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BOOKS READ IN 2017

 

Key:

English Counties Challenge (EC) - total 30/48

World Challenge (W) - total 51/223

Classics (C)

Library (L)

Kindle (K) Nook (N)

Book club (real or online) (BC)

Audiobook (A)

 

FICTION / CLASSICS / CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT / NON-FICTION / SHORT STORY / PLAYS / POETRY

 

1. The Christmasaurus (2016) by Tom Fletcher - 01.01.17 - 3½/5

2. The Girl Who Saved Christmas (2016) by Matt Haig - 02.01.17 - 4/5

3. The Go-Between (1953) by L P Hartley - 07.01.17 ( EC - Norfolk) - 4/5

4. Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2015) by Max Porter - 08.01.17 - 4/5

5. Walking Away (2015) by Simon Armitage - 10.01.17 - 3/5

6. The Bookshop (1978) by Penelope Fitzgerald - 11.01.17 ( A / EC - Suffolk) - 3½/5

7. The Palace of Curiosities (2013) by Rosie Garland - 14.01.17 ( BC ) - 2½/5

8. Coffin Road (2016) by Peter May - 21.01.17 ( A ) - 4/5

9. Howards End (1910) by E M Forster - 27.01.17 - ( K / EC - Hertfordshire) - 3/5

10. A Child in the Forest (1974) by Winifred Foley - 30.01.17 ( EC - Gloucestershire ) - 4/5

11. The Secret of Nightingale Wood (2016) by Lucy Strange - 01.02.17 - 4/5

12. The Reader on the 6.27 (2015) by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent (trans. Ros Schwartz) - 04.02.17 - 3/5

13. A Lineage of Grace (2001) by Francine Rivers - 09.02.17 - 3/5

14. Selected Poems (1982) by Laurie Lee - 09.02.17 - 2/5

15. A Man Lay Dead (1934) by Ngaio Marsh - 11.02.17 - 4/5

16. The Unforgotten (2016) by Laura Powell - 11.02.17 - 3½/5

17.The Ashes of London (2016) by Andrew Taylor - 18.02.17 - ( K ) - 4/5

18. Danse Macabre - a Novelette by Laura M Hughes - 19.02.17 - ( K ) - 4/5

19. Agnes Grey (1847) by Anne Brontë - 22.02.17 - ( K / A / C ) - 4½/5

20. In Darkling Wood (2015) by Emma Carroll - 23.02.17 - 4/5

21. My Name is Lucy Barton (2016) by Elizabeth Strout - 25.02.17 - ( BC ) - 3/5

22. The Old Wives' Tale (1908) by Arnold Bennett - 05.03.17 - ( K / C / EC - Staffordshire ) - 4/5

23. The Testament of Mary (2012) by Colm Tóibín ( BC ) - 3/5

24. The Essex Serpent (2016) by Sarah Perry ( K )  - 22.03.17 - 5/5

25. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) by Arthur Conan Doyle - ( C / K ) - 30.03.17 - 4/5  sherlock_zpstzyzjufr.gif

26. The Sitterford Mystery (1931) by Agatha Christie - ( A ) - 08.04.17 - 3/5

27. Beyond Black (2005) by Hilary Mantel - ( BC ) - 18.04.17 - 2/5

28. Death in the Clouds (1935) by Agatha Christie - ( A ) - 30.04.17 - 4/5

29. The Professor (1857) by Charlotte Brontë - ( K ) - 01.05.17 - 3/5

30. The Witchfinder's Sister (2017) by Beth Underdown - ( K ) - 11.05.17 - 4/5

31. Letters from the Lighthouse (2017) by Emma Carroll - 14.05.17 - 4½/5

32. The Crossing Places (2009) by Elly Griffiths- ( A ) - 19.05.17 - 4/5

33. The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited (2012) by Stephen Armstrong - 24.05.17 - 3/5

34. Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain  (2016) by Barney Norris -  ( BC )  - 28.05.16 - 4/5

35. The Blackhouse (2009) by Peter May - (  A )  - 28.05.17 - 5/5

36. The Descent of Man (2016) by Grayson Perry ( K )  - 02.06.17 - 3½/5

37. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940) by Agatha Christie - ( A ) - 04.06.17 - 3/5

 

5/5 - I loved it

4/5 - I really liked it

3/5 - I liked it

2/5 - It was okay

1/5 - I hated it

 

(or variations!)

