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Kidsmum's Reading Log 2013

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January
The Tenderness Of Wolves Stef Penney 4/5
The Rector And The Doctor's Family Mrs Oliphant 3/5
The Red Tent Anita Diamant 4/5
Sharpe's Havoc Bernard Cornwell 3/5
The Beach Alex Garland 4/5
The Death & Life Of Charlie St Cloud Ben Sherwood 1/5
February
The Power Of One  Bryce Courtenay  4/5

The Case Of The Gilded Fly  Edmund Crispin  2/5

Salem Chapel  Mrs Oliphant  5/5

The Siege  Helen Dunmore  5/5

A Time to Dance  Melvyn Bragg 4/5

Agnes Grey  Anne Bronte  3/5
March
Cloud Atlas  David Mitchell  3/5

Mutant Message Down Under  Marlo Morgan 1/5

Letter's To Alice  Fay Weldon  3/5

Northanger Abbey  Jane Austen  4/5

Wolf Hall  Hilary Mantel  4/5

The Last Englishman  A Biography Of J.L.Carr  Byron Rogers 4/5

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  Deborah Moggach  4/5

April
If Not Now, When?  Primo Levi 5/5

Digging To America  Anne Tyler 4/5

Dead Man Walking  Sister Helen Prejean 4/5

Still Missing  Beth Gutcheon 5/5

The Dean's Watch  Elizabeth Goudge  3/5

The Island  Victoria Hislop 2/5
May

Bleak House  Charles Dickens 4/5

A Murder Of Quality  John Le Carre  3/5

The Pursuit Of Happiness  Douglas Kennedy 3/5

The Reavers  George Macdonald Fraser  1/5

Bring Up The Bodies  Hilary Mantel   5/5

A Place Called Freedom  Ken Follett  4/5

Back When We Were Grownups  Anne Tyler  3/5

Little House In The Big Woods  Laura Ingalls Wilder 2/5

The Great Gatsby  F. Scott Fitzgerald  4/5

Heart Of Darkness  Joseph Conrad  1/5

June
The Summer Of The Barshinskeys  Diane Pearson 4/5

The Last Runaway  Tracy Chevalier 2/5

Black Flowers  Steve Mosby  4/5

Taking The Leap  Pema Chodron  4/5

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  Rachel Joyce  2/5

The Wisdom Of No Escape  Pema Chodron  4/5

Star Gazing  Linda Gillard  2/5
July

Wool  Hugh Howey  5/5

House Of Orphans  Helen Dunmore  2/5

Light  Margaret Elphinstone  3/5

Eye Of The Needle  Ken Follett  4/5
The Myth Of Freedom  Chogyam Trungpa 3/5

The Little Disturbances of Man  Grace Paley  1/5
August
Shift  Hugh Howey  3/5

The Shack  Wm Paul Young  1/5

Black Narcissus  Rumer Godden  4/5

Case Histories  Kate Atkinson  4/5

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window & Disappeared  Jonas Jonasson  2/5

Monn Over Soho  Ben Aaronovitch  4/5
September
The Pyscopath Test  Jon Ronson  4/5

Anna Of The Five Towns  Arnold Bennett  5/5

The Act Of Roger Murgatroyd  Gilbert Adair  3/5

The Grand Babylon Hotel  Arnold Bennett  3/5

The Secret Keeper  Kate Morton 3/5
The Hired Man  Melvyn Bragg  5/5

October

Sharpe's Gold  Bernard Cornwell  3/5

A Dangerous Fortune  Ken Follett  3/5

Sexing The Cherry  Jeanette Winterson  3/5

The Greengage Summer  Rumer Godden  5/5

The Red House  Mark Haddon  4/5
November

Titus Groan  Mervyn Peake  5/5

Others Of My Kind  James Sallis 2/5

Gormenghast  Mervyn Peake  4/5

Death and The Penguin  Andrey Kurkov 4/5

The Assasin's Prayer  Ariana Franklin  2/5
A Christmas Carol  Charles Dickens  4/5

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit  Judith Kerr 3/5
December

