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Books Read 2014


Total Books Read 2009 ... 49 - incomplete list (39 fiction, 9 non-fiction & 1 audio } male authors: 24 .. female authors: 25)

Total books read in 2010 ... 141 (94 fiction, 9 non-fiction, 4 short stories, 2 plays & 32 audio } male authors: 75 .. female authors: 66)
Total books read in 2011 ... 109 (71 fiction, 26 non-fiction, 1 short story & 11 audio } male authors: 54 .. female authors: 55)
Total books read in 2012 ... 89 (50 fiction, 27 non-fiction, 3 short stories, 1 poem & 8 audio } male authors: 48 .. female authors: 41)

Total books read in 2013 ... 109 (67 fiction, 21 non-fiction, 5 short stories, 1 poem, 1 essay, 1 collection & 13 audio } male authors: 57 .. female authors: 51 plus all those in the short story collection)

Total Books Read 2014 ... 73 (47 fiction, 15 non-fiction, 6 short stories & 5 audio } male authors: 36, female authors: 37)



The very best of luck to you all with your reading in 2015!!  :hug: I think it's fair to say that I had a fairly dismal reading year in 2014. Mostly because I was living some life and that HAS to be a good thing but then proper life can't be lived without books so it was very bitter sweet. I'm not going to put pressure on myself to read more this year but I hope I can improve on last year's total. At least I've got a reasonable target :blush2:  Like a lot of other members I'm going to do things a bit differently .. no scoring for a start .. that has only ever given me knots in my head and made me disagree with myself. I will try to do reviews but be more casual about it, basically it was just waffle anyway but waffle that took me so long to think/write about that surely I could've added to my totals read? I will probably still waffle from time to time and I most certainly will write lists .. just for the pleasure of crossing things off them really but I'm hoping to be more focused (ha ha!) Hoping for a healthy year for us all  :smile: 

Love, light and peace as dear Spike would say xx



Mount TBR (look away now  :wibbly:)

1001 Challenge

Modern Library


Conquering Mount Virginia 

Book Club Forum Member's Favourite Fiction

Book Club Forum Member's Favourite Non-Fiction

Poached Quotes on Toast

Poppyshake's 133 Books You Must Read Before Your Toes Curl Up

The English Counties Challenge


I'm not going to score but for the sake of adding some colour .. 

Loved it!

Liked it!

Not my cup of tea! (possibly these won't even get listed as I'm determined to start abandoning books I don't get on with .. life is too short to read unspeakably bad or even humdrum books .. but then what if they get better?? .. I've often ended up liking a book I started off hating .. oh dear! .. my resolve is weakening  :blush2:  :D )



1. The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey

2. The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag - Alan Bradley review

3. We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges - Kevin Bridges (audio) review

4. Mystery in White - J. Jefferson Farjeon review

5. Man at the Helm - Nina Stibbe review

6. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly - Sun-Mi Hwang review

7. Invitation to the Waltz - Rosamond Lehmann review

8. The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters (audio) review

9. Iris Murdoch: A Writer at War: Letters and Diaries 1939-45 - Edited by Peter J. Conradi review

10. Printer's Devil Court - Susan Hill review

11. Queen Lucia -  E.F. Benson review       

12. Miss Mapp - E.F. Benson review           

13. Lucia in London - E.F. Benson review .. (in one volume .. but there's no way I'm listing a 700 page omnibus as one book :D) 

14. A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and Their Remarkable Families - Michael Holroyd review

15. First Term at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton review

16. Second Form at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton review

17. The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide (short story) review

18. Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville West  - edited by Mitchell A. Leaska review

19. The Third Year at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton review

20. Peril at End House - Agatha Christie review


21. The Hours - Michael Cunningham review

22. Love, Nina - Nina Stibbe (audio) review 

23. The Mangle Street Murders - M.R.C. Kasasian (audio) review

24. The Awakening Of Miss Prim - Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera review

25. The Rotters' Club - Jonathan Coe review

26. Upper Fourth at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton review

27. Don't Point That Thing At Me - Kyril Bonfiglioli review

28. Fair Exchange by Michele Roberts review

29. The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin review

30. In the Fifth at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton review

31. The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear - Walter Moers review

32. The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson review 

33. The Curse of the House of Foskett - M.R.C. Kasasian (audio) review

34. Diving Belles - Lucy Wood review

35. Last Term at Malory Towers - Enid Blyton review

36. Cat Out Of Hell - Lynne Truss review

37. Gatsby's Girl - Caroline Preston review

MARCH 2015

38. The Girl On the Train - Paula Hawkins (audio) review

39. Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens review

40. Murder On The Orient Express - Agatha Christie review

41. The Apple Tart of Hope - Sarah Moore Fitzgerald review

42. The Twins at St Clare's - Enid Blyton

43. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place 2: The Hidden Gallery - Maryrose Wood (audio) review

44. The Hourglass Factory - Lucy Ribchester review

45. If On a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino review

46. Dandy Gilver & the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains - Catriona McPherson review

47. The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain review

48. The O'Sullivan Twins - Enid Blyton review

49. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie review

50. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie review

51. East of Eden - John Steinbeck review

52. Summer Term at St Clare's - Enid Blyton review

APRIL 2015

53. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn (audio) review

54. Campari for Breakfast - Sara Crowe review

55. The Accidental - Ali Smith

56. A Month In The Country - J.L. Carr

57. My Dear Bessie: A Love Story in Letters - Edited by Simon Garfield review

58. Second Form at St Clare's - Enid Blyton review

59. Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey review

60. Doll Bones - Holly Black review

61. Hitler: My Part In His Downfall - Spike Milligan review

MAY 2015

62. Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronivitch

63. Mrs Hemingway - Naomi Wood review

64. Clothes, Music, Boys - Viv Albertine review

65. Almost English - Charlotte Mendelson review

66. Claudine at St Clare's - Enid Blyton review

67. Hippy Dinners - Abbie Ross

68. Eminent Victorians - Lytton Strachey review

69. After You With the Pistol - Kyril Bonfiglioli review

JUNE 2015

70. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson (audio)

