50 Book Challenge in 2013. Who's with me?

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CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 05-Jan-13 16:58:16

Tidying up after Christmas it has come to my attention that I have nearly 100(!!) paperbacks in stacks down the side of my bed waiting to be read. blushblush
I am going to challenge myself to try and read at least 50 of them this year. That's nearly one a week so I am going to have to really apply myself and stop faffing around and doing other things when I could be enjoying a good book.
I wondered if anyone else would like to join me? We can post what we are reading and then post when we have finished each book and what's next.
I know I would love to hear what others are reading and enjoying (or not enjoying) so I can go out and buy more books in a few months time!
My first book of the year is President Down by Terence Strong about spies and terrorists which my dad lent me about a year ago! I'm only about 20 pages in, but so far so good.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 05-Jan-13 18:11:54

I'm challenging myself (on Goodreads) to read 50 books this year, 10 of which are to be books I've had on my bookshelf gathering dust for far too long grin

If anyone's interested, this is our Goodreads book club link.

I'm currently reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, which I can't really call an old book - I only bought it a few months ago.

This is the year I finally tackle Wolf Hall. I'm sure I'll like it, but had to give up about 50 pages in last time because of constant interruptions from the DC. Now they're a bit older, and out at school/preschool I've got some quiet time to read during the day.

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:12:59

oh god that is easy. I have read 10 in december, my tip is to only read books you like. if its dull - bin it.

also i set my alarm fro 6.15 so i can have half an hour in the bath in the morning.

PLUS - just turn the Tv off - its amazing how much mindless shit you find yourself watching

DuchessofMalfi Sat 05-Jan-13 18:17:24

That's a little bit rude BadDog. Not everyone has loads of time to read. All reading is good reading. In fact, I will probably amend my 50 book challenge during the year - I ended up reading 96 books last year, but I don't want to overstretch myself. After all you never know what life has in store for you.

FYI I don't watch a lot of tv, and tend to record what I want to watch. No soaps.

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:17:58

oh i dint mean to be rude - sorry was a breezy " come on we can do it" kind of thing

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:18:27

PLUS wrt to tv I didnt mean YOU huffy pants - I mean myself too

FlyOverTheMistletoe Sat 05-Jan-13 18:18:56

OK I'm in. I'm starting with The Bat by Jo Nesbo, then The Casual Vacany and I've got stacks of books waiting for me to pick them up (bugger - I've just signed up to knit and crochet more too !)

DuchessofMalfi Sat 05-Jan-13 18:19:39

Huffy pants? hmm

littleacceb Sat 05-Jan-13 18:19:56

I'm in. I challenged myself to read 12 last year, and got to 25. but only because I got stuck on Notes from a Small Island for four months. Don't recommend it.

I reserve the right to read all kinds of rubbish, though. First book of the year is 1-2-3... Magic by Thomas Phelan. It's a bit retro. Not sure I'm going to use much of it.

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:20:42

Yes agree - doesnt have to be high falutin literachoor, just books you like.

Right - i am IN IN IN

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 05-Jan-13 18:23:36

Hi Duchess. I am on Goodreads myself so I will take a look at that group later, thanks. I read Wolf Hall last year. It took a LOT of getting into, but with perseverance I really enjoyed it. I have Bringing Up The Bodies in my massive stack so I might tackle that as part of my fifty.

Hi Bad. Wow, ten books in a month! That's two a week, how do you manage that? I have to work and sleep and stuff too you know. wink

SuperScribbler Sat 05-Jan-13 18:34:20

I'm in too. I had already challenged myself to read 50 books in 2013 via Goodreads.

I've made a good start and since 1st Jan I've got through:
The Lewis Man
Becoming Jane Eyre
The Song of Achilles

I'm now part way through The Glass Painter's Daughter.

But I have been on holiday so will slow down considerably after Wed when it's back to normal life for me.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 05-Jan-13 18:34:40

We'd be glad to see you over in our group Cardiff, if you fancy joining us.

Apologies to BadDog - had a bad day today and feeling a bit tetchy. Waiting for the DC to go to bed so I can deal with stabby headache.

TheSandstoneCat Sat 05-Jan-13 18:39:21

I'm in - as long as I can mix in some chick lit smile Having been stocking up on some Kindle deals for the last couple of months and now just need to read them!

Me. But I always read far more than that. Nice to see what others are reading though.

So far this year I've read:
Android Karenina (like the original but with robots, obs!)
Re-read The Hobbit because the film annoyed the hell out of me, so I needed to read the original to feel pure again.
A book about the history of the gothic.
Bill Bryson's African Diary (which took about 7 minutes, it's so annoyingly short).
Another one but can't think what it was offhand.

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:40:38

i prob deserve. Was about to PM to grovel so phew.

TheSandstoneCat Sat 05-Jan-13 18:40:54

Oh Super - was The Lewis Man good? I want something not too taxing to get me started.

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:43:06

do you want my list of DEF the best I have read recently?

harold fry
100 year old man
heft <<that very good
mudbound was ok.
Asylum ( not new) was brilliant
The good father was compelling but a bit american.

all of hte above were the type where you ferret off to try and read when "doing the washing"

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:43:58

lewis man not as good as the blackhouse imo
peter may is on twitter and he is fun.

ALys always by Harriet lane is good and chilling ( she is on twitter too)

the return of captain John emmett also good ( she also on twitter!!)

BadDog Sat 05-Jan-13 18:44:24

Oh Canada by richard Ford was slow but I enjoyed.

noddyholder Sat 05-Jan-13 18:47:09

I'm in used to read at least 2 a week now 2 a month!

BabeRuthless Sat 05-Jan-13 18:48:29

I'm up for this, especially the reading books that are clogging up your bookshelf part. I think that's my main reading challenge this year, to read the books I've been meaning to read for ages. Haven't helped the de-cluttering by buying three books from Waterstones today. <hides bag from DP>

Started off with Black House by Peter May and now I'm reading Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott.

mummyonvalium Sat 05-Jan-13 18:53:10

I probably read 50 books a year anyway so would love to join. Although my NYE is to try and add a few more challenging books. I am coming in.

My first book is Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky - much more readable than I thought it would be.

Festivedidi Sat 05-Jan-13 19:00:32

I'll join in. I've got quite a few on the kindle that I need to get reading.

I think I read close to 50 books last year as I read everynight as I put dd2 to bed.

TheSandstoneCat Sat 05-Jan-13 19:02:28

On your head be it then BadDog - have just downloaded The Blackhouse so I can read them in order. (Noticed lots of 20p specials while I was getting it)

SuperScribbler Sat 05-Jan-13 19:11:34

I enjoyed the Lewis Man, but not as much as The Blackhouse. Enough to getvthe third book when it comes out soon. It's easy to read, escapist stuff.

Cherrypi Sat 05-Jan-13 19:17:42

I'm in. Also taking part in an alphabet challenge to read 26 books in order of author surname. Struggling with Northanger Abbey at the moment. Just not in the zone.

FlyOverTheMistletoe Sat 05-Jan-13 19:36:56

Cherrypi - its not you - its the book, find something else

tumbletumble Sat 05-Jan-13 19:49:25

I'm in. Not sure I'll make it to 50 but I'll give it a try!

'Northanger Abbey' is lovely but if you've never read any Austen before, it's probably not an ideal start. It also works a lot better if you've read some of the silly gothic novels it parodies. If you really want to read an Austen, I think 'P&P' is probably the best place to start, as most people know half of the story anyway!

Cherrypi Sat 05-Jan-13 20:30:57

It's the only Austen I've not read. Still in mourning for Mr Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore which I adored. May read some Douglas Adams instead for A.

Shellwedance Sat 05-Jan-13 20:37:01

Def want to do this, have so many I need to read and need this thread to keep me focussed.

Currently reading Mary Ann in Autumn, the last in the Tales of the City series. So far, so good.

moonshine Sat 05-Jan-13 21:04:26

I'm in, although I doubt I'll get near 50 - I absolutely love reading and reading about books but, frustratingly, am a slow reader, although having a kindle has helped me to read more in the past 2 years.

I'm cheating slightly as started London by Edward Rutherfurd at the beginning of Xmas school holidays and am on the cusp of finishing it (which is very quick for me as it has more than 1000 pages!). I also like to read quite a bit of non-fiction so I'll be throwing that into the mix, if that's ok.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 05-Jan-13 21:47:26

Wow! What a lot of replies! I'm really looking forward to reading about what everyone else is reading.
Cherry, I haven't read Northanger Abbey, but I think that is because my mum told me it was rubbish when I was going through an Austen/Bronte phase in my teens. She suggested Emma and P&P instead, both of which I enjoyed.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 05-Jan-13 21:49:47

Moonshine - there are really no rules about what you can/cannot read as far as I'm concerned. I have some non-fiction in the Massive Stack. I try to shake things up every now and again and throw in some non fiction or an (auto)biography. I can't survive on novels alone!

minsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 22:00:36

Can I join you. I have loads of books on my kindle that I need to read,doesn't stop me buying more though. I have just started the new Karen Rose ,then it's an Allan Massie book I've borrowed that needs to go back. Not sure I can manage the target but I would like to try.

Festivedidi Sat 05-Jan-13 22:39:34

Duchess are you happy for anybody to join your group on Goodreads? I'd never heard of it before but quite fancy joining.

mumslife Sat 05-Jan-13 22:44:59

Can I join? i read about 35 last year some on my kindle and some paperbacks but have loads on my kindle to read and loads of paperbacks. Its getting a bit ridiculous and I have just bought some more for my kindle in the 12 days of kindle sale. i have read one book so far this year night road by Kirsten Hannah paperback and am now reading on my kindle A brokeN family by kitty neal so back to it I suppose. Interesting reading what everyone else is reading!

Festivedidi Sat 05-Jan-13 23:24:59

I'm assuming children's books don't count because I could list One Ted Fell Out of Bed every night this week and recite it if you ask me to.

I'm currently reading the "Kate Daniels" series by Ilona Andrews, I'm nearly finished book 2 and I only downloaded them on Wednesday. They're very good if you like werewolves, vampires, etc.

minsmum Sat 05-Jan-13 23:28:28

I am trying to ignore the new Karen Chance book until after the kindle sale but it's hard going

judefawley Sat 05-Jan-13 23:31:41

I'm in. Was rubbish last year and read about 15 books - all year!


I'm easing myself in gently with a bit of fluff, Philippa Gregory's 'the lady of the rivers'.

I'm supposed to be reading Wolf Hall for bookclub.

XBenedict Sat 05-Jan-13 23:32:38

I'm in too, just joined GoodReads on facebook. About to start The Language of Flowers.

PeppaPrig Sat 05-Jan-13 23:32:50

I'm in, and will decide what to read tomorrow.

Southeastdweller Sat 05-Jan-13 23:40:42

I'm also in. I have a stack of books at home and on my Kindle to get through. I think I read about 20 last year - I faff around doing other things which slows me down. I also don't like really long books - 400 pages or more. The reviews for the latest John Lanchester book were all great but having picked it up today the brick size is putting me off.

I'm now on I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron. Very funny and thought-provoking. Love her writing and it's quite short too. May start the latest Zadie Smith book after that one.

SkyBean Sun 06-Jan-13 04:10:05

I'm in! Hello...this is also my first delurking post on mumsnet...

I can do a book a week based on around half an hour each way on tube on weekday commutes...

I too have a tottering pile of to be reads...that is now an official health hazard....plus mini tottering stacks around and under the bed (and double stacking on shelves). Oh dear.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 06-Jan-13 07:24:56

Festive yes everyone is welcome. Juneybean started the group last year and it's been growing steadily. We have our own discussion threads and group reads. We're currently reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

The more people who join, the better smile

MercuryRising Sun 06-Jan-13 07:54:37

Im in! I love reading but don't make enough time for it instead I end up watching mindless drivel on the TV. I'm not sure if I will manage 50, but at least this thread will encourage me to make time to read. Im reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton at the moment and quite enjoying it.

MirandaWest Sun 06-Jan-13 08:07:54

I've already decided I want to read more - used to read a lot but this past year I have been doing too much mumsnet and too many other things. 50 books in the year sounds acheivable smile

MegBusset Sun 06-Jan-13 08:20:12

I'll give it a go smile Would love to read more instead of vegging in front of Celeb BB and Mumsnet mindless rubbish.

Currently reading 'Edge of the Orison' by Iain Sinclair.

overflowingmum Sun 06-Jan-13 11:51:08

I had already said I was going to try to read 52 books this year - quite a challenge for me!! Might make it to 50 if I try really hard....trouble is I also want to do more gardening, dog training and baking and photography.....not to mention working almost full time and having 6 DC LOL So many hobbies....so little time!
BUT I will go for it.... Have just joined goodreads so will go and look for the group( still figuring out how it works!! blush)
Have so far read:
"The Snow Child" and "My Sister Lives on the Mantle Piece" since Jan1st...
Now reading The Bell Jar....trying to get into it...hmm

PeppaPrig Sun 06-Jan-13 11:52:29

I need to find my kindle charger! Bought some books in the kindle sale, but the battery is flat...

CandyLoo Sun 06-Jan-13 14:17:38

Count me in!
I've posted a few threads recently about when we find the time to read, how many books you've read in 2012 etc., so this thread is perfect for me!
I'd originally set myself the target of 2 books a month, so must try harder to reach 50!
I started a book group six months ago with mums from school, and seem to only have read book group books whilst I've got a pile of my own at home which I'd love to get through.
I've just finished 'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett which I started early December (book group) so am starting from Book 1 today - 'Rose Petal Beach' by Dorothy Koomson (book group again).
I'll let you know how I get on!

BsshBossh Sun 06-Jan-13 17:01:00

Okay, I'm in. When I commuted to work I got through two books a week but now I work from home I get through a book a month! I blame MN, to be very honest, for eating into my free evenings once DD is in bed. So in order to read more, I need to reduce my MN time.

I started Confessions Of A Wallflower on 1st January. So far it's funny, sweet and very endearing.

Worksitoutwithapencil Sun 06-Jan-13 18:37:05

I'm in too. I read 49 books last year but that included 5 months commuting on the train for 2hrs a day, might be more difficult to do now I drive to work.

Currently reading What on Earth Happened by Christopher Lloyd but I am finding it a bit boring and so am not reading very often. Might have to give up and move on to something else.

My New Years resolution is that I can only buy 1 new book when I have read 10books that I already own as my 'to read' pile is getting out of control

PeppaPrig Sun 06-Jan-13 19:54:28

I'm starting with the Snow Child (charger found grin).
How do I join the good reads group? I looked on Facebook, but there were hundreds of groups with that name.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 06-Jan-13 19:57:29

I have decided not to bother struggling on with books I don't enjoy this year. Reading in my leisure time should not be a chore. If I get to page 50 and I'm still not enjoying myself, I resolve to bin it off and move onto the next one.

Festivedidi Sun 06-Jan-13 20:05:24

I've just started the snow child too. I finished Magic Burns while dd2 was in the bath.

OvO Sun 06-Jan-13 20:06:24

I'm in!

Though I might have to stop reading mahoosive sci-fi/fantasy books if I want to manage a book a week. grin

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 06-Jan-13 20:08:39

Hurrah Festive! One down, forty-nine to go!

I remembered that the other one I've read so far this year was Pratchett's 'Dodger' - I was disappointed with it. So, that's five so far since January the first but I'm almost bookless again now. sad

BsshBossh Sun 06-Jan-13 21:18:41

I might have to only read books of less than 200 pages to get to 50 blush

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Sun 06-Jan-13 21:25:52

How many Georgette Heyer am I allowed?

I'm in for 30 books. Sorry, new baby and now back to work. Also need to learn italian.

I'd love to join in, if that's ok? My reading got very off track following some MH problems after the birth off my DS. I've not been able to concentrate on reading but not stopped buying books, so have 25 books to read on the shelf in my room, more in the spare room and at least the same again on my kindle.

My first book of the year (started on new year's eve if that counts?) was Hilary Jordan's "When She Woke". Highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in three sittings as I couldn't put it down!

Just about to start Kate Furnivall's "The Jewel Of St Petersburg". I've read some of her books before, so looking forward to this one.

Very interested in the Android Karenina book. I'll have to add that to my list!

Hi, I'd love to join too, although with a three week old baby, I might only manage two books a month, but we'll see!

Books on my "to read" list:
The girl who played with fire
The girl who kicked the hornets nest
The red queen - phillippa Gregory
The virgins lover - phillippa Gregory
His dark materials trilogy - Pullman
A red country - joe Abercrombie
The hunger games

I also want to read more classics which are great kindle freebies! So far I've downloaded:
Sons and lovers
Treasure island
Sense and sensibility
Jane eyre

BTW, I do know how to capitalise and puntuate, but CBA as currently feeding DS and getting used to my iPhone!

SooFrustrated Mon 07-Jan-13 01:09:55

Oh count me in please. I seem to have lost my way last year and almost stopped reading completely.

Got a kindle for Christmas though and have bought a few books. So far I've just read Wonder by RJ Palacio, not a long story, but very uplifting.

Am reading Revenge of a Middle Aged Women, it's a bit depressing and I'm not sure why I thought it would be any good, but I'll get it finished before I move on.

Really want to read Pride & Prejudice this year.

moonshine Mon 07-Jan-13 09:11:55

1. London by Edward Rutherfurd

Huge book, some parts of which I must admit to skimming - enjoyed parts of it as love London history but just couldn't keep up with all the genealogical strands and contrived stories. But that's my first book this year done and dusted.

Galaxymum Mon 07-Jan-13 10:01:11

I'm on a slow start to 2013 as reading Pride & Prejudice but definitely up for the challenge. I'll have to alternate with some quick reads as well.

I did 49 last year!!!! Surely I can make 50 this year.

Have read 3 already this year:

100 year old man etc, loved it.
The hand that first held mine, also loved it.
The Sculptress, which was utter drivel.

Feel a "classic" coming next. Got a few on my Kindle.

Also totally skint until end of the month, so readings lots will help the time pass quickly!!!!

Dragontrainer Mon 07-Jan-13 12:42:54

I'm in, please - not least because I have made a storming start to 2013 by clocking off three books so far, two of which had been lurking on the bookshelf collecting dust for far too long:

White Tiger (really pleased I blew the dust off that one, a really interesting and surprisingly witty read)

Cranford (so short that it could explain why I've managed to read three books in a week, but it was so gentle and feel good that it made me smile!)

The Black House (not as gripping as I'd hoped, but was good to read)

Next on the bedside is Alys Always

minsmum Mon 07-Jan-13 12:53:46

I didn't realize we could include one we had already read this year so my first book was Dominion by C J Sansom. Really gripping book about what could have happened if Britain had surrendered in 1940.
Only 49 to go

Please count me in! Just finished "The Bone Bed" - Patricia Cornwell from the Scarpetta series- usual rubbish plot and annoying and probably unrealistic interweave between personal and professional life but I am addicted to the characters and always get the latest one in my Christmas stocking. That was number one.
Now moved on to "Bringing up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel- so far loving it and I loved Wolf Hall to which it is the sequel.
Looking forward to saving some money too so some freebie classic already on the Kindle for when the Christmas books run out!!

