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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

Books read In 2011 - 60

 

BOOKS READ IN 2012

 

FICTION

HIgh SpIrits - A CollectIon of Ghost StorIes by Robertson DavIes (1982) - 2/5

The GIrl wIth Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (2010) - 4/5

Madame Verona Came Down the HIll by DImitri Verhulst (2006) - 4/5

Rivers of London by Ben AaronovItch (2011) - 5/5

Oscar and the Lady In PInk by ErIc-Emmanuel SchmItt (2002) - 3/5

WeddIng at KIng's ConvenIence by Maureen ChIld (2010) - 1/5

PIed PIper by NevIl Shute (1942) - 5/5

The MysterIous AffaIr at Styles by Agatha ChrIstIe (1920) - 3/5

BItter FruIt by Achmat Dangor - 3/5

The TIger's WIfe by Téa Obreht (2011) - 3½/5

The Sacred DIary of AdrIan Plass (aged 37¾) by AdrIan Plass (1987) - 5/5

The TheatrIcal Tapes of Leonard Thynn by AdrIan Plass (1989) - 3½/5

Moon Over Soho (2011) by Ben AaronovItch - 5/5

WyclIffe and the GuIld of NIne (2000) by W J Burley - 3½/5

FIfty Shades of Grey (2011) by E L James - 4/5

FIfty Shades Darker (2012) by E L James - 3/5

FIfty Shades Freed (2012) by E L James - 3/5

My Best FrIend's GIrl (2008) by Dorothy Koomson - 2/5

Whispers Under Ground (2012) by Ben Aaronovitch - 5/5

A Month in the Country (1980) by J L Carr - 5/5

The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy - 4½/5

Brick Lane (2003) by Monica Ali - 4½/5

Stardust (1999) by Neil Gaiman - 5/5

The Door ((1987 - English translation 1995) by Magda Szabó - 4/5

Half Broke Horses (2009) by Jeannette Walls - 2½/5

The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker Aged 45¾ (1996) by Adrian Plass - 3½/5

An Alien at St Wilfred's (1992) by Adrian Plass - 3/5

The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals (2011) by Wendy Jones - 5/5

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You (2011) by Louisa Young - 4/5

Burmese Days (1934) by George Orwell - 4/5

The Art of Racing in the Rain (2009) by Garth Stein - 5/5

The Red Tent (1997) by Anita Diament - 5/5

The Vanishing Act (2011) by Mette Jakobsen - 3½/5

The Story of Beautiful Girl (2010) by Rachel Simon - 2½/5

 

CLASSICS

GullIver's Travels by Jonathan SwIft (1735) - 3/5

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells (1898) - 5/5

Around the World In EIghty Days by Jules Verne (1873) 4/5

A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens - 5/5

 

CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION

MIstress Masham's Repose by T H WhIte (1946) - 3/5

The TwIts by Roald Dahl (1980) - 3/5

CarrIe's War by NIna Bawden (1973) - 5/5

FantastIc Mr Fox by Roald Dahl (1970) - 4/5

EsIo Trot by Roald Dahl (1989) - 5/5

The GIraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl (1985) - 3/5

George's Marvellous MedIcine by Roald Dahl (1981) - 3½/5

GobbolIno the WItch's Cat (1942) by Ursula Moray WIllIams - 4/5

The MagIcian's Nephew (1955) by C S LewIs - 5/5

The LIon, The WItch and The Wardrobe (1950) by C S LewIs - 5/5

The PrInce of MIst (1993) by Carlos RuIz Zafón - 19.06.12 - 4½/5

The Horse and hIs Boy (1954) by C S LewIs - 21.06.12 - 2½/5

PrInce CaspIan (1951) by C S Lewis - 01.07.12 - 3½/5

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) by C S Lewis - 05.07.12 - 4/5

The Silver Chair (1953) by C S Lewis - 10.07.12 - 3/5

The Last Battle (1956) by C S Lewis - 19.07.12 - 2½/5

James and the Giant Peach (1961) by Roald Dahl - 3½/5

Fallen Grace (2011) by Mary Hooper - 4/5

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008) by J K Rowling - 3½/5

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (2003) by Mary Hooper - 4½/5

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl - 3½/5

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1973) by Roald Dahl - 1/5

A Monster Calls (2011) by Patrick Ness - 5/5

Matilda (1988) by Roald Dahl - 4½/5

 

