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Poppyshake's Reading Year 2016

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Books Read 2009

Books Read 2010

Books Read 2011

Books Read 2012

Books Read 2013

Books Read 2014

Books Read 2015

 

Total Books Read 2009 ... 49 - incomplete list (39 fiction, 9 non-fiction & 1 audio } male authors: 24 .. female authors: 25)

Total books read in 2010 ... 141 (94 fiction, 9 non-fiction, 4 short stories, 2 plays & 32 audio } male authors: 75 .. female authors: 66)
Total books read in 2011 ... 109 (71 fiction, 26 non-fiction, 1 short story & 11 audio } male authors: 54 .. female authors: 55)
Total books read in 2012 ... 89 (50 fiction, 27 non-fiction, 3 short stories, 1 poem & 8 audio } male authors: 48 .. female authors: 41)

Total books read in 2013 ... 109 (67 fiction, 21 non-fiction, 5 short stories, 1 poem, 1 essay, 1 collection & 13 audio } male authors: 57 .. female authors: 51 plus all those in the short story collection)

Total Books Read 2014 ... 73 (47 fiction, 15 non-fiction, 6 short stories & 5 audio } male authors: 36, female authors: 37)

Total Books Read 2015 ... 113 (

 

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I'm not going to score but my rating system .. such as it is .. will remain as follows.  

Loved it!

Liked it!

Not my cup of tea! 

I didn't abandon any books last year. There were a couple of stories I didn't enjoy but I struggled on regardless .. I wish I could adopt this attitude with cabbage  :D 

 

January 2016

1. Reckless - Cornelia Funke review

2. Christmas Holiday - Somerset Maugham review

3. Notes from the Sofa - Raymond Briggs review

4. A Year of Marvellous Ways - Sarah Winman review

5. One Last Thing Before I Go - Jonathan Tropper review

6. Lolly Willowes - Sylvia Townsend Warner review

7. Spectacles - Sue Perkins review

8. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry review

9. Just William - Richmal Crompton review

10. The Snow Sister - Emma Carroll review

February 2016

11. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker review

12. Full Dark House (Bryant & May 1) - Christopher Fowler (audio) review

13. The Reader on the 6.27 - Jean-Paul Didierlaurent review

14. Penguin's Poems by Heart selected by Laura Barber review

15. The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan review

16. Wild: A Journey From Lost to Found - Cheryl Strayed review

17. More William - Richmal Crompton review

18. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Gabriel Garcia Marquez review

19. Andalus - Jason Webster review

20. The Old Wives' Tale - Arnold Bennett review

21. Whose Body? - Dorothy L. Sayers

22. The BFG - Roald Dahl review

23. Don't Tell Alfred - Nancy Mitford review

24. Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

25. Something Nasty in the Woodshed - Kyril Bonfiglioli review

26. Mobile Library - David Whitehouse

March 2016

27. The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth - Katherine Woodfine

28. William Again - Richmal Crompton

29. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept - Elizabeth Smart review

30. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (audiobook)

31. Among the Bohemians - Virginia Nicholson

32. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

33. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling (audiobook .. relisten)

34. Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats review

35. Wake Up, Sir! - Jonathan Ames review

36. The Farm Théotime - Henri Bosco 

37. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton review

38. Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's #1) - Jodi Taylor (audio)

April 2016

39. Nightbird - Alice Hoffman review

40. Bird Cloud - Annie Proulx review

41. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III: The Unseen Guest - Maryrose Wood

42. Through the Woods - Emily Carroll review

43. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton

44. Grief is the Thing with Feathers - Max Porter review

45. Jolly Foul Play - Robin Stevens

46. Bermondsey Boy - Tommy Steele review

May 2016

47. Weathering - Lucy Wood

48. The Bees - Laline Paull review

49. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell review

50. spill simmer falter wither - Sara Baume review

51. The Lifeboat - Charlotte Rogan review

52. Furiously Happy - : A Funny Book about Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson review

53. A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St Mary's #2) - Jodi Taylor

54. Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan

June 2016

55. Yuki Chan in Bronte Country - Mick Jackson review

56. The Penguin Lessons - Tom Michell review

57. The House at the End of Hope Street - Menna van Praag review

58. The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett review

July 2016

59. This is Life - Dan Rhodes

60. The Turkish Gambit - Boris Akunin

61. Ten Sorry Tales - Mick Jackson

62. Waterlog - Roger Deakin review

63. Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi

August 2016

64. Martini Henry - Sara Crowe

65. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two - Play Script)  - J.K. Rowling

66. The Improbability of Love - Hannah Rothschild (audio)

67. Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter

68. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - Catherynne M. Valente 

69. Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

70. Walking Away - Simon Armitage

71. Paradise Lodge - Nina Stibbe (audio)

72. Monsters - Emerald Fennell

September 2016

73. The Underground Man - Mick Jackson

74. The View From the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction - Neil Gaiman

75. The Interrupted Tale (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #4) - Maryrose Wood

76. A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary's #3) - Jodi Taylor (audio)

77. The Very First Damned Thing (The Chronicles of St Mary's #0) - Jodi Taylor (short story - audio)

78. When A Child is Born (The Chronicles of St Mary's #2.5) - Jodi Taylor (short story - audio)

79. Roman Holiday (The Chronicles of St Mary's #3.5) - Jodi Taylor (short story - audio)

80. The Museum of Extraordinary Things - Alice Hoffman

81. The House in Norham Gardens - Penelope Lively

82. The Witches - Roald Dahl

83. The Summer Before the War - Helen Simonson

84. A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St Mary's #4) - Jodi Taylor (audio)

85. Christmas Present (The Chronicles of St Mary's #4.5) - Jodi Taylor (short story - audio)

86. The North Water - Ian McGuire

October 2016

87. The Outrun - Amy Liptrot

November 2016 } Most of Oct, Nov and Dec spent caring for my parents down in West Sussex .. didn't read so much as a sentence  :no:  :cry2: On a brighter note .. they are now on the mend  :woohoo:  

