50 Book Challenge 2018 Part Six

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southeastdweller Tue 05-Jun-18 08:12:42

Welcome to the sixth thread of the 50 Book Challenge for this year.

The challenge is to read fifty books (or more!) in 2018, though reading fifty isn't mandatory. Any type of book can count, it’s not too late to join, and please try to let us all know your thoughts on what you've read.

The first thread of the year is here, the second one here, the third one here, the fourth one here, and the fifth one here.

How're you getting on so far?

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ChessieFL Tue 05-Jun-18 08:42:18

Just marking place, will bring list over later. Thanks for new thread!

Tarahumara Tue 05-Jun-18 09:38:12

Checking in - thanks southeast.

SatsukiKusakabe Tue 05-Jun-18 10:34:10

Checking in thanks south

TheTurnOfTheScrew Tue 05-Jun-18 11:05:35

Thanks as ever, SouthEast.

My list, favourites in bold:

1. The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
2. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
3. The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry
4. What A Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
5. Death in the Clouds but Agatha Christie
6. The Road Home by Rose Tremain
7. 21st Century Yokel by Tom Cox
8. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
9. Murder At The Vicarage by Agatha Christie
10. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
11. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
12. Keep on Keeping On by Alan Bennett
13. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
14. The Witch Finder's Sister by Beth Underdown
15. The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
16. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
17. The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
18. Conclave by Robert Harris
19. The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
21. A Very English Scandal by John Preston
22. The Devil in The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson.
23. London Under by Peter Ackroyd
24. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
25. Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Terpsichore Tue 05-Jun-18 13:45:43

Also marking place, with apologies for dismal lack of action recently. I've got two books nearing the end so hope to be back shortly with reviews.

Terpsichore Tue 05-Jun-18 13:46:40

And thanks for the new thread, @southeastdweller smile

CorvusUmbranox Tue 05-Jun-18 14:12:05

Bringing over my list:

1.) Gossip From the Forest, Sara Maitland
2.) Ritual, Adam Nevill
3.) The Penny Heart, Martine Bailey
4.) Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
5.) The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Library Volume 1: Histories
6.) The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma
7.) The History of the English Puppet Theatre, by George Speaight
8.) The Year of Reading Dangerously, by Andy Miller
9.) Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
10.) Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard
11.) Wychwood, by George Mann
12.) Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King
13.) Last Days, by Adam Nevill
14.) The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland
15.) Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
16.) Happy, by Derren Brown
17.) A Surfeit of Lampreys, by Ngaio Marsh
18.) Death Knocks Twice, by Robert Thorogood
19.) Cheer up, Love, by Susan Calman
20.) The North Water, by Ian McGuire
21.) The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
22.) A Morbid Taste for Bones, by Ellis Peters
23.) Rogues, edited by George RR Martin
24.) End of Watch, Stephen King
25.) Brave, Rose McGowan
26.) The Blackest Streets, Life and Death of a Victorian Slum, Sarah Wise
27.) Eligible, Curtis Sittenfield
28.) The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
29.) The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry
30.) The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland, by John Lewis-Stempel
31.) The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, by Martyn Waites
32.) Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin
33.) The Fire Child, by SK Tremayne
34.) Death of Kings, by Bernard Cornwell
35.) Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, by James Fearnley
36.) The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, by Carolyne Larrington
37.) The Break, by Marian Keyes
37.) Tudor Monastery Farm
38.) Under A Pole Star, by Stef Penney
39.) The Cheapside Corpse, by Susanna Gregory
40.) The Eyes of the Reindeer, Eva Weaver
41.) The Outcasts of Time, Ian Mortimer
42.) Death and the Dancing Footman, Ngaio Marsh
43.) Why Mummy Drinks, The Diary of an Exhausted Mum, by Gill Sims
44.) Colour Scheme, Ngaio Marsh
45.) Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
46.) A Clash of Kings, George RR Martin
47.) The Harrowing, James Aitcheson
48.) Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World, by Laura James
49.) Day Four, Sarah Lotz
50.) The Silent Companions, Laura Purcell
51.) This Thing of Darkness, by Harry Thompson

and finally:

52.) Thin Air, by Michelle Paver -- Finished this in one day in the end. It's a short, compelling read, but in the end very similar to Dark Matter, with a similar sort of set-up: internally conflicted young man who isn't quite at ease with his companions, hostile environment, a possible haunting. Oh, and the comforting companionship of a dog.