NON-FICTION

Broadmoor Revealed: VIctorIan CrIme and the LunatIc Asylum by Mark Stevens (K) (2011) - 5/5

A Rose for WInter by LaurIe Lee (1955) - 5/5

Boy by Roald Dahl (1984) - 5/5

The CruIse of the Snark (2011) - 2/5

Awkward SItuatIons for Men by Danny Wallace (2010) - 4/5

The Evacuee ExperIence by MIchael Roberts - 2½/5

Down Under by BIll Bryson (2000) - 5/5

Twopence to Cross the Mersey (1974) by Helen Forrester - 5/5

The Boy Who Harnessed the WInd - A MemoIr (2009) by WIllIam Kankwamba - 4/5

The Enormous Room (1922) by E E Cummings - 2/5

Adventures on the High Teas (2009) by Stuart Maconie - 4/5

Memoirs of a Fruitcake (2010) by Chris Evans - 5/5

A Moment of War (1991) by Laurie Lee - 3½/5

 

PLAYS

 

POETRY

A Child's Christmas in Wales (1978) by Dylan Thomas - 5/5

 

Total read = 76

 

To read reduction 19/85 - 08.12.12 - 69 remaining

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BOOKS ACQUIRED IN 2012 (TITLES READ IN RED!)

 

1. Burmese Days by George Orwell - £2.74 finished 27.10.12 (05.01.12 - Waterstone's, Trowbridge)

 

2. Mistress Masham's Repose by T H White - £5.59 - finished 22.01.12 (06.01.12 - Amazon)

 

3. Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper - £0 finished 28.09.12 (09.01.12 - sent to me by Michelle)

 

4. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch - £3.99 finished 17.02.12 (13.01.12 - Amazon)

 

5. Pied Piper by Neville Shute - £0 finished 25.02.12 (03.02.12 - Borrowed from my Mum!)

 

6. Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verhulst - £0 - finished 03.02.12 (03.02.12 - Warminster library)

 

7. Oscar and the Lady in Pink by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt - £0 17.02.12 (03.02.12 - Warminster library)

 

8. Boy by Roald Dahl - 0.50p finished 06.02.12 (03.02.12 - Lion's Book Shop, Warminster)

 

9. Carrie's War by Nina Bawden - 0.20p (06.02.12 - RUH Friend's sale)

 

10. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl - 0.33p finished 05.03.12 (16.02.12 St Peter's Hospice Shop, Chipping Sodbury)

 

11. The Day the Ceiling Fell Down by Jenifer Wayne - 0.33p (16.02.12 St Peter's Hospice Shop, Chipping Sodbury)

 

12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - 0.50p finished 06.11.12 (18.02.12 Cancer Research Shop, Malmesbury)

 

13. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl - 0.50p finished 07.11.12 (18.02.12 Cancer Research Shop, Malmesbury)

 

14. The Merchant of Venice (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare - £1.99 (18.02.12 Oxfam, Malmesbury)

 

15. The Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl - 0.50p finished 29.02.12 (18.02.12 Cotswold Care Hospice Shop, Wotton-under-Edge)

 

16. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl - 0.20p finished 05.03.12 (24.02.12 Lion's Book Shop, Warminster)

 

17. The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht - £3.66 finished 28.03.12 (28.02.12 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

18. The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass (aged 37¾ ) by Adrian Plass - £0 finished 30.03.12 (15.03.12 - loan from friend)

 

19. The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn by Adrian Plass - £0 - finished 02.04.12 (15.03.12 - loan from friend)

 

20. The War of the Worlds by H G Wells - £0 finished 12.03.12 (02.03.12 - Barnado's)

 

21. Bitter Fruits by Achmat Dangor - £0 finished 22.03.12 (12.03.12 - Keynsham Library)

 

22. The Girl from the Fiction Department: A Portrait of Sonia Orwell by Hilary Spurling - £1 (21.03.12 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)

 

23. English Journey by J B Priestley - £2.99 (23.03.12 - Oxfam Bookshop, Cirencester)

 

24. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist - £0 (23.04.12 - Given to me for World Book Night)

 

25. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kankwamba - £0 - finished 07.06.12 (03.05.12 - Warminster library)

 