December 2016

88. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (audio) re-read/listen)

89. The Daylight Gate - Jeanette Winterson

90. A Traveller's Year - Travis Elborough & Nick Rennison (basically the idea was that I'd read these diary entries on the relevant days which worked well until I went to my mum and dad's .. I didn't take the book with me because it's huge and so had about eight weeks of entries to get through when I came back and ended up speed reading and not taking it in which was a shame. I could have left it and read them more leisurely but it was almost a compulsion .. I had to finish it this year! :blush2: )

91. Village Christmas - Laurie Lee

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The Shameful Reckoning of My Books TBR

Progress 18/188 :unsure: 

 

Link to Books Bought/Acquired 2016

 

Fiction:

Abercrombie, Joe - The Heroes

Abercrombie, Joe - Red Country
Almond, David - The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

Anderson, James - The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy
Atkinson, Kate - Started Early Took My Dog
Atwood, Margaret - The Blind Assassin
Barker, Pat - The Ghost Road

Barker, Pat - Toby's Room

Beauman, Ned - The Teleportation Accident

Bonfiglioli, Kyril - Something Nasty in the Woodshed

Boyd, William - Any Human Heart

Bradley, Alan - A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce 3)

Bradley, Alan - I Am Half Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce 4)

Bulgakov, Mikhail - The Master and Margarita
Bullington, Jesse - The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

Burnett, Frances Hodgson - A Little Princess

Burnett, Frances Hodgson - The Secret Garden

Burton, Jessie - The Miniaturist
Byatt, AS - Possession

Carey, Peter - Oscar and Lucinda

Carter, Angela - Nights at the Circus
Carter, Angela - The Passion of New Eve

Chevallier, Gabriel - Clochemerle

Christie, Agatha - At Bertram's Hotel
Christie, Agatha - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Christie, Agatha - Death on the Nile
Christie, Agatha - Dumb Witness

Christie, Agatha - Five Little Pigs

Christie, Agatha - Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Christie, Agatha - Lord Edgware Dies

Christie, Agatha - The Murder at the Vicarage

Christie, Agatha - The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Christie, Agatha - Third Girl

Collis, John Stewart - The Worm Forgives the Plough

Connolly, Cressida - My Former Heart

Connolly, John - Nocturnes
Craig, Amanda - Hearts and Minds

Dahl, Roald - The BFG
Dahl, Roald - Charlie & the Glass Elevator

Dahl, Roald - The Witches
Dennys, Joyce - Henrietta Sees it Through (Bloomsbury)

Drabble, Margaret - The Red Queen

Dumas, Alexandre - Robin Hood

Du Maurier, Daphne - The House on the Strand
Du Maurier, Daphne - Jamaica Inn

Eggers, Dave - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Eugenides, Jeffrey - My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead

Fforde, Jasper - The Big Over Easy
Fforde, Jasper - The Fourth Bear

Fforde, Jasper - The Woman Who Died a Lot
Fitzgerald, F.Scott - The Beautiful and the Damned
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Tender is the Night

French, Dawn - A Tiny Bit Marvellous
Freud, Esther - The Sea House
Funke, Cornelia - Reckless

Gardner, Sally - The Red Necklace
Gibbons, Stella - Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

Gogol, Nikolai - The Collected Tales
Gold, Glen David - Carter Beats the Devil

Goss, Theodora - The Thorn and The Blossom
Grassic Gibbon, Lewis - Sunset Song

Green, Roger Lancelyn - King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Greene, Graham - Brighton Rock

Haddon, Mark - The Red House

Haig, Matt - The Last Family in England

Hall, Louisa - The Carriage House

Harkaway, Nick - Angelmaker
Hay, Sheridan - The Secret of Lost Things
Hines, Barry - A Kestrel For a Knave

Hoare, Philip - Leviathan
Hornby, Nick - About a Boy
Hornby, Nick - A Long Way Down
Hornby, Nick - Juliet Naked
Hornby, Nick - Slam

Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Hustvedt, Siri - What I Loved
Irving, John - The Cider House Rules

Irving, John - The World According to Garp
Jonasson, Jonas - The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Jones, Sadie - The Outcast

Kingsolver, Barbara - The Lacuna

Lakhous, Amara - Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

Lawrence, DH - Women in Love

Le Carre, John - The Spy who Came in from the Cold

Lessing, Doris - The Golden Notebook

Lindgren, Astrid - Emil and the Great Escape

Lindgren, Astrid - Emil and the Sneaky Rat

Lindgren, Astrid - Emil's Clever Pig

Lindgren, Astrid - Karlson Flies Again

Lindgren, Astrid - Karlson on the Roof

Lindgren, Astrid - Lotta Makes a Mess

Lindgren, Astrid - Lotta Says No

Lindgren, Astrid - Pippi Goes Abroad

Lindgren, Astrid - Pippi in the South Seas

Mantel, Hilary - Fludd

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - The Autumn of the Patriarch

