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50 Book Challenge 2018 Part Six

southeastdweller · 05/06/2018 08:12

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

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

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

How're you getting on so far?

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ChessieFL · 05/06/2018 08:42

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

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Tarahumara · 05/06/2018 09:38

Checking in - thanks southeast.

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SatsukiKusakabe · 05/06/2018 10:34

Checking in thanks south

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TheTurnOfTheScrew · 05/06/2018 11:05

Thanks as ever, SouthEast.

My list, favourites in bold:

  1. The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
  2. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  3. The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry
    4. What A Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
  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
    20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  15. A Very English Scandal by John Preston
  16. The Devil in The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson.
  17. London Under by Peter Ackroyd
    24. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
  18. Lullaby by Leila Slimani
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Terpsichore · 05/06/2018 13:45

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

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Terpsichore · 05/06/2018 13:46

And thanks for the new thread, @southeastdweller Smile

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CorvusUmbranox · 05/06/2018 14:12

Bringing over my list:

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

and finally:

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

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

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


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

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EmGee · 05/06/2018 15:06

Hi all,

  1. Biography of Queen Eliz II - Sally Beddell Smith
  2. The Betrayal - Helen Dunmore
  3. The Witches - Roald Dahl
  4. 2nd in the Quartet but can't recall name - Elena Ferrante
  5. Infinite Home - Kathleen Alcott
  6. The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin
  7. Ghosts of Everest - Hemlebb, Simonson
  8. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
  9. American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld
  10. Object Lessons - Anna Quindlen
  11. Une Vie - Simone Veil
  12. Incendiary - Chris Cleave
  13. Into the Silence - Wade Davis
  14. A Very British Scandal - John Preston
  15. Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
  16. Mystery at Styles - Agatha Christie
  17. The Tatooist of Auschwitz - Helen Moore
  18. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
  19. Four Sisters: The lost lives of the Romanovs - Helen Rappaport
  20. Educated - Tara Westover
  21. Then she was gone - Lisa Jewell
  22. A long, long way - Sebastian Barry
  23. My name is Leon - Kit de Waal
  24. Mennonite in a little black dress - Rhoda Janzen
  25. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  26. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
  27. The Language of Others - Clare Morall
  28. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy C. Reichart
  29. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
  30. The Girl who fell from the Sky - Simon Mawer
  31. The Men and the Girls - Joanna Trollope
  32. Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
  33. Sing, Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward
  34. Cherry: the life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard - Sara Wheeler
  35. Th Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Schaffer+Annie Burrows
  36. Bright, Precious Things - Jay McInerney
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nowanearlyNicemum · 05/06/2018 15:15

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

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

    About to finish On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks...
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BellBookandCandle · 05/06/2018 16:12

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

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

Hope you enjoy Midwinter, Denzil is truly creepy.

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AliasGrape · 05/06/2018 16:31

Thanks @southeast

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

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
    2. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
  2. The Ice Princess - Camilla Läckberg
  3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
  4. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
    6. The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
  5. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
  6. The Wicked Boy - Kate Summerscale
  7. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
  8. Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary’s) - Jodi Taylor
  9. Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
    *12. The Shadow of the Sun - Ryszard Kapuściński
  10. Everything I never told you- Celeste Ng1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  11. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
  12. The Ice Princess - Camilla Läckberg
  13. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
  14. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
  15. The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
  16. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
  17. The Wicked Boy - Kate Summerscale
  18. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
  19. Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary’s) - Jodi Taylor
  20. Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
    *12. The Shadow of the Sun - Ryszard Kapuściński
  21. Everything I never told you- Celeste Ng*
  22. The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
  23. The Minority Report - Philip K Dick
  24. Old Rose and Silver - Myrtle Reed
    17. David Copperfield- Charles Dickens (Bolded due to quality of the narration by Richard Armitage - this was on audio)
  25. Early One Morning - Virginia Baily
  26. Money for Nothing - PG Wodehouse
  27. All for Love - Dan Jacobson
  28. Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon - Jane Austen
  29. The Heist - Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  30. 84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
  31. Bridget Jones’ Baby - Helen Fielding
    25. Swimming Lessons - Clare Fuller
  32. 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
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AliasGrape · 05/06/2018 16:33

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

Still makes it look a nice long list! Grin

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SatsukiKusakabe · 05/06/2018 16:48

  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
  15. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  16. You Think It I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

    I’ve got a couple of updates but will do later.
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BestIsWest · 05/06/2018 16:56

Thank you South. Will update list later.

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Matilda2013 · 05/06/2018 17:01

List so far

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

    Currently reading 33. Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens.
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noodlezoodle · 05/06/2018 17:13

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

  1. Two Kinds of Truth, by Michael Connolly
  2. In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware
    3. Logical Family, by Armistead Maupin
  3. Startup, by Doree Shafrir
  4. My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand
  5. American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin
  6. The Child, Fiona Barton
  7. Cold Blood, by Robert Bryndza
    9. Missing, Presumed, by Susie Steiner
  8. Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner
  9. The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware
    12. Deadly Secrets, by Robert Bryndza
  10. Theft by Finding; Diaries 1977-2002, by David Sedaris
    14. The Past, by Tessa Hadley
  11. Neon in Daylight, by Hermione Hoby
    16. New People, by Danzy Senna
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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 05/06/2018 17:24

Thanks, South.

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

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

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Toomuchsplother · 05/06/2018 18:08

Checking in with my list. Highlights and stinkers.

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

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Murine · 05/06/2018 18:57

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

  1. Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting
  2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  3. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
  4. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
  5. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  6. The Girls by Lisa Jewell
    7.Dead Sky by Tami Hoag
  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
  34. The Moor by Sam Haysom
  35. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  36. White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
  37. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  38. The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier
  39. The Burning Hill by A.D.Flint

    I'm gradually reading Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig and An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears at the moment, I'm enjoying both but it's very slow going.
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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 05/06/2018 19:56

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

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Toomuchsplother · 05/06/2018 20:01

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

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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 05/06/2018 20:27

Such a shame; the cover is so pretty!

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CheerfulMuddler · 05/06/2018 21:40

Thanks for the new thread.

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

    Getting on a lot better than I expected to be.
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Terpsichore · 05/06/2018 21:45

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

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

    Highlights in bold. No real clunkers except for the A. L. Kennedy, and I feel bad calling it a clunker because it was good in parts Grin
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Sadik · 05/06/2018 22:01

  1. Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict by David McKittrick & David McVea

    Does what it says on the tin - clear, non-partisan history of the Troubles from partition through to 2012 when this version was published. I was born in 1969, & grew up with Northern Ireland a constant backdrop on the news (plus spent quite a bit of time in NI in the 1990s for work), so had a fair sense of the timeline, but this was a good read to put it all in context.
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