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I love starting a fresh new book blog :D

 

This year I've set my Goodreads goal to 50, again, and maybe this will be the year I make it! I'm also determined to keep my reading list here up to date, which I was really rubbish at last year. Quite a few books have been added to my shelf (and floor... and under my bed... and basically in every available space) since last January, so here we go...

 

On My Shelf

 

 Abercrombie, Joe. Best Served Cold

Abercrombie, Joe. Half a King

Abercrombie, Joe. Half the World

Abercrombie, Joe. Red Country

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Adams, Douglas. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Adams, Douglas. Life, The Universe and Everything

Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

Atwood, Margaret. The Testaments

Ballantyne, R.M. The Coral Island

Banks, Iain. The Bridge

Banks, Iain M. The Algebraist

Banks Iain M. Excession

Banks Iain M. Feersum Endjinn

Banks Iain M. Inversions

Banks, Iain M. Look to Windward

Banks Iain M. Matter

Banks Iain M. The Player of Games

Banks Iain M. Use of Weapons

Barker, Clive. Weaveworld

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451

Brennan, Marie, A Natural History of Dragons

British Myths and Legends vol. 1: Marvels and Magic. ed. Richard Barber

British Myths and Legends vol. 2: Heroes and Saints. "

British Myths and Legends vol 3. History and Romance. "

Brontë, Anne. Agnes Grey

Brontë, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Brontë, Charlotte. The Professor

Brontë, Charlotte. Shirley

Brontë, Charlotte. Villette

Burton, Jessie. The Muse

Butcher, Jim. Cold Days

Butcher, Jim. Dead Beat

Butcher, Jim. Proven Guilty

Byatt, A.S. The Children's Book

Caldecott, Andrew. Rotherweird

Christie, Agatha. Murder on the Orient Express 

Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Clarke, Susanna, The Ladies of Grace Adieu

Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories ed. Rex Collings

Collins, Bridget. The Binding

Collins, Wilkie. The Haunted Hotel and Other Stories

Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things

Cox, Tom. Help the Witch

De Muriel, Oscar. Loch of the Dead

Dickens, Charles. Christmas Stories Vol. 1

Dickens, Charles. Nicholas Nickleby

Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop

Dickens, Charles. The Pickwick Papers

Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers

Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose 

Evans, Claire. The Fourteenth Letter

Faulks, Sebastian. Birdsong

Fforde, Jasper. One of Our Thursdays is Missing

Fforde, Jasper. The Woman Who Died A Lot 

Gaylin, Alison. Into the Dark

Gowar, Imogen Hermes. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows

Grossmith, George and Weedon. The Diary of a Nobody

Halls, Stacey. The Familiars

Hardie, Titania. The Rose Labyrinth

Hardy, Thomas. Under the Greenwood Tree

Harkness, Deborah. Shadow of Night

Harkness, Deborah. Time's Convert

Horowitz, Anthony. Magpie Murders

Hoving, Isabel. The Dream Merchant

Jemisin, N.K. Fifth Season

Jemisin, N.K. The Obelisk Gate

Jemisin, N.K. The Stone Sky

Kidd, Jess. Things in Jars

le Carre, John. A Most Wanted Man

Lynch, Scott, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Marston, Edward. The Iron Horse

Marston, Edward. Murder on the Brighton Express

Marston, Edward. The Railway Viaduct

McDermid, Val. The Distant Echo

Miéville, China. Kraken

Miéville, China. The Scar

Mirless, Hope. Lud -in-the-Mist

More, Thomas. Utopia

Morton, Kate. The Distant Hours

Mosse, Kate. Citadel

Mosse, Kate. The Taxidermist's Daughter

Owen, Lauren. The Quick

Peake, Mervyn. Titus Groan

Peake, Mervyn. Gormenghast

Peake, Mervyn. Titus Alone

Perry, Sarah. The Essex Serpent

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Ed. Christopher Dolley 

Pratchett, Terry. I Shall Wear Midnight

Price, Steven, By Gaslight

Purcell, Laura. Bone China

Russel, Craig. Brother Grimm

Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale

Stansfield, Katherine. The Magpie Tree

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men

Taylor, Jodi, And the Rest is History

Taylor, Jodi. A Trail Through Time

Tolkien, J.R.R. Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wooton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth

Vance, Jack, City of the Chasch

Vance, Jack, The Dirdir

Vance, Jack, Emphyrio

Vance, Jack, The Eyes of the Overworld

Vance, Jack, The Gray Prince

Vance, Jack, The Green Pearl

Vance, Jack, The Houses of Iszm

Vance, Jack, Madouc

Vance, Jack, The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph

Vance, Jack, Rhialto the Marvellous

Vance, Jack, Servants of the fiddleh

Vance, Jack, To Live Forever

Vance, Jack, Wyst:Alastor 1716

Verne, Jules. Five Weeks in a Balloon

Verne, Jules. From the Earth to the Moon

Verne, Jules. Round the Moon

Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Victoire, Stephanie. The Other World, It Whispers

Wells, H.G. The Time Machine

Wells, H.G. The Island of Dr. Moreau

Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds

Wells, H.G. The First Men in the Moon

Wells, H.G. The Invisible Man

Wesolowski, Matt. Six Stories

Zusak, Marcus. Bridge of Clay

 

 

 

Phew, I think that's all of them...

 

 

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I didn't make any progress on my Discworld re-read last year, which is shocking, so hopefully I'll get a chance to cross some more off the list this year...

 

1. The Colour of Magic
2. The Light Fantastic
3. Equal Rites
4. Mort

5. Sourcery
6. Wyrd Sisters
7. Pyramids
8. Guards! Guards!
9. Faust Eric
10. Moving Pictures
11. Reaper Man
12. Witches Abroad
13. Small Gods
14. Lords and Ladies

15. Men at Arms
16. Soul Music
17. Interesting times
18. Maskerade
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
21. Jingo
22. The Last Continent
23. Carpe Jugulum
24. The Fifth Elephant
25. The Truth
26. Thief of Time
27. The Last Hero
28. The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

29. Night Watch
30. The Wee Free Men
31. Monstrous Regiment
32. A Hat Full of Sky
33. Going Postal
34. Thud!
35. Wintersmith
36. Making Money
37. Unseen Academicals
38. I Shall Wear Midnight
39. Snuff
40. Raising Steam
41. The Shepherd's Crown

 

 

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Purchased in 2020:

 

Follett, Barbara Newhall. The House Without Windows

Morgenstern, Erin. The Starless Sea

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Ok, thread open!

 

January is going to be a really busy month for me, so I don't know how much reading I'm really going to get done, and I probably won't be on here quite as much as usual (I'm still checking in a few times every day, but my comments might be a bit brief!).

 

I have lots of books I'm excited to read though so I'm sure I'll make up for it.

 

Currently reading Tom Cox's Help the Witch.

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I bought two more books today because I had a £10 Waterstones voucher and no self control. So my first two 2020 book purchases were The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and The House Without Windows by Barbara Newhall Follett. Both have really beautiful covers. This picture doesn't even do justice to The House Without Windows. The edges of all the butterfly wings are speckled with gold :wub:

 

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First off, happy reading in 2020, Hayley!! I hope you'll have a good and enjoyable reading year :).

 

Secondly, I've heard good things of The Starless Sea. I hope you enjoy both books you bought, they both look beautiful!

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4 hours ago, Athena said:

First off, happy reading in 2020, Hayley!! I hope you'll have a good and enjoyable reading year :).

 

Secondly, I've heard good things of The Starless Sea. I hope you enjoy both books you bought, they both look beautiful!

Thank you! I haven’t really read any reviews of The Starless Sea so that’s good to hear! 

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Good luck with your 2020 reading, and the self-control! :lol:

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14 hours ago, vodkafan said:

Good luck with your 2020 reading, and the self-control! :lol:

 

Maybe it should be called.. shelf control :D.

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On 13/01/2020 at 5:12 PM, vodkafan said:

Good luck with your 2020 reading, and the self-control! :lol:

Thanks! :lol:
 

13 hours ago, Athena said:

 

Maybe it should be called.. shelf control :D.

Ha ha! It should!! :giggle2:

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On 11/01/2020 at 10:35 PM, Hayley said:

I love starting a fresh new book blog :D

 

This year I've set my Goodreads goal to 50, again, and maybe this will be the year I make it! I'm also determined to keep my reading list here up to date, which I was really rubbish at last year. Quite a few books have been added to my shelf (and floor... and under my bed... and basically in every available space) since last January, so here we go...

 

On My Shelf

 

BIG LIST

 

Phew, I think that's all of them...

 

There's quite a lot of science fiction there.  If you have not read Iain M. Banks before you are in for a treat!

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20 hours ago, Raven said:

 

There's quite a lot of science fiction there.  If you have not read Iain M. Banks before you are in for a treat!

