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Books read in 2006 - 20

Books read in 2007 - 30

Books read in 2008 - 40

Books read in 2009 - 65

Books read in 2010 - 45

 

 

FICTION

The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson - 9½/10

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci - 4/10

The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps by Michel Faber - 9/10

The Triple Echo by H E Bates - 7/10

The Illustrated Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil by C S Lewis - 2/10

The Outcast by Sadie Jones - 10/10 (re-read)

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines - 8/10

Ferney by James Long - 8½/10

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson - 9/10

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie - 7/10

Silas Marner by George Eliot - 9/10

Somewhere, Home by Nada Awar Jarrar - 8/10

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu - 7/10

Tell Me No Secrets by Julie Corbin - 10/10

The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons - 10/10

When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman - 7/10

Solomon's Oak by Jo Ann Mapson - 6/10

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - 10/10

By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño - 5/10

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn - 10/10

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - 8/10

The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg - 10/10

The Screaming of the Innocent by Unity Dow - 10/10

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald - 10/10

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy - 10/10

Stones of Bobello by Edwar Al-Kharrat - 4/10

Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood - 10/10

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham - 10/10

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie - 8/10

Waiting by Ha Jin - 9/10

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - 9/10

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 10/10

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh - 7/10

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote - 7/10 (This volume contains three short stories too - I think I preferred those to the main one!)

 

 

CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig - 8/10

A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh - 9/10

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell - 10/10

Kiss of Death by Malcolm Rose - 9/10

Transported: The Diary of Elizabeth Harvey, Australia 1790 by Goldie Alexander - 7/10

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry - 7/10

A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley - 9/10

The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo - 03.08.11 - 8/10

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder - 7½/10

Montacute House by Lucy Jago - 9/10/

Pollyanna by Eleanor H Parker - 8/10

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo - 10/10

Letters from Father Christmas by J R R Tolkien - 10/10

 

NON-FICTION

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee - 10/10

The Autobiography of a Super-tramp by W H Davies - 7/10

Yes Man by Danny Wallace - 9/10

Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak - 8/10

Delight by J B Priestley - 6½/10

Why I Write by George Orwell - 7/10

A Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi - 10/10

Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill - 9/10

The Cherry Tree by Derek Tangye - 6/10

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson - 8/10

Searching Issues by Nicky Gumbel - 5/10

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell - 8/10

 

PLAYS

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde - 9/10

 

Total read = 60

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Books acquired in 2011 (Titles read in red!)

 

1. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci - £2.74 - finished 11.01.11 (05.01.11 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

2. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell - free - finished 10.12.11 (06.01.11 - Waterstone's, Bath - purchased with gift voucher, price £8.99)

 

3. A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh - £2.81 - finished 24.01.11 (14.01.11 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

4. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh - £1.99 finished 22.12.11 (15.01.11 Barnardo's, Devizes)

 

5. The Hundred and Ninety-nine Steps by Michel Faber - free - finished 21.01.11 (17.01.11 - Waterstone's, Bath - purchased with gift voucher, price £8.99)

 

6. Yes Man by Danny Wallace - 50p finished 06.03.11 (20.01.11 - Salvation Army Charity Shop)

 

7. The Triple Echo by H E Bates - £1.00 finished 31.01.11 ( 30.01.11 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)

 

8. The Illustrated Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil by C S Lewis - £5.04 - finished 21.02.11 (01.02.11 - Amazon)

 

9. A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines - £1.49 - finished 28.02.11 (04.02.11 - Age UK, Shaftsbury)

 

10. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - 40p (18.02.11 - Lion's Hospice Shop, Warminster)

 

11. The Life and Death of King John by Shakespeare - £1 (22.02.11 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)

 

12. Somewhere, Home by Nada Awar Jarrar - £2 finished 10.04.11 (03.03.11 - British Heart Foundation)

 