 

Note - sea blue = #006666 green = #006400 blue = #0000ff

 

 

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PAPER BOOKS ACQUIRED IN 2017 (TITLES READ IN RED!)

 

FICTION / CLASSICS / CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT / NON-FICTION / SHORT STORY / PLAYS / POETRY

 

1. The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange - £0 finished 01.02.17 (11.01.17 - Present from Claire) - Children's / YA

2. The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo- £0 (11.01.17 - Waterstones, Cirencester) - Children's / YA

3. Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris - £0 finished 28.05.16(11.01.17 - Waterstones, Cirencester) - Fiction
4. John Betjemen poems selected by Hugo Williams - £0 (18.01.17 - Waterstones, Wells) - Poetry

5. Village Christmas and Other Notes on the English Year by Laurie Lee - £0 (18.01.17 - Waterstones, Wells) - Non-fiction

6. Through the Woods by H E Bates - £0.60 (20.01.17 - Lion's Bookshop, Warminster) - Non-fiction

7. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout - £0 finished 25.01.17 (27.01.17 - Waterstones, Trowbridge) - Fiction

8. The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine - £0 (11.2.17 - Waterstones, Wells) - Children's / YA

9. The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín - £2.20 finished 09.03.17 (14.02.17 - Ebay Online) - Fiction

10. Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel - £2.00 finished 18.04.17 (03.03.17 - Amazon) - Fiction

11. Dickens at Christmas by Charles Dickens - £1.24 (07.03.17 - The Book People) - Fiction

12. Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm  by Stella Gibbons - £1.24 (07.03.17 - The Book People) - Fiction

13. Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome - £1.24 (07.03.17 - The Book People) - Fiction

14. Christmas Holiday by W. Somerset Maugham - £1.24 (07.03.17 - The Book People) - Fiction

15. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg - £1.24 (07.03.17 - The Book People) - Fiction

16. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino - £1.24 (07.03.17 - The Book People) - Fiction

17. A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flaag - £1.24 (07.03.17 - The Book People) - Fiction

18. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene - £3.00 (22.04.17 Left for Dead (shop), Shrewsbury) - Fiction

19. Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll - £0.00 finished 14.05.17 (01.05.17 - Waterstones Bristol) - Children's / YA

20. The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited by Stephen Armstrong - £1.50 finished 24.05.17 (05.05.17 - Dorothy House shop, Warminster) - Non-fiction

21. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith - £2.00 (08.06.17 - Bookends, Trowbridge) - Fiction

22. Educating Rita by Willy Russell - £1.00 (09.06.17 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow) - Play

 

Total new books acquired in 2017: 20
Number of these read: 7
Total cost* of books acquired: £19.29
Library Books: 0
Library Books Read: 0

Books abandoned: 0

* Taking into account money off/vouchers/gift cards etc - so price paid, not necessarily cover price

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'PAID FOR' KINDLE BOOKS ACQUIRED IN 2017 (TITLES READ IN RED!)
 
The Essex Serpent (2016) by Sarah Perry - 02.01.17 - £0.99 - finished 22.03.17
The Ashes of London (2016) by Andrew Taylor - 03.02.17 - £1.99 - finished 18.02.17

The Witchfinder's Sister (2017) by Beth Underdown - 02.04.17 - £0.99 - finished 11.05.17

The American Boy (2003) by Andrew Taylor - 03.04.17 - £1.99 

The Descent of Man (2016) by Grayson Perry - 16.04.17 - £0.99 - finished 01.06.17


 
Total 'paid for' Kindle books acquired in 2017: 6

Number of these read: 5
Books abandoned: 0
Total cost* of books acquired: £6.95

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AUDIBLE BOOKS PURCHASED 2017 (BOOKS LISTENED TO IN RED!)