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Leaf Storm

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - No One Writes to the Colonel

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Of Love and Other Demons

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

Maugham, Somerset - Ashenden

Maugham, Somerset - Christmas Holiday

Maugham, Somerset - Liza of Lambeth

Maugham, Somerset - The Magician

Maugham, Somerset - The Narrow Corner

Maugham, Somerset - The Painted Veil

Maugham, Somerset - Up at the Villa
McGregor, Jon - If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
Mistry, Rohinton - A Fine Balance

Mitford, Nancy - Don't Tell Alfred

Montgomery, LM - Anne of Green Gables

Morton, Kate - The House at Riverton
Murdoch, Iris - The Black Prince
Murdoch, Iris - The Flight from the Enchanter
Murdoch, Iris - The Unofficial Rose

Nesbit, E - The Railway Children

North, Claire - The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

O'Flynn, Catherine - The News Where You Are

Oksanen, Sofi - Purge
Orwell, George - Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Pratchett, Terry and Baxter, Stephen - The Long Earth

Radcliffe, Ann - The Mysteries of Udolpho
Ransome, Arthur - Winter Holiday

Rhodes, Dan - This is Life

Rodriguez, Deborah - The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Rymer, James Malcolm - Sweeney Todd
Sewell, Anna - Black Beauty

Spark, Muriel - Robinson
Spark, Muriel - The Comforters

Steinbeck, John - Cannery Row

Steinbeck, John - The Pearl

Steinbeck, John - The Red Pony

Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
Tartt, Donna - The Little Friend

Taylor, G.P. - Mariah Mundi & the Ghost Diamonds

Toksvig, Sandi - Valentine Grey
Townsend, Sue - Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
Townsend, Sue - Adrian Mole & the Weapons of Mass Destruction

Tropper, Jonathan - One Last Thing Before I Go (on loan from Claire)

Udall, Brady - The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

Vickers, Sally - Miss Garnet's Angel

Walter, Jess - Beautiful Ruins
Waters, Sarah - Fingersmith

Welsh, Irvine - Trainspotting

Whipple, Dorothy - Someone at a Distance (Persephone)

Wilde, Oscar - The Importance of being Earnest

Williams, Nigel - East of Wimbledon

Williams, Nigel - They Came From SW19

Winterson, Jeanette - Sexing the Cherry

Winterson, Jeanette - The Daylight Gate

Winton, Tim - Cloudstreet

Wodehouse, PG - Right Ho, Jeeves


Non Fiction:

Bryson, Bill - Down Under

Child, Julia - My Life in France

De Waal, Edmund - The Hare with Amber Eyes

Faulks, Sebastian - Faulks on Fiction
Fitzgerald, Penelope - So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald

Grove, Valerie - Laurie Lee: The Well Loved Stranger

Hodgson, Vere - Few Eggs and No Oranges (Persephone)
Keats, John - Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

Last, Nella - Nella Last's Peace

Manguel, Alberto - A Reading Diary

Maugham, Somerset - Don Fernando

McCourt, Frank - Angela's Ashes
McCourt, Frank - Tis

McGrath, Alistair E - CS Lewis: A Life

Milligan, Spike - It Ends with Magic

Milligan, Spike - 'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?'

Mitchell, David - Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse

Mosley, Diana - The Pursuit of Laughter
Nicholson, Virginia - Among the Bohemians
Ozma, Alice - The Reading Promise
Pasternak, Boris - Letters to Georgian Friends

Powell, Julie - Julie & Julia
Proulx, Annie - Bird Cloud

Rugg, Julie & Murphy, Lynda - A Book Addicts Treasury

Sitwell, Edith - Selected Letters

Thomson, Graeme - Under the Ivy

Van Gogh, Vincent - The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Webster, Jason - Andalus (on loan from Claire)

White, Florence - Good Things in England (Persephone)

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 1

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 2

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 3

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 4

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 5

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 6  

 

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Books read from the 1001 Books You Must Read before You Die by Peter Boxall - 2006 
Progress so far: 143/1001

987. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

985. Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
971. Candide - Voltaire
959. Evelina – Fanny Burney
940. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
938. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
937. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
936. Emma - Jane Austen

933. Persuasion - Jane Austen
932. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
919. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
913. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

910. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
909. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe

905. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
904. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
903. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë

902. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

900. Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell

898. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
896. Moby Dick - Herman Melville

892. Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
891. Villette – Charlotte Brontë
890. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

887. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
886. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

876. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
873. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
871. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
869. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
868. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

867. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
865. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
863. Little Woman - Louisa May Alcott

859. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
854. Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
853. Middlemarch - George Eliot
846. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
840. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

821. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

808. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
805. News from Nowhere – William Morris
804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

803. Diary of a Nobody - George & Weedon Grossmith
794. Dracula - Bram Stoker
790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

776. The Ambassadors – Henry James

740. The Voyage Out - Virginia Woolf
699. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
698. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
695. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
686. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
680. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
675. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
671. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

656. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
650. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
619. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
611. The Years - Virginia Woolf

610. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
608. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
603. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
601. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson

596. Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood

584. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
566. The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford
564. Animal Farm - George Orwell
563. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
561. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

547. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

542. Love in a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
529. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
526. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
521. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

495. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
494. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tokien

484. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
481. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
478. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
474. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
467. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
465. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
459. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
457. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
456. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

451. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
450. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark

446. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
445. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
433. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
431. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark

399. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
367. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
365. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
354. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
352. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson

305. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
300. If On a Winter's Night a Traveler - Italo Calvino

278. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin review
275. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
274. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro

272. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

260. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
237. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
236. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez

222. Beloved - Toni Morrison

196. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
172. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres

170. Regeneration - Pat Barker

147. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

133. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
129. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

120. Mr Vertigo - Paul Auster

117. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

112. The Information – Martin Amis
92. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
90. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

89. The Hours - Michael Cunningham

86. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
69. Pastoralia – George Saunders
54. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
52. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
49. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

38. Gabriel's Gift - Hanif Kureishi

33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
28. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
26. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

15. The Colour – Rose Tremain
13. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
9. The Master – Colm Tóibín
6. The Sea – John Banville
3. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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BCF Recommended Reads - Fiction

 

Kylie's Favourite Fiction (progress 24/40)
Jane Austen - Emma
Jane Austen - Pride & Prejudice

John Banville - The Body of Evidence
Ray Bradbury - Farenheit 451

Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Italo Calvino - If On a Winter's Night a Traveller
John Connolly - The Book of Lost Things
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

Alexandre Dumas - Count of Monte Christo
Mark Dunn - Ella Minnow Pea
Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex

Michel Faber - The Crimson Petal and the White
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything is Illuminated
George & Weedon Grossmith - Diary of a Nobody
Joseph Heller - Catch 22
Susan Hill - The Woman in Black
Jack Kerouac - On the Road

Jack Kerouac - The Town and the City
Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
Steig Larsson - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird
Erich Maria Marquez - All Quiet on the Western Front
Margaret Mitchell - Gone With the Wind
Vladimir Nabakov - Lolita
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
John Steinbeck - Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men
Bram Stoker - Dracula

Hunter.S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Tim Winton - Cloudstreet

Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

Frankie's Favourite Fiction (progress 35/103)
Boris Akunin - The Winter Queen

Ingvar Ambjørnsen - Elling series
Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen - Persuasion
Iain Banks - Wasp Factory

Muriel Barbery - The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Linwood Barclay - Too Close to Home
Robert Bloch - Psycho
John Boyne - Crippen

John Boyne - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Poppy Z. Brite - Exquisite Corpse

Karin Brunk Holmqvist - Pieni potenssipuoti

Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange

Chelsea Cain - Heartsick
Truman Capote - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Agatha Christie - Ten little Niggers
Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jeffery Deaver - Lincoln Rhyme series
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Lucy Dillon - The Secret of Happy Ever After

Emma Donoghue - Room
Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel
Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex

Michel Faber - Under the Skin
Jasper Fforde - The Eyre Affair
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones's Diary

Fannie Flagg - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Peter Franzén - Tumman veden päällä

Stephen Fry - The Hippopotamus

Alex Garland - The Beach

Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of Al-Rassan

Linda Gillard - Emotional Geology

William Goldman - The Marathon Man

John Grogan - Marley and Me
Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Matt Haig - The Last Family in England
Anna-Leena Härkönen - Häräntappoase

Daniil Harms - Incidences

Charlaine Harris - Sookie Stackhouse series
Joanne Harris - Gentleman & Players
Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises

Nick Hornby - Juliet, Naked
Siri Hustvedt - The Summer Without Men

Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of Hills
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip

Katja Kallio - Kuutamolla

John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces

Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon

Stephen King - Cujo

Stephen King - Green Mile

Stephen King - The Stand

Sophie Kinsella - Twenties Girl
Andrey Kurkov - Death & the Penguin
Tuomas Kyrö - Mielensäpahoittaja

Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island

Ira Levin - Rosemary's Baby

Jeff Lindsay - Dexter
Vaino Linna - The Unknown Soldier
Jennifer Lynch - The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (and you need to watch the TV show!!)

Vladimar Nabokov - Lolita

Irene Nemirovsky - The Ball

Grace Metalious - Peyton Place

David Mitchell - Black Swan Green
Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind
Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret of Bees

L.M. Montgomery - The Blue Castle
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons - Watchmen
Haruki Murakami - Sputnik Sweetheart
Sofi Oksanen - Purge
Ann Patchett - Bel Canto

Inna Patrakova - Naapurit

Dan Rhodes - Gold
Anne Rice - Interview with a Vampire

Kauko Röyhkä - Kaksi aurinkoa

Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince

Pirkko Saisio - Punainen erokirja

Sapphire - Push!

