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50 Book Challenge 2018 Part Five

southeastdweller · 23/04/2018 20:29

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

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

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

How're you getting on so far?

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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 23/04/2018 20:39

Thanks, South.

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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 23/04/2018 20:41

My list so far: Stand outs 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

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ElChan03 · 23/04/2018 20:58

That's an impressive list!

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BestIsWest · 23/04/2018 21:00

Thanks South. I have a couple of books to update but not tonight.

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SatsukiKusakabe · 23/04/2018 21:15

Thanks south

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

    I’ve had a very slow month!
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TheTurnOfTheScrew · 23/04/2018 21:45

Thank you South!
My list so far:

  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
  4. Death in the Clouds but Agatha Christie
  5. The Road Home by Rose Tremain
    7. 21st Century Yokel by Tom Cox
  6. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  7. Murder At The Vicarage by Agatha Christie
    10. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  8. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  9. Keep on Keeping On by Alan Bennett
  10. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
  11. The Witch Finder's Sister by Beth Underdown
  12. The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
    16. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
  13. The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
    18. Conclave by Robert Harris
  14. The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday

    Not reading anything right now as I finished The Girl on The Landing today (see last thread for how crap this turned out to be). I have just received Eleanor Oliphant, Reservoir 13 and London Under by Peter Ackroyd as presents, so it will probably be one of those next. I did get The Underground Railroad from the library but wasn't really feeling it.
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Piggywaspushed · 23/04/2018 21:56

Good Evening and thanking you!


  1. Munich – Robert Harris
  2. Continuum Contemporaries : Studying The God of Small Things
  3. Cleverlands – Lucy Crehan
  4. The Learning Rainforest – Tom Sherrington
  5. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  6. An Almond For A Parrot -Wray Delaney
  7. The Muse – Jessie Burton
  8. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  9. Daisy Christodoulou : The Seven Myths of Education
  10. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  11. The Secret Of Literacy – David Didau
  12. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  13. Homegoing –Yaa Gyasi
  14. If Only They Didn’t Speak English – Jon Sopel
  15. Northanger Abbey –Jane Austen
  16. 1606 –James Shapiro
  17. Tall Oaks – Chris Whitaker
  18. Rise Up Women! – Diane Atkinson
  19. Cheer Up Love- Susan Calman
  20. The Book Of Dust - Philip Pullman
  21. I, Coriander – Sally Gardner
  22. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  23. Fatherland – Robert Harris
  24. The Nightingale –Kristin Hannah
  25. The Witchfinder’s Sister - Beth Underdown
  26. The Travelling Cat Chronicles – Hiro Arikawa
  27. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
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PepeLePew · 23/04/2018 22:03

My list below. Highlights would be The Grapes of Wrath, The Heart of the Matter and Fermat's Last Theorem.

This thread is terrific - it's really motivating me to read, and read widely. And my TBR list is growing at a pace, so I need to keep up the speed. Happily I'm spending less time on Mumsnet (this thread aside) and watching TV, so it's got to be good, right?

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
12 Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
13 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.
14 The Shining by Stephen 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

Most recently...
47 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Revisiting a text I read for A level English. Man sells his wife and child while drunk, gives up drink then rises to prominence in a market town before losing it all. Hardy writes beautifully and I was rooting for Henchard all the way through, while loathing the far more superficially appealing Farfrae. I recall writing an essay one Sunday on "character is fate" and not really understanding what I was talking about. With a bit of life experience behind me I can see much more clearly what Hardy is trying to do. And what he isn't doing - the number of times someone's fortune changes because of a hugely unlucky piece of timing or mistiming or chance is intriguing. It's an immensely clever book, but I found the sheer number of coincidences and "if only" moments problematic.

48 Mindset by Carol Dweck

Work-related reading, championing the advantages of a growth mindset (in essence, learning from mistakes and developing because of them, and seeking out tough challenges). Fine and probably quite sensible, if a bit long winded.

