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50 Book Challenge 2018 Part Eight

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southeastdweller Wed 17-Oct-18 07:21:09

Welcome to the eighth (and probably final) 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 and please try to let us all know your thoughts on what you've read.The lurkers among you are also very welcome to come out of the woodwork and share with us what you've read!

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

How have you got on this year?

CoteDAzur Wed 17-Oct-18 09:28:31

Hi everyone and thanks for the new thread, Southeast. I thought I lost you all blush

Stephen King's Bag of Bones is 99p on the Kindle. Do I want to read it?

ChessieFL Wed 17-Oct-18 09:56:08

Thanks for new thread. Will come back later to bring list over.

TheTurnOfTheScrew Wed 17-Oct-18 10:34:20

Morning all. Thanks as ever South for the new thread.

My reads so far, 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
26. Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes
27. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
28. Left Bank by Kate Muir
29. Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
30. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
31. Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott
32. The Party by Elizabeth Day
33. This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
34. Moving by Jenny Eclair
35. Ragtime by EL Doctorow
36. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
37. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
38. Delight by JB Priestley
39. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
40. I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
41. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
42. Fatherland by Robert Harris
43. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
44. The Dry by Jane Harper

Tarahumara Wed 17-Oct-18 12:54:10

Place marking on new thread - thanks south!

bibliomania Wed 17-Oct-18 13:25:18

....So starting on the new one.

Reading some crime fiction set in the Faroes: The blood strand by Chris Ould. So if you liked the Shetland series and want to go further north...I'm interested in the setting (always wanted to visit the Faroes) but I'm struggling a bit to get into it. The writing isn't quite doing it for me. Anyway, I'll keep going for a bit.

YesILikeItToo Wed 17-Oct-18 13:41:38

I’ve got on great South, no doubt down to the benign influence of these threads. I’ve read 35 books and I’ve started reading books on my phone instead of playing tappy games.

I’ve got two on the go just now - The Overstory from the Booker shortlist, which is starting with a series of compelling vignettes to introduce the characters. (I’m assuming that’s what’s happening - although the lesson of Reservoir 13 is to assume nothing, maybe it’ll just random on like this for the entire volume...) and also The Seige of Krishnapur which had reached a critical mass of recommendations and so is now on my phone. It also starts strongly - the first sign of trouble at Krishnapur came with a mysterious distribution of chapatis. Who couldn’t read on?

whippetwoman Wed 17-Oct-18 13:55:12

Thanks for the new shiny thread south.

Now someone tell me if I want to persist with Manhattan Beach as I've only read 50 pages in 3 days and have absolutely zero inclination to pick it up? I've spent what seems to be hours on social media avoiding it. I even started watching Riverdale with my eldest to avoid it. I seem to have fallen into a reading rut and am now completely stuck.

Also, why do people keep writing such long novels? I pick some books up and feel like i just can't be bothered. So many words, so little time. Write shorter books people and do us all a favour.


StitchesInTime Wed 17-Oct-18 14:03:17

Checking in and thanks for the new thread southeast.

Cote I read Bag of Bones years ago and it’s not one of King’s better books IMO. It’s not terrible but I wouldn’t really recommend putting it near the top of any reading list.

Welshwabbit Wed 17-Oct-18 14:10:51

whippetwoman you want to be reading some Muriel Spark. Lovely short books with not a word wasted.

whippetwoman Wed 17-Oct-18 15:06:02

Thanks for that Welsh. Off in search of some Muriel Spark RIGHT NOW!

SatsukiKusakabe Wed 17-Oct-18 15:12:21

Hello, thanks and checking in smile

whippet Manhattan Beach went back to the library unfinished for me.

Agree about the long books. There are so many that I think 700 pages? you’re not Tolstoy pal. I love a long book if it’s worthy of the extra space but so many don’t really have enough to say.

Annandale Wed 17-Oct-18 15:14:30

31. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers. I don't usually count rereads because i usually only read my favourite parts, but i suggested this for book club so read it properly. I love the way that Dorothy Sayers barely bothers getting the murder plot to make sense, to the point of getting the murderer to list some of the main plot holes in their final speech, but instead crafts vivid pastiches of 30s advertising campaigns and set piece scenes of office life. I first read it around the time i had my first office job and it made me laugh so much.

IdblowJonSnow Wed 17-Oct-18 15:32:39

I've recently discovered Hilary mantel and can very much recommend 'Beyond Black', although it's very dark, be warned. But excellent nonetheless. Also Pat Barker's 'Silence of the Girls' was a brilliant, tense read.

SatsukiKusakabe Wed 17-Oct-18 15:33:29

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
23. The Only Story by Julian Barnes
24. The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacClean
25. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
26. Crooked Heart by Alissa Evans
27. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
28. The Soul of an Octopus by Anne Someone
29. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
30. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
31. The Rotter’s Club by Jonathan Coe
32. The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe
33. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
34. Circe by Madeleine Miller
35. The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
36. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
37. Things I don’t Want to Know by Deborah Levy
38. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
39. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (rereads with ds)
40. How to Break Up With Your Phone
41. The Mother of All Jobs by Christine Armstrong

nowanearlyNicemum Wed 17-Oct-18 15:44:59

Hello new thread!
Unlikely to hit 50 books by the end of December but have read considerably more this year than in the past few years so am delighted with that. Changing habits - Out with the rubbish telly and in with a good (most of the time!) book

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
15. On Green Dolphin Street – Sebastian Faulks
16. A Patchwork Planet – Anne Tyler
17. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne
18. The Endless Beach – Jenny Colgan
19. A Very Distant Shore – Jenny Colgan
20. Tin Man – Sarah Winman
21. The Talisman Ring – Georgette Heyer
22. An Equal Stillness – Francesca Kay
23. Spectacles – Sue Perkins
24. Then she was gone – Lisa Jewell
25. Dimanches d’août – Patrick Modiano
26. The Sea Lady – Margaret Drabble
27. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
28. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman
29. The Snow Goose & The Small Miracle – Paul Gallico
30. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Paul Torday
31. The Outsiders – E H Hinton
32. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
33. Faro’s Daughter – Georgette Heyer
34. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
35. Everything I never told you – Celeste Ng

Two books on the go at the moment: Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd and Les Fourberies de Scapin by Molière. Both in early stages.

Medianoche Wed 17-Oct-18 15:55:48

Crawling out of lurkdom to say hello. It’s really interesting looking through all of your lists. I’m up to 67ish for this year, which is more than I’d normally manage, but probably more than half are children’s books. I’ll post a full list if I get a long enough gap in the chaos at home.

Sadik Wed 17-Oct-18 16:41:33

Just checking in with the new thread. Life has been a bit busy lately to get much reading done, but hoping that will change as autumn draws in. I've got a couple of interesting looking books from my birthday, but want to save them until I've got a chunk of time.

In the meantime I've started An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (brother of the more famous John Green /The Fault In Our Stars) passed to me by dd.

She tells me it's not YA, but instead New Adult which is a new one on me, but in any event it looks to be soft easy-read sci fi, which will do me nicely just now.

BestIsWest Wed 17-Oct-18 17:31:52

Thanks Southeast

Medianoche Wed 17-Oct-18 18:04:15

Here goes:
1. Toto - Michael Morpugo
2. El Laberinto de los Espiritos - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. 101 Dalmations - Dodie Smith
4. The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler - Gene Kemp
5. Oliver and the Seawigs - Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
6. Persuasion - Jane Austen
7. The Lark - Edith Nesbit
8. What Could Possibly Go Wrong - Jodi Taylor
9. George’s Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl
10. Pugs of the Frozen North - Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
11. The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
12. Women and Power - Mary Beard
13. Cakes in Space - Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
14. Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman
15. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle
16. Their Finest Hour and a Half - Lissa Evans
17. The Book of Bright Ideas - Sandra King
18. Return of the Railway Children - Lou Kuenzler
19. Running on the Roof of the World - Jess Butterworth
20. Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin
21. The Hope Family Calendar - Mike Gayle
22. Pugs of the Frozen North (again)
23. The Element - Ken Robinson
24. It was a Dark and Stormy Night - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
25. Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve
26. Iron Man - Ted Hughes
27. Painting out the Stars - Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
28. Friendly Matches - Allan Ahlberg
29. Alex Sparrow and the Big Stink - Jennifer Killick
30. Lies, Damned Lies and History - Jodi Taylor
31. Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury - Jennifer Killick
32. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat - Chris Riddell
33. And the Rest is History - Jodi Taylor
34. Gaslight - Eloise Williams
35. Where the World Ends - Geraldine McCaughrean
36. No Such Thing as Dragons - Philip Reeve
37. Iron Woman - Ted Hughes
38. Nothing to See Here Hotel - Steven Butler and Steven Lenton
39. Notes on a Nervous Planet - Matt Haig
40. A Place Called Perfect - Helena Duggan
41. Goodnight Mr Tom - Michelle Magorian
42. Black Widow - Christopher Brookmyre
43. Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf - Catherine Storr
44. Polly and the Wolf Again - Catherine Storr
45. Tom’s Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce
46. The Hodgeheg - Dick King-Smith
47. Tilly and the Time Machine - Adrian Edmonson
48. The Man I Think I Know - Mike Gayle
49. Tales of Polly and the Hungry Wolf - Catherine Storr
50. More Stories of Clever Polly and the Wolf - Catherine Storr
51. The Snow Spider - Jenny Nimmo
52. The Legend of Kevin - Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
53. Varjak Paw - S. F. Said
54. Secrets of a Sun King - Emma Carroll
55. The Creakers - Tom Fletcher
56. Dotty Detective Super Agent - Clara Vulliamy
57. Fortunately, the Milk (again)
58. Art Matters - Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
59. Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers - Anna James
60. Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy
61. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
62. The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me - Roald Dahl
63. Armistice Runner - Tom Palmer
64. Poems to Live Your Life By - Chris Riddell
65. The Lost Magician - Piers Torday
66. The Outlaw Varjak Paw - S. F. Said
67. Wed Wabbit - Lissa Evans

The duplicates are where I’ve read things once, then read them aloud to the children later on. Probably wouldn’t have listed them twice here, but if I change the numbering of the list I’ve got written down, I’ll be lost forever.

