lynda La Plante
  4. A Bunch of Sweet Peas by Henry Donald
  5. The Water Room by Christopher Fowler, read by Tim Goodman ***
  6. Ratlines by Stuart Neville ***
  7. The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg, read by Joyce Bean
  8. Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson
  9. The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'Neal
  10. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, read by Steven Boyer ***
  11. The Dark Winter by David Mark ****
  12. Cambridge Blue by Alison Bruce ***
  13. Snow White must Die by Nele Neuhaus ****
  14. Weird Things Customers say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell ***
  15. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
  16.  In the Darkness by Karin Fossum
  17. Pierced by Thomas Enger ***
  18. Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum
  19. The Siren by Alison Bruce
  20. The Calling by Alison Bruce ***
  21. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  22. The Silence by Alison Bruce
  23. He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
  24. Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
  25. When the Devil holds the candle by Karin Fossum ***
  26. The Fault in our Stars by John Green ***
  27. The ice princess by Camilla Lackberg
  28. Calling out for you by Karin Fossum
  29. Me before you by Jojo Moyes ***
  30. One came home by Amy Timberlake
  31. The Dinner by Herman Koch
  32. The Bitter Truth by Charles Todd (audio)
  33. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
  34. Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis
  35. Leaving everything most loved by Jaqueline Winspear 
  36. The Death of Bees by Lisa O`Donnell
  37. Life is a Gift by Tony Bennett ***
  38. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
  39. One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  40. Natural Causes by James Oswald
  41. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (audio)
  42. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  43. A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen ***
  44. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski ***
  45. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (audio)
  46. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion ****
  47. Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie (audio)
  48. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (audio) ***
  49. Original Skin by David Mark
  50. Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather by Pierre Szalowski ***
  51. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  52. The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen (audio) ***
  53. A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming (audio)
  54. Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellstrom (audio)
  55. Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
  56. Bringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (audio)
  57. Memoirs of an imaginary friend by Matthew Dicks 
  58. The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler
  59. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (audio)
  60. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer 
  61. The Crowing Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells (audio)
  62. The Chess Men by Peter May ***
  63. Box 21 by Roslund & Hellstrom (audio)
  64. The Humans by Matt Haig ****
  65. Endless Night by Agatha Christie (audio)
  66. Maya`s Notebook by Isabelle Allende (audio)
  67. The Fate of Mercy Alan by Wendy Webb
  68. The Cuckoo`s Calling by Robert Galbraith ***
  69. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (audio) ****
  70. Born to Blog by Mark W Schaefer
  71. The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell (audio)
  72. The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman (audio(
  73. The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill 
  74. Night Rainbow by Claire King ****
  75. The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg
  76. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope ***
  77. Pure by Andrew Miller (audio)
  78. TransAtlantic by Column McCann (audio)
  79. Alex by Pierre Lemaitre ***
  80. The Absolutist by John Boyne (audio)
  81. The Yard by Alex Grecian
  82. The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman (audio)
  83. Police by Joe Nesbo ***
  84. It Happens in the Dark by Carol O`Connell
  85. East of the Sun by Julia Gregson (audio)
  86. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent ***
  87. Looking for me by Beth Hoffman (audio)
  88. The Bookstore by Deborah Mensley
  89. The Returned by Jason Mott (audio)
  90. I can see in the Dark by Karin Fossum
  91. The Cleaner of Chartres by Sally Vickers (audio)
  92. Longbourn by Jo Baker
  93. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (audio) ***
  94. The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe (audio)
  95. A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen (audio) ***
  96. Rosa by Jonathan Rabb (audio)
  97. The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach ***
  98. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (audio)
  99. Catching Fire 
  100. Mocking Jay
  101. The Hunger Games - re-read the trilogy by Suzanne Collins ****
  102. Staning in another Man`s grave by Ian Rankin (audio) ***
  103. Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin ****
  104. The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta (audio)
  105. Venetia by Georgette Heyer (audio)
  106. The Giraffe, the Pelly and me by Roald Dahl
  107. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer (audio)
  108. My year by Roald Dahl ***
  109. Life after Life by Kate Atkinson (audio) ***
  110. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland ***
  111. The 100 year old man who clibed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  112. Fantastic Mr Dahl by Michael Rosen
  113. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (audio)
  114. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz 
  115. The Adalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg (audio)
  116. The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith
  117. A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver ***
  118. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  119. List of my Desires by Gregoire Delacourt
  120. The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
  121. The Douglas Notebooks by Christine Eddie
  122. The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin (audio)
  123. Cell 8 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom
  124. Three Souls by Janie Chang

