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Janet's reading 2010

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Books read in 2006 - 20
Books read in 2007 - 30
Books read in 2008 - 40
Books read in 2009 - 65

Target for 2010 is to read 'more than' 40 books

FICTION
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - 10/10
A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell - 9/10
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant - 8/10
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome - 10/10
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer - 9/10
Candide or Optimism by Voltaire - 7/10
The Perfect Murder [Quick Reads] by Peter James - 7/10
The History of Mr Polly by H G Wells - 7/10
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - 8/10
Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett - 7½/10
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier - 6/10
Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey - 9/10
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach - 9/10
The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds - 9/10
Incendiary by Chris Cleave - 8/10
I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti - 8/10
The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan - 10/10
Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell - 7/10
Lovely Green Eyes by Arnošt Lustig - 6½/10
Mr Rosenblum's List - or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman by Natasha Solomons - 10/10
The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison - 7/10
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith - 9/10
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory - 8/10
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - 9/10
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss - 8/10
The Help by Kathryn Stockett - 10/10
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson - 9½/10


CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Once by Morris Gleitzman - 10/10
The Toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt - 9/10
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh - 7½/10
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier - 8/10
The Enchanted Castle by E Nesbit - 7/10
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L A Meyer - 8/10
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer - 8/10
The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson - 10/10

NON-FICTION
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby - 7/10
Dear Me: A Letter to my Sixteen-Year-Old Self by Various Contributors - 6/10
Traitors of the Tower [Quick /Reads] by Alison Weir - 8/10
84 Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury by Helene Hanff - 8/10 and 7/10 respectively
It's Not What You Think by Chris Evans - 9½/10
Join Me by Danny Wallace - 7½/10
Buster Fleabags by Rolf Harris - 8/10
Life's Too Short [Quick Reads] by Various Contributors - 6½/10
The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett - 9/10


PLAYS
Macbeth by William Shakespeare - 10/10
King Lear
by William Shakespeare - 9/10

Total read = 46

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Books purchased in 2010

 

Once by Morris Gleitzman �6.99- finished 14.01.10

Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self by various contributors �6.99 - finished 25.01.10

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (�4.49 in paperback with a �10 spend!) - finished 06.04.10 (02.01.10 - Waterstone's)

 

Cambridge School Shakespeare Macbeth by William Shakespeare - February reading circle book �2.00 - finished 03.02.10

The Chrisalids by John Wyndham �1.00 (16.01.10 - Bookbarn)

 

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant - March bookworms book �3.50 - finished 03.03.10 (22.01.10 - Asda)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell �8.99 with Christmas money - finished 11.07.10 (25.01.10 - Waterstone's)

 

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh - �6.99 - finished 10.02.10

The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt - �5.99 - finished 07.02.10

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson - �7.99 (these three BOGOF)

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer - �3.50 (Went halves with my Mum!) - finished 15.03.10 (05.02.10 - Waterstone's)

 

Cambridge School Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet - �3.00

Cambridge School Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors - �2.50 (17.02.10 - Kim's Bookshop, Chichester)

 

Candide - Voltaire - �1.00 - finished 17.03.10

The History of Mr Polly - H G Wells �1.00 - finished 29.03.10 (05.03.10 - The Bookbarn)

 

Anna of the Five Towns - Arnold Bennett �1.99 - finished 16.04.10 (06.03.10 - Oxfam)

 

Incendiary by Chris Cleave �1.39 - finished 17.06.10 (18.03.10 - Save the Children)

 

Life's Too Short [Quick Reads] (true stories about life at work) - by various contributors - finished 19.06.10

The Perfect Murder [Quick Reads] - Peter James - finished 20.03.10

Traitors of the Tower [Quick Reads] - Alison Weir - finished 07.04.10

Buster Fleabags [Quick Reads] - Rolf Harris - finished 06.06.10 (20.03.10 - from Kell)

 

84, Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury - Helen Hanff - �2.00 - finished 23 and 28 April (19.04.10 - British Heart Foundation Shop)