71. The Weather on the Streets - Rosamund Lehmann

72. Shakespeare on Toast - Ben Crystal

73. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank - T.E. Carhart review

74. This is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper

75. The Quietness - Alison Rattle

76. Fifth Formers at St Clare's - Enid Blyton review

77. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke (audio re-listen)

78. The Restoration of Otto Laird - Nigel Packer

79. The Beautifull Cassandra - Jane Austen

80. The Mesmerist - Barbara Ewing

JULY 2015

81. The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies - Martin Millar

82. Death Descends on Saturn Villa - M.R.C. Kasasian (audio)

83. Arsenic For Tea - Robin Stevens review

84. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow - Katherine Woodfine

85. To Romania with Love - Tessa Dunlop

86. Mrs Tim of the Regiment - D.E. Stevenson

87. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an IKEA wardrobe - Romain Puertolas


88. The Tea Chest - Josephine Moon review

89. Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada


90. Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan (audio) review

91. The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

92. Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop - Abby Clements review

93. First Class Murder - Robin Stevens review

94. Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

95. Regeneration - Pat Barker

96. The Humans - Matt Haig review


97. A Book of Dreams - Peter Reich review

98. The Norfolk Mystery - Ian Sansom review

99. Our Endless Numbered Days - Claire Fuller review

100. The Vet's Daughter - Barbara Comyns review

101. The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin

102. The Man in the Picture - Susan Hill 

103. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells - Sebastian Faulks review

104. The Robe of Skulls - Vivian French review


105. Disclaimer - Renee Knight (audio)

106. Appointment with Death - Agatha Christie

107. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - Katarina Bivald review

108. The Somnambulist - Essie Fox review

109. Slade House - David Mitchell review

110. With the Sound of the Sea - Charlotte Fairbairn review

111. The Road to Middlemarch - Rebecca Mead review


112. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (re-listen) 

113. A Boy Called Christmas - Matt Haig

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The Shameful Reckoning of My Books TBR   :blush2: 

Progress 32/232   :thud:

Link to Books Acquired 2015

Aaronovitch, Ben - Broken Homes

Aaronovitch, Ben - Whispers Underground

Abercrombie, Joe - The Heroes

Abercrombie, Joe - Red Country

Alison, Rosie - The Very Thought of You
Almond, David - The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

Amis, Kingsley - The Old Devils
Anderson, James - The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy
Atkinson, Kate - Started Early Took My Dog
Atwood, Margaret - The Blind Assassin
Barker, Pat - The Ghost Road

Barker, Pat - Regeneration

Barker, Pat - Toby's Room

Beauman, Ned - The Teleportation Accident

Benson, E.F. - Lucia Rising  

Binchy, Maeve - Whitethorn Woods
Bloom, Amy - Away

Boyd, William - Any Human Heart

Bradley, Alan - A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce 3)

Bradley, Alan - I Am Half Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce 4)

Bradley, James - The Resurrectionist

Bulgakov, Mikhail - The Master and Margarita
Bullington, Jesse - The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

Burnett, Frances Hodgson - A Little Princess

Burnett, Frances Hodgson - The Secret Garden

Burton, Jessie - The Miniaturist
Byatt, AS - Possession
Carey, Peter - Oscar and Lucinda

Carter, Angela - Nights at the Circus
Carter, Angela - The Passion of New Eve

Chang, Jung - Wild Swans
Christie, Agatha - Appointment with Death

Christie, Agatha - At Bertram's Hotel
Christie, Agatha - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Christie, Agatha - Death on the Nile
Christie, Agatha - Dumb Witness

Christie, Agatha - Five Little Pigs

Christie, Agatha - Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Christie, Agatha - Lord Edgware Dies

Christie, Agatha - The Murder at the Vicarage

Christie, Agatha - Murder on the Orient Express
Christie, Agatha - The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Christie, Agatha - One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Christie, Agatha - Peril at End House
Christie, Agatha - Third Girl

Clements, Abby - Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop
Coe, Jonathan - The Rotters Club 

Collis, John Stewart - The Worm Forgives the Plough

Connolly, John - Nocturnes
Craig, Amanda - Hearts and Minds

Cunningham, Michael - The Hours
Dahl, Roald - The BFG
Dahl, Roald - Charlie & the Glass Elevator
Dahl, Roald - The Witches
Dennys, Joyce - Henrietta Sees it Through (Bloomsbury)

Dickens, Charles - Dickens at Christmas

Drabble, Margaret - The Red Queen

Dumas, Alexandre - Robin Hood

Du Maurier, Daphne - The House on the Strand
Du Maurier, Daphne - Jamaica Inn

Eco, Umberto - The Name of the Rose

Eggers, Dave - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Englander, Nathan - The Ministry of Special Cases 
Eugenides, Jeffrey - My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead

Fallada, Hans - Alone in Berlin

Faulks, Sebastian - Birdsong
Fforde, Jasper - The Big Over Easy
Fforde, Jasper - The Fourth Bear

Fforde, Jasper - The Woman Who Died a Lot
Fitzgerald, F.Scott - The Beautiful and the Damned
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Tender is the Night
Fox, Essie - The Somnambulist

Flynn, Gillian - Gone Girl
French, Dawn - A Tiny Bit Marvellous
French, Vivien - The Robe of Skulls
Freud, Esther - The Sea House
Funke, Cornelia - Reckless

Gardner, Sally - The Red Necklace
Gibbons, Stella - Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

Gogol, Nikolai - The Collected Tales
Gold, Glen David - Carter Beats the Devil

Goss, Theodora - The Thorn and The Blossom
Grassic Gibbon, Lewis - Sunset Song

Green, Roger Lancelyn - King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Greene, Graham - Brighton Rock

Haddon, Mark - The Red House

Haig, Matt - The Last Family in England

Harkaway, Nick - Angelmaker
Hay, Sheridan - The Secret of Lost Things

Hill, Susan - Printer's Devil Court

Hill, Susan - The Man in the Picture
Hines, Barry - A Kestrel For a Knave

Hoare, Philip - Leviathan
Hornby, Nick - About a Boy
Hornby, Nick - A Long Way Down
Hornby, Nick - Juliet Naked
Hornby, Nick - Slam

Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Hustvedt, Siri - What I Loved
Irving, John - The Cider House Rules

Irving, John - The World According to Garp
Jacobson, Howard - The Finkler Question

Jonasson, Jonas - The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Jones, Sadie - The Outcast
Juster, Norton - The Phantom Tollbooth

Kingsolver, Barbara - The Lacuna

Kipling, Rudyard - The Jungle Book

Lakhous, Amara - Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
Lawrence, DH - Women in Love

Le Carre, John - The Spy who Came in from the Cold

Lessing, Doris - The Golden Notebook

Lindgren, Astrid - Emil and the Great Escape

Lindgren, Astrid - Emil and the Sneaky Rat

Lindgren, Astrid - Emil's Clever Pig

Lindgren, Astrid - Karlson Flies Again

Lindgren, Astrid - Karlson on the Roof

Lindgren, Astrid - Lotta Makes a Mess

Lindgren, Astrid - Lotta Says No

Lindgren, Astrid - Pippi Goes Abroad

Lindgren, Astrid - Pippi in the South Seas

Mantel, Hilary - Fludd

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - The Autumn of the Patriarch

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Leaf Storm
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - No One Writes to the Colonel

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Of Love and Other Demons

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

Maugham, Somerset - Ashenden

Maugham, Somerset - Christmas Holiday

Maugham, Somerset - Don Fernando

Maugham, Somerset - Liza of Lambeth

Maugham, Somerset - The Magician

Maugham, Somerset - The Narrow Corner

Maugham, Somerset - The Painted Veil

Maugham, Somerset - Up at the Villa
McGregor, Jon - If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
McPherson, Catriona - Dandy Gilver & the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains
Mistry, Rohinton - A Fine Balance

Mitford, Nancy - Don't Tell Alfred
Moers, Walter - The 1312 Lives of Captain Bluebear

Montgomery, LM - Anne of Green Gables

Moon, Josephine - The Tea Chest

Morrall, Clare - Natural Flights of the Human Mind
Morton, Kate - The House at Riverton
Murdoch, Iris - The Black Prince
Murdoch, Iris - The Flight from the Enchanter
Murdoch, Iris - The Unofficial Rose

Nesbit, E - The Railway Children

North, Claire - The First Fiifteen Lives of Harry August

Oksanen, Sofi - Purge
O'Neill, Joseph - Netherland
Orwell, George - Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Pratchett, Terry and Baxter, Stephen - The Long Earth

Preston, Caroline - Gatsby's Girl

Radcliffe, Ann - The Mysteries of Udolpho
Ransome, Arthur - Winter Holiday

Rhodes, Dan - This is Life

Rodriguez, Deborah - The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Rymer, James Malcolm - Sweeney Todd
Schlink, Bernard - The Reader
Sewell, Anna - Black Beauty

Smith, Ali - The Accidental
Spark, Muriel - Robinson
Spark, Muriel - The Comforters

Steinbeck, John - Cannery Row

Steinbeck, John - East of Eden

Steinbeck, John - The Pearl

Steinbeck, John - The Red Pony
Stevenson, DE - Mrs Tim of the Regiment

Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
Tartt, Donna - The Little Friend
Taylor, G.P. - Mariah Mundi & the Ghost Diamonds

Toksvig, Sandi - Valentine Grey
Townsend, Sue - Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
Townsend, Sue - Adrian Mole & the Weapons of Mass Destruction

Udall, Brady - The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint

Vickers, Sally - Miss Garnet's Angel

Walter, Jess - Beautiful Ruins
Waters, Sarah - Fingersmith
Waters, Sarah - The Night Watch

Welsh, Irvine - Trainspotting

Whipple, Dorothy - Someone at a Distance (Persephone)

Wilde, Oscar - The Importance of being Earnest

Williams, Nigel - East of Wimbledon

Williams, Nigel - They Came From SW19

Winterson, Jeanette - Sexing the Cherry

Winterson, Jeanette - The Daylight Gate

Winton, Tim - Cloudstreet

Wodehouse, PG - Right Ho, Jeeves

Non Fiction:

Betjeman, John - Trains and Buttered Toast

Bryson, Bill - Down Under

Child, Julia - My Life in France

Claridge L - Tamara De Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence

Crystal, Ben - Shakespeare on Toast

Defoe, Daniel - A Journal of the Plague Year
De Waal, Edmund - The Hare with Amber Eyes

Faulks, Sebastian - Faulks on Fiction
Fitzgerald, Penelope - So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald

Grove, Valerie - Laurie Lee: The Well Loved Stranger

Hodgson, Vere - Few Eggs and No Oranges (Persephone)
Holroyd, Michael - A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Helen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families
Keats, John - Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

Last, Nella - Nella Last's Peace

Manguel, Alberto - A Reading Diary

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Living to Tell the Tale
McCourt, Frank - Angela's Ashes
McCourt, Frank - Tis

McGrath, Alistair E - CS Lewis: A Life

Milligan, Spike - Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall

Milligan, Spike - It Ends with Magic

Milligan, Spike - 'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?'