13. Tell Me No Secrets by Julie Corbin - free finished 09.05.11 (04.03.11 - given to me by my Mum)

 

14. Kiss of Death by Malcolm Rose - 75p finished 06.03.11 (04.03.11 - Oxfam Bookshop, Chippenham)

 

15. Ferney by James Long - £2.25 finished 17.03.11 (04.03.11 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

16. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (04.03.11 - my friend Clare for World Book Night)

 

17. Silas Marner by George Eliot - £1.99 finished 07.04.11 (26.03.11 - Oxfam, Stratford Upon Avon)

 

18. The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee - £2.00 (14.04.11 Julian House Charity Shop, Bath)

 

19. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende - 20p (15.04.11 - British Red Cross, Warminster)

 

20. Solomon's Oak by Jo Ann Mapson - £4.79 finished 27.06.11 (16.05.11 - Amazon)

 

21. The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons - free finished 01.06.11 (19.05.11 Sent to me by her publisher)

 

22. Sweet Poison by David Roberts - free (20.05.11 - given to me by a friend)

 

23. When God was a Rabbit - free by Sarah Winman finished 08.06.11 (01.06.11 - W H Smith, Bath - Free with one bought as gift)

 

24. I, Coriander by Sally Gardner - 50p (29.06.11 - African Charity shop)

 

25. Why I Write by George Orwell - sent to me by Madelyne finished 30.08.11 (01.07.11 )

 

26. A Rose for Winter by Laurie Lee - £1 (03.07.11 - Bookbarn )

 

27. Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forester - free (07.07.11 - my Mum!)

 

28. The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo - 20p finished 03.08.11 (07.07.11 - Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity Shop, Westbury)

 

29. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn - £1.25 finished 02.08.11 (14.07.11 - Oxfam, Herne Bay)

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30. The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson - £1.50 (14.07.11 - Cancer Research, Herne Bay)

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31. Awkward Situations for Men by Danny Wallace - £1.25 (14.07.11 - Cancer Research, Herne Bay)

 

32. By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño 01.08.11 (29.07.11 - Library)

 

33. The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg finished 17.08.11 (12.08.11 - Library)

 

34. The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder finished 21.08.11 (12.08.11 - Warminster Library)

 

35. The Cherry Tree by Derek Tangye - 40p - finished 02.11.11 (13.08.11 - The Lion's Shop, Warminster)

 

36. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde - £4.69 - finished 06.09.11 (13.08.11 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

37. The Screaming of the Innocent by Unity Dow finished 04.09.11 (28.08.11 - Bristol Central Library )

 

38. A Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi finished 12.09.11 (08.09.11 - Bath Library)

 

39. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald finished 10.09.11 (09.09.11 - Library)

 

40. Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood - £3.70 finished 12.10.11 (14.09.11 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)

 

41. Stones of Bobello by Edwar Al-Kharrat finished 03.10.11 (14.09.11 - library)

 

42. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry - £3.00 (30.09.11 - British Heart Foundation, Warminster)

 

43. Montacute House by Lucy Jago - finished 17.10.11 (04.10.11 - Library )

 

44. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie finished 28.10.11 (19.10.11 - Ebay - £2.75)

 

45. High Spirits by Robertson Davies (05.11.11 - Amazon Marketplace - £2.81)

 

46. Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter finished 24.11.11 (08.11.11 - Amazon Marketplace - £1.10)

 

47. The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson (12.11.11 - Church Christmas Fayre - 40p)

 

48. Searching Issues by Nicky Gumbel finished 30.11.11 (24.11.11 - borrowed from a friend)

 

49. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo finished 12.12.11 (08.12.11 - borrowed from a friend)

 

Total new books acquired in 2011: 49

Number of these read: 33

Total cost of books acquired: £55.10

Library Books - 8

Library Books Read - 8

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Unread books acquired in 2010 (Titles read in red!)