 

The Enchanted Castle - E Nesbit - finished 03.05.10

The Wickedest Witch in the World - Beverley Nichols - 50p each (21.04.10 - Lion's Bookshop)

 

Burning Bright - Tracy Chevalier - finished 31.05.10 (26.04.10 - from my Mum)

 

The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan - finished 08.07.10(28.04.10 - from the lovely Chrissy :D )

It's Not What You Think - Chris Evans - �4.99 delivered, but free as I had a gift card - finished 13.0510 (06.05.10 - Waterstone's online)

The Quickening Maze - Adam Faulds - finished 09.06.10 (24.05.10 - Waterstone's)

 

Cambridge School Shakespeare: King Lear - �2.76 - finished 21.06.10 (28.05.10 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

The Lost Daughter - Diane Chamberlain (30.05.10 - Birthday present from mother-in-law)

 

The Elephant Keeper Christopher Nicholson

Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey - finished 05.06.10(30.05.10 - birthday present from hubby and children)

 

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach - �1 - finished 07.06.10 (06.06.10 - Ring 'o Bells charity bookshelf)

 

The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson - �2.25 (10.06.10 - St Peter's Hospice Shop, Chipping Sodbury)

 

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W H Davies - �1 (12.06.10 - Charity Shop)

 

Bloody Jack, Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary 'Jacky' Faber, Ship's Boy by L A Meyer by �4.22 - finished 27.06.10 (19.06.10 - Amazon)

 

The Other Lover by Sarah Jackman - 30p (25.06.10 - Warminster Library sale)

 

I'm Not Scared by Niccol� Ammaniti - 99p - finished 28.06.10 (25.06.10 - Help the Aged charity shop)

 

Charlotte, Sometimes by Penelope Farmer - finished 14.07.10

The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston

Boogie up the River by Mark Mark Wallington - �1 - (02.07.10 - The Lion's Hospice Shop, Warminster)

 

Lovely Green Eyes by Arnošt Lustig - 95p (12.07.10 - Sue Ryder charity shop)

 

Total new books acquired in 2010: 41

Number of these read: 28

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Books purchased in 2010 (Titles read in red!)

 

Once by Morris Gleitzman £6.99- finished 14.01.10

Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self by various contributors £6.99 - finished 25.01.10

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (£4.49 in paperback with a £10 spend!) - finished 06.04.10 (02.01.10 - Waterstone's)

 

Cambridge School Shakespeare Macbeth by William Shakespeare - February reading circle book £2.00 - finished 03.02.10

The Chrisalids by John Wyndham £1.00 (16.01.10 - Bookbarn)

 

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant - March bookworms book £3.50 - finished 03.03.10 (22.01.10 - Asda)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell £8.99 with Christmas money - finished 11.07.10 (25.01.10 - Waterstone's)

 

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh - £6.99 - finished 10.02.10

The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt - £5.99 - finished 07.02.10

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson - £7.99 (these three BOGOF)

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer - £3.50 (Went halves with my Mum!) - finished 15.03.10 (05.02.10 - Waterstone's)

 

Cambridge School Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet - £3.00

Cambridge School Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors - £2.50 (17.02.10 - Kim's Bookshop, Chichester)

 

Candide - Voltaire - £1.00 - finished 17.03.10

The History of Mr Polly - H G Wells £1.00 - finished 29.03.10 (05.03.10 - The Bookbarn)

 

Anna of the Five Towns - Arnold Bennett £1.99 - finished 16.04.10 (06.03.10 - Oxfam)

 

Incendiary by Chris Cleave £1.39 - finished 17.06.10 (18.03.10 - Save the Children)

 

Life's Too Short [Quick Reads] (true stories about life at work) - by various contributors - finished 19.06.10

The Perfect Murder [Quick Reads] - Peter James - finished 20.03.10

Traitors of the Tower [Quick Reads] - Alison Weir - finished 07.04.10

Buster Fleabags [Quick Reads] - Rolf Harris - finished 06.06.10 (20.03.10 - from Kell)

