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      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.
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Bobblybear's Book List - 2016

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Welcome to my book thread for 2016! :exc: Feel free to post, as I have done all my lists - with the exception of my wishlist that I'm trying to somehow import from Amazon. I don't want to type out 390 books manually. :weeping:

 

I'm going to stick with the rating system that I have used for the past couple of years, but I have changed the descriptions against each rating as the previous one is too heavily weighted to 'enjoyable books'. I felt I needed another category in between "I didn't like it" and "It was ok". :D

 

1/6: It was awful!!!
2/6: It was readable, but I didn't enjoy it all that much
3/6: It was ok
4/6: I really liked it
5/6: It was amazing - I loved it!
6/6: Simply outstanding - on my 'best of all time' list

 

As usual, I want to read about 60 books in the year. As for a limit on buying them....pfffftt!! Not gonna happen. :blush2:

 

I've also added a post - which will be a live post - of books that I mean to read within the next few months. I'm forever saying, "I'll read that one next!" and it just never happens and I just lose track. So hopefully this will give me a bit more focus on books that I really want to read immediately (as opposed to languishing on my TBR pile for 10 years).

 

 

 

Happy reading, everyone! :e010:

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Books Read This Year

 

January

 

Under The Skin - Michel Faber

Geek Girl - Holly Smale

Joyland - Stephen King

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

The Pact - Jodi Picoult

I Am The Messenger - Markus Zusak

The Girl With All The Gifts - M R Carey

Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt and  Stephen J Dubner

 

February

 

Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami

Runner - Patrick Lee

Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan

Take Me With You - Catherine Ryan Hyde

Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson

 

March

 

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami

The Abominable - Dan Simmons

A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

 

April

 

The Long Song - Andrea Levy

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris

Our Endless Numbered Days - Claire Fuller

Beatrice and Virgil - Yann Martel

Micro - Michael Crichton

Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon (abandoned)

Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay

Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee

 

May

 

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

The Ice Twins - SK Tremayne (abandoned)

Gillespie and I - Jane Harris

Bellman and Black - Diane Setterfield

The Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling

 

June

 

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

The Red House - Mark Haddon

The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson

The Penultimate Truth - Philip K Dick

Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuval

Coldbrook - Tim Lebbon

The Doll Maker - Richard Montanari

Columbine - Dave Cullen

After Dark - Haruki Murakami

 

July

 

Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver

Finders Keepers - Stephen King

Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay

The Silent Sister - Diane Chamberlain

This Must Be The Place - Maggie O'Farrell

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters In The End - Atul Gawande

Chocolate Wars - Deborah Cadbury

Nod - Adrian Barnes (abandoned)

Forensics - Val McDermid

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling

 

August

 

The Bees - Laline Paull

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Caitlin Doughty

The Hills is Lonely - Lillian Beckwith

Ham On Rye - Charles Bukowski

This Is Life - Dan Rhodes

 

September

 

The Book of Strange New Things - Michel Faber

Flight Behaviour - Barbara Kingsolver

The Strange Library - Haruki Murakami

Behind Closed Doors - Elizabeth Haynes (abandoned)

A Wrinkle In Time  - Madeleine L'Engle

 

October

 

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

When Will There Be Good News - Kate Atkinson

The Stand (Graphic Novel) - Stephen King

The Rook - Daniel O'Malley (abandoned)

Dark Matter - Michelle Paver

Snowdrops - AD Miller

A Life In Death: Memoirs of a Cotwsold Funeral Director - James Baker

Follow You Home - Mark Edwards

Wonder - RJ Palacio

 

 

November

 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood

The Last Letter From Your Lover - Jojo Moyes

 

December

 