 

1. Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson - 01.01.17

2. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald - 09.01.17 - finished 11.01.17

3. A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh - 01/02/2017 - finished 11.02.17

 

Total listened to 2
Abandoned 0
 

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Last year my '2015 and earlier' list stood at 90 and I decreased it by 12 and abandoned 1.  I've added in 2016's unread books so as at 1st January it stood at 102.  I hope to make some inroads to it in 2017!  :)

 

11 read so far in 2017

 

TOTAL TO READ PILE 2016 and before (total left = 91/102)

 

2016 (23)

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll finished 23.02.17

The Harpole Report by J L Carr

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Deep Magic, Dragons & Mice by Alister McGrath

Ann Veronica by H G Wells

Seeing Things by Oliver Postgate

Selected Poems by Laurie Lee - finished 09.02.17

Walking Away by Simon Armitage - finished 10.01.17

Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Grief is a Thing with Feathers by Max Porter - finished 08.01.17

Puffin Book of Christmas Stories by Various

The Go-Between by L P Hartley - finished 07.01.17

A Child of the Forest by Winifred Foley - finished 30.01.17

The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland - finished 28.01.17

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher - finished 01.01.17

The Girl on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent - finished 04.02.17

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig - finished 02.01.17

The Nutcracker by A T E Hoffmann

2015 (0)

2014 (7)
The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne
The Weather in the Streets by Rosamund

When We Were Very Young by A A Milne  
Now We are Six by A A Milne 

Round the Christmas Fire by various
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
A Literary Christmas by various

2013 (18)
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

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Web by John Wyndham
The Diary of a Provincial Lady (all four volumes) by E M Delafield

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers - finished 09.02.17
The Battle of Pollocks Crossing by J L Carr
The Misses Mallet by Emily Hilda Young

A Life in Letters by George Orwell
Letters of Note by Shaun Usher
2012 (6)
The Day the Ceiling Fell Down by Jenifer Wayne
The Merchant of Venice (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
English Journey by J B Priestley
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

2011 (20)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
Shakespeare's Wife by Germain Greer
The First Wife by Emily Barr
A Song of Sixpence by A J Cronin
The Green Years by A J Cronin
The Minstrel Boy by A J Cronin
The Northern Lights by A J Cronin

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
Journals of a Somerset Rector (1803 to 1834) by Rev'd Skinner
Hitchhiking to Heaven by Lionel Blue
Family Life by Sally Magnusson
A Kind of Loving by Stan Bristow
The Travel Books of W Somerset Maugham by W Somerset Maugham

2010 (7)
The Chrisalids by John Wyndham
The Comedy of Errors (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

The Children of Knowle Green by Lucy Boston
Boogie up the River by Mark Wallington
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

The Red House Mystery by A A Milne
Trumpet by Jackie Kay

Pre-2010 (21)
The Rye Man by David Park
The Bolter by Frances Osbourne
Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
Inside the Whale by George Orwell
Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell
The Man Who Was Thursday by G K Chesterton
The Third Man/The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene
King Soloman's Mines by H Rider Haggard

Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome
The Chrisalids by John Wyndham
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks

The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Hamlet (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

 
Total read 10
Abandoned 0
Given Away 0

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TOTAL TO READ 'PAID FOR' KINDLE BOOKS 2016 and before (total left = 12/12)

 

(Titles purchased where I already own the paper book are not included (as they appear in the paper book list!)

 

2016

The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers

The Imortals by S E Lister

Spectacles by Sue Perkins

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

2015

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

2014

Mary Poppins - the Complete Collection by P L Travers

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

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TOTAL TO 'LISTEN TO' AUDIBLE BOOKS 2016 (total left = 3/4)

 

1 read

 

(2016)

1. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke - 28.02.16

2. The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett - 09.07.16

3. Coffin Road by Peter May - 14.09.16 - finished 21.01.17

4. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch - 18.09.16

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ENGLISH COUNTIES CHALLENGE - (TITLES READ IN RED) PROGRESS = 33/48

 