 

84, Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury - Helen Hanff - £2.00 - finished 23 and 28 April (19.04.10 - British Heart Foundation Shop)

 

The Enchanted Castle - E Nesbit - finished 03.05.10

The Wickedest Witch in the World - Beverley Nichols - 50p each (21.04.10 - Lion's Bookshop)

 

Burning Bright - Tracy Chevalier - finished 31.05.10 (26.04.10 - from my Mum)

 

The Earth Hums in B Flat - Mari Strachan - finished 08.07.10(28.04.10 - from the lovely Chrissy :D )

It's Not What You Think - Chris Evans - £4.99 delivered, but free as I had a gift card - finished 13.0510 (06.05.10 - Waterstone's online)

 

The Quickening Maze - Adam Faulds - finished 09.06.10 (24.05.10 - Waterstone's)

 

Cambridge School Shakespeare: King Lear - £2.76 - finished 21.06.10 (28.05.10 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

The Lost Daughter - Diane Chamberlain (30.05.10 - Birthday present from mother-in-law)

 

The Elephant Keeper Christopher Nicholson

Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey - finished 05.06.10(30.05.10 - birthday present from hubby and children)

 

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach - £1 - finished 07.06.10 (06.06.10 - Ring 'o Bells charity bookshelf)

 

The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson - £2.25 finished 29.07.10(10.06.10 - St Peter's Hospice Shop, Chipping Sodbury)

 

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W H Davies - £1 (12.06.10 - Charity Shop)

 

Bloody Jack, Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary 'Jacky' Faber, Ship's Boy by L A Meyer by £4.22 - finished 27.06.10 (19.06.10 - Amazon)

 

The Other Lover by Sarah Jackman - 30p (25.06.10 - Warminster Library sale)

 

I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti - 99p - finished 28.06.10 (25.06.10 - Help the Aged charity shop)

 

Charlotte, Sometimes by Penelope Farmer - finished 14.07.10

The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston

Boogie up the River by Mark Mark Wallington - £1 - (02.07.10 - The Lion's Hospice Shop, Warminster)

 

Lovely Green Eyes by Arnošt Lustig - 95p - finished 06.08.10(12.07.10 - Sue Ryder charity shop)

 

Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons - finished 11.08.10

The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory - finished 10.09.10(part of 3 for £10 offer - hubby had the third book! 31.07.10 - W H Smith)

 

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry - 50p

The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett 50p (06.08.10 - The Lion's Hospice Shop, Warminster)

 

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison - £1.99 - finished 14.08.10 (11.08.10 - Oxfam Bookshop, Romsey)

 

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham - £1.00 ( 13.08.10 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)

 

Cambridge School Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream - £1.49

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss - 1.99 - finished 30.09.10(19.08.10 - Oxfam, Rochester)

 

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - £6.99 - finished 23.09.10 (19.08.10 - W H Smith, Bluewater)

 

The Red House Mystery by A A Milne - £2.50 (27.08.10 - Shaw Trust Charity Shop, Bath)

 

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy - £1.00 (12.09.10 - The Bookbarn}

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett - £7.99 - Finished 30.11.10(Tesco 15.09.10 - free with another book (an Erica James for my Mum!)

 

Trumpet by Jackie Kay - £2.76 (16.09.10 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - £1.00 (12.10.10 - Ring 'o Bells charity bookshelf)

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu - £1.00 (21.10.10 - British Heart Foundation shop)

 

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

The Christmas Books by Charles Dickens (25.12.10 - my lovely 'secret' Santa)

 

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig (25.12.10 - my Mum)

 

Total new books acquired in 2010: 60

Number of these read: 39

Total cost of books acquired: £131.63

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'To read books purchased before 2010'