Mosley, Diana - The Pursuit of Laughter
Murdoch, Iris - A Writer at War: the Letters and Diaries of Iris Murdoch 1939-1945
Nicholson, Virginia - Among the Bohemians
Ozma, Alice - The Reading Promise
Pasternak, Boris - Letters to Georgian Friends

Phillips, John - Violet to Vita: The Letters 
Powell, Julie - Julie & Julia
Proulx, Annie - Bird Cloud

Ronson, Jon - The Psychopath Test
Rugg, Julie & Murphy, Lynda - A Book Addicts Treasury

Sitwell, Edith - Selected Letters

Strachey, Lytton - Eminent Victorians

Van Gogh, Vincent - The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Webster, Jason - Andalus (on loan from Claire)

White, Florence - Good Things in England (Persephone)

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 1

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 2

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 3

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 4

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 5

Woolf, Virginia - The Letters of Virginia Woolf Vol 6

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Books read from the 1001 Books You Must Read before You Die by Peter Boxall - 2006 
Progress so far: 141/1001

987. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

985. Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
971. Candide - Voltaire
959. Evelina – Fanny Burney
940. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
938. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
937. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
936. Emma - Jane Austen

933. Persuasion - Jane Austen
932. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
931. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
919. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
916. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
913. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

910. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
909. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe

905. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
904. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
903. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë

902. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

900. Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell

898. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
897. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
896. Moby Dick - Herman Melville

892. Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
891. Villette – Charlotte Brontë
890. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

887. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
886. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

883. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

876. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
873. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
871. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
869. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
868. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

867. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
865. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
863. Little Woman - Louisa May Alcott

859. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
854. Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
853. Middlemarch - George Eliot
846. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
840. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

821. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
820. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

808. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
805. News from Nowhere – William Morris
804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

803. Diary of a Nobody - George & Weedon Grossmith
794. Dracula - Bram Stoker
790. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
789. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

776. The Ambassadors – Henry James

740. The Voyage Out - Virginia Woolf
699. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
698. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
695. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
686. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
680. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
675. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
671. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

656. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
650. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

643. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
619. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
611. The Years - Virginia Woolf

610. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
608. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
603. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
601. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson

596. Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood

584. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
566. The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford
564. Animal Farm - George Orwell
563. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
561. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

547. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

542. Love in a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
529. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
526. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
521. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

495. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
494. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tokien

484. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
481. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
478. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
474. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
467. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
465. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
459. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
457. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
456. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

451. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
450. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark

446. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
445. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
433. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
431. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark

399. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
367. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
365. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
354. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
352. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson

305. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
300. If On a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino

278. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin review
275. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
274. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro

272. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

260. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
237. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
236. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez

222. Beloved - Toni Morrison

196. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
172. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres

147. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

133. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
129. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

120. Mr Vertigo - Paul Auster

112. The Information – Martin Amis
92. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
90. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

89. The Hours - Michael Cunningham

86. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
69. Pastoralia – George Saunders
54. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
52. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
49. Life of Pi - Yann Martel

38. Gabriel's Gift - Hanif Kureishi

33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
28. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
26. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

15. The Colour – Rose Tremain
13. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
9. The Master – Colm Tóibín
6. The Sea – John Banville
3. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Modern Library: 200 Best Novels in English since 1950 
Progress 25/200

1. A Murder is Announced
2. Nothing - Henry Green
3. Power Without Glory - Frank Hardy
4. The Grand Sophy - Georgette Heyer
5. December Bride - Sam Hanna Bell

6. My Cousin Rachel - Daphne Du Maurier
7. The West Pier - Patrick Hamilton
8. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe - Carson McCullers
9. A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell

10. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
11. Invisible Man: A Novel - Ralph Ellison
12. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
13. The Natural - Bernard Malamud
14. The Financial Expert - R.K. Narayan
15. Wise Blood: A Novel - Flannery O'Connor

16. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
17. The Sword of Honour Trilogy - Evelyn Waugh
18. Private Life of an Indian Prince - Mulk Raj Anand
19. Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin
20. The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow
21. The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
22. The Go-Between - L.P. Hartley
23. The Echoing Grove - Rosamond Lehman
24. The Palm-Wine Drunkard - Amos Tutola
25. Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
26. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Tortoise and the Hare - Elizabeth Jenkins
28. The Flint Anchor - Sylvia Townsend Warner
29. Molloy: Malone Dies - Samuel Beckett
30. Recognitions - William Gaddis

31. The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
32. Lolita - Vladimir Nabakov
33. A Legacy - Sybille Bedford
34. Train to Pakistan - Khushwant Singh
35. Owls Do Cry - Janet Frame
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
37. Angel - Elizabeth Taylor
38. The Fountain Overflows - Rebecca West
39. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
40. Anecdotes of Destiny - Isak Dineson
41. From the Terrace - John O'Hara
42. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - Alan Sillitoe
43. Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
44. A Heritage and its History - Ivy Compton-Burnett
45. The Little Disturbances of Man - Grace Paley
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
47. Balkan Trilogy - Olivia Manning
48. Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetrology: (
Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest) - John Updike
49. Jeeves in the Offing - P.G. Wodehouse
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
51. A House for Mr Biswas - V.S. Naipaul 
52. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
53. Riders in the Chariot - Patrick White
54. That's How it Was - Maureen Duffy
55. The Reivers - William Faulkner
56. The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing
57. The Lonely Girl - Edna O'Brien
58. Ship of Fools - Katherine Anne Porter
59. The Little Girls - Elizabeth Bowen
60. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carre
61. The Group - Mary McCarthy
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
63. Herzog - Saul Bellow
64. Heartland - Wilson Harris
65. Last Exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby
66. Memoirs of a Peon - Frank Sargeson
67. Interpreters - Wole Soyinka
68. A Jest of God - Margaret Laurence
69. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
70. The Jewel in the Crown - Paul Scott
71. Cotters England - Christina Stead
72. The Confessions of Nat Turner - William Styron
73. A Grain of Wheat - Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
74. In the Heart of the Country - William H. Gass
75. The Nice and the Good - Iris Murdoch
76. The Unfortunates - B.S. Johnson
77. Happiness and other Stories - Mary Lavin
78. The Godfather - Mario Puzo
79. Fifth Business - Robertson Davies
80. Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian
81. The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
82. St. Urbain's Horseman - Mordecai Richler
83. Black List, section H - Francis Stuart
84. The Optomist's Daughter - Eudora Welty
85. The Siege of Krishnapur - J.G. Farrell
86. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
87. Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
88. Heat and Dust - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
89. Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses - David Lodge
90. The Lost Salt Gift of Blood - Alistair Macleod
91. Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
92. Saville - David Storey
93. Injury Time - Beryl Bainbridge
94. Falconer - John Cheever
95. A Book of Common Prayer - Joan Didion
96. Ice Age - Margaret Drabble
97. Tirra Lirra by the River - Jessica Andersen
98. Plumb - Maurice Gee
99. The Human Factor - Graham Greene
100. Murderer - Roy Heath
101. The Cement Garden - Ian McEwan
102. The Year of the French - Thomas Flanagan
103. From the Fifteenth District - Mavis Gallant
104. Burger's Daughter - Nadine Gordimer
105. Sleepless Nights - Elizabeth Hardwick
106. The Executioner's Song - Norman Mailer
107. A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul
108. Earthly Powers - Anthony Burgess
109. The Transit of Venus - Shirley Hazzard
110. Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
111. Lamb - Bernard MacLaverty
112. Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
113. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
114. Puffball - Fay Weldon
115. Lanark - Alasdair Gray
116. Red Dragon - Thomas Harris
117. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
118. A Flag for Sunrise - Robert Stone
On the Black Hill - Bruce Chatwin
120. Schindler's Ark - Thomas Keneally 
121. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
122. A Boys Own Story - Edmund White
Money - Martin Amis
124. Empire of the Sun - J.G. Ballard
125. Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
126. In Custody - Anita Desai
127. Nation of Fools - Balraj Khanna
128. Machine Dreams - Jayne Anne Phillips
129. Family and Friends - Anita Brookner
130. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
131. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurty
132. Black Robe - Brian Moore
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
134. The Sportswriter - Richard Ford
135. An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
136. A Summons to Memphis - Peter Taylor
137. Dark Adapted Eye - Barbara Vine
138. Ellen Foster - Kaye Gibbons
139. Double Whammy - Carl Hiaasen
140. Misery - Stephen King
Beloved - Toni Morrison
142. In the Skin of a Lion - Michael Ondaatje
143. Other Garden - Francis Wyndham
144. Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey
145. Where I'm Calling From - Raymond Carver
146. Paris Trout - Pete Dexter
147. Sugar Mother - Elizabeth Jolley
148. Forty-seventeen - Frank Moorhouse
149. Ice Candy Man - Bapsi Sidhwa
150. Breathing Lessons - Anne Tyler
151. The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe
152. The Book of Evidence - John Banville
153. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love - Oscar Hijuelos

154. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
155. Possession - A.S. Byatt
156. Age of Iron - J.M. Coetzee
157. A Home at the End of the World - Michael Cunningham
158. The Snapper - Roddy Doyle
159. Get Shorty - Elmore Leonard
160. Amongst Women - John McGahern
161. The Great World - David Malouf
162. Friend of My Youth - Alice Munro
163. Regeneration Trilogy - Pat Barker
164. Wise Children - Angela Carter
165. A Strange and Sublime Address - Amit Chaudhuri
166. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
167. Redundancy of Courage - Timothy Mo
168. Mating - Norman Rush
169. Downriver - Iain Sinclair
170. A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley
171. Reading Turgenev - William Trevor
172. Cloudstreet - Tim Winton
173. Death and Nightingales - Eugene McCabe
174. The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCabe
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
176. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
177. River Sutra - Gita Mehta
178. My Idea of Fun - Will Self
The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
180. Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
What a Carve Up - Jonathan Coe
182. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
183. The Folding Star - Alan Hollinghurst
184. Original Sin - P.D. James
185. How Late it Was, How Late - James Kelman
186. The Tortilla Curtain - T. Coraghessan Boyle
The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald
188. A Fine Balance - Mistry Rohinton
189. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
190. Asylum - Patrick McGrath
191. Last Orders - Graham Swift
192. Night in Question - Tobias Wolff
193. Quarantine - Jim Crace
194. Underworld - Don Delillo
195. American Pastoral - Philip Roth
196. Lady from Guatemala - V.S. Pritchett
197. The Magus - John Fowles
198. So Long, See You Tomorrow - William Maxwell
199. Children's Bach - Helen Garner
200. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

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:) Book Club Forum Member's Favourite Fiction Reads  :)


Kylie's Favourite Fiction (progress 24/40)
Jane Austen - Emma
Jane Austen - Pride & Prejudice

John Banville - The Body of Evidence
Ray Bradbury - Farenheit 451

Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Italo Calvino - If On a Winter's Night a Traveller
John Connolly - The Book of Lost Things
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

Alexandre Dumas - Count of Monte Christo
Mark Dunn - Ella Minnow Pea
Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex

Michel Faber - The Crimson Petal and the White
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything is Illuminated
George & Weedon Grossmith - Diary of a Nobody
Joseph Heller - Catch 22
Susan Hill - The Woman in Black
Jack Kerouac - On the Road

Jack Kerouac - The Town and the City
Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
Steig Larsson - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird
Erich Maria Marquez - All Quiet on the Western Front
Margaret Mitchell - Gone With the Wind
Vladimir Nabakov - Lolita
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
John Steinbeck - Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men
Bram Stoker - Dracula

Hunter.S. Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Tim Winton - Cloudstreet

Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

Frankie's Favourite Fiction (progress 35/103)
Boris Akunin - The Winter Queen

Ingvar Ambjørnsen - Elling series
Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen - Persuasion
Iain Banks - Wasp Factory

Muriel Barbery - The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Linwood Barclay - Too Close to Home
Robert Bloch - Psycho
John Boyne - Crippen

John Boyne - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Poppy Z. Brite - Exquisite Corpse

Karin Brunk Holmqvist - Pieni potenssipuoti

Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange

Chelsea Cain - Heartsick
Truman Capote - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Agatha Christie - Ten little Niggers
Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jeffery Deaver - Lincoln Rhyme series
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Lucy Dillon - The Secret of Happy Ever After

Emma Donoghue - Room
Daphne du Maurier - My Cousin Rachel
Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex

Michel Faber - Under the Skin
Jasper Fforde - The Eyre Affair
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones's Diary

Fannie Flagg - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Peter Franzén - Tumman veden päällä

Stephen Fry - The Hippopotamus

Alex Garland - The Beach

Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of Al-Rassan

Linda Gillard - Emotional Geology

William Goldman - The Marathon Man

John Grogan - Marley and Me
Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Matt Haig - The Last Family in England
Anna-Leena Härkönen - Häräntappoase

Daniil Harms - Incidences

Charlaine Harris - Sookie Stackhouse series
Joanne Harris - Gentleman & Players
Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises

Nick Hornby - Juliet, Naked
Siri Hustvedt - The Summer Without Men

Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of Hills
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip

Katja Kallio - Kuutamolla

John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces

Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon

Stephen King - Cujo

Stephen King - Green Mile

Stephen King - The Stand

Sophie Kinsella - Twenties Girl
Andrey Kurkov - Death & the Penguin
Tuomas Kyrö - Mielensäpahoittaja

Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island

Ira Levin - Rosemary's Baby

Jeff Lindsay - Dexter
Vaino Linna - The Unknown Soldier
Jennifer Lynch - The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (and you need to watch the TV show!!)