PepeLePew Wed 17-Oct-18 18:17:32

Did we fill the last thread, and is it safe to post here now? grin

I’m going to attribute the fact I’ve already read nearly twice as many books already in 2018 as I did last year to this thread, which seems to generate some kind of accountability. It may also have to do with not reading War and Peace too, plus a few more than usual terrible thrillers. Stand outs are Circe and Swan Song for just being excellent, well written, absorbing stories, but looking back there have been very few shockers. There’s less non fiction than usual, so I’m going to browse these threads for recommendations - at some point over the long hot summer I decided a cottage in Wales would be a good place to spend half term. The DCs are currently stomping round shouting that they’ve read all their books and we need to divert via the library on Saturday morning or everything will be terrible (one of them got hold of the TripAdvisor listing for the place we are staying and discovered the WiFi signal is iffy, hence the panic).

1 A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin
2 Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
3 The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
4 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
5 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
6 How to Read a Novel by John Sutherland
7 The Nix by Nathan Hill
8. On Writing by Stephen King
9. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
10 The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown
11 A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa
12 Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
13 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.
14 The Shining by Site King
15 The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
16 How to talk so teens listen and listen so teens talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlisch
17 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
18 Mythos by Stephen Fry
19 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
20 Endurance by Alfred Lansing
21 Quantum Mechanics by Jim Al-Khalili
22 Night Waking by Sarah Moss
23 A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman
24 Hiroshima by John Hersey
25 The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
26 The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
27 Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
28 Eve Was Framed by Helena Kennedy
29 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
30 a very dull but quite useful work related book.
31 The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
32 Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
33 Women and Power by Mary Beard
34 Vital Conversations by Alec Grimsley
35 You Don't Know Me by Imran Mahmood
36 Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
37 Map Addict by Mike Parkes
38 The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ing
39 Educated by Tara Westover
40 How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
41 Bookworm by Lucy Mangan
42 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
43 Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
44 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
45 Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh
46 Little Fires Everywhere by Cecile Ng
47 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
48 Mindset by Carol Dweck
49 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
50 Happiness for Humans by PZ Reizin
51 Who by Geoff Smart
52 Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
53 Strangers Drowning by Larissa Macfarquhar
54 The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman
55 Gone by Min Kym
56 The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
57 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
58 Friend Request by Laura Marshall
59 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
60 The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
61 Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
62 A Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory
63 The Only Story by Julian Barnes
64 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
65 Insomnia by Stephen King
66 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
67 American Gods by Neil Gaiman
68 World War Z by Max Brooks
69 From Russia, With Love by Ian Flemingn
70 In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
71 The Secret Barrister by the Secret Barrister
72 Josser by Nell Stroud
73 Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
74 The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis
75 Palace Pier by Keith Waterhouse
76 The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
77 How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
78 Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
79 The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
80 A Very English Scandal by John Preston
81 Circe by Madeleine Miller
82 House of Names by Colm Toibin
83 The Wild Other by Clover Stroud
84 The Anna Karenina Fix by Viv Groskop
85 This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
86 Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
87 Moondust by Andrew Smith
88 Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
89 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
90 Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
91 The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
92 The Cows by Dawn Porter
93 The Lido by Libby Paige
94 Tell Me How It Ends by Valerie Luiselli
95 Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
96 The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
97 How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
98 The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
99 The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
100 The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett
101 Longbourn by Jo Baker
102 Bird Box by Josh Malerman
103 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
104 From Source to Sea by Tom Chesshyre
105 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
106 Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
107 The Idiot by Elif Batuman
108 The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

109 Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Beautiful and unusual story of 13 years in a village after a girl goes missing. I loved this once I realised it really wasn’t the book you think it is going to be. I thought the way he drew together the threads of the human stories - mostly uneventful and unremarkable - with the cycles of nature was very well done and the writing style was an absolute joy. I’m really glad I found time for this.

ChillieJeanie Wed 17-Oct-18 18:36:06

My latest read is:
81. Robert Harris - Munich

A fictionalised account of the meeting at which the British and the French agreed a means of Hitler taking over the Sudetenland in an ultimately vain attempt to prevent war. The events are seen through the eyes of two young men who had been friends at Oxford, one English, one German, travelling with their respective leaders. Good story - the sense of threat and fear that comes across from the German side of the tale is subtle and well done, while the futility from the British side is always battling with the forlorn hope that it will all be okay in the end.

My list is:
1. Stephanie Garber - Caraval
2. Jo Nesbo - The Thirst
3. Mercedes Lackey - Magic’s Pawn
4. Mercedes Lackey - Magic’s Promise
5. Mercedes Lackey - Magic’s Price
6. Neil Gaiman - Norse Mythology
7. Lee Child - No Middle Name
8. Sue Lloyd-Roberts - The War on Women
9. Genevieve Cogman - The Lost Plot
10. Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory
11. Mercedes Lackey - Arrows of the Queen
12. Mercedes Lackey - Arrow’s Flight
13. Mercedes Lackey - Arrow’s Fall
14. Lucinda Riley - The Shadow Sister
15. Susan Hill - The Travelling Bag
16. Charlaine Harris - Midnight Crossroad
17. Trudi Canavan - Thief’s Magic
18. Sarah Bakewell - At the Existentialist Café
19. Ernest Cline - Ready Player One
20. Virginia Woolf - Orlando
21. Jordan B. Peterson - 12 Rules for Life
22. Mary Beard - Women & Power A Manifesto
23. Laini Taylor - Dreams of Gods and Monsters
24. Sergei Lukyanenko - The Sixth Watch
25. Cordelia Fine - Delusions of Gender
26. Natasha Pulley - The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
27. Ben Aaronovitch - The Furthest Station
28. Val McDermid - Insidious Intent
29. Oscar de Muriel - A Mask of Shadows
30. Andrew Taylor - The Ashes of London
31. Andrew Caldecott - Rotherweird
32. Ali Shaw - The Trees
33. David Lagercrantz - The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye
34. Lee Child - The Midnight Line
35. Hannah Kent - The Good People
36. Kelley Armstrong - Dime Store Magic
37. Kelley Armstrong - Industrial Magic
38. Tom Holland - In the Shadow of the Sword
39. Naomi Novik - Crucible of Gold
40. Naomi Novik - Blood of Tyrants
41. Naomi Novik - League of Dragons
42. Jean M. Auel - The Clan of the Cave Bear
43. Alex Grecian - Lost and Gone Forever
44. JD Oswald - Dreamwalker
45. John Le Carré – A Legacy of Spies
46. JD Oswald - The Rose Cord
47. VE Schwab - A Gathering of Shadows
48. Kim Newman - Angels of Music
49. Tom Holland - Athelstan: The Making of England
50. George Mann - Ghosts of Empire
51. Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus
52. Kim Harrison - The Turn
53. Robert Harris - Conclave
54. Alan Garner - Boneland
55. Ragnar Jónasson - The Darkness
56. Max Adams - Ælfred’s Britain
57. Benedict Jacka - Marked
58. Carolyne Larrington - The Land of the Green Man
59. Edward de Bono - How to Have a Beautiful Mind
60. Kim Newman - Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters
61. Charlaine Harris - Sweet and Deadly
62. Sarah Hawkswood - Ordeal By Fire
63. Attica Locke - Bluebird, Bluebird
64. VE Schwab - A Conjuring of Light
65. Pierce Brown - Iron Gold
66. Evelyn Waugh - Scoop
67. Stephen Fry - Mythos
68. Lucinda Riley - The Love Letter
69. Terry Pratchett - Making Money
70. JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
71. Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
72. Susan Hill - The Small Hand
73. Susan Hill - Dolly
74. Mark A. Latham - A Betrayal in Blood
75. Wilkie Collins - Miss or Mrs? / The Haunted Hotel / The Guilty River
76. Robin Lane Fox - Pagans and Christians
77. Daniel O’Malley - The Rook
78. JD Oswald - The Golden Cage
79. Joanne M Harris - The Testament of Loki
80. Laura Purcell - The Silent Companions

SatsukiKusakabe Wed 17-Oct-18 18:36:17

pepe yes biblio took thread filling duties very seriously halo

I’m nearly at the top of the list for Swan Song looking forward to it as I also enjoyed Circe

Matilda2013 Wed 17-Oct-18 18:53:04

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
33. Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens
34. The Mistress’s Revenge - Tamar Cohen
35. Don’t Close Your Eyes - Holly Sedden
36. Thirteen - Steve Cavanagh
37. No-one Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs - Tracy Bloom
38. The Idea of Him - Holly Peterson
39. Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land
40. The Trophy Child - Paula Daly
41. Watching You - Lisa Jewell
42. The Girl I Used To Be - Mary Torjussen
43. Clean - Juno Dawson
44. Open Your Eyes - Paula Daly
45. The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
46. I See You - Clare MacKintosh
47. This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay
48. Let Me Lie - Clare MacKintosh
49. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
50. Lethal White - Robert Galbraith
51. One Little Lie - Sam Carrington

Currently reading 52. The Break - Marian Keyes

Wildernesstips Wed 17-Oct-18 19:14:24

22 Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney

An odd story, which I did enjoy but I'm not really sure why! The characters aren't that likeable and it seems to be a massive tussle between the on again off again relationships of Frances, Bobbi, Melissa and Nick.

toomuchsplother Wed 17-Oct-18 19:26:37

List below. Highlights in bold, shockers in italics .