David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

Reamde - Neal Stephenson

More Than This - Patrick Ness

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - Marie Kondo

1Q84 (Book 1 and 2) - Haruki Murakami

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Books Purchased This Year
 
The Other Son - Nick Alexander
Wilbur Smith Trilogy: Hungry as the Sea, Elephant Song and Wild Justice - Wilbur Smith
Her Mother's Shadow - Diane Chamberlain
Home - Matt Dunn
A Short History of England - Simon Jenkins
The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood
Sister - Rosamund Lupton
The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu, Ken Liu
The Rook - Daniel O'Malley
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
Our Endless Numbered Days - Claire Fuller
Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Happens in the End - Atul Gawande
Night Film - Marisha Pessl
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - Natasha Pulley
Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the summit of Mount Everest - Bear Grylls
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science - Atul Gawande
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Caitlin Doughty
Follow You Home - Mark Edwards
Without A Doubt - Marcia Clark
Bird Box - Josh Malerman
The Pursuaders: The Hidden Industry That Wants to Change Your Mind - James Garvey
How To Be Alone - Jonathan Franzen
This Thing of Darkness - Harry Thompson
The Rotten Heart of Europe: Dirty War for Europe's Money - Bernard Connolly
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection - JK Rowling
The Revenant - Michael Punke
The Machine That Changed The World - James Womack, Daniel T Jones, Daniel Roos
A Life In Death: Memoirs of a Cotwsold Funeral Director - James Baker
The Stand (Marvel graphic novel) - Stephen King
Dark Matter: A Ghost Story - Michelle Paver
What You See Is What You Get - Alan Sugar
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
A Million Years In A Day: A Curious History of Daily Life - Greg Jenner
New York - Edward Rutherfurd
Outlander - Diane Gabaldon
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy : The Trilogy of Five - Douglas Adams
Anathem - Neal Stephenson
More Than This - Patrick Ness
Parkland - Vincent Bugliosi
The Sheep Look Up - John Brunner
My Year of Meats - Ruth Ozeki
Kamikaze Kangaroos! - Tony James Slater
The Host - Stephenie Meyer
The Godforsaken Daughter - Christine McKenna
IT - Stephen King (only £0.99 - such a bargain!!)
Us - David Nicholls
The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man - Luke Harding
The Last Runaway - Tracy Chevalier
The Little Book of Big History: The Story of Life, The Universe and Everything - Ian Crofton, Jeremy Black

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot - Robert McFarlane

Introducing Psychology - Nigel Benson

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Cary Elwes

The Girl You Left Behind - JoJo Moyes

The Painted Bridge - Wendy Wallace

We Were Liars - E Lockhart

When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Secrethood - Rebecca Wells

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - Marie Kondo

Sapiens - Yuval Harari

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Wishlist Books

 

Monsters - Emerald Fennell

The Door - Magda Szabo

Forensic Cassebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation - NE Genge

Interview With The Vampire - Anne Rice

The First Human - Anne Gibbons

Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins - John Gurche

Beautiful Broken Things - Sara Barnard

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet- Becky Chambers

Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks

After You - JoJo Moyes

Clay - Melissa Harrison

Alive - Scott Sigler

Beyond The Great Indoors - Ingvar Ambjorsen

Stuffocation: Living More with Less - James Wallman

Point of Impact - Stephen Hunter

The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson

Headhunters - Jo Nesbo

Shame - Melanie Finn

A Borrowed Man - Gene Wolfe

The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud - Ben Sherwood

Native Son - Richard Wright

Halfmen of O - Maurice Gee

Little, Big - John Crowley

Weightless - Sarah Bannan

Peace - Gene Wolfe

The Last Leaves Falling - Sarah Benwell

Disclaimer - Renee Knight

Berlin Game - Len Deighton

Memory Man - David Baldacci

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Yes Please  - Amy Poehler

Solitaire - Alice Oseman

The Year of the Locust - Terry Hayes

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Paranormal Intruder - Caroline Mitchell

The Deal Lands - Benjamin Percy

Smarter Investing - Tim Hale

The Shrinking Man - Richard Matheson

The Quiet Earth - Craig Harrison

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work - Paul Babiak, Robert D Hare

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth - James Lovelock

The Jewel - Amy Ewing

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

The Farm: The Story of One Family and the English Countryside - Richard Benson

A Shepherd's Watch: Through the Seasons with One Man and his Dogs - David Kennard