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

Cambridge School Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet - £3.00
Cambridge School Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors - £2.50 (17.02.10 - Kim's Bookshop, Chichester)

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

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

The Elephant Keeper Christopher Nicholson - finished 07.01.11 (30.05.10 - birthday present from hubby and children)

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W H Davies - £1 Finished 03.02.11 (12.06.10 - Charity Shop)

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

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)

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry - 50p finished 10.06.11 (06.08.10 - The Lion's Hospice Shop, Warminster)

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham - £1.00 finished 26.10.11 ( 13.08.10 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)

Cambridge School Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream - £1.49 (19.08.10 - Oxfam, Rochester)

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 finished 26.09.11 (12.09.10 - The Bookbarn}

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 finished 11.04.11 (21.10.10 - British Heart Foundation shop)

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig - finished 12.01.11(25.12.10 - my Mum)

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry finished 29.07.11
The Christmas Books by Charles Dickens finished 18.12.11 (25.12.10 - my lovely 'secret' Santa)


Total: 21
Number of these read: 9


'To read books acquired before 2010'


As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - Laurie Lee - finished 19.01.11 - 8½/10
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell

Breakfast at Tiffany's (and three other short stories) by Truman Capote - finished 27.12.11 - 7/10 (but more for the three short stories!)
Brixton Beach - Roma Thearne
Decline of the English Murder
Howards End is on the Landing - Susan Hill - finished 20.10.11 - 9/10
Inside the Whale and Other Essays - George Orwell
King Soloman's Mines - H Rider Haggard
Lolita - Nabokov - finished 14.08.11 - 8/10
Neither Here nor There - Bill Bryson - finished 22.11.11 - 8/10
On Green Dolphin Street - Sebastian Faulks
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
The Bolter - Frances Osbourne
The Dubliners - James Joyce
The Eye in the Door - Pat Barker
The Ghost Road - Pat Barker
The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters - G.W. Dahlquist
The Kraken Wakes - John Wyndham
The Lion and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
The Lord of the Flies -William Golding
The Man Who Was Thursday - G K Chesterton
The Return - Victoria Hislop
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - finished 12.11.11 - 9/10
The Third Man/The Fallen Idol - Graham Greene
The Trespass - Barbara Ewing
Three Men on the Bummel - Jerome K Jerome
Too Close to Home - Lynwood Barclay
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Waiting - Hai Jin - finished 10.11.11 - 9/10
Witch Child - Celia Rees


Total: 32
Number of these read: 8

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January = 7 Books

The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson - finished 07.01.11

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci - finished 11.01.11

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig - finished 12.01.11

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee - finished 19.01.11

The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps by Michel Faber - finished 21.01.11

A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh - finished 24.01.11

The Triple Echo by H E Bates - finished 31.01.11

 

February = 5 Books

The Autobiography of a Super-tramp by W H Davies - finished 03.02.11

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell- finished 13.02.11

The Illustrated Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis - finished 21.02.11

The Outcast by Sadie Jones - finished 25.02.11

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines - finished 28.02.11

 

March = 4 Books

Ferney by James Long - finished 17.03.11

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson - finished 23.03.11

Yes Man by Danny Wallace - finished 06.03.11

Kiss of Death by Malcolm Rose - finished 07.03.11

 

April = 4 Books

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie - finished 03.04.11

Silas Marner by George Eliot - finished 07.04.11

Somewhere, Home by Nada Awar Jarrar - finished 10.04.11

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu - finished 11.04.11

 

May = 2 Books

Transported: The Diary of Elizabeth Harvey, Australia 1790 by Goldie Alexander - finished 04.05.11

Tell Me No Secrets by Julie Corbin - finished 09.05.11

 

June = 4 books

The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons - finished 01.06.11

When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman - finished 08.06.11

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry - finished 10.06.11

Solomon's Oak by Jo-Ann Mapson - finished 27.06.11

 