Kelly281 Mon 07-Jan-13 13:20:27

I'd love to join, I've resolved to read a book a week this year.

I'm on my 3rd so far:

1. Debbie Macomber - Touched by Angels
2. Charlaine Harris - Dead Until Dark
3. Charlaine Harris - Living Dead in Dallas

minsmum - I have Dominion - forgot about that! Sounds good?

I'm starting another book on my kindle, as the baby has decided to have a nap just as we got to the cafe! I didn't bring the book I was reading last night though. It's a short novella rather than an actual book, does that count? It's "under the olive tree" by Courtney Miller Santo.

Unlikely to count as I've finished it already. Sigh.

GeorginaWorsley Mon 07-Jan-13 16:18:30

I read about 10 a month too.
Just read 'The Secret Keeper' by Kate Morton,which was actually really good.
Also the third in the Blackhouse trilogy by Peter May,called The Chessmen.Read it on Kindle,but not as good as his previous two.
Simon Tolkien 'Orders from Berlin' as I love wartime espionage.
The first of a trilogy on Kindle from Kerry Wilkinson about a Manchester police woman,wasn't bad at all.
And one I picked up in the library set in 1980's Suffolk about a girl who finds a dead abandoned baby and the repurcussions it has on her and her family.Can't remember name blush

GeorginaWorsley Mon 07-Jan-13 16:29:37

Suffolk book called 'Seldom Seen 'by Sarah Ridgard.Highly recommend.

I enjoyed 'Dominion.' I liked 'White Tiger' too - keep meaning to read another by the same writer, whose name currently escapes me.

kittykat10 Mon 07-Jan-13 18:00:42

would it be ok if i joined this

I've just bought three new books. Oops. They were on sale though.

minsmum Mon 07-Jan-13 20:38:35

*Anonymousbird" it was really good. The little details had me exclaiming out loud, lots of oohs . Its very well thought out .

MaureenShit Mon 07-Jan-13 20:41:40

George. You'd like the new Simon mawer then

highlandcoo Mon 07-Jan-13 20:54:04

I'm in smile

So far I've read one section of Parade's End .. to be continued later.

Also Bitter Water by Gordon Ferris, the second in the Douglas Brodie crime series set in Glasgow just after WW2.

Now reading To the End of the Land by David Grossman, the story of an Israeli mother trying to cope with her son's time in the army there. It's an intense account but I'm enjoying it so far.

After that I'm planning to get into Japanese literature in preparation for a trip there this spring.

ISpyPlumPie Mon 07-Jan-13 21:07:09

I'm in - bfing DS2 at the moment, so have a fighting chance of reading 50 given feeds are my prime reading time.

So far this year I've read Can Any Mother Help? - an account of a sort of proto-type MNet. I'm now reading NW by Zadie Smith.

juneybean Mon 07-Jan-13 21:12:38

I did 101 last year but have set my goodreads challenge at 50 as I'm flagging a bit!

AllezBaBa Mon 07-Jan-13 21:14:20

Me too please! Have joined good reads and signed up for a 50 book challenge, which I should do (massively bump up the numbers in my lovely teacher holidays!).
Am doing a 'clear the bookshelf' marathon myself, starting with The Kashmir Shawl which my mum lent me ages ago. Fear it may be froth, but I don't mind that!

TeaAndSlanket Mon 07-Jan-13 21:16:35

I'm up for this - however, my realistic goal is 25, which will be an improvement on single figures last year, but as DS is approaching 1yo, maybe maybe I'll steal a bit more time. I'm horribly hard to please: Not a chick-lit, best sellery kind of a gal - which makes it much harder to pick up fiction - 'Before I go to Sleep' made me very cross at recent book group.

I've given up on the Kate Furnivall for now. It wasn't her, it's definitely me - couldn't concentrate on the historical elements right now. I've picked up one of the "young adult" books I got today for a change of style. It's. Angel's Fury by Bryony Pearce.

GeorginaWorsley Mon 07-Jan-13 22:04:28

Maureen if you mean 'The girl who fell from the sky* have read it and enjoyed!
Not much in that genre escapes my beady eye!

MaureenShit Mon 07-Jan-13 22:32:56

I bet! I liked where the hell have you been to. About North Africa.

MaureenShit Mon 07-Jan-13 22:33:03


Yeah, go on then. I have about 8 lying around that I need to read. I've just read 'The Queen's Confidante' by Karen Harper and have 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' at the top of the pile.

I'm in

elkiedee Tue 08-Jan-13 09:36:38

Remus, is that White Tiger by Aravind Adiga? (Librarything threw up a few other books with the same title.

NicknameTaken Tue 08-Jan-13 11:35:37

Having an early Jan self-improvement kick. Read Mange Tout, about how to encourage children to eat veg (let the children play with veg); Sugar Nation (how to deal with incipient diabetes - low-carbing and exercise); Join the Dots (how to appreciate classical music).

Also reading Nick Hornby's Polysyllabic Spree. This irritated me horribly when it first came out, but now I've accepted that he is writing about the experience of reading and doesn't attempt to say anything enlightening about the books themselves, so I'm enjoying it a bit more, despite his irritatingly twee descriptions of his employers.

Now pondering whether to get a Kindle. I get most of my books from the library, so it won't save me any money, and I read a lot anyway, so I don't need to be encouraged to read more. It's just there are a couple of books that I'd like to get where the kindle versions are a lot cheaper than the print version, and I have a £20 voucher for Amazon so it wouldn't cost too much.....Opinions, anyone?

minsmum Tue 08-Jan-13 11:48:31

Well I finished Did you miss me last night and started Allan Massie "death in Bordeaux" which I am not liking much.

So I need to choose something else, can't decide what though

ilovecolinfirth Tue 08-Jan-13 16:45:25

I'd like to join the challenge please! I was really bad at reading last year...a toddler, a difficult pregnancy, and working most evenings after my ds went to bed!

I'm getting back on track now.

Can anyone recommend something to grab my attention?

Some of my fav books are:

The Kite Runner
A thousand splendid suns
Anything by Tracey Chevalier
The book thief
The shadow of the wind

kittykat10 Tue 08-Jan-13 16:57:13

can i join?
so far this year i have read 39 weeks and midway through bridget jones

AmelieRose Tue 08-Jan-13 17:13:12

I'm in. I'm terrible for not reading enough even though I love reading.

I've read (well, finished as most were half read) 4 so far this year:

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
I Feel Bad about my Neck - Nora Ephron
I Feel Nothing - Nora Ephron

I'd highly recommend the Nora Ephron books if you like funny non-fiction - really easy to read and made me laugh out loud loads. Tina Fey's 'Bossypants' is also great for this. I'm currently reading 'How to be a Woman' by Caitlin Moran after beginning it 6 months ago - hoping to finish it this week as it's an easy and funny read.

AmelieRose Tue 08-Jan-13 17:17:12

Oh, and just downloaded 'Life of Pi' to re-read before going to see the film. Only 20p on Amazon!

minsmum Tue 08-Jan-13 17:23:03

okay I have decided my 3rd book will be Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

Thefourcees Tue 08-Jan-13 17:55:47

I'd like to join as well please, have a stack of books on my bookshelf and another lot on my kindle, so im thinking of alternating one from the shelf one from the kindle just so I eventually get them read.
1st of Jan I started reading The Girl Nobody Wants by Lily O'Brien , yesterday I started reading Siege by Simon Kernick.
So nearly two down, forty eight to go. smile

SuperScribbler Tue 08-Jan-13 18:35:56

Just checking in - have finished The Glass Painter's Daughter (ok but not as good as I hoped) and have started 100 Year Old Man (25% through it and enjoying in an abstract, slightly disengaged way).

Elkie - am really sorry but have completely forgotten who wrote it. The name sounds reasonably familiar though.

NomNomDePlumPudding Tue 08-Jan-13 20:17:19

me. i've not really been reading and have stacks of things to catch up with. so far i've read jane yeh's the ninjas (if poetry counts) and half of one of the game of thrones series, the fourth one i think - dragons and brutality, not edifying, really. thinking next the china factory (mary costello, short stories), the prime of miss jean brodie, and bring out the bodies. see y'all in february smile

BabeRuthless Tue 08-Jan-13 20:25:51

I'm onto Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. On the final third and frustratingly working the next couple of days so not sure when I'll get to finish it. I really want to know who the murderer is! It's a brilliant book but be warned has pretty graphic descriptions of self harming.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Tue 08-Jan-13 20:40:20

I'm trying to keep count this year just to see how many I can read, have far too many lined up on my kindle/bookshelf. I will definitely won't get tempted by all suggestions on here grin
Easing myself in gently I've read only kindle freebies:
1) Robert Brumm - Windigo Soul
2) Anne Bronte - Tenant of Wildfell Hall
3) Grace Wynne Jones - Wise Follies
4) Peter Lihou - Rachel's Shoe

'The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie' is such fun - I may have to re-read that!

Southeastdweller Tue 08-Jan-13 20:51:41

AmelieRose I'm with you in Ephron. Just finished 'I Feel Bad About My Neck', which was glorious. Felt the same about 'I Remember Nothing', which I read last year.

Started 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit' this morning.

AmelieRose I enjoyed the Gretchen Rubin one! Have you seen she has a new one out? Happier At Home? Also I LOVE Life of Pi. 20p is a bargain. I hope you enjoy it!

minsmum I read Swimming Home before Christmas. I really enjoyed it. Found it quite gripping, though a bit strange too. I'd be interested to hear what you think of it when you've read it!

nomnom Jean Brodie is one of my all time favourites.

ThedementedPenguin Tue 08-Jan-13 21:45:01

I've read three books so far this year. Haven't read in 3 days though. Need to get back into it, I'm hoping to start reading properly again. Is difficult with a 16 week old baby though.

I'm gonna check out that link. Seems interesting smile

Finished 'Angel's Fury'. It was okay. Nothing special. Interesting concept but I think very predictable and what the blurb said it is about is quite rushed and I don't think comes across that well.

Think I'll save choosing another book until tomorrow!

mumslife Tue 08-Jan-13 22:40:55

Just checking in stil only on book number two. Have read a long road by Kirsten dunst brill and now reading a broken family by kitty Beale bit unrealistic

highlandcoo Tue 08-Jan-13 22:48:32

ilovecolinfirth if you liked A Thousand Splendid Suns I strongly recommend A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman .. set in Sri Lanka, similar in theme but better than ATSS I think.

I also think you'd love The Observations by Jane Harris - a really enjoyable read.

Btw, my DD had to clamber over Colin Firth when working as a seat-filler at the Baftas a few years back. A tough job but someone's got to be prepared to do these things grin

ilovecolinfirth Wed 09-Jan-13 01:58:35

Thanks for the suggestions, will look into them.

VERY jealous of your daughter! smile what a task!!!

Shellwedance Wed 09-Jan-13 03:38:07

First book done, Mary Ann in Autumn, last in the Tales of the City series. V easy to read and best if you'd read the others. Great ending.

ilovecolinfirth Wed 09-Jan-13 08:00:37

mumslife I didn't realise Kirsten Dunst wrote books. What's she like as an author? Looked up "a long road" on Amazon but couldn't find it, can you post a link pls? X

Dragontrainer Wed 09-Jan-13 10:06:25

Elkie - the White Tiger I read was by Aravind Adiga, and I'd definitely recommend it; it made me think, and given the state of my sleep deprived brain these days, that's quite something!!

As it was short, I've now finished Alys, Always which was OK, but did not blow me away. Moving on to book five, The Care of Wooden Floors, although it is not looking good from the first chapter!

I'm in!

I've started 'Wicked', but it's quite slow-going.

howdoo Wed 09-Jan-13 14:11:22

Ooh, I'm definitely in! Can we include Kindle Singles (cheat emoticon)?

So far this year, I have read Falling by Alexandra Fuller which is my first of hers. I was really gripped which is unusual for me, and this has made me dig out Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight which I have had lying around for ages.

Just finishing Emily Giffin's Where We Belong which is, like all her others, a solid, easy, quite interesting read.

I am also half way through Half Safe by James Nestor which is a slightly strange story about a man who tried to drive/boat all the way round the world in a Duck Boat style jeep. Is another Kindle Single though.

Now looking at Before I Go To Sleep - is it VERY scary?

Pantah630 Wed 09-Jan-13 14:48:34

Can I join you? Will need to mix fact and fiction books for my 50 as my bedside and kindle pile is a 50/50 mix. Must stop reading fanfiction, put down ipad and pick up my books again. The tottering pile is getting ridiculous and DH is starting to comment on all the bookmarks. I used to be able to read a book in one sitting, and still do if I pick up a Lindsey Davis.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Wed 09-Jan-13 15:47:54

ilovecolinfirth I don't know if mumslife means On The Road by Jack Kerouac? Kirsten Dunst was in the film version this year and is on both my to read and to watch list!

About to start book 3: Matthew Green's 'memoirs of an imaginary friend'

As a distraction from revision (zzzzz) I am now trying to simultaneously read books 2 & 3:
Kate Atkinson - Behind the scenes at the museum
Terry Pratchett/Stephen Baxter - The Long Earth

MercuryRising Thu 10-Jan-13 08:11:38

Well done silvery!

I have completed my morning routine but am back to bed soon as Im working tonight.

Have a good day everybody smile

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Thu 10-Jan-13 08:22:53

Morning all!

This thread is getting fascinating, so many authors I recognise - and so many I don't, I'll have to start making some notes.

Pantha - about one in ten of the Massive Stack is non fiction. I love a Lindsey Davis too. I'm reading all the Falcos in order, I finished Last Act In Palmyra just before Christmas.

Anyway I digress. To my 50 books. One down, forty nine to go.

1. President Down - by Terence Strong

It was quite good. Although very predictable. I saw the big twist looming on the horizon about 100 pages before it actually happened!

Next is The Brightest Star In The Sky by Marian Keyes. This is my first foray into chick-lit in a good few years. I'm a bit dubious but it comes highly recommended by my MIL so I'll give it a go.

ilovecolinfirth Thu 10-Jan-13 09:00:11

cardifuniversitynetballteam hope you enjoy Marian Keyes. Although I'd class her as chick-lit, I think it's much more than that. Her books are well written, she doesn't shy away from difficult topics, and at times her writing can be quite dark. However, at the same time, her books are very easy to pick up. Love her novels.

I really enjoyed The Brightest Star in the Sky and I'm not a big chic lit reader. It's a good book!

BabeRuthless Thu 10-Jan-13 13:50:37

Finished Sharp Objects. One of the most disturbing books I've ever read, couldn't get it out of my head the next day. Raided the library this morning which is ridiculous as I've got loads of unread books at home. I promised myself I wouldn't buy anymore books till payday though, so that's my justification. Got some spare time before I pick ds up so starting Small Hours by Susie Boyt.

PurpleStorm Thu 10-Jan-13 22:32:07

Can I join in too? I have an enormous number of books in my to read pile.

So far this year, the only books I've managed to finish reading are DS's board books, and I'm guessing that they don't really count.

SuperScribbler Fri 11-Jan-13 07:01:16

So I finished 100 Year Old Man and ended up loving it. For the first quarter it didn't click for me, but then I got into the rhythm of the humour and started to have laugh out loud moments. Fantastic and not what I was expecting.

Now started Hothouse Flowers by Lucinda Riley. It's supposed to be similar to Kate Morton, but on the evidence of the first 70 pages it's a poor imitation. Will keep going and hope it improves.

tumbletumble Fri 11-Jan-13 09:22:03

Finished my first book yesterday - Louise Candlish, The Day You Saved My Life. It was okay but not as good as her book Since I Don't Have You, which I found really moving.

100 Year Old Man next for me!

NicknameTaken Fri 11-Jan-13 10:17:26

Babe, I loved Sharp Objects. I read it over a year ago and it's still stuck with me, compared to a lot of plot-driven books that I can barely remember the next week. A great read.

For anyone who like The Observations, I just finished Jane Harris' second novel, Gillespie and I. I found it slightly heavy going and could predict the ending, but she does create vivid characters and setting. Not a bad book, but not a must read either.

Lindsay Davis fans - have you tried the Ruso series by R S Downie? Similar, but (mostly) set in second century Britain, so you have all the fun of the culture clash between natives and Romans. I'm reading Ruso and the River of Darkness, the fourth book in the series.

Babe/ Nickname - Also loved Sharp Objects...and her other two books as well!!

I go through phases where I read a whole lot and then a month will go by when I don't read much at all so I can't see me getting through 50 books in a year...maybe 40 though!

houseelfdobby Fri 11-Jan-13 11:30:41

Count me in too. I usually get through about 30 books a year (24 for bookclubs plus some extras) so 50 will be a challenge.

So far, I have read The Afterparty by Leo Benedictus. It is post-post-modern. There was a bit much boring sleb gazing and being impressed by drugs for my liking but it had a v interesting self referential structure and became a bit of a page turner towards the end.

I am also reading Reggie Perrin atm. I have read it before and found it very funny when I was younger. Now I am middle aged, I find it quite bleak and sobering.

Casual Vacancy next (been sitting by my bed) then you lot have made me want to read Sharp Objects - thanks.

i have no excuse not to read more as I am not working and have no small children any longer.

Does anyone else feel guilty though if they read during the day? Not sure why that is as I do all sorts of other dossy things (like waste time on MN) without a second thought...

I am in too. I spend too much time faffing when I could just read a good book for half an hour and then at least know where the time'd got to.

I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas, so used the opportunity to pick up lots of v. cheap books from amazon. Now just have to read them, along with the paperbacks that are waiting on my bookshelves.

So far:

The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell (paperback) - wonderful but so, so, SO very sad that it still upsets me when I think about it

Am currently reading The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes, on the Kindle. Am glad it only cost me 3.99 as am not enjoying it at all so far.

Am off to investigate Goodreads - I think I actually joined once but then never did any more.

NicknameTaken Fri 11-Jan-13 11:59:12

LittleMiss, on the strength of that, I've just added Gillian McFlynn's other two books to my library list. Hope you enjoy Sharp Objects, houseelf.

I feel a bit guilty about my leisure reading in general, because I'm also meant to be studying, and I could always be reading something more relevant to that. But maybe the guilt is wrapped up in the pleasure...

Snapespeare Fri 11-Jan-13 12:15:34

late to this, am avid reader and compulsive book buyer - got a £20 voucher for amazon for xmas and '12-days-of-kindled' it so i have 34 books on my ipad to get through....but still bought 4 books in tesco last night as they were 2-for £7. blush

currently reading 'Dominion on the ipad for commuting. really enjoying it - also, whispers underground which i picked up in the red cross shop as my bedtime book. finidng it a bit dull, but want to finish it so i can start on my tesco stash. I have a waist high pile of books next to my bookshelf that must be tackled and must t ry to not buy any more books <eyes kindle daily deal>

NicknameTaken Fri 11-Jan-13 12:25:38

Whispers underground isn't the best in the series - although I do like the narrator. Have you read the previous books in the series, Snapespeare? It helps to have a grasp of the back-story.