Erich Segal - Love Story
Mary Ann Shaffer - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion
Anita Shreve - The Weight of Water
Linda Lay Shuler - She Who Remembers

Nevil Shute - Pied Piper

Dai Sijie - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Karin Slaughter - Grant County + Will Trent series
Robert Louis Stevenson - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Garth Stein - The Art of Racing in the Rain

John Steinbeck - The Wayward Bus

Kathryn Stockett - The Help

Bram Stoker - Dracula
Patrick Suskind - Perfume
Vikas Swarup - Q&A

Donna Tartt - The Secret History
Jari Tervo - Pyhiesi yhteyteen

Voltaire - Candide
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five
Sarah Waters - Fingersmith
Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting
Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest

Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the Wind
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

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BCF Recommended Reads - Non Fiction

 

Kylie's Favourite Non-Fiction (progress 3/13)
Bill Bryson - Down Under
Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
AB Facey - A Fortunate Life
Tim Flannery - The Explorers
Tim Flannery - The Birth of Sydney

Anne Frank - The Diary of Anne Frank
Helene Hanff - 84 Charing Cross Road
Steven D. Levitt - Freaconomics
Sylvia Plath - The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Andrew Solomon - The Noonday Demon
Martin Toseland - A Steroid Hit the Earth

Frankie's Favourite Non-Fiction (
progress 3/28)
Sylvia Beach - Shakespeare and Company
Constance Briscoe - Ugly
Vincent Bugliosi - Helter Skelter
Augusten Burroughs - A Wolf at the Table
Augusten Burroughs - Dry
Augusten Burroughs - Magical Thinking
Augusten Burroughs - Possible Side Effects

Augusten Burroughs - Running with Scissors
Alain de Botton - How Proust Can Change Your Life
Peggy Claude-Pierre - The Secret Language of Eating Disorders
Pamela Druckerson - French Children Don't Throw Food

Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl
Philip Gonzalez - The Dog Who Rescues Cats
John Grogan - Marley and Me
Ronald Hayman - The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath

Nick Hornby - The Complete Polysyllabic Spree
Lesley McDowell - Between the Sheets - The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers
Motley Crue - The Dirt
Vicki Myron - Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Christopher V.V. Parnell - Hell's Prisoner
Dave Peltzer - A Child Called It
Flora Rheta Scheiber - Sybil
Mary Roach - Stiff - The Life of the Human Cadavers
Ann Rule - The Stranger Beside Me
Deborah Spungen - And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of her Daughter's Murder
Danny Wallace - Yes Man
Tobias Wolff - This Boys Life
Tuula-Liina Varis - Kilpikonna ja olkimarsalkka

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Books bought/acquired in 2016

 

Progress: 35/45  

 

Fiction

Akunin, Boris - The Death of Achilles (from lovely Claire)

Akunin, Boris - Turkish Gambit

Ames, Jonathan - Wake Up Sir!

Backman, Fredrik - A Man Called Ove

Barnes, Julian - The Noise of Time

Barnett, Laura - The Versions of Us

Baume, Sara - spill simmer falter wither

Carroll, Emma - The Snow Sister .. (from lovely Claire)

Carroll, Emily - Through the Woods

Crompton, Richmal - Just William

Crompton. Richmal - More William

Crompton, Richmal - William Again

Didierlaurent, John-Paul - The Reader on the 6.27

Ewing, Barbara - The Circus of Ghosts (Mesmerist #2)

Hoffman, Alice - Nightbird

Install, Deborah - A Robot in the Garden (from lovely Claire to Alan)

Jackson, Mick - Yuki Chan in Bronte Country

James, Marlon - A Brief History of Seven Killings 

Lively, Penelope - The House in Norham Gardens (from lovely Janet)

Logan, Kirsty - The Gracekeepers

Michell, Tom - The Penguin Lessons

Nesbo, Jo - The Redbreast (from lovely Chrissy)

Paull, Lalline - The Bees 

Rogan, Charlotte - The Lifeboat (from lovely Claire)

Rowell, Rainbow - Eleanor & Park (from lovely Janet)

Sayers, Dorothy L. - Whose Body? (from lovely Chrissy)

Sepetys, Ruta - Salt to the Sea

Smart, Elizabeth - At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (from lovely Janet)

Townsend Warner, Sylvia - Lolly Willowes (from lovely Janet)

Valente, Catherynne. M. - The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

van Praag, Menna - The House at the End of Hope Street

Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth

Whitehouse, David - Mobile Library

Winman, Sarah - A Year of Marvellous Ways

Wood, Lucy - Weathering (from lovely Claire)

Woodfine, Katherine - The Mystery  of the Jewelled Moth (from lovely Claire)

 

Non Fiction

Baker, Danny - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2

Briggs, Raymond - Notes from the Sofa

Elborough, Travis (and Rennison, Nick) - A Travellers Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing .. currently reading (will take me a year)

Hepworth, David - 1971 Never a Dull Moment

Lawson, Jenny - Furiously Happy

Light, Alan - What Happened Miss Simone

Perkins, Sue - Spectacles

Pratt, Jean Lucey - A Notable Woman  

Strayed, Cheryl - Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

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Poppyshake's English Counties Challenge (the most famous books associated with each English county)

 

For more info visit the English Counties Challenge forum

 

Progress 29/48 (but some of those read will be re-read)

 

Bedfordshire: My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates
Berkshire: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Bristol: The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young
Buckinghamshire: The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Cambridgeshire: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
Cheshire: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
City of London: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cornwall: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (on shelf)
Cumbria: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Derbyshire: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Devon: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Dorset: Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
County Durham: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
East Riding of Yorkshire: South Riding by Winifred Holtby