Dark Matter was scarier (I know not everyone found it scary, but I listened to it on audiobook and found the ending chilling), with more memorable haunted objects: it had a skinning pole, while Thin Air has a -- [clears throat] -- rucksack, but I liked the ever-present danger of the environment, and it had a lovely MR Jamesian feel to it with the bone trumpet in the beginning, along with certain later events. A few bits, like the window onto the abyss, weren't capitalised on as well as they could have been, and while Dark Matter had some gripping moments throughout, here the tension doesn't really ramp up until the end.

Well worth a read if you like ghost stories, but it is a bit of a shame it all felt so familiar.


Continuing the easy quick reads theme with Spectacles, Sue Perkins's memoir, . So far, funny with a few slightly silly bits. Worth it, though, even if just for the photograph of Sue as a child looking like Damien from the Omen. It's... a little unnerving.

EmGee Tue 05-Jun-18 15:06:58

Hi all,

1. Biography of Queen Eliz II - Sally Beddell Smith
2. The Betrayal - Helen Dunmore
3. The Witches - Roald Dahl
4. 2nd in the Quartet but can't recall name - Elena Ferrante
5. Infinite Home - Kathleen Alcott
6. The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin
7. Ghosts of Everest - Hemlebb, Simonson
8. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
9. American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld
10. Object Lessons - Anna Quindlen
11. Une Vie - Simone Veil
12. Incendiary - Chris Cleave
13. Into the Silence - Wade Davis
14. A Very British Scandal - John Preston
15. Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
16. Mystery at Styles - Agatha Christie
17. The Tatooist of Auschwitz - Helen Moore
18. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
19. Four Sisters: The lost lives of the Romanovs - Helen Rappaport
20. Educated - Tara Westover
21. Then she was gone - Lisa Jewell
22. A long, long way - Sebastian Barry
23. My name is Leon - Kit de Waal
24. Mennonite in a little black dress - Rhoda Janzen
25. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
26. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
27. The Language of Others - Clare Morall
28. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy C. Reichart
29. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
30. The Girl who fell from the Sky - Simon Mawer
31. The Men and the Girls - Joanna Trollope
32. Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
33. Sing, Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward
34. Cherry: the life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard - Sara Wheeler
35. Th Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Schaffer+Annie Burrows
36. Bright, Precious Things - Jay McInerney

nowanearlyNicemum Tue 05-Jun-18 15:15:11

Thanks for the new thread.
Bringing my (teeny tiny) list over. Don't worry it won't take up much space wink

1. Birdcage Walk - Helen Dunmore
2. Wonder - RJ Palacio
3. Why Mummy Drinks - Gill Sims
4. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon
5. The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simpson
6. The secret life of bees – Sue Monk Kidd
7. The Cupboard - Rose Tremain
8. History of Love - Nicole Krauss
9. Two by two – Nicholas Sparks
10. Educated – Tara Westover
11. Any Human Heart - William Boyd
12. The boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
13. Lion: A long way home – Saroo Brierley
14. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Anne-Shaffer & Annie Barrows

About to finish On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks...

BellBookandCandle Tue 05-Jun-18 16:12:47

@CorvusUmbranox - I agree about the ambiguous mix of eerie/religious/paranormal. I think he did it better in the Dr.Dee books, but there are only two of those!

Merrily does become tiresome calling Jane "flower" and Jame is tiresome because she's a proper little madam. Rickman captures the teenage angst a bit too well!!

Hope you enjoy Midwinter, Denzil is truly creepy.