WheelybodsDH Fri 11-Jan-13 12:33:47

I'm up for the challenge, as I love to read, I tend to read a lot of horror, thriller and scifi. Almost finished Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Snapespeare Fri 11-Jan-13 12:35:16

I read the first one and enjoyed it, nickname somehow missed the 2nd one and have arrived at the third. I do like that there are references to hogwarts as being fictional - that appeals to my sense of humour, but i'm finding it a bit ploddy - which is just as well as it is the book at bedtime choice at the moment and anything gripping would keep me awake (!)

mumslife Fri 11-Jan-13 12:36:08

sorry I lovecolinfirth the book by was called Night Road by Kirsten Hannah lol! dont know what happened there. There were some other Kirsten Hannah books on Amazon but in german! I actually read night road as a paper back and not on my kindle hope this helps Sorry for the confusion! Now reading Lakeland Lily 3rd book of the year 47 to go!

Kelly281 Fri 11-Jan-13 12:44:47

I've shamefully become addicted to the True Blood books series by Charlaine Harris, so have been reading them non stop for the past few days! It's not great literature, but I find the books really enjoyable. I'm onto book 5 of the year, 45 to go!

1) Debbie Macomber - Touched by Angels
2) Charlaine Harris - Dead Until Dark
3) Charlaine Harris - Living Dead in Dallas
4) Charlaine Harris - Club Dead
5) Charlaine Harris - Dead to the World

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TheSandstoneCat Fri 11-Jan-13 13:14:37

Yay - just finished "The Glass Painter's Daughter" so that's 3 down, 47 to go smile

BabeRuthless Fri 11-Jan-13 13:32:52

On the subject of Gillian Flynn I read Gone Girl first & that's how I came to hear of her. Definitely going to have to get hold of Dark Places. There's something about her writing which really grabs me.

NicknameTaken Fri 11-Jan-13 13:40:49

snapespeare, yes, I found whispers a bit ploddy as well. It just seemed to lack the invention of the other two, and I missed the hero's parents. I preferred book 2 (Moon Over Soho). One small thing I like about the series - as the hero is mixed race, so he mentions whether characters are white rather than having that as the default assumption.

mackemmam Fri 11-Jan-13 13:54:13

I'm in, not sure I'll manage 50 books! Currently reading The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney which is a reading group book. I'm enjoying it so far so will try The Tenderness of Wolves which is in my huge pile of books to read. Also reading The Casual Vacancy but finding it hard going.

Snapespeare Fri 11-Jan-13 13:54:16

yes nickname i liked that as well, race isn't used overtly or 'shoulder-chipped', but it's occasionally refred to with regard to racism outwith the met ( I think one of the american characters asked a question regarding race) but it's not seen as a big deal to have a mixed race copper with weirdo supernatural powers.... becasue we're Londonners and we take this in our stride... smile

ProphetOfDoom Fri 11-Jan-13 13:54:41

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velcro Fri 11-Jan-13 15:27:26

I'm in. I've got about 150 books to read split between paper & kindle and that's if I can stop buying books that is. I've read so far this year
Rivers of London & Moon over soho both by Ben Aaronovitch
Satre's sink by Mark Crick
The Children's hospital by Chris Adrian
The Girl who fell beneath Fairyland by Catheynne Valente
And currently reading Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch

Satre's sink was ok & the children's hospital was good but disappointing ending. Really enjoyed the others

NicknameTaken Fri 11-Jan-13 15:44:59

Ooh, we're having a Ben Aaronovitch moment!

velcro Fri 11-Jan-13 15:48:31

Just a little one Nickname

Thewhingingdefective Fri 11-Jan-13 15:57:43

I'm doing it, but my reading pace really fluctuates so I have no idea if I will hit the target, exceed it or fail miserably.

I read 45 books last year which is reasonably good for me, but I am doing a fast track A level in Biology at the moment so trying to focus on that. After exams in June I will hopefully crack on with the novels again.

I am halfway through 2 books right now - Five Children and It by E Nesbit ( but children's books don't count if you abide by the rules) and The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.

thewhistler Fri 11-Jan-13 16:01:33

Glad other people have books stacked by their beds in such quantities.

Can I join? But I will want to include religion, georgette heyer and crime, some of which I will already have read, and biography.

Thewhingingdefective Fri 11-Jan-13 16:09:31

velcro is The Children's Hospital good? I keep picking it up, meaning to read, then not.

NoseyParker4aHusband Fri 11-Jan-13 16:44:22

I would love to join in too. I am also on 'Goodreads' and managed to read 42 last year (after originally setting myself a target of 30) I have set myself a target of 50 this year. I tend to get loads of freebie books ( I just browse the top 50 free books each week on Amazon) and as a result my reading tends to be very eclectic. Atm I am reading 'Me Before You' by JoJo Moyes, which I am finding just as surprising as her last one 'The Girl You Left Behind'.
I got these 3 books for christmas which I am looking forward to reading:
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry , Vanished Years by Rupert Everett (I have read both of their previous autobiographies) and 'Death at Seaworld by David Kirby.

KinkyDorito Fri 11-Jan-13 16:52:55

Can I join?

I just started Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, which I was bought last year.

I too have loads of books, and I feel quite ashamed that I have let my reading go.

I will also have (another) go at Wolf Hall. I've made several false starts.

KinkyDorito Fri 11-Jan-13 16:54:06

Nosey Ooo, didn't know Rupert Everett had done another one. His first was amazing. (Can feel Wolf Hall once again taking a step back from priority...)

Finished 'Wicked' - which I really enjoyed in the end. Some of the political-type stuff made it hard going for me, but the character development was fantastic.

I'm now reading "Pretty Little Liars" and feel a bit dirty admitting it wink On the plus side, if I read the full series I will be through another 12 books in a fortnight or so. It's a bit...candy flossy.

LadyofWinterfell Fri 11-Jan-13 16:58:58

I'm just about to start book 8 this year. I'ver read all of the Jack Reacher books since the middle of november.

A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night - Deborah Harkness
Stolen Crown - Susan Higginbotham
Mary Boleyn - Alison Weir
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades darker
Fifty shades freed blush
Fitzroy: The boy who would be King - Kathleen S Allen

I clearly read too fast. And have been reading rather than ironing <eyes massive pile>

Lisatheonewhoeatsdrytoast Fri 11-Jan-13 17:00:53

I've read three this year already, The Silver Linings Playbook, I recommend it, excellent, Ian Rankin.. Standing in another man's grave and JK Rowling, casual vacancy...didn't like sad
I am looking for books to download to my kindle :D

velcro Fri 11-Jan-13 17:06:03

thewhingingdefective I did enjoy The Children's Hospital, it was an interesting idea but I found the end unsatisfying.

NoseyParker4aHusband Fri 11-Jan-13 17:12:03

KinkyDorito I was excited when I saw he had done another one and immediately put it on my Christmas list. I too have 'Wolf Hall' on my kindle but have not got round to reading it yet. LadyofWinterfell 8 books already :0 (although does '50 shades' really count, I am not judging I have read them too blush )

WantAnOrange Fri 11-Jan-13 17:18:18

Can I join? Dont know if I'll hit 50 though! Does it have to be fiction? And do books I've already read count? I like re-reading books.

Lisatheonewhoeatsdrytoast Fri 11-Jan-13 17:22:31

No forget that I loved the Ian Rankin, Just JK's I wasn't taken by :S

DizzyHoneyBee Fri 11-Jan-13 17:41:27

Oh, count me in please. I managed it last year and want to do the same this year.

missbennett Fri 11-Jan-13 19:49:35

Can I join in too? I did read 120 books last year, target of 10 a month, though some months more and some less! The Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies month a lot less - quite hard going but I enjoyed them. This year my challenge is NOT to buy ANY books!!! I have them stacked around the house - some are even on shelves! I am allowed to download free books for my Kobo and then I have to get through the piles. Plus I am skint. Very skint. So books are not to be bought. (Apart from my £10 Waterstones voucher!) The library is my friend smile.

So far this year I have read:
- To My Best Friends - Sam Baker. Froth/chick lit but OK
-Not Dead Yet - Peter James. Fab. I love these and this was great. But I'm worrying about the twist in the that that threatens the happiness of Inspector Grace. Why am I worrying about a character in a book I ask myself?!
- The Radleys - Matt Haig. This was good -a very different take on the vampire genre, which I don't read, but I enjoyed this one!

And I'm currently half way through 'The Last Time They Met' by Anita Shreve, who I generally enjoy, and this is OK so far!

racingheart Fri 11-Jan-13 20:11:07

So far this year I've read Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth which was so brilliant I started to reread it all over again. If you like crime that's not too traditional - this is the best i've read since Kate Atkinson's last Brodie book.

Started The Casual Vacancy - I'm enjoying it but keep picking up other things instead. Hasn't gripped me, but I don't understand people who think she's not up to much as a writer. I like her style.

Also read a handful of short stories from Best american Mystery Stories 2012. V good so far.

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 11-Jan-13 20:49:29

I am up for it.

I have so far read,

Great expectations by Charles Dickens
The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett
The mysterious affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Half way through,

The Lighthouse by Alison Mooore
Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone by J K Rowling .... I am counting this as I am doing most of the reading with DC

thegreylady Fri 11-Jan-13 21:22:50

So far this year I have read 14 books blush I usually read between 4 and 7 a week.I am a very fast reader and if the weather is bad I can read about 500 pages a day.I dont watch tv at all.
The Bell Jar I abandoned many years ago.I loved The Snow Child.I am currently reading The Chess men by Peter May and have just finished Dying Fall by Ellie Griffiths.

Chewbecca Fri 11-Jan-13 21:32:27

I'd be keen to join too but, like others, I think 25 is more realistic for me than 50.

In response to some above,
-'Before I go to Sleep' is not too scary, no, go for it.
- IME if you assess The Casual Vacancy at page 50, you'll bin it. But I'm glad I finished it
- for those that want a classic when they don't usually, I'm no expert but I really like Wilkie Collins' Woman in White and The Moonstone though they take much longer to read than modern fiction again affecting your number!

I read Ben Elton's latest over Christmas, may have finished in the New Year, does that count? It's called Two Brothers, set in WW2, I liked it but it's not funny like his earlier offerings!

And this week I finished Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry'. I did enjoy it but my expectations were very high and sadly it didn't quite live up.

This year I have read:

Divergent - veronika Roth
Insurgent - veronika Roth
Partials - dan wells
Switched - Amanda hocking
Torn - Amanda hocking
Ascend - Amanda hocking
Unwind - Neal shusterman
Matched - ally condie
Crossed - ally condie
Reached - ally condie

I'm about to start I am number 4 (pittacus lore).

blossomhillontapplease Fri 11-Jan-13 22:14:56

Count me in! I havent managed to read anything this year as of yet. Last year I had a look on the bbc 100 top reads and started with them although I digressed and read something I fancied in between. I wanted to read some of the classics as its a travesty I feel to read as much as I do and not actually touch on any of them. I did find it very hard and as someone suggested earlier on I did start with Pride and Prejudice and absolutley loved it.
I make it my mission though as many of you have to actually dust off many of the 'to read' pile also (blush) which I can imagine getting through lots of (wine) and snacks.! (wink)

I am staring the year by finishing The Voyage of The Beable by Charles Darwin. Its very interesting and in parts quite humorous. Bus journeys to work are all the more interesting with a good book in hand (smile)

blossomhillontapplease Fri 11-Jan-13 22:15:53

ooh my little smileys didnt come up....sorry ladies!

highlandcoo Fri 11-Jan-13 23:28:08

thegreylady I am seriously impressed by the number of books you get through!

What did you think of The Chess Men? I've just read Peter May's first two - loved the first one and enjoyed the second although not quite so much. How does the third measure up?

IDontKnowWhereMyMedalsAre Sat 12-Jan-13 10:36:06

Count me in please.
So far I have read and finished Miss Perigrines peculiar children, (enjoyed it very much), The Virgin Suicides (liked that as well). Currently part way through Alex's adventures in numberland, very interesting about the history of numbers and I hate maths, also part way through The Night circus, beautiful writing and I'm about to start The Perfume Garden. As for books I too have piles and piles lurking around waiting to be read and lots on my kindle from the free or 50p offers.

twitchypalm Sat 12-Jan-13 10:59:16

Can I join please ive read 3 already this year I currently have 22 to read on the kindle. My new years resolution is I cant add anymore to my kindle wish list on amazon till i have got all the ones on there which currently stands at 99 books so hopefully i will manage 50 thsi year 47 to go.

Bluebell99 Sat 12-Jan-13 12:24:00

Hello, I'd like to join you. I usually read loads but have got out of the habit in the last month or so. Will post back later with the books I have to read on my shelf and kindle.

Dawnie29 Sat 12-Jan-13 13:39:55

I'm a big reader, and belong to a book club, and currently have a out 100 books not touched yet!! For some reason the last few months I have lost the reading bug and just about manage to read my allocated book club book! My new year resolution is to pull it back and find the bug again!! I'm currently reading
Dorian Grey which is ok, it's a book you need to concentrate on!

How odd, I'd already set myself the challenge of reading a book a week! So far I've read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, which I really quite enjoyed, although didn't expect to.

Currently reading The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley (with a view to getting back on the 5:2 fast next week) and also Down Under by Bill Bryson.

Will be returning to fiction after that though smile

PotPourri Sat 12-Jan-13 13:55:54

I'm going to join you guys Need to take the time to read this thread though blush- that's my first challenge. Loads of books gathering dust should be no problem though!!

BookieMonster Sat 12-Jan-13 14:37:56

Am up for this challenge. Have read the Casual Vacancy so 49 to go.

HellonHeels Sat 12-Jan-13 16:51:48

This looks great! I'd love to join in. Not sure if I can hit 50 but I'll try. Like a lot of people on this thread I also have a stack of unread books by my bed. Some have been there for quite some time blush

I'm planning to cut down book expenditure this year by joining a library.

MrsFiddymont Sat 12-Jan-13 17:07:44

I'm in.

The criminal conversation of Mrs Norton - Diane Atkinson
Ripper Hunter -M J Trow

Limpit80 Sat 12-Jan-13 17:49:44

Id like to join please! May be a bit ambitious, as I have an 8 wk old baby, but would love to try. We had a bit of a clear out before xmas and I had to admit that I had books on my shelf I was just never going to read,so they went to charity, but that still leaves me with a whole lot of books to get through! Am going to start with Capital by John Lancaster which is n my kindle. Happy reading all!smile

terskds Sat 12-Jan-13 18:37:15

Hello I am new to this but I am so impressed reading your messages and I look forward to a lot of friends and fun. I am 77 and have been a reader for many many years, like the lady with the huge pile of books by her bed, me too, and I would read one in two or three days, the older I got the faster I would read. Last year my Grandchildren bought me an EReader, it is so much easier for me I don't have to hold a book or turn the pages,but I am now reading even faster and because I need less sleep I get through one a night. Is this good or bad for me? I don't know, but I love it and learnt so much. It is really wonderfull to know that there are so many readers out there it hasn't always been so. Good reading to you all.

DonaAna Sat 12-Jan-13 19:02:46

Late to the party but count me in!
I read a mixture of nonfiction and fiction.
Three shaky piles on my nightstand.

I've started the year with some wine books and travel writing.
Also got a couple of books on architecture for Christmas.
Typically, I have five books going on simultaneously (some of which I will never finish). Haven't finished any of the above yet...

on ' memoirs of an imaginary friend', enjoying it but not getting through it very fast.

Would probably get through it quicker if I stopped looking at kindle book offers on amazon!!

Downloaded the 100 year old man for 20p what a bargain!!

Galaxymum Sat 12-Jan-13 21:11:10

I'm very impressed how many books you've all read so far. But it's also adding to me To Read pile! I need to hibernate and get on with my reading. Had a manic start to New Year and still only finished one book! I reread Call The Midwife and am at 64% (on my kindle) of Pride and Prejudice. I haven't read it since I was a teen and I'm really enjoying it. But it's taking a while! I plan to catch up with some easy reading quick reads after!

busymummy3 Sat 12-Jan-13 22:01:38

I do not know what it is but I cannot seem to get into a book even on holiday I could not be bothered to read which is so unlike me.
Interestingly I have read less since I got a Kindle and am seriously thinking of going back to books either by purchasing from Waterstones or any other book retailer or by going to the library - actually I quite miss my weekly visits {to the library sad

Angelico Sat 12-Jan-13 22:03:07

I'm in. More later. Baby crying... again!

busymummy I have a kindle but still buy books and borrow from library. I find if I only have access to kindle books I get a bit bored with them. That and I currently have to share with my dh who is the world's slowest reader!

MegBusset Sat 12-Jan-13 22:23:48

Finished book 1 (Edge Of The Orison by Iain Sinclair)
Picked the shortest book on my to-read shelf (The Year 1000 by Robert Lacey & Danny Danziger) to make up a few days!

I have so far read all three of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Nothing like my usual stuff but utterly BRILLIANT. So if you are looking for something different but that will leave you feeling depressed when finished, I recommend.

TheLoneRanger Sat 12-Jan-13 22:41:04

I'd like to join, please - I absolutely loved The Blackhouse by Peter May, and enjoyed The Lewis Man. Some other favourites mentioned on this thread, too.

TheLoneRanger Sat 12-Jan-13 22:41:34

We should get Peter May to do a webchat...

howdoo Sat 12-Jan-13 23:03:06

Terskds, a book a day sounds wonderful! I am now getting into A Misremembered Man, which is good so far. Have also downloaded Mortality by Christopher Hitchens which I think is going to be v interesting.

pookey Sat 12-Jan-13 23:39:04

Can I join too please! Currently reading Wolf Hall. I read it obssesively at first, and loved it, but feel its a bit too slow now I am getting to the last 100 pages. Possibly I prefered the fiction to the history...

I dont have many books on my shelves so will be fun to look for reccomendations here to borrow or buy from the charity shop.

hoppityhoppity Sun 13-Jan-13 02:08:17

I'd love to join you, I used to read a lot but have been v poor of late (managing v little over book group once a month). I have a huge stack to read (great, cheap, second hand book rack at our library which is v hard to pass without a purchase). I have just started my first book of the year - The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway - am 2 chapters in and really enjoying it. I have a lot of non-fiction I want to read too, but even though I want to have the knowledge I do find them much more work, so am thinking of reading in a 2 fiction, one non-fiction ratio.
Glad to hear Silver Linings Playbook is good as that is our book group book for March so is on my list.

youcantwearthatmum Sun 13-Jan-13 07:30:01

I'd also like to join. Used to read quite a lot but doing things like reading blogs and vague internet browsing is getting in the way. Also read quite a lot of young adult fiction. Does this count? Reaching the target of 50 is easier if you read shorter books. I found 'Wolf Hall' slow too pookey- had to take it back to the library before I finished and never got round to it again. Have just embarked on 'The Prague Cemetery' by Umberto Eco. Suspect it may take me a while....

Schooldidi Sun 13-Jan-13 08:17:56

I've just finished The Snow Child. I enjoyed it but it was rather sad in places.

That was my 3rd book of 2013. I'm now reading Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews. Back to witches, vampires and werewolves, they're less likely to make me cry.