01. My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates (Bedfordshire) – 5/5

02. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Berkshire) – 4/5

03. The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young (Bristol)

04. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (Buckinghamshire) - 5/5

05. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers (Cambridgeshire) - 4½/5

06. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (Cheshire) - 5/5

07. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (City of London) 5/5A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (City of London) - 5/5

08. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (Cornwall) - 5/5

09. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome 3½/5The Maid of Buttermere by Melvyn Bragg (Cumbria)

10. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Derbyshire) – 5/5 - I have already read this so may look for an alternative

11. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Devon) - 5/5

12. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Dorset) - 5/5

13. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (Durham) – 5/5

14. South Riding by Winifred Holtby (East Riding of Yorkshire) - 5/5

15. Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne (East Sussex) – 5/5

16. Flambards by K M Peyton – 4/5 / The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

17. A Child in the Forest by Winifed Foley - 4/5

18. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Greater London) - 4/5

19. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Greater Manchester) - 5/5

20. Watership Down by Richard Adams (Hampshire) – 4/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

21. On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (Herefordshire) – 4/5

22. Howards End by E M Forster (Hertfordshire) - 3/5 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Hertfordshire) – 5/5

23. England, England by Julian Barnes (Isle of Wight)

24. The Darling Buds of May by HE Bates (Kent) – 5/5

25. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – /5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative (alt) Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill (Lancashire) - suggested alternative from Willoyd

26. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend (Leicestershire) – 5/5

27. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (Lincolnshire)

28. An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge (Merseyside) – 3/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

29. The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley (Norfolk) - 4/5

30. All Creatures Great and Small by James Heriott (North Yorkshire) - 5/5

31. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Northamptonshire)

32. The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin (Northumberland) - 4/5

33. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence (Nottinghamshire) - 2/5

34. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (Oxfordshire) - 5/5

35. Set In Stone by Robert Goddard (Rutland) – 4/5

36. Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse (Shropshire) – 3/5

37. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (Somerset)

38. A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines (South Yorkshire) – 4/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

39. The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett (Staffordshire) - 3/5

40. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (Suffolk) - 3/5

41. Emma by Jane Austen (Surrey) – 5/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

42. Another World by Pat Barker (Tyne and Wear) - 3/5

43. Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes (Warwickshire)

44. Middlemarch by George Eliot (West Midlands) - 4/5

45. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (West Sussex) – 4/5

46. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (West Yorkshire)

47. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (Wiltshire)

48. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (Worcestershire) - 3/5

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Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility (1811) - finished 10.01.16
Pride and Prejudice (1813) - finished 20.08.08

Mansfield Park (1814) -
Emma (1815) - finished 04.10.13
Northanger Abbey (1817) - 30.06.13

Persuasion (1817) -

Jane Austen's Unfinished Novels (I'm not sure if I'm going to read these)
Lady Susan (1871)
The Watsons (1871)
Sanditon (1925)
Lesley Castle (2009)

 

 

The Brontë Sisters

 

Anne

Agnes Grey (1847) - finished 22.02.17

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) - finished 08.02.13

 

Charlotte

Jane Eyre (1847) - finished 23.09.10

Shirley (1849)

Villette (1853)

The Professor  (1857) - finished 01.05.17

 

There is also:

Emma Brown (2003) (with Clare Boylan) - but I'm undecided about this

 

Emily

Wuthering Heights (1847) - finished 22.07.15

 

 

Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes' novels

1. A Study in Scarlet (1887) finished 03.03.16
 

2. The Sign of the Four (1890) finished 14.05.16
 

3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) finished 13.02.16

  • 'A Scandal in Bohemia'
  • 'The Red-headed League'
  • 'A Case of Identity'
  • 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery'
  • 'The Five Orange Pips'
  • 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'
  • 'The Blue Carbuncle'
  • 'The Speckled Band'
  • 'The Engineer’s Thumb'
  • 'The Noble Bachelor'
  • 'The Beryl Coronet'
  • 'The Copper Beeches'