The Bullet - Mary Louise Kelly

The Undertaker's Daughter - Kate Mayfield

Beside the Sea - Veronique Olmi, Adriana Hunter

Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - William L Shirer

Campari for Breakfast - Sara Crowe

Wreckage - Emily Bleeker

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes - Anna McPartlin

The Death House - Sarah Pinborough

Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens

Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig

On the trail of the Assassins - Jim Garrison

So You've Been Publicly Shamed - Jon Ronson

The Children of Men - PD James

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? - Alan Weisman

Butterflies and Late Loves - Margaret Fountaine

Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens - Deborah Cadbury

Seven Wonders of the Industrial World - Deborah Cadbury

Grain Brain - David Perlmutter

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Until You're Mine - Samantha Hayes

Spin - Robert Charles Wilson

Narrow Dog To Carcassonne - Terry Darlington

The Girl Who Couldn't Read - John Harding

The Dynamite Room - Jason Hewitt

The Dog - Kerstin Ekman

Lexion - Max Barry

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer - Hannes Rastam

The Sixth Extinction - Elizabeth Kolbert

The Human Age - Diane Ackerman

The Things That Keep Us Here - Carla Buckley

A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick

Heading Out to Wonderful - Robert Goolrick

Without Conscience - Robert D Hare

Games People Play - Eric Berne

Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty

Very Long Engagement - Sebastian Japrisot

Misspent Youth - Peter F Hamilton

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

Beloved - Toni Morrison

Speedboat - Renata Adler

The Dispossessed - Ursula Le Guin

Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

Fatherland - Robert Harris

A Captain's Duty - Richard Phillips

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

This Thing of Darkness - Harry Thompson

Darwin - Adrian Desmond, James R Moore

The World is a Wedding - Wendy Jones

The Shadow Year - Hannah Mitchell

A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood

Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine

This is Life - Dan Rhodes

Capital - Maureen Duffy

Where the Hell is Tuvalu - Ohilip Ells

Unwind - Neal Shusterman

The Geek Atlas - John Graham-Cumming

The Making of Tesco - Sarah Ryle

The Accounting - William Lashner

The Razor's Edge - W Somerset Maugham

Midnight Cactus - Bella Pollen

The Class - Erich Segal

Underworld - Don DeLillo

People Who Eat Darkness - Richard Lloyd Parry

The Executioner's Song - Norman Mailer

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman - James Gleick

Jam - Yahtzee Croshaw

Parkland - Vincent Bugliosi

Sweet Poison - David Gillespie

Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner

Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police - Paul Loews, Rob Evans