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan  Lisa See 5/5

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings  Charles Dickens 2/5

1356  Bernard Cornwell  5/5

The Thirteenth Tale  Diane Setterfield  2/5

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The English Counties Reading Challenge

 

 

1. Bedfordshire - My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates
2. Berkshire - Solar by Ian Mc ewan
3. Bristol - The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young
4. Buckinghamshire - Lark Rise To Candleford by Flora Thompson
5. Cambridgeshire - The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
6. Cheshire - Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
7. City of London - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
8. Cornwall - My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
9. Cumbria - Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome [alt. The Maid of Buttermere by Melvyn Bragg]
10. Derbyshire - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
11. Devon - To Serve Them All My Days R.F. Delderfield 
12. Dorset - Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
13. County Durham - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
14. East Riding of Yorkshire - South Riding by Winifred Holtby
15. East Sussex - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressel
16. Essex - Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
17. Gloucestershire - Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
18. Greater London* - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
19. Greater Manchester -Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
20. Hampshire - Watership Down by Richard Adams
21. Herefordshire - On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
22. Hertfordshire - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
23. Isle of Wight - England, England by Julian Barnes [alt. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (this book is only briefly set on the Isle of Wight but that particular section is famously associated with it)]
24. Kent - The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates
25. Lancashire - Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
26. Leicestershire - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
27. Lincolnshire - The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
28. Merseyside - An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
29. Norfolk - The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley
30. North Yorkshire - Dracula by Bram Stoker [alt. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot]
31. Northamptonshire - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
32. Northumberland - The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin
33. Nottinghamshire - Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
34. Oxfordshire - The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
35. Rutland - Set In Stone by Robert Goddard
36. Shropshire - Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse
37. Somerset - Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
38. South Yorkshire - A Kestral For A Knave by Barry Hines
39. Staffordshire - The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
40. Suffolk - The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
41. Surrey - Emma by Jane Austen or The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
42. Tyne and Wear - Another World by Pat Barker
43. Warwickshire - Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
44. West Midlands - Middlemarch by George Eliot
45. West Sussex - Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
46. West Yorkshire - Wuthering Heights by Emile Brontë
47. Wiltshire - Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
48. Worcestershire - Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
 

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Books Bought In 2013

 

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window & Disappeared  Jonas Jonasson

The Elegance Of The Hedgehog  Muriel Barbery

The Siege  Helen Dunmore

The Newcomes  W.M. Thackeray

The Far Pavilions  M.M.Kaye

Agnes Gray  Anne Bronte

A Time To Dance  Melvyn Bragg 

Me Before You  Jojo Moyes

Digging To America  Anne Tyler

The Ladies Paradise  Emile Zola

Bleak House  Charles Dickens

Beloved  Toni Morrison

Counting the Stars  Helen Dunmore

A Spell of Winter  Helen Dunmore

House of orphans  Helen Dunmore

Mourning Ruby  Helen Dunmore

The Voyage Of The Narwhal  Andrea Barrett

Alone In Berlin  Hans Fallada

Whispers Underground  Ben Aaronovitch

Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death  Gyles Brandreth

The Stranger's Child  Alan Hollinghurst

Lady Audley's Secret  Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Robinson Crusoe  Daniel Defoe

Flashman In The Great Game  George Macdonald Fraser

Back When We Were Grownups  Anne Tyler 

Gone Girl  Gillian Flynn

The Amateur Marriage  Anne Tyler

Life Class  Pat Barker

This Thing Of Darkness  Harry Thompson

The Birds Fall Down  Rebecca West

The Night Circus  Erin Morgenstern

Flashman & The Angel Of The Lord  George Macdonald Fraser

The Sea  John Banville

The Enchanted April  Elizabeth Van Arnim

Master & Commander  Patrick O'Brian

The Accidental Tourist  Anne Tyler

Black Diamonds  The Rise & Fall Of An English Dynasty  Catherine Bailey

The Crystal Rooms  Melvyn Bragg

Credo  Melvyn Bragg

Mrs Dalloway  Virginnia Woolf

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold  John Le Carre

A Murder Of Quality  John Le Carre

The Thirty Nine Steps/ Greenmantle  John Buchan 

The Reavers  George Macdonald Fraser

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Well that's it nice & simple :smile: I've decided to reintroduce a books bought list for this year as i did quite well in keeping my book buying habits to a minimum last year. This year i want to read more non fiction & also finish the Sharpe Series i started many moons ago but apart from that i don't have any other reading plans other than to enjoy the books i choose :coffee1:

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Hope you have a great reading year KM, look forward to seeing what's on your lists and hearing more about your non-fiction choices. That's something I want to address too in 2013. Yes, good plan .. enjoy the books .. that's key :)

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:o Where is your TBR pile kidsmum? Oh lordy are you starting off from scratch ? :wibbly:

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I can see where you're coming from KM, apart from my TBR list I'll not be be trying to do any challenges this year, I just want to read what comes to hand, or pops up on my Kobo this year, much more chillaxing! :)

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Happy reading next year Kidsmum :)

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Happy reading in 2013 KM! I hope you don't mind me calling you that, being new and all.

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HI KM! Happy Reading for 2013 :D

 

I also find that I have had to curb my book buying habits. A couple of years ago some members introduced the "Read 3 Buy 1" rule and since then I've tried to stick to it. I always count off my read books in three's and although I no longer keep a count of credits that I have earned, I still monitor what I'm buying, against how many I have read.

 

This does completely fall down though with gifts and borrowed books ;)

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Wishes from me too Kidsmum.

Hope your reading is all that you want it to be this year :friends3:

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Hope you have a great reading year KM, look forward to seeing what's on your lists and hearing more about your non-fiction choices. That's something I want to address too in 2013. Yes, good plan .. enjoy the books .. that's key

 

Thanks Poppy, i have a couple of non fiction titles that i 'm definitely bumping to the top of the pile, The Bounty: The True Story of The Mutiny on The Bounty Caroline Alexander & Nathaniel's Nutmeg by Giles Milton. I'm planning on wowing people with my new found knowledge in 2013 although not sure how i'll manage to work the spice trade into a bus stop conversation but going to give it a go ;)

 

I hope you have a great reading year in 2013, Kidsmum!

 

Thanks Frankie, i'm feeling very positive about next year :friends3:

 

Where is your TBR pile kidsmum? Oh lordy are you starting off from scratch ?

 

I totally wimped out over the TBR list VF, at a rough estimate i think i have pushing 500 books on my TBR mountain now & it would take me so long to type all that out the kids would lynch me for hogging the computer. I suppose i could change my books bought section to a TBR list & add them bit by bit though it' probably take me most of the year but i would love to share my lovely books with everyone :D

 

I can see where you're coming from KM, apart from my TBR list I'll not be be trying to do any challenges this year, I just want to read what comes to hand, or pops up on my Kobo this year, much more chillaxing!

 

That's going to be me next year Chaliepud, totally chilled :coolsnow:

Happy reading next year Kidsmum

 

Thanks Weave , i look forward to chatting books with you next year :smile:

 

Sounds like a nice relaxing reading plan for next year, Kidsmum! Happy 2013 reading

 

Thanks Chesil, i'm looking forward to next year i know it's going to be a good year for reading for me :readingtwo:

Happy reading in 2013 KM! I hope you don't mind me calling you that, being new and all.

 

Thanks Devi , don't mind you calling me KM at all feel free to pop in & say hi anytime :smile:

 

HI KM! Happy Reading for 2013

 

I also find that I have had to curb my book buying habits. A couple of years ago some members introduced the "Read 3 Buy 1" rule and since then I've tried to stick to it. I always count off my read books in three's and although I no longer keep a count of credits that I have earned, I still monitor what I'm buying, against how many I have read.

 

This does completely fall down though with gifts and borrowed books

 

Thanks Lilywhite, the Read 3 Buy 1 sounds like a good plan, i intend to stay out of charity shops as much as possible next year as that's where temptation lies for me. If i had had to pay full price for my books my TBR pile would be less than half the size it is :D

 

Wishes from me too Kidsmum.

Hope your reading is all that you want it to be this year

 

Thanks Bree, hope we both have a fabulous reading year :friends3:

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Keeping your list simple is a great idea, Kidsmum. I love lists too much to do it myself. :blush2: Listing all of my unread books is like a compulsion—I feel like my year won't have really started until I set up my reading list. :) Happy reading in 2013! I look forward to seeing what you read.