4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) finished 14.07.16

  • 'Silver Blaze'
  • 'The Yellow Face'
  • 'The Stock-broker’s Clerk'
  • 'The ‘Gloria Scott'
  • 'The Musgrave Ritual'
  • 'The Reigate Squires'
  • 'The Crooked Man'
  • 'The Resident Patient'
  • 'The Greek Interpreter'
  • 'The Naval Treaty'
  • 'The Final Problem'

 

5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) finished 30.03.17
 
6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) finished 19.09.16

  • 'The Empty House'
  • 'The Norwood Builder'
  • 'The Dancing Men'
  • 'The Solitary Cyclist'
  • 'The Priory School'
  • 'Black Peter'
  • 'Charles Augustus Milverton'
  • 'The Six Napoleons'
  • 'The Three Students'
  • 'The Golden Pince-Nez'
  • 'The Missing Three-Quarter'
  • 'The Abbey Grange'
  • 'The Second Stain'

 

7. The Valley of Fear (1915)
 
8. His Last Bow (1917)

  • 'Wisteria Lodge'
  • 'The Cardboard Box'
  • 'The Red Circle'
  • 'The Bruce-Partington Plans'
  • 'The Dying Detective'
  • 'Lady Frances Carfax'
  • 'The Devil’s Foot'
  • 'His Last Bow'

 

9. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

  • 'The Illustrious Client'
  • 'The Blanched Soldier'
  • 'The Mazarin Stone'
  • 'The Three Gables'
  • 'The Sussex Vampire'
  • 'The Three Garridebs'
  • 'Thor Bridge'
  • 'The Creeping Man'
  • 'The Lion’s Mane'
  • 'The Veiled Lodger'
  • 'Shoscombe Old Place'
  • 'The Retired Colourman'

 

6/9

 

Charles Dickens
1. The Pickwick Papers (1837)
2. Oliver Twist (1839) finished 09.06.13
3. Nicholas Nickleby (1839) finished 21.12.14
4. The Old Curiosity Shop (1841)
5. Barnaby Rudge (1841)
6. A Christmas Carol (1843) first finished 29.12.07
7. Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)
8. Dombey and Son (1848)
9. David Copperfield (1850)
10. Bleak House (1853)
11. Hard Times (1854) finished 09.02.16
12. Little Dorrit (1857
13. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) finished 17.11.15
14. Great Expectations (1861) finished 05.11.16
15. Our Mutual Friend (1865)
16. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870)

6/16
 
Thomas Hardy
(From Wikipedia:)
 
Hardy divided his novels and collected short stories into three classes:
 
Novels of Character and Environment
 
The Poor Man and the Lady (1867, unpublished and lost)
 
Readable
1. Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School (1872) - finished 13.10.16
2. Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) finished 20.09.15
3. The Return of the Native (1878)
4. The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character (1886) finished 26.09.11
5. The Woodlanders (1887)
6. Wessex Tales (1888, a collection of short stories)
7. Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented (1891) finished 07.0113
8. Life's Little Ironies (1894, a collection of short stories)
9. Jude the Obscure (1895)
 
Romances and Fantasies
 
10. A Pair of Blue Eyes: A Novel (1873)
11. The Trumpet-Major (1880)
12. Two on a Tower: A Romance (1882)
13. A Group of Noble Dames (1891, a collection of short stories)
14. The Well-Beloved: A Sketch of a Temperament (1897) (first published as a serial from 1892) finished 10.08.15
 
Novels of Ingenuity
 
15. Desperate Remedies: A Novel (1871)
16. The Hand of Ethelberta: A Comedy in Chapters (1876)
17. A Laodicean: A Story of To-day (1881)
 
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One more spare post - just in case!

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Okay, I think I'm done for now, so I officially declare this thread open!  :D
 
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Glass of wine please ;)

 

Looking forward to keeping up to date with your blog. Pleased to see you have already read and enjoyed a lot of the ECC books that still await me - our similar tastes means this fills me with confidence :D

 

Have a great reading year :friends3:

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Glass of wine please ;)

I'll join you.  :D  I might just eat something first though! :giggle2: *hic* 

 

The ECC has certainly been very enjoyable.  I'm not sure if I'll get to the end of it this year, but I'm going to endeavour to make good inroads into it. 