Hoping that all works as copy and pasting from my phone.

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
83. The children’s act - Ian McEwan**
84. These is my words: The diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881 - 1901. - Nancy E. Turner
85. The Gathering - Anne Enright
86. The Child - Fiona Barton
87. From the heart- Susan Hill
88. Commonwealth- Ann Patchett
89. The Djinn in the nightingales Eye- A.S.Byatt
90. An equal stillness - Francesca Kay
91. I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes
92. The final solution- Michael Chabon
93. Fell - Jenn Ashworth
94. Hillbilly Elegy : A memoir of a family and culture in crisis- JD Vance
95. Conclave- Robert Harris
96. fat Chance - Nick Spalding
97. Case Histories - Kate Atkinson
98. One good turn - Kate Atkinson
99. When will there be good news? - Kate Atkinson
100. The Explosive child - Ross W Greene
101. Started early, took my dog - Kate Atkinson
102. The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout
103. Standard Deviation - Katherine Heiny
104. Ma’am Darling - Craig Brown
105. Why I am no longer talking to white people about race - Reni Eddo- Lodge
106. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
107. Reasons to stay alive - Matt Haig
108. Yellow Crocus- Laila Ibrahim
109. The land of green ginger - Winifred Holtby
110. Your blue eyed boy - Helen Dunmore
111. Circe - Madeline Miller
112. The seal woman’s gift - Sally Magnusson.
113. Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
114. Mythos - Stephen Fry
115. The Tattooist Of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
116. Every note played- Lisa Genova
117. Not my fathers son - Alan Cumming
118. Gillespie and I - Jane Harris
119. Hagseed- Margaret Atwood
120. Force of nature - Jane Harper
121. Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney
122. Lethal White - Robert Galbraith
123. The reading cure: How books restored my appetite- Laura Freeman
124. The history of the world in 21 woman - Jenni Murray
125. Milkman - Anna Burns
126. The comforts of home - Susan Hill

toomuchsplother Wed 17-Oct-18 19:28:45

Ok that completely has not worked!! Just ignore the whole sodding list! About sums up my day! Off to grump...

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Wed 17-Oct-18 20:03:06

Cote - I really like Bag of Bones. It's an upsetting and unsettling read. Personally, I think it's one of his best. In fact, I think I'll buy it to have on Kindle, ready for a re-read at some point soon.

Best - don't be too jealous. I have a v limited social life generally!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Wed 17-Oct-18 20:06:25

Highlights in bold -

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
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
65: A German Requiem – Philip Kerr
66: The Outsider – Stephen King
67: The Terror – Dan Simmons
68: Life after God – Douglas Coupland
69: In Pursuit: The Men and Women Who Hunted the Nazis - Andrew Nagorski
70: The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder – Sarah Harris
71: Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda – Becky Abertalli
72: The Devil in the White City – Eric Larson
73: The Alienist – Caleb Carr
74: Huntingtower – John Buchan
75: La Belle Sauvage – Philip Pullman

76: After the Funeral – Agatha Christie

77: The Toll Booth – Georgette Heyer

78: Death of a Red Heroine - Qiu Xiaolong

79: Force of Nature – Jane Harper

80: Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin

81: Heartburn – Nora Ephron

82: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

83: Mrs Harris Goes to New York – Paul Gallico

84: Tom Brown’s Body – Gladys Mitchell

85: Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurty

86: Streets of Loredo – Larry McMurty

87: Iron Gold – Pierce Brown

88: Because of the Lockwoods – Dorothy Whipple

89: Sprig Muslin – Georgette Heyer

90: The Illumination of Ursula Flight’ - Anna-Marie Crowhurst
91: All Things Wise and Wonderful – James Herriot

92: Every Living Thing – James Herriot

noodlezoodle Wed 17-Oct-18 20:16:54

Splother I think it did work, I can see bold and italics on your list.

Thank you south for the new thread. This is my favourite corner of mumsnet! My list so far, 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
17. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
18. Cringeworthy, Melissa Dahl
19. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
20. Who Thought This was a Good Idea, by Alyssa Mastromonaco
21. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, by Dan Harris
22. Sweet Caress, by William Boyd
23. The Culture Code, by Daniel Cole
24. The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer
25. Mount, by Jilly Cooper
26. Lords and Ladies, by Terry Pratchett (Re-read)
27. Conversations With Friends, by Sally Rooney
28. Soho Dead, by Greg Keen
29. Soho Ghosts, by Greg Keen
30. Our House, by Louise Candlish
31. Black Widow, by Christopher Brookmyre
32. Celine, by Peter Heller (Re-read)
33. The Hacienda: How not to run a club, by Peter Hook
34. Feel Free, by Zadie Smith

toomuchsplother Wed 17-Oct-18 20:33:02

Noodle but it seems to have done it all randomly!! Some of those are in. Bold and italics !! And most definitely not standouts!

noodlezoodle Wed 17-Oct-18 20:51:15

Oh! That's not what you want grin

Terpsichore Wed 17-Oct-18 21:02:25

Many thanks for the new thread, southeast

My list:

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
40: Less Than Angels - Barbara Pym
41: Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
42: The Expendable Man - Dorothy B. Hughes
43: Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret - Craig Brown
44: The Fields Beneath - Gillian Tindall
45: The Green Road - Anne Enright
46: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding - Julia Strachey
47: I'm Travelling Alone - Samuel Björk
48: Canal Dreams - Iain Banks
49: Standard Deviation - Katherine Heiney
50: The Italian Boy - Sarah Wise
51: Love Like Blood - Mark Billingham
52: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
53: Daddy's Gone A-Hunting - Penelope Mortimer
54: The Gastronomical Me - M. F. K. Fisher
55: The Pumpkin Eater - Penelope Mortimer
56: The Western Wind - Samantha Harvey
57: Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney
58: Victorians Undone - Kathryn Hughes
59: The Slaves of Solitude - Patrick Hamilton
60: Doreen - Barbara Noble
61: My Friend Says It's Bullet-Proof - Penelope Mortimer
62: Whiteout - Ragnar Jónasson
63: Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
64: Day of the Dead - Nicki French
65: Time of Death - Mark Billingham
66: West of Eden - Jean Stein
67: The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
68: How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian - Stewart Lee
69: Insidious Intent - Val McDermid
70: The Waters of Eternal Youth - Donna Leon

Ones I particularly liked (incl all the B Pyms) in bold. I've spared the blushes of the really dull ones.

HoundOfTheBasketballs Wed 17-Oct-18 22:00:25

Hello all. Thanks for the new thread southeast.
I doubt I'll make it to 50 this year, 40 maybe. Here is my list, favourites in bold.

1. King and Maxwell - David Baldacci
2. How to stop time - Matt Haig
3. My Name is Leon - Kit de Waal
4. The man who mistook his wife for a hat- Oliver Sacks
5. The Map - TS Learner
6. Saving Agnes - Rachel Cusk
7. The Day Before Forever - Anna Cantalbiano
8. I Feel bad about my neck - Norah Ephron
9. Second Life - SJ Watson
10. The Four Pillar Plan - Dr Rangan Chaterjee
11. Loitering with intent - Muriel Spark
12. Into Thin Air - John Krakaeur
13. The Tyrant's Shadow - Antonia Senior
14. Running up that hill - Vassos Alexander
15. Carnival of Shadows - RJ Ellory
16. 401 - Ben Smith
17. The Girl from Venice - Martin Cruz Smith
18. A Berlin Love Song - Sarah Matthias
19. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - Horace McCoy
20. Fat Gay Vegan - Sean O'Callaghan
21. From Here to Eternity - Caitlin Doughty
22. Standard Deviation - Katherine Heiny
23. The Reapers are the Angels - Aiden Bell
24. Never Coming Back - Tim Weaver
25. The Tudor Crown - Joanna Hickson
26. The Big Ones - Dr Lucy Jones
27. The Alchemist's Secret - Scott Mariani
28. Atlas of Irish History - Sean Duffy
29. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
30. Ask an Astronaut - Tim Peake

And I've just finished

31. California - Edna Lepucki
This was recommended to me by someone on this thread when I asked about intelligently written dystopian fiction. This was good. It felt horrifyingly possible. Unfortunately all of the characters were thoroughly unlikeable. Even the ones we were supposed to like. I guess the intention was for everyone to be flawed, but it meant I didn't have anyone to root for.