 

(I love that we all wish each other a happy *reading* year rather than just a happy new year. :D)

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I envy your ability to keep your reading plans so simple! I can't help but plan all my books out, though I end up not reading half of them :D Happy reading in 2013!

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Well that's it nice & simple :smile: I've decided to reintroduce a books bought list for this year as i did quite well in keeping my book buying habits to a minimum last year. This year i want to read more non fiction & also finish the Sharpe Series i started many moons ago but apart from that i don't have any other reading plans other than to enjoy the books i choose :coffee1:

 

I like! I've abandoned pretty much all my lists too this year, but did put together a list t of my non-fiction doorstoppers (500+ pages) and classics simply for encouragement, as those are the two areas i want to get stuck into this year. I think you're right about a books bought list too, so have decided to do the same. Primary goal is the same too - enjoy!

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I totally wimped out over the TBR list VF, at a rough estimate i think i have pushing 500 books on my TBR mountain now & it would take me so long to type all that out the kids would lynch me for hogging the computer. I suppose i could change my books bought section to a TBR list & add them bit by bit though it' probably take me most of the year but i would love to share my lovely books with everyone :D

 

I remember the days before I had a TBR list. They were nice, care-free days :lol:

 

Happy reading in 2013, Kidsmum :smile:

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With a possible 500 books on your TBR I don't blame you for deciding to leave it off this year.

 

Good luck with your reading for the year ahead.

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Keeping your list simple is a great idea, Kidsmum. I love lists too much to do it myself. :blush2: Listing all of my unread books is like a compulsion—I feel like my year won't have really started until I set up my reading list. :) Happy reading in 2013! I look forward to seeing what you read.

 

(I love that we all wish each other a happy *reading* year rather than just a happy new year. :D)

 

Thanks Kylie , i'd love to put my TBR books in a nice neat list on here but i'd have to type it up with my elbows sticking out to keep the kids at bay , my middle daughter gets withdrawal symptoms if she doesn't go on Tumblr regularly & my youngest one is addicted to club penguin. I hardly get time to indulge my own BCF addiction :D:friends3:

 

I envy your ability to keep your reading plans so simple! I can't help but plan all my books out, though I end up not reading half of them :D Happy reading in 2013!

 

Thanks Noll, i like to choose my books as i go along as i often change my mind about what i want to read next especially when i read other peoples recommendations :D

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I like! I've abandoned pretty much all my lists too this year, but did put together a list t of my non-fiction doorstoppers (500+ pages) and classics simply for encouragement, as those are the two areas i want to get stuck into this year. I think you're right about a books bought list too, so have decided to do the same. Primary goal is the same too - enjoy!

 

I have quite a few of the classics i want to get to as well some are re reads like Austen & also Jude The Obscure which i attempted when i was much younger but couldn't get into. I loved The Barchester Chronicles but have never read The Palliser novels so that's also on my to do list but wether i fit them all into one year is another matter. As for the books bought list i could do with not buying any at all but i know that's one challenge i'd definitely fail at but hopefully a list will help me keep myself in check failing that it'll have to be a strait jacket :giggle2:

I remember the days before I had a TBR list. They were nice, care-free days :lol:

 

 

Happy reading in 2013, Kidsmum :smile:

 

Those were the days before i joined the forum & my TBR books still fitted on my bookshelves :smile:

 

With a possible 500 books on your TBR I don't blame you for deciding to leave it off this year.

 

Good luck with your reading for the year ahead.

 

Thanks Brian , i thought about paying one of the children to do it for me but they charge too much :doh:

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Oh wow 500 plus books. Ah well we will just have to be content with finding out what you have read after you have read it! I look forward to reading your reviews.

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Thanks Noll, i like to choose my books as i go along as i often change my mind about what i want to read next especially when i read other peoples recommendations :D

 

What happens to me is I just add everything in sight to my never-ending wishlist :P

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What happens to me is I just add everything in sight to my never-ending wishlist :P

 

Me too, I think I spend more time reading everyones blogs than actually reading books! :giggle2:

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