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Books 2012

 Books I especially enjoyed are marked with ***
  1. Coventry by Helen Humphreys
  2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Biography) ***
  3. The Kitchen Counter Cooking Kathleen Flinn (Cooking)
  4. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  5. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, read by Christopher Evan Welch
  6. The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney ***
  7. When will there be good news? by Kate Atkinson ***
  8. The Magician's Elephant by Kate Di Camillio, read by Juliet Stevenson
  9. Started early, took my dog by Kate Atkinson ***
  10. Death in the clouds by Agatha Christie, ready by Hugh Fraser
  11. The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell
  12. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, read by Rebecca Lowman
  13. No and Me by Delphine de Vigan ***
  14. Read this before your next meeting by Al Pittampalli (Business)
  15. After Dark by Haruki Murakami, read by Janet Song
  16. The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher
  17. The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
  18. The Lost Wife by Alyson Richmond ***
  19. Touch by by Alexi Zentner, read by Norman Dietz ***
  20. The Girl who played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, ready by Simon Vance ***
  21. The Expats by Chris Pavone ***
  22. Disobedience by Naomi Alderman, read by Roe Kendall
  23. The Phantom by Jo Nesbo
  24. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey ***
  25. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, read by Tara Sands ***
  26. Towards Zero by Agatha Christie, read by High Fraser
  27. Elephants can remember by Agatha Christie, ready by John Moffatt
  28. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, read by Jim Dale 
  29. The Coffee Trader by David Liss, read by Graeme Malcolm
  30. Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling, read by Mark Bramhall
  31. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, read by Holter Graham ***
  32. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Sion, ready by Kate Reading ***
  33. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler, read by Kirby Heyborne
  34. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman, read by the author
  35. Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry, read by Ralph Lister
  36. The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser, read by Simon Vance
  37. Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon (non fiction)
  38. In the Orchard, the Swallow by Peter Hobbs
  39. The Devil's Company by David Liss, read by Simon Vance
  40. One Amazing Thing by Chitra Baneijee Divakaruni, read by cast
  41. The Grad Sophy by Georgette Heyer, ready by Clare Wille
  42. Faithful Place by Tana French, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds ***
  43. A perfect death by Kate Ellis, read by Peter Wickham
  44. The Nightmare by Lars Keplar ***
  45. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley, read by Susan Duerden
  46. I am half sick of shadows by Alan Bradley, read by Jane Entwistle 
  47. Mrs Mike by Benedict & Nancy Freedman, read by Kirsten Potter
  48. Devices and Desires by PD James, read by cast (BBC Radio production)
  49. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlow Ruiz Zafon
  50. The Good Dream by Donna Van Liere
  51. The Light between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman ***
  52. The Provence cure for the Broken Hearted by Bridget Asher
  53. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  54. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (re-reading)
  55. The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen ***
  56. Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple ***
  57. Broken Harbour - Tana French
  58. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
  59. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunto ***
  60. 31 Bond Street - Ellen Horan
  61. My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss ***
  62. Standing in Another Man's Grave ***
  63. Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder
  64. Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  65. The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris
  66. The Blackhouse by Peter May ***
  67. The Bat by Jo Nesbo
  68. The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
  69. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
  70. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  71. Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst
  72. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
  73. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
  74. The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid ***
  75. The World more full of weeping by Robert J Wiersema
  76. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
  77. The Twelve Enchantment by David Liss
  78. Blue Monday by Nicci French
  79. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Friday, December 30, 2011