I'd like to join please. I used to read a lot but since DD arrived I don't seem able to find the time. I aim to read 50 books that aren't all mindless rubbish (plus a fair few that are!) this year. So far this year I've read 'the one hundred year old man...' And am now starting 'Sacred Heart' by Sarah Dunnant.

mcsquigg Sun 13-Jan-13 08:59:20

I'd love to join too please - I was just short of my 50 book target on goodreads last year and have set the same one again for 2013. I just need to stop spending so much time lurking on mumsnet!

I've read one book so far, the first Jack Reacher, and am now working through Les Miserables which is brilliant but taking a while to get through...

MrsMaryCooper Sun 13-Jan-13 09:56:01

Yes, I'm in. So far I have read

High Rising - Angela Thirkell
Wild Strawberries - Angela Thirkell
ManHattan in Reverse - Peter Hamilton
Dominion - DJ Samson

And I'm currently reading

The Woodcutter - Kate Danley

shriekingnora Sun 13-Jan-13 10:21:50

I'm in - I like a bit of focus to my reading! There are some great suggestions on this thread.

So far this year:

1. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year - Sue Townsend
2. The Casual Vacancy - J K Rowling (worst writing of accents EVER - Krystal seemed to be simultaneously northern and west country. And possibly Punjabi)
3. The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt

Next in line is The Wreck at Sharpnose Point by Jeremy Seal and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. And The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz when DH has finished it.

WENDYEG57 Sun 13-Jan-13 10:22:56

I'm in too-but I wouldn't set myself a number to read, as long as I'm reading something I enjoy that's fine. Wolf Hall was extraordinary, as is Bring Up The Bodies. I found myself a bit traumatized at the end by the very vivid description of Anne's execution. I couldn't stop myself thinking about it.
So far this year I've read 'The Twilight Gate' by Jeanette Winterson- a novel about the Pendle Witches from a particular character's persepctive. It is quite fascinating and made me think about how much medicinal knowledge was lost. because men murdered most of the herbalists and wise women. Quite a short book if you're pressed for time.
At the moment I'm reading 'When God Was A Rabbit' -very funny and poignant and resonates with anyone who can remember the 70's.

WENDYEG57 Sun 13-Jan-13 10:24:27

Oh yes- I also read 'The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year' over Christmas-Sue Townsend never dissapoints.

shriekingnora Sun 13-Jan-13 10:26:57

I'm hoping this thread makes me read new stuff rather than comfort reading old favourites.

I also really liked the Sue Townsend and enjoyed When God was a Rabbit just before Christmas!

shriekingnora Sun 13-Jan-13 10:28:24

Forgot one - 4. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr. Can't believe I hadn't read this before. DD (9) got it for Christmas and insisted I read it after her.

Finished book three 'memoirs of an imaginary friend' by Matthew Green. Quite enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend it.

Thefourcees Sun 13-Jan-13 12:45:42

I'm now onto book 3, bit of a short one this it was free on Amazon, Henry VIII's Wives: History In An Hour by Julie Wheeler, just finished Siege by Simon Kernick 47 to go.

Taffeta Sun 13-Jan-13 13:00:55

Not sure I can do 50, but am up for 25. I tend to read in spurts, 4 or 5 books in a few weeks and then nothing for a month....

So far this year I've read

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling , which I enjoyed
Harold Fry , ditto
About to start Street Cat Named Bob

And will order a few suggested here....

mydadsdaughter Sun 13-Jan-13 13:50:48

i'm in, it'll be a challenge but im up for it so far have read
A Street Cat Named Bob and am currently reading JK Rowlings The Casual Vacancy so only 48.5 to go !

moonshine Sun 13-Jan-13 14:24:41

2. Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed - Michelle Morgan 8/10

I came upon an unusual Marilyn drama on one of the Sky channels last week and it piqued my interest so, on a whim, downloaded this onto my Kindle. Very enjoyable and not too dense/involved and speculative.

I've now started 11.22.63 by Stephen King which I reckon's going to take me ages to read but am already pretty hooked after 15 pages. Haven't read s King book for years.....

JustAHolyFool Sun 13-Jan-13 14:43:30

Good idea: not sure if I'll be able to do it as I'm on a PGCE, but will hopefully get some good suggestions at least from here.

Taffeta Sun 13-Jan-13 14:51:40

Dee thanks got the 100 years ... On Kindle for 20p grin

Taffeta Sun 13-Jan-13 14:51:55

Not dee! Eeeee

Signing in.
I did start keeping a list after a thread on here a few years ago. I normally read about 40ish but last year it was down to 35, largely due to me starting a lot and not finishing. I only count them if I finish and I often forget to count non fiction.
I am on 3rd this year so far.
1.Rough Weather by Robert Parker. Light American PI fiction. New to me he's written squillions so I'll try some more.
2.Secret Apocalypse by James Harden. I didn't know when I started it was aimed at young adult (good job or I would have avoided it). Fun.
3. Good Luck and Bad Temper by Ken McCoy.

DonaAna Sun 13-Jan-13 16:52:20

Ok, I think I finished my first book this year.

###1### Great Wine Made Simple by Andrea Immer Robinson.

Don't laugh - I occasionally read high-brow fiction too grin.
And what is surprising, I learned during the circa four nights spent reading this volume more than I have in 20+ years of drinking...
It explains in very simple terms how to taste and evaluate wine and then helps you to better understand how you can find what you like and also predict from reading the wine label what it will taste like.

I must be a really prosaic person, but I find reading non-fiction really quick and effortless, almost like breathing. Many novels play games with the reader (you have to figure out who is who - often the point of view shifts from chapter to chapter and paragraph to paragraph - and also whether you are interested in the main characters). I also have a hard time warming up many novels - it's often an uphill climb for the first 50-odd pages.

My favorites are great travel books that either take me to places I wouldn't be able to go myself or help me understand places that I visit / live in.

There are some good 20p books on kindle at the moment! I've also downloaded The Expats by Chris Pavone - it's a spy novel with a female main character.

Still have to decide on what book to start next. May see if I can wrestle the kindle away from DH for a few days!

HellonHeels Sun 13-Jan-13 20:11:08

Just finished my first book for the year

1. In Pursuit of Love

Now to re-start Whispers Under Ground. I read three chapters last year and now can't remember any of it.

EggRules Sun 13-Jan-13 20:30:33

Can I join please? <doesn't wait and jumps right in>

I have very varied taste and a long commute. So far this year I have read:
Joe Haldeman's (1) Forever War; (2) Forever Peace and (3) Forever Free. The genre is Military Sci Fi but I think the books have wide appeal. I agree with the review that states. "Forever Free is everything good science fiction should be but so often isn't: a grand adventure into what it means to be human, told through rich characterization and thoughtful scientific (not to mention religious) speculation that doesn't lag for a moment." I really enoyed these and book (4) Starbound is by the same author.

Kelly281 I read all the True Blood books last year

Starting book 4. "The Expats" by Chris Pavone

Shellwedance Sun 13-Jan-13 22:14:55

Just finished No. 3 Separate Lives, really good relationship drama with a couple of twists. Now moving onto Alys, Always.

NicknameTaken Mon 14-Jan-13 10:12:16

Just finished Ruso and the River of Darkness. I like setting (Britain in 2nd century AD) and the characters (especially the hero's "native" wife) more than the plot (something to do with forging coins).

Having read a couple of fiction books, I now feel the urge for non-fiction as a kind of palate-cleanser, so I'm reading The Emperor of Maladies, about cancer. It sounds grim, but it's not - it's written with clarity, compassion and authority. It's like crime fiction, with mutating cells as the master criminal needing to be tracked down.

tiggy114 Mon 14-Jan-13 11:00:47

Ok i'm up for this. i actually thought 50 seemed easy until you pointed out that thats nearly 1 a week!!! I have a toddler and homeschool so hardly any time. But, i have a personal challenge to read all the stephen king books in order of writing. Just finished Carrie. Also have 2 million books on a disk for kindke so lots to read plus i watch too much tv.

shriekingnora Mon 14-Jan-13 12:10:09

Have ditched The Wreck at Sharpnose Point. Too boring. Have moved on to The Finkler Question and The Debt to Pleasure.

jetstar Mon 14-Jan-13 12:43:08

I'll have a go (not sure I'll make it but what they hey!)
I have The Snow Child ready to read and also the 100 year old man one.
I have started (and stopped) reading Wolf Hall three times now, so if I only read one book this year than that should be my challenge!
shriekingnora I gave When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as a gift to a teenager friend for Christmas, hope she likes it - I enjoyed reading it as a teen smile

bohemimum Mon 14-Jan-13 12:45:03

I'm in! On book 4 already, so off to a flying start!

DuchessofMalfi Mon 14-Jan-13 12:51:38

jetstar I'm going to be reading Wolf Hall this year too. I tried to read it a couple of years ago, and gave up because of lack of time to concentrate on it. I've been waiting for the right time to read it since then, and hope this year is it smile

Cherrypi Mon 14-Jan-13 13:28:10

I've read one so far - World war Z by Max Brooks which was fantastic. Fiction written in the style of non fiction. Two if you count the Further tales of Peter Rabbit.

I'm in. I used to read a lot in bed but have started watching Netflix or love film at night instead and have lst track with my books.
My first book this year is The Unit, a really interesting read about people who are seen as not been useful to anyone anymore get sent to a unit which conducts medical trials and organ donation on the residents of the unit.
It sounds grim but I'm enjoying it.

Finished The Unit about an hour ago. Absolutely loved it.

Taffeta Mon 14-Jan-13 18:43:21

Re the unit , have you read never let me go? It sounds similar. Never let me go is one of my favourite books.

NicknameTaken Mon 14-Jan-13 19:04:21

shrieking, I adore The Debt to Pleasure - it's one of my favourite books.

It is on my to do list Taffeta. Thanks for reminding me about it. smile

'Behind the scenes at the museum' finished. Just got started on 'The Long Earth'. Next up will be either Feasting, Fasting (Anita Desai) or A Gathering Light (Jennifer Donnolley).

Absy Mon 14-Jan-13 21:08:54

I'll try. Last year I had only read 5 books by July, so had to catch up and towards the end of the year was reading a book a week, so could make it

Just finished the red and the black by Stendhal, do that's one down, 49 to go

missbennett Mon 14-Jan-13 21:18:15

Finished The Last Time They Met - enjoyed it, twist at the end left it open to different interpretations I think - good anyway! Now started The Bradshaw Variations by Rachel Cusk, bit of a family/relationships/ mid life angst sort of thing, spotted it in the library. Seems OK, but is only 250 pages longs so will get through it quite quickly I think.

MercuryRising Tue 15-Jan-13 03:23:12

Finished The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and really enjoyed it although I had guessed the ending by about halfway through. 1 down 49 to go!

SkyBean Tue 15-Jan-13 07:09:05

taffeta never let me go is my 1 st read of the year!! Loved it...and rate it as one of my top books now..good start eh? Lets hope the next 49 are as good.

On to a sure fire winner at the mo...blue Monday by nicci French ( my 2012 author discovery....amazing addition to my reading life! Heartily recommend all 'her' books)

chocolateee Tue 15-Jan-13 08:33:28

Anyone tried Sophie Hannah's books ? they have the most fabulous twists , none of which I've ever guessed . She also writes the funniest poetry. new one out in February apparently ... I'm hopeless with titles ... I blame the Kindle , you never get to see the title !

MrsFiddymont Tue 15-Jan-13 08:33:53

No 3 done - Burned Alive - Souad.

Never Let Me Go is one of my favourite books ever. I must give The Unit a try, who is the author?

There are some excellent suggestions on this thread!
I've just finished "Yours Truly" - a chick-lit first novel that was (I think) 20p for the Kindle version on amazon.
I thought it was really funny, well-written - yes, it's light entertainment, but it did what it was supposed to do ie entertain. So my resolution regarding my 50 Books in 2013 is NOT TO BE SNOBBISH!

RachelEHBlythe Tue 15-Jan-13 10:05:24

I set myself exactly that challenge two years ago, and have so far managed an average of 3 books a month. I made myself include non-fiction, as I never used to read it before. But I do tend to go for literary tomes, so feel quite proud that I've managed that many with not that much time.

ISingSoprano Tue 15-Jan-13 10:14:51

Keep the recommendations coming! I did this last year when first had my Kindle and managed about 60 books over the year. Don't forget non-fiction, I read lots of travel books last year and quite a few autobiographies too as well as a mixture of trashy chick-lit and more cerebral highbrow stuff grin.

Unit author is Nina Holmqvist. smile

Galaxymum Tue 15-Jan-13 12:31:31

I've finished wallowing in Pride & Prejudice now so going on major catch up! It was so lovely to rediscover a classic I last read for GCSE and find how much more I've enjoyed it, and appreciated it.

Next up is Me Before You (hoping I'll soar through this as meant to be fab) then 2 Book Club reads The Gilded Lily (not enjoying hebce reverted to Me Before You) and The Paris Wife

Snapespeare Tue 15-Jan-13 12:31:52

finished dominion and whispers underground. dominion kind of ended a bit too quick - i felt the plot hurried to the end - which is good, things started happening quickly and the pace matched that, but i felt a bit let down by the epilogue. still, really enjoyed it. smile

'whispers underground' glad it's over (!)

now on capital for my bedtime book and kick the drink for my commute. I drank everything over xmas and my liver needs a rest. slightly concerned I won't be able to enjoy an occasional glass of chardonnay after this. so, 2 down, 50 to go!

Snapespeare Tue 15-Jan-13 12:36:44

48 to go - for some reason i equated a year with 52 (weeks) rather than 50 (books) blush

TallulahTwinkle Tue 15-Jan-13 14:05:02

Can I join in?

Just been looking for some ideas to spend my Amazon vouchers on.

This year so far I have read:
The Tommyknockers Stephen King
Standing in another man's grave. Ian Rankin
So much for that. Lionel Shriver

About to start The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Going to browse through this thread to get more ideas grin

I loved Harold Fry.

MrsMaryCooper Tue 15-Jan-13 16:55:27

Finished The Woodcutter by Kate Delaney last night. It was clever but I never really got into one.

Now on number 6 The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths (1st in Ruth Galloway series)

I have never thought that I read very much, clearly I do very little else!

moonshine Tue 15-Jan-13 17:52:47

Nickname Taken - The Emporer of All Maladies looks fascinating and I've added it to my wishlist - thank you!

Snapespeare Did you enjoy all the other Ben Aaronvitch books? I started reading 'Rivers of London' but really hated the first few chapters so gave up (and I rarely give up with a book) Do you think it is a slow burner or, if I haven't 'got it' after the first few chapters, that I shouldn't bother trying again?

minsmum Tue 15-Jan-13 20:59:32

Well I have just finished Swimming home by Deborah Levy. Fascinating book, not at all what I expected, beautifully written and I can see why it was on the Booker short list. I wasn't sure when I was reading it at the beginning but I think it will stay with me.
Not quite sure what to read for book 4. After sitting here for about 20 minutes I think it will be Die for me by Karen Rose as my brain feels full.
I am trying to read The War poems of Siegfried Sassoon one a day as well.

Nettyporthole Tue 15-Jan-13 21:55:07

I'm up for this - but for me, ten of my 50 have to be in Dutch since I moved to the Netherlands two years ago and am trying to learn the language! (So expect trash for those ones)

Reading Stephen King's 11-22-63 at the moment and have just finished the very girly book The Playgroup by Janey Fraser. I tend to just pick up the book my boss has just finished reading since books are astronomically priced over here. God bless Amazon!

missbennett Tue 15-Jan-13 22:10:35

Well I've finished The Bradshaw Variations. Either I didn't get it or it was pretty miserable and didn't really go anywhere. I think the best thing about it was brevitywink. Need to browse the shelves to pick the next one but that's five down so far!

PurpleStorm Tue 15-Jan-13 22:12:32

Finished book number 1 - China Mieville: Embassytown

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Wed 16-Jan-13 09:04:36

So I have finished my second book
2. The Brightest Star In The Sky - Marian Keyes.

I really enjoyed it. It was really original and wasn't light and fluffy chick-lit at all. I got pretty emotionally involved towards the end.

My third book is The Gate House by Nelson DeMille. It is pretty massive, nearly 700 pages but so far I am really enjoying it. It is -3 here today so I think I will spend as much of the day as possible wrapped in a blanket, drinking tea and reading!

I need to stop lusting after other people's books on this thread. I saw my parents at the weekend and they gave me another two books that they had finished so I have added them to the Massive Stack. So even though I have read two books I have received two more!!

Ohhh Cardiff, I really enjoyed Brightest Star too.
I'm on book 2 now, I've decided on The Hundred Year Old Man.
It looks promising and it was only 20p [ grin].

Thefourcees Wed 16-Jan-13 11:57:13

Ok on to book no 4, going to be Stephen Kings The Long Walk. Ive been meaning to read this for a while, really enjoyed the last King book I read 11.22.63, I got The Long Walk as part of a 3 book Bachman collection with Roadwork and The Running Man so I'll move onto them after.

Allalonenow Wed 16-Jan-13 12:11:53

Hope it's not too late to join in.
I've just finished my first book of the year The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman, it's about the final years of the Wars of the Roses from the Plantagenet viewpoint.
Good plot and characters! I found the frequent use of "gotten" irritating.

Snapespeare Wed 16-Jan-13 12:58:30

moonshine well, it depends what you like. smile I hate giving up on a book... the only two that spring to mind that I didnt finish were the one i was reading while my mum was dying in a hospice - which was a trashy piece of nonsense set in a tv studio hmm and salman rushdies 'Midnights children' which i just couldnt get started with. I think if you've endured a few chapters and it isn't doing t for you, put it to one side and read something you enjoy. reading should be a joy, not a chore.

NicknameTaken Wed 16-Jan-13 13:15:44

moonshine, hope you enjoy The Emperor of Maladies. I now feel absurdly anxious in case you don't enjoy it.

About the Ben Aaronovitch books, I enjoyed them, but if you didn't enjoy the first few chapters of Rivers, it's probably not for you. It starts as it means to go on, if you seem what I mean, and you either enjoy the narrator's voice and the set-up or you don't.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Wed 16-Jan-13 14:36:47

TheFourCees - The Long Walk is one of my absolutely bestest stories ever. King at is absolute vintage best! Enjoy!

Galaxymum Wed 16-Jan-13 17:06:39

TheFourCees - The Long Walk is my favourite Stephen King book. It's haunted me since I read it as a teen. Enjoy!

I'm rollicking through Me Before You, my 3rd book. Can't believe I haven't read it before. I love it. It's so brilliantly written.

MrsMaryCooper Wed 16-Jan-13 18:26:06

Enjoyed No6 The Crossing Place so I'm now going to read the sequel

The Janus Stone - Elly Griffiths (number 7)

velcro Wed 16-Jan-13 19:36:48

Ok finished
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch which I really enjoyed and was rather sad that I've got to wait for the next one to be published
The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up by Jacob M Appel. Started well but got rather silly
Now reading The Secret Supper Club by Dana Bate

Alas my plan to clear my to-read backlog is being thwarted by my inability to stop buying kindle books. Purchased today Persuasion by Jane Austen & Morgue Drawer Four by Jutta Profijt

MegBusset Wed 16-Jan-13 20:36:07

1. Edge Of The Orison - Iain Sinclair read
2. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey read
3. The Clay Machine Gun - Victor Pelevin started

minsmum Wed 16-Jan-13 21:29:35

Velcro - I have all the Morgue Drawer books on my Kindle - not started them yet though

Schnarkle Wed 16-Jan-13 22:58:10

I'm in, I've really neglected reading over the last few years. I'm way behind the times, so I'll use this year to catch myself up with the rest of the world grin

1. Tripwire Lee child
2. Twilight (1)

Next on the list is Fahrenheit 451.