Blood of Flowers - Anita Mirrezvant
Too Close to Home - Lynwood Barclay
Neither Here nor There - Bill Bryson
The Man Who Was Thursday - G K Chesterton
On Green Dolphin Street - Sebastian Faulks
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee
Inside the Whale and Other Essays - George Orwell
Decline of the English Murder
The Kraken Wakes - John Wyndham
Howard's End is on the Landing - Susan Hill
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters - G.W. Dahlquist
Waiting - Hai Jin
The Eye in the Door - Pat Barker
The Ghost Road - Pat Barker
Lolita - Nabokov
The Lord of the Flies -William Golding
The Third Man/The Fallen Idol - Graham Greene
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
King Soloman's Mines - H Rider Haggard
The Dubliners - James Joyce
Witch Child - Celia Rees
The Bolter - Frances Osbourne
The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller
The Return - Victoria Hislop
The Trespass - Barbara Ewing
The Lion and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
Brixton Beach - Roma Thearne
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Three Men on the Bummel - Jerome K Jerome




I am also going to attempt to read at least 4 of my 'Long term world challenge', and to finish my 'Reading Through The Decades' challenge.

If I finish the latter, I have another challenge in mind!

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First book of 2010 is going to be The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, which is my first Book club book of the year.

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I've read the first five chapters of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo today (up to page 94) and I'm liking the writing style very much. ;)

 

I haven't read the designated thread at all, although I'm constantly amused by seeing on the main page of the forum a thread seemingly entitled "The girl with the Dragon". :)

 

I want a dragon! :D

 

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Good luck with your reading and your challenges this year Janet. I will check back for your thoughts on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as it's a book I've been planning on getting hold of for a while now.

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I want a dragon! :)

 

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Awwwww :)

 

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that book too, as I don't actually know anything about it other than that it's quite popular.

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Thanks guys. :) It's my 'bookworms' book for January - it's not my 'usual' genre but so far, so good. :)

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Thanks Kelly. :) I'm now up to 200/533 and really enjoying it. :)

 

ETA:

 

278 (5.1.10 - 6.20pm)

409 (6.1.10 - 5pm)

533! (7.1.10 - 10am)

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Well, 2010 has got off to an absolutely cracking start with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, which I absolutely loved! :D

 

This also counts as Sweden for my 'world' challenge.

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I love your review Janet! I went out to buy this yesterday but my local store has run out of copies so I'll have to wait a few more days. :D

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That's a shame, Kylie. I hope you manage to get it soon.

 

Oh do, Nollaig - it's so good! :D

 

Apparently It's coming to UK cinemas on 12 March (the Swedish one, with English subtitles). :jump: I shall definitely see it!

 

I'm sceptical about the 'Hollywood' remake because of stuff I've read online about the adaptation (like "we might set it in Canada instead of Sweden... :D ) but I gather from a friend that the Swedish version is very true to the book.

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Great review Janet! I was never really interested in this book, but your review has made me want to learn more. Hope your next read is just as enjoyable! :D

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Fantastic review Janet and I am delighted you enjoyed it so much as I have just bought this yesterday whilst in town. Consider it pushed up the Treacherous TBR pile.

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Thanks Ben. :D I'm sure you won't regret pushing it up the pile!

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This is one of those books I have looked at and contemplated but never sure if I want to or not.:D

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I don't suppose I'd have picked it up if it hadn't been a choice for my book group, but I'm so glad I did. :D

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Great review Janet! I was never really interested in this book, but your review has made me want to learn more. Hope your next read is just as enjoyable! :D

How rude - I didn't notice your post above Ben's, Charm. Sorry! If you go for it, I hope you enjoy it. :D

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How rude - I didn't notice your post above Ben's, Charm. Sorry! If you go for it, I hope you enjoy it. :jump:

 

:D Oh don't worry! and thanks! :roll:

 

I did manage to pick up a copy of The Heretic's Daughter today (I know you enjoyed it), so I'm moving it up near the top of the pile :D

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I've had Dragon Tattoo on my bookshelf for a while now - I got it from a couple of colleagues as a leaving gift from work when I went off on maternity leave. I keep meaning to read it... perhaps it'll get pushed up the pile a bit now. :D

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I'd be worried about the responsibility of recommending it as much as I have if so many other members hadn't said the same thing!

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