50 Book Challenge 2013 -The Sequel!

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CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 16-Jun-13 11:05:05

Morning all,

As the old thread here is nearly full, I have created a shiny new one for your delight and delectation.

Sign in and update your progress here!

I'm Cardiff and I've nearly finished book 16, so I'm very behind as to be in track we should be approaching 25 by now. Where is everyone else up to?

I haven't been counting but I reckon I've probably read at least 50 since January tbh.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 16-Jun-13 13:18:46

Signing in, and marking my place. I'm on Book 48 currently - Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. Some light-hearted chick-lit and surprisingly good so far. I shall be tackling We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver soon, which will probably be Book 50/51.

Currently reading, 'Shampoo Planet' by Douglas Coupland. Thought I'd read all of his but this one had escaped me. It's not doing a great deal for me though.

I've also read loads for work lately, so have a big stack of lit guides etc at the side of the bed. Ted Hughes - yawn.

Engelsemama Sun 16-Jun-13 13:35:23

I lurked on the last thread. Think I am on about 25 (reading list for this year is upstairs!). Re-reading Pride and Prejudice atm. Helped to stay on track by reading the Song of Ice and Fire series which I could not put down and devoured during April/May.

I have some work reading to do this summer (English teacher) so will be re-reading Disgrace by Coetzee, Doll's House by Ibsen and Wilfred Owen's poetry.

Have just been inspired by an Agatha Christie thread in chat as well!

minsmum Sun 16-Jun-13 13:56:59

Just a quick note to myself that I have read 34 about to start book 35 but haven't chosen which its going to be yet

MegBusset Sun 16-Jun-13 17:41:40

I'm on books 30 (Beowulf - Seamus Heaney translation) and 31 (The Witches - Roald Dahl - bedtime reading with DS1).

tumbletumble Sun 16-Jun-13 18:06:30

Thanks for the new thread, Cardiff.

I'm on book 23, so almost on track for 50 this year. I'm really pleased as I didn't think I'd get anywhere near 50 when I started this! I used to read a lot pre-DC, but have been reading much less in recent years.

I'm going to mark my place on the new thread by listing my books so far so I have a record of them:

1. The Day You Saved My Life by Louise Candlish
2. The 100 Year Old Man... by Jonas Jonasson
3. The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
4. The Child Who by Simon Lelic
5. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
6. The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
7. Separate Lives by Kathryn Flett
8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
9. Pear Shaped by Stella Newman
10. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
11. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
12. A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly
13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
14. The Jigsaw Man by Paul Britton
15. What Matters in Jane Austen
16. Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
17. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
18. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
19. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
20. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
21. You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
22. How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman

Ooh to Ibsen - the best!

juneybean Sun 16-Jun-13 18:46:10

Whoop new thread! I'm up to 19 after a brief hiatus due to OU exam!

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
3. The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
7. The Unliekly Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
8. Matilda by Roald Dahl
9. The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
10. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
11. Thursday's in the Park by Hilary Boyd
12. George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
13. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
14. French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman
15. Atonement by Ian McEwan
16. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
17. Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility by Mireille Guiliano
18. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
19. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Engelsemama Sun 16-Jun-13 19:33:30

Following suit and posting my list so I can keep track.

1. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
2.The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
3.Angels by Marian Keyes
4.What I Talk about when I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
5.There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
6.The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
7.The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
8.The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
9.The Glimpse by Clair Merle
10.The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
11.Austerity Housekeeping by Sandra Bradley
12.The Host by Stephenie Meyer
13.A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
14.Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
15.A Games of Thrones by George R R Martin
16.A Clash of Kings by GRRM
17.A Storm of Swords Part 1 by GRRM
18.A Storm of Swords Part 2 by GRRM
19.A Feast for Crows by GRRM
20.Dance with Dragons Part 1 by GRRM
21.Dance With Dragons by GRRM
22.Inferno by Dan Brown
23.Whose Life is it Anyway? By Brian Clark
24.Animal Farm by George Orwell

Oops! Not quite 25 and quite a few re-reads and books I had to read at school with my classes (and also a lot of teen fiction). Should be finished with P&P soon and have been slogging my way through a book on translation for the last few months but keep falling asleep when reading before bed as it’s not exactly edge-of-your seat stuff blush .

Apart from school reading to do over the holidays have quite a lot lined up on kindle or from Christmas – Our Man in Havana, Mrs Dalloway, Gone Girl, Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy.

Love looking at everyone else’s lists – inspires me and gives me ideas!

schooldidi Sun 16-Jun-13 22:09:52

Marking my place.
I'm still reading
22. Life of Pi

I've just finished marking summer exams and I'm currently writing reports but as soon as I've got those finished then I'll have more time to devote to my reading. I've read quite a few long books so far so I might need to read a few shorter ones to up my speed.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 16-Jun-13 22:18:06

Ohhhh new thread. Superb.

MrsMaryCooper Mon 17-Jun-13 07:44:16

Hi

No37- The Dying Hours Mark Billingham

i haven't been reading much at all lately - more than a month since I finished no 36

DuchessofMalfi Mon 17-Jun-13 09:22:13

I've just had a look through the old thread so that I could list out all the books I've read so far, and realised my numbering went wrong a while back. I'm actually on Book 53 at the moment, not Book 48 grin

Here's my list so far (AB stands for audio book):-

1. Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart
2. Henry VIII's Wives - Julie Webster
3. The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
4. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
5. Four Children and It - Jacqueline Wilson
6. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (AB)
7. Wonder - R J Palacio
8. Sightlines - Kathleen Jamie
9. A Cupboard Full of Coats - Yvvette Edwards (AB)
10. George's Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl
11. Moominland Midwinter - Tove Jansson
12. Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas (AB)
13. The Hundred Year Old Man - Jonas Jonasson
14. 1227 QI Facts - John Lloyd
15. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
16. A Winter Book - Tove Jansson
17. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (AB)
18. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (AB)
19. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
20. Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell (AB)
21. Back Story - David Mitchell
22. Notorious Nineteen - Janet Evanovich
23. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
24. 1984 - George Orwell (AB)
25. The Fast Book - Dr Michael Mosley & Mimi Spencer
26. The Magic Faraway Tree trilogy - Enid Blyton

DuchessofMalfi Mon 17-Jun-13 09:29:17

27. Esio Trot - Roald Dahl
28. Atonement - Ian McEwan
29. The Closed Door and Other Stories - Dorothy Whipple
30. French Children Don't Throw Food - Pamela Druckerman
31. The End of the Affair - Graham Greene (AB)
32. My Animals and Other Family - Clare Balding
33. Nella Last's War - Nella Last (AB)
34. In Pursuit of the English - Doris Lessing
35. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother - Amy Chua
36. My Cousin Rachel - Daphne Du Maurier (AB)
37. The Clothes They Stood Up In - Alan Bennett (AB)
38. The Innocents - Francesca Segal
39. Five Run Away Together - Enid Blyton
40. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
41. At Home - Bill Bryson (AB)
42. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
43. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
44. New Ways To Kill Your Mother - Colm Toibin
45. The Light Between Oceans - M L Stedman (AB)
46. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
47. The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick
48. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
49. This Is How It Ends - Kathleen MacMahon
50. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (AB)
51. Tigers in Red Weather - Liza Klaussmann
52. The BFG - Roald Dahl

Shanghaidiva Mon 17-Jun-13 09:29:30

Still reading number 23 - Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It's a young adult book about WW2.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 17-Jun-13 09:52:03

And, having looked at my list on Goodreads, I've missed three books off my list altogether <hopeless grin>

The Tales of Olga Da Polga - Michael Bond
The Twits - Roald Dahl
The Worst Thing About My Sister - Jacqueline Wilson

All bedtime stories for DD.

So, I'm actually reading Book 56 at the moment.

Galaxymum Mon 17-Jun-13 11:54:24

Thanks for starting the new thread. This challenge is keeping me focused on my reading so I am making time to read. It's great to see what everyone else is readinga nd I have certainly added to my To Read list.

29 Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell
30 The Good Father by Noah Hawley
31 Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

I'm in a complete Barbara Erskine time travel mood now so 32 will be Time's Legacy I think.

Signing in to mark my place on the new thread! I'm still on book 22- the last in the Game of Thrones series.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Mon 17-Jun-13 19:41:03

My list so far:

1. President Down by Terence Strong
2. The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
3. The Gate House by Nelson DeMille
4. Doomsday Prophecy by Scott Mariani
5. Brute Force by Andy McNab
6. The Race by Richard North Patterson
7. Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
8. Assegai by Wilbur Smith
9. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
10. Room by Emma Donoghue
11. Heartstone by CJ Sansom
12. The Doomsday Key by James Rollins
13. Sanctus by Simon Toyne
14. True Blue by David Baldacci
15. Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom
16. The Last Camel Died At Noon by Elizabeth Peters

And I have just started Papillon by Henri Charriere. This is a true story of a prisoner making repeated escapes from a penal colony in French Guiana. So far, it's very good, but long, so I must get cracking with it!!

My list of books read so far:
1. Hilary Jordan "When She Woke"
2. Bryony Pearce "Angel's Fury"
3. Matthew Green "Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend"
4. Chris Pavone "The Expats"
5. Alice Hoffman "Fortune's Daughter"
6. Dawn French "Oh Dear Silvia"
7. Paul Coelho "Veronika Decides to Die"
8. Rachel Joyce "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"
9. Pamela Druckerman "French Children Don't Throw Food"
10. "QI 1227 Facts to Blow Your Socks Off"
11. Jane Fallon "Getting Rid of Matthew"
12. Alan Bennett "Smut"
13. George R R Martin "A Game of Thrones"
14. George R R Martin "A Clash of Kings"
15. Charlotte Rogan "The Lifeboat"
16. George R R Martin " A Storm of Swords Book 1"
17. George R R Martin "A Feast for Crows"
18. Friend's manuscript
19. George R R Martin "A Dance with Dragons Part 1"
20. Gillian Flynn "Gone Girl"
21. Janice Galloway "This is Not About Me"

MegBusset Mon 17-Jun-13 22:34:57

21. The BFG - Roald Dahl
22. Alone In Berlin - Hans Fallada
23. The People Of The Abyss - Jack London
24. London Under - Peter Ackroyd
25. The Talisman - Stephen King & Peter Straub
26. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
27. The Firework-Maker's Daughter - Philip Pullman
28. Black House - Stephen King & Peter Straub
29. The Last Expedition - Robert Scott
30. Beowulf - Seamus Heaney translation. Found this much more readable than I thought I would, and you can really see its influence on the likes of Tolkien, GRRM etc.

NicknameTaken Tue 18-Jun-13 09:19:11

Was lured back in by the shiny new thread!

I'd got as far as 50 in the last thread (Dead Water by Ann Cleeves) so I thought I'd start at 1 again.

1. Vanished Years, Rupert Everett
2. Shakespeare's Restless World, Niall MacGregor
3. The Millstone, Margaret Drabble
4. Orwell's Cough, John Ross
5. Persian Fire, Tom Holland
6. Chavs, Owen Jones
7. The Green Road in the Trees: An Exploration of England, Hugh Thomson
8. The Chalet School Grows up, Merryn Williams
9. Enemies of Promise, Cyril Connolly
10. Big Brother, Lionel Shriver.

Only 3 of the 10 were fiction, so strictly speaking I may not be in the right thread, but hey ho.

I started and abandoned a few others - The Female of the Species, Lionel Shriver and The Old Ways, Robert MacFarlane. Just didn't suit my mood.

In the middle of 11) Who Killed Zebedee? Wilkie Collins. It's really just two short stories packaged together. Enjoying it as I love a bit of Victoriana.

mumslife Tue 18-Jun-13 18:58:36

Now started book 29 the last summer judith kinghorn

DuchessofMalfi Wed 19-Jun-13 13:50:51

I finished Book 56, Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. Loved it.

juneybean Wed 19-Jun-13 18:24:09

Duchess I got so confused looking at your list as it had the same books after each other like mine but then I realised it was you! grin

20. The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 19-Jun-13 21:35:05

Oh Juney how is that? I watched the film the other day and absolutely loved it.

29 - The Sunne in Splendour. Really interesting from a historical perspective although recent exhumation has dispelled the broken shoulder/withered arm myth re Richard III. The only problem I had with this really was that it was SO long. And that everyone was called Richard, Edward or Elizabeth. I was finding it really hard to determine which Ned, Dickon or Bess was being spoken of at times.

30 - The Nanny Diaries: Nicola Kraus/Emma McLaughlin. Poignant and sad in places, ridiculously funny in others.

juneybean Thu 20-Jun-13 10:00:03

Mixed I enjoyed it but others on our online book club weren't huge fans! I too watched the movie (prior to reading gah!) and loved it!

DuchessofMalfi Thu 20-Jun-13 11:25:53

juneybean - it's me grin

mixed - I'm afraid I was one of the ones who didn't enjoy The Silver Linings Playbook either. I watched the film last weekend, and liked that much more. I think it's one of those stories that works well as a film but, for me, fell completely flat as a novel.

juneybean Thu 20-Jun-13 12:22:24

21. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

PerksOfBeingNorthern Thu 20-Jun-13 19:03:20

Ooh shiny new thread!
Only have to add 46) Sue Eckstein - Cloths of Heaven
Welcome back Nickname grin

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 20-Jun-13 19:05:37

I might suggest it for book club on Monday.