Books 2011

Books read in 2011

Books I especially enjoyed are marked with ***

  1. Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser
  2. Outlander by Gil Adamson, read by Charlotte Strevans ***
  3. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
  4. Whiter than Snow, by Sandra Dallas
  5. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, read by David Suchet
  6. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie, read by David Suchet
  7. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, read by Barrett Whitener ***
  8. Elegy for April by Benjamin Black
  9. Crooked House by Agatha Christie, read by David Horovitch
  10. Murder on the links by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  11. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, read by James Saxon
  12. The book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark, read by Raul Esparza
  13. The Big Four by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  14. The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott, read by Siomon Prebble
  15. The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin, read by Justine Eyre
  16. Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  17. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie, read by Anna Massey
  18. Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris, read by Julia Gibson
  19. Not in the Flesh by Ruth Rendell, read by Simon Vance
  20. The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
  21. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming
  22. Lady MacBeth by Susan Fraser King, read by Wanda McCaddon
  23. The girl who kicked the hornet's nest by Stieg Larsson, read by Simon Vance ***
  24. The wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent, read by Ellen Archer ***
  25. The Extra Man by Jonathan Ames
  26. Before the Frost by Henning Mankell 
  27. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness ***
  28. The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie, read by Emilia Fox
  29. The very thought of you by Rosie Alison ***
  30. The lake of dreams by Kim Edwards
  31. The man from Beijing by Henning Mankell, ready by Rosalind Landor
  32. Room by Emma Donaghue, read by cast ***
  33. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  34. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  35. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  36. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  37. The Girl who chased the moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  38. Dear George Clooney, please marry my mom, by Susin Nielsen ***
  39. Bedtime Story by Robert J Wiersema ***
  40. Double Sin & other stories by Agatha Christie, read by various
  41. Careless in Red by Elizabeth George, read by Charles Keating
  42. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  43. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  44. Mockingjay by Susanne Collins
  45. A Tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, read by Carrington MacDuffie
  46. A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez, read by Mozhan Marno
  47. Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  48. A duty to the dead by Charles Todd, read by Rosalyn Landor
  49. Before I wake by Robert J Wiersema ***
  50. The true story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy ***
  51. The Tailor's Daughter by Janice Graham, read by Traci Svendsgaard
  52. French Leave by Anna Gravalda ***
  53. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, ready by Edwina Wren
  54. When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman ***
  55. The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
  56. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
  57. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, read by Caroline Lee
  58. The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry ***
  59. The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
  60. Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael, read by Rosalind Landor
  61. Mrs McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  62. The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly
  63. City of Thieves by David Benioff, read by Ron Pearlman
  64. The Radleys by Matt Haig ***
  65. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
  66. Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson, read by Graeme Malcolm ***
  67. Alice I have been by Melanie Benjamin, read by Samantha Eggers
  68. The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar ***
  69. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt ***
  70. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  71. Sister by Rosamund Lupton
  72. The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by various authors
  73. Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
  74. Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner ***
  75. Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson ***
  76. The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry, read by Angela Dawe
  77. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  78. One Day by David Nicholls, ready by Anna Bentinick
  79. Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  80. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ***
  81. Far to Go by Alison Pick ***
  82. Book of Fires by Jane Barodale
  83. Revolution by Jennifer Connelly ***
  84. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh ***
  85. The Bright Forever by Lee Martin ***
  86. The Birth House by Ami McKay
  87. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ***
  88. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff ***
  89. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo *** (I like the entire Harry Hole series!)
  90. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
  91. The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
  92. Gone by Mo Hayder
  93. Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
  94. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
  95. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen ***
  96. The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin
  97. After all these years by Susan Isaacs
  98. Snow Angels by James Thompson
  99. When she woke by Hillary Jordan 
  100. Headhunters by Jo Nesbo ***
  101. Death at Pemberley by PD James
  102. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
  103. The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnette Fries
  104. The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern

Monday, September 6, 2010

Books 2010

Here are the 88 books I read or listened to in 2010.