26. My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson - £0 finished 26.06.12 (30.05.12 - British Heart Foundation shop, Wells) (bought for me)

 

27. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - £0 (30.05.66 – Present from a friend)

 

28. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy - £0 – read before (30.05.66 – Present from a friend)

 

29. A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French – 0.99 (08.06.12 – Waterstone’s)

 

30. Prince of Mist by Carlos RuIz Zafón - £0 - finished 19.06.12 (10.06.12 - Bath library)

 

31. Memoirs of a Fruitcake by Chris Evans £0 – finished 17.09.12 (12.06.12 – WHS – bought with birthday money)

 

32. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon - £0 - finished 08.12.12 (15.06.12 - borrowed from my Mum)

 

33. The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker Aged 45¾ - £0 - finished 15.09.12 (21.06.12 loan from a friend)

 

34. An Alien at St Wilfred's by Adrian Plass - £0 finished 19.09.12 (21.06.12 loan from a friend)

 

35. A Moment of War by Laurie Lee - £1.00 finished 04.10.12 (22.06.12 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)

 

36. A Month in the Country by J L Carr - £0 finished 16.07.12 (26.06.12 - library)

 

37. The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones - £0 finished 26.09.12 (18.07.12 - Michelle give-away)

 

38. Brick Lane by Monica Ali - £0 finished 27.07.12 (19.07.12 - library)

 

39. Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie - £0 finished 04.09.12 (21.07.12 - WHS Chippenham bought by gift voucher)

 

40. Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls - £6.65 finished 11.09.12 (02.08.12 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

41. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - £0 finished 03.11.12 (03.08.12 - borrowed from my Mum)

 

42. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - £1.50 (03.08.12 - Dorothy House Charity Shop)

 

43. The Door by Magda Szabo - £0 finished 13.08.12 (04.08.12 - Frome library)

 

44. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - £8.99 finished 11.11.12 (25.08.12 - Waterstone's, Bluewater) NB Also borrowed from Wells library as I didn't want to read my own copy!)

 

45. My Dear, I wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young - £2.80 finished 06.10.12 (17.09.12 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

46. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - £0 finished 21.11.12 (19.10.12 - Amazon Gift voucher)

 

47. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - £0 (21.09.12 - gift from my Mum!)

 

48. The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen - £0 finished 26.11.12 (09.11.2012 - Wells library)

 

49. Matilda by Roald Dahl - 0.20p - finished 21.12.12 (23.11.12 - Lion's Bookshop, Warminster)

 

50. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl - £0 (05.12.12 - gift from my Mum!)

 

51. Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann - £2.81 (08.12.12 - Amazon Marketplace)

 

52. A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas - £1.78 - finished 21.12.12 (20.12.12 - Amazon)

 

53. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson - £0 (25.12.12 - gift from Kay)

 

54. The Seance by John Harwood - £0 (25.12.12 - gift from Nollaig)

 

55. Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy - £0 (25.12.12 - gift from my family)

 

56. Wenceslas by Carol Ann Duffy - £0 (25.12.12 - gift from my family)

 

57. Mrs Scrooge by Carol Ann Duffy - £0 (25.12.12 - gift from my family)

 

Total new books acquired in 2012: 57

Number of these read: 41

Total cost* of books acquired: £51.83

Library Books: 10

Library Books Read: 10

 

* Taking into account money off/vouchers/gift cards etc - so price paid, not necessarily cover price

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TOTAL TO READ PILE 2012

2012 (26)