I never get round to reading the Book Vipers reads, I will try harder.

BOF Thu 20-Jun-13 19:21:57

I lurked on the last one too. So far, I have read:

Home Fires, by Elizabeth Day
These Things Hidden, by Heather Gudenkauf
Dog Days, Glenn Miller Nights, by Laurie Graham
The Laws Of Gravity, by Liz Rosenberg
She Rises, by Kate Worsley
Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson
Finders Keepers
Darkside, both by Belinda Bauer
Queen Of New Beginnings, by Erica James
In her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner
Good in Bed, by Jennifer Weiner
The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton
Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, by Kate Summerscale
A Lady Cyclist's Guide To Kashgar
Human Remains, by Elizabeth Haynes
Capital, by John Lanchester
The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax, by Liz Jenson
The Lessons, by Naomi Alderman
War Crimes For The Home, by Liz Jenson
Missing You, by Louise Douglas
The Hundred Year-Old Man, by Jonas Jonasson
My Animals And Other Family, by Clare Balding
Safe House, by Chris Ewan
Looking Good Dead
Dead Simple, both by Peter James
The Language Of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbach
The White Devil, by Justin Evans
The Secret Keeper, by skate Morton
The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin
11.22.63, by Stephen King
Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier
Alys Always, by Harriet Lane
The Playdate, by Louise Millar
The Half-Life Of Hannah, by Nick Alexander
The House At Riverton, by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Garden, ditto

I think that's it since the new year, plus a few bashes at things I didn't get along with. Let me tot it up...36! Not too shabby.

juneybean Thu 20-Jun-13 23:39:33

22. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

ooh shiney <makes self comfy> grin

my list is downstairs so ill have to wait till tomorrow. will list them all again so i can just flip back. think im on book 22 but not too sure without looking.

ive come up with a good way for me to focus... i go to weight watchers every tuesday evening and ive decided i have to turn up with a different book each week. its working so far

well done to those that are near or over 50 already smile

tumbletumble Fri 21-Jun-13 06:40:22

23. Why French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman. I found this interesting and irritating in equal measures.

NicknameTaken Fri 21-Jun-13 09:16:22

<waves to perks>

12) Entertaining Eric, Maureen Wells.

Non-fic reprint of letters written by a young woman to her fiancee during WWII. She had a "good war" in the Wrens - interesting as social history, although I didn't entirely warm to the author (possibly just pique as she regards everyone over 25 as ancient).

mumslife Fri 21-Jun-13 13:15:59

now on book 30 Poppy Day

MegBusset Fri 21-Jun-13 15:58:23

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick. Not PKD's best (written in 1964 and his views on the future's technology seem terribly quaint, the psychological stuff is dated too) but still better than most other writers' best stuff!

Next up is Bleak House, at 900-odd pages I think it will take a while!

ok... my list so far...

1) twelve days of christmas - trisha ashley
2) where rainbows end - cecelia ahern
3) deja view - lisa armstrong
4) out on a limb - lynne barrett-lee
5) the hat shop on the corner - marita conlon-mckenna
6) when i fall in love - miranda dickinson
7) love always - harriet evans
8) dont look back - scott frost
9) something blue - emily griffen
10) naver say never - melissa hill
11) left to die - lisa jackson
12) mini shopaholic - sophie kinsella
13) cold shoulder - lynda la plante
14) the last letter from your love - jojo moyes
15) chosen to die - lisa jackson
16) the little one - lynda la plante
17) the beach hut - veronica henry
18) gone girl - gillian flynn
19) the shop on blossom street - debbie macomber
20) a good yarn - debbie macomber
21) old boyfriends - debbie macomber
22) back in blossom street - debbie macomber

a little behind on my target as gone girl took me 4 weeks to read as i absolutely hated the 2nd half... but im hoping to catch up soon

CoteDAzur Fri 21-Jun-13 21:49:27

MegBusset - I have read pretty much all of Philip K Dick's books (and he has written many) a long time ago, and still remember Martian Time-Slip as one of his best, a brilliantly brain-hurty book smile

juneybean Fri 21-Jun-13 23:49:44

23. Carrie by Stephen King

MegBusset Sat 22-Jun-13 12:31:01

Cote I'm slowly making my way through the PDK 'classics'. Have read Do Androids Dream..., Three Stigmata..., Man In The High Castle, Ubik, Valis, A Scanner Darkly and now Martian Time-Slip. What would you recommend next?

MegBusset Sat 22-Jun-13 12:31:25

PKD not PDK!

22 is done!

23) twenty wishes - debbie macomber

apologies for my poor taste in books! grin

CoteDAzur Sun 23-Jun-13 09:13:33

Meg - You have already read my favourites: A Scanner Darkly, Martian Time-Slip, Valis.

Have you started reading PKD's short story collections? They are pretty good, too. Minority Report and Total Recall ("We Can Remember It For You Wholesale") are among his short stories, for example.

CoteDAzur Sun 23-Jun-13 11:07:58

1. Mandarin Gate - Eliot Pattison
2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
3. Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng
4. Born to Run - Christopher McDougall
5. Poet - Michael Connelly
6. Existence - David Brin
7. The Power Of Now - Eckhart Tolle
8. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
9. The Quantity Theory Of Insanity - Will Self
10. A Matter Of Honor - Jeffrey Archer
11. Paranoia - Joseph Finder
12. World War Z - Max Brooks
13. Silk - Alessandro Baricco
14 - SuperEgo - Julia Wurz
15. Collected Short Stories Vol 1 - Somerset Maugham
16. Umbrella - Will Self
17. Inferno - Dan Brown
18. The Hidden Man - Charles Cumming

... and I just finished:
19. Destination: Void - Frank Herbert

Herbert is the author of the widely acclaimed Dune books. This is a book about the creation of artificial intelligence and talks extensively about what consciousness is, how/why it is generated, what purpose it serves, etc. I was quite impressed by it, especially considering that it was published in 1978!

MrsMaryCooper Sun 23-Jun-13 11:10:22

No 38 The Fairies of Fynham - MC Beaton Painless and light.

Now on

No39 Gods and Monsters - Denise Mina very gripping so far,

BOF Sun 23-Jun-13 14:06:15

I'm reading that now, Mary grin. I love a bit of Agatha- it's my guilty pleasure.

greenhill Sun 23-Jun-13 15:56:49

22. Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery. A re-read, I would last have read it over 30 years ago, but was reading it to my 6 yo DD as her bedtime story. Inspiring and innocent.

23. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters. The speaking tube incident had me too frightened to go downstairs and let the cat in! I had to read something bland to shake the mood off.

juneybean Sun 23-Jun-13 18:34:28

24. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

Engelsemama Sun 23-Jun-13 21:11:04

25. P&P - Austen and almost finished 26. Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden.

I think I really have to clear some of the backlog on my kindle and my bookshelf before buying anything else who am I kidding

Finished 22: the last of the current Game of Thrones book. Have thoroughly enjoyed them.

Book 23 will be a re-read of an old favorite. Janice Galloway's "The Trick is to Keep Breathing".

schooldidi Sun 23-Jun-13 23:20:40

23: Life of Pi. I really enjoyed this story and I cried at the end blush.

Nearly finished 24: Changeling - Philippa Gregory. I'm enjoying this one too. It's a YA book so it's a nice easy read and although it is historical it reads rather like a fantasy book which is right up my street.

I'm trying to decide what will be 25, maybe a reread of Brave New World, or maybe I'll go on to We need to talk about Kevin, or maybe something else will catch my eye.

BOF Sun 23-Jun-13 23:37:13

Just finished 37, the Agatha Raisin story. Great fun.

My reading has been appalling recently, so this year I've set myself a goal to read 30 books (no way I could read fifty, although I used to...) I am, quite embarrassingly, way behind my goal, but my reading speed has picked up and I make sure to read a bit every day, rather then sit on my laptop/play candy crush... So there's still hope!

So far this year I've read:
1. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
2. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
3. Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson
4. The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
5. Sabra Zoo - Mischa Hiller
6. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
7. 1984 - George Orwell

Currently reading:
8. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
9. The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans

Number 8 is good, number nine is rubbish, both nearly finished.

Ooh, I love Coraline.

gailforce1 Mon 24-Jun-13 21:12:46

22. Dear Lupin by Roger and Charlie Mortimer. Gentle humour from a past age when people wrote letters rather than sending e mails or texting!

juneybean Mon 24-Jun-13 22:04:54

25. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Wednesday, I loved it too. It was the first (and, so far, the only) Neil Gaiman book I've read, I'm gonna have to put some more of his work on my "to read" list.

BOF Tue 25-Jun-13 07:15:48

Last night I finished 38. Louise Douglas' Missing You- it was nicely written, but I found the characters a bit flat and the plot unremarkable. I'd got it for bobbins in the kindle sale and forgotten the genre, so I was half-expecting a bit of a thriller. It wasn't grin.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 25-Jun-13 10:08:54

Books 57 and 58 - finished yesterday -

Brooklyn - Colm Toibin - audio book.
Findings - Kathleen Jamie

BOF Tue 25-Jun-13 15:11:24

Im halfway through 39, a really well-written family drama, Whatever You Love, by Louise Doughty. It's been shortlisted for the Costa prize, and long listed for Orange, and it hasn't disappointed me so far.

CoteDAzur Tue 25-Jun-13 16:34:35

MegBusset - I came on here with the sole purpose of telling you to immediately start reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I am reading it now and it is brilliant cyberpunk. On par with Snow Crash, in fact (minus the Sumerian genius) and I don't say that lightly as a card carrying Neal Stephenson fan.

I bought it a while back because it was the Kindle Daily Deal and forgot about it. Wow, am I regretting that now! I can't wait to come to the end of this post so I can go back to reading it grin

hackmum Tue 25-Jun-13 17:32:29

Nickname - what a pleasingly varied list. If there was a prize for eclectic reading choices, you'd probably win it.

I've read 29 books so far this year. Not sure how those of you who have read 50 or more are doing it - I imagine your children in rags, sobbing, scrabbling at pieces of coal for food.

tumbletumble Tue 25-Jun-13 19:52:03

juney, what did you think of The Five People You Meet in Heaven? I read it last year and was not too impressed. I don't understand why it is so critically acclaimed!

BOF Tue 25-Jun-13 19:57:53

Hackmum, that is frighteningly close to the truth grin

CoteDAzur Tue 25-Jun-13 22:03:08

20. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Truly awesome story. Brilliant adventure in the virtual reality of a dystopian future.

Book 23 complete.

Book 24 is Iain Banks "The Wasp Factory"

NicknameTaken Wed 26-Jun-13 09:11:27

Thanks, hack! <blushes>

Luckily I have a child that likes toast.

MegBusset Wed 26-Jun-13 12:49:25

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl (to DS1 at bedtimes)

Cote thanks for the recommendation, I've reserved it at the library smile

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 26-Jun-13 13:49:10

27. HHhH by Laurent Binet

I didn't like the unique narrative style. The story was interesting though.

Reading 28. Adam Bede by George Eliot

Updated list:
1. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
2. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
3. Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson
4. The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
5. Sabra Zoo - Mischa Hiller
6. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
7. 1984 - George Orwell
8. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

Currently reading:
9. The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans - this one will have to wait, as I don't actually have it at home, but, to be honest, I'm only reading it cause I don't like abandoning books half-way through, I'm not enjoying it at all...
10. METRO 2033 - Dmitri Glukhovsky - I've had this book on my kindle for so long, I can't even remember what it's supposed to be about, so it will be a bit of a surprise.

Tumbletumble I read "the five people we meet in heaven", it was alright, the end was a bit contrived. I didn't know it was critically acclaimed, I got it from the library.
Since January I'm currently on book #48 "strata" by Terry Pratchett and #49 "The Wild Rover" by Mike Parker.

juneybean Wed 26-Jun-13 18:30:23

tumbletumble I liked the idea of it and read it fairly quickly so it got points for being an easy read.

BOF Thu 27-Jun-13 19:47:30

I read 40. Learning To Lose, by David Trueba, in translation from the Spanish, late last night and today. Beautifully written.

I've just started 41. This is where I leave you, by Jonathon Tropper.

BOF Thu 27-Jun-13 21:29:12

Wow, this one is brilliant- I'm a third of the way through now, and so far it feels like it would make an excellent film. It's about a middle-aged Jewish bloke who has lost his wife to his boss, jacked in his job, is living in a bedsit and now his father has died. His father's last wish was that his family all sit shiva together, ie, spent seven days all together in his home after the funeral. All the family tensions are there, but the way it is written, it is full of wry Jewish humour and bittersweet observations about what success means, what life's all about etc. I'm really enjoying it.

BOF Fri 28-Jun-13 02:36:49

<satisfied sigh>

Finished! That was fun- an easy and uplifting read. Good if you enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook or Nick Hornby-type novels. It won't win the Booker Prize, but I bet it will make a cracking film.