The ones I especially liked are marked with ***

  1. Hickory Dickory Dock - Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  2. The Sister - Poppy Adams
  3. The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent, read by Mare Winningham ***
  4. Yes, my Darling Daughter - Margaret Leroy
  5. Nocturnes - Kazuo Ishiguro, read by various
  6. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman, read by the author ***
  7. Birds of a Feather - Jacqueline Winspear, read by Kim Hicks ***
  8. The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
  9. Touching Distance - Rebecca Abrams
  10. Postern of Fate - Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  11. The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway, read by Gareth Armstrong ***
  12. An Incomplete Revenge, Jacqueline Winspear, read by Orlagh Cassidy ***
  13. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winnifred Watson, read by Frances McDormid ***
  14. Digging to America - Anne Tyler, read by Blair Brown
  15. Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier
  16. Lulu in Marrakech - Diane Johnson, read by Justine Eyre
  17. The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  18. The Island - Victoria Hislop
  19. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert, read by the author ***
  20. The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister, read by Cassandra Campbell
  21. A Carribean Mystery - Agatha Christie, read by Rosalind Ayres 
  22. The Black Tower - Louis Baynard, read by Simon Vance
  23. Peril at End House - Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  24. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, read by Martin Jarvis *** funny
  25. Among the Mad - Jacqueline Winspear, read by Orlagh Cassidy ***
  26. The Book of Tomorrow - Cecelia Ahern
  27. Appointment with Death - Agatha Christie, ready by Hugh Fraser
  28. The Devil's Company - David Liss, read by Simon Vance 
  29. The Aviary Gate - Katie Hickman, read by Josephine Bailey
  30. Lady Susan - Jane Austen, ready by cast
  31. Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne, read by Simon Prebble
  32. The Postmistress - Sarah Blake
  33. Noah's Compass - Anne Tyler
  34. Why didn't they ask Evans? - Agatha Christie, read by Emilia Fox
  35. Behind the scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson ***
  36. Every Man Dies Alone - Hans Fallada *** Amazing!
  37. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson, read by Lincoln Hoppe *** odd but good?
  38. The Dumb Witness - Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  39. The Solitude of Prime Numbers - Paola Giordano
  40. Heaven is Small - ? 
  41. Brava, Valentina - Adriana Trigiani
  42. Messenger of Truth - Jacqueline Winspear ***
  43. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman, read by Jenna Lamia
  44. The Lady and the Poet - Maeve Haran
  45. Silent Scream - Lynda La Plante
  46. One, Two, Buckle my Shoe - Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  47. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson ***charming
  48. Above Suspicion - Lynda La Plante *** first Anna Travis novel
  49. Red Dahlia - Lynda La Plante ***
  50. The Mapping of Love & Death - Jacqueline Winspear ***
  51. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson - ***addictive!
  52. The Girl who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson - ***action!
  53. The Girl who Kicked a Hornet's Nest ***satisfying end to trilogy
  54. Fever Dream - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  55. A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie, read by Rosalind Ayres
  56. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova, read by cast ***
  57. Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear, read by Rita Barrington *** first in the series
  58. Taken by the Flood - Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser
  59. Stone's Fall - Iain Pears, read by Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance ***
  60. The Tale of Halcyon Crane - Wendy Webb, read by Cassandra Campbell
  61. Jingo - Terry Pratchett, read by Tony Robinson
  62. Bloodroot - Amy Greene, read by a full cast ***
  63. The Unbearable Lightness of Scones - Alexander McCall Smith, read by David Rintoul
  64. The Wild Things - Dave Eggers, read by Dion Graham
  65. 26A - Diana Evans, read by Adjoa Andoh
  66. The Twentieth Wife - Indu Sundaresan, ready by Sneha Mathan
  67. 50 is the new Fifty - Suzanne Braun Levine
  68. Then we came to the end - Joshua Ferris, read by Deanna Hurst
  69. Chocolat - Joanne Harris, ready by Diana Bishop
  70. A very long engagement - Sebastien Japriot, read by Isabel Keating ***
  71. The return of the Dancing Master - Henning Mankell, ready by Grover Gardner 
  72. Mr Rosenblum dreams in English - Natasha Solomns
  73. Hecctor and the Search for Happiness - Francois Lelord
  74. An Irish Country Girl - Patrick Taylor, ready by Terry Donnelly
  75. Into the Blue - Robert Goddard, ready by Paul Shelley ***
  76. Fever of the Bone - Val McDermid ***
  77. Room - Emma Donaghue ****Extraordinary!
  78. The Woodcutter - Reginald Hill ***
  79. The Glass Palace - Amitav Ghosh, ready by Simon Vance
  80. The Long Kill - Reginald Hill ***
  81. Firewall - Henning Mankell
  82. Mind's Eye - Hakan Nesser
  83. Evil under the Sun - Agatha Christie, read by David Suchet
  84. Jasmyn - Alex Bell
  85. A Secret Kept - Tatiana de Rosnay, read by Simon Vance
  86. Dead Man's Folly - Agatha Christie, read by David Suchet
  87. Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie, read by John Moffat
  88. The Girl who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W Durrow (audio)