Murine Thu 18-Oct-18 07:39:29

Thanks, southeast! I love seeing everybody’s lists and getting more ideas to add to my endless tbr list. Mine so far:
1. *Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars
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
41.Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
42.The Poison Bed by Elizabeth Fremantle
43.*It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan*
44. Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
45. Force of Nature by Jane Harper
46. The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
47. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
48. The Cartography of Others by Catherine McNamara
49. The Woman in the Window by A.J.Finn
50. The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
51. Watching You by Lisa Jewell
52. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
53. Blue Dog by Louis de Bernieres
54. The Scent of Almonds by Camilla Lackberg
55. The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase
56. The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdottir
57. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
58. The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
59. Dead Water by Anne Cleeves
60. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
61. Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World by Caitlin Davies
62. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
63. Snap by Belinda Bauer
64. Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
65. The Corset by Laura Purcell
66. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
67. The Lives of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
68. Naive.Super by Erlend Loe
69. Milkman by Anna Burns
70. The Water Cure by Sophie Macintosh

ScribblyGum Thu 18-Oct-18 09:22:51

Many thanks South for the new list.

Welcome to the thread Medianoche smile

Thanks also Best for the photo of your rooks on the previous thread. What a sight (and noise) they must be.

My list so far, favourites in bold.

Books 2018
1. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
2. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
3. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
4. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke
5. Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
6. Holding by Graham Norton
7. Restoration by Rose Tremain
8. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
9. Dave Gorman vs The Rest of the World by Dave Gorman
10. Over the Moon by Imtiaz Dharker
11. Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar
12. Educating Rita by Willy Russell
13. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
14. The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
15. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
16. The Prince's Chambermaid by Sharon Kendrick
17. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
18. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
19. Sugar Money by Jane Harris
20. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
21. True Grit by Charles Portis
22. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
23. When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
24. Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
25. A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
26. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
27. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
28. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
29. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
30. Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
31. H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
32. An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Theresa Breslin
33. The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
34. Electra by Sophocles
35. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
36. And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
37. The Guns of Navarone by Alistair Maclean
38. The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
39. Sight by Jessie Greengrass
40. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
41. Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl
42. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
43. The Last Days of Troy by Simon Armitage
44. Tangerine by Christine Mangan
45. A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
46. A Very English Scandal by John Preston
47. A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
48. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
49. Circe by Madeline Miller
50. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
51. Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton
52. The Unseen World by Liz Moore
53. The Secret Barrister by The Secret Barrister
54. The Reinderr People by Megan Lindholm
55. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
56. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
57. Dracula by Bram Stoker
58. The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien
59. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
60. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
61. Lamentation by C J Sansom
62. The Dry by Jane Harper
63. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
64. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
65. The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
66. The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
67. The Three Body Problem by Lui Cixin
68. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
69. Happiness by Aminatta Forna
70. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
71. Nausicaä of The Valley of the Wind:The Complete Series by Hayao Miyazaki
72. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
73. The Night Manager by John Le Carré
74. The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
75. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
76. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
77. The Warmth of Other Suns:The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson 78. Crow Country by Mark Cocker

79. Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke
Crime novel set in present day Texas. Black Texas Ranger Darren Matthews escaping marital and professional problems at home finds himself in the tiny town of Lark investigating the murder of a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white girl. While attempting to link the two murders he uncovers the racial and historical divisions within the town and the long held family divisions and vendettas that have finally after years of simmering resentment boiled over.
This is the second of Locke's books I have read and, although the story is fairly formulaic and predictable I enjoy her writing. She brings to life the claustrophobic small town setting and her characters are well drawn and believable.

80. How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-day Plan to Take Back Your Life by Catherine Price
Thanks for the heads up on this one Satsuki. Read in two easy sittings. Would have preferred more evidence and research about the addictive nature of apps and social media, but realise this is meant to be a quick accessible read. Have already implemented some of the changes and am planning on starting the 30 days proper next week.

Currently listening to Meg by Steve Alten, mostly from my sick bed because sometimes when you are poorly you need to listen to a book about a murderous sixty foot prehistoric albino shark.

ShakeItOff2000 Thu 18-Oct-18 12:39:14

Thanks for the new thread, South, I’ve loved the chat and recommendations this year.

My latest read is:

47. Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym.

I enjoyed this memoir of Min Kym, violinist and child prodigy. It was short and punchy. I also liked the music accompaniment; having recently discovered classical music I love recommendations and have fallen in love with her rendition of Introduction and Rondo cappricioso, Op.28 by Camille Saint-Saëns. The life of a child prodigy is difficult and it is interesting that her teachers/mentors and violin are mentioned with much reverence and word count compared to that accorded to her genetic family (mother, father and sister). A bargain at 99p in one of the Kindle sales.

And my list so far:

1. The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette De Bodard.
2. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
3. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
5. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin.
6. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot.
7. The Story of the Lost Child (Book 4 of the Neapolitan novels) by Elena Ferrante.
8. The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake novel 4) by Laurell K.Hamilton.
9. The Three Body Project by Cixin Liu.
10. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
11. Small Island by Andrea Levy.
12. The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo.
13. The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman.
14. The Places In Between by Rory Stewart.
15. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch.
16. The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts.
17. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Audible narration by Simon Callow.
18. World of Trouble (The Last Policeman Book 3) by Ben H.Winters.
19. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
20. The Risk of Darkness (Simon Serailler Book 3) by Susan Hill.
21. SPQR by Mary Beard.
22. Tess of the D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy.
23. Bloody Bones (Anita Blake Book 5) by Laurel K Hamilton.
24. Autumn by Ali Smith.
25. Malice by Keigo Higashino.
26. The Crow Road by Ian Banks.
27. In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware.
28. The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry.
29. The Endless Summer by Madame Nielsen.
30. Red Sister (Book of the Ancester, Book 1) by Mark Lawrence.
31. To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell.
32. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. (Excellent narration by Michael Sheen.)
33. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien.
34. Bluets by Maggie Nelson.
35. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter.
36. Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey.
37. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson.
38. When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy.
39. The Lonely City by Olivia Laing.
40. Middlemarch by George Eliot.
41. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.
42. Circe by Madeleine Miller.
43. The Dark Forest (Book 2 of The Three Body Project) by Cixin Liu.
44. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker.
45. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.
46. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker.
47. Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym.

Cedar03 Thu 18-Oct-18 13:07:02

Thank you for the new thread. Am currently making my way through Pompeii by Mary Beard. It is very interesting but quite dense so I have to read it slowly so that I can take in all the facts!

Such an interesting range and variety of books read by people on these threads.

EmGee Thu 18-Oct-18 14:52:26

Hello everyone, I've lost track of my list but here's the latest:

64. The Power by Naomi Alderman
65. The Muse by Jessie Burton
66. What she left behind by Marie Ellen Wiseman
67. The Green Road by Anne Enright
68. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

TimeforaGandT Thu 18-Oct-18 15:34:15

Thank you for the new thread. Bringing across my list and adding recent reads - highlights in bold on list:

1. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
2. Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada
3. Belgravia - Julian Fellowes
4. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
5. Curtain Call - Anthony Quinn
6. Life after Life - Kate Atkinson
7. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
8. Ghost Moth - Michele Forbes
9. I See You - Clare Mackintosh
10. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
11. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
12. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
13. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
14. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
15. The Homecoming : Morland Dynasty 24 - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
16. The Question : Morland Dynasty 25 - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
17. The Dream Kingdom: Morland Dynasty 26 - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
18. Ordeal by Innocence - Agatha Christie
19. Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
20. Outline - Rachel Cusk
21. Seven stones to stand or fall - Diana Gabaldon
22. Never Mind - Edward St Aubyn
23. Bad News - Edward St Aubyn
24. Some Hope - Edward St Aubyn
25. Mother's Milk - Edward St Aubyn
26. At Last - Edward St Aubyn
27. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson
28. Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
29. Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor
30. Painter to the King - Amy Sackville
31. World Without End - Ken Follett
32. The Child - Fiona Barton
33. Let me Lie – Clare Mackintosh
34. Marina – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
35. A Question of Upbringing – Anthony Powell

Since I last updated I have read the following:

36. Wild Swans – Jung Chang - I must be one of the few people who had not read this. What a book! For some reason I thought it was going to be much more of family saga but was blown away by the insights into China during the Cultural Revolution. Highly recommended.

37. Dunbar – Edward St Aubyn - having read all the autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels earlier in the year, I had high hopes for this ...and they were not met! There is nothing wrong with this as a book but it was not what I was expecting and cannot compare to the Patrick Melrose novels. It's a modern take on King Lear and didn't really do it for me.

38. Katie Fforde - A Secret Garden - this followed the usual formula but I like her books and found it a quick and enjoyable read.

39. Sprig Muslin – Georgette Heyer - a Kindle daily deal bargain and it was fabulous. Hugely entertaining and couldn't put it down.

Slightly concerned I may not make it to 50 this year so may be choosing some short books to read in the next few weeks!