49 East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I read this as a teenager and loved it. I loved it less second time round although the prose is beautiful. It's the story of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - farming in California and their stories. I loved the way each character had their own narrative and the way patterns repeated through the years, as the cultural and political background changed. But arch-villain Cathy didn't seem nearly as strange and terrifying as when I first read it, and some of the story arcs didn't quite resolve in a satisfactory way. Nonetheless, after this and Grapes of Wrath I can say Steinbeck deserved his Nobel prize. I can't think of anyone who writes quite like him and does such beautiful things with language.

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Toomuchsplother · 23/04/2018 22:05

Thanks South.
Just moving my list, as predicted a return to FT teaching as slowed me right down!
bold = standouts
^italics = stinkers
1. Golden Hill - Francis Spufford
2. How to measure a cow - Margaret Forster
3. 21 women who made British History - Jenni Murray.
4. Home Going - Yaa Gyasi
5. The reader on the 6.27 - Jean- Paul Didierlaurent
6. Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House - Michael Wolff
7. Sugar Money - Jane Harris
8. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
9. The Book of Eleanor - Pamela Kaufman
10. The Victoria Letters - The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen - Helen Rappaport
11. A place called Winter - Patrick Gale
12. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar - Chris Packham
13. Amy and Isabelle - Elizabeth Strout
14. Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
15. Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín
16. Night waking - Sarah Moss
17. How to stop Brexit - Nick Clegg
18. Life after Life - Kate Atkinson
19. A thousand acres - Jane Smiley
20. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson
21. Birdcage Walk - Helen Dunmore
22. All quiet on the western front - Erich Maria Remarque
23. Gut Symmetries - Jeanette Winterson
24. Fall down 7 times get up 8 - Naoki Higashida
25. The girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Stieg Larsson
26. Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood
27. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
28. The more you ignore me - Jo Brand
29. The Reservoir Tapes - Jon McGregor
30. The bone clocks - David Mitchell
31. Unless - Carol Shields
32. The Co-op’s got bananas- Hunter Davies
33. The Witch Finder’s Sister - Beth Underdown
34. Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
35. A Very English Scandal - John Preston
36. Jane Austen at Home - Lucy Worsley
37. When you disappeared - John Marrs
38. The Wolf Border - Sarah Hall
39. Moon Tiger- Penelope Lively
40. Sacrilege - S J Parris
41. Perfect - Rachel Joyce
42. The night rainbow- Claire King
43. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
44. The passion - Jeanette Winters
45. Lady of the English - Elizabeth Chadwick
46. Behind the scenes at the museum- Kate Atkinson
47. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
48. Sing, unburied, sing - Jesmyn Ward
49. When I hit you : Or, Portrait of The Writer as a Young Wife - Meena Kandasamy
50. Three things about Elsie- Joanna Cannon.
51. Amsterdam- Ian McEwan
52. Nelly Dean - Alison Case
53. A Boy in Winter - Rachel Seiffert
54. A life in the day - Hunter Davies
55. A hero for high times: A younger readers' guide to the Beats, Hippies, Freaks, Punks, Ravers, New-Age Travellers and Dog-on-a-Rope Brew Crew Crusties of the British Isles, 1956 - 1994 by Ian Marchant.
56. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Arundhati Roy
57. Educated - Tara Westover
58. White Houses - Amy Bloom
59. Plot 29 - Allan Jenkins
60. Uniquely Human: A different way of seeing Autism - Dr Barry M. Prizant with Tom Fields-Meyer
61. My name is Leon - Kit De Waal
62. The Trick to Time - Kit De Waal
63. wildflower Hill - Kimberly Freeman
64. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

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southeastdweller · 23/04/2018 22:07

Bringing over my updated list:

  1. Sirens - Joseph Knox
  2. Winter - Ali Smith
  3. Diary of an Ordinary Housewife - Margaret Forster
  4. But You Did Not Come Back - Marceline Loridan-Ivens
  5. The Dry - Jane Harper
  6. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  7. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
  8. How to Be Champion - Sarah Millican
  9. A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House - Shoukei Matsumoto
  10. Inside the Wave - Helen Dunmore
  11. Postcards From the Edge - Carrie Fisher
  12. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
  13. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
  14. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White...- Reni Eddo-Lodge
  15. Women & Power - Mary Beard
  16. First Love - Gwendoline Riley
  17. The Gender Games - Juno Dawson
  18. The Good Immigrant - various
  19. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  20. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
  21. Straight Jacket - Matthew Todd
  22. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
  23. Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor
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Terpsichore · 23/04/2018 22:08