  • Adrian Plass The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker, Aged 45¾ - finished 15.09.12
  • Adrian Plass An Alien at St Wilfred's - finished 19.09.12
  • Anita Diamant The Red Tent (book club purchase - 19.10.12) - finished 21.11.12
  • Bill Bryson A Walk in the Wood
  • Carol Ann Duffy Another Night Before Christmas (Christmas gift from my family 25.12.12)
  • Carol Ann Duffy Wenceslas (Christmas gift from my family 25.12.12)
  • Chris Evans Memoirs of a Fruitcake - finished 17.09.12
  • Dawn French A Tiny Bit Marvellous
  • Dylan Thomas A Child's Christmas in Wales (halves with Mum - 20.12.12) - finished 21.12.12
  • Eowyn Ivey The Snow Child (gift from my Mum - 21.09.12)
  • Garth Stein The Art of Racing in the Rain - finished 03.11.12
  • George Orwell Burmese Days - finished 27.10.12
  • Hilary Spurling The Girl from the Fiction Department: A Portrait of Sonia Orwell
  • J B Priestley English Journey
  • Jeanette Walls Half Broke Horses - finished 11.09.12
  • Jenifer Wayne The Day the Ceiling Fell Down
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist Let The Right One In
  • John Harwood The Seance (Christmas gift from Nollaig 25.12.12)
  • Jonas Jonasson The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Christmas gift from Kay 25.12.12)
  • Laurie Lee A Moment of War - finished 04.10.12
  • Louisa Young My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You (book club purchase - 18.09.12) - finished 06.10.12
  • Mary Hooper Fallen Grace - finished 28.09.12
  • Mette Jakobsen The Vanishing Act - finished 26.11.12 (library - for December RC - 09.11.12)
  • Patrick Ness A Monster Calls - finished 11.11.12
  • Rachel Simon The Story of Beautiful Girl - finished 08.12.12
  • Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - finished 06.11.12
  • Roald Dahl Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - finished 07.11.12
  • Roald Dahl Matilda (Lion's charity shop (20p!) - for Dahl Challenge) - finished 21.12.12
  • Roald Dahl Danny the Champion of the World (Gift from my Mum - for Dahl Challenge)
  • Rosamund Lehmann Invitation to the Waltz (book club purchase - 08.12.12)
  • Stuart Maconie Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England - finished 04.09.12
  • Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • Wendy Jones The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals - finished 26.09.12

Pre-2012

  • A A Milne The Red House Mystery
  • A J Cronin A Song of Sixpence
  • A J Cronin The Green Years
  • A J Cronin The Minstrel Boy
  • A J Cronin The Northern Lights
  • Agatha Christie Peril at End House
  • Agatha Christie Sparkling Cyanide
  • Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Celia Rees Witch Child
  • David Park The Rye Man
  • Diane Chamberlain The Lost Daughter
  • Emily Barr The First Wife
  • Emily Barr The Life You Want
  • Eva Ibbotson The Star of Kazan
  • Fanny Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
  • Frances Osbourne The Bolter
  • Fynn Mister God, This is Anna
  • G K Chesterton The Man Who Was Thursday
  • Gabriel García Márquez Love in the Time of Cholera
  • George Orwell Decline of the English Murder
  • George Orwell Inside the Whale and Other Essays
  • Germain Greer Shakespeare's Wife
  • Gervase Phinn Head Over Heels in the Dales
  • Graham Greene The Third Man/The Fallen Idol
  • H Rider Haggard King Soloman's Mines
  • Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits
  • J K Rowling The Tales of Beedle the Bard - finished 18.10.12
  • Jane Austen Mansfield Park
  • Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility
  • Jerome K Jerome Three Men on the Bummel
  • John Skinner Journals of a Somerset Rector (1803 to 1834)
  • John Wyndham The Chrisalids
  • John Wyndham The Kraken Wakes
  • Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden
  • Lionel Blue Hitchhiking to Heaven
  • Mark Wallington Boogie up the River
  • Molly Bihet A Child's War
  • Noel Streatfeild Ballet Shoes
  • Pat Barker The Eye in the Door
  • Pat Barker The Ghost Road
  • Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach - finished 15.09.12
  • Roald Dahl The BFG
  • Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island
  • Sally Gardner I, Coriander
  • Sally Magnusson Family Life
  • Sebastian Faulks On Green Dolphin Street
  • Simon Brett Mrs Pargeter's Point of Honour - abandoned 08.11.12
  • Stan Barstow A Kind of Loving
  • Steig Larsson The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest
  • Stephen Fry The Fry Chronicles
  • Sue Gee The Mysteries of Glass
  • Thomas Hardy Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Virginia Woolf The Common Reader
  • W Somerset Maugham The Travel Books of W Somerset Maugham
  • William Golding The Lord of the Flies

PLAYS



  • William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge School's Shakespeare)
  • William Shakespeare Hamlet (Cambridge School's Shakespeare)
  • William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet (Cambridge School's Shakespeare)
  • William Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors (Cambridge School's Shakespeare)
  • William Shakespeare The Life and Death of King John
  • William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice (Cambridge School's Shakespeare)
  • William Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor (Cambridge School's Shakespeare)
  • William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (Cambridge School's Shakespeare)

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BOOKS ACQUIRED 2011 AND BEFORE

Unread books acquired in 2011 (Titles read in red!)