NicknameTaken Fri 28-Jun-13 09:22:46

11) Who Killed Zebedee? Wilkie Collins

12) Entertaining Eric, Maureen Wells (non-fic. Extracts from letters written by a young woman during WWII to her fiancee. She had a "good war" in the Wrens)

13) The Ghosts of Athens, Richard Blake (latest a very gory but atmospheric series set during 7th century - very interesting period, amid the crumbling remains of classical empires)

14) Dear Lumpy, Roger and Louise Mortimer (non-fic. Along the same lines as "Dear Lupin". The fatherly affection is endearing but it's all a bit Little England).

15) Villa Serena, Domenica de Rosa (I really like this author. She takes a corny topic - English expats in Italy - and really makes you feel for her characters. And she creates very attractive heroes...)

16) Mistress Masham's Repose, TH White (Enjoyed the 18th c pastiche and the impoverished Professor who plans to work his passage to London as a bus conductor to consult Latin dictionaries in the British Library).

17) The Pleasures of Men, Kate Williams (familiar Gothic Victoriana - madhouses, a madman murdering women, and Sapphic intimacies with maids. Atmospheric but a ludicrous plot).

Have just started Tom Holland, Rubicon

tumbletumble Sat 29-Jun-13 08:44:00

24. How It All Began by Penelope Lively. Good - she's one of my favourite authors.

greenhill Sat 29-Jun-13 10:12:25

24. A Dreadful Murder (The Mysterious Death of Caroline Luard) - Minette Walters. Based on an unsolved 1908 murder, MW presages the changes that are about to occur due to WW1 and emphasises the social differences within the village.

25. On Battersea Bridge - Janet Davey. About loss of identity and finding your place within a family, after a tragedy.

31. The Girl in the Mirror - Sarah Gristwood. Confusing in places, but entertaining enough. Highly improbable main character against an interesting historical backdrop.

Now reading

32. How to do Everything and be Happy - Peter Jones. A sensible and realistic self-help book. He's actually a friend of another friend of mine, and is a very down-to-earth, practical guy.

33. The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language - Mark Forsyth. I love books about words and their etymology, so this is right up my street. I see he has another book in the pipeline, out later this year, so that'll be on my wish list.

34. The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story - Catherine Fletcher. Covering the six year period that it took for Henry to divorce Catherine of Aragon. Quite deep, but fascinating.

Engelsemama Sat 29-Jun-13 13:04:39

27. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

23) twenty wishes - debbie macomber, is done. absolutely loved this one. #5 in the blossom street series and its by far my fave one so far. absolutely lovely story with very likable characters. i even cried at one bit blush

24) summer on blossom street - debbie macomber. can you tell i love this author? grin

Still on 24: "The Wasp Factory". Love, love, love it so far. Amazingly well written and so unusual. I think Iain Banks is going to be featuring on my reading list a lot more after this.

highlandcoo Sun 30-Jun-13 10:20:58

Wednesday I just read The Wasp Factory too. Following Iain Banks' announcement of his illness I decided to read my way through all his stuff. Even the sci-fi; a bit of a departure from my normal taste in books. Have read him intermittently over the years - loved Espedair Street - and as a bit of a tribute thought I would do the lot. Starting with TWF

DH had read it years ago and warned me it was extremely disturbing and weird. Well I must have a sicker sense of humour than he thought but I absolutely loved it too. One of the best things I've read in ages, and one scene where Eric phones Frank is still making me laugh out loud. (Admittedly there's also one very disturbing bit which I try not to think about too often)

I'm now up to my third mainstream and fourth sci-fi novel. Mainstream is probably more my thing - really looking forward to Crow Road and revisiting Espedair Street - but all his books share a dry sense of humour and great dialogue and it's been interesting. Only 25 to go smile

juneybean Sun 30-Jun-13 10:26:39

26. Secrets of the Tudor Court by Darcey Bonnette

DuchessofMalfi Sun 30-Jun-13 15:39:50

Book 59 finished today - The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman. I liked it a lot. Harrowing in the bits set in Terezin and Auschwitz,

DuchessofMalfi Sun 30-Jun-13 17:54:20

And I also finished listening to The Gathering by Anne Enright (audio book). Good narration by Fiona Shaw, but quite a bleak depressing story.

BOF Sun 30-Jun-13 18:51:12

41. Faithful Place by Tana French- a crime thriller . Kept me busy for a long train journey, really enjoyed it.

highlandcoo it's the first Iain Banks novel I've read. I've always meant to read it (and others of his) but not got round to it!! Any recommendations for which of his to read next?

greenhill Sun 30-Jun-13 21:39:22

26. Eloise - Judy Finnegan. Overwrought, over emotional and silly. Not recommended.

NicknameTaken Mon 01-Jul-13 09:15:21

18) No Fond Return of Love, Barbara Pym.

A re-read by my favourite author. An absolute delight. I need to re-read more often - I sometimes feel like I'm always racing against the clock to get books back to the library, a totally self-imposed pressure.

Succumbed to the e-reader enthusiasm and bought a Kobo Mini, but finding it very complicated to download books (had to download software, so maybe it'll get easier). Not feeling the love as yet - still feels very fiddly.

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 13:01:22

21. Running with the Pack: Thoughts From the Road on Meaning and Mortality - Mark Rowlands
As much about running as Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance was about Motorcycles - i.e. very little.

22. Killing Floor - Lee Child
1st Jack Reacher book. Easy, quick read. Written in 1st person singular & mostly in very short sentences and a 150-word vocabulary, so it gives the impression that the protagonist is a bit of a muscled imbecile, but still fun to read smile

highlandcoo Mon 01-Jul-13 18:34:27

Wednesday Espedair Street is my favourite of the ten or so I've read. Really loved the central character, Daniel Weir, a former rock star. He has his faults but he's a very sympathetic character too.

Crow Road is another good one. Great opening first line; "It was the day my grandmother exploded" grin and excellent on family relationships, love, growing up, Scotland .. the murder mystery is just a small part of it.

Every book Iain Banks writes is quite different, and fans have their own favourites, but I'd say these two are probably the most accessible, and Crow Road is particularly Scottish which I also like smile

greenhill Mon 01-Jul-13 18:36:03

27. Home - Toni Morrison. Impeccable writing.

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 19:42:12

Did the grandmother actually physically explode? If so, it might make an interesting book grin

I am a big sci-fi fan who has read pretty much all the good sci-fi starting with Heinlein & Asimov all the way to contemporary cyberpunk, and I can't say that Iain Banks' sci-fi books are much good at all. I think I read about 8 of them before giving up completely. I heard his other books are better, though.

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 19:42:29

Other books = non-scifi.

highlandcoo Mon 01-Jul-13 20:17:45

I'm not a sci-fi fan so I can't compare them to much Cote. I've read three so far and still waiting to be wowed tbh. But persevering.

After IB's announcement of his illness I followed a lot of the posts on Banksophilia, the website set up for fans by one of his friends. So many people raved about the sci-fi I thought I'd give it a try. I do enjoy the dialogue but not so sure about the world of the Culture which many people find so entrancing.

The mainstream novels are excellent; I really recommend them.

And yes, the grandmother did actually explode. Kind of. You'll need to read Crow Road to find out grin

CoteDAzur Mon 01-Jul-13 20:56:00

I find Banks' Culture novels terribly lightweight. I think the name of the subgenre is "space opera" (as in "soap opera). Robots, people, and all sorts of aliens live together in harmony etc. I read more complicated and challenging sci-fi in my teens (no offence to his fans).

Player Of Games had an interesting premise but was completely underdeveloped. Iirc, Inversions was the better one among his books that I've read.

BOF Mon 01-Jul-13 21:00:27

42: The Secret Intensity Of Everyday Lives, by William Nicholson. Really absorbing look at a connected group of people's internal thoughts. It reminded me of David Lodge or John Lanchester's Capital.

BOF Mon 01-Jul-13 21:04:12

Ah, I've misnumbered. That was actually 43.

schooldidi Mon 01-Jul-13 21:14:31

25. Darkness Hunts - Keri Arthur. It's number 4 in the Dark Angel series. I love this sort of paranormal story, it's so easy to read (which is why I read, I don't want to have to think too hard)

I've just started 26. The Colour Purple. It doesn't seem like my type of book at all but I've read a few books this year that I wouldn't normally pick up and really enjoyed them, maybe it'll be the same with this one.

novelsituation Tue 02-Jul-13 06:36:06

Very late, but would love to join you.

Have read little for myself over the last year, just professional reading. Need to get properly back to the habit and spend less time web surfing. I'm sure it is causing my deep concentration to atrophy. Got six weeks off work now, and tickets for the Edinburgh Book Festival to look forward to at the end of the holidays. Going to see Margaret Atwood, Carol Anne Duffy, Patrick Ness, Kate Atkinson, Ronald Frame on Great Expectations and the James Tait Black awards. Ridiculously excited! This will dictate a lot of my Summer reading.

1. The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson
2. The Lotus Eaters - Tatjani Soli
3. The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan

CoteDAzur Tue 02-Jul-13 07:23:34

Did you like The Lotus Eaters? I was very pleasantly surprised.

Engelsemama Tue 02-Jul-13 07:53:04

28. The Murder at Styles - Agatha Christie. Haven't picked up any of her books since I was a teenager.

CoteDAzur Tue 02-Jul-13 08:32:45

23. The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag - Robert Heinlein

NicknameTaken Tue 02-Jul-13 09:38:29

novel, ooh, jealous of you going to Edinburgh! (Not to mention six weeks off.....)

I always found Banks' sf to be pretty impenetrable, although there are some good set pieces (unfortunately one torture scene has lingered with me horribly).

BOF Tue 02-Jul-13 15:32:34

44. Blink Of An Eye, by Cath Staincliffe. I didn't like this- far too much irrelevant and extraneous description.

24) summer on blossom street - debbie macomber, is done

25) hannah's list - debbie macomber has now been started smile

novelsituation Wed 03-Jul-13 06:36:31

Yes Cote, I thought Helen was a brilliant character. Some really haunting incidents that will stay with me for a long time.

NicknameTaken Wed 03-Jul-13 10:13:13

19) The Rise and Fall of a Domestic Diva, by Sarah May. Not as fluffy as the marketing suggests. Ostensibly about angst over the little darlings getting into the right school, but with a backdrop of PND, infidelity, early dementia, an attempted suicide and the fear of crime.

Struggled a bit to keep the characters straight and it was all a bit one-note, but there's something pleasing about a glimpse of darkness behind cheery middle class facades.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Wed 03-Jul-13 18:08:34

47) Kate Morton - The Forgotten Garden. Didn't realise it was that long but enjoyed it eventually!
and near the end of
48) Giselle Green - Little Miracles. Supposed to be like Jodi Picoult/Dorothy Koomson, not as good IMO but interesting storyline of woman whose child who goes missing in Spain. She is convinced he is alive but rest of the family think he has drowned. Wondering if tissues will be needed by end grin

juneybean Wed 03-Jul-13 22:38:41

27. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Galaxymum Wed 03-Jul-13 23:40:57

32 Time's Legacy by Barbara Erskine
33 Whispers In the Sand by Barbara Erskine
34 Inferno by Dan Brown

I'm so glad I discovered Barbara Erskine this year - I feel a little bereft after reading 3 in a row. Then going through the manic Inferno I need a breather and a real change of pace. Looking through reviews and my books to read on the shelves at the moment!

mumslife Thu 04-Jul-13 20:17:45

Book30 the gi brideiris jones siemantel

DuchessofMalfi Thu 04-Jul-13 21:26:02

Book 61 - The War of The Worlds by H G Wells. Really good. Gripping smile

BOF Thu 04-Jul-13 21:34:45

45. The Detective's Daughter, by Lesley Thomson (I think). Really excellent- well-drawn characters and a properly chilling atmosphere. Long though.

Book 25 will be a non-fiction one: R. Shay "The Rise and Fall of Occupy Wall Street. Something different.

Duchess War of the Worlds is on my list of books to read!

DuchessofMalfi Fri 05-Jul-13 06:23:16

Wednesday - are you on our Goodreads group? It's our classics group read for July smile

schooldidi Fri 05-Jul-13 06:45:15

I'm reading the war of the worlds next too. Yes I am on your goodreads group. Then I'll read we have to talk about Kevin. I'm nearly finished the colour purple.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 05-Jul-13 07:52:50

I'm starting Kevin today. It should be an interesting read.

Scarletohello Fri 05-Jul-13 08:06:13

I couldn't finish Alone in Berlin, it was too depressing...

Just finished Big Brother by Lionel Schriver, fascinating read!

I'm on goodreads Duchess but I don't think I'm in any groups. How will I find it?

DuchessofMalfi Fri 05-Jul-13 17:59:01

This is the link to our Goodreads book group Wednesday and anyone else who might be interested smile

BOF Fri 05-Jul-13 19:28:57

I've just finished 46. Reconstructing Amelia. Brilliant first novel about mean girls at a private school, and their role in the death of a student. Utterly compelling.

juneybean Fri 05-Jul-13 21:59:17

28. The Wedding Girl by Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham

Still got
32. How to do Everything and be Happy (Peter Jones) & 34. The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story(Catherine Fletcher) on the go. Had to rejig yet again as another book I have out is reserved. So I'm also now reading 35.A Plague on Both Your Houses AND 36. An Unholy Alliance - both by Susanna Gregory. 816 pages in total, and it's due back at the library on Wednesday!

