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Books read in 2006 - 20

Books read in 2007 - 30

 

FICTION

 

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan - 6½/10

The Book Thief by Markus Zusac - 10/10

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - 9½/10

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones - 9½/10

Strange Meeting by Susan Hill - 7/10

Shopaholic and Baby[ by Sophie Kinsella - 6/10 (if a bit fluffy!)

For One More Day by Mitch Albom - 8/10

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming - 4½/10

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler - 6½/10

The Outcast by Sadie Jones 7½/10

The Ingenious Edgar Jones by Elizabeth Garner 9/10

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks - 10/10

East of the Sun by Julia Gregson - 6/10

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay - 8/10

The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe - 8/10

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson - 7/10

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 10/10

Entertaining Angels by Joanna Bell - 8/10

Playing With The Moon by Eliza Graham 9/10

A Room With A View by E M Forster - 4/10 (Reading Through The Decades Challenge)

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett - 6.5/10

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - 10/10

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - 8/10

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks - 7/10

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas - 9/10

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - 7/10

The Shack by William Paul Young - 5/10

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - 10/10

 

CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION

 

Peter Pan by J M Barrie - 7/10

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - 10/10

Forever by Judy Blume - 7/10

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams - 10/10

 

NON-FICTION

 

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - 7½/10

The Road to Wigan Pier - George Orwell - Part 1 = 7/10

..............................................-.... - Part 2 = 3/10

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee - 10/10

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson - 7½/10

Eating for England by Nigel Slater 2½/10

Escape by Carolyn Jessop - 8/10

Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry - 9/10

1066 And All That by Stellar and Yeatman - 5/10

 

Number of books read in 2008 = 40

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Finished On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. I read it in less than 24 hours which is good for me, even if it was only about 160 pages long!

 

Not the most exciting book in the world, but I did enjoy it.

 

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The Diary of Anne Frank - I've never managed to read this before, despite trying a few years ago (and giving up because the print was tiny!).

 

I did feel that it was rather repetitive, but that only mirrors the life that Anne lived. For her age (13-15) the diaries show remarkable language skills and that Anne was a highly intelligent girl.

 

7½/10

 

I'm reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusac now. About of a quarter of the way in and I'm loving it!

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Finished The Book Thief

 

I loved it! It was absolutely fantastic - one of those books that you can't stop reading... and yet you don't want it to end either.

 

I finished it this morning at my Mum's house (I stayed the night). When I turned up I told her about it, she'd cut it out of the paper at the weekend because she wanted to read it, so I was able to leave it behind for her.

 

I got into it straight away. The story was great and I loved the quirky centred information bits!

 

Definitely a 10/10 for me.

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I finished Water for Elephants yesterday.

 

Another brilliant book. 9½/10.

 

2008 is shaping up to be an excellent year book-wise. ;)

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Finished Strange Meeting by Susan Hill at the weekend. It's about WW1. The subject is beautifully handled and written.

 

7/10

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Shopaholic and Baby

 

I wouldn’t go so far as to say to anyone that they must read this book as it doesn’t have a lot of substance, but it’s funny and light-hearted and was the perfect antidote to the gloomy (even though I enjoyed it!) previous book that I read!

 

I'm not sure whether Ms Kinsella is planning a sixth Becky book or whether she'll quit on a high!

 

7/10

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1.gifJanet, I am so glad you enjoyed 'The Book Thief' :lol:

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For One More Day by Mitch Albom 8/10.

 

A great, and quick, read. This was my freebie book from NewBooksMag. :)

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*Brushes away cobwebs and blows off dust!*

 

I read Casino Royale by Ian Fleming in April 4½/10 and Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler in May 6½/10

 

Apart from that, I've been reading John Clare's poetry (beautiful, close observations of the English countryside - the seventh Romantic poet - eg the unknown one!), Will Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (10/10) and masses of WW1 poetry (Dulce Et Decorum Est is probably my favourite poem) and prose, including the excellent Out of the Dark anthology.

 

Now my A Level is out of the way, I don't know what to read. I wanted something 'fluffy' so started Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon, but I only got about 20 pages in and I'm finding it rather boring - and the protagonist a bit irritating, so I think I might try Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee instead.

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And this is why I love you.

:roll:

 

I enjoyed most of it actually - even the really bleak stuff - but Owen is definitely my favourite, with Sassoon a close second.

 

Popular choices both - and with good reason!

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Dulce Et Decorum Est is probably my favourite poem

 

I had to look up this poem to see what you were talking about. I was hoping that by some chance it would be a poem that I remember studying back in high school, and it was! I've thought of it periodically over the years - it's one that really stays with you isn't it? Thanks for bringing it to my attention again.

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I had to look up this poem to see what you were talking about. I was hoping that by some chance it would be a poem that I remember studying back in high school, and it was! I've thought of it periodically over the years - it's one that really stays with you isn't it? Thanks for bringing it to my attention again.

Yay! :roll:

 

I was vaguely familiar with it before the course - and like you said, it's definitely one that stays with you.

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Oh we did that at school as well. It's a great poem.

 

Dulce est decorum est pro patria mori *rushes off to find it and red it again*

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