Books 2009

 Here's a list of books read in 2009. The ones I especially liked are marked with ***
  1. A Version of the Truth - Jennnifer Kaufman & Karen Mack
  2. Devil's Peak - Deon Meyer
  3. Little Bee - Chris Cleave ***
  4. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell (audio) ***
  5. Shoot the Moon - Billy Letts
  6. Inkheart - Cornelia Funke, read by Lynn Redgrave
  7. The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  8. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman, read by the author ***
  9. A Darker Domain - Val McDermid ***
  10. What I did for Love - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  11. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley ***
  12. In the Woods - Tana French
  13. The Likeness - Tana French
  14. Additions - Toni Jordan ***
  15. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clark (audio) ***
  16. The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
  17. The Terrorist - John Updike, read by Christopher Lane ***
  18. The Poe Shadow by Mathhew Pearl (audio)
  19. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (actual book) ***
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek ***
  21. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (audio)
  22. Wyrd Sisters- Terry Pratchett, read by Tony Robinson *** hilarious*
  23. The Foreign Correspondent - Alan Furst, read by Alfred Molina
  24. The Good Mayor - Andrew Nicoll ***
  25. Bone by Bone - Carol O'Connell
  26. Cemetary Dance - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  27. Dreamers of the Day - Mary Doria Russell, read by Ann Marie Lee ***
  28. The Tale of Despearux - Kate Di Camillo, read by Graeme Malcolm *** fun*
  29. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein ***
  30. The Lovers - John Connelly
  31. Valeria's Last Stand - Marc Fitten ***
  32. Love Walked In - Marisa de los Santos ***
  33. No, I don't want to Join a Book Club - Virginia Ironside, read by Sian Thomas ***
  34. Very Valentine - Adriana Trigiani, read by Cassandra Campbell
  35. Singing with the Top Down - Deborah Williamson ***
  36. The Magician's Assistant - Anne Patchett
  37. The Help - Kathry Stockett, read by 3 superb readers! ***
  38. The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde, read by Simon Prebble *** Hilarious *
  39. This book will save your life - A.M. Homes (audio)
  40. Family Man - Elinor Lipman 
  41. Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe (audio)
  42. The Lace makers of Glenmara - Heather Barhieri
  43. The Meaning of Night - Michael Cox *** superb!
  44. The Glass of Time - Michael Cox, read by Josephine Bailey *** superb II
  45. The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ***amazing
  46. The Water's Lovely - Ruth Rundell, read by Rosalyn Landor ***
  47. Never Change - Elizabeth Berg
  48. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell, read by Anne Flosnick ***
  49. Something Missing - Matthew Dicks
  50. An Offer you Can't Refuse - Jill Mansell, read by Julie Maisey
  51. The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry, read by Alyssa Bresnahan
  52. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney ***
  53. Labor Day - Joyce Maynard ***
  54. The Boleyn Inheritance - Phillipa Gregory, ready by Emilia Fox
  55. After River - Donna Milner, read by Liza Ross ***
  56. Love Letters - Katie Fforde
  57. The Whiskey Rebels - David Liss
  58. The Art Thief - Noah Charney, read y Simon Vance *** loved his voices
  59. The Complaints - Ian Rankin
  60. Of Bees and Mist - Erick Setiawan ***
  61. A Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
  62. The Little Stranger - sarah Waters, read by Simon Vance ***
  63. The Serpent's Tale - Ariana Franklin
  64. An Unpardonable Crime - Andrew Taylor, read by Simon Vance
  65. The Gates - John Connelly
  66. The Day the Falls Stood Still 
  67. Brooklyn - Colm Toibin, read by Kirsten Potter
  68. The Seance - John Harwood
  69. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon, read by Jonathan Davis ***
  70. Anybody out There? - Marian Keyes, read by Terry Donnelly
  71. Blindspot - Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore, read by John Lee & Cassandra Campbell