July = 4 books

Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak - finished 01.07.11

Delight by J B Priestley - finished 03.07.11

A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley - finished 07.07.11

A Fine Balance by Rhointon Mistry - finished 29.07.11

 

August - 7 books

By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño - finished 01.08.11

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn - finished 02.08.11

The Wreck of the Zanzibar - finished 03.08.11

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - finished 14.08.11

The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg - finished 17.08.11

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder - finished 21.08.11

Why I Write by George Orwell - finished 29.08.11

 

September - 5 books

The Screaming of the Innocent by Unity Dow - finished 04.09.11

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde - finished 06.09.11

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - finished 10.09.11

A Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi - finished 12.09.11

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy - finished 26.09.11

 

October - 6 books

Stones of Bobello by Edwar Al-Kharrat

Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood

Montacute House by Lucy Jago

Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

 

November - 6 books

The Cherry Tree by Derek Tangye - 02.11.11

Waiting by Ha Jin - finished 10.11.11

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - finished 12.11.11

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson - finished 22.11.11

Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter - finished 25.11.11

Searching Issues by Nicky Gumbel - finished 30.11.11

 

December - 6 Books

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell - finished 10.12.11

War House by Michael Morpurgo - finished 15.12.11

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - finished 18.12.11

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh - finished 22.12.11

Letters from Father Christmas by J R R Tolkien - finished 24.12.11

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote - finished 27.12.11

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Day 01 – Best book you read last year

Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

Day 03 – Your favourite series

Day 04 – Favourite book of your favourite series

Day 05 – A book that makes you happy

Day 06 – A book that makes you sad

Day 07 – Most underrated book

Day 08 – Most overrated book

Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 10 – Favourite classic book

Day 11 – A book you hated

Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore

Day 13 – Your favourite writer

Day 14 – Favourite book of your favourite writer

Day 15 – Favourite male character

Day 16 – Favourite female character

Day 17 – Favourite quote from your favourite book

Day 18 – A book that disappointed you

Day 19 – Favourite book turned into a movie

Day 20 – Favourite romance book

Day 21 – Favourite book from your childhood

Day 22 – Favourite book you own

Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read

Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most

Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something

Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending

Day 28 – Favourite title

Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked

Day 30 – Your favourite book of all time

Edited by Janet

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Feel free to post if you want to now. :)

 

Don't mind if I do! :)

 

I'm rather in awe that you list the cost of your books; that's a very brave thing to do.

 

At first I thought there was no way that I could do that because it would be truly frightening, but perhaps I should do it as a sort of deterrent to stop me buying so many books. Hmm, something to ponder...

 

We have such similar tastes in books that I'm looking forward to reading your reviews throughout the year. You must be nearly finished with George Orwell's complete works by now? Is Inside the Whale... the last one?

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Hi Kylie

 

I tend to buy most of my books in charity shops so listing prices is not as frightening as it might be! :giggle:

 

I've still to read one Orwell novel - Burmese Days, and one non-fiction - Homage to Catalonia and that's the 'full length' books completed.

 

I have Inside the Whale and Other Essays and Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays on the shelf, but there are (I believe) other essay books too. I need to research those more as I'd like to read it all if I can. :)

 

Thanks for commenting. :friends3:

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I've still to read one Orwell novel - Burmese Days, and one non-fiction - Homage to Catalonia and that's the 'full length' books completed.

I've heard good things from a friend of mine about Homage to Catalonia so good luck with that one. Also best of luck in general over 2011 with your reading, I look forward to reading your thoughts and reviews on what you've read.

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I've got Homage To Catalonia on my TBR shelf, so hopefully I'll get round to it this year. I loved Down and Out in Paris and London but hated 1984, so I'm just sticking to Orwell's non-fiction, but I'm impressed that you've nearly read his entire works!

 

Hope you enjoy your reading this year and can't wait to read your thoughts on the books :friends3:

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I've got Homage To Catalonia on my TBR shelf, so hopefully I'll get round to it this year. I loved Down and Out in Paris and London but hated 1984, so I'm just sticking to Orwell's non-fiction, but I'm impressed that you've nearly read his entire works!