Had to give up the Occupy Wall Street book because it was unreadable.

Replacement book 25 is "The Memory of a Salt Shaker" by Bernard M. Cox.

mumslife Sat 06-Jul-13 22:41:36

Bok 31 up from the blue by susan henderson

tumbletumble Sun 07-Jul-13 08:53:42

25. Between a Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth Noble.

I'm halfway there!

tumbletumble Sun 07-Jul-13 09:21:50

I found We Need to Talk About Kevin absolutely gripping. I know some people hate it though.

Finished the Salt Shaker book. It was very short. Okay but nothing special: raised some interesting ideas but none were fully developed or explored which was disappointing.

Started Book 26: "A Game of Tables" by Belinda Vasquez Garcia. Some kind of spoof Game of Thrones book. Okay do so far, but a light read.

I loved Kevin. Hard going at first but it wasn't long before I was totally gripped!

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 07-Jul-13 16:40:59

I thought I would try having only one book on the go but Adam Bede by George Eliot is proving a bit if a slog frankly and I keep falling asleep.

No. 27 Adam Bede (probably until Christmas)
No. 28 The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West. Only short so hopefully will be a quick one.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 07-Jul-13 21:36:42

I got my numbering wrong.

Just finished no. 28 which was The Return of the Soldier. It is about she'll shock amongst other things. I didn't like it very much, but it is a set text for uni and only 80 pages.

Finished Book 26. It was also short, and nothing special.

Book 27 is a proper book and not a kindle one for a change!! "The Vanishing Act" by Mette Jakobsen

DuchessofMalfi Mon 08-Jul-13 07:57:47

Book 62 - Mr Galliano's Circus by Enid Blyton. One I've been reading to my daughter. It took a while to get going, but we liked it and will read the other two books in the series.

gailforce1 Mon 08-Jul-13 08:26:11

23. Old Age and How to Survive It by Edward Enfield. Witty collection of essays of what to expect and how to survive our dotage!

NicknameTaken Mon 08-Jul-13 09:43:17

20) Jane and Prudence, Barbara Pym (another re-read)

21) Rubicon, Tom Holland. I found this a bit more of an effort than the other two books of his that I've read, Persian Fire and In the Shadow of the Sword. Hard to keep all the names straight. I've got his other book, Millenium, all lined up but need a break first.

Currently reading Sorry! The English and their Manners. The early history part isn't that compelling - there's only so much I want to read about Renaissance guides to courtly etiquette. I'm more interested in, say, the Victorians to today. Will see if it gets better.

25) hannahs list - debbie macomber is done. did not enjoy this book. its the first of hers i have read that has had a lead male character and i dont think it came across well at all. i had to constantly remind myself he was male as he was just like all the female characters in the other books i have read. there was one character in the book that was way more intersting. i wanted to read more about her instead confused

26) a turn in the road - debbie macomber. the last one i have in the series (i think there is 1 or 2 more)... will be happy to read something different after this i think

BOF Tue 09-Jul-13 23:14:17

47. Harold Frye. Hated it.
48. As If, by Blake Morrison- grim reading and a bit pretentious in its language.

I'm looking forward to 49 and 50 though- I've got a couple of thrillers lined up.

Finished Book 27 : "The Vanishing Act". I'm not sure what to make of it. It was a pleasant read, but I can't say I agree with the view that it will leave you changed forever. I am obviously missing something...

Book 28 will be another off my shelf rather than kindle. Rachel Cusk "Saving Agnes". This one has been on my 'to read' shelf for a good couple of years now!

26) a turn in the road - debbie macomber. absolutely loved this one. it features characters that were from one of the previous books and i very much enjoyed catching up with them. there were quite a few laugh out loud moments.

i think more authers should continue a story a few years later. there are some books that just suddenly stop and i think "nooooo! i want to read more!!!!" grin

27) her fearful symmetry - audrey niffenegger. i have heard good and bad things about this one... so it'll be interesting to see what side i end up on smile

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 10-Jul-13 10:20:49

I have read Her Fearful Symmetry. I liked it. I find her books ok but I don't look for all the how is that possible angles.

I also enjoyed "Her Fearful Symmetry". You have to be prepared to accept some unusual ideas, but nothing more out of the ordinary than other fantasy novels I've read. It's a sort of modern gothic fairy tale. I hope you enjoy it!

mumslife Wed 10-Jul-13 10:47:15

Book 31 up from the blue now finished bit depressing something more cheerful next timemethinks!

NicknameTaken Wed 10-Jul-13 11:29:23

22) Who moved my Blackberry? Lucy Kellman

First read this years ago, but picked it up on a whim at the library and enjoyed it again. I've been exposed to a lot more corporate speak since the last time I read it, so got more of the jokes. Still funny.

23) Sorry! The English and their Manners, Henry Hitchings

Bit of a disappointment. There are better books that cover similar ground.

24) Confessions of a Male Nurse, Michael Alexander

I was visiting a relative in hospital recently and admired the nurses hugely. Reading this as a corrective to my starry-eyed impulse to dash off and re-train as a healthcare provider.

MegBusset Wed 10-Jul-13 11:33:18

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl (to DS1 at bedtimes)
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens. Quite the epic (880 pages, small type) but really, really good. Thrilling, and sad, and compassionate, and unexpectedly very funny.

juneybean Wed 10-Jul-13 12:45:12

20. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

juneybean Wed 10-Jul-13 12:45:21

28*

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Wed 10-Jul-13 14:49:03

17. The Sign by Raymond Khoury

Thriller about religion and global warming. A bit far-fetched in places and the author's views on particular comments come through loud and clear!

I also enjoyed Her Fearful Symmetry, it's very original.

Galaxymum Thu 11-Jul-13 12:28:04

Chick Lit mood reading in the garden so expect a few chick lit titles coming up!

34 A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott
35 A Night On The Orient Express by Veronica Henry

36 is The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore.
I returned from the library with a batch of chick lit (plus Zadie Smith!) - now back to the garden and my books!

BOF Fri 12-Jul-13 18:27:04

49. Under Your Skin, by Sabine Durrant. A cracking thriller about a female tv presenter who finds a body, and then herself under suspicion.

And <drumroll>....

50. What Have I Done, by Amanda Prowse. A kindle cheapie, which had no literary pretensions, but was an emotional story of finding peace and hope after a shattering experience. It read like it was missing a third act though.

I'm going to keep going, and start a new one tonight. This weather is a great excuse for sacking off the housework and getting immersed in a book!

BOF Sat 13-Jul-13 17:59:44

51. Tideline. Creepy psychological thriller, a bit like Notes On A Scandal, or Misery. Excellent.

mumslife Sun 14-Jul-13 12:10:11

Book 32 rosies war byrosemary say

DuchessofMalfi Sun 14-Jul-13 14:55:05

Book no. 63 Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.

greenhill Sun 14-Jul-13 16:25:43

28. The Island - Victoria Hislop. It wasn't badly written and I know some of the places in Crete, but the plot was a bit clunky and obvious.

Finished book 28 "Saving Agnes" by Rachel Cusk. It was okay but I found out hard to read in places because off the excessively flowery language and the fact that nothing really seemed to happen.

Moving on to book 29: "The Hundred Year Old Man", which I've heard mixed reviews about so I'm looking forward to reading.

NicknameTaken Mon 15-Jul-13 11:54:31

25) Jane's Fame, Claire Harman (a re-read. About the fluctuations in Jane Austen's posthumous reputation - very interesting)

26) The Young Visiters, by Daisy Ashford. Loved this - written in 1890 when she was 9. It had me laughing out loud. Wonderfully quotable.

Currently on 27) Horace and Me, by Harry Eyres. I'm not sure how to describe this, part-memoir, part-meditation on the Roman poet Horace (of "carpe diem" fame). It's really lovely, a reminder of how to live well, to revel in wine and friendship, to taste the moment rather than to seize it. Pure pleasure.

BOF Tue 16-Jul-13 02:13:36

52. Apple Tree Lane, by Louise Doughty. Fantastic and beautifully-written courtroom drama which examines what happens when a woman transgresses expectations. Wonderful.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Tue 16-Jul-13 13:10:48

18. Ravens by George Dawes Green.

The story of a man who kidnaps a family of lottery winners in Georgia, US. Told over the course of a few days it is pretty fast paced, but lacks character development.

CoteDAzur Tue 16-Jul-13 23:27:37

24. Sweet Tooth - Ian Mc Ewan

I really liked this book. In some ways, it is similar to Atonement but the story is more interesting. I enjoyed the details about the period and stories-within-the-story.

NicknameTaken Wed 17-Jul-13 09:28:25

28) The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes. Enjoyable enough as a look back on life and how we construct memories of our past. Rather a portentous build-up with the denouement being a bit of a damp squib, but life can be like that...

Currently on (29) The Shelbourne Ultimatum, by Ross O'Carroll-Kelly. I don't think this series is well-known outside Ireland or whether it's readily accessible it is to non-Irish people (you've got to untangle the narrator's accent and slang and inside jokes), but it's hilarious and unexpectedly touching and the best portrait of post-Celtic Tiger Dublin that has yet been done.

Cote I have ' Sweet Tooth' on my to read shelf! It might have to be my next book.

The only other Ian McEwan I've read is "Atonement', which I loved!

Galaxymum Wed 17-Jul-13 10:40:58

36 The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore - well I gave up on it when I felt at p131 I really didn't care what happened to the charactesr!
37 The Captain's Daughter by Leah Fleming - surprised how much I enjoyed this and was emotionally engaged with the main characters. I will definitely try her other novels.
38 Strong Woman by Karren Brady - some great advice and interesting experiences. Recommend to anyone trying to juggle family life and work/career.

Now struggling to find something that grabs me emotionally!

BOF Wed 17-Jul-13 19:37:18

53. The Man Who Forgot His Wife, by John O'Farrell.

A bit of light relief- dick lit really. But very entertaining.

BOF Thu 18-Jul-13 23:39:55

54. Road Closed, by Leigh Russell- crap, formulaic detective fiction. One star.

I'm giving the dross a break now, and trying 55. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides- it's been sitting on my kindle for over twelve months, and I'm trying to resist the lure of drivel Daily Deals. Ten per cent in, and enjoying it so far.

BOF Fri 19-Jul-13 15:34:14

Hmm, I'm halfway through, and I just don't think I care enough about the existential angst of rich college students and the snoozefest that is discussing Derrida. David Lodge has d

BOF Fri 19-Jul-13 15:35:32

done self-absorbed literary lovelorn types better and with humour.

I think I'll jump ship. Middlesex is supposed to be better.

BOF Fri 19-Jul-13 17:55:19

Gah, I feel too guilty. I have to finish it. Sigh.

schooldidi Fri 19-Jul-13 18:42:22

27. we need to talk about Kevin. This isn't my kind of book at all but I stuck with it and found myself really caring about the characters. At one point I even cried, my 3yo came and cuddled me so I wouldn't be so sad.

Moving on to 28. Kiss and Hell - Dakota Cassidy. I felt like I needed some lightweight fluffy paranormal romance after Kevin. I'm already about halfway through, it's so quick and easy to read.

CoteDAzur Fri 19-Jul-13 21:58:33

25. Die Trying - Lee Child (Jack Reacher #2)

Dick-lit beach read, and great for that purpose. (I am on a lovely white sand beach in Turkey wink)

Now on to non-fiction Operation Mincemeat...

CoteDAzur Fri 19-Jul-13 22:00:13

Middlesex is very good. I haven't read any of his other books but finished that book thinking that the author is quite brilliant.

CoteDAzur Fri 19-Jul-13 22:01:02

Wednesday - If you loved Atonement, I think I can safely say that you should read Sweet Tooth.

BOF Fri 19-Jul-13 22:25:40

Hmm, I found The Marriage Plot pretty annoying, now that I've finished it. Madeleine was rather passive, the 'wrong' suitor condemned by Eugenides for his mental illness as though it were a moral failing, and the 'right' one was a disturbingly misogynistic dick who whined all the way through about being friend-zoned. The meta-ending didn't fix these flaws or do anything different with 'the marriage plot' of literature, which was obviously his aim.

The language was striking though, and I will try Middlesex.

BOF Fri 19-Jul-13 22:27:18

56. Hope- A Tragedy, by Shalom Auslander is next though.

Updated list:
1. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
2. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
3. Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson
4. The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
5. Sabra Zoo - Mischa Hiller
6. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
7. 1984 - George Orwell
8. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
9. Metro 2033 - Dmitri Glukhovsky - really enjoyed this one, and the last few pages took my breath away!

Currently reading:
10. The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans - this one will have to wait, as I don't actually have it at home, but, to be honest, I'm only reading it cause I don't like abandoning books half-way through, I'm not enjoying it at all... Only about 30 pages to go...
11. A Greyhound of a Girl - Roddy Doyle - I'm just about to start this one and really looking forward to reading it, I love a bit of Roddy Doyle smile

MrsMaryCooper Sat 20-Jul-13 19:45:15

40. Without Fail - Lee Child
41. The Persuader - Lee Child
42. Unseen - Karin Slaughter
43. Another Man's Poison - Ann Cleeves
44. NOD - Adrian Barnes
45. Waiting for Wednesday - Nicci French
46. Wild Cards - George RR Martin

My Kindle BROKE on holiday. It was hell.