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - 40p (18.02.11 - Lion's Hospice Shop, Warminster)
The Life and Death of King John by Shakespeare - £1 (22.02.11 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (04.03.11 - my friend Clare for World Book Night)
The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee - £2.00 (14.04.11 Julian House Charity Shop, Bath)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende - 20p (15.04.11 - British Red Cross, Warminster)
Sweet Poison by David Roberts - free (20.05.11 - given to me by a friend)
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner - 50p (29.06.11 - African Charity shop)
A Rose for Winter by Laurie Lee - £1 finished 23.01.12 (03.07.11 - Bookbarn )
Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forester - free - finished 07.07.12 (14.05.11 - my Mum!)
The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson - £1.50 (14.07.11 - Cancer Research, Herne Bay)

Awkward Situations for Men by Danny Wallace - £1.25 finished 03.02.12 (14.07.11 - Cancer Research, Herne Bay)
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry - £3.00 (30.09.11 - British Heart Foundation, Warminster)
High Spirits - A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies - finished 10.01.12 (05.11.11 - Amazon Marketplace - £2.81)
The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson (12.11.11 - Church Christmas Fayre - 40p)

Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer (25.12.11 - present from my daughter)
The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw - finished 31.01.12 (25.12.11 - present from BCF Michelle)
The Christmas Truce by Carol Ann Duffy - finished 25.12.11 (25.12.11 - present from BCF Poppyshake)

Total: 17
Number of these read: 6


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 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)

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)

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)


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

Brixton Beach - Roma Thearne
Decline of the English Murder - George Orwell
Inside the Whale and Other Essays - George Orwell
King Soloman's Mines - H Rider Haggard

On Green Dolphin Street - Sebastian Faulks
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Stardust - Neil Gaiman - finished 31.07.12
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 - given away
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 - finished 18.07.12
The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller
The Third Man/The Fallen Idol - Graham Greene

The Twits - Roald Dahl - finished 01.02.12
Three Men on the Bummel - Jerome K Jerome
Too Close to Home - Lynwood Barclay
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Witch Child - Celia Rees


Total: 51
Number of these read: 3

Given Away: 1

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BOOK CHALLENGES 2012

 

Last year I managed 9 of my 'Long term world challenge'. This year, I shall attempt to read 10.

 

I've only got three books to read to completed my 'Reading Through The Decades' challenge. All books sourced so I hope to finish this one soon. ETA: Challenge completed 5 August 2012

 

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

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MONTHLY BOOK SUMMARY 2012

 

 

JANUARY - 6 BOOKS

Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum (K) by Mark Stevens - 4 January

High Spirits - A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies - 10 January

Gullliver's Travels (K) by Jonathan Swift - 17 January

Mistress Masham's Repose by T H White - 22 January

A Rose for Winter by Laurie Lee - 23 January

The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw - 31 January

 

FEBRUARY - 10 BOOKS

The Twits by Roald Dahl - 1 February

Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill (L) by Dimitri Verhulst - 3 February

Boy by Roald Dahl – 6 February

Carrie's War by Nina Bawden - 10 February

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch - 17 February

Oscar and the Lady in Pink (L) by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt – 17 February

Wedding and King's Convenience (K) by Maureen Child - 23 February

Pied Piper by Nevil Shute - 25 February

The Cruise of the Snark (K) by Jack London - 27 February

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl - 29 February

 

MARCH - 8 BOOKS

Awkward Situations for Men by Danny Wallace - 03 March

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl - 05 March

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl - 05 March

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (K) by Agatha Christie - 06 March

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells - 12 March

Bitter Fruit (L) by Achmat Dangor - 22 March

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht - 28 March

The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass (aged 37¾) by Adrian Plass - 30 March

 

APRIL - 4 BOOKS

The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn by Adrian Plass - 02 April

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl - 03 April

The Evacuee Experience (K) by Michael Roberts - 04 April

Down Under (2000) by Bill Bryson - 22 April

 

MAY - 7 BOOKS

 

Moon Over Soho (K) by Ben Aaronovitch - 11 May

Wycliffe and the Guild of Nine by W J Burley - 11 May

Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forrester - 14 May

Fifty Shades of Grey (K) by E L James - 18 May

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat by Ursula Moray Williams - 20 May

