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I finished a book on Tuesday! First one since September 30th! celebrate.gif I haven't gone so long without finishing one for years! I posted in the relevant thread, but it was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I LOVED it - a definite 10/10 from me! :smile2:

 

I need to try to annotate and read The Merry Wives of Windsor before next Tuesday, as I'm going to the theatre to see it! :D

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I finished a book on Tuesday! First one since September 30th! celebrate.gif I haven't gone so long without finishing one for years! I posted in the relevant thread, but it was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I LOVED it - a definite 10/10 from me! :smile2:

 

I need to try to annotate and read The Merry Wives of Windsor before next Tuesday, as I'm going to the theatre to see it! :D

 

 

Well done Janet :jump: glad to see you loved 'The Help' .. I thought it was great too.

 

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2010 in review...

 



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 - 8½/10

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 = 44



 


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 :biggrin:)

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: 38



My Mojo is still missing in action. sad.gif I just seem to have gone off reading at the moment. I'm trying not to force it though.

I've started my new 2011 blog - perhaps a new year will mean a new start?!

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I am trying to finish my book before tomorrow night (The Girl Who Played With Fire) but I still have 200 pages to go, so I'm not very hopeful!

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I did it! :D

 

We've got friends coming tonight, but luckily I did the house yesterday so I haven't got masses of preparation to do, so I sat down and finished The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson - I really enjoyed it, although

I did have trouble with the last few pages as it was really gruesome, and so descriptive that I had to keep stopping and composing myself!

 

 

Looking forward to reading the final installment in 2011. :)

 

That takes the total number of books read in 2010 to 45. 15 down on 2009 but with two family bereavements this year, causing loss of mojo, I'm happy with that.

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