Middlesex is a fantastic book and 1984 is one of my favourite books clevercircus. I also hate abandoning books but I did give up recently on the hundred year old man who climbed out the window one by Jonas Jonasson. Struggled to get through it several times.

Bit late in the day to join but from looking at my kindle I've only read 13 books this year. Had a baby at the end of 2012 so reading time has somewhat diminished. Managed to read three this week (The midwife's confession, The secret of Crickley Hall and The time machine) so I'm up for the challenge of 50 by the end of the year.

Can't believe I'd never read The Time Machine before. Loved it.

Nor sure what to read next. Will have a look.through some of your lists to inspire me.

tumbletumble Sun 21-Jul-13 16:40:14

26. Papillon by Henri Charriere. I think someone mentioned this upthread - escape from a French penal colony in the 1930s / 1940s. Brilliant!

Now reading Saplings by Noel Streatfield, which I have also read about on MN recently - can't remember if it was this thread or another one. I loved her books as a child, so looking forward to this one.

Have just added 2 more books to my 'to read' list (Sweet Tooth and Apple Tree Yard) after reading all your posts!

MegBusset Sun 21-Jul-13 17:53:39

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl (to DS1 at bedtimes)
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
34. The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Picked this up after reading Scott's Last Expedition (Cherry-Garrard was one of Scott's companions on the expedition) and actually it's the better read, brilliantly written and incredibly moving.

greenhill Sun 21-Jul-13 18:47:30

mrsmarycooper your kindle broke? What a nightmare, but at least you can still download all the books to your new device. Was it still under warranty?

MegBusset Sun 21-Jul-13 20:19:41

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
34. The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard
35. James And The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl (bedtime story for DS1)

juneybean Sun 21-Jul-13 21:44:23

30. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

MrsMaryCooper Mon 22-Jul-13 08:35:42

greenhill The Kindle was out of warranty but they sent me a new one, anyway. Yay for Amazon!

Louise1956 Mon 22-Jul-13 21:25:22

I read about two books a week normally, so have probably read about sixty so far this year. currently reading Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows by Harry Pearson, very amusing.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 22-Jul-13 23:06:32

Book 64 - Lady Chatterley's Lover - D H Lawrence. Surprisingly readable. Gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Finished book 29 "The 100 Year Old Man". It was a move gentle read, but I wasn't wowed by it and feel like I must have missed something as lots of people have recommended it to me as one of their favourite books.

Book 30 will be Ian McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth' based on Cote's recommendation. I'm really looking forward to starting it.

Right - RL has got in the way.

So my #33 became #32 (The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language - Mark Forsyth)

33. How to do Everything and be Happy (Peter Jones). A sensible, do-able self-help book. I'm going to get a copy as I feel as though I almost know him (in RL he's the friend of a close friend of mine)
34. The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story(Catherine Fletcher) - factual but a little dry.
35.A Plague on Both Your Houses/ 36. An Unholy Alliance - both by Susanna Gregory.
37. The Brothers Boswell - Phillip Baruth. Not really sure what I made of it, to be honest. A nod to literary stuff in Georgian England, but mostly well-written nonsense, in the nicest possible way.

SummerHoliDidi Tue 23-Jul-13 11:12:38

28. Kiss and Hell. 28. My way to Hell. Both by Dakota Cassidy. Light and fluffy, paranormal romance involving demons and ghosts and of course, true love conquering all.

Updated list:
1. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
2. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
3. Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson
4. The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
5. Sabra Zoo - Mischa Hiller
6. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
7. 1984 - George Orwell
8. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
9. Metro 2033 - Dmitri Glukhovsky
10. The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans - what a waste of time that was, glad it's over!

Currently reading:
11. A Greyhound of a Girl - almost finished, it's lovely (or should that be grand?)
12. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson - only just started, so don't know what to think of it yet.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 23-Jul-13 13:25:39

I really want to read Sweet Tooth. I downloaded the sample pages on my kindle a while back, but haven't got round to reading them yet. I've read three McEwan novels this year, so I'm fairly certain I'll like it. I've just got to get on with reading everything else I have lined up first smile

11. Greyhound of a Girl - Roddy Doyle - very quick and enjoyable read.

Currently reading:
12. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
13. Two Pints - Roddy Doyle

CoteDAzur Tue 23-Jul-13 16:38:28

26. Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed The Course of WWII - Ben Macintyre

Brilliant true story of a pivotal WWII deception ploy that assured Allied victory. Incredibly detailed, with photos of all players and even most documents. I heartily recommend this book to all non-fiction readers, especially if you are interested in WWII and/or war strategy & espionage. (Remus: That's you smile)

tumbletumble Tue 23-Jul-13 18:07:14

27. Saplings by Noel Streatfield. Not as good as her children's books, but an absorbing read.

Only 3 chapters into "Sweet Tooth" so far but I'm hooked.

Updated list:
1. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
2. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
3. Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson
4. The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
5. Sabra Zoo - Mischa Hiller
6. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
7. 1984 - George Orwell
8. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
9. Metro 2033 - Dmitri Glukhovsky
10. The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans
11. A Greyhound of a Girl - Roddy Doyle
12. Two Pints - Roddy Doyle

Currently reading:
13. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
14. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

NicknameTaken Thu 25-Jul-13 14:23:54

30) The Mystery on the Blue Train, Agatha Christie (inspired by another thread on AC). Jewel thieves, male impersonators, foreign women who are no better than they should be and - appalled gasp - Jews. Rather enthralling as a period piece.

31) A Walk with Jane Austen, Lori Smith. The writer is an American evangelical Christian who came to the UK and visited places associated with JA. I thought her conservative and religious background gave her a useful perspective on JA: the importance of doing the expected thing, getting married and being a mother, what it's like to have a major crush on a man you barely know and weave all sorts of fantasies around him etc. I liked the realism of the travel - grotty B&Bs and late-running buses. That said, I didn't find her religious musings all that engaging, and it does fall into that category of American female writers who are all "Wow! Look at me being all daring and having a great big adventure!" when they are doing something fairly ordinary.

32) Alexandria, the Last Nights of Cleopatra, Peter Stothard. Another combination of memoir and travel, with a bit of history thrown in. While this is a genre I like, this particular effort didn't really work. It's mostly about the sayings and doings of his mysterious minders in Egypt plus musings about an old school friend who recently died. While those are potentially interesting subjects, in practice I found the book rather dull.

33) Currently nearing the end of Cat Among the Pigeon, Agatha Christie.

Taffeta Thu 25-Jul-13 15:14:56

I haven't made a proper list but can I add please? I am finding it very useful for book recommendations. Here are some I have read this year, prob not all, def not in order....

1. The 100 yo man who jumped....
2. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
3. Gone Girl
4. The Ocean at the end of the Lane. I adored this
5. A Monster Calls
6. You had me at hello
7. May contain nuts
8. A Casual Vacancy
9. Life Death and Vanilla Slices
10. Having a lovely time
11. The Snow Child
12. The Uninvited
13. Is it just me?
14. Kind of cruel
15. Making of us
16. Me before you
17. Revenge of the tide
18. The vanishing act of Esme Lennox
19. The vintage teacup club
20. A streetcat named Bob
21. The man who forgot his wife
22. Dearest rose
23. I can make you hate

Currently reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. And looking for a few more suggestions for my upcoming holiday....

CoteDAzur Thu 25-Jul-13 16:33:46

27. Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3) - Lee Child

Another day on the beach, another beach read. Great for that purpose, too.

read up to part two in the 2 days after i posted about starting her fearful symmetry and havent had a chance to pick it up again (damn headaches!) until today...

just came to post my fave line in a book ever!!... "is it sad to fancy david tennant when you're dead?" grin ha!

enjoying it so far... will hopefully be done by the weekend

mumslife Thu 25-Jul-13 22:36:44

Bbook 33 when god was a rabbit surprisingly good but dont seemto have done much reading lately need to crack on

greenhill Fri 26-Jul-13 12:31:08

29. Hilary Mantel - Bring Up The Bodies. Better when read in large chunks, but was grim reading, knowing that all those people died because of the king's need for a legitimate male heir.

I'm going to be reading something light and frothy next to counteract it.

greenhill Fri 26-Jul-13 14:33:07

30. When First They Met - Debbie Macomber. The kindest thing I can say about this romantic short story was that it featured a recipe for biscotti.

NicknameTaken Fri 26-Jul-13 15:38:18

A damning verdict indeed! Hope they're tasty biscotti at least. I've read books where I haven't even got that much from them...

greenhill Fri 26-Jul-13 15:49:04

31. Aim High - Tanni Grey Thompson. Inspirational advice as part of the Quick Reads project in Wales, a joint venture between the Basic Skills Agency and the Welsh Books Council. A free kindle download.

nicknametaken at least the DM short story was a free download too.

greenhill Fri 26-Jul-13 17:39:56

32. Woof Hall - Hilarity Mental. Parody of the royal romance as if written by a foul mouthed, horny teenager.

greenhill Fri 26-Jul-13 17:40:38

Meant to add, it was another free download.

MrsMaryCooper Sat 27-Jul-13 08:49:33

47. The Glass Room - Anne Cleeves

Nearly at 50!

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 27-Jul-13 11:47:58

19) A Midnight Clear by William Wharton.

Set towards the end of WW2 in the Ardennes forest where a platoon of American GIs are camped out in an abandoned chateau. A beautiful, haunting anti-war war story. I would really recommend it.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Sat 27-Jul-13 18:15:29

Feel like throwing a party and waving a few flags for ... <drum roll>
49) Leo Tolstoy- Anna Karenina
That was three long weeks but one I've been meaning to read for a while.

greenhill Sun 28-Jul-13 08:15:38

33. The Innocent - M R Hall. A prequel to The Coroner, a Jenny Cooper crime short.
34. The Golden Egg - Donna Leon. The latest Brunetti novel in her magnificent series, it's a long muse on identity and ethics.

greenhill Sun 28-Jul-13 16:45:15

35. The Turtle Boy - Kealan Patrick Burke. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and quite creepy. Free download as it's the first story in a series.

Finished book 30: Ian McEwan's "Sweet Tooth".

I loved it. It had me hooked from the start. Definitely a must read for fans of "Atonement". I think I actually prefer this one.

I'm looking for recommendations for other Ian McEwan books if anyone has any?

Book 31 is Lisa Jewell "Before I Met You"

tumbletumble Mon 29-Jul-13 06:50:34

28. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I know I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but I absolutely loved it. Possibly my favourite book this year.

NicknameTaken Mon 29-Jul-13 13:25:40

34) The Istanbul Puzzle, Laurence O'Bryon. I have a fondness for this genre - ancient artefact uncovered, murders, being chased by bad guys through exotic locations, blah de blah. This is a rather paint-by-numbers version, though, and it fizzles out rather pointlessly at the end.

35) After the Funeral, Agatha Christie.

36) The Hive, Gill Hornby. I'm sure we'll be seeing threads on this, as the topic is quite Mumsnetty. Clumsy use of metaphor - there is an actual hive and a conversation of what will happen to the queen bee. My main quarrel was with the character of Georgie, a woman so bovine she has to produce another child because she doesn't know what to do with herself when the rest are at school. All fine and well as a study of pathology, but deeply irritating when the author holds her up as some kind of model of instinctive womanhood. The dialogue isn't as witty as the author seems to think. On the plus side, I quite enjoyed a couple getting wildly aroused during a quiz night.

greenhill Mon 29-Jul-13 16:44:06

36. The Main Line Murders - Sonia Kilvington. Patchy and disjointed psychological thriller. Not recommended.

CoteDAzur Mon 29-Jul-13 22:41:51

NicknameTaken - If you like that genre, I would recommend Jason Goodwin who writes murder mysteries in Ottoman era Istanbul, where the detective is a eunuch. Interesting and impressively correct re history & detail.

13. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - really enjoyed it although it wad quite predictable.

Now reading:
14. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson - can only read it at a certain workplace so it will take me a while to finish it.
15. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

DuchessofMalfi Tue 30-Jul-13 06:11:52

Book 65 Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Bedtime story for DD. Very good - we loved it!

Wednesday - I read Ian McEwan's Enduring Love recently. I'd recommend that - completely engrossing.

NicknameTaken Tue 30-Jul-13 08:56:36

Thanks, Cote, I've read most of that series (Janissary Tree etc) but it's a good reminder to go back and see if I've missed any.

Currently on (37) The Letters of Jane Austen. I'm enjoying it as an evocation of the very early 19th century, and there's a palpable warmth between the sisters.

mumslife Tue 30-Jul-13 12:34:07

33 when god was a rabbit - can really recommend this one
34 In a class of their own Millie Gray - now reading this lots of strong scottish in it though so tricky reading at times

Galaxymum Tue 30-Jul-13 14:19:10

39 The Long Weekend by Veronica Henry
40 Time's Echo by Pamela Hartshorne (fantastic timeslip novel. Quite spooky with haunting scenes which gave me shivers. Very well written).