Fifty Shades Darker (K) by E L James - 24 May

Fifty Shades Freed (K) by E L James - 29 May

 

JUNE - 7 BOOKS

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind - A Memoir (L) by William Kamkwamba - 08 June

The Magician's Nephew by C S Lewis - 12 June

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis - 15 June

Around the World in Eighty Days (K) by Jules Verne - 17 June

The Prince of Mist (L) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - 19 June

The Horse and his Boy by C S Lewis - 21 June

My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson - 26 June

 

JULY - 8 BOOKS

Prince Caspian by C S Lewis - 01 July

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C S Lewis - 05 July

The Silver Chair by C S Lewis - 10 July

Whispers Under Ground (K) by Ben Aaronovitch - 13 July

A Month in the Country (L) by J L Carr - 16 July

The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 18 July

Brick Lane (L) by Monica Ali - 27 July

Stardust (L) by Neil Gaiman - 31 July

 

AUGUST - 2 BOOKS

The Enormous Room (K) by E E Cummings - 05 August

The Door (L) by by Magda Szabó - 13 August

 

SEPTEMBER - 8 BOOKS

Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie - 04 September

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls - 11 September

The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker Aged 45¾ by Adrian Plass - 15 September

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - 15 September

Memoirs of a Fruitcake by Chris Evans - 17 September

An Alien at St Wilfred's by Adrian Plass - 19 September

The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones - 26 September

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper - 28 September

 

OCTOBER - 4 BOOKS

A Moment of War by Laurie Lee - 04 October

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You by Louise Young - 06 October

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling - 18 October

Burmese Days by George Orwell - 27 October

 

NOVEMBER- 7 BOOKS

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - 3 November

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (K) by Mary Hooper - 5 November

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - 6 November

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl - 7 November

A Monster Calls (L) by Patrick Ness - 11 November

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - 21 November

The Vanishing Act (L) by Mette Jakobsen - 26 November

 

DECEMBER- 4 BOOKS

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon - 08 December

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 12 December

Matilda by Roald Dahl - 21 December

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas - 21 December

 

(K) = Kindle

(L) = Library

Edited by Janet

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Hey Janet, just wanted to pop in and wish you a happy 2012 reading, have a good one. :friends3:

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Thanks, Ben. :)

 

I'm so behind on the forums (having spent all of yesterday catching up with reviews and writing my 'year end' report), that I haven't had a chance to look at many 2012 blogs yet - I must catch up!

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Hi Janet....good luck with all your reading challenges etc.

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I finished my first book of 2012 this morning - and my first Kindle book!

 

Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum by Mark Stevens

 

What a great book! This is (apparently) on of the top 10 fastest selling Kindle books ever - and it's easy to see why. It's only available in Kindle format at the moment, but maybe its sudden popularity will mean it gets a paper run too?

 

Proper review to follow - hopefully before too long as I've resolved to try to keep up to date with writing them in 2012! :giggle2:

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I finished my first book of 2012 this morning - and my first Kindle book!

 

Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum by Mark Stevens

 

What a great book! This is (apparently) on of the top 10 fastest selling Kindle books ever - and it's easy to see why. It's only available in Kindle format at the moment, but maybe its sudden popularity will mean it gets a paper run too?

 

Proper review to follow - hopefully before too long as I've resolved to try to keep up to date with writing them in 2012! :giggle2:

 

This was my first kindle book too, and I really enjoyed it. It was really fascinating I thought and a brilliant freebie :D

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Great minds, Laura! :D

 

I hope you enjoy it, Michelle. smile.gif I thought it was really interesting. One of the cases is that of Victorian artist Richard Dabb. He was featured on a programme Jeremy Paxman did on BBC1 a few years ago called 'The Victorians' about artists and art of that period, which was an excellent series, so it was nice to read a bit more about him.

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Goodo - I hope you enjoy it. :)

 

Hubby and I have been tidying our study the last couple of days (well overdue - we were busting at the seams!). He found a WHS Giftcard on his desk, and I found a Waterstone's one in an old purse of mine, so we headed out today to see if there was any value on either of them!