Thanks for another thread! Afraid my reading has slowed to a crawl for a variety of reasons, but I did snag two books from my wish list at a charity shop at the weekend (hardbacks in mint condition), so I'm all set to get going again. Also, less happily, I succumbed to the latest Sophie Hannah despite having sworn never to go near one of her infuriating books again. Someone give me a good shake, please Blush

Anyway, my list so far:

  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
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Tarahumara · 23/04/2018 22:19

Here's 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
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Murine · 23/04/2018 23:09

Thankyou Southeast! My list so far (highlights in bold)

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

    Is it just me that inordinately enjoys updating my list at the start of a new thread?!
    I'm currently reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan which I'm enjoying.
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TooExtraImmatureCheddar · 24/04/2018 05:27

Marking place! I have lost track of my list. Will try to work it out later.

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Frogletmamma · 24/04/2018 06:26

cheddar I have lost my list too. Will just report memorable ones at end of year. Know I'm on 23. Orderered Mermaid from library just hope I don't have to wait 4 months for this one.

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Terpsichore · 24/04/2018 08:39

Bah! No sooner have I posted my list than I finish a book and have to make it all untidy Grin. Nevertheless.....

33: All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers - Larry McMurtry

This was a peculiar book. Written in the early 70's, and centred on a young, hippyish American college graduate who's written a novel that suddenly gets picked up for publication and then optioned as a film - this happened to the young McMurtry when his first novel was made into the film 'Hud', so I suspect a certain degree of drawing from life. The narrator, Danny Deck, embarks on a picaresque journey from Texas to California and (eventually) back to Texas, encountering some weird characters along the way, falling in and out of love, and having a lot of sex. It's also rather funny and quite literary (Danny references Lawrence, Stendhal, Ruskin). Ultimately, though, I didn't quite know what to make of it - he ends up trying to drown the manuscript of his novel in the Rio Grande - so I guess I'd rank this as a worthy experiment.

But it also made me think again about how we choose the books we read (apart from the random number generator Grin) - Dh subscribes to the NY Review of Books and this was mentioned in an article about McMurtry. It just took my fancy for some reason, and a kindle sample grabbed me - it has a very good opening. Just wondered how everyone else decides what to read - do you stick to what's on your shelves? Or read only newly-published books? Or does serendipity guide you?

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CheerfulMuddler · 24/04/2018 09:29

Thanks for the new thread. My list:

  1. Make More Noise! Various
  2. Rose in Bloom L M Alcott
  3. Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  4. Alice Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll
  5. Eight Cousins L M Alcott
  6. How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodwin
  7. A London Child of the 1870s MV Hughes
  8. Hostages to Fortune Elizabeth Cambridge
  9. A London Girl of the 1880s MV Hughes
  10. Star by Star Sheena Wilkinson
  11. A Spoonful of Murder Robin Stevens
  12. How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen Joanna Faber and Julie King
  13. Falconer's Lure Antonia Forest
  14. Life After Life Kate Atkinson
  15. Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading Lucy Manga
  16. This is Going to Hurt Adam Kay
  17. Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary Ruby Ferguson

    Currently reading Mapp and Lucia, but finding it a bit disappointing.

    Picking books - mixture of presents, books I've heard good things about, a fair few I have to read for work, a few classics I feel like I ought to read, some borrowed from DH's bookcase ...

    I'm currently looking for books that are light but well-written, so went to the library last week armed with that 1000 books list someone posted upthread and ordered a selection of the lighter-looking ones. The Agatha Christie end, basically. So those are next once they come in.
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whippetwoman · 24/04/2018 09:52

Thank you for the new thread.
I've liked most of what I've read this year apart from Aaron's (bloody) Rod and I wasn't keen on Red Rising but my favourites are in bold.