SuperScribbler Thu 17-Jan-13 07:37:24

Hothouse Flower finished. It was not too good - the dialogue needed more crackers with all the cheese smile

I'm now into The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Quirky title, quirky book.

minsmum Thu 17-Jan-13 09:22:10

Die for Me finished so now to start book 5. Not sure what yet

velcro Thu 17-Jan-13 10:42:44

minsmum I'll tell you what I think of the Morgue drawer book when I get to it though as I'm reading alphabetically by author it maybe some time

SuperScribbler I loved Guernsey Potato Pie & rather missed the characters when I finished it.

MegBusset Thu 17-Jan-13 13:29:56

Schnarkle Fahrenheit 451's on my list too, arrived from Amazon today with a few others (V for Vendetta, The Death Of Grass and The Knife Of Never Letting Go).

Dragontrainer Thu 17-Jan-13 13:56:48

Finished the Care of Wooden Floors, and couldn't have disliked it more! I found it one of those books which, sentence by sentence, is very well written but didn't work as a whole, particularly as I couldn't stand the characters.

I've also read the Lewis Man by Peter May, which I raced through: a good pageturner.

I'm about to continue the reading marathon by moving on to John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk.

elkiedee Thu 17-Jan-13 18:59:59

ShriekingNora, I hope you're grateful to your 9 year old - I think my mum read my copy when I was your dd's age, but I don't know if I had to beg her. I recommend the other two books in the trilogy too, though #2 is probably a bit old for your dd, and although #3 is published as a children's book, it just isn't - grown up Anna goes to visit her mother in Berlin after the war and it's really a very grown up book (nothing x rated, it just isn't really for kids).

Shellwedance Thu 17-Jan-13 19:50:59

Finished Alys, Always. Really good characterisation, interesting take on the Single White Female concept, I really liked it.

Now on to Number 5, The Twelve, which I'm really looking forward to.

NicknameTaken Fri 18-Jan-13 10:06:13

Finished The Emperor of All Maladies. Enjoyed the human story, but got a bit lost in the genetics part towards the end.

Read the first chapter or two of The Stepmothers' Support Group, but not sure I can be bothered to go on. Not badly written as such, just a bit pointless.

Dabbling with the first few chapters of Wilkie Collins' No-Name. Enjoying it so far, but not necessarily prepared to make the commitment to follow the story the whole way through.

Albertmajor Fri 18-Jan-13 16:55:28

I've also set myself a challenge, but only 2 per month - plus an extra on holiday, so 25 in total. I find reading on a Kindle much easier than carting paperbacks about though, and I must admit I'm going for the 'lighter' books to get me through January. This one is good for a 'switching the mind off' read - plus it's cheap on Amazon at the mo! www.amazon.co.uk/Rosy-Georges-Convention-Conundrum-ebook/dp/B008OZENS8/ref=la_B008QN1FNY_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358528014&sr=1-1

minsmum Fri 18-Jan-13 19:27:54

Well I finished my 5th book A Room With a View and I must confess that I didn'tenjoy it as much as the film. I found it hard going

PurpleStorm Fri 18-Jan-13 19:46:10

Finished book no. 2: Blake Charlton - Spellwright. It was so so. Got better towards the end, but I don't think I'm going to bother with the inevitable sequel.

Finished book 4, The Expats. Thoroughly enjoyed it. A kindle 20p bargain.

Got my new kindle today so starting book 5 on it. It's Alice Hoffman ' fortunes daughter'

ISpyPlumPie Fri 18-Jan-13 23:17:13

Finished book 2 and 3 : NW, and 1227 QI amazing facts (hope that one counts!).

Can't decide what to make of NW - enjoyed the streams of conciousness style and elements of the story, but not convinced it all hangs together that well. Might have been better for the ideas to have been explored separately as complete novels, though I understand the fragmentation and lack of neat endings are part of the overall effect.

Just started Andrew Marr's Modern History of Britain (can you tell I made the most of the Kindle sale?) Really fascinating so far, but it's long so think I'll have to interperse a few other books to have any chance of hitting 50.

MrsMaryCooper Sat 19-Jan-13 08:13:50

Finished No7 The Janus Stone - Elly Griffiths. I enjoyed it good plotting, interesting characters.

Now on to No8 The House at Sea's End - Elly Griffiths again. It is the 3rd in her Ruth Galloway series and I'm enjoying it so far.

shrinkingnora Sat 19-Jan-13 10:53:27

Number 5 finished - went for The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. It is FANTASTIC. Really enjoyed it. Think some intensive Conan Doyle is in the near future!

Cherrypi Sat 19-Jan-13 10:56:13

Ooh I have the house at sea's end out the library. Currently reading Alys, always by Harriet Lane as someone else has reserved that one.

minsmum Sat 19-Jan-13 10:59:03

my number 6 book is Wolf Hall I may be some time.

Nickname, Moonshine and Velcro - I read all the Ben Aaranovitch books last year; really enjoyed them but possibly because I could imagine myself in many of the places he mentioned, being London born & bred.

I finished book 2 "Feasting, Fasting" on Thursday evening, and am working on finishing book 3 "The Long Earth" which is getting stranger and stranger by the minute!

Next up are;
4. Gathering Light - Jennifer Donnelley
5. A cat, a hat and a piece of string - Joanne Harris
6. Ash: Return of the beat - Gary Val Tentura (never heard of him, book bought for me)
7. I can make you hate - Charlie Brooker

SuperScribbler Sat 19-Jan-13 15:23:41

Well I really loved the quirkiness of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. My onlt criticism is that I wish it had been longer as I wanted to spend more time in the company of the characters.

I've made a start on book number 7, which is Netherwood by Jane Sanderson. It was recommended by a friend who knows I enjoy Downton Abbey, but so far, so Catherine Cookson. Not my thing, but I'll forge on for now.

SuperScribbler Sat 19-Jan-13 15:25:24

Doh, that should be book number 8, not 7.

acsec Sat 19-Jan-13 15:30:55

I'm in. One of my resolutions was to read more.

Currently reading How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Enjoying it, but don't find much time to read, so have to change that.

mydadsdaughter Sat 19-Jan-13 22:20:07

just finished casual vacancy by J K Rowling which I absolutely loved, I'm also including David Williams 'the boy in a dress' as have been reading it to my ds 1 and we both really enjoyed this book. I have just started reading the Cammila book by Sues Townsend which doesn't look to promising at the moment and me and my ds 1 have just started reading the first of 'Series of unfortunate events' which does look like it's going to be good! so that's 3 down 47 to go !

Galaxymum Sun 20-Jan-13 05:35:30

I finished no. 3 today Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Amazing novel. I koved the characters and whole concept was very well written. A bit too close to experiences of my own in 2012 but was a wow book.

No. 4 is a book club book The Paris Wife.

youcantwearthatmum Sun 20-Jan-13 06:50:16

Stuck on number one bookclub choice Ben Goldacre 'Bad Science' for two reasons. It's non-fiction and I like a narrative to keep me going. Should be interesting - challenges homeopathy, the beauty industry and nutritionists. But find myself skipping bits. Also have spending far too much time on reading blogs and mindless Internet surfing

mcsquigg Sun 20-Jan-13 09:25:43

I'm still on number 2 - really enjoying les miserables and don't want to rush it but it's lengthy and I'm getting slightly impatient to start on the rest of my pile. I have "on chesil beach" waiting for me and it looks really good. It will be a while though, only a third of the way through les miserables...

minsmum Sun 20-Jan-13 12:26:40

Really enjoying Wolf hall and the snow means I'm getting time to read which is nice. Its the first paperback I've read since I got my kindle and it does feel very odd

NicknameTaken Sun 20-Jan-13 15:34:48

youcant, I liked the Bad Science book - I found it worth sticking with.

Just finished Emily Barr's latest, Stranded. I'm a fan of hers, and as usual I raced through it very rapidly, but it wasn't up to her best. The plot was frankly ludicrous - I don't mind suspending belief, but this plot just didn't make any sense at all.

Southeastdweller Sun 20-Jan-13 16:28:22

I'm slightly behind, having just finished my second book, and it's all Jeanette Winterson's fault. 'Oranges are not the Only Fruit' was the most tedious book I've read for ages. It took me two weeks to finish it and it's only 171 pages! Feel sorry for the kids studying it at school...

Tonight I'm going to kindle the book du jour - 'The Fast Diet', which I should read quickly given I'm about two stones overweight and struggle with other diets

Schnarkle Sun 20-Jan-13 17:39:53

Just finished Farenheit 451 and onto The handmaids tale. I'm seeing a trend. I downloaded a couple of the 20p specials so I think I'm set for a while to come. I grabbed Life of Pi, The 100 year old man, The expat.

Handmaids Tale is my book 4.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 20-Jan-13 17:42:43

Ooh, my first ever MN post! Have been lurking for a while. Can I join the 50 books challenge, please? Actually, I read 78 books in 2012 but some of my to-read list ones are very long (such as A Suitable Boy) so getting to 50 may be a problem.

I got a new kindle for my birthday and just downloaded new books. Oops. I've bought: The Capital (a 20p bargain), The Unit, Game of Thrones (book one), The Painted Bridge, The Night Circus... And that might have been it! Reading wise I'm still on book 5 'Fortune's Daughter' really enjoying it. I'm a massive Alice Hoffman fan!

Schooldidi Sun 20-Jan-13 19:35:03

I've just finished book 4. SO far I've read
1. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
2. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
3. The Snow Child
4. Magic strikes by Ilona Andrews
I've just started Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews today. I am really enjoying this series and intend to read them all, with some book club reads in there as well, and I'm doing a challenge on Goodreads which should be a challenge as I tend to stick to what I know I like. I read paranormal/urban fantasy stuff normally, I like reading to be a bit of an escape from day to day life.

Southeastdweller Sun 20-Jan-13 20:15:06

WednesdayNext Thanks so much for the Capital heads-up! Bargain indeed. About to kindle.

You're very welcome! Check out the bestseller list- they have a few 20 p bargains!

Allalonenow Sun 20-Jan-13 22:46:08

I've finished my second book, "The Mayor of Montebello" by Revel Barker, a retired Fleet Street hack.
The book is about a veteran Fleet Street hack who becomes the mayor of a town on an Italian island. Full of stock characters such as the simple fisherman and the mafia boss, and with every luscious young woman he meets deseperate to leap into bed with the old boy, it is an easy, though not gripping, read.
I'd never heard of Revel Barker before, I think he must have worked at "The Sun".

MrsMaryCooper Mon 21-Jan-13 07:58:27

Finished the House at Seas' End and also my No 9 A Room Full of Bones - Elly Griffiths.

So now on to Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway 5) - Elly Griffiths which is No 10 on my list.

NicknameTaken Mon 21-Jan-13 10:30:13

The thing with Elly Griffiths is that I love the characters and setting, but the plot can be a bit pointless - Ruth Galloway doesn't actually do that much in A Room Full of Bones. As far as I can see, her only role in resolving the mystery is in sending off some material for further analysis. I'm quite interested in her personal life, but that's the main attraction.

Thanks for the suggestions upthread to look up Gillian Flynn's other books (besides the one I read, Sharp Objects). I'm now on Dark Places and it's gripping. She manages to show damaged characters in crisis without it feeling exploitative.

PurpleStorm Mon 21-Jan-13 14:25:55

Finished book no. 3 - E.L.James - Fifty Shades Darker. And am wondering if Ana would be quite so keen on Christian if he wasn't a billionaire.

MercuryRising Mon 21-Jan-13 22:13:09

Ooo Schnarkle Im very jealous - is it the first time you have read The Handmaid's Tale? It is fantastic- enjoy!

Schnarkle Mon 21-Jan-13 22:33:20

Yes, my first time reading it, I'm about half way through now.

I'm loving reading it, I'm finding the bit's where she refers to her daughter really pull on the heart strings hormonal

tumbletumble Tue 22-Jan-13 07:27:10

Just finished my second book, the 100 year old man, and enjoyed it. Will have to speed up a bit to reach 50! (To be honest I'd be happy with 30.)

Hmm, lots on here I might have to add to my list of 'to read'.

For anyone who downloads to kindle, a friend of mine just had a deal on her ebook, but not sure whether it's still on offer. If you like a bit of magic & mystery then it's for you, although it doesn't fit well into any genre. A bit like feisty chick lit without the obvious plotlines. smile

mumslife Tue 22-Jan-13 12:43:56

just logging in to say I have almost finished reading book number three Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson Be warned it goes on and on and on with nothing much happening! SO have already read Night road by kirsten Hannah and a broken Family by Kitty neal 47 more to go! so glad to be nearly at the end of my current book. Anyone else read it?

I'll be starting book 6 this evening! I'm not sure if it will be Dawn French ' oh dear silvia' (which a friend just lent me) or Paul Cohelo 'Veronika Decides to Die'. Can anyone recommend either?

Book 5 was Alice Hoffman 'Fortune's Daughter' : a must read for any Hoffman fans, but not her best. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

CandyLoo Tue 22-Jan-13 21:13:29

I'm lagging behind a bit, just finished Book 1 - 'The Rose Petal Beach' by Dorothy Koomson. It's 500 + pages and was a book group choice, really enjoyed it. Easy to read but a great storyline that brings up lots of issues, will definitely look for more from this author. Book 2 - 'Toast' by Nigel Slater (should be a quick read!).

moonshine Tue 22-Jan-13 22:18:57

Thanks for replies re: the Aaranovitch novels - think I'll give them a miss as my to-read list is ever growing and I'm an annoyingly slow reader. I'm also annoyed at myself for watching too much crap tv, spending too long on the computer and falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

NicknameTaken - I shall hunt you down if I don't enjoy it wink No really, my choice - it's on my wishlist so am not sure when I'll get round to reading it.

I am nearly half way through 11.22.63 and really enjoying it. So why do I keep wasting all my free (reading) time on useless activities confused?

MegBusset Tue 22-Jan-13 22:33:13

Book 3 (The Clay Machine Gun) done.

Might read V For Vendetta next.

Mega, I'd be interested to hear what you think of V for Vendetta as I really liked the film. It was one of those times that I switched on the TV and found it by accident, and was gripped. Silly to an extent it may have been, but it was quirky enough to keep my interest. I'm usually someone who prefers the book to the film, hence the question!

Books 3, 4, & 5 now finished. LOVED the Joanne Harris short stories, "A cat, a hat and a piece of string". She is such a great author.

If anyone was following my reading list then I can report back that 'The Long Earth' was strange and compelling. You got straight into the story and there was no 'help' with the terminology - so you had to go with the flow and let your imagination take over. I'm now waiting for the sequel. There has to be one!

'Fasting, Feasting' - didn't really do it for me. Normally I enjoy books set in India but this one was quite dull. It reminded me a bit of when I reread 'Mill on the Floss' and wanted to lamp Maggie for being so dull.

'A Gathering Light' I enjoyed far more than I expected to. Had to look up a few words (logging terminology), but it was an engaging read, and I wanted to find out what happened. The only criticism is that the timeline jumped around a little, which was initially confusing. And I didn't like the way the chapter headings were typeset (picky?). It's based around a true event, with fictional characters bringing it into context.

My unknown/untried/self-published author is up next. I know you should't judge a book by the cover, but I already am, and am not feeling inspired. However, it was a gift, and I don't have much else around to read, so I'll be good and get on with it.

MegBusset Wed 23-Jan-13 09:23:34

It's very good so far. I haven't seen the film either; I like Alan Moore's other stuff (Watchmen etc) so thought I'd give it a go. I'll prob watch the film at some point.

Started the Dawn French one. It's an easy read and quite interesting so far.

Brockle Wed 23-Jan-13 11:05:40

Perfect thread for me as I had already given myself that challenge after seeing how many books I had on my kindle and by my bed. Just finished The Poison Tree which I really enjoyed and just started The Casual Vacancy and have Hunger Games on my kindle Right going to read rest of thread now smile

tumbletumble Wed 23-Jan-13 16:52:59

WednesdayNext I enjoyed Veronika Decides to Die - I think it's my favourite Paulo Coelho

Thanks tumbletumble I started the Dawn French but that will definitely be my next book!!

Cherrypi Wed 23-Jan-13 19:16:15

I quite fancy the new Dawn French. I listened to her first one and it was excellent. Finished Alys, always (3).

I'm just a few chapters in Cherrypi and it's not bad so far

Southeastdweller Wed 23-Jan-13 23:01:16

I'm whizzing through 'The Fast Diet' and am surprised how enjoyable it is to read. Should be ready to start the diet and a new book on Monday.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Thu 24-Jan-13 09:58:59

I have finished my third book last night which was The Gate House by Nelson DeMille. It was really long but I really enjoyed it. I realised after about 30 pages that it is the sequel to a book I read about 10 years ago so it was nice to be reunited with some familiar characters and locations. DeMille writes with great humour as well and is very witty.

Next is book number four. It's called The Doomsday Prophecy by Scott Mariani. I have never heard of the author before. My dad leant me it and I think it might be one he picked up when he was looking for a third book to complete a Waterstones 3 for 2 deal!

It says on the front "Fans of Dan Brown will love this thrilling adventure." So we shall see.......

ela01 Thu 24-Jan-13 10:01:11

I started Game of Thrones at Christmas and will probably finish the whole lot by next Christmas....soooooo long

Have joined Duchess's Goodreads bookclub and am now ridiculously excited grin

NicknameTaken Thu 24-Jan-13 10:48:23

Finished Dark Places and now reading The Great Charles Dickens Scandal. For no obvious reason, I like books about authors' posthumous reputations. This one is not one of the better examples of the genre - a bit stolid.

Allalonenow Thu 24-Jan-13 12:11:10

I've finished book number 3, The Hundred Year Old Man.... by Jonas Jonasson. I didn't find any of the characters endearing, it was more a romp through an I Spy Book of World Leaders and Ideologies. I felt it was often close to tipping into magic realism, which I'm not a fan of.

Not sure what to read next, am going to read this thread again for some ideas, am wondering what Game of Thrones is like as its often mentioned.

In the meantime, have read The Kafenion, a short story by Victoria Hislop, very typical of her writing.

While looking at Amazon Kindle for inspiration, I noticed that Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sanson is still priced at 20 pence. I really enjoyed it when I read it just before Christmas, and at 20 pence it is a bargain.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Thu 24-Jan-13 12:33:57

If I read through the Massive Stack in order of how they are stacked now Winter In Madrid will be my 18th book this year! Heartstone also by CJ Sansom will be book number 14.

I too have often looked at Game Of Thrones and then backed away at the last minute.

MandMills Thu 24-Jan-13 13:39:07

One of my new years resolutions is to read more books and be more positive so to combine the both I've recently read 'The Gift' by Shad Helmstetter, its an amazing book about looking at yourself and the decisions you make in a more positive light. Its easy to read and has given me such a confidence boost in so many different areas of my life.