 

He had £15 on the WHS one - he offered it to me but I'm trying not to buy any new books, so we're saving it to see if there is a DVD or something we want at some stage. He did use £2 to buy some Christmas cards in the sale with camels on (I love camels on cards!) because using it means it will now last another two years before expiry.

 

I then headed to Waterstone's and discovered that my card had £6.02 so I bought Burmese Days by George Orwell. When I say I did, hubby actually paid the difference so it was a freebie for me! :giggle2:

 

My book buying did reduce drastically in the last 5 months of 2011. I bought 31 books up to the end of July. After then I took out 8 library books and acquired 14 more books, but 3 were gifts, 3 were bought for ‘real life’ book club and 1 for the reading circle here (I like to annotate) 2 were borrowed from friends, 2 were bought for my decades challenge (and not available in library), 1 bought at Church Christmas fete (I thought if I had to buy something it might as well be a book!) and 2 were bought because I’ll re-read them.

 

I am going to try to buy fewer books this year! :D

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Most of us are trying to buy less books this year .. it's a funny old resolution for avid book readers isn't it but I think it's the disparity between how many books we buy and how many we read that makes us feel a bit guilty and irresponsible (and really we're not to blame, books are .. I never have the same problem with chocolate .. if it comes in the house I eat it :D) But 50 TBR's is not that bad, I have double your amount :doh: Now that the deccies have come down, I've started tidying and straightening and I've been looking at the books on my shelves and seeing that my book buying tendencies need curbing. There are definitely more than one or two that I know I'll probably never pick up (unless I'm experiencing a very long, dark, tea-time of the soul.) Quite a lot of them were the 3 in the 3 for 2's that Waterstones used to entice people with .. I never was able to find a satisfactory third.

 

What a result finding a Waterstones card with money on it, and I love your choice of book :smile: (stop giving me ideas :lol:)

I've been looking through your TBR's .. I read Twopence to Cross the Mersey many moons ago .. oh I did love it and it did make me cry. Actually I must read it again (no really Janet, you must stop this :giggle2:)

 

The very best of love and luck in 2012 Janet :friends0:

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Most of us are trying to buy less books this year .. it's a funny old resolution for avid book readers isn't it but I think it's the disparity between how many books we buy and how many we read that makes us feel a bit guilty and irresponsible (and really we're not to blame, books are .. I never have the same problem with chocolate .. if it comes in the house I eat it :D)

:giggle2: That's true of cheese in my case. I can resist chocolate, but not that! (Or crisps!).

 

But 50 TBR's is not that bad, I have double your amount Now that the deccies have come down, I've started tidying and straightening and I've been looking at the books on my shelves and seeing that my book buying tendencies need curbing. There are definitely more than one or two that I know I'll probably never pick up (unless I'm experiencing a very long, dark, tea-time of the soul.) Quite a lot of them were the 3 in the 3 for 2's that Waterstones used to entice people with .. I never was able to find a satisfactory third.

I've just realised that I haven't yet listed the ones I bought back from my mother-in-law's house. There aren't as many as I thought, but I ought to add them to the list. :)

 

I know what you mean about the Waterstone's offer. The only time I really purchase from there is if I have a voucher (I don't tend to buy new books) but I could seldom find a third book. I'd have a list but find they were nearly always unstickered!

 

What a result finding a Waterstones card with money on it, and I love your choice of book (stop giving me ideas :lol:)

I've been looking through your TBR's .. I read Twopence to Cross the Mersey many moons ago .. oh I did love it and it did make me cry. Actually I must read it again (no really Janet, you must stop this :giggle2:)

Sowwy! :giggle:

 

I know - I couldn't believe my luck! I just had to buy the Orwell. I've been 'saving' this one, so I might not read it for a while, but I needed it. It wasn't a want - it was a need - so it doesn't count in my 'not buying books' resolution! :P

 

I bought Twopence to Cross the Mersey as a potential 'real life' book club choice... but now I'm thinking of the Pigeon English one that (I think) you recommended. Decisions, decisions!

 

Incidentally, you mentioned ages ago wanting When God was a Rabbit, but being good and not buying it, but I've a feeling you have read it? If not, let me know and I'll send you mine as I won't re-read it.

 

The very best of love and luck in 2012 Janet :friends0:

And to you too. :hug:

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Mistress Masham's Repose by T H White arrived this morning. I can't put my finger on why, but I find the book really tactile and I keep having to pick it up! :blush:

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