  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
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karmatsunami85 · 24/04/2018 10:07

Oh goodness, I thought I was doing well having read 11 books so far this year. I've slowed down quite a bit recently due to various reasons, but hoping to pick it back up again this summer! My list so far...(faves in bold)

  1. Jim Butcher - Fool Moon
  2. Michael Dirda - Browsings
  3. Rafael Sabatini - Captain Blood
  4. Ali Smith - Winter
  5. Jane Austen - Persuasion
  6. Jeff Vandermeer - Annihilation
  7. Camille Perri - The Assistants
  8. Jeff Vandermeer - Authority
  9. Rainbow Rowell - Carry On
  10. Andy Weir - Artemis
  11. Maggie O'Farrell - Instructions for a Heatwave
  12. Kate Quinn - The Alice Network (currently reading)

    The only one of the lot I haven't enjoyed was The Assistants. The narrative seemed rushed, the characters felt 2-D and overall it didn't live up to what was a very interesting premise.
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SatsukiKusakabe · 24/04/2018 10:17

I pick a lot from reviews on here from people I seem to chime with more often than not, also I read a lot of classics and modern classics until recently so work my way through those. Mostly it’s subject matter and then a read of the first chapter. If that’s not well written then book goes back on shelf/is deleted. Certain subjects and scenes grab me more than others too - I like Westerns, certain periods of history etc

I recently picked up The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald because I hadn’t read anything by her but often heard it mentioned, read a page and like the style.

I’m trying to read more female authors this year that I’ve missed because I have a definite leaning toward males for my favourites, and would like to find more among women.

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SatsukiKusakabe · 24/04/2018 10:19

14/20 by women so far, but even split on faves.

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Terpsichore · 24/04/2018 10:28

I agree, satsuki, I've definitely been inspired a lot more from being on this thread.

I also tend to jump from one thing to another in slightly connected reading the Laura Shapiro What She Ate book made me read more Barbara Pym (because Pym is one of her subjects). Claire Tomalin's memoir led me to her husband's book about Donald Crowhurst. Into Thin Air meant I read the biog of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, thanks to the heroic/endurance feat aspect, though it's not something I might have considered reading previously. I quite often find myself going off on tangents like this.

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clarabellski · 24/04/2018 12:39

New thread placemark!

My list so far (I'm also on the slower side karma don't worry! It is only April!)

  1. Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims.
  2. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  3. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie.
    4 Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie.
  4. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
  5. "Blink" Malcolm Gladwell.
  6. "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig.
  7. "Persepolis RIsing" by James SA Corey.
  8. “Guernica” by Dave Boling.
  9. “Harvest” by Tess Gerritsen.
  10. "Grit" by Angela Duckworth.
  11. "The Hive" by Gill Hornby.

    Currently half way through 13!

    I have a page at the back of my diary to jot down books I'd like to read (a friend told me about goodreads so may need to start doing this electronically!). I get inspiration from the usual sorts of places - recommendations from friends/family/colleagues, themed displays in library or bookshops, book reviews in magazines,, social media (you know it is holiday season when friends ask 'what book shall I take on holiday'), the acknowledgements/further reading sections of books I am already reading...and now this thread (thank you thank you!)

    Satsuki you might find the Glasgow Women's Library website worth a short explore for inspiration re female authors: There's a reading ideas section. If you are ever in Glasgow the library itself is well worth a visit as more than just a library but a whole museum
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GhostsToMonsoon · 24/04/2018 14:14

Just finished #23 - Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell about a man who goes out to buy a newspaper during the 1976 heatwave and doesn't come back. I enjoyed it, but found the ending a little unsatisfying (family secrets, but they didn't have a reunion with him at the end to confront him about disappearing like that).

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diamantegal · 24/04/2018 16:05

Thanks for the new thread. Had a trip to Waterstones at lunchtime and have some new books waiting for me to finish work. Might have an early night and snuggle up with one of them - especially if The Woman In White isn't worth watching. Shame, I really enjoyed that book.

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