The 5th Wave - Rick Yancy

More Than This - Patrick Ness

The World Until Yesterday - Jared Diamond

Nothing Lasts Forever - Roderick Thorp

Newes From the Dead - Mary Hooper

You Talkin' To Me - Sam Leith

Estates: An Intimate History - Lynsey Hanley

The Sixth Extinction - Glen Johnson

Ostrich - Matt Greene

Homecoming - Susie Steiner

Little White Lies and Butterflies - Suzie Tullett

The Adult - Joe Stretch

Idiopathy - Sam Byers

The First Book of Calamity Leek - Paula Lichtarowicz

Myopia - Jeff Gardiner

Caposcripti - Zelda Rhiando

Anywhere's Better Than Here - Zoe Venditozzi

Strange Bodies - Marcel Theroux

All the Birds, Singing - Evie Wyld

The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes

The Detective's Daughter - Lesley Thomson

A Delicate Truth - John Le Carre

Hawthorn and Child - Keith Ridgway

The Year of the Ladybird - Graham Joyce

The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan

The Machine - James Smythe

Rubbernecker - Belinda Bauer

Among Others - Jo Walton

Lightning Rods - Helen DeWitt

The View of the Way Down - Rebecca Wait

An Appetite For Wonder - Richard Dawkins

Inside Job - Charles Ferguson

Who Runs Britain? - Robert Peston

The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

White Oleander - Janet Fitch

The Rotten Heart of Europe - Bernard Connolly

Losing My Virginity - Richard Branson

What You See Is What You Get - Alan Sugar

And The Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

The Shockwave Rider - John Brunner

Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

Yes Man - Danny Wallace

Q & A - Vikas Swarup

The Quantum Universe - Brian Cox

Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You - Marcus Chown

The Various Flavours of Coffee - Anthony Capella

Replay - Ken Grimwood

Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class - Owen Jones

Enough - John Naish

MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood

What's Mine Is Yours - Rachel Botsman

Still Missing - Beth Gutcheon

Girl Meets Boy - Ali Smith

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers

The Mozart Conspiracy - Scott Mariani

Asset - Jonathan Orvin

My Side of the Mountain - Jean George

Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the Worlds Most Mysterious Continent - Gabrielle Walker

The First Last Kiss - Ali Harris

Don't Run, Whatever You Do - Peter Allison

Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Painted Bridge - Wendy Wallace