41 - now reading Joyland by Stephen King

minsmum Tue 30-Jul-13 23:50:18

Well I sort of stopped reading for 6 weeks and not being able to get into anything. I finally started again and just finished no 35 World War Z - Max Brooks. I saw the film last week and really enjoyed it and so read the book. Really enjoyed it.
Hopefully it won't be another 6 weeks before I can start the next one

AnonYonimousBird Wed 31-Jul-13 12:59:00

19. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - OK
20. The Innocents by Francesca Segal - OK
21. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - OK
22. The sick rose by Erin Kelly - OK
23. Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman - Great
24. War of the Worlds by HG Wells - Fantastic
25 What have I done by Amanda Prowse - Good
26 The Hive by Gillian Hornby - Fair to Poor
27 Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle - Average
28 The fault in our stars by John Green - Great
29 How to be a good wife by Emma Chapman - Good, scary!
30 Capital by John Lanchester - Good romp.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 31-Jul-13 16:50:16

Book 66 - Persuasion by Jane Austen. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get round to reading this novel. Just delightful smile

Thanks Duchess, I'll have a look at that one!

CoteDAzur Wed 31-Jul-13 22:05:44

28. The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith

This is the sequel to Child 44, the first thriller to be longlisted for the Booker Prize, iirc. I really enjoyed Child 44, despite the shortcomings of its plot, because it was such a brilliant insight into Stalin's Soviet Russia, not to mention the transformation of detective's relationship throughout the book. This sequel is not as good, imho. It's written to be an action movie and the insight that has made Child 44 great is just not there.

Child 44's film is coming out next year, apparently.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Thu 01-Aug-13 13:16:12

50) Roald Dahl - The Twits
51) Mhairi McFarlane - You Had Me At Hello
52) Eoin Dempsey - Finding Rebecca

MrsMaryCooper Thu 01-Aug-13 20:25:49

48 - The Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling. I really enjoyed it. i was surprised by how good it is.

Finished book 31, "Before I Met You', which was okay. It was gripping in some parts, but predictable in others.

About to start book 31, which is Stuart Hill "The Prince of the Icemark", a prequel to a trilogy of books I came across whilst studying children's literature.

CircassianLeyla Thu 01-Aug-13 22:21:02

Recent name change but this is Mixed. Taken forever to read my latest book so thought it was about time to update completely. Just finished,

29. Adam Bede by George Eliot
Depressing but some fab writing but often very flowery.
28. The Return if the Soldier by Rebecca West
About shell shock. Very short and I enjoyed it.
27. HHhH by Laurent Binet
Didn't work for me, about Heydrich's assassination.
26. The BFG by Roald Dahl
25. Poirot's Early Cases by Agatha Christie
24. Working Class Cultures 1890-1960 by Joanna Bourke
23. History: a very short introduction by John Arnold
22. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D H Lawrence
I will say it again. I love this book!!!
21. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
20. Alice by Eva Hanagan
19. Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood
18. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpugo
17. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
16. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
15. The English German Girl - Holocaust related but incredibly powerful and if you can cope with it a must read.
14. Gone girl by Gillian Flynn
13. The hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared
12. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
11. Victorian Feminism by Philipa Levine
10. Fifty shades of grey by E L James
9. Murder on the links by Agatha Christie
8. Emma by Jane Austen
7. Call the midwife by Jennifer Worth
6. The tenant of wild fell hall by Anne Brontes
5. The Lighthouse by Alison More
4. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
3. The mysterious affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
2. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling
1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

CircassianLeyla Thu 01-Aug-13 22:24:43

Duchess - I <heart> Persuasion. I regularly dip into chapter 23. Makes me smile ALWAYS.

MegBusset Thu 01-Aug-13 23:44:13

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
34. The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard
35. James And The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
36. The Children's Hospital - Chris Adrian. Not quite what I was expecting and took a while to get into but actually very well-written and moving by the end.

Thewhingingdefective Fri 02-Aug-13 07:30:39

I introduced myself at the start of the first thread I think but haven't posted anything else.

I am on book 32 I think, which is The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam. It is the third book I have read by this writer ( though not this year) so I have high hopes for it being good. I am only a little way into it and finding it very difficult to sit down to read in peace with the children home from school.

It's set in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the months following 9/11 and follows the lives of two brothers who enter Afghanistan to care for civilians but end up at a Taliban camp.

I have included a few Radio 4 Books at Bedtime/ Books of the Week and audiobooks in my list of books I have read as I tend to listen during the day if I am busy and do most book or kindle reading at night (unless I get a rare child free day when I have nothing else planned). They are my favourite days, as I snuggle up with plenty of tea and chocolate if it's cold out, or I lie on a blanket in the garden if it's sunny and it always feels like a decadent treat. In the pre-kids days I took all that for granted!

I have read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction so I will look over my list and see of there were any particularly good ones I can recommend. smile

CoteDAzur Fri 02-Aug-13 22:50:18

29. Boys From Brazil - Ira Levin

Brilliant premise, told by an expert mystery author. I watched the film when I was a teenager, then researched cloning for my biology class a looong time before Dolly the sheep. This is in Amazon's Kindle summer sale so i thought it was the perfect time to read the book.

MegBusset Fri 02-Aug-13 23:27:23

Cote you will be pleased to know I'm taking Ready Player One on holiday with me.

CoteDAzur Sat 03-Aug-13 09:19:31

You are in for a treat. Enjoy smile

Galaxymum Sat 03-Aug-13 10:36:08

42 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I now feel overwhelmed by the emotions I have from the writing in this book. The characters felt so real to me, and I didn't want to let them go. Very hard to finish and no idea what I can read next. Wow! Just discovered John Green and hope others will give this book a go.

greenhill Sat 03-Aug-13 11:20:08

37. A Perfectly Good Man - Patrick Gale. I loved this, there was a moment half way through when I suddenly realised a major plot point, flicked back to confirm it and cried. I had to re-read some of the chapters as soon as I'd finished it because it was so good.

38. The Summons - John Grisham. I've struggled to read this and broken off several times. Even though it is a pacy thriller, I just didn't care about the storyline. I've concluded that it is 'too male' for me and it was a relief to finally finish it.

AnonYonimousBird Sat 03-Aug-13 13:07:09

Galaxymum - I know what you mean! I know some reviewers have said it is unconvincing and contrived etc, but it completely sucked me in and I actually had to re-read several sections as i went along and the day after I finished it, I re-read the last bit....

31. A Tale for the Time Being - enjoyable, though rather longwinded in sections, but it's a Man Booker Longlist candidate, which I only found out after I had started it, so perhaps I should not have been surprised.

32. Just about to finish Falling in Honey which I am rather enjoying as a light summery read, though the main character is rather annoying in her naivety. But loving the descriptions of a Greek Island and its inhabitants and history.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 03-Aug-13 20:53:30

Book 67 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Very entertaining novel. Would make an excellent summer holiday read.

minsmum Sat 03-Aug-13 23:31:13

Book 36 The Dinner - Herman Koch. I had vague idea of the premise of the book but I found it to be much more than I expected. It was very well written the story flows but I found it utterly horrifying.

You wonder what you would do in the same situation and hope to god that your decision would be different, at least I did.

I would highly recommend this book and know that it will live with me for a very long time.

MrsMaryCooper Sun 04-Aug-13 10:31:04

49 - The Saint Zita Society - Ruth Rendell.

Meh

literally just finished 27) her fearful symmetry. read it much slower than normal (busy/headaches) but i really really enjoyed it.

28) one moment, one morning - sarah rayner. again, ive heard good and bad reviews of this one so cant wait to get stuck in

juneybean Sun 04-Aug-13 19:37:02

InLove I enjoyed that too although I think we are in the minority!

CircassianLeyla Sun 04-Aug-13 19:44:26

I liked HEr fearful symmetry. It is set close to where I live which gave it an extra edge for me.

moonshine Sun 04-Aug-13 20:17:12

Sorry, haven't posted here for a while but am enjoying seeing everyone's choices.

15. The Blackhouse - Peter May 7/10
16. Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz (non-fiction) - Eilat Neyev 7/10
17. Dead Tracks - Tim Weaver 7/10
18. Layer Cake - J J Connolly 8/10
19. Far from the East End (non-fiction) - Iris Jones Simantel 7/10
20. The Language of Flowers - Vanessa Diffenbaugh 8/10

I've had a good run of some good reads - the Language of Flowers was particularly beautifully written.

I'm on holiday in 10 days time and would love to spend some time reading by the pool but doubt my kids will let me, sadly as they (and me to a certain extent, I guess) want to be doing 'stuff' and going on excursions - how do people manage to read so many on holiday??

mumslife Mon 05-Aug-13 13:16:37

Book 34 finished In a class of their own Millie Gray Just downloaded the other two in series to read
35 the carpenters children bought in Kindle sale am reading it but cant make up my mind if i have read it before or not grrr

Just finished Book 37, The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Really enjoyed it. It is set at the time of the Salem Witch trials and captures the superstition, hysteria and horror perfectly.

minsmum Mon 05-Aug-13 20:45:04

Book 37 To Davy Jones Below - Carola Dunn

Book 38 The Case of the Murdered Muckraker - Carola Dunn.

Racing through this series good clean fun

CoteDAzur Tue 06-Aug-13 14:24:05

30. The Visitor - Lee Child
31. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time - Mark Haddon

SummerHoliDidi Tue 06-Aug-13 14:36:13

30. Moon Called - Patricia Briggs
31. Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs
32. Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs
33. Bone Crossed - Patricia Briggs
34. Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
35. River Marked - Patricia Briggs
36. Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs

As you may have guessed those are all one series. It's a series about Mercy Thompson, a 'walker' who shapeshifts into a coyote, and her adventures with werewolves, fae, vampires, etc in the Tri-cities area of Washington. I love this sort of stuff and this is one of the better series I've read. And it's ok for me to recommend it to my teenage dd because it doesn't have the graphic sex scenes that so many books in this genre seem to be full of.

Updated list:
1. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
2. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
3. Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson
4. The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin
5. Sabra Zoo - Mischa Hiller
6. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
7. 1984 - George Orwell
8. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
9. Metro 2033 - Dmitri Glukhovsky
10. The Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans
11. A Greyhound of a Girl - Roddy Doyle
12. Two Pints - Roddy Doyle
13. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
14. The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb

Currently reading:
15. Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss

MegBusset Wed 07-Aug-13 21:21:34

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
34. The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard
35. James And The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
36. The Children's Hospital - Chris Adrian
37. Ring Of Bright Water - Gavin Maxwell. A reread of a classic nature book which I've loved since I was very young.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 07-Aug-13 21:54:03

Book 68 - The End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe. I loved this book, even though it is upsetting.

minsmum Wed 07-Aug-13 22:54:11

39 Mistletoe and Murder - Carola Dunn

Finished book 32 "The Prince of the Icemark". It was a good read. Nothing amazing, but a good prequel to the series.

Book 33 is Emma Donoghue's "The Sealed Letter". Had this one sitting on my kindle for a long time!!

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Thu 08-Aug-13 09:52:41

20) In The Woods by Tana French

Police procedural / psychological thriller set in Ireland. V.good.

21) The Hundred Year Old Man.......... By Jonas Jonasson

I think this has had some really mixed reviews on MN but I for one really enjoyed it.

novelsituation Thu 08-Aug-13 10:49:28

1. The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson
2. The Lotus Eaters - Tatjani Soli
3. The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan
4. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
5. The Great Gatsby
6. Life after Life - Kate Atkinson
7. Stoner - John Williams
8. The Land Lay Still - James Robertson

Really enjoying reading again. It makes me more thoughtful / mindful of the quality of relationships and conscious of how precious time is.

highlandcoo Thu 08-Aug-13 11:43:00

What was Stoner like, novel? Daunts in Marylebone High St has a huge display of the novel in its window and I was quite intrigued.
Seems to be one of these books that becomes a success by word of mouth, long after being first published.

minsmum Thu 08-Aug-13 13:43:19

40 Die Laughing - Carola Dunn

greenhill Thu 08-Aug-13 17:32:38

39. Big Brother - Lionel Shriver. Quite depressing and polemical, with some really well made points.

gailforce1 Thu 08-Aug-13 18:38:00

23. Dear Lumpy... Letters to a Disobedient Daughter by Roger and Louise Mortimer. Following on from Dear Lupin, very enjoyable.
24. Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman. Won't be rushing to recommend this, easy beach read.

I think I am now getting behind if I am going to make it to 50, suppose that I should choose some slim volumes for a while to catch up!

tumbletumble Thu 08-Aug-13 22:56:04

29. Millstone by Margaret Drabble, recommended on another thread. I like her books (but haven't read any for years) and I really enjoyed this one.

SummerHoliDidi Fri 09-Aug-13 00:37:26

37. The Ocean at the end of the lane - Neil Gaiman

novelsituation Fri 09-Aug-13 16:38:26

highlandcoo I enjoyed Stoner - it reminded me a lot of Alice Munro's short stories, simple, clear language but with such depth of characterisation. What will stay with me is the description of his relationship with his corrosive wife, Edith. A briliant portrayal of a dysfunctional marriage.
It's a quiet, understated novel dealing with Stoner's quiet, understated life, but Stoner is a hugely sympathetic character.