Tarahumara Thu 18-Oct-18 17:22:26

My list so far:

1. White Teeth - Zadie Smith
2. According to Mark - Penelope Lively
3. Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney
4. Grief is the Thing With Feathers - Max Porter
5. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
6. The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting - Kevin Zollman and Paul Raeburn
7. Out of Time - Miranda Sawyer
8. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
9. Gut Symmetries - Jeanette Winterson
10. Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
11. Born A Crime - Trevor Noah
12. The Silence Between Breaths - Cath Staincliffe
13. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing - Eimear McBride
14. Shadowlands: The True Story of C.S.Lewis and Joy Davidman - Brian Sibley
15. The Pedant in the Kitchen - Julian Barnes
16. City of Friends - Joanna Trollope
17. The Position - Meg Wolitzer
18. A History of Britain in 21 Women - Jenni Murray
19. With the End in Mind - Kathryn Mannix
20. I Am, I Am, I Am - Maggie O'Farrell
21. Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
22. Bookworm: a Memoir of Childhood Reading - Lucy Mangan
23. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
24. Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
25. The End We Start From - Megan Hunter
26. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
27. The Book of Memory - Petina Gappah
28. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
29. The Story of a Marriage - Geir Gulliksen
30. Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
31. Educated - Tara Westover
32. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
33. Another Day in the Death of America - Gary Younge
34. Standard Deviation - Katherine Heiny
35. The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood
36. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes - Janet Malcolm
37. Artemis - Andy Weir
38. The Cows - Dawn O'Porter
39. Mount! - Jilly Cooper
40. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
41. Lullaby - Leila Slimani
42. Run - Ann Patchett
43. Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time - Penelope Lively
44. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
45. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
46. A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal - Ben Macintyre

And here's my latest:

47. Moondust: In Search of the Men who Fell to Earth - Andrew Smith. Between 1969 and 1972, as part of the Apollo missions, 18 men went to the moon and 12 of them walked on it (one man per mission stayed behind in the Lunar module). Of the 12, three have since died and nine are still alive. Smith made it his mission to talk to as many of them as possible about the experience of seeing the earth from deep space and how it changed their lives after returning to earth. This took me ages to read (it's quite long and I have been busy recently) but I did enjoy it. It is more contemplative and meandering than I had expected. My favourite quote (paraphrased, as I don't have the book with me): "If JFK had said "What can we beat the Russians at?" and someone had said "Backgammon!" then the Apollo missions might never have happened.".

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 18-Oct-18 18:10:54

New Shardlake out today, folks! I've splashed out and bought it on Kindle. Whoop!

BestIsWest Thu 18-Oct-18 18:34:21

70. A Question Of Identity -Susan Hill In which Simon Serrailer actually does some detecting for once instead of coincidentally stumbling into the murderer. And all the better for it.

SatsukiKusakabe Thu 18-Oct-18 18:42:38

Yay Shardlake! I’m going to buy it in hardback so I can pass it round the Shardlake Circle in my family, I need to crack on with Lamentation now before it comes back to me smile

toomuchsplother Thu 18-Oct-18 18:46:51

Will be treating myself to Shardlake to wallow in for half term. Early birthday present to me!

Indigosalt Thu 18-Oct-18 19:47:32

Thanks for the new thread South.

59.The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver

I love Barbara Kingsolver’s writing and her earlier novel The Poisonwood Bible is one my top ten reads of all time. I’ve also read and enjoyed all her other novels, but the subject matter of The Lacuna (Mexican and USA politics pre and post the second world war) didn’t appeal. Now that I’ve finally got round to reading it, I’m pleased to report this was a really satisfying read. I found it quite demanding at times, but worth it.

The plot focuses on the life of fictious character Harrison Shepherd, from his early life as a young boy living with his Mother in Mexico in the early 1930’s, his early adult life working as a cook and a secretary in the household of Frida Kahlo, Diego Riviera and latterly Lev Trotsky, and his later life living in the USA as a writer at the time of the McCarthy trials in the late 1940’s.

The book is epic in scope with a sumptuous, big budget period drama feel to it. The descriptions of the natural world in Mexico were breathtakingly beautiful. The inclusion of real life characters within the story made me want to read more about Frida Kahlo and the McCarthy era, subjects I know very little about but found fascinating.

This a bit of a door stopper at 670 pages; however using a mixture of diary entries, newspaper style “cuttings” and correspondence from Harrison to key characters kept the story ticking along smoothly. I particularly liked the way the different narrative strands came together at the end, like a complicated jigsaw when you slot in the final pieces, or a very beautiful tapestry as the true picture emerges. Requires an investment of concentration, but worth the effort.

Indigosalt Thu 18-Oct-18 19:58:32

And here's my list so far, with highlights in bold and ones I didn't enjoy in italics. It's fascinating reading everyone else's lists and getting inspiration for new reads.

1.All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
2.Closely Watched Trains - Bohumil Hrabal
3.Women and Power: A Manifesto – Mary Beard
4.The Road Home – Rose Tremain
5.No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics – Naomi Klein
6.Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
7.The Blackwater Lightship – Colm Toibin
8.Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism – Yanis Varoufakis
9.Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
10.Thin Air – Michelle Paver
11.The Beet Queen – Louise Erdrich
12.Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
13.Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds – Cordelia Fine
14.Gillespie and I – Jane Harris
15.Run – Ann Patchett
16.Men Explain Things To Me: and Other Essays – Rebecca Solnit
17.Sugar Money – Jane Harris
18.Elmet – Fiona Mozley
19.Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
20.Digging to America – Anne Tyler
21.Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
22.The Lost Daughter – Elena Ferrante
23.Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
24.Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney
25.Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
26.In the Days of Rain – Rebecca Stott
27.Midwinter Break – Bernard McClaverty
28.Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler
29.Last Night at the Lobster – Stewart O’Nan
30.Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
31.The Trick to Time – Kit De Waal
32.Educated – Tara Westover
33.The Magician’s Assistant – Anne Patchett
34.Mind of a Survivor – Megan Hine
35.Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
36.The Burning Girl – Claire Messud
37.The North Water – Ian McGuire
38.When I Hit You – Mena Kandasamy
39.Troubling Love – Elena Ferrante
40.Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich
41.What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
42.Sight – Jessie Greengrass
43.The Round House – Louise Erdrich
44.Cosmopolis – Don Delillo
45.Heatwave – Penelope Lively
46.Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
47.There There – Tommy Orange
48.Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
49.Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurty
50.My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh
51.Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
52.In the Distance – Hernan Diaz
53.Lullaby – Leila Slimani
54.On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry
55.Hunger – Roxane Gay
56.Normal People – Sally Rooney
57.Warlight – Michael Ondaatje
58.Outline – Rachel Cusk
59.The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver

And book 60 will be A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin which I have chosen as a result of positive reviews on the thread and 38 pages in is proving very readable. Thanks to all those who have recommended smile.

CoteDAzur Thu 18-Oct-18 21:37:01

Woo hoo! There's a new Shardlake out?

CoteDAzur Thu 18-Oct-18 21:42:57

Bringing my list over:

1. Would They Lie To You? by Robert Hutton
2. High Crimes by Joseph Finder
3. A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
4. Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder
5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
6. Bach à Son Temps by Gilles Cantagrel
7. Deep State by Walter Jon Williams
8. Music In The Baroque Era - From Monteverdi To Bach by Manfred f. Bukofzer
9. The Harpsichord and the Clavichord by Raymond Russell
10. Extraordinary Powers by Joseph Finder
11. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
12. An Evil Eye (Yashim the Eunuch #4) by Jason Goodwin
13. The Forgotten by David Baldacci (John Puller #2)
14. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
15. Light by M John Harrison (Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy #1)
16. The Escape (John Puller #3) by David Baldacci
17. Johann Sebastian Bach, His Life, Art, And Work by Johann Nikolaus Forkel
18. Daughter of Eden (Dark Eden #3) by Chris Beckett
19. No Man's Land (John Puller #4) by David Baldacci
20. Evening In The Palace Of Reason by James Gaines
21. The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
22. House Of Cards by Michael Dobbs
23. Jack and Jill James Patterson
24. The Crysalids by John Wyndham
25. One Few Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
26. The Innocent (Will Robie #1) by David Baldacci
27. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carré
28. Pale Rider - The Spanish Flu Of 1918 and How It Changed The World by Laura Spinney

CoteDAzur Thu 18-Oct-18 21:46:56

Oops. My list is actually slightly longer:

29. Influx by Daniel Suarez
30. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall
31. The Hit (Will Robie #2) by David Baldacci
32. Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke
33. Ark (Flood #2) by Stephen Baxter
34. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
35. The Target (Will Robie #3) by David Baldacci

EmGee Thu 18-Oct-18 21:56:26

Indigo I've got The Lacuna on my bookcase waiting to be read. I need to psyche myself up to get started on it. I've read two BK novels - can't remember the name of the first but it's set in Colorado and is about a biologist who is tracking coyotes, and The Poisonwood Bible which is a tome and a half but absolutely fascinating. It would be one of my book choices if stranded on a desert island!

Indigosalt Thu 18-Oct-18 22:15:06

EmGee sounds like Prodigal Summer? Yes, I've been meaning to read The Lacuna for years, just needed to find the right time iyswim. You're right, you do have to pysche yourself up for her books, but they're worth it.

CoteDAzur Thu 18-Oct-18 22:24:24

36. Landfall - Tales from the Flood/Ark Universe (Flood #3) by Stephen Baxter

This was a great end (?) to the trilogy. Flood was the story of waters rising everywhere on Earth, much more than would be accounted for by just the ice caps melting, and humanity fighting for survival. Ark continued the story from where there is hardly any dry land left, and the human race is gathering together its last resources to search for another habitable planet. Landfall visits the three planets humanity has continued on, including Earth, many generations later.