You hated 1984? Wow, I really liked it. What didn't you like Claire?

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I read it for my Sociology 'A' level about twenty years ago, and I remember it took me weeks to read, because I just didn't engage with it at all. I had to keep forcing myself to read it each day. But, like I said, I then read Down and Out in Paris and London a couple of years later, and found it completely engrossing. 1984 did put me off his fiction, but maybe I should try it again.

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I read it for my Sociology 'A' level about twenty years ago, and I remember it took me weeks to read, because I just didn't engage with it at all. I had to keep forcing myself to read it each day. But, like I said, I then read Down and Out in Paris and London a couple of years later, and found it completely engrossing. 1984 did put me off his fiction, but maybe I should try it again.

Ah maybe that was because you had to read it for class; that can always make a book seem less enjoyable. I know it was the case when I read The Great Gatsby for English Literature last year. Let me know if you do try 1984 again. I've been thinking about trying some of his other stuff soon.

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I'm away at the moment and am not very good on hubby's iPhone so can't quote, so thanks for commenting, Ben and Clare. :)

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Okay, I'm back home and can quote properly!

 

I've heard good things from a friend of mine about Homage to Catalonia so good luck with that one. Also best of luck in general over 2011 with your reading, I look forward to reading your thoughts and reviews on what you've read.

Thanks again, Ben. I think Homage to Catalonia might be one I buy with some of my Waterstone's voucher. I think I might do the essays after that and save Burmese Days until the end, as that's the last novel of his for me to read.

 

I've got Homage To Catalonia on my TBR shelf, so hopefully I'll get round to it this year. I loved Down and Out in Paris and London but hated 1984, so I'm just sticking to Orwell's non-fiction, but I'm impressed that you've nearly read his entire works!

 

Hope you enjoy your reading this year and can't wait to read your thoughts on the books :friends3:

I have to say that 1984 wasn't my favourite of his - I think it's thought provoking, but I definitely prefer his 'poverty-based' books.

 

I enjoyed Down and Out in Paris and London too - it was one of my favourites. I also liked A Clergyman's Daughter, but I've a feeling you weren't so keen on that? The first part of The Road to Wigan Pier is similar to 'Down and Out...'

 

Thanks again, Claire :) (and apologies for spelling your name wrong in the last post :blush: ).

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Thank you - and to you too. :hug:

 

First book of 2011 is going to be The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson which I had for my birthday back in May.

 

I'm still waiting for The Christmas Train by David Baldacci to arrive! A bit late now, but it's a 'book club' book so I will have to read it - I just hope it arrives soon as our first meeting is on 11 January! :giggle2:

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I forgot to post in my 2010 blog, but total money spent on books acquired in 2010 was £131.63. Not bad, because most of them were second-hand.

 

First book bought in 2011 is The Christmas Train by David Baldacci! I was meant to read this in December for book club, but as we're not meeting until 18th January (moved from 11th January) I had been putting off buying it! It won't be very topical reading it in January, but hey-ho! :giggle2:

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Oh dear - my 'I will not any books until I've reduced my to read pile' mantra isn't working! I bought Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell in Waterstone's today. In my defence, it is one I've been meaning to buy for ages and I bought it with my Christmas voucher so I didn't part with any money.

 

Ooops! :giggle2:

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Technically, I would say you didn't buy this book, it was a gift, just one you chose yourself. It definitely shouldn't count against you, and I'm pretty sure a good defence lawyer could argue against you having "bought" it, so you should not have any guilty feelings or think you've let yourself down in any way, Janet. You are hereby absolved of any responsibility for having increased your TBR pile. :friends3:

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I finished The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson today. A great start to 2011 - a definite 9/10 from me! Review here.

 

Next up, The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

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I mentioned it already on the post ~ great review hen :)

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