Redaction 1 & 2 - Linda Andrews

The Wal-Mart Effect - Charles Fishman

Tyrants: History's 100 Most Evil Despots and Dictators - Nigel Cawthorne

The Terror - Dan Simmons

Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain - Harry Wallop

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer - Jeffrey Liker

The Curiosities of Food - Peter Lund Simmonds

One Second After - Forstche

Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View - Philip Zimbardo

The Code Book - Simon Singh

Un Lun Dun - China Mieville

Breathe - Sarah Crossan

The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro

Dog On it - Spencer Quinn

The End of Mr Y - Scarlett Thomas

Earth Abides - George R Stewart

The White Plague - Frank Herbert

The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers

The Group - Mary McCarthy

The Origin of Our Species - Chris Stringer

The Better Angels of Our Nature - Steven Pinker

The Light Between Oceans - M L Stedman

Woman's World - Graham Rawle

Wilt - Tom Sharpe

Threats - Ameila Gray

Far to Go - Alison Pick

How to Get A Grip - Matthew Kinberley

The Undercover Economist - Tim Harford

A Gathering Light - Jennifer Donnelly

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - Kamal Ravikant

Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife - Sam Savage

The Owl Killers - Karen Maitland

The Dying Earth - Jack Vance

The Vanishing Act - Mette Jakobsen

In Defense of Dogs - John Bradshaw

Fallen Grace - Mary Hooper

Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult

World Without Cats - Bonham Richards

Shift - Kim Curran

The Infiltrators - Phillip Etienne

The Mezzanine - Nicholas Baker

The Breach - Patrick Lee

Battle Royale - Koushun Takami

Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven

The Death of Grass - John Christopher

Toward The End of Time - John Updike

The Technologists - Matthew Pearl

Manhattan in Reverse - Peter F Hamilton

Pompeii - Robert Harris

Welcome to the Working Week - Paul Vlitos

The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester

Americana - Don DeLillo

Something Happened - Joseph Heller

Home Land - Sam Lipsyte

The Unamed - Joshua Ferris

Wheat Belly - William Davis

The Gathering - Anne Enright

Starters - Lissa Price

It's All News to Me - Jeremy Vine

Zombie (PS) - Joyce Carol Oates

The Painted Bird - Jerzy Kosinski

The Easter Parade - Richard Yates

The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier

Out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

The Sum of All Fears - Tom Clancy

Parable of the Talents - Octavia E Butler

Fledgling - Octavia E Butler

The Master and the Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

Foop - Chris Genoa

Eeeee Ee Eeee - Tao Lin

The Great Railway Bazaar - Paul Theroux

Logan's Run - William F Nolan

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherina Paterson

Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

Fragrant Harbour - John Lanchester

Warrior Daughter - Janet Paisley

White Rose Rebel - Janet Paisley

Make Room! Make Room! - Harry Harrison

The War with Newts - Karel Capek

The Sheep Look Up - John Brunner

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

Bones Would Rain from the Sky - S Clothier

Apocalypse Cow - Michael Logan

Spiral - Paul Mceuen

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern - Stephen Greenblatt

Strike Back - Chris Ryan

I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith

The Blue World - Jack Vance

Self-Made Man - Norah Vincent

The Prospect of My Arrival - Dwight Okita

Painting Ruby Tuesday - Jane Yardley

Hearts and Minds - Amanda Craig

If Walls Could Talk - Lucy Worsley

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

Stone Junction - Jim Dodge

Atrocitology - Matthew White

Rule of Civility - Amor Towles

When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman

About Time - Paul Davies

Currency Wars - James Rickards

The Legion - Simon Scarrow

Sea Dog Bamse - Angus Whitson

Every Light in the House Burnin' - Andrea Levy

Wall of Days - Alastair Bruce

The Golem - Gustav Meyrink

How We Lived Then - Norman Longmate

Stealing Faces - Michael Prescott

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurty

Ghost Story - Peter Straub

Brennan - Bernard Knight

Grace Williams Says It Loud - Emma Henderson

Crippen - John Boyne

1Q84 - Haruki Murakami

Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch

Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

Alas, Babylon - David Brin

Planet of the Apes - Pierre Boulle

One - David Karp

This Perfect Day - Ira Levin

Skippy Dies - Paul Murray

I'm Feeling Lucky - Douglas Edwards

A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb

The Postman - David Brin

The Chrysalids - John Wyndham

Time Riders - Alex Scarrow

Down to a Sunless Sea - David Graham

Mister God, This Is Anna - Rowan Williams

Zoo City - Lauren Beukes

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson

The Corner - David Simon

Barbarians at the Gate - Bryan Burrough

Life With My Sister Madonna - Christopher Ciccone

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

Once Upon A River - Boonie Joe Campbell

Maine - Sullivan

The Death Instinct - Jed Rubenfeld

Gold - Dan Rhodes

Factoring Humanity - Robert J Sawyer

Past Imperfect - Lord Julian Fellowes

Why Does E = MC2? - Brain Cox

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

Brooklyn - Colm Tobin

The Game - Neil Strauss

Dispatches - Michael Herr

The Deep End of the Ocean - Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

In Stitches: The Highs and Lows of Life as an A&E Doctor - Nick Edwards

Generation F - Winston Smith

Down Among The Dead Men - Michelle Williams

Splinter - Sebastian Fitzek

Beside Myself - Ann Morgan

Radiance - Catherynne M Valente

Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami

The Lifeboat - Charlotte Rogan

Spill Simmer Falter Wither - Sara Baume

The Man from Primrose Lane - James Renner

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy - Sue Klebold

The Driver's Seat - Muriel Spark

HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Full Dark House - Christopher Fowler

The Reader on the 6.27 - Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Skunk Works - Leo Janos

At The Edge of the Orchard - Tracy Chevalier

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

Today Will Be Different - Maria Semple

Don't Run, Whatever You Do - Peter Allison

Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens

The Call - Peader O'Guilin

The Passenger - Lisa Lutz

The Hatching - Ezekiel Boone

Foxes Unearthed - Lucy Jones

Touching the Void - Joe Simpson

The Yorkshire Shepherdess - Amanda Owen

The Stone man - Luke Smithered

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TBR Pile - Kindle Books (purchased in 2015)

 

 

Total Unread: 71

 

Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities - Gary Sheffield

Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper - Phoebe Smith

Secret Lives - Diane Chamberlain

Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Joyland - Stephen King

I Used To Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School - Caroline Taggart

Stolen Child - Laura Elliot

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Universe versus Alex Woods - Gavin Extence

The Miracle Inspector: A Dystopian Novel - Helen Smith

The Poisonous Seed: A Frances Doughty Mystery - Linda Stratmann

Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting To The Top - Karren Brady

Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan

The Chronicles of St Mary's Boxset Vol 1 - Jodi Taylor

Last Man In Tower - Aravind Adiga

Snowdrops - AD Miller

Into The Wild - Jon Krakauer

Canoeing the Congo: The First Source-to-Sea Descent of the Congo River - Phil Harwood

The Pact - Jodi Picoult

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

The Lies We Told - Diane Chamberlain

All I Ever Wanted - Kristan Higgins

Papillon - Henri Charriere

Warship - Joshua Dalzelle

The Proof of Love - Catherine Hall

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michale Chabon

The Atlantis Plague - AG Riddle

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales - Margaret Atwood

Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries - Jon Ronson

Under The Skin - Michel Faber

The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice - Christopher Hitchens

The Shadow Wife - Diane Chamberlain

Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Journal of a Disappointed Man - Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

The Bay at Midnight - Diane Chamberlain

Shogun - James Clavell

Last Night In Montreal - Emily St. John Mandel

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

The Confession - John Grisham

No Way Back - Rick Mofina

The Things We Have In Common - Tasha Kavanagh

Looking For Alaska - John Green

Enigma - Robert Harris

Keeper of the Light - Diane Chamberlain

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell

Black Swan Green - David Mitchell

Number9dream - David Mitchell

The Courage Tree - Diane Chamberlain

The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson

The Territory - Sarah Govett

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M Auel

The Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

The Good Father - Noah Hawley

Alone In Berlin - Hans Fallada

The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters

Wayfaring Stranger - James Lee Burke

Death of a River Guide - Richard Flanagan

The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi

Geek Girl - Holly Smale

Watership Down - Richard Adams

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

Leviathan Wakes - James Corey

I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That - Ben Goldacre

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery - Henry Marsh

A Time of Silence - Thorne Moore

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

The Midwife's Confession - Diane Chamberlain

Handle With Care - Jodi Picoult

The Human Universe - Brian Cox

The Wild Places - Robert McFarlane

The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow

The Other Me - Saskia Sarginson

The Last Letter From Your Lover - JoJo Moyes

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

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TBR Pile - Kindle Books (purchased in 2014)

 

 

Total Unread: 49

 

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

One Summer: America 1927 - Bill Bryson

The Female Eunuch - Germaine Greer

Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup

A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz

Ablutions - Patrick DeWitt

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

The Good Father - Diane Chamberlain

The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

The House at Riverton - Kate Morton

The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult

Summer's Child - Diane Chamberlain

The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks and Entire Nations on Edge - Faisal Islam

Wilderness Survival Guide: The Practical Skills you need for the great outdoors - Joe O'Leary

The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough

False Impression - Jeffrey Archer

Exodus (Extinction Point, Book 2) - Paul Antony Jones

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

Columbine - Dave Cullen

Dyatlov Pass - Alan K Baker

Lucky Planet: Why Earth is Exceptional - And What that Means for Life in the Universe - David Waltham

Stealing Phoenix - Joss Stirling

The Knot - Mark Watson

A Day At The Office - Matt Dunn

Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain in the 1980s - Alwyn Turner

Lifers - Jane Harvey-Berrick

Mary Poppins: The Complete Collection - P.L. Travers

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

The Reapers Are the Angels - Alden Bell

The Dinner - Herman Koch

Gideon's Spies: The Inside Story of Israeli's Secret Service - Gordon Thomas

The Dreaming Void - Peter F Hamilton

The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection - L Frank Baum

Not A Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

Love, Poverty and War: Journeys and Essays - Christopher Hitchens

Pattern Recognition - William Gibson

Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier

Every Living Thing - James Herriot

The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 - Max Hastings

Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss (wanted this one for ages)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

The 33 Strategies of War - Robert Greene

Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby Jnr

Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide - JP McEvoy, Oscar Zarate

Robopocalypse - Daniel H Wilson

A Prisoner of Birth - Jeffrey Archer

The State We're In - Adele Parks

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Judas Unchained - Peter F Hamilton

The Men Who Stare At Goats - Jon Ronson

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TBR Pile - Kindle Books (purchased in 2013)

 

Total Unread = 40

 