28) one moment one morning - sarah rayner, has litterally just been finished. nothing really exciting happens but i enjoyed it and its nicely written.

29) never look away - lindwood barclay. read the first chapter a few weeks ago while waiting for dh to finish his book browsing and was hooked. brought it at the weekend so im being naughty putting at the top of the pile and reading it now grin

Finished book 33 "The Sealed Letter". I really enjoyed it.

Book 34 is a dossier by Michael Volpe on the prevalence of PTSD in whistle-blowers looking at a number of high profile cases. Not to everyone's taste, but I find things like these fascinating, particularly as I have/do suffer from symptoms of ptsd myself (although not linked to whistle-blowing)

bibliomania Sat 10-Aug-13 17:24:35

Have been meaning to name change for ages from the really boring NicknameTaken, so have finally taken the plunge, with a name selected in honour of this thread!

Finally finished The Letters of Jane Austen. I enjoyed them, but they unfailingly put me to sleep within 20 minutes or so.

Also read:
38) The English, Matt Rudd. Mildly amusing but shallow as a puddle.

39) The Deeds of the Disturber, Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody, Victorian feminist, archaeologist, Egyptologist, devoted wife and solver of crimes, often in Egypt but this one was set in London. Always good fun, although I think the author is American and her "voice" doesn't always ring true).

I have a stack of tempting crime but feel I need to get on with Is That a Fish in Your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation, by David Bellos. He teaches at Princeton, and I feel like I'm sitting in a seminar. I mean that in a positive sense - it's engaging and amusing and authoritative. But the crime is still alluring...

CircassianLeyla Sat 10-Aug-13 21:28:50

30. The murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Thoroughly enjoyed this romp in the English countryside.

Next up is:

One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich.

minsmum Sun 11-Aug-13 00:05:38

Book 41 The Mournful wedding - Carola Dunn

My kindle broke but luckily they sent me a new one this morning so Carry on reading

greenhill Sun 11-Aug-13 07:28:03

40. The Coroner - M R Hall. I read this until 1.30 this morning as I couldn't put it down.

38. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth - Stuart Clarke. This is the FIRST in a trilogy (I read the second book a little while ago, not realising). It basically outlines how astrology morphed into astronomy as an accepted theory, underlaid with the struggle between different religious factions, and 'accepted belief' of science. Extremely compelling.

hackmum Sun 11-Aug-13 09:50:12

Have just finished no 37, the new Lionel Shriver one, and have embarked on 38, the JK Rowling pseudonymous one. That should put me on course for 50 by the end of the year. However, I am planning to read War and Peace next (bought a second hand copy last December, and have been waiting for the right moment) and I think this will take me several weeks and take me off track. Do I get special dispensation? Maybe W&P could count as four books. smile

CoteDAzur Sun 11-Aug-13 10:25:28

MrsCosmo - That book looks right up my street. Thank you for the recommendation.

Cote I read the second book first, but it was a complete story too, if that makes sense. Just that if you read them in order, there is more of a proper chronological link. I liked how the scientists/philosophers were 'realised' and made human, rather than being abstract names.
I actually have the final book on order now.

I've just started 39. The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory. This fits nicely in with what I have been reading earlier in the year, as it covers the reign of Edward IV and subsequent ascension of Richard III. Only about 30 pages in, but loving it.

CoteDAzur Sun 11-Aug-13 10:54:46

It sounds like This Thing Of Darkness, the story of Charles Darwin's long voyage on the survey brig The Beagle captained by Robert FitzRoy, where he developed his theory of evolution. Not just that, their voyage also involves the story of bringing to the UK three "savages" from Terra del Fuego including Jeremy Button, FitzRoy becoming the 2nd governor of New Zealand, and later pioneering meteorology (against some ridicule at the time) and making weather forecast a reality.

Brilliant book, I heartily recommend it.

bibliomania Sun 11-Aug-13 11:44:02

I reckon War and Peace gets anyone a special dispensation!

minsmum Sun 11-Aug-13 11:48:11

I read War and Peace may years ago when the BBC had the series on the tv. I had to get a special dispensation from school to borrow the book from the school library, really enjoyed it though I wonder if the series made it easier to read

mumslife Sun 11-Aug-13 13:21:30

Book 36 in a league of their own. Milie gray second in series now have prequel to read but havibg a break and reading changing patters judith barrow book 37 which i just realised is the second in a series and havent read the first grr

Cote -thanks, that sounds like my kind of thing. I'll see if the library can track it down for me! smile

CircassianLeyla Sun 11-Aug-13 19:47:24

My copy of War and Peace is in four volumes so it obviously counts as 4!!!

Galaxymum Sun 11-Aug-13 20:03:40

Book 43 - Delirium
Book 44 - That Richard Madeley one which I gave up on.
Book 45 The Things We Never Said by Susan Eliott-Wright (very well constructed debut. I really enjoyed this)

Book 46 is Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Jdub Mon 12-Aug-13 15:09:40

Book 9 - The Jigsaw Maker - Adrienne Dines - thumbs up - will read more by this author
Book 10 - Call the Midwife - Jennifer Worth - EXCELLENT
Book 11 - Just started 'The Yellow Birds' by Kevin Powers

I know I am a million miles behind the 50 target, but I am SO loving getting back into the habit of reading my own books (as well as countless bedtime stories for smaller members of the household!)

MrsMaryCooper Mon 12-Aug-13 16:11:30

Book 50! Flesh Wounds - Christopher Brookmyre

Infinitely better than Bedlam, but still not as good as his first couple of books.

I'm so chuffed that I have got to the 50!

gailforce1 Mon 12-Aug-13 18:06:34

Congrats MrsMaryCooper on reaching 50, can you get to 75 before the end of the year?!

MrsMaryCooper Mon 12-Aug-13 18:13:58

I shall certainly try!

CircassianLeyla Mon 12-Aug-13 19:08:45

Well done MrsMaryCooper.

SummerHoliDidi Mon 12-Aug-13 21:08:22

38. Touch of Frost - Jennifer Estep

Finished 34, the Michael Volpe dossier on ptsd in whistle-blowers. Some aspects were really interesting, but I don't really think it was what it claimed to be, was very repetitive in one aspect of ptsd to the detriment of many other issues and in parts, not well written.

35 was Neil Gaiman "how to talk to girls at parties". Short, but enjoyable.

mumslife Tue 13-Aug-13 12:07:44

book 38 Hannahs War Fenella Miller

mumslife Tue 13-Aug-13 12:08:21

well done Mrsmarycooper for getting to 50smile

minsmum Tue 13-Aug-13 14:00:53

42 Fall of a Philanderer - Carola Dunn
43 The Gunpowder Plot - Carola Dunn

whatwoulddexterdo Tue 13-Aug-13 21:26:13

Have just discovered this thread, its great for recommendations, and i love to know what others are reading. I have just started the life boat by charlotte rogan, really good.
Hope there is another thread next year I can join.
Happy reading!

gailforce1 Wed 14-Aug-13 09:08:57

25. High Wages by Dorothy Whipple. Excellent, love her books.
26. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. Excellent, don't know how I missed out on this for so long as it is always being recommended on MN. I actually found this copy in a charity shop where books were 90p each or 3 for 2. It is a beautiful Persephone one and I will be keeping it and looking out for other Persephone bargains to keep on my bookshelf!

DuchessofMalfi Wed 14-Aug-13 10:35:35

69 & 70 The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin and The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

bibliomania Wed 14-Aug-13 11:23:56

How did you find the Toibin book, Duchess?

DuchessofMalfi Wed 14-Aug-13 13:32:15

It is a quick read - just over 100 pages. Not an unputdownable page turner but very likeable, easy to read. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

minsmum Wed 14-Aug-13 13:32:40

44 The Bloody Tower - Carola Dunn

bibliomania Wed 14-Aug-13 13:44:50

Thanks - might give it a go at some stage.

CoteDAzur Wed 14-Aug-13 16:09:47

32. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

The book that wrenched cyberpunk from William Gibson's hands, one of 100 best English language books since 1923 (according to Time magazine). I would recommend it to everyone interested in futuristic fiction, Internet, and/or languages if I wasn't sure you must have already read it.

How was the John Green Duchess?

I've just finished 36 "The Insanity Hoax" by Judith Schlesinger which was interesting but relied a little too much on anecdotal evidence taken from jazz musicians in some places. I thought the chapters around the history of the concept of "the mad genius" and how the way we look at mental health has changed were fascinating though.

I'm yet to choose book 37, but it will be something much lighter!!

Book 37: "0.4" (seems to also go under the title of Human.4) by Mike Lancaster.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 15-Aug-13 08:14:19

Wednesday - I wasn't that keen on The Fault In Our Stars. It is very Young Adult and I read it almost straight after another and better book about living with cancer. Not my favourite but I didn't hate it, just don't think it was as good as it's made out to be.

greenhill Thu 15-Aug-13 14:05:50

41. Gentleman's Relish - Patrick Gale. Excellent collection of short stories.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Thu 15-Aug-13 14:43:54

53. Nancy C Johnson - Her Last Letter
54. Abbie Clements - Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop
55. Roald Dahl - Danny The Champion Of The World
56. Nora Roberts- The Return of Rafe MacKade
57. Nora Roberts - The Pride of Jared MacKade
58. Elizabeth Noble- Between A Mother And Her Child
59. Roald Dahl - Fantastic Mr Fox
60. Roald Dahl - The Magic Finger
61. Shane Dunphy - The Girl Who Wouldn't Smile
62. Tahmima Anam - A Golden Age
63. Jodi Taylor - Just One Damned Thing After Another
64. Mark Green - The Travel Auction
65. Kate Frost - The Butterfly Storm

MegBusset Fri 16-Aug-13 15:29:30

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
34. The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard
35. James And The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
36. The Children's Hospital - Chris Adrian
37. Ring Of Bright Water - Gavin Maxwell
38. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline. As recommended by Cote. I did really enjoy this as a holiday read, rather daft plotwise but good retro fun.

SummerHoliDidi Fri 16-Aug-13 16:04:46

39. Bastien by Tianna Xanna (sp?)

hackmum Fri 16-Aug-13 17:44:56

Meg, how did you get on with Ring of Bright Water? I'm thinking of reading it soon, as I recently read and enjoyed his book about the Marsh Arabs.

MegBusset Fri 16-Aug-13 20:47:53

Hackmum I loved it but then I have read it about a squillion times smile

The follow-ups The Rocks Remain and Raven Seek Thy Br

MegBusset Fri 16-Aug-13 20:48:32

...other are great too smile

MegBusset Fri 16-Aug-13 20:50:57

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
34. The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard
35. James And The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
36. The Children's Hospital - Chris Adrian
37. Ring Of Bright Water - Gavin Maxwell
38. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
39. The White Queen - Philippa Gregory. I ran out of books on holiday so had to borrow one from my mum. It was either this or some ghastly-looking Marian Keyes thingy. This was ok as a holiday read, took no time or brainpower, she's certainly no Hilary Mantel though.

That's a shame Duchess, I thought that sounded quite good.

Starting book 38: "The Good Father" by Noah Hawley

CircassianLeyla Fri 16-Aug-13 22:30:41

Oh Perks that Tahmina Anam book is on my shelf. Well I have two I think they are related in some way. What did you think?

31. One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I really enjoyed it (thanks to all who gave me ideas on my Russia thread - Cote springs to mind). Although some reading afterwards suggests my copy wasn't the best translation. I thought it was great anyway. It is a focus on one day in the life of a gulag prisoner in Soviet Russia and the hardships but the small joys that the day brings.

Not sure what is next. I have a couple of short book club reads, plus lots of uni stuff and just books talking to me from the shelf.

tumbletumble Sat 17-Aug-13 11:00:38

I love One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - glad you enjoyed it.

My no. 30 was Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Brilliant!

hackmum Sat 17-Aug-13 12:12:34

Thanks Meg - will definitely buy it now. I normally buy stuff on Kindle but the only version they've got is an abridged version of the whole trilogy. I wanted to be sure before I went out and bought the print edition!

Kingmaker's daughter was very interesting. Philippa Gregory has written about the sequence events already from a different perspective so it was interesting to see an author reassessing her work from someone else's viewpoint.

Now on #40 - Armour where in he trusted by Mary Webb and #41 The Queen's sorrow by Susanna Dunn.

Popped into the library earlier to pick up some reserved books and they had a book sale so I've come back home very well-equipped with reading materials.

Incidentally, I wonder if anyone can help me identify a book I read some five or more years ago? I started a thread here.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 18-Aug-13 09:10:52

Book 71 The Visible World by Mark Slouka.

minsmum Sun 18-Aug-13 09:32:13

45 Ths black Ship - Carola Dunn
46 Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble - M.C. Beaton

juneybean Sun 18-Aug-13 15:07:54

31. The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

Definitely recommend!

SummerHoliDidi Sun 18-Aug-13 17:35:50

40. Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 18-Aug-13 17:38:41

22. Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard.
A mystery set in England, Ireland and Belgium written by one of my favourite authors.

mumslife Sun 18-Aug-13 22:03:05

Book39 memory garden rachel hoare

minsmum Mon 19-Aug-13 19:20:33

47 Sheer Folly - Carola Dunn

Finished book 38 "The Good Father" by Noah Hawley. I loved it. It was brilliant.

Still deciding on 39. It'll be one of these:

* "The Falling Sky" by Pippa Goldschmidt
* "The earth hums in B flat" by Mari Strachan
* "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
* "Big Brother" by Lionel Shriver

Any suggestions?

minsmum Tue 20-Aug-13 13:53:12

48 Anthem for a Doomed Youth - Carola Dunn

AnonYonimousBird Tue 20-Aug-13 17:57:21

33. Wonder
34. The Age of Innocence
35. Reconstructing Amelia

CoteDAzur Tue 20-Aug-13 18:10:10

33. Delirium - Lauren Oliver

I should have known better than read (1) a YA book, (2) written by a woman (3) who is much younger than me.

Now on to Anna Karenina for our book club...

40. Armour wherein he trusted - very poetic, slightly moralistic, but beautifully written story of courtly love. I didn't enjoy it as much as 'Precious Bane', but it hasn't put me off Mary Webb.

41. The Queen's sorrow. This was one of those books that I thought was a bit vague at the end. Interesting to hear about how the Spanish were reviled but also regaled during the reign of 'Bloody' Mary - and the lengths taken to keep her subjects "under control". However, several points were unconcluded which left me feeling a bit disappointed.

42. The Traitor's Wife - Kathleen Kent. This is her second novel but is actually the backstory to her first. Enjoyable historical fiction built from her own family history and factual events.

greenhill Wed 21-Aug-13 19:30:23

42. Friends in High Places - Donna Leon. Unusually Brunetti cracks and shows genuine anger.

43. Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger. Would have been much better without the dreadful ending.

CircassianLeyla Wed 21-Aug-13 19:33:43

Jealous of Anna Karenina for book club Cote.

Our group has rules, one of which is no books over 400 pages, although we broke it once for Kim.

CoteDAzur Wed 21-Aug-13 21:31:40

Well, most of us have Kindles so page numbers don't mean much to my book club smile

We don't usually read the classics but we don't read chick-lit crap either. It's a good mix.

greenhill Thu 22-Aug-13 18:22:02

44. Rush of Blood - Mark Billingham. Excellent thriller.

Book 39 was "The Falling Sky" by Pippa Goldschmidt. I really enjoyed it, although there were some predictable plotlines, and the conclusion of one of the plotlines was a bit disappointing.

Started book 40: Alice Hoffman "Angel's Landing". Alice Hoffman is a firm favourite of mine, and this one is great so far!

PerksOfBeingNorthern Fri 23-Aug-13 20:50:07

Is it 'The Golden Age' Circassian? I have that to read too, it's the follow up.
I liked it, didn't love it. Don't know a lot about the Bangladesh War Of Independence but it was more character/emotive led than details. Am saving the sequel for a while because I found the ending hard going!
Have just been on holiday and managed only managed to read one book sad It was
66. Ken Follett - Eye Of The Needle

CircassianLeyla Fri 23-Aug-13 20:57:39

Yes that's the one. I don't know too much about it either, my DH is British Bangladeshi so I was a bit interested. Have yet to read either. I will probably know more than him at the end.

I am struggling with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and other stories of the jazz age. I had to read Button for book club but I can't really add it to my total if I don't finish the book. I think I am coming to the conclusion that F. Scott Fitzgerald is just not my bag.

BOF Sat 24-Aug-13 13:09:31

I've been on a WW2 history binge:

57. The Secrets Of Bletchley Park
58. Five Days That Shocked The World
59. Stalingrad, by Anthony Beevor
60. Berlin, ditto

And back to fiction

61. Until You're Mine, by Samantha Hayes- just brilliant psycholical thriller, thoroughly recommend it

62. Nearest Thing To Crazy, by Elizabeth Forbes- again, rollicking good read. In the tradition of classics like The Yellow Wallpaper, it examines female 'madness' and gaslighting.

63. Just What Kind Of Mother Are You- in the middle of this, and

64. What Matters In Jane Austen- interesting look at her work, suggested on the current Austen thread.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 24-Aug-13 13:51:51

72 - The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Really good. Page turningly excellent grin

DuchessofMalfi Sat 24-Aug-13 17:54:24

And 73 - I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. An interesting and amusing collection of articles. Some ate so true and very funny.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 24-Aug-13 17:55:48

Are not ate obviously grin

Book 40 finished. Not Hoffman's best IMO, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth a read.

Book 41 is a kindle freebie. Jodi Taylor "Just One Damn Thing After Another". Not entirely sure what it's about, I've just read a few pages but they've made me smile

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 24-Aug-13 23:37:55

23. Safe As Houses by Simone Van Der Vlugt

A Dutch thriller about a woman and her child whose home is invaded by an escaped murderer. Good but quite chilling.

24. Wish You Were Here by Mike Gayle

Something light and fluffy. Almost chick-lit.

I am ashamed to say these were both library books blush I still have 98 paperbacks in a heap down the side of my bed.

Next up is World Without End by Ken Follett. This is over 1200 pages (gulp) so I will see you all in October wink

DuchessofMalfi Sun 25-Aug-13 07:25:25

74 - Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome. A re-read, and just as witty and entertaining as ever.

MrsMaryCooper Sun 25-Aug-13 20:28:51

51. Why we get fat and what to do about it - Gary Taubes Very interesting.
52. Death of a Cad - MC Beaton

minsmum Sun 25-Aug-13 23:08:17

49. Gone West - Carola Dunn
That's the last of the series so far and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. Not sure what to read for number 50, although I have a couple on the go at the moment. Some non fiction that I have been dipping in and out of.

bibliomania Mon 26-Aug-13 12:32:36

40) Is that a fish in your ear? David Bellos. Non-fiction about translation. Got quite bogged down in this for a long time.

41) The Lewis Man, Peter May
42) The House at Sea's End, Elly Griffiths.
Two crime stories with quite a lot in common - dark doings in remote spots decades ago. Preferred the Elly Griffiths, as I like her characters more.

Currently on (43) Mutton, by India Knight. I find her a bit annoying but still amusing, so enjoying this one.

I started Dominion, by CJ Sansom, but got mired in all the exposition, so am taking a break from it. Next up is a recent non-fiction book, Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins, which I'm really looking forward to.

CircassianLeyla Mon 26-Aug-13 20:23:31

Minsmum - almost there. I am so lagging behind.

acsec Mon 26-Aug-13 20:30:14

I've been lurking and reading what others have been posting. I'm also lagging way behind, but am loving that I have got back into reading.
Here's my list so far:

1.How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
2.Raising Boys – Steve Biddulph
3.Reaver’s Ransom – Emily Diamand
4.Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
5.Wendy – Karen Wallace
6.Generation A – Douglas Coupland
7.Runemark – Joanne Harris
8.The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
9.The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of a window and disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
10.Shade’s Children – Garth Nix
11.The Journal of Dora Damage – Belinda Starling
12.The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
13.Island of Lost Girls – Jennifer McMahon
14.The Garbage King – Elizabeth Laird
15.Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill
16.The Adventures of Jimmy Scar – Jeanne Willis
17.Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

Almost finished:
18.The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey

MegBusset Mon 26-Aug-13 23:22:54

31. Martian Time-Slip - Philip K Dick
32. The Witches - Roald Dahl
33. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
34. The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard
35. James And The Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
36. The Children's Hospital - Chris Adrian
37. Ring Of Bright Water - Gavin Maxwell
38. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
39. The White Queen - Philippa Gregory
40. Blindness - Jose Saramago. A post-apocalypic dystopian novel not dissimilar to John Christopher's The Death Of Grass which I read earlier in the year, this has the premise that first a small group of people, then everyone in the world is suddenly struck blind, and rapid breakdown of civilisation follows. It's not an easy read but incredibly well written so would highly recommend for those who like that kind of thing.

SummerHoliDidi Mon 26-Aug-13 23:29:26

41. Space Captain Smith - Toby Frost

greenhill Tue 27-Aug-13 20:43:23

45. Stepford Wives - Ira Levin. A really good quick read.

bibliomania Wed 28-Aug-13 09:06:21

Stepford Wives is a fun read - and it's intriguing to see where the trope originated.

Finished Mutton by India Knight. I feel the same way about IK as I do about the Sunday Times Style section. It keeps trilling at me "This is what women are like!" and I keep thinking nope, that doesn't reflect me. But it was an entertaining read and slipped down easily.

Have started (44) Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins. A couple of chapters in and I'm loving it. It's just the sort of book I adore. The author visits various sites connected with Roman Britain and muses about the the way the Roman presence has been interpretated over the centuries.

greenhill Wed 28-Aug-13 12:15:29

46. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble - M C Beaton. The story felt a bit rushed, but was mildly amusing.

bibliomania I've just started 'Rosemary's Baby': so far, so good, if I enjoy this Ira Levin too, I may download some more.

bibliomania Wed 28-Aug-13 13:11:14

Didn't even realize that was the same author! Yes, please do say if it's good.

You're getting in early with your Christmas reads!

DuchessofMalfi Wed 28-Aug-13 21:05:21

75 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

AnonYonimousBird Thu 29-Aug-13 08:16:20

36. The Light Between Oceans. Gobsmackingly good.

CoteDAzur Thu 29-Aug-13 09:11:30

greenhill - If you haven't read it, I would recommend Ira Levin's The Boys From Brazil.

greenhill Thu 29-Aug-13 12:31:41

Thanks cote I've just downloaded it, there are 4 Ira Levin books in Amazon's summer sale at 99p each. smile

CoteDAzur Thu 29-Aug-13 12:34:41

I know - I have Rosemary's Baby waiting for when I manage to finish neverending Anna bloody Karenina smile

Book 41: Jodi Taylor "Just One Damn Thing After Another" - a kindle freebie but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's quite a light read, flyby in places with an interesting concept. I'd definitely read more by her.

Book 42 was another kindle freebie: Shelley Adina "Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure". Not at all what I expected, but another enjoyable read.

Started 43 which is Rosie Thomas "Iris and Ruby" which I've had on my kindle for a really long time.

Can I very belatedly join please? Have two DC under 4 so my reading has been pitiful but been so inspired and motivated by this thread, going to count up all books this year for interest and join in for the rest of the year as I've just visited the most amazing bookshop in the world and came home with 13 books for $8.....

In no particular order:

1. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime - Mark Haddon
2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
3. Sexing the Cherry - Jeanette Winterson
4. The Islamist - Ed Husain
5. The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
6. The Painted Veil - Somerset Maughn
7. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
8. How to be a Woman - Cairlin Moran
9. Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
10. The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
11. Rimbaud - Graham Robb
12. Howls Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
13. Gordon - Edith Templeton
14. Feminine Mystic - Betty Friedan
15. The Theatre and it's Double - Artaud
16. Of Woman Born - Adrienne Rich
17. Anthills of the Savannah - Chinua Achebe
18. City of the Beasts - Isabel Allende
19. Hidden in Plain Sight - Zainab Salbi
20. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
21. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
22. Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
23. Corrections - Jonathan Franzen

About to start Call for the Dead - John Le Carre. That's awesome! Way more than I thought! I won't include plays because I read tons and they only take an hour but if I'm allowed to read "proper" children's books with DS over the course of at leat a week or two, then:

24. Esio Trot - Roald Dahl
25. George's Marvellous Medicine - RD
26. The Twits - RD
27. James and the Giant Peach - RD
28. Fantastic Mr Fox - RD
29. The Magic finger - RD
30. the Giraffe The Pelly and Me - RD
31. Mr Stink - David Walliams

Now reading Peter Pan - J. M. Barrie

bibliomania Fri 30-Aug-13 12:37:56

Welcome! And jealous to hear of the most amazing bookshop in the world! If it's in dollars, I assume it's nowhere near me...

Sadly it's in California (well, not that sad for me, only a 2hour drive away from home). It's outdoors and has such a huge range and variety, comfortable chairs in the shade everywhere, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, excellently laid out and a "house" in the middle where they've done up a fake kitchen to house the cookery books, a library for military history, a nursery for children's books. Heaven. And around the outside are hundreds of books for 50cents each with an honesty box for when they're shut.

greenhill Fri 30-Aug-13 15:26:01

That bookshop sounds amazing, sadly it's a bit too far to get to grin

Would love to come home and open on similar. Though the outdoorsy aspect might have to be rethought.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 31-Aug-13 16:08:03

76 - The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan. Absolutely amazingly brilliant. Loved it.

bibliomania Sun 01-Sep-13 07:14:11

Bookshop sounds wonderful. Sigh for that climate also.

tumbletumble Sun 01-Sep-13 09:29:07

31. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, recommended up thread. Wow. An amazing book about an incredible expedition (Scott in the Antarctic).

32. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. I really enjoyed this.

Love the sound of that bookshop too!

I need to visit that bookshop!!

Book 43 "Iris and Ruby", I thought was brilliant. Really enjoyed it.

Not yet decided on 44.