AliasGrape Tue 05-Jun-18 16:31:38

Thanks @southeast

Here’s my list, I need to get a wiggle on! Highlights in bold:

1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
2. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
3. The Ice Princess - Camilla Läckberg
4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
5. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
6. The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
7. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
8. The Wicked Boy - Kate Summerscale
9. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
10. Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary’s) - Jodi Taylor
11. Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
*12. The Shadow of the Sun - Ryszard Kapuściński
13. Everything I never told you- Celeste Ng1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
2. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
3. The Ice Princess - Camilla Läckberg
4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
5. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
6. The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
7. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
8. The Wicked Boy - Kate Summerscale
9. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
10. Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary’s) - Jodi Taylor
11. Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
*12. The Shadow of the Sun - Ryszard Kapuściński
13. Everything I never told you- Celeste Ng*
14. The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
15. The Minority Report - Philip K Dick
16. Old Rose and Silver - Myrtle Reed
17. David Copperfield- Charles Dickens (Bolded due to quality of the narration by Richard Armitage - this was on audio)
18. Early One Morning - Virginia Baily
19. Money for Nothing - PG Wodehouse
20. All for Love - Dan Jacobson
21. Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon - Jane Austen
22. The Heist - Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
23. 84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
24. Bridget Jones’ Baby - Helen Fielding
25. Swimming Lessons - Clare Fuller
26. The Inside-Out Revolution: The Only Thing You Need to Know to Change Your Life Forever - Michael Neill
27. Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson

AliasGrape Tue 05-Jun-18 16:33:31

Argh, not quite sure what happened to my list above! Trying to bold the highlights and appear to have copied sections of the list repeatedly blush

Still makes it look a nice long list! grin

SatsukiKusakabe Tue 05-Jun-18 16:48:25

1. I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
2. The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy
3.Game of Thrones 1 by George R R Martin
4. The Nix by Nathan Hill
5. This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson
6. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
7. Mariana by Monica Dickens
8. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
9. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
11. You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano
12. Heartstone by CJ Sansom
13. Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman
14. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
15. The Happy Prisoner by Monica Dickens
16. The Wild Other by Clover Stroud
17. My Favourite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
18. Enigma by Robert Harris
19. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
20. The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
21. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
22. You Think It I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

I’ve got a couple of updates but will do later.

BestIsWest Tue 05-Jun-18 16:56:07

Thank you South. Will update list later.

Matilda2013 Tue 05-Jun-18 17:01:39

List so far

1. Sisters and Lies - Bernice Barrington
2. Her Husband’s Secret - Janice Frost
3. Mount! - Jilly Cooper
4. They All Fall Down - Tammy Cohen
5. The Word Game - Steena Holmes
6. The Good Widow - Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
7. Mummy’s Favourite - Sarah Flint
8. The Paper Year - Avery Aster
9. Gone - TJ Brearton
10. My Sister’s Grave - Robert Dugoni
11. Carrie - Stephen King
12. Based on a True Story - Delphine de Vigan
13. Every Last Lie - Mary Kubica
14. The Darkness Within - Lisa Stone
15. Anatomy of a Scandal - Sarah Vaughan
16. The Trap - Melanie Raabe
17. Flawed - Cecelia Ahern
18. Bring Me Back - BA Paris
19. Perfect - Cecelia Ahern
20. The Roanoke Girls - Amy Engel
21. He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly
22. 3,096 Days - Natascha Kampusch
23. Diamonds - K A Linde
24. First One Missing - Tammy Cohen
25. Lullaby - Leila Slimani
26. Just What Kind of Mother Are You - Paula Daly
27. Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey
28. The Fear - C L Taylor
29. My (not so) Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella
30. The Roses of May - Dot Hutchison
31. The Serial Killer’s Daughter - Lesley Welsh
32. Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell

Currently reading 33. Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens.

noodlezoodle Tue 05-Jun-18 17:13:25

Thank you South. I'm going very slowly, but trundling on. List with favourites in bold, stinkers in italics:

1. Two Kinds of Truth, by Michael Connolly
2. In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware
3. Logical Family, by Armistead Maupin
4. Startup, by Doree Shafrir
5. My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand
6. American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin
7. The Child, Fiona Barton
8. Cold Blood, by Robert Bryndza
9. Missing, Presumed, by Susie Steiner
10. Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner
11. The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware
12. Deadly Secrets, by Robert Bryndza
13. Theft by Finding; Diaries 1977-2002, by David Sedaris
14. The Past, by Tessa Hadley
15. Neon in Daylight, by Hermione Hoby
16. New People, by Danzy Senna

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 05-Jun-18 17:24:11

Thanks, South.

My list: stand-outs in bold; stinkers marked *!!!###

1: Quiet London
2: Walking in Berlin: A Flaneur in the Capital - Franz Hessel
3: Death at the Dolphin by Ngaio Marsh
4: Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene *!!!###
5: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
6: The Berlin Wall – My Part in its Downfall by Peter Millar
7: The Winter Queen – Boris Akunin
8:: The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
9: The Nix – Nathan Hill
10: N or M – Agatha Christie
11: A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh
12: The Attenbury Emeralds – Jill Paton Walsh
13: An Almond for a Parrot – Wray Delaney
14: Strong Poison – Dorothy L Sayers
15: The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst - Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall
16: Christine – Stephen King
17: From Here to Eternity – Caitlin Doughty
18: Miss Pym Disposes – Josephine Tey
19: Forever – Judy Blume
20: Munich – Robert Harris
21: Corpus – Rory Clements
22 Blood BrothersErnst Haffner
23: Have His Carcase – Dorothy L Sayers *!!!### (except for one exquisite page)
24: Artists in Crime – Ngaio Marsh
25/26/27/28: Little Women series – Louisa May Alcott
29: The Masqueraders – Georgette Heyer
30: Enigma – Robert Harris
31: Venetia – Georgette Heyer
32: Gaudy Night – Dorothy LS
33: The Last Necromancer – CJ Archer
34: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
35: Larkinland by Jonathan Tulloch
36: The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell
37: Last Ditch – Ngaio Marsh
38, 39, 40 Jeeves Omnibus Volume 2
41: The Reluctant Widow – Georgette Heyer
42: Died in the Wool – Ngaio Marsh
43: The Guns of Navarone – Alistair Maclean
44: Berlin’s Third Sex - Magnus Hirschfeld
45: A Clutch of Constables – Ngaio Marsh
46: Swing, Brother, Swing – Ngaio Marsh
47: Off with his Head – Ngaio Marsh
48: Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
49: Grave Mistake – Ngaio Marsh
50: A Very English Scandal – John Preston
51: The Hollow – Agatha Christie
52 Gillespie and I – Jane Harris *!!!###
53: Greeks Bearing Gifts – Philip Kerr
54: The Foundling – Georgette Heyer
55: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Imogen Hermes Gowar
56: Eat Me: A Natural and Unnatural History of Cannibalism – Bill Schutt
57: Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
58: Bath Tangle – Georgette Heyer
59: Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig *!!!###
60: The Forest Lake Mystery - Palle Rosenkrantz
61: Travels in the Third Reich – Julia Boyd
62: The ABC Murders – Agatha Christie
63: March Violets – Philip Kerr
64: The Pale Criminal – Philip Kerr

Toomuchsplother Tue 05-Jun-18 18:08:21

Checking in with my list. Highlights and stinkers.