Vladimar Nabokov - Lolita

Irene Nemirovsky - The Ball

Grace Metalious - Peyton Place

David Mitchell - Black Swan Green
Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind
Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret of Bees

L.M. Montgomery - The Blue Castle
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons - Watchmen
Haruki Murakami - Sputnik Sweetheart
Sofi Oksanen - Purge
Ann Patchett - Bel Canto

Inna Patrakova - Naapurit

Dan Rhodes - Gold
Anne Rice - Interview with a Vampire

Kauko Röyhkä - Kaksi aurinkoa

Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince

Pirkko Saisio - Punainen erokirja

Sapphire - Push!

Erich Segal - Love Story
Mary Ann Shaffer - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion
Anita Shreve - The Weight of Water
Linda Lay Shuler - She Who Remembers

Nevil Shute - Pied Piper

Dai Sijie - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Karin Slaughter - Grant County + Will Trent series
Robert Louis Stevenson - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Garth Stein - The Art of Racing in the Rain

John Steinbeck - The Wayward Bus

Kathryn Stockett - The Help

Bram Stoker - Dracula
Patrick Suskind - Perfume
Vikas Swarup - Q&A

Donna Tartt - The Secret History
Jari Tervo - Pyhiesi yhteyteen

Voltaire - Candide
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five
Sarah Waters - Fingersmith
Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting
Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest

Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the Wind
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

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:smile: Book Club Forum Member's Favourite Non-Fiction  :smile:

Kylie's Favourite Non-Fiction (progress 3/13)
Bill Bryson - Down Under
Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
AB Facey - A Fortunate Life
Tim Flannery - The Explorers
Tim Flannery - The Birth of Sydney

Anne Frank - The Diary of Anne Frank
Helene Hanff - 84 Charing Cross Road
Steven D. Levitt - Freaconomics
Sylvia Plath - The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Andrew Solomon - The Noonday Demon
Martin Toseland - A Steroid Hit the Earth

Frankie's Favourite Non-Fiction (
progress 3/28)
Sylvia Beach - Shakespeare and Company
Constance Briscoe - Ugly
Vincent Bugliosi - Helter Skelter
Augusten Burroughs - A Wolf at the Table
Augusten Burroughs - Dry
Augusten Burroughs - Magical Thinking
Augusten Burroughs - Possible Side Effects

Augusten Burroughs - Running with Scissors
Alain de Botton - How Proust Can Change Your Life
Peggy Claude-Pierre - The Secret Language of Eating Disorders
Pamela Druckerson - French Children Don't Throw Food

Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl
Philip Gonzalez - The Dog Who Rescues Cats
John Grogan - Marley and Me
Ronald Hayman - The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath

Nick Hornby - The Complete Polysyllabic Spree
Lesley McDowell - Between the Sheets - The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers
Motley Crue - The Dirt
Vicki Myron - Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Christopher V.V. Parnell - Hell's Prisoner
Dave Peltzer - A Child Called It
Flora Rheta Scheiber - Sybil
Mary Roach - Stiff - The Life of the Human Cadavers
Ann Rule - The Stranger Beside Me
Deborah Spungen - And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of her Daughter's Murder
Danny Wallace - Yes Man
Tobias Wolff - This Boys Life
Tuula-Liina Varis - Kilpikonna ja olkimarsalkka

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Books bought/acquired in 2015


Progress: 61/70



Akunin, Boris - The Winter Queen (from Claire)

Austen, Jane - The Beautifull Cassandra (on loan from Claire)

Bivald, Katarina - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Black, Holly - Doll Bones (from lovely Claire)

Blyton, Enid - First Term at Malory Towers

Blyton, Enid - Second Form at Malory Towers

Blyton, Enid - Third Year at Malory Towers

Blyton, Enid - Upper Fourth at Malory Towers

Blyton, Enid - In the Fifth at Malory Towers 

Blyton, Enid - Last Term at Malory Towers

Blyton, Enid - The Twins at St Clare's

Blyton, Enid - The O'Sullivan Twins

Blyton, Enid - Summer Term at St Clare's

Blyton, Enid - Second Form at St Clare's

Blyton, Enid - Claudine at St Clare's

Blyton, Enid - Fifth Formers at St Clare's

Bonfiglioli, Kyril - After You With the Pistol

Bonfiglioli, Kyril - Don't Point That Thing At Me (from lovely Claire)

Bonfiglioli, Kyril - Something Nasty in the Woodshed 

Bradley, Alan - I am Half-Sick of Shadows (from lovely Claire)

Calvino, Italo - If On a Winter's Night a Traveller

Carhart, T.E. - The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Carr, J.L. - A Month in the Country

Chevallier, Gabriel - Clochemerle

Comyns, Barbara - The Vet's Daughter

Connolly, Cressida - My Former Heart

Crowe, Sara - Campari for Breakfast

Ewing, Barbara - The Mesmerist

Faulks, Sebastian - Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Haig, Matt - The Humans (from lovely Claire .. Alan's book but I'm not going to let that stop me  :blush2: )

Hall, Louisa - The Carriage House

Healey, Emma - Elizabeth Is Missing

Hwang, Sun-mi - The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

Jefferson Farjeon, J - Mystery In White

Lauraine, Antoine - The Red Notebook

Lehmann, Rosamond - Invitation to the Waltz (from lovely Janet)