East Sussex: Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Essex: The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James
Gloucestershire: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
Greater London: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Greater Manchester: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

HampshireWatership Down by Richard Adams

Herefordshire: On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
Hertfordshire: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Isle of Wight: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Kent: The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates
Lancashire: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Leicestershire: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend

Lincolnshire: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Merseyside: An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
Norfolk: The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

North Yorkshire: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Northamptonshire: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Northumberland: The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin
Nottinghamshire: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Oxfordshire: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Rutland: Set In Stone by Robert Goddard
Shropshire: Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse
Somerset: Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
South Yorkshire: A Kestral For A Knave by Barry Hines

Staffordshire: The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
Suffolk: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Surrey: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Tyne and Wear: Another World by Pat Barker
Warwickshire: Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes

West Midlands: Middlemarch by George Eliot
West Sussex: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
West Yorkshire: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wiltshire: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Worcestershire: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

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WISHLIST

 

Fiction:

Akunin, Boris - Murder on the Leviathan

Baker, Tiffany - The Gilly Salt Sisters

Bradley, Alan - Speaking From Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce 5)

Bradley, Alan - The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce 6)

Bukowski, Charles - Ham on Rye

Chabon, Michael - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Comyns, Barbara - Who Was Changed and Who was Dead
Doshi, Tishani - The Pleasure Seekers
Earle, Steve - I'll Never Get Out of This World
Egan, Jennifer - The Invisible Circus

Elphinstone, Margaret - Light

Funke, Cornelia - Fearless

Gaiman, Neil & Pratchett, Terry - Good Omens

Haig, Matt - The Radleys

Haig, Matt - To Be a Cat

Hartley, L.P. - The Go-Between

Kennedy Toole, John - A Confederacy of Dunces

Laurain, Antoine - The President's Hat 
Lehmann, Rosamund - Dusty Answer

Meloy, Colin - Wildwood

Meloy, Maile - The Apothecary

Mitchell, Gladys - Watson's Choice

Morrall, Clare - The Roundabout Man
Murray, Paul - An Evening of Long Goodbyes

Novik, Naomi - Uprooted

O'Loughlin, Ann - The Ballroom Cafe

Pears, Tim - Disputed Land
Pierre, DBC - Vernon God Little
Pratchett, Terry - Dodger

Richardson, CS - The Emperor of Paris

Segal, Erich - The Class
Silverstone, Shel - Falling Up

Waugh, Evelyn - A Handful of Dust
Waugh, Evelyn - Vile Bodies

Williams, Tennessee - A Streetcar Named Desire

Woolf, Virginia - The Waves

Wroe, Simon - Chop Chop


Non Fiction:
Beach, Sylvia - The Letters of Sylvia Beach
Bowker, Gordon - George Orwell
Carter, Angela - Expletives Deleted

Henshaw, Sarah - The Bookshop that Floated
Lurie, Leslie Gilbert & Rita - Bending Toward the Sun : A Mother and Daughter Memoir

Miller, Andy - The Year of Reading Dangerously

Mitford, Nancy - A Talent to Annoy
Nabakov, Vladimir - Speak, Memory

O'Brien, Edna - Country Girl
Plath, Sylvia - The Unabridged Journals
Reid, Christopher - The Letters of Ted Hughes
 

Wheeler, Thom - One Steppe Beyond

Weiss, Luisa - My Berlin Kitchen 

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My main aim is to enjoy my reading year which I mostly did last year. I read more and I enjoyed more which is a big plus. The end of the year always gets a bit scrappy. I never read much in December .. it's hard to concentrate when you're climbing the walls and wrestling a turkey  :blush2:

 

I'm going to have a bit of a clear out though ... before I put up my TBR lists. There are so many books on my shelves that I'll never get around to reading, most of which were bought at library sales for 1p or something. They're just oppressing me .. and clogging up my TBR jar!! A trip to the charity shop is in order. Clear some space, free my mind from burden (haha .. good try!!) and give them the chance of being read by somebody with a less prejudicial eye. I'm determined to be ruthless .. though suspect that I'll start off well but end with putting them back on the shelves :blush2: I still have bus tickets that date back to the 1980's so I'm not hopeful.

 

It'll be a natty way of whittling down the old TBR list though (no .. it's NOT cheating!! :D

Last year I made the jar and it did help .. I read 32 compared to 18 the year before. But then I read more in total and also bought/acquired new books .. 11 of which remain unread. So that more or less leaves me where I started  :banghead: Going round and round on the hamster wheel of unread books.

 

Anyway, the very best of luck to all of you :hug: Happy Reading in 2016!! I apologise for not keeping up to date with last year's blog .. I meant to but got distracted. You haven't missed a thing .. though I did write some awesome reviews in my head whilst out walking .. which I then totally failed to type up when I got home! I will attempt to fill in some of the blanks before it's all lost in the pea soup of my brain. But really, you should be thanking me that I kept the drivel to a minimum .. though of course .. one could always do better.

 

Wishing you a happy, healthy and booky 2016!! Please visit me here and make yourself at home even if I'm away .. pull the books off the shelves and blow the dust off. Leave them on the floor for me to fall over if you think they're particularly awesome stories that deserve notice. I am a bad judge of 'what to read next' .. ignoring books which only the week before I couldn't wait to own, then kicking myself for not reading them sooner. 