1. Golden Hill - Francis Spufford
2. How to measure a cow - Margaret Forster
3. 21 women who made British History - Jenni Murray.
4. Home Going - Yaa Gyasi
5. The reader on the 6.27 - Jean- Paul Didierlaurent
6. Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House - Michael Wolff
7. Sugar Money - Jane Harris
8. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
9. The Book of Eleanor - Pamela Kaufman
10. The Victoria Letters - The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen - Helen Rappaport
11. A place called Winter - Patrick Gale
12. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar - Chris Packham
13. Amy and Isabelle - Elizabeth Strout
14. Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
15. Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín
16. Night waking - Sarah Moss
17. How to stop Brexit - Nick Clegg
18. Life after Life - Kate Atkinson
19. A thousand acres - Jane Smiley
20. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson
21. Birdcage Walk - Helen Dunmore
22. All quiet on the western front - Erich Maria Remarque
23. Gut Symmetries - Jeanette Winterson
24. Fall down 7 times get up 8 - Naoki Higashida
25. The girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Stieg Larsson
26. Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood
27. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
28. The more you ignore me - Jo Brand
29. The Reservoir Tapes - Jon McGregor
30. The bone clocks - David Mitchell
31. Unless - Carol Shields
32. The Co-op’s got bananas- Hunter Davies
33. The Witch Finder’s Sister - Beth Underdown
34. Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
35. A Very English Scandal - John Preston
36. Jane Austen at Home - Lucy Worsley
37. When you disappeared - John Marrs
38. The Wolf Border - Sarah Hall
39. Moon Tiger- Penelope Lively
40. Sacrilege - S J Parris
41. Perfect - Rachel Joyce
42. The night rainbow- Claire King
43. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
44. The passion - Jeanette Winters
45. Lady of the English - Elizabeth Chadwick
46. Behind the scenes at the museum- Kate Atkinson
47. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
48. Sing, unburied, sing - Jesmyn Ward
49. When I hit you : Or, Portrait of The Writer as a Young Wife - Meena Kandasamy
50. Three things about Elsie- Joanna Cannon.
51. Amsterdam- Ian McEwan
52. Nelly Dean - Alison Case
53. A Boy in Winter - Rachel Seiffert
54. A life in the day - Hunter Davies
55. A hero for high times: A younger readers' guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956 - 1994 by Ian Marchant.
56. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Arundhati Roy
57. Educated - Tara Westover
58. White Houses - Amy Bloom
59. Plot 29 - Allan Jenkins
60. Uniquely Human: A different way of seeing Autism - Dr Barry M. Prizant with Tom Fields-Meyer
61. My name is Leon - Kit De Waal
62. The Trick to Time - Kit De Waal
63. wildflower Hill - Kimberly Freeman
64. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
65. Enigma - Robert Harris
66. Victorians Undone- Kathryn Hughes
67. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
68. This thing of Darkness- Harry Thompson
69. Jane Seymour : the haunted Queen - Alison Weir
70. Sight - Jessie Greengrass
71. This is going to hurt- Adam Kay
72. I am, I am, I am - Maggie O’Farrell
73. The Ghost - Robert Harris
74. The Silent Companions - Laura Purcell
75. Women and Power - Mary Beard
76. Bluebird, Bluebird - Attica Locke
77. In the days of rain- Rebecca Stott
78. Reader, I married him - Edited by Tracy Chevalier
79. The wicked cometh - Laura Carlin
80. the year of magical thinking - Joan Didion
81. The shell seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
82. The end we start from - Megan Hunter

Murine Tue 05-Jun-18 18:57:13

Thanks, southeast! My list so far....

1. Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting
2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
3. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
4. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
5. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
6. The Girls by Lisa Jewell
7.Dead Sky by Tami Hoag
8. Fever by Megan Abbot
9. Court of Lions by Jane Johnson
10. The Son by Jo Nesbo
11. Nothing On Earth by Conor O'Callaghan
12. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
13. Fukushima Dreams by Zelda Rhiando
14. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
15. The Wrong 'Un by Catherine Evans
16. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
18. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
19. I See You by Clare Mackintosh
20. Monsters by Raphaela Weissman
21. Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier
22. The Seagull by Ann Cleeves
23. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jessmyn Ward
24. Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
25. Cousins by Salley Vickers
26. When I Hit You by Meera Kandasamy
27. The Pumilio Child by Judy McInerney
28. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell
29. Love Bites by Elena Kaufman
30. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
31. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
32. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
33. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
34. A Boy In Winter by Rachel Seiffert
35. The Moor by Sam Haysom
36. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
37. White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
38. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
39. The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier
40. The Burning Hill by A.D.Flint