Lehmann, Rosamond - The Weather in the Streets

Mendelson, Charlotte - Almost English

Millar, Martin - The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies (on loan from Claire)

Mitchell, David - Slade House

Moore Fitzgerald, Sarah - The Apple Tart of Hope (on loan from Claire)

O'Flynn, Catherine - The News Where You Are

Packer, Nigel - The Restoration of Otto Laird

Puertolas, Romain - The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe

Rattle, Alison - The Quietness (on loan from Claire)

Ribchester, Lucy - The Hourglass Factory

Roberts, Michele - Fair Exchange

Sanmartin Fenollera, Natalia - The Awakening of Miss Prim 

Sansom, Ian - The Norfolk Mystery (from lovely Claire)

Sijie, Dai - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath (from lovely Kylie) 

Stevens, Robin - Arsenic for Tea (on loan from Claire)

Stevens, Robin - First Class Murder (on loan from Claire)

Stevens, Robin - Murder Most Unladylike (on loan from Claire) 

Stibbe, Nina - Man at the Helm

Takashi, Hiraide - The Guest Cat (from lovely Claire)

Tropper, Jonathan - One Last Thing Before I Go (on loan from Claire)

Tropper, Jonathan - This Is Where I Leave You (from lovely Frankie)

Truss, Lynne - Cat Out Of Hell (on loan from Claire) 

Wood, Lucy - Diving Belles (on loan from Claire)

Wood, Naomi - Mrs Hemingway

Woodfine, Katherine - The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow


Non Fiction:

Albertine, Viv - Clothes, Music, Boys

Dunlop, Tessa - To Romania with Love

Garfield, Simon (editor) - My Dear Bessie: A Love Story in Letters

Mead, Rebecca - The Road to Middlemarch

Mitchell, David - Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse

Reich, Peter - A Book of Dreams

Ross, Abbie - Hippy Dinners

Thomson, Graeme - Under the Ivy

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Poached Quotes on Toasts
Toast Quotes 2012
Toast Quotes 2013
Toast Quotes 2014
Third Year at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
A bell rang. "Dinner!" yelled Belinda. "I'm starving. Rotten breakfasts we get here!" "Rotten!" agreed everyone. They had all eaten big plates of porridge and milk, scrambled eggs and toast and marmalade, but it was always agreed that the food was "rotten" - unless, of course, an outsider dared to criticize the food, and then it suddenly became "too wizard for words."
(Fickle little beasts! :D
The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
He loved to watch the children reading in the sun, stretched out on the lawn, perched in the comfortable old branches of a tree, munching on apples, devouring buttered toast, leaving sticky fingerprints on his beloved books.
(Yes .. to really love a book .. you mustn't be afraid to leave sticky fingerprints on it .. or worry about anyone else doing it .. easier said than done though.)
The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
He took to lying in his bath for hours and clambering out in the evenings for a little dry toast and a lot of tea before limping wordlessly back to lock himself in his bedroom.
(I'm not really a lover of dry toast ..I will eat it .. better than nothing but it's almost a form of punishment.)
Fair Exchange by Michele Roberts
The cold pork fat on the hot toast tasted earthy and salty. It's richness clotted their tongues. They licked their fingers, contented as cats.
(I've not had this ... sounds disgusting .. but delightful  :blush2: )
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
After six months I introduced a second breakfast consisting of two slices of toast and honey, a teatime snack of cake (from the cake tree), a sundowner (mushrooms with blue cauliflower) and a selection of fruit before retiring for the night.
(I'm very interested in the cake tree :D)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
The song comes to an end and I'm just about to suggest a piece of toast when the next one starts. The bread, soft with a crusty top, is ready sliced, but now I see there's a notice above it: No More Toast! 
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Despite Mr Norrell's tuttings and suckings-in of air at every new revelation, there is no doubt that this conversation did him good. When Lucas entered the room ten minutes later with a pot of chocolate, he was composedly eating toast and preserves and appeared entirely different from the anxious, fretful creature he had been earlier that morning.
(It wasn't the conversation that did him good ... obvs it was the toast!!)  
Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens
Daisy stopped on the first-floor landing. 'Aren't we going to breakfast?' I asked, because even though exciting things were going on all around me, I couldn't stop my stomach wanting toast and marmalade.
(Perfectly understandable and natural!)

The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester

On the parlour table sat a rack of toast, slowly curling in on itself.

(Shameful .. nothing more sad than neglected toast.)

The Curse of the House of Foskett

Sidney Grice ground his burnt toast into a powder and sprinkled it into his bowl of prune juice.

(Not the actions of a sane person imo.)

The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer

'We'd like to film a few shots of you preparing breakfast.' 'Breakfast? Do people really want to see that sort of thing?' 'It won't be anything too complicated. Buttering the toast, putting on the kettle. Do you think you can manage it?'

(I could butter toast in my sleep .. I frequently do!)

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

They carried on with weary doggedness. Ursula cheered herself up with the thought of buttered toast, although Phillimore Gardens was out of butter and unless Millie had gone out and queued (unlikely), there was no bread either.

(Sad  .. I hope Millie had queued.)

Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe

Poor Buddleia has to endure ice baths and corporal punishment, and complains of a complete lack of toast, though she can smell it coming from the nun's kitchen. 