I'll add some cows here for excitement :cows: :cows: :cows: .. in lieu of changing the font colour  :D I will be doing plenty of that anyway when I fill in the blanks later. 

 

Here we go then .. onwards and upwards. Best of love and luck everyone xx 

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Lovely to see this thread started. I look forward to reading your posts again this year. Best of luck with the charity clear out.

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I wish you happy reading in 2016, Kay :cows:!

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The hamster wheel of unread books! Great description. Happy New Year poppyshake 

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I hope you have a smashing and a wunnerful reading year in 2016, poppyshake! :smile2:  :readingtwo:   

 

I like the idea of a clear out, but I'm also scared. What if you give away great books? :unsure: Oh well that's your prerogative obviously, and it's not like you're going to purposefully give out all the books that you know would be great :lol: Sometimes one may have gotten a bit buy-crazy and may have acquired books that one was debating over whether to read them in the first place... :blush: And it's just as well that one goes over one's books sometimes and sets those books free, and other books that one doesn't feel like reading anymore. 

 

Looking forward to viewing the rest of the posts once you've had the time to fill them with all things books and booklikes! :smile2: 

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I can highly recommend a clear out ... I did it before my big challenge a couple of years ago to clear my TBR and I felt much better for it. Like you, most of mine were books I'd bought in charity shops or the "free" book when I used to buy lots from Waterstone's on the 3 for 2 offer they used to do and had really only chosen because I needed 3 for the offer and it seemed a waste not to get an extra book  :lol:

 

Good luck with your reading this year, Kay, hope it's a good 'un for you! :D  :friends3: 

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Good luck for the reading year ahead! :)

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Lovely to see this thread started. I look forward to reading your posts again this year. Best of luck with the charity clear out.

Thanks Tunn :) Hope you have a great reading year.

I wish you happy reading in 2016, Kay :cows:!

You too Gaia! :cows::D

The hamster wheel of unread books! Great description. Happy New Year poppyshake 

:D Thanks James, and you :) 

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I hope you have a smashing and a wunnerful reading year in 2016, poppyshake! :smile2:  :readingtwo:   

 

I like the idea of a clear out, but I'm also scared. What if you give away great books? :unsure: Oh well that's your prerogative obviously, and it's not like you're going to purposefully give out all the books that you know would be great :lol: Sometimes one may have gotten a bit buy-crazy and may have acquired books that one was debating over whether to read them in the first place... :blush: And it's just as well that one goes over one's books sometimes and sets those books free, and other books that one doesn't feel like reading anymore. 

 

Looking forward to viewing the rest of the posts once you've had the time to fill them with all things books and booklikes! 

I hope 2016 is in all ways wunnerful for you my lovely :hug:

I am worried about the clear out too. I've had a cursory look round and so far have only really earmarked books that I've read .. but won't read again. I think I need to be stricter .. it's not as if I'll never read these books .. I can get them again from the library or charity shop .. if I ever find myself with a spare few days and nothing to read in the house (if that happens .. it'll be a sad day in the Poppyshake household :D I'm not happy unless I can choose from at least 100 books!!)

I blame it on carbs at the mo .. I've had too many. When I start eating oily fish again my brain will be sharper (as if!!  :giggle: )

I can highly recommend a clear out ... I did it before my big challenge a couple of years ago to clear my TBR and I felt much better for it. Like you, most of mine were books I'd bought in charity shops or the "free" book when I used to buy lots from Waterstone's on the 3 for 2 offer they used to do and had really only chosen because I needed 3 for the offer and it seemed a waste not to get an extra book  :lol:

 

Good luck with your reading this year, Kay, hope it's a good 'un for you! :D 

The very best of luck to you too Claire :hug: Hope 2016 is a great year for you. 

A lot of the books on my attic bookshelves are the ones that Alan bought .. 10 for a £1 .. from Swindon library when they had one of their clear outs! Consequently they're not all up my street  :D Also, yes, the third Waterstone's book on their 3 for 2 offer. Always a menace! I'm glad they've changed it for the 'buy 1 get 1 half price' offer now though that is landing me with just as many unwanted books probably  :blush2: The rotters!!

Good luck for the reading year ahead! :)

Thanks Jessi :) Hope you have a great reading year too! 

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Hiya... :006: ...ah yes the famous last words of 'having a clear out of the book shelves'. Funny you should mention that, hubby and I were just in Waterstones today... he had a voucher to spend, which he did and then I said 'so which shelf will that be trying to find a space on...?' So good luck with it. Nice to see your thread...happy :readingtwo: in 2016.

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Happy reading in 2016 Poppyshake! I look forward to perusing this thread, I always nab a load of reading suggestions from you :)

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I am worried about the clear out too. I've had a cursory look round and so far have only really earmarked books that I've read .. but won't read again. I think I need to be stricter .. it's not as if I'll never read these books .. I can get them again from the library or charity shop .. if I ever find myself with a spare few days and nothing to read in the house (if that happens .. it'll be a sad day in the Poppyshake household :D I'm not happy unless I can choose from at least 100 books!!)