Definately worth a read, so enjoy and let me know what you think (also its only £5.58 on Amazon!) smile

Dragontrainer Thu 24-Jan-13 13:52:38

Allalone - I kind of agree with you about the 100 Year Old Man. I chose it because I had just finished John Saturnall's Feast, (enjoyable but I did have to concentrate hard) and wanted something a bit lighter. I felt quite underwhelmed by the 100 Year Old Man and did wonder which twentieth century leader/dictator they were going to dig up next!

Now moving on to the House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. I used to like reading a bit of good old Sherlock Holmes, so hopefully this one should be a hit, though I am always a bit suspicious of books that "borrow" characters and stories!

Schnarkle Thu 24-Jan-13 14:31:53

We're all flying along, I'm really enjoying this challenge.

Finished up with The Handmaids Tale the other night. A good read, really enjoyed it.

I started on The Quiet Room last night for something completely different. Book 5.

acsec Thu 24-Jan-13 20:59:40

I'm some of the way through book 2 (which is one I'm reading to 8 yr old DSS - The Adventures of Jimmy Scar by Jeanne Willis) and I'm starting boy 3 later Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph

Had a bit of a bad week. Dad very Ill and eldest dd playing up so fell a bit behind with my reading.
I gave up in the 100 year old man. I just didn't like it.
I finished The Long Walk yesterday and really enjoyed it, moved onto Roadrage now.

1. The Unit
2. The Long Walk

Brockle Fri 25-Jan-13 09:25:44

let us know what you think of book 3 acsec. I have three boys and was thinking of buying it.

NicknameTaken Fri 25-Jan-13 09:32:51

Dragon, I liked House of Silk. I read it and PD James crime version of Pride and Prejudice, and I thought House of Silk was much better.

NicknameTaken Fri 25-Jan-13 09:33:18

I read the Horowitz and the James books at the same, I meant.

shrinkingnora Fri 25-Jan-13 09:39:21

House of Silk was excellent - my next book is now The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which I am LOVING.

Thefourcees Fri 25-Jan-13 12:19:11

Just finished The Long Walk, really enjoyed it, no 5 is going to be The Expats by Chris Pavone.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Fri 25-Jan-13 12:38:08

Update- 5) Patsy Collins - Escape To The Country
6) Kenneth Grahame - Wind in the Willows
7) Stephen Chbosky - Perks Of Being A Wallflower
8) Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist
9) Ali McNamara - From Notting Hill with Love Actually
Having a break to decide on number 10, only really enjoyed Chbosky grin

MegBusset Fri 25-Jan-13 16:15:25

Just finished book 4. So that's...

1. Edge Of The Orison - Iain Sinclair
2. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey
3. The Clay Machine Gun - Victor Pelevin
4. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd

V For Vendetta was absolutely brilliant. Having read a synopsis of the film, which differs a fair bit from the graphic novel (and which Alan Moore refused to have anything to do with), I don't really think I want to watch it.

SuperScribbler Fri 25-Jan-13 16:40:25

Nerherwood continued in the Catherine Cookson style, so was not my thing at all. Also felt the heroine's fledgling business blossomed far too quickly and easily and so I found it hard to stop snorting with disbelief.

Book number 9 is Snowdrops by A D Miller.

MrsMaryCooper Fri 25-Jan-13 20:24:03

Finished Dying Fall - Elly Griffiths

Now on to Number 11. I'm going to try the Life of Pi.

PennieLane Fri 25-Jan-13 22:26:28

Can I join? Excellent thread. I read 30 books last year and would like to push myself to more, just working through The Casual Vacancy at moment. Next is a graphic novel, The Sandcastle and then To A God Unknown.

Really interesting to hear what you're all reading!

Brockle Sat 26-Jan-13 09:05:03

I am also reading The Casual Vacancy at the moment. Enjoying it so far,just getting my head around the large cast characters.

Just finished book 5 which was Skin and Bones by Tom Bale. I discovered him last year and have read his other stuff, all great action thrillers. This was, I think, his first novel and it showed. While it had the plot and characterisation of the others it really needed editing down by a quarter.
Then took a new book to read while waiting for DS this morning and had my first "fail", Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark. Read three chapters and gave up.
We have really good libraries round here so I have a pile of nice newly chosen paperbacks to go at. CJ Box next I think.

Finished Roadrage this morning.I really liked it.
Trying to find my next book now fancy something nice after two Stephen King books. grin

1) The Unit
2) The Long Walk
3) Roadrage

MaureenShit Sat 26-Jan-13 15:57:52

im reading the Judith o reilly - its shit

noddyholder Sat 26-Jan-13 17:02:08

I can't imagine you reading that its the do gooders book isn't it? I am reading narcopolis

FleurPearl Sat 26-Jan-13 18:21:19

Can I join please? Know it's a bit late but this looks like it will give me the boot up the backside I need to get through my "to read" list! So far this year I've only read 3, the last Hunger Games book and Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. I tried the Time Travellers Wife but I just cannot get in to it. Does that count though or do you have to read the whole book? I'm now looking at A visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

So that's potentially 4 books in a month. Think I need to get my read on!!

thejoblot Sat 26-Jan-13 18:24:12

oohhhh can I play? Been a bit busy the last year or 2, so there are loads of great reads I have to catch up with. Easing myself in with the light stuff, just finished the "Hunger Games" trilogy & about to start the "His Dark Materials" with plans on the "A Song of Fire and Ice" saga. Think that will cover sci fi this year, hoping to throw in some grown up reading as well.

I'm struggling a bit with "Bright Young Things" by Scarlett Thomas (I think). It is so very dated, even though it takes place in the 90s, which is "my" time. SO MUCH talk and detail about Home and Away, and video games, althou the premise sounded good. Has anyone else read it?

Schooldidi Sat 26-Jan-13 19:38:01

I've just finished book 5. So far I've read the first 4 books in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and the Snow Child. I'm not sure when I'll get to read the 5th book in the Kate Daniels series though because it doesn't seem to be out on Kindle and it's expensive as a paperback.
Just started Fearless by Christine Rains. It seems a little short though so not sure if I should count it. I think it might be intended for a YA audience as I'm finding it a bit simplistic for my taste so far.

Galaxymum Sat 26-Jan-13 19:41:09

Just finished my 4th book The Paris Wife. I enjoyed it, quite diferent from my usual reads. Now starting another Jojo Moyes book.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 27-Jan-13 09:05:21

Morning all, I have finished book 4 last night. It was The Doomsday Prophecy by Scott Mariani. It wasn't particularly original, there was an ex-SAS soldier with an attitude, a missing biblical archaeologist and some tenuous religious links to a terrorist attack and the end of the world. Don't get me wrong there wasn't anything wrong with it, I just felt like I had already read it before!

I will start book 5 shortly. It is City Of Lies by RJ Ellory. I'm not confident I'll get on with it TBH, I tried one of his last year and just couldn't get into it. The blurb on this one looks quite good though so I will give it a try.

Can't believe some of you have read ten or eleven books already. When do you sleep?! Ten books in a month puts you on target to read 120 this year, more than double our original target!!

Finished the Dawn French book, so that's 6 down 44 to go!! Book 7 will be Paul Coelho 'Veronika Decides to Die', which I'm looking forward to reading.

On the fence about 'Oh dear silvia' - it took a while to get into and I found the end predictable, but there were a couple of good twists!

thefourcees enjoy The Expats - I really liked that one!

PerksOfBeingNorthern what did you think of 'The Alchemist'? I've got that on my pile waiting to be read!

MrsMaryCooper enjoy Life of Pi- it's a favourite of mine!

HopeForTheBest I've got Bright Young Things on my kindle to read. I was looking forward to it-- is it really that bad? The 90s is "my" time too!!

MrsMaryCooper Sun 27-Jan-13 19:44:48

No 11 was While they were sleeping - Andy Leeks

It wasn't very good.

I've started No 12 The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan. It's not what I was expecting (and much better written!) so I'm enjoying it.

Cardiff the reason I am at 12 already is because I have a broken arm so all the long journeys I have made this year to see have been on the train rather than the car so plenty of reading time!

I do read a lot anyway, though.

mumslife Sun 27-Jan-13 19:46:27

Finished fourth book in record time between mother and child by Elizabeth noble now onto the fifth in the bleak midwinter by carol rivers 45 to go lol

MegBusset Sun 27-Jan-13 21:00:06

1. Edge Of The Orison - Iain Sinclair
2. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey
3. The Clay Machine Gun - Victor Pelevin
4. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd
5. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Finished F451 in two days thanks to escaping from the DC overnight to a spa hotel!

MegBusset Sun 27-Jan-13 21:05:40

Now starting part one of Peter Ackroyd's History of England. Longer than the last few books at 450-odd pages so might slow me down a little!

LittleMissFantabulous Sun 27-Jan-13 21:51:54

I'll join in. I'm three books in so far:

1: Cold Days - Jim Butcher.
2: The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie.
3: The Painted Man - Peter V Brett.

Reading is pure escapism for me so I'm afraid it's probably going to be fantasy/sci fi/murder mystery trash all the waygrin

Allalonenow Sun 27-Jan-13 22:14:09

Book 4 ~ Wait for Me by Elizabeth Naughton.
A certainty for the Bad Sex Award, and with more corpses than an Agatha Christie boxed set, WFM is not my normal type of reading matter, but I was lured by the good Amazon reviews.
The best I can say is that it was a quick read. Too much repetition, and not enough pace, tension or real action, the many murders were all reported. I could go on, but you get my drift.

Hoping to find something enthralling this time.

daisygatsby Mon 28-Jan-13 11:40:09

hello everyone - im going to join in too. im a pretty fast reader, infact i think too quick , as I often forget books as soon as Ive read them. so far this year i have read

1. Why be happy when you could be normal, Jeanette Winterson
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
3,Mothers Tale , Camilla Noli - if anyone else has read this I'd be interested to hear what you think

Ive just put This is Where I leave you (i love the title!) by jonathan troper onto my kindle, so thats next.

NicknameTaken Mon 28-Jan-13 12:39:52

How did you like the Jeanette Winterson book, daisy? I love Oranges are not the only fruit, and I'm hesitating about whether to try this one too.

daisygatsby Mon 28-Jan-13 14:22:12

nickname - it was quite enjoyable although I didnt like it as much as I was expecting too, given the positive reviews I'd heard. but its certainly an interesting , well written tale, and easy to read. i actually havent read anything of hers apart from Oranges. I think if you liked that, youll like it.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Mon 28-Jan-13 17:47:00

WednesdayNext A few quotes in 'The Alchemist' struck a chord with me, I highlighted them on my kindle and don't do that very often! I wasn't blown away by it though, it got a bit too preachy towards the end. It is quite short and easy to read...and was free blush Update on here if you get around to reading it!

NicknameTaken Mon 28-Jan-13 18:00:20

Thanks, daisy, I might give it a shot.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Mon 28-Jan-13 18:43:46

So RJ Ellory lasted about 50 pages before I got the hump! I just don't like the way he writes so I have given up. If I've got to read 50 books this year I'm not going to waste time wrestling with stuff I don't like.

Next in the stack is Brute Force by Andy McNab blush Hardly a literary masterpiece, but fun and I should finish it in a few days!

I really need to stop noting down what everyone else is reading and looking books up on Amazon!

velcro Mon 28-Jan-13 19:57:52

Gave up on Persuasion by Jane Austen. I do t know if it was me or the kindle version but the sentences made no sense

Just finished Pompeii by Mary Beard. Interesting topic but was slightly dismayed as I thought it was a book about the eruption and it wasn't

Also read Agatha Raisin& the Love from Hell
The Secret Supper Club

Now reading Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

velcro Mon 28-Jan-13 19:59:18

That should have read don't and not do t. Am making as much sense as Persuasion apparently!

Thanks PerksOfBeingNorthern I will update when I get round to reading it!! Mau be a while though as I'm reading another one of his at the moment.

Daisy how was Gone Girl? I've just downloaded that onto my kindle!

Am reading Getting Rid Of Matthew. Somebody recommend it on another MN thread and I thought I'd give it a go. It's about an affair from both OW and wife's POV. It is a bit silly but I'm enjoying it.

Brockle Tue 29-Jan-13 09:46:09

It may be the version velcro as I have read it a hundred times a few times in paperback. It may be worth going back to it some time as it is very good.

SuperScribbler Tue 29-Jan-13 10:27:19

I finished The Legacy and thought it ok - not badly written, but just didn't grab me very hard.

I went straight onto The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and adored it. It's written in an inventive and effective format. The end did feel a little rushed though and I would have liked some final dialogue to tie the ends together (don't want to give too much away). But otherwise superb.

I'm about to begin book 12: The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse.

daisygatsby Tue 29-Jan-13 11:02:33

wednesday i loved gone,girl. read it one day, its a real page turner.

superscribbler book 12 ? wow youre flying through the books! well on track for the 50!

does anyone else have the kindle app on their iphone? its great - means you can sneak in a few chapters whenever you get the chance (which for me means sitting holding ds hand as he falls asleep which generally takes an hour.)

Brockle Tue 29-Jan-13 12:54:24

yes daisy the app is brilliant. Especially because it immediately knows where you are up to from your kindle. great for feeding smile

Thanks daisy! I'm looking forward to reading it!

I've got the android kindle app, which sounds the same. It's brilliant!

NoseyParker4aHusband Tue 29-Jan-13 16:48:38

FleurPearl what did you think of 'still missing' ? I read it last year (50p from charity shop). I found it was ok but probably not the best book to read having read it straight after this one www.amazon.co.uk/A-Stolen-Life-ebook/dp/B005BQNC44/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359477996&sr=1-1 .I also read 'A visit from the Goon Squad' which I did not like much.

I finished Getting Rid Of Matthew this afternoon. It was easy to read and funny not my usual type of book at all though.

Onto book 5 now. Need to find a good one.

CoteDAzur Tue 29-Jan-13 17:56:12

I don't think I will read 50 books this year but it's good to see what everyone else is reading.

So far I've read:
Mandarin Gate - Eliot Pattison
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng

... and now I'm reading:
Born to Run - Christopher McDougall

Dragontrainer Tue 29-Jan-13 19:36:15

Cote - What did you think of the Garden of Evening Mists; I read it last year and found myself almost hypnotised by the setting!

I've finished Anthony Horowitz's House of Silk, which was an enjoyable romp. I've pencilled in a trip to the library tomorrow to pick up some new books as quite a few that I've reserved are apparently now ready and waiting for me . . .

CoteDAzur Tue 29-Jan-13 19:53:13

I liked it but it felt like the "light" version of a better, more profound book. The first third was utterly boring and it is only when the book came to the testimonies of various war survivors from both sides that it started to get interesting.

So much more could have been done with that book.

FleurPearl Wed 30-Jan-13 00:18:45

Noseyparker - still missing wasn't bad, there were parts I really liked (the first half being captured) but it all seemed a bit rushed at the end and a little bit far fetched with the outcome. I'm finding Goon Squad a bit difficult to get in to. It's not holding myattention much and seeing as i have such a big reading pile I might not finish it!

FleurPearl Wed 30-Jan-13 00:21:10

So my plan to read all the books in my house before buying any others went right out the window today, after a trip to the charity shop I came home with another 9 books!! 25p each though, bargain!

kunoichi Wed 30-Jan-13 00:36:43

Having spent almost two years barely reading at all I launched into a reading spree this year and have already read 5!

1. The portrait of Dorian Gray (an old favourite)
2. The Prisoner of Heaven (good, but best read after Zafon's previous two)
3. Orchids on your budget
4. French children don't throw food
5. Top the Class (how Asian parents raise high achievers - excellent read!)

Needing more of a book fix, but didn't know what to read next. Some great suggestions here.

Incidentally I'm also (slowly) compiling a list of 50 must read fiction books for my blog, so any favourites/suggestions would be warmly welcomed!

Some of my favourites are:

Memoirs of a Geisha
Shadow of the Wind
The Time Traveller's Wife
The Historian
A Little Princess

Titchyboomboom Wed 30-Jan-13 00:48:05

Will try and quite possibly fail! I have the same piles of books by my bed and on my bookcase. I put all the books I have read in the loft and only kept down to be read... Loads!

shrinkingnora Wed 30-Jan-13 10:21:59

Number 6 finished - now onto The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Absy Wed 30-Jan-13 12:31:18

right, I'm behind at the moment, but have finished three books so far and am nearly finished the 4th. The first three are:
- The Red and the Black (stendhal)
- Tales of the Jazz Age (Fitzgerald)
- Snows of Kilimanjaro (Hemingway. I now really hate Hemingway)
and the 4th I'm reading at the mo is the Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

NicknameTaken Wed 30-Jan-13 13:48:17

Just read a children's book (not to an actual child), Francesca Simon, The Sleeping Army. I liked it, but all the gory descriptions of rotting bodies would have freaked me out as a child.

Now reading A Rambling Fancy by Caroline Sanderson, a short book about her visits to various sites associated with Jane Austen. It's the kind of trip I like doing in real life, so I'm enjoying it.

minsmum Wed 30-Jan-13 15:36:06

I finished Wolf Hall last night. Loved it the best book I have read in ages. The only down side was I couldn't read it before going to sleep as it kept going round and round in my head and keeping me awake. I love Thomas Cromwell. My dh has Bring up the Bodies so will read that later. So book 6 read now have to decide on book 7

Finished book 7 last night: Veronika Decides to Die. I really enjoyed most of it but did feel a bit cheated by the ending.

Starting book 8 today. It will be something on the kindle, but not sure what yet.

tumbletumble Thu 31-Jan-13 10:53:42

Superscribbler I loved The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, glad you enjoyed it too!

I've just finished my third book, The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw. I really wanted to enjoy it as it is a very original idea, interesting characters and lovely descriptions, but at the end of the day the underlying premise (a girl slowly turning into glass) was just too weird for me.

Next book is The Child Who by Simon Lelic.

gailforce1 Thu 31-Jan-13 11:06:14

Well its the last day of January and I have managed 6 books this month!
1. The Country Girls - Edna O'Brien
2. The Ladies Lending Library - Janice Kulyk Keefer
3. Heft - Liz Moore
4. A glass of Blessings - Barbara Pym
5. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
6. Mrs Robinson's Disgrace - Kate Summerscale

This thread is really keeping me motivated and I keep checking in to see what others are reading and looking for book ideas.
Can't believe this thread is 16 pages already - great thread CardiffUniversityNetballTeam!

Galaxymum Thu 31-Jan-13 11:08:11

I finished book 5 last night - The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. Loving her books, and become a fan very quickly. Got to finish my book club book now and not enjoying it at all. The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift. I may sneak in another guilty pleasure in between!

NicknameTaken Thu 31-Jan-13 11:37:16

gail, I adore Barbara Pym! I struggled a bit with A Glass of Blessings, because it's definitely one of her least comforting books, but I'm slowly coming around to it. But Some Tame Gazelle and Crampton Hodnet are two of my favourite books ever.

gailforce1 Thu 31-Jan-13 11:56:57

Thanks Nickname I will put those two on my To Read Pile! Read one add two!

Book 8: the unlikely pilgrimage of Harold fry.