I loved loved LOVED this series and recommend it to all who enjoy the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic genre.

CoteDAzur Thu 18-Oct-18 22:51:39

37. Red Square (Arkady Renko #3) by Martin Cruz Smith

This is a sequel to Gorky Park which I read and enjoyed last year. It is another murder mystery that takes place in Moscow towards the end of the Soviet era, investigated by our anti-establishment investigator Arkady who is blocked and set up for failure from all sides.

These are pretty decent thrillers but I enjoy them mostly for the rich detail and the insight into life in the Soviet Union. I would recommend them to those of you who like reading murder mysteries and historical fiction.

CoteDAzur Thu 18-Oct-18 22:56:18

38. *The Target (Will Robie #4) by David Baldacci

As you can perhaps tell, I've had a good run with this author's series smile They are decent thrillers, nothing too exceptional, marginally better than the Jack Reacher books. This one is about Will Robie, a CIA hit man.

Imho this book was not as good as the earlier books in the series. Towards the end, the story imploded to the point where it was so improbable that I had to wonder if the author was having a laugh.

I'm not recommending this one, in case that wasn't clear grin

ScribblyGum Fri 19-Oct-18 08:53:13

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten

For those of you whose reading year is vaguely lacking in scenes comprising of desperate aquatic battles between nuclear submarines and gigantic albino Jurassic sharks then this book will comprehensively fill that void.

Jonas Taylor navy submarine pilot cum paleo botanist reluctantly agrees to join a mission to the bottom of the Mariana Trench to investigate the destruction of several unmanned exploration pods. Can he solve the mystery with the attractive but snarky lady-scientist Terry Tanaka? Will he be able to banish his demons from a similar disastrous expedition? What is waiting in the depths? Is it an absolutely massive shark? Will there be an improbable series of events leading to a scenario where a whopper evil many-toothed megladon manages to destroy a helicopter? Will the author discover any new descriptive words bar albino to illustrate said Carcharadon?

Utter adrenaline fuelled madness. The final scene is so utterly bonkers I woke the dog up with my laughter. If you think all monster sharks are ultimately destroyed by being blown up then think again. Jaws on meth.

The afterword contained an interesting anecdote that this book is (?was, it was published in 1997) often given to reluctant male teenage readers in US schools. I can see why.

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 19-Oct-18 09:09:05

I saw The Meg in the library the other day and was tempted to pick it up. My son saw the film posters and desperately wanted to see it but I thought he was too young. Is the book quite gory/adult themed?

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 19-Oct-18 09:10:00

New Stephen King coming at the end of the month, Elevation

Tarahumara Fri 19-Oct-18 09:16:57

Indigo I read The Lacuna last year and really loved it.

whippetwoman Fri 19-Oct-18 10:43:06

I just spurted my hot chocolate out at that review Scribbly. Funnily enough my reading has missed out crucial scenes of desperate aquatic battles this year and I was just thinking :Uh oh, I need something with Jurassic sharks" to fill this gap!

whippetwoman Fri 19-Oct-18 11:06:08

Also bringing my list over...

1. Zuckerman Unbound – Philip Roth
2. Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene
3. Women and Power – Mary Beard
4. Between the Acts – Virginia Wolf
5. The Gift of Rain – Tan Twan Eng
6. Inside the Wave – Helen Dunmore
7. Aaron’s Rod – D.H Lawrence
8. Edgelands – Paul Farley
9. A Song for Issy Bradley – Carys Bray
10. Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave
11. Zoology – Gillian Clarke
12. The Mezzanine – Nicholson Baker
13. Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
14. The Dark Flood Rises – Margaret Drabble
15. Midwinter – Fiona Melrose
16. The Stranger in the Woods – Michael Finkel
17. Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor
18. Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
19. The History of Mr Polly – H.G Wells
20. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
21. Eleanor Oliphant – Gail Honeyman
22. Closely Watched Trains – Bohumil Hrabal
23. Winter Holiday – Arthur Ransome
24. Book of Clouds – Chloe Aridjis
25. Red Rising – Pierce Brown
26. Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
27. The Cutting Season – Attica Locke
28. The Party – Elizabeth Day
29. The Melody – Jim Crace
30. The Opposite of Loneliness – Marina Keegan
31. The Dry – Jane Harper
32. Sight – Jessie Greengrass
33. Hillbilly Elegy – J.D Vance
34. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
35. Exit West – Moshin Hamid
36. Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
37. Sweet Days of Discipline – Fleur Jaeggy
38. In the Blue Hour – Elizabeth Hall
39. The Aspern Papers & The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
40.Dis Mem Ber – Joyce Carol Oates
41.Anecdotal Evidence – Wendy Cope
42.The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne
43.The Idiot – Elif Batuman
44.The Word of Woman is Wilderness – Abi Andrews
45.Nightwalk – Chris Yates
46.The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson
47.Things That Are – Amy Leach
48.In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
49.A Line Made by Walking – Sara Baume
50.How to Get Into the Twin Palms – Karolina Waclawiak
51.The Go-Between – L.P Hartley
52.Orfeo – Richard Powers
53.Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
54.Orange in the New Black – Piper Kerman
55.Kudos – Rachel Cusk
56.The Ice Palace – Targei Vesaas
57.Human Universe – Brian Cox
58.All Things Cease to Appear – Elizabeth Brundage
59.Circe – Madeline Miller
60.Madame Zero – Sarah Hall
61.The Salt Path – Raynor Winn
62.The Only Story – Julian Barnes
63.Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
64.House of Names – Colm Toibin
65.Authority – Jeff Vandermeer
66.Fen – Daisy Johnson
67.The Plague – Albert Camus
68.Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig
69.Solar Bones – Mike McCormack
70.The Unseen World – Liz Moore
71.Crudo – Olivia Laing
72.Neutral Ground – Helen Corke
73.Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People – Reni Eddo-Lodge
74.Things I Don’t Want to Know – Deborah Levy
75.Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman – Richard Feynman
76.Snap – Belinder Bauer
77.Warlight – Michael Ondaatje
78.Child of All Nations – Irmgard Keun
79.The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner
80.Heartburn – Nora Ephron
81.Blood and Guts in High School – Cathy Acker
82.Everything Under – Daisy Johnson
83.The Trick to Time – Kit de Waal
84.Happiness – Aminatta Forna
85.Clock Dance – Anne Tyler
86.My Abandonment – Peter Rock
87.Normal People – Sally Rooney
88.Under the Banyan Tree – R.K Narayan
89.Pretend I’m Dead – Jen Beagin
90.Sunburn – Laura Lippman
91.Out of Africa – Karen Blixen
92.Transcription – Kate Atkinson
93.Life Among the Savages – Shirley Jackson
94.All Among the Barley – Melissa Harrison
95.Consolations of the Forest – Sylvain Tesson
96.Quartet in Autumn – Barbara Pym

bibliomania Fri 19-Oct-18 11:18:58

Excellent review, Scribbly

123). The Blood Strand, Chris Ould
Crime fiction set in the Faroes. I'm currently auditioning crime fiction authors as I'd like a new series in my life. I wanted to like this one more than I did. I was prepared to like the setting, but the writing was fairly flat, I didn't find the plot very compelling, and while I'm vaguely interested in the main character's back story, it's clearly going to be strung out over quite a few books, and I don't care enough to keep going. I have a few other candidates lined up for my next series, so will move on to them.

124) Unnatural Causes, Richard Shepherd
Another non-fiction about a forensic pathologist. I didn't set out to read multiple books on the subject this year; it just seemed to happen. I liked this one. His observations about changes in the criminal justice system and the risks of penny-pinching echo what I recently read in The Secret Barrister. I work in a university and caught the tail-end of lamentations about the RAE/REF process (ie. universities having to prove their worthiness through research outputs) but I hadn't realised that this had effectively killed off universities financing forensic pathology departments - as the forensic pathologists were busy doing the work (alongside teaching), they weren't necessarily "research active", so universities closed down the departments. The service became privatised, with various negative consequences. He talks about the consequences of the work on himself (he ends up with PTSD) and his relationships. His career/reputation was jeopardised when his findings were challenged on the basis of poor quality photos taken during one post-mortem, which he clearly found very painful. An interesting insight into what the realities of the job are like (as opposed to fictional portrayals).

Just starting (125) More Dashing, The letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor He lived a dashing life, in more senses than one, having been deemed "unsuited to office life". I, who am all too suited to office life, plan to live vicariously through his letters.

KeithLeMonde Fri 19-Oct-18 11:25:43

The Lacuna is great, as is Flight Behavior. She's a great story teller.

86. The Outsiders, SE Hinton

I hadn't read this before and wanted to read it before I gave it to my son. For anyone else like me who has been living under a rock since forever, it's a book written by a teenager in the 1960s, about a working class group of boys and their involvement with gang culture. It's hard to tell whether she was an extremely clever writer, or just understood her subject, or a bit of both - she writes so cleverly about the ideas of escape, of loving the places and people that belong to you but wanting to get away from them, of having choices or no choice. Really movingly universal.