I think it's a good idea to start with the books you've already read but will not read again :yes: How many books do you think you will 'set free' in that way? One advice I've just remembered is, you could take an initial look at the books and see what you might want to give away from your TBR pile, and then stash the books in a box for a little while, and not even think about them after that. After a while go back to them and see what's there. I dare say of some you will think 'do I still have this book? Why? Should take it out immediately, should've done so ages ago' and of some you will think 'dear lord, I've been looking for this book for days! I want to read it now'. And those sentiments can be very valuable in determining which books you are ready to part with :) It's happened to me loads of times when I've put some books aside to get rid of, and then haven't actually been efficient enough to actually take them out of the apartment :D 

 

I blame it on carbs at the mo .. I've had too many. When I start eating oily fish again my brain will be sharper (as if!!  :giggle: )

 

Carbs are bad... They are evil! :giggle: Bring on sharp fish brain 2016!! 

 

Edit: Forgot to say earlier... I was going through the posts that you've filled in now, and stopped at the 1001 Books -post. They were all the same color and I scrolled down and thought, oh me god, she's read them all! She's read them all in a chronological order because I can't find a title in a different color!! I kept scrolling down and realized you'd only written down the ones you've read so far :lol:  It's a great big number you've read, by the way! :smile2: 

 

Oh dear, I really like this font.... I've grown tired of the usual font. Writing in a different font looks so much prettier and makes the post feel more important and special :D I shall take a look at the different fonts and see if I could find one for me... I wouldn't like to change into any of those that are already in use by other members on here... That would seem to me like I was copying someone's haircut :D 

 

Edit: ^  That of course sounds odd if you're reading this and see that I'm now typing this in your font... But it's because the font changed to this one all by itself when I was quoting your post, and if that happens, I'm too lazy nowadays to change it back to the 'normal' one :D 

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Hiya... :006: ...ah yes the famous last words of 'having a clear out of the book shelves'. Funny you should mention that, hubby and I were just in Waterstones today... he had a voucher to spend, which he did and then I said 'so which shelf will that be trying to find a space on...?' So good luck with it. Nice to see your thread...happy :readingtwo: in 2016.

Hiya Diane  :006: Yes, I have Christmas books which need to be shelved. It's time to be mercenary!!  :devcat: Or as mercenary as I can be when it comes to my beloved books. I hate parting with anything!!  :hissyfit: Happy reading to you too :hug: 

Happy reading in 2016 Poppyshake! I look forward to perusing this thread, I always nab a load of reading suggestions from you :)

Thanks Noll :hug: Hope you have a great reading year and that I can contribute to it in some small way or at the very least not hamper it  :D 

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I think it's a good idea to start with the books you've already read but will not read again. How many books do you think you will 'set free' in that way? One advice I've just remembered is, you could take an initial look at the books and see what you might want to give away from your TBR pile, and then stash the books in a box for a little while, and not even think about them after that. After a while go back to them and see what's there. I dare say of some you will think 'do I still have this book? Why? Should take it out immediately, should've done so ages ago' and of some you will think 'dear lord, I've been looking for this book for days! I want to read it now'. And those sentiments can be very valuable in determining which books you are ready to part with :) It's happened to me loads of times when I've put some books aside to get rid of, and then haven't actually been efficient enough to actually take them out of the apartment.

I think I have set free about 20 .. they're not exactly out of the house yet though :D That's a very good piece of advice re: the TBR and one I'm going to adopt :) The other thing I thought I'd do is (if I can keep the box accessible) .. read a chapter or two of said book before finally parting with it. If it grabs me then I'll continue on with it .. if not then I'll take it to the charity shop and probably kick it all the way there for taking up shelf space for no good reason :D

The thing is .. all the titles are still in the jar :D Although I do have the up to date list on here, chances are I'll still hunt high and low for books which I've since boxed up and shoved under a bed :D Happy days!! 

Edit: Forgot to say earlier... I was going through the posts that you've filled in now, and stopped at the 1001 Books -post. They were all the same color and I scrolled down and thought, oh me god, she's read them all! She's read them all in a chronological order because I can't find a title in a different color!! I kept scrolling down and realized you'd only written down the ones you've read so far :lol:  It's a great big number you've read, by the way!  

Haha .. very disciplined of me to read them in chronological order  :D  :D  :D I gave up writing the whole list out last year ... it was oppressing me  :D I'm finding whole new ways of pretending that I am on top of things  :D 

Oh dear, I really like this font.... I've grown tired of the usual font. Writing in a different font looks so much prettier and makes the post feel more important and special. I shall take a look at the different fonts and see if I could find one for me... I wouldn't like to change into any of those that are already in use by other members on here... That would seem to me like I was copying someone's haircut. 

A change is as good as a rest .. though I've had a fringe since I was seven :D 

Edit: ^  That of course sounds odd if you're reading this and see that I'm now typing this in your font... But it's because the font changed to this one all by itself when I was quoting your post, and if that happens, I'm too lazy nowadays to change it back to the 'normal' one :D 

I did have the feeling that I was talking to myself just now  :D It's good to be random. Don't conform .. that's when the rot sets in :D Write in a different font everyday!

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Happy 2016!

 

LOL at the hamster wheel of unread books - such an apt description! No doubt your blog will add to my ever expanding wish list and TBR as usual ;)

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Happy 2016!

 

LOL at the hamster wheel of unread books - such an apt description! No doubt your blog will add to my ever expanding wish list and TBR as usual ;)

:D Happy 2016 to you too Alex! Hope you have an amazing reading year :) 

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