NicknameTaken Thu 31-Jan-13 13:12:01

Hope you enjoy them, gail!

SuperScribbler Thu 31-Jan-13 13:46:15

The House at Midnight was ok. Not nearly chilling enough to be properly "gothic" and the ending was pure exposition, so rather anti-climatic.

Book 13: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - 50p charity shop bargain.

I'm loving this challenge as it's really re-ignited my love of reading, which has been on hold for a few years. I'm reading every evening instead of goggleboxing and feel my brain perking up as a result.

Brockle Thu 31-Jan-13 14:05:37

me too super although opportunities are scarce with three little ones smile Someone asked for peoples opinions on best fiction. I loved The Book Thief. It was a truly fantastic book.

Schnarkle Thu 31-Jan-13 15:05:25

I've started Catch-22 by Joseph Heller now. It's unusual and I find myself reading each chapter a couple of times to fully get what's being said. Enjoying it though and finding it quite funny.

This thread is a great way to find books. I tend to get so overwhelmed with all the choice out there, never know where to start.

1. Tripwire Lee child
2. Twilight (1)
3. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
4. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
5. The Quiet Room - Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett
6. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Allalonenow Thu 31-Jan-13 16:50:19

Book 5 ~ "Before the Swallow Dares" by Tony Whelpton, a tale of geriatric passion kindled when old school friends meet again by chance after many years apart.
A pleasant enough gentle read, of women cooking whilst wearing Dolce and Gabbana frocks, while hubby downs G&T in the Long Room. Maybe everyone in the South East lives like this now?!
My next book is by Tim Vicary, an author whose work I am new to, it's one of the unexpected pleasures of owning a Kindle that I've discovered so many new writers.
I keep meaning to try Barbara Pym, so many people love her books.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Thu 31-Jan-13 16:52:47


I left my book at work yesterday! I hate it when I do stupid things like this. I will have to start another one and read number 5 and 6 at the same time. Used to read more than one book at once when I was younger, not sure my addled old brain can handle it these days though.

I have the Book Thief in my stack Brockle, my MIL leant it to me, it's a hardback though and I really don't get on with hardbacks so I'm not sure if I'll ever read it.

I can't believe how many people there are on this thread either Gailforce1, think of all those poor neglected children out there, plonked in front of CBeebies while their mothers are frantically reading!!

I also loved The Book Thief.

My other suggestion for a list of best books (if you don't have it on your list already) would be Never Let Me Go.

CoteDAzur Thu 31-Jan-13 18:08:45

Without meaning to hurt anyone's feelings, I have to say that The Book Thief was one of the most superficial and juvenile books I have ever read.

Death himself was portrayed as a half-wit and an insufferable fool, going on about the color of this, the color of that.

It was suggested in my book club because someone's mum had recommended it, as well. After that, we stopped taking recommendations from our mums.

CoteDAzur Thu 31-Jan-13 18:12:50

Never Let Me Go wasn't badly written completely failed as a story because none of it made sense. We talked about this at some length on another thread so I won't get into it smile

Well, I guess everyone has different opinions about books. My book group loved both of them.

I personally didn't think Never Let Me Go failed as a story. I did think Death was a bit of an odd character, but I liked that his perception if the world wasn't based on the reality and suffering in the story, but on the colors he saw in different situations.

Brockle Thu 31-Jan-13 19:42:56

horses for courses cote . You prob wouldn't like Terry Pratchetts depiction of Deathsmile . Funnily enough in Beloved one of the characters gives up on life and her only joy is colour. Beloved is another one of my favourites but I will leave it there with the favourites as don't want to be compared to someone's out of touch mother! grin

wednesday do I take it that you are a fan of Thursday Next?

Not sure about the Casual Vacancy but will keep going.Characters seem bit cliche but may just need a few more pages to get into it.

Oh I loved Beloved too brockle! I must also be an old out-of-touch mother wink

I am a huge Thursday Next fan. In fact, just a huge Jasper Fforde fan! Are you?

How far into CV are you? It took me a good while to get into it. I enjoyed it whilst reading, but it hasn't left a lasting impression on me!

cote given that we seem to have polar opposite tastes so far, what books would make it into your "must read" list? I'd be interested to hear - I'm always looking to branch out and try new things!

Brockle Thu 31-Jan-13 20:18:36

yes I am a lapsed Jasper Fforde fan. grin The last one I read was The Big Over Easy which was brilliant although The Eyre Affair is still my favourite. It's a bit embarassing giggling on a train full of serious people which I always do with his books. What would you suggest from his newer ones.

I too would like to know what cote enjoyed. I always like hearing about people's interests book wise.

The rest in the Thursday Next series are good. How far did you get? The latest isn't his best IMO, but I still enjoyed it. One Of Our Thursday's Is Missing was quite good.

Shades of Grey was a good one of his too - very different in theme but still had the quirkiness of Jasper Fforde.

I probably wouldn't bother with the Dragon Slayer ones. They were ok but nothing special.

It's good to find another Jasper fan.

What other authors/ books are you in to?

Have you read any Alice Hoffman?

Brockle Thu 31-Jan-13 21:17:04

I'm up to One of our Thursdays is Missing and also want to read The Fourth Bear. Again a lapsed Pratchett fan. Fforde and Pratchett have the same tongue in cheek view if life which like. Though Thursday Next is also wish fulfillment. As I really like her world smile

I have a pretty eclectic taste from Toni Morrison to Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse. I really like Kate Mosse and have her new one, Citadel, to read.

I will go and kindle Alice Hoffman now grin

I'd recommend The Ice Queen or Blue Diary, but I've not yet read a Hoffman I didn't love. She's not at all like Fforde but one of my favorites nonetheless!

I'd love to live in the bookworld, but not sure about the danger Thursday gets into. One Of Our Thursdays is really good. If you liked The Big Over Easy, I think you'll like The Fourth Bear - I preferred it. Oooh, I feel a re-read coming on.

I've not read any Pratchett. Any recommendations for starting?

I've only read one Kate Mosse - the one about the ghosts?

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Thu 31-Jan-13 23:41:20

Can I add my name to the list of Jasper Fforde fans? I've only read The Big Over Easy, but I loved it.

I would say to read Pratchett's Discworld in the order he wrote them. I think the first one is The Colour Of Magic?

MercuryRising Fri 01-Feb-13 01:18:15

Oh dear I really need to pick up my reading pace in February, I have only just finished book number 2 When will there be good news? by Kate Atkinson. I really enjoyed the book and am a little bit smitten with Jackson Brodie. Im just starting The Snow Child after the positive reviews on this thread. Its great hearing about what you have all been enjoying reading.

BabCNesbitt Fri 01-Feb-13 04:07:37

Hello! Is it too late to join this thread, even though I've already missed the first month? Have set myself a challenge on Goodreads to read 60 books this year (just managed 50 last year), to try and motivate myself to get off the bloody internet in the evening after DD's gone to bed. It's been going pretty well so far apart from spending the last couple of nights MNing but motivation from other readers is always good!

My 2013 books so far:

1. Resolution - Denise Mina
2. A Book of Silence - Sara Maitland
3. Love in Idleness - Charlotte Mendelson
4. Tango - My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels - Justin Vivian Bond
5. The 100 Thing Challenge - Dave Bruno
6. The Big Rumpus - Ayun Halliday
7. Trumpet - Jackie Kay

And just started reading Morris Bishop's The Middle Ages. There's no real plan to my reading this year!

Cardiff thanks! And also, try Fforde's The Eyre Affair. I've never yet met a person who didn't love it!

Brockle Fri 01-Feb-13 15:16:09

I agree with cardiff at starting from the beginning. wyrd sisters, Mort, Men at Arms and Witches Abroad are my favourites.

NicknameTaken Fri 01-Feb-13 16:36:15

Dissenting view on Terry Prattchett - I think he gets better as he goes on, and you might not enjoy the earlier books but love some of the later ones. I'd plunge into Lords and Ladies. It's a great introduction to the characters, and it'll give you a good idea whether his books are for you or not.

I've read 12 already this year, there's a chance I'll overshoot my 50 book targetgrin.

I'll bear that in mind, thanks nickname

MrsMaryCooper Fri 01-Feb-13 19:12:38

I ditched my no 12 THe Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan about 2/3s of the way through.

I just got thoroughly bored by the characters.

I read Stuart MacBride - Close to the Bone instead, and it was FAB.

Not sure what I will have for No 13

shrinkingnora Fri 01-Feb-13 20:26:47

I hated the Glen Duncan book I read (think it was Death of an Ordinary Man or something). Very boring! I have read fewer books since I joined this thread than at any other time in my life hmm Not sure what that's about!

Thefourcees Sat 02-Feb-13 12:41:32

Just finished The Expats now on to no 6. I started reading SKs The Stand last year and got nearly half way through before christmas took over, so I'm going to finish that, 600 pages read 700 to go.

minsmum Sat 02-Feb-13 14:36:24

I have just finished Cranford. It was a lovely sweet book. Now for book number 8

Brockle Sat 02-Feb-13 19:14:19

Well so far I am on book 4 The Casual Vacancy in hardback and book 5 is Lorna Doone (kindle) which I have never read so decided to remedy that.
so far:
Book 1 The Poison Tree. Really enjoyed it and it surprised me with it's ending as I thought it was going in a different direction.

book 2 Catching Fire - disappointed after first Hunger Games book.

book 3 Mockingjay. as disappointing as the last one.

hopefully 4 and 5 will not disappoint!

mumslife Sat 02-Feb-13 21:37:33

just checking in to report finished my fifth book in the bleak midwinter now about to start my sixth which will be the seamstress by Maria Duenas

SuperScribbler Sat 02-Feb-13 22:23:32

The Thirteenth Tale was slow to get going, but once underway had me gripped.

Book 14: Child 44. This was not as expected - thought it would be a trashy thriller. I enjoyed its depth, but did think it was written with a film adaptation in mind - lots of dramatic climaxes and action.

Book 15 is Barking by Tom Holt.

Done No 6 which was by an independent author, "Ash - Return of the Beast". Erm, it was rather like a Dan Brown novel with a bit more supernatural in. Not something I'd have chosen but I felt obliged to read itl TBH, I only read it to get to the end.

No 7 was 'The Queen's Governess' by Karen Harper. Not bad as a snapshot of a historical period, but the americanisms (I know she is a US author, but she's writing English historical fiction) were a bit irritating - 'snit', 'gotten' etc.

Now on No 8 - 'The Painter's Apprentice'

mcsquigg Sun 03-Feb-13 11:42:13

I'm starting number 5 today - Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana.

This year so far i've read:

1. The Killing Floor - Lee Child
2. A Limited Justice - Catriona King
3. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
4. How Many Miles to Babylon - Jennifer Johnston.

The last two were book club choices and the Jennifer Johnston was fantastic. I'm also half way through Les Miserables but have taken a break for a little while. I'll probably dip in and out of it over the next few months.

Galaxymum Sun 03-Feb-13 19:00:23

Yay! finished book 6 on 2nd attempt The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift. great read once I got into it. Some very well described period detail.
Book 7 is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

HellonHeels Sun 03-Feb-13 21:55:28

Oh wow some of you are charging along!

I've just finished book 5 Into the Silence - the great war, Mallory and the conquest of Everest.

Started no. 6 this weekend Interview with the vampire. Not really into it yet, hoping it grows on me a bit.

daisychain76 Sun 03-Feb-13 22:33:19

Hi, please can l join in. Realised at start of this week that l hadn‘t read a sigle book since September, so eased self in with Call the Midwife and then went onto Harold Fry, both of which l enjoyed. Started reading no. 3 today ~Relish by Prue Leith. Seems fine, but not hugely interesting. I want something a bit more challenging for no. 4, but not sure what yet.

Finished Book 8 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry' which I really enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who hasn't read it yet.

Book 9 is a non-fiction one: ' French Children Don't Throw Food'.

Allalonenow Mon 04-Feb-13 15:37:51

Book 6 ~ "Nobody's Slave" by Tim Vicary, best know as a writer of thrillers. I really enjoyed this adventure story set in the slave trading fleet of Hawkins and Drake. A real Boy's Own yarn with plenty of cliff hangers as well as some moral debate. It would make a good short TV series.

As an aside, with all the interest in Richard III today, The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman is just 74 pence from Amazon Kindle today, the paperback is about £11, so a snip for a well told story.

Hello smile. Finished book 5 today I absolutely loved it. The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree. Such a good read.

Oooh, I'd be interested in French Children Don#t Throw Food, it sounded v. interesting when it came out and then i forgot all about it.

greenhill Mon 04-Feb-13 20:25:21

Allalonenow thanks for the tip, I've just bought it for 74p and recommended it on the Richard III thread too.

Can I join?
1 Why Men Lie - Linden Macintyre. Third part of a trilogy, Canadian novel.
2 Fourplay - Jane Moore. Wife discovers husband has an affair, then rebuilds her life.
3 Back Story - David Mitchell. Memoirs of comedian and panel show host.
4 My Lover's Lover - Maggie O'Farrell. Gothic psychological drama.
5 The Corn Maiden - Joyce Carol Oates. Novella and short stories.

French Children Don't Throw Food was 5.99 on kindle. I'm about 3 chapters in and really enjoying it so far.

Rather enjoyed No 8 - 'The Painter's Apprentice', which continues the story from 'The Apothecary's Daughter'. A fair bit of history in there with a romantic theme running through. Although I wonder why bosoms must always heave and pulses flutter (last two books I've read).

Just starting No. 9 'How to be a woman' - Caitlin Moran and have no's 9 & 10 lined up.

9. Point of Origin - Patricia Cornwell
10 When will there be good news? - Kate Atkinson

(hopefully by then DH will have finished 'I can make you hate' and I can make that no.11)

BTW, whenever I get a new discworld novel, I read ALL the others again first. <Geek alert>

moonshine Mon 04-Feb-13 22:40:06

Cross with myself for wasting lots of reading time these past few weeks (as well as being a slowish reader) so have just finished:

No 3 11.22.63 Stephen King 9/10

Really enjoyed this book - I haven't read King for years and have been put off by all the dismissive reviews of most of his recent ones but thought it was pretty thought-provoking and just a darn good story.

It's inspired me to read more King but am starting with the non-fiction Danse Macabre after having watched Woman in Black last night (although thought it was pretty cliched, even if it did have some good 'jump in your seat' moments)

Lots of books on this thread I need to explore as well.....

thejoblot Mon 04-Feb-13 22:44:21

Walked past a charity shop & spotted "The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng this morning .... so on the advice of this thread it's now in my "to read" pile grin

Allalonenow Mon 04-Feb-13 23:39:11

greenhill ~ pleased you got the bargain price, and also passed it on, hope you enjoy the book. I think Penman will enjoy a huge surge in sales following today's news.

tumbletumble Tue 05-Feb-13 07:36:11

Stayed up late last night to finish book no.4 - The Child Who, a real page turner. Knackered today!

Next book is A Prayer For Owen Meany. I may be some time.

minsmum Tue 05-Feb-13 16:25:11

Don't know where my post went but book 8 was cranford which was very sweet.
Book 9 is Killer Instinct by zoe sharp which I am enjoying. It comes with a recommendation from Lee Childs.

Galaxymum Tue 05-Feb-13 16:43:22

Lee Child and Zoe Sharp are good friends and used to live near each other in the Lake District. I listened to a tslk by her a couple of years ago - feisty and very imaginative! She takes her research very seriously.

minsmum Tue 05-Feb-13 17:09:27

I didn't know that he does seem to be quite a fan of her Charlie Fox books though.

MrsMaryCooper Tue 05-Feb-13 18:17:40

No 13 was Capital by John Lancaster. Well written but it didn't really grip me.

MegBusset Tue 05-Feb-13 19:34:40

Finished no.6, it was a bit longer than the others but still pleased that I managed to read a 450-page book in just over a week!

1. Edge Of The Orison - Iain Sinclair
2. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey
3. The Clay Machine Gun - Victor Pelevin
4. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd
5. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
6. Peter Ackroyd - A History Of England Vol 1: Foundation

Would highly recommend the Ackroyd book for history fans. Funnily enough I reached the chapter on Richard III yesterday!

No.7 will be John Christopher's The Death Of Grass, v short so shouldn't take long.

MrsMaryCooper Tue 05-Feb-13 19:49:16

And No 14 is Nice Weekend for a Murder - Max Allan Collins. I don't think it's going to stretch me, but it is trotting along nicely so far.

SuperScribbler Tue 05-Feb-13 21:56:55

Barking took ages to get going and was all rather convaluted. Not bad, but not one of Tom Holt's best.

Book 16: The Sunne in Splendour (what else smile ).

Still on Caitlin Moran - some bits of it are making me spit drink out laughing.... definitely a recommend, even though I'm not yet finished.

CoteDAzur Wed 06-Feb-13 07:45:48

I finished Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. An incredibly entertaining and curiously informative book about the author's trip to Mexican canyons, to meet and run with the Tarahumara tribe, whose people seem to have the secret of extreme endurance. He puts together a very convincing case of how we are running animals (rather than walking animals like pigs and chimps, for example), drawing on evidence from human anatomy and anthropology. Fascinating book! And I am now completely convinced that we are all "born to run" and can't wait to chuck my super-padded Nike trainers in favor of some minimalist running shoes smile

On to Poet by Michael Connelly...

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Wed 06-Feb-13 09:29:22

Cote - Born To Run sounds fascinating. Although I must be strong and not buy any new books.

I stayed up late last night and finished book 5. It was Sanctus by Simon Toyne. It was a really gripping book about religious conspiracy. I really liked the fact that the author hasn't pretended any of it is based in fact and that he made the whole thing up! Probably for the best as part of it is really quite shocking. I was disappointed at the ending though. I hadn't realised it is the first of a trilogy, this book just runs straight into the next one, so none of the loose ends are tied off. And I don't have the second book.

Book 6 is Brute Force by Andy McNab - which should have been book 5 but I left it at work and started Sanctus instead.

NicknameTaken Wed 06-Feb-13 15:45:58

Reading The Last Princess, non-fic about Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice. Not a life to envy.

No 6 was a Robert Parker. I've just discovered him and so will be dipping in all year.
Total fail was the 100 year old man. I thought the style was so childish I wondered whether it was meant to be a children's book?
I give a book 3 chapters maximum. I read for pleasure not for work so it has to entertain me.
Just starting the Expats by Chris Pavone.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Wed 06-Feb-13 17:43:26

10) Elizabeth Janet Henderson - Laura's Big Break
11) Sheila O'Flanagan - My Favourite Goodbye

Have started Charlotte Bronte - The professor but struggling slightly so may have to leave and come back. Have Sunne In Splendour to read and quite fancy The Last Princess Nickname is reading <book envy>

mydadsdaughter Wed 06-Feb-13 23:52:55

Have finished Queen Camilla, a friend lent me it and although it took a while to get into it I enjoyed in the end, also just finished first series of unfortunate events which I was reading to my little boy which was fab!

NicknameTaken Thu 07-Feb-13 09:36:15

Ha, Perks, that's the danger of a thread like this! I got in in my local library, so it might be worth trying there if you don't want to spend more money on books. If it helps, it was fairly interesting (depending on how much you already know about Victoria's family - I don't think there are any startling new insights) but I wouldn't classify it as a must-read.