 

Thanks for popping by.  :)

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Book #1

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The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

The ‘blurb’
Forget everything you thought you knew about the North Pole, and set off on a Christmas Eve adventure with boy named William Trundle, an elf named Snozzletrump, Santa Claus (yes! The real Santa Claus!), a nasty piece of work called the Hunter, and a most unusual dinosaur…

I didn’t know that Tom Fletcher (of McFly fame) had already co-written some toddler books with his fellow band member Dougie Poynter but had spotted this in numerous book shops in the run-up to Christmas and my Mum, who came to stay with us over the festive period, bought it for me as a ‘hostess’ gift.

It’s about an unborn dinosaur who survives the asteroid that killed his species off when his egg falls to the bottom of the ocean. It is dug up thousands of years later and ends up at the North Pole. Whilst the dinosaur, who Santa names Christmasaurus due to his blue, ice-like skin, is happy living with Santa and the elves he longs for another dinosaur for company.

Meanwhile, down on planet earth a boy called William lives with his father who is mad about Christmas. William is a friendly chap who loves dinosaurs – he also has a disability but he doesn’t let it get in his way. When he makes an enemy of the school bully Brenda, William’s life becomes very unhappy. He writes to Santa to ask for two things (neither of which he’s convinced are even possible) – his father to be happy – and a real dinosaur…

I liked the fact it features a boy with a disability who lives a normal life, and the narrative largely focuses not on the disability, but on William’s abilities. I’m not sure there are many books for children that feature children that are physically disabled so it’s nice to read one that does (although I don’t read that many children’s books, so maybe there are lots of others?).

I found the book to be a sweet tale which I’m sure will appeal hugely to the target audience of seven to ten year olds and McFly fans but I’m not sure I’d read any more of Tom’s books.

The paperback edition is 384 pages long and is published by Puffin. It was first published in 2016. The ISBN is 9780141373324.

3½/5 (I enjoyed it)

(Finished 1 January 2017)

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Lovely lists, Janet!  Good luck and happy reading in 2017! :D :D 

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Your thread is looking great, I love the use of colours :).

 

I had heard of Tom Fletcher's The Christmasaurus but somehow I thought it was a picture book! I didn't realise it had 384 pages. I'm glad you liked it.

 

I wish you happy reading in 2017, Janet :):readingtwo:!

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I had the same idea, I really thought they were all picture books! I've never thought they'd be much cop, and I've heard his wife's books aren't amazing either so I've never bothered reading books by either of them (even though I love them both as people.)

 

Happy reading in 2017!

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Lovely lists, Janet!  Good luck and happy reading in 2017! :D :D 

Thanks.  :friends3:

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Your thread is looking great, I love the use of colours :).

 

I wish you happy reading in 2017, Janet :):readingtwo:!

Thanks, Gaia. :)

 

I had the same idea, I really thought they were all picture books! I've never thought they'd be much cop, and I've heard his wife's books aren't amazing either so I've never bothered reading books by either of them (even though I love them both as people.)

 

Happy reading in 2017!

I think they're great too. Tom's wedding 'speech' is one of the loveliest things I've seen on YouTube and I love their Instagram accounts!

 

Thanks, Noll. :)

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I wish you the most amazing reading year in 2017, Jänet! :smile2:  :readingtwo:   I really hope you'll enjoy The Girl on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke when you get to them :smile2: 

 

 

 

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Happy Reading in 2017. :)

 

Another vote for the Jonathan Strange book. :D

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I wish you the most amazing reading year in 2017, Jänet! :smile2:  :readingtwo:   I really hope you'll enjoy The Girl on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent...

Thanks. :) I plan to read this fairly soon. :)

 

and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke when you get to them :smile2:

Happy Reading in 2017. :)

 

Another vote for the Jonathan Strange book. :D

Thanks. :)

 

To be honest, I'm a little daunted by this book! :hide:

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Just popped in to see if you were open...and hello you are. As organised with your lists as ever....I pinched a cookie out the jar and a glass of wine.. . :giggle2:  Good luck with all your reading Janet..xx

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