The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living - Russ Harris
The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton

Incoming! Or Why We Should Stop Worrying and learn to Love the Meteorite - Ted Nield
Sworn Secret - Amanda Jennings
Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick

1493: How the Ecological Collision of Europe and the Americas Gave Rise to the Modern World - Charles C. Mann

White Fang - Jack London
Deceived Wisdom: Why What You Thought Was Right Is Wrong - David Bradley
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Great Apes - Will Self

Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

The Phoenix Conspiracy - Richard Sanders

The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters - Richard Rumelt

You Are Not So Smart: Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends On Facebook, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself - David McRaney

The Distant Hours - Kate Morton

On Books and the Housing of Them - W E Gladstone

Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit - Ian Leslie

The Korean War - Max Hastings

The Beach - Alex Garland

Kiss River - Diane Chamberlain

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

The Dog Stars - Peter Heller

The End of Your Life Book Club - Will Schwalbe

Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left The EU? - David Charter

Bang! The Complete History of the Universe - Patrick Moore, Brian May, Chris Lintott

The Undercover Economist - Tim Harford

And Still I Rise - Doreen Lawrence

The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business - Richard Brooks

QI The Book of the Dead - John Mitchinson, John Lloyd

Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons

How Do We Fix This Mess? - Robert Peston

The Complete Soldier Son Trilogy - Robin Hobb

The Glass Guardian - Linda Gillard

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Dark Eden - Chris Beckett

Stuffed and Starved: From Farm to Fork - Raj Patel

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War: 1939 - 1945 - Max Hastings

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson

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TBR Pile - Kindle Books (purchased in 2012)

 

Total Unread = 58

 

Supersense - Bruce Hood
What's Wrong With Eating People - Peter Cave
The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
Written In Stone - Brian Switek
QI: The Book of General Ignorance - The Noticeably Stouter Edition - John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Quantum - Manjit Kumar
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
Cursed: A Jack Nightingale Short Story - Stephen Leather
Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell #1) - Dana Stabenow
Compromised - Derek Keyte
QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance - John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Mirage Men - Mark Pilkington

The Book of Human Skin - Michelle Lovric
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen Covey
The Complete Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition - Richard Dawkins
The Elephant Whisperer - Graham Spence and Anthony Lawrence
The Girl On The Wall - Jean Baggott
How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through puppyhood and beyond - Cesar Millan
The Key To Rebecca - Ken Follett
Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8000 Miles Around Britain in a Vauxhall Astra - Ben Hatch

Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers : And other odd events on the way to scientific discovery - Stephanie Pain
Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? - William Poundstone
The Making of Modern Britain - Andrew Marr
As The Crow Flies - Jeffrey Archer
The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset - Nick Powdthavee
Golden Lies - Barbara Freethy
Around the World in 80 Days Junior Edition - Jules Verne

An Atlas of Impossible Longing - Anuradha Roy
Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster

Inflight Science: A Guide to the World from your Airplane Window - Brian Clegg

The World's Greatest Idea - John Farndon
The Etymologicon: A Circular Scroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth
One Million Tiny Plays About Britain - Craig Taylor
Almost French: A New Life In Paris - Sarah Turnbull

The Eleventh Commandment - Jeffrey Archer

Only Time Will Tell - Jeffrey Archer

Ash - James Herbert
Sarah Thornhill - Kate Grenville
VIII - H M Castor
The Joy of Sin: The Psychology of the Seven Deadly Sins - Simon Laham
The Heat of the Sun - David Rain

The Hills is Lonely - Lillian Beckwith

Winter of the World - Ken Follet
Yesterday's Gone: Season Two - Sean Platt and David Wright
Death and the Devil - Frank Schatzing
Times Echo - Pamela Hartshorne
Trojan Horse - Mark Russinovich
How Not To Worry: The Remarkable Truth of How a Small Change Can Help You Stress Less and Enjoy Life More - Paul McGee

The Dead Women of Juarez - Sam Hawken

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through The Lost Words of the