Galaxymum Thu 07-Feb-13 11:47:48

I read The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley yesterday so totted up no. 7 whilst I'm in the middle of the excellent Gone Girl.

This thread is too tempting though - I keep adding to my To Read pile! It'll never go down which was not the aim at the start!

mumslife Thu 07-Feb-13 12:47:53

just logging on to say have decided to read the way we were by elizabeth noble for my sixth book am enjoying it will read the samstress next which was my sixth book and it will now become my seventh! fancied an easy read!

minsmum Thu 07-Feb-13 12:48:32

Finished Killer Instinct I really enjoyed this so book 10 is going to be the second in the series Riot Act.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 07-Feb-13 18:36:41

Can I join?

Allalonenow Thu 07-Feb-13 20:34:42

Started "Lady in Waiting" by Denise Domning, supposedly historical fiction, but actually just about cardboard cut outs dressed in Tudor costume. Without the the political intrigue or social details that would have interested me, I soon abandoned it.

minsmum Thu 07-Feb-13 21:05:39

allalone I tried that book too but I only read a couple of pages

CoteDAzur Thu 07-Feb-13 22:02:02

I finished #5: The Poet by Michael Connelly. Murder mystery/serial killer book with several twists. Not brilliant but pretty good, although I figured things out quicker than the FBI which is never a great sign.

I can't decide if I should now read Lolita, Under The Dome, or Casino Royale...

Allalonenow Thu 07-Feb-13 22:13:41

minsmum I think it will have to go in to the "Total Rubbish" collection!

I noticed upthread you've read Cranford, I really enjoyed it when I read it recently, it reminded me of the Arnold Bennett Five Towns books.

TacoLeBell Thu 07-Feb-13 22:22:47

Hi all, I'm doing this via Goodreads and didn't realise there was a thread here! I'm up to 5 at the moment.

I got a bit obsessed by Ben Aaronovitch and read all three of his 'Rivers of London' series along with a Fables graphic novel and a short by Joanna Trollope. So a mixed bag there! I'm halfway through Ready Player One by Ernest Cline which is excellent so far, I'll have finished it by weekend and then have no idea what to pick next! I've got plenty so might do 'eeny meeny' wink

MegBusset Fri 08-Feb-13 00:05:38

Book 7 finished. No duds so far. Now got an empty to-read shelf, will have to reread something before my Amazon order arrives!

1. Edge Of The Orison - Iain Sinclair
2. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey
3. The Clay Machine Gun - Victor Pelevin
4. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd
5. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
6. A History Of England Vol 1: Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
7. The Death Of Grass - John Christopher

minsmum Fri 08-Feb-13 13:26:17

Allalone are they good then, should I add them to my ever growing list of books to be read ?.
I thought that by trying to meet this challenge that my list of books to be read would get smaller but its just getting longer and longer

shrinkingnora Fri 08-Feb-13 13:38:32

I have randomly started Middlemarch! It's good but I think it's going to take a while...

Schnarkle Fri 08-Feb-13 14:19:55

I've taken up reading Running Blind - Lee Child along side Catch 22. This thread idea has transformed my reading habits.

Allalonenow Fri 08-Feb-13 14:29:09

minsmum Oh yes I'm sure you would enjoy them, 'Clayhanger' and 'Hilda Lessways', 'The Card', 'Anna of the Five Towns'. Wonderful characters and touches of clever gentle humour. If you have a Kindle, they are available free from Amazon.

Yes, I agree, I thought my TBR list would shrink, but it is ever expanding, and now I feel I should re read Middlemarch!

highlandcoo Fri 08-Feb-13 16:10:27

Hi Allalonenow and minsmum. I'm also a huge Arnold Bennett fan - The Old Wives' Tale is one of my favourite novels.

Two quite random recommendations for you : The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher and The Makioka Sisters by Tanazaki Junichiro. The first set in Sheffield in the 70s/80s, and the second in Osaka and Tokyo in the mid-20th century, so on the surface very different themes, but these books really reminded me of Arnold Bennett in the way the authors described ordinary people's lives so fully and unhurriedly .. if you like a slow absorbing read take a look at them smile

highlandcoo Fri 08-Feb-13 16:17:58

Forgot to list what I've read this year so far :

1. Parade's End - Ford Madox Ford (read first section and will return to later)
2. Bitter Water - Gordon Ferris
3. To the End of the Land - David Grossman
4. The Makioka Sisters - Junichiro Tanizaki
5. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
6. How to be a Good Wife - Emma Chapman
7. Blossoms and Shadows - Lian Hearn
8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
9. The Box Man - Kobo Abe

Next book will be Some Prefer Nettles - Tanizaki again. I'm aiming to read as many Japanese novels as I can before going there in March.

PurpleStorm Fri 08-Feb-13 19:54:35

Checking back in with -

4. Frances Osburne - The Bolter (biography of Idina Sackville)
5. Pamela Druckerman - French Children Don't Throw Food
6. Sarah Rayner - The Two Week Wait
7. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere

Currently reading James Herbert - The Secret of Crickley Hall. I was inspired to buy this after watching the TV adaptation last year.

PurpleStorm how did you find French Children Don't Throw Food? I'm half way through and fascinated by it. It isn't at all what I expected.

Allalonenow Fri 08-Feb-13 21:08:15

Hello highland
Nice to meet another Arnold Bennett fan, I think his work is of its time, yet timeless, his characterization and capture of place are unbeatable.

Many thanks for the interesting recommendations, I'll certainly have a look at them. One of the delights of this thread is the discovery of new writers.

I am quite envious of your trip to Japan; what an adventure.

MegBusset Fri 08-Feb-13 21:28:03

Started book 8 - in the absence of my own book to read, am reading one lent to me ages ago by my mum - The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Booker Prizewinner 2010). I tried reading it last year but couldn't get into it and gave up around p50, might as well keep going while I wait for my Amazon order to arrive.

Am now reading Capital by John Lancaster. Rather enjoying it; it reminds me of Casual Vacancy (which I really liked) and something else I can't quite put my finger on.

Book 9 - "French Children Don't Throw Food" completed. Found it really interesting.

Between that, I've also read book 10- "QI 1227 facts to blow your socks off". Just what it says really. Some interesting stuff, but nothing that really blew me away.

Book 11 will be a bit more lighthearted. "Getting Rid Of Matthew" by Jane Fallon.

MrsMaryCooper Sat 09-Feb-13 06:37:02

14 was going to be Nice Weekend for a Murder - Max Allan Collins, but I ditched it because I was bored and didn't like his writing style or the characters much, so it was The Chosen Dead - MR Hall which I enjoyed and raced throw.

It's part of a series with the coroner Jenny Cooper, she is a gripping lead but I can't help but feel she would be monumental PITA to know or work with.

And Number 15 is Tuesday's Gone - Nicci French

minsmum Sat 09-Feb-13 08:53:52

Finished Riot Act by Zoe Sharp last night totally gripping couldn't put it down finally finished at 2am. I am too tired this morning to decide what's next but feeling quite pleased that I have finished 10 books already

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 09-Feb-13 09:51:24

Finished The Line Of Beauty last night, so moving on now to book 7.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Sat 09-Feb-13 10:17:58

Nickname I don't know much, became interested after the BBC three parter on Victoria's Chidren (only in the girls though!) Have resolved to include a few non-fics in my 50 so may start by looking for this in the library, thanks grin

PurpleStorm Sat 09-Feb-13 13:41:07

WednesdayNext - I really enjoyed reading French Children Don't Throw Food. I found the descriptions of French parenting styles really interesting.

CoteDAzur Sat 09-Feb-13 15:30:42

I'm at 6% (on Kindle) of David Brin's Existence and honestly have No Idea what the author is on about shock Pushing through with all I've got, but seriously confused, especially with the introduction of a new character every couple of pages!

No. 9 'How to be a woman' - Caitlin Moran just finished. Can't recommend it highly enough. Provides laughter, tears and much food for thought. Just read it. Even if you are opposed to swearing. Read it!

I started no. 10. When will there be good news? - Kate Atkinson yesterday. I've had to fight myself to put it down. It's totally compelling. I need to know what is happening, every minute. Even when I put it down to do RL stuff. And I'm out tonight and won't be able to finish it.

Allalonenow Sat 09-Feb-13 17:28:30

Book 7 ~ "A Family Affair" by Mary Campisi, family secrets revealed following the death of a hero - worshipped father. I found it a very predictable plot, with characters that I kept hoping I would engage with, but never did.

Why are American writers so fixated on the clothes their characters wear? I can understand a brief snapshot when first introducing a character, but I don't need to know what they wear every day of the action. Campisi tells us the colour of every shirt, skirt and pair of chinos, I'm amazed she didn't give colours of boxers and bras too.

Sonnet Sat 09-Feb-13 20:01:04

I have read thus thread so many times but have never got to the end as have been distracted by all the book suggestions!!!!

I would like to join please!
I have read so far this year:
Winters of the world
The other Boleyn girl
One good turn
The Lewis Man
Pastures nouveau

I have just started capital by John Lanchester

My one aim this year is to read wolf Hall. I have started it and then abandoned it for some reason!

Sonnet Sat 09-Feb-13 20:03:45

NotGeoffVarder - I loved when will there be good news

Galaxymum Sun 10-Feb-13 13:22:11

Finished book 8 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Really enjoyed this thriller and I was so immersed in it I was disappointed when I reached the conclusion. I just wanted it to continue. Great writing and I will definitely read her other novels.

Book 9 is Phantom by Jo Nesbo. I am trying hard to stick with books to read on my bookshelf and kindle.

Finished "Getting Rid Of Matthew". I surprised myself by enjoying it for the most part, and for wanting the OW to live happily ever after. I am disappointed in what I felt was a rush towards the ending and some unfinished loose ends, but still enjoyed reading it.

Book 12 is "Smut" by Alan Bennett. It's been gathering dust on my shelf for quite some time!

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 10-Feb-13 22:32:55

Book 6 finished, Brute Force by Andy McNab. Another one my dad gave me. Not bad but quite predictable given that it is pretty much the same as all his other books just set in different countries with different bad guys.

Next up is The Wrecker by Clive Cussler, more highbrow literature.......not!!

NicknameTaken Mon 11-Feb-13 12:04:48

Snap, Galaxymum - was awake till after 2am last night reading Gone Girl. Not just a thriller, but an interesting take on marriage and the impact of the recession.

I also read In Ruins, by Christopher Woodward, for what must be the fourth or fifth time. It's non-fiction, and takes in art history and architectural history, subjects I know very little about, but he makes me want to know more. It's written in a really appealing style, and I always end up with a list of places I want to visit.

shrinkingnora Mon 11-Feb-13 17:38:29

I am being fickle. Have got bored of both Sherlock Holmes and Middlemarch. Have read No7 Where'd You Go Bernadette? this weekend (excellent) and am now reading No8 Alone in Berlin (probably finish tonight) - also very good but very tense and sad too.

Finished the first of the two stories in "Smut" and actually found it really uncomfortable reading. Hoping the second one will be a more pleasant read!!

Allalonenow Mon 11-Feb-13 18:48:54

Not sure what to read next, so have just got the Brian Cox "Wonders of the Universe" on Kindle. It is a bargain ATM, £1:99 instead of £20, though will probably display better on the iPad app than Kindle.

I bought 3 new books today. Oops. In my defence, I had a voucher to use smile I have now added to my collection:

' The Prisoner Of Heaven' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
' The Lifeboat' by Charlotte Rogan, and,
'The Good Father' by Noah Hawley

FleurPearl Mon 11-Feb-13 20:16:51

I've finished Visit from the Goon Squad and it was ok but I couldn't really get in to it and found I was forcing myself to get through and finish it. Book 5 is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Last week I popped in to the charity shop and came out with 9 books!!! I've since bought a few on ebay and other charity stores. Can't help myself!!! My "to read" pile is huge!
I see a lot of you are racing ahead so I definitely need to get my read on!

Brockle Mon 11-Feb-13 20:45:13

is that a new Carlos ruiz zafon book wednesday? V jealous smile

Yes Brockle it's apparently the sequel to ' The Shadow Of The Wind!!

Brockle Mon 11-Feb-13 22:18:56

you see wednesday all my good intentions about buying no more books has flew out of the window grin

It's buy one get one half price in waterstones at the moment!! I'm about to start reading it. My good intentions of finishing my old books before new ones have also flown.

Enjoyed the second half of "Smut" far more than the first. It was less disturbing.

Starting my next book now - number 13?

PurpleStorm Tue 12-Feb-13 20:41:41

Finished book no. 8 - James Herbert - The Secret of Crickley Hall.

The plot in the book hangs together better than the plot in the TV adaption, particularly at the end of the book.

Finished No. 10. When will there be good news? - Kate Atkinson. Really engrossing, cleverly written, and well-constructed. I'm pacing myself now so will try another of hers later in the year.

Just got started on No.11 Point of Origin - Patricia Cornwell. She's my 'default' author when I'm between things. The right balance of predictabilty, twists and turns, and darkness. Given that the cat chucked up a hairball on it earlier, I need to read it quickly and ditch - scrubbing with cleaning fluid really hasn't helped much.

No. 12 is lined up - Lee Mack's autobiography - Mack the Life. I'm only reading it because earlier this year Neil Oliver tweeted that he was snorting with laughter reading it. And also because I'm still waiting for DH to finish reading Charlie Brooker's latest offering.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:59

Purple - I read Crickley Hall last year. Have you read many others by James Herbert? He caused me to spend much of my late teens and early twenties scaring myself witless! Crickley Hall is pretty tame compared to some of his earlier stuff, still good though.

PurpleStorm Tue 12-Feb-13 21:56:38

Cardiff - I read one of James Herbert's Rats books years ago - one where London had suffered a nuclear bomb attack and the survivors were trapped underground with the man-eating rats. That one gave me a few sleepless nights and kind of put me off reading more of his books.

I agree that Crickley Hall is tame in comparison with that!

minsmum Tue 12-Feb-13 22:13:51

Finished The Black House by Peter May,book 11, didn't really grab me till right towards the end. I would never have predicted the ending though. I have the second in the trilogy on my kindle but will probably wait a while before starting it.

highlandcoo Tue 12-Feb-13 22:36:19

I enjoyed The Blackhouse minsmum , maybe because I know the islands and enjoyed picturing the setting.

I've read the second which is also good but maybe less unusual. Saving the third for a long plane journey!

MrsMaryCooper Wed 13-Feb-13 07:07:48

Just finished No 16 - White Nights by Ann Cleevley. I really enjoyed it, its the second part of a series set in Shetland, I read the first one last year and I'm going to read the third one, Red Bones as number 17.

MegBusset Wed 13-Feb-13 09:44:51

Finished book 8 - The Finkler Question - which I was pretty meh about, can't really see why it won the Booker Prize. Still no Amazon delivery so will move on to the other book my mum lent me (The Hand That First Held Mine) and hope it's better!

1. Edge Of The Orison - Iain Sinclair
2. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey
3. The Clay Machine Gun - Victor Pelevin
4. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd
5. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
6. A History Of England Vol 1: Foundation - Peter Ackroyd
7. The Death Of Grass - John Christopher
8. The Finkler Question - Howard Jacobson

SuperScribbler Wed 13-Feb-13 10:17:42

Finished The Sunne in Splendour, which was good, but perhaps not as good as I was expecting. I suspect that's because it's showing its age- wordier than more modern historicals and the 'love story' was too overblown for my taste.

Book 17: The Robsart Mystery - a lightweight hist-myst, so not too taxing I imagine.

minsmum Wed 13-Feb-13 11:15:49

Highlands maybe that was my problem that it's not somewhere that I know. I just couldn't see where it was going and I didn't like him very much.

mumslife Wed 13-Feb-13 12:08:26

just quickly logging in to report finished book she by elizabeth Noble the way we were sad ending though. She is fast becoming a favourite author Now reading Lakeland Lily by freda Lightfoot and am whizzing through this is my seventh book but i see some of you are much further ahead!

mumslife Wed 13-Feb-13 12:08:52

boook seven that should have said lol

Dragontrainer Wed 13-Feb-13 13:10:52

Just finished "Walking Home" by Simon Armitage, about a poet walking the Pennine Way. I realised on typing that synopsis that I should have guessed that the book would be slightly pretentious!!

Moving on to Dominion by CJ Sansom next and looking forward to it as I love his Shardlake books. My only problem is that it looks quite thick and is due back at the library soon with no chance of renewing it as lots of others have reserved it. Oh well, it will give me a "valid" excuse to procrastinate dealing with ironing mountain and to read instead!

NicknameTaken Wed 13-Feb-13 14:41:37

Dragon, that's the best thing about having to return library books by a set time!

I'm currently reading Horlogicon by Mark Forsyth. I really enjoyed his earlier book, the Etymologicon, so I knew I would be in safe hands, and he keeps making me laugh out loud. The chapters on the pointlessness of office life are particularly funny.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 13-Feb-13 15:14:44

I loved The Etymologicon. Wasn't sure whether to read The Horologicon, but you may have just persuaded me Nickname grin

NicknameTaken Wed 13-Feb-13 15:20:16

It's just as good, honest!

I had to give up on the Zafon because I realised very quickly that I needed to re-read the first one, so now tackling Game of Thrones

NicknameTaken Thu 14-Feb-13 09:33:47

I seemed to have struck a good run of books. I've justed started the biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor, and I think the biographer has hit exactly the right note - she's captured his sense of wonder and enthusiasm, while gently pointing out that you can't always entirely trust his memory of events, and she does so with great affection.

SuperScribbler Thu 14-Feb-13 12:21:32

Finished The Robsart Mystery. It was ok for what it was - a typical hist-myst, easy to read, no great thought required.

Book 18: War Crimes for rhe Home by Liz Jensen. Already being drawn in after only 5 pages.

Allalonenow Thu 14-Feb-13 23:39:40

Ooh Nickname I'm a fan of Patrick Leigh Fermor, who is the author of his biography? I'd like to read "Ill met by Moonlight" too.

MrsMaryCooper Fri 15-Feb-13 08:42:08

Finished No 17 Red Bones - Ann Cleevely and now working on No 18 Blue Lightning also Ann Cleevley.

I love it when i find a new author that I like and I can read all their books one after another.

NicknameTaken Fri 15-Feb-13 10:12:10

Allalone, the biography is by Artemis Cooper. She is the daughter of John Julius Norwich (I love his books on Byzantium) and PLF was a family friend.

Mary, I did the same thing with the Ann Cleeves Shetland series - I think she is much better than Ian Rankin.

Just to confuse everyone, I've NC'd (was NotGeoff)

No.11 Point of Origin - Patricia Cornwell done. Well, there was one thing in there I didn't see coming, and had to read it a few times to let it sink in!

Now on No. 12 Lee Mack's autobiography - Mack the Life. So far, pretty amusing.

Nothing planned for No. 13 onwards. Someone mentioned one about the tudor period earlier - something about the Sonne (Sun, I presume). If I can find the title, I might go for trying to get it via the library.

NicknameTaken Fri 15-Feb-13 10:15:33

The Sunne in its Splendour?