87. The Travelling Horn Player, Barbara Trapido

The first Trapido I have read for years. I read another in this series ages ago (20 years maybe) and remembered it, maybe wrongly, as a bit clever-clever and populated by unlikeable characters. There were elements of that in this one - certainly few of the characters were particularly likeable and many of them had a prickly, superior, show-offy kind of cleverness (and were awful snobs - self-admittedly so). However, I found the writing witty and the story well told, and the characters were supposed to be rather awful so I warmed to it. I saw a review which said that it is reminiscent of a Shakespeare comedy where the characters keep bumping into one another in a magical forest, and it is a bit like that - plus they are all in love with the wrong people and not quite sure who is who.

88. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua

I'd been intrigued to read this since it was published and there was all the hoo-ha in the papers about her bullying the children into doing 7 hours of music practice a day etc etc. I believe that there have been some stories about her involvement in the Kavanaugh affair but I haven't really seen those so this review comes untainted by that.

I actually liked Amy a lot based on this book - yes, she is extremely driven but she's funny and ironic. I found her writing and her thinking thought-provoking - is it more loving to believe that your child can achieve anything they want to, or to let them give up if they are not making progress? Is it worth working hard at something which is not fun, to discover that wonderful moment when you finally "get it" and it becomes the most enjoyable thing you can imagine? Do American parenting techniques result in happier children/adults than Chinese ones?

I was a musician myself as a teenager and I know the experience of hours a week of practice, over years and years, feeling like drudgery and misery, and then the wonderful experience of actually being good at your instrument and the joy of being able to play. And, at the other end of the spectrum, I am now a very poor runner and I know that while I hate going out three times a week, and I especially hate doing speed drills and hills, I know that I enjoy running more when I am that bit fitter and more able than I do when I have been slacking off the training. So, while I am very much not a tiger mother, I am open to Amy's ideas about the need for un-enjoyable commitment and hard work to achieve something that makes it all worthwhile. Definitely a thought-provoking read for me.

I saw the Zadie Smith discussion come up on the last thread - I've just abandoned On Beauty finding the opening chapters almost unreadable, which is a shame as I really likedboth White Teeth and NW.

I' m now about half way through Alan Hollinghurst's The Sparsholt Affair and enjoying it very much.

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 19-Oct-18 11:39:22

42. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This was an easy read but quite bleak really and I didn’t enjoy it as much as her second one. She is quite a plain writer and there is not much that is memorable, like phrasing to savour, and though the main conceit is original enough, I found myself feeling like certain images and scenes were too familiar. Where she does succeed though is in her insights into the interior lives and motivations of her characters, and how she uses these to make wider statements about family and community, race and sex. She is maybe for me not a great writer, but a very good one who is certainly compellingly readable which is what I needed.

StitchesInTime Fri 19-Oct-18 13:25:58

Meg is sounding like a must read Scribbly grin

EmGee Fri 19-Oct-18 13:31:31

69. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Very enjoyable read of the life of Beryl Markham - growing up in colonial Kenya. Fabulous descriptions. Karen Blixon features as does Denys Finch-Hatton with fleeting encounters with the Happy Valley set.

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 19-Oct-18 13:32:58

Yes perhaps The Meg might become one of our thread approved books - all the lurkers May back slowly away instead of joining in though.

KeithLeMonde Fri 19-Oct-18 14:14:15

I have to say I do love the fact that the very few thread-approved books all seem to be very rugged and absolutely not what an outside would expect from a Mumsnet reading thread (more fool them).

Two books about adventures onboard ocean ships (one very bloody apparently though I haven't read), a mountaineering one where lots of people die, a mutant shark and a western. Any others?

Far cry from Night Waking :-D (or something with a pink shoe on the cover!)

ScribblyGum Fri 19-Oct-18 15:14:41

Satsuki re adult themes in The Meg
Sex and nudity - zero, there might have been a brief reference to a tanned and oiled bosom (which later gets bitten in half)
Swearing - moderate
Gore - a gratuitous excess of severed limbs and gouts of spurting blood . Two of my favourite lines were
“As his existence is crushed into scarlet oblivion”
“Expelling a car sized burp of air and blood”

Probably not a suitable read for the under 10s. Would however be the best audiobook ever for a long car journey with teens in the back.

ScribblyGum Fri 19-Oct-18 15:25:50

whippetwoman consider your gap filled grin

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 19-Oct-18 17:28:48

Thanks scribbly - I might have to read it on the down low for now then otherwise he’ll be trying to steal it. Just seen it’s 99p on Kindle.

Tarahumara Fri 19-Oct-18 18:08:40

Keith - have you seen The Outsiders film? One of my all-time favourites.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 19-Oct-18 18:18:00

I've bought The Meg and am ready to dive. Suspect it won't be anywhere near as good as Scribbly's review though. grin

BestIsWest Fri 19-Oct-18 18:32:35

Biblio Let me know when you find a new crime series with a good back story. I’m re-reading a few old favourites at the moment becaus3 nothing’s grabbing me.

BestIsWest Fri 19-Oct-18 18:34:49

All Quiet on The Western Front is another thread approved book I think and adheres to your theme Keith.

bibliomania Fri 19-Oct-18 18:35:54

Will do, Best, although I expect Paddy Leigh Fermor will occupy me for some time.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 19-Oct-18 19:59:51

And I think pretty much everybody but me liked that silly astronaut and his potatoes. More child-man in a spacesuit than rugged, but would fit the 'Not what the Daily Mail would imagine MNers reading' sort of vibe.

BestIsWest Fri 19-Oct-18 20:06:06

And Ready Player One

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 19-Oct-18 20:13:14

Yes to Ready Player One.

Touching the Void would probably be another one, but those of us who would read that sort of thing probably read it long before these threads began!

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 19-Oct-18 20:20:12

I didn’t think Ready Player One was all that great but it was ok. Likewise Martian.

PepeLePew Fri 19-Oct-18 20:35:25

Loved all of these! And Touching the Void is one of the few books I’ve reread and reread. Perhaps I’ll give Meg a go, on the basis of this.

VittysCardigan Fri 19-Oct-18 20:37:58

Despite having seen The Meg twice at the cinema (very disappointed that at no stage did Jason Statham punch a shark) i have bought it on kindle. Thanks for the excellent review Scribbly

cheminotte Fri 19-Oct-18 21:18:57

Impressed by people posting lists of 100+ . I think you must spend a lot less time on Mumsnet than me!
Currently at about book 35 so unlikely to make 50 what with job, kids and errrr Mumsnet.

Most recent:
31. Simply irresistible- romcom
32. Les joyaux du paradise by Donna Leon. Not her usual characters but still set in Venice. Ok, good ending
33. Why I’m no longer talking to white people... - recommended on here loads so I finally borrowed from library and was not disappointed
34. A trick of the dark by Val Mc Dermid - my new favourite author, only discovered this year and have read about four or five of her books
35. The postmistress - really good book set in 1941 in London, Cape Cod and wartorn Europe.

noodlezoodle Fri 19-Oct-18 21:59:16

Absolutely loving this conversation about The Meg, which sounds wonderfully bonkers.

@ChessieFL I have just started reading Panic Room. I'm on chapter three and I'm already a nervous wreck!

ChessieFL Sat 20-Oct-18 08:22:37


southeastdweller Sat 20-Oct-18 16:07:18

46. Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn. A newspaper reporter in contemporary Chicago is asked by her editor to return to her hometown in Missouri to write a story on the murders of two preteen girls. When she returns, she finds herself dealing with her demons and her dysfunctional and estranged family who continue to screw with her head.

This was one of the best thrillers I've read for ages, mainly because the main character is written so well. With all the domestic/psychological noir books I've read that have come in the wake of Gone Girl, the authors are incapable or unwilling to plumb the depths of the dark and ugly sides of their main characters, but not Flynn, and her books are much better for it (though not read Dark Places yet). The story is absorbing and the imagery sparingly used and always effective. This is only £2 on Amazon, btw, and £3 in branches of Fopp. A really impressive debut novel.

exexpat Sat 20-Oct-18 17:07:54

I've been reading lots but am very behind on reviews. Here's my list to date, with brief reviews of the last few to catch up. Highlights (and most recent) in bold:

1. The Dark Flood Rises - Margaret Drabble
2. The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh
3. The Middlepause - Marina Benjamin
4. The Wall Jumper - Peter Schneider
5. The Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain
6. First Love - Gwendoline Riley
7. The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch
8. Quiet - Susan Cain
9. Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
10. The War on Women - Sue Lloyd Roberts
11. Harmless Like You - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
12. Selfish People - Lucy English
13.How to Stop Time - Matt Haig
14. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - Natasha Pulley
15. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
16. The Vanishing Box - Elly Griffiths
17. Rosalie Blum - Camille Jourdy
18. Addlands - Tom Bullough
19. Saplings - Noel Streatfeild
20. Butterflies in November - Audur Ava Olafsdottir
21. All Passion Spent - Vita Sackville-West
22. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
23. The Cherry Blossom Murder - Fran Pickering
24. Venetia - Georgette Heyer
25. I Feel Bad About My Neck - Nora Ephron
26. The Keeper of Lost Things - Ruth Hogan
27. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
28. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
29. Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga
30. Shadow Dance - Angela Carter
31. The Descent of Man - Grayson Perry
32. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
33. Cousins - Salley Vickers
34. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk - Kathleen Rooney
35. Flaneuse - Lauren Elkin
36. August is a Wicked Month - Edna O'Brien
37. Miss Mole - EH Young
38. I Contain Multitudes - Ed Yong
39. Starter for Ten - David Nicholls
40. You Don't Know Me - Imran Mahmood
41. In The Light Of What We Know - Zia Hayder Rahman
42. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal - Dorthe Nors
42.5 I Murdered My Library - Linda Grant
43. We Have Always Lived In The Castle - Shirley Jackson
44. The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
45. Blaming - Elizabeth Taylor
46. Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan
47. Happy - Derren Brown
48. Travellers In The Third Reich - Julia Boyd
49. Night Letters - Robert Dessaix
50. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
51. The Ginger Tree - Oswald Wynd
52. Under the Tump - Oliver Balch
53. The Reading Party - Fenella Gentleman
54. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
55. Why I Am No Longer Talking To White People About Race - Reni Eddo Lodge
56. The Awakening - Kate Chopin
57. The 7th Function of Language - Laurent Binet
58. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
59. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
60. The Lonely City - Olivia Laing
61. In the Darkroom - Susan Faludi
62. Hotel Iris - Yoko Ogawa
63. The Librarian - Salley Vickers
64. The Devil's Mask - Christopher Wakling