Monday, October 13, 2008

Books 2008

Books I've enjoyed this year...
  1. The Dressmaker - Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck
  2. The Traveling Horn player - Barbara Trapido
  3. Mosquito - Roma Tearne (loved it!)
  4. Septembers of Shiraz - Dalia Sofer (wonderfully told)
  5. Tall Grass - Sandra Dallas (I have enjoyed her other books too)
  6. A Golden Age - Tahamima Anam (great read, first of trilogy; won Commonwealth First Novel award 2008)
  7. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks (interesting story)
  8. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen - Syrie James (ok for JA fans)
  9. Gods behaving badly - Marie Phillips (very funny & very interesting concept!)
  10. The house at Riverton - Kate Morton (really enjoyed this)
  11. Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
  12. The Outlander - Gil Adamson (loved it; slow to start but what a surprise heroine! Also won prize for first novel)
  13. In the Dark - Deborah Maggach
  14. My Best Friend's Girl - Dorothy Koomson
  15. Blood from Stone - Francis Fyfield (great British crime novelist)
  16. The Host - Stephanie Meyer (never read her other books; surprised myself at liking this one a lot - interesting concept)
  17. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen (very sweet; sometimes we all want something simple & sweet to brighten the day)
  18. April In Paris - Michael Wallner
  19. The Reapers - John Connolly (First JC novel I've read; I was hooked; have now read a lot of his previous but 'this is probably my fav still - humour is dark & bittersweet)
  20. Austenland - Shannon Hale (again for JA fan, it's just silly fun)
  21. Death comes for the fat man - Reginald Hill (a Dalziel & Pascoe latest)
  22. Absolution - Caro Ramsay (new Scottish crime novelist - will look forward to next in series)
  23. The cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway (written by a local 'boy' - actually university professor; very good)
  24. East of the Sun - Julia Gregson (armchair travel to India in 1920's - lush, epic)
  25. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (FAVourite book of the year - loved it; wrote it in my blog Oct 13)
  26. When will there be good news? - Kate Atkinson
  27. The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti
  28. The Opposite of Love - Julie Babaum
  29. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, a Novel - Nicholas Drayson
  30. Alice's Tulips - Sandra Dallas
  31. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga

Books 2007 & earlier

In no particular order, books I've enjoyed...
  1. The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
  2. The Girls - Lori Lansens
  3. Year of Wonder - Geraldine Brooks
  4. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday
  5. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  6. The reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
  7. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. Astrid & Veronika - Linda Olsson
  9. The Con juror's Bird - Martin Davies
  10. The Highest Tide - Jim Lynch
  11. Case Histories - Kate Atkinson
  12. One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson
  13. The Attack - Yasmina Khadra
  14. Sky Burial - Xinran
  15. The Secret River - Kate Grenville
  16. Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden
  17. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
  18. The Observations - Jane Harris
  19. Tokyo - Mo Hayder
  20. Charms for the easy Life - Kay Gibbons
  21. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  22. Nectar from a Stone - Jane Guill
  23. Devoted - Alice Borchardt
  24. Beguiled - Alice Borchardt
  25. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
  26. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
  27. Knitting, a novel - Anne Bartlett
  28. Night - Elie Wiesel
  29. Serving Crazy with Curry - Amulya Malladi
  30. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  31. Vengeance - George Jonas
  32. A long way down - Nick Hornby
  33. Pomegranate Soup - Marsha Mehran
  34. Beasts of No Nation - Uzaodinma Iweala
  35. Above Suspicion - Lynda La Plante
  36. The Grave Tattoo - Val McDermid
  37. The Devils' Star - Jo Nesbo
  38. Melted into Air - Sandi Toksvig
  39. The return of the dancing master - Henning Mankell
  40. The naming of the dead - Ian Rankin
  41. The book of Lost things - John Connolly
  42. The Red Dahlia - Lynda La Plante
  43. Entwined - Lynda La Plante
  44. Treading Water - Anne De Grace
  45. Restless - William Boyd
  46. Find Me - Carol O'Connell
  47. The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
  48. Eve Green - Susan Fletcher
  49. The whistling season - Ivan Doig
  50. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
  51. Three Bags Full - Leonie Swann
  52. Exit Music - Ian Rankin
  53. Peace begins with me - Ted Kuntz
  54. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  55. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
  56. Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
  57. Recipe for Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
  58. The Enchanted April -
  59. Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
  60. Chocolat - Joanne Harris
  61. The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron
Series I enjoy:
  • Inspector Rebus - Ian Rankin
  • Mallory - Carol O'Connell
  • anything by Lynda La Plante!
  • Harry Potter!
The Classics
  • Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion - Jane Austen
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy - JRR Tolkien
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  • David Copperfield - Charles Dickens