I’ve read one (Consider Phlebas) so I’m looking forward to seeing what the others are like! Someone I know was given that whole set of books and they don’t read, so they asked if I wanted them, which is why I have so many! Have you read all of the ones on my list?

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Banks, Iain. The Bridge

Banks, Iain M. The Algebraist

Banks Iain M. Excession

Banks Iain M. Feersum Endjinn

Banks Iain M. Inversions

Banks, Iain M. Look to Windward

Banks Iain M. Matter

Banks Iain M. The Player of Games

Banks Iain M. Use of Weapons

 

I have all of them with the exception of the The Bridge, which isn't one of his science fiction novels (you can tell the difference because his sci-fi novels have an 'M' in the middle of his name).

 

The ones I have highlighted in bold above are the ones I have read.  Of the ones I have read The Player of Games is by far my favourite, and I would go as far as to say it is one of the best contemporary science fiction novels I have read.  Use of Weapons is also very good, but in a very different way! 

 

Oh, and by the way, if you have never read The War of the Worlds, you are in for another treat! (it is far, far better than the dreadful adaptation the BBC foisted upon us last year).

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5 hours ago, Raven said:

Banks, Iain. The Bridge

Banks, Iain M. The Algebraist

Banks Iain M. Excession

Banks Iain M. Feersum Endjinn

Banks Iain M. Inversions

Banks, Iain M. Look to Windward

Banks Iain M. Matter

Banks Iain M. The Player of Games

Banks Iain M. Use of Weapons

 

I have all of them with the exception of the The Bridge, which isn't one of his science fiction novels (you can tell the difference because his sci-fi novels have an 'M' in the middle of his name).

 

The ones I have highlighted in bold above are the ones I have read.  Of the ones I have read The Player of Games is by far my favourite, and I would go as far as to say it is one of the best contemporary science fiction novels I have read.  Use of Weapons is also very good, but in a very different way! 

 

I've read (out of those on your list) The Player of Games and The Use of Weapons and I really liked both. The Player of Games is my favourite of his books also. Highly recommend!

 

5 hours ago, Raven said:

Oh, and by the way, if you have never read The War of the Worlds, you are in for another treat! (it is far, far better than the dreadful adaptation the BBC foisted upon us last year).

 

Agreed, I really liked The War of the Worlds (the book, that is).

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Well I was going to read the Ian M. Banks books in order anyway (although I know you don’t need to) so Player of Games will be next! And now I’m much more excited about it! :lol: 

I haven’t read War of the Worlds (actually none of the books on my list are re-reads) but it’s one of those books I’ve wanted to read for ages and just never got round to (luckily I missed the tv series!). The same goes for all the H.G Wells books. Those were a present from my sister, so my huge list isn’t all my fault... 

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23 hours ago, Hayley said:

 Those were a present from my sister, so my huge list isn’t all my fault... 

 

Oh, dear: I didn't think your list was that huge - looked quite respectable to me!  Nice mix too. Unlike Raven, I'm not much of a sci-fi fan (although I'm looking forward to War of the Worlds as well),so can't comment on your selections there, but there are others on your list which I loved.  The three standouts for me are The Essex Serpent, Of Mice and Men, and The Name of the Rose, all on my favourites list.  Adams almost goes without saying, and have to mention Agnes Grey as it's Ann Bronte's 200th birthday today (haven't read Tenant yet).  Good luck with your goals for this year!

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7 hours ago, willoyd said:

 

Oh, dear: I didn't think your list was that huge - looked quite respectable to me!  Nice mix too. Unlike Raven, I'm not much of a sci-fi fan (although I'm looking forward to War of the Worlds as well),so can't comment on your selections there, but there are others on your list which I loved.  The three standouts for me are The Essex Serpent, Of Mice and Men, and The Name of the Rose, all on my favourites list.  Adams almost goes without saying, and have to mention Agnes Grey as it's Ann Bronte's 200th birthday today (haven't read Tenant yet).  Good luck with your goals for this year!

Thank you! Actually, you're right! I don't have too many books, I have a perfectly respectable number of books but too little shelf space! :lol:

I am particularly looking forward to The Essex Serpent. Sarah Perry's Melmoth was one of my favourite books last year and if it's even half as good as that I know I'll love it! Of Mice and Men is one I've had for a really long time. I'm always slightly put off picking it up because I know it's going to be really sad. I've only heard great things about The Name of the Rose and am fully expecting to love it.

This year will have to be the one I read Ann Bronte in, as it's her 200th birthday year!

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