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Poppyshake's English Counties Challenge (the most famous books associated with each English county)


For more info visit the English Counties Challenge forum


Progress 28/48 (but some of those read will be re-read)


Bedfordshire: My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates
Berkshire: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Bristol: The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young
Buckinghamshire: The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Cambridgeshire: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
Cheshire: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
City of London: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cornwall: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (on shelf)
Cumbria: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Derbyshire: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Devon: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Dorset: Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
County Durham: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
East Riding of Yorkshire: South Riding by Winifred Holtby

East Sussex: Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Essex: The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James
Gloucestershire: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
Greater London: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Greater Manchester: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

HampshireWatership Down by Richard Adams

Herefordshire: On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
Hertfordshire: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Isle of Wight: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Kent: The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates
Lancashire: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Leicestershire: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend

Lincolnshire: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Merseyside: An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
Norfolk: The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

North Yorkshire: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Northamptonshire: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Northumberland: The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin
Nottinghamshire: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Oxfordshire: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Rutland: Set In Stone by Robert Goddard
Shropshire: Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse
Somerset: Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
South Yorkshire: A Kestral For A Knave by Barry Hines
Staffordshire: The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett

Suffolk: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Surrey: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Tyne and Wear: Another World by Pat Barker
Warwickshire: Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes

West Midlands: Middlemarch by George Eliot
West Sussex: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
West Yorkshire: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wiltshire: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Worcestershire: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

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Akunin, Boris - Murder on the Leviathan

Akunin, Boris - The Death of Achilles

Baker, Tiffany - The Gilly Salt Sisters

Bradley, Alan - Speaking From Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce 5)

Bradley, Alan - The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce 6)

Bukowski, Charles - Ham on Rye

Chabon, Michael - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Comyns, Barbara - Who Was Changed and Who was Dead
Doshi, Tishani - The Pleasure Seekers
Earle, Steve - I'll Never Get Out of This World
Egan, Jennifer - The Invisible Circus

Elphinstone, Margaret - Light

Gaiman, Neil & Pratchett, Terry - Good Omens

Hartley, L.P. - The Go-Between

Hoffman, Alice - Nightbird

Kennedy Toole, John - A Confederacy of Dunces

Laurain, Antoine - The President's Hat 
Lehmann, Rosamund - Dusty Answer

Meloy, Colin - Wildwood

Mitchell, Gladys - Watson's Choice

Morrall, Clare - The Roundabout Man
Murray, Paul - An Evening of Long Goodbyes

Nesbo, Jo - The Redbreast

Novik, Naomi - Uprooted

O'Loughlin, Ann - The Ballroom Cafe

Pears, Tim - Disputed Land
Pierre, DBC - Vernon God Little
Pratchett, Terry - Dodger

Richardson, CS - The Emperor of Paris
Rogan, Charlotte - The Lifeboat

Sayers, Dorothy. L. - Whose Body?

Segal, Erich - The Class
Silverstone, Shel - Falling Up

Waugh, Evelyn - A Handful of Dust
Waugh, Evelyn - Vile Bodies
Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth

Williams, Tennessee - A Streetcar Named Desire

Wood, Lucy - Weathering
Woolf, Virginia - The Waves

Wroe, Simon - Chop Chop

Non Fiction:
Beach, Sylvia - The Letters of Sylvia Beach
Bowker, Gordon - George Orwell
Carter, Angela - Expletives Deleted

Henshaw, Sarah - The Bookshop that Floated
Lurie, Leslie Gilbert & Rita - Bending Toward the Sun : A Mother and Daughter Memoir

Miller, Andy - The Year of Reading Dangerously

Mitford, Nancy - A Talent to Annoy
Nabakov, Vladimir - Speak, Memory

O'Brien, Edna - Country Girl
Plath, Sylvia - The Unabridged Journals
Reid, Christopher - The Letters of Ted Hughes

Wheeler, Thom - One Steppe Beyond

Weiss, Luisa - My Berlin Kitchen 

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I am now officially open .. welcome one and all  :smile:  :cows:


As always, make yourselves comfy. Hope you will pop in often .. I hope I will pop in often for that matter  :blush2: I'm not quite back to full strength as far as reading is concerned so I'm relying on you to tempt me and generally egg me on. I think I was pretty good in not buying too many books .. too good in fact plus I've had a bit of a clear out and taken some books to the charity shop so there is actual space on my bookshelves .. plus I was bought a new bookshelf for Christmas  :D .. woohoo!! Obviously I need to do something about that as an empty bookshelf is a sad bookshelf .. visitors might take me for a non-reader or something  :o Again I'll be looking to you for inspiration :) 


Hope you all have a great reading year xx I must tackle Virginia again this year .. when I'm feeling more robust :D

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Hope you have a great reading year, Kay, and a happy and healthy one, too :smile:


Oh, it's nice to know you've bought a new bookshelf just for science fiction.  Well done! :D

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Good luck with the reading and health this year Kay.  You've certainly put Virginia's toughest on your list (at least that's how I have found it so far, with just Night and Day to go of her novels).  Really pleased to see Margaret Elphinstone on your list too - one of the most overlooked writers I know - I think she's wonderful. 

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Books bought/acquired in 2015



Jefferson Farjeon, J - Mystery In White

I very nearly got you that for Christmas. I'm so glad I didn't! :)


Happy reading in 2015, lovely lady xx

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Happy reading and best wishes for a healthy year ahead!

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Hope you have a great reading year, Kay, and a happy and healthy one, too :smile:

Thanks Steve .. you too :hug:

Oh, it's nice to know you've bought a new bookshelf just for science fiction.  Well done! :D

:oIt's going straight back to the shop if that's what's expected of it  :D 

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Good luck with the reading and health this year Kay.  You've certainly put Virginia's toughest on your list (at least that's how I have found it so far, with just Night and Day to go of her novels).  Really pleased to see Margaret Elphinstone on your list too - one of the most overlooked writers I know - I think she's wonderful. 

Thanks Will :) I had a poor year last year and Virginia didn't even get a look in so I'm determined to put that right and I might as well throw myself in at the deep end .. actually I do have a partial understanding of how The Waves scans etc as I heard it dramatised on radio once .. it was very challenging to say the least. Very apt title .. I daresay I'll be all at sea :D I've heard a lot of good things about Margaret Elphinstone so I'm looking forward to reading her. Probably add more of her titles then .. have you got a favourite?

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I very nearly got you that for Christmas. I'm so glad I didn't! :)

I expect Santa tipped you the wink about it  :D

Happy reading in 2015, lovely lady xx

Happy reading lovely Janet :hug:

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I wish you a good reading year in 2015, Kay :)!

Happy reading and best wishes for a healthy year ahead!

Hope you have a really lovely reading year! :)

Thank you so much lovely ladies :hug: Wishing you all a healthy and a happy reading year too xx  

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Have a great reading year Poppyshake :) 

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