65. Ghost Wall - Sarah Moss
Latest novella by author of Night Waking, Bodies of Light etc. I am a big fan of hers, and this was up to her usual standard. Teenage girl is dragged along by her abusive, domineering father to spend a couple of weeks with a group living an iron age re-enactment in Northumberland. I find Moss is very good at writing teenage girls/young women.

66. Out of Time - Miranda Sawyer
Another addition to the mid-life crisis genre, by a music journalist who spent a lot of her 20s and 30s fully immersed in the music and rave scene, but is now a middle-aged, married mother of two and wondering how she got there and what she is doing with the rest of her life. I had a very different experience of the 90s but could still empathise with the 'how did I get here?' side of things.

67. Often I Am Happy - Jens Christian Grondahl
Written as a long letter/series of letters by one woman to her best friend, who died 30 years earlier in a skiing accident with the first woman's husband, with whom she was having an affair; thirty years later, the first woman has just been widowed for a second time - she married her best friend's widower. Life, relationships, grief, dealing with adult children etc in Copenhagen. Thoughtful.

68. Mrs Dalloway - Virgina Woolf
Classic, which I am sure I read as a teenager, but it makes an awful lot more sense now that I am the same age as Mrs Dalloway.

69. My Cleaner - Maggie Gee
Ageing middle-class English writer summons her old cleaner/mother's help back from Uganda to help when her adult son is in the throes of depression. A few too many stereotypes for my liking, and the plot was fairly predictable but still a good and eventually uplifting read.

exexpat Sat 20-Oct-18 17:25:02

Just scanning the thread so far and seeing some other Barbara Kingsolver fans - has anyone got/read her new one Unsheltered yet? It came out this week.

She is one of the few authors I love enough to find it hard waiting for the paperback to come out, but I haven't succumbed yet.

cheminotte Sat 20-Oct-18 17:38:31

Ooh I love her too exexpat , thanks for the tip.

Indigosalt Sat 20-Oct-18 17:50:53

exexpat I have ordered Unsheltered from the library. Had a quick browse through it on display in Foyles and it looks good. Hoping I don't have to wait too long!

SatsukiKusakabe Sat 20-Oct-18 19:11:56

Saw it in the shop today - too many books I want to read currently in hardback. However have got Shardlake and Melmoth by Sarah Perry.

Currently reading Milkman on Kindle and delighted with it so far, quarter way through. Clever and funny.

Terpsichore Sat 20-Oct-18 23:15:16

Mention of Barbara Kingsolver reminds me how much I enjoyed her first novel, The Bean Trees, and its sequel, Pigs in Heaven. Well worth seeking out for anyone who hasn't come across them.

AliasGrape Sun 21-Oct-18 07:52:42

Thank you for the new thread south

51. Conversations With Friends Sally Rooney
@Wildernesstips said above that’s she like this she just wasn’t sure why.
I’m kind of the same, I read it thinking that the narrator and her friends were all quite tedious hipsters, super impressed with their own intellect and just generally very unlikeable. The drama all felt really low stakes and not worth the pages of navel gazing. The narrator in particular took herself so hugely seriously and reacted to fairly mundane events as though she endured such hardship, and yet did absolutely nothing to improve her situation and made really odd decisions that seemed to be based on nothing more than wanting to look cool. Although she was very young and I found it completely believable she’d be that way. I kind of hated it but also found it well written and funny in parts and I wanted to know what happened (not very much!)

My list so far:
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 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
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
28. The Lesser Bohemians -Eimear McBride
29. Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín
30. A Reunion of Ghosts - Judith Claire Mitchell
31. A View of the World: Selected Writings - Norman Mitchell
32. The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
33. April Lady - Georgette Heyer
34. I’ll give you the sun - Jandy Nelson
35. Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
36. The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf
37. Circe - Madeleine Miller
38. Guilt - Amanda Robson
39. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz
40. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
41. Sleeping with Dogs: A Peripheral Autobiography- Brian Sewell
42. The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
43. Our Spoons Came From Woolworths- Barbara Comyns
44. Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race- Reni Eddo-Lodge
45. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
46. Winter - Ali Smith
47. Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
48. These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
49. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
50. Oranges are not the only fruit- Jeanette Winterson
51. Conversations with friends - Sally Rooney

PepeLePew Sun 21-Oct-18 09:20:04

110 Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
This was picked up at a branch of Smiths in a code red book emergency - had gone out without my Kindle and needed something to read. As such things go it wasn’t at all bad - Kate is a QC passionate about prosecuting sex offenders and James is a junior Tory minister accused of rape. While the ending left a lot to be desired I really enjoyed her depiction of life at Oxford in the early 90s, which was spot on, as was the extraordinary entitlement - to women, to bad behaviour and to success - of many of the men there. And the links to #MeToo made it a timely read, although implausible to think that in 2017 you could get through a book about government without any mention of Brexit.

111 Emperor of all Maladies by Siddharta Mukherjee
This is billed as a “biography of cancer”, which doesn’t do it justice. It was absolutely fascinating - Mukherjee is an oncologist but also writes beautifully about our relationship with cancer, death and medicine. I learned enormous amounts about clinical trials, evidence and gene therapy without ever feeling I was reading a text book. I would recommend this without hesitation to anyone with even a vague interest in the subject or science writing in general.

Now, onto The Meg. I have high hopes after chapter two, and am currently curled up on a sofa in a Welsh cottage hoping the children will ignore me for another couple of hours :-)

Annandale Sun 21-Oct-18 10:15:57

32. Front Row by Beryl Bainbridge A symptom of feeling daunted by big novels and seeking out an easy read - yes it was easy, but not very satisfying. A collection of Bainbridge's theatre reviews for The Oldie from 1990 to the 2000s. Marked by frequent complaints about where and when she can't smoke. I did like her undimmed passion for live performance and her deadpan writing style. Made me want to go to the theatre.

MuseumOfHam Sun 21-Oct-18 11:30:51

54. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan This was the long escapist saga I thought I wanted. It was OK. I wanted to just go with the flow and enjoy it but the clunky and clichéd writing kept jolting me out of it. I'll give it a bonus point though for the title describing what it's about. I like that. None of this Behind the Scenes at the Museum that doesn't even have a museum in it.

virginqueen Sun 21-Oct-18 11:43:35

Hi All
I'll post my list soon, but just have a few to add.

45. The Last Hours - Minette Walters
This is set during the plague and follows the efforts of the lady of the manor to keep her tenants safe, while also introducing some socialist ideas and challenging the feudal system.
Lots of interesting characters, and information about life in those days. This is the first of a trilogy, so I look forward to the next one.

46. The Mandibles - Lionel Shriver
Set about 20 years in the future, this looks at how people cope when the dollar starts to fall. Some original ideas but I felt the ending was a bit drawn out. I also find her books overlong.

47. Paper Ghosts - Julia Haeberlin
I read her first book, Black eyed Susans , and thought it would make a great film. This one is the same. A good thriller in which the sister of someone who was murdered years ago kidnaps the murderer from an old people's home.

48. The One - John Marrs
Another good thriller. People can find their exact match, the one, through a simple DNA test. This can make relationships - or break existing ones.

My reading has got behind as I've been busy with my daughter's wedding. It was wonderful by the way. Nothing went wrong, which is surely some kind of record !

virginqueen Sun 21-Oct-18 11:46:21

I can never get my list looking neat, like everyone else's. Don't know what I'm doing wrong🤐

nowanearlyNicemum Sun 21-Oct-18 16:37:35

36. Three wishes - Liane Moriarty
Set in Sydney, Australia, this is a story of triplets, their complicated relationships with each other - and those around them. Very quick and easy read, just what I needed. Quite amusing in places.

ChessieFL Sun 21-Oct-18 19:29:10

171. The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe

Coming of age story set in the 1970s. It was ok - a bit amusing but not laugh out loud as the blurb suggests.

172. Dissolution by C J Sansom

First in the Shardlake series which I know is well loved on here. This was a bit slow to start but improved a lot in the second half. The historical detail really made the scene come alive for me. I didn’t absolutely love it but I enjoyed it enough to try the next couple in the series.

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