I'm gradually reading Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig and An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears at the moment, I'm enjoying both but it's very slow going.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 05-Jun-18 19:56:32

Splother You've just reminded me that I STILL haven't finished Jane Austen at Home. I was finding it so very dull. sad

Toomuchsplother Tue 05-Jun-18 20:01:00

Remus It was very dull. I only finished it as it was for book club and it turned out I was the only one who had bothered! Better Austen biographies out there.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 05-Jun-18 20:27:17

Such a shame; the cover is so pretty!

CheerfulMuddler Tue 05-Jun-18 21:40:34

Thanks for the new thread.

1. Make More Noise! Various
2. Rose in Bloom L M Alcott
3. Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
4. Alice Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll
5. Eight Cousins L M Alcott
6. How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodwin
7. A London Child of the 1870s MV Hughes
8. Hostages to Fortune Elizabeth Cambridge
9. A London Girl of the 1880s MV Hughes
10. Star by Star Sheena Wilkinso
11. A Spoonful of Murder Robin Stevens
12. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen Joanna Faber and Julie King
13. Falconer's Lure Antonia Forest
14. Life After Life Kate Atkinson
15. Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading Lucy Mangan
16. This is Going to Hurt Adam Kay
17. Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary Ruby Ferguson
18. Mapp and Lucia EF Benson
19. Dr Horrible and Other Horrible Stories Zack Whedon
20. The Murder at the Vicarage Agatha Christie
21. A Month in the Country JL Carr
22. The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie
23. Stranger Karen David
24. No Fixed Address Susin Nielsen
25. Behind the Scenes at the Museum Kate Atkinson
26. The Skylark's War Hilary McKay
27. To Sir With Love ER Braithwaite
28. And Then There Were None Agatha Christie

Getting on a lot better than I expected to be.

Terpsichore Tue 05-Jun-18 21:45:48

Feeling a bit twitchy that everyone's bringing their lists over, so here's mine:

1. Van Gogh's Ear - Bernadette Murphy
2. Sleeping in the Ground - Peter Robinson
3. No Fond Return of Love - Barbara Pym
4. What She Ate - Laura Shapiro
5. The Home-Maker - Dorothy Canfield Fisher
6. The Blackest Streets - Sarah Wise
7. Searching for Caleb - Anne Tyler
8. Two Kinds of Truth - Michael Connolly
9. The Party - Elizabeth Day
10. Sunday Morning Coming Down - Nicci French
11. A Very English Scandal - John Preston
12. The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain - Ian Mortimer
13. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson
14. What Dark Clouds Hide - Anne Holt
15. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
16: A Life of my Own - Claire Tomalin
17: The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst - Nicholas Tomalin & Ron Hall
18: A Life in the Day - Hunter Davies
19: Adult Onset - Ann-Marie MacDonald
20: Doctor's Children - Josephine Elder
21: A Life in Questions - Jeremy Paxman
22: An Academic Question - Barbara Pym
23: Still Waters - Viveca Sten
24: A Talent for Murder - Andrew Wilson
25: The Pedant in the Kitchen - Julian Barnes
26: Mother Country - Jeremy Harding
27: The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau - Graeme Macrae Burnet
28: The Fact of a Body - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
29: Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard - Sara Wheeler
30: Closed Circles - Viveca Sten
31: A Glass of Blessings - Barbara Pym
32: The Small Back Room - Nigel Balchin
33: All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers - Larry McMurtry
34: Force of Nature - Jane Harper
35. Scissors, Paper, Stone - Elizabeth Day
36. The Story of Alice - Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
37. Jane and Prudence - Barbara Pym
38. Darkness Falls from the Air - Nigel Balchin
39: Serious Sweet - A. L. Kennedy

Highlights in bold. No real clunkers except for the A. L. Kennedy, and I feel bad calling it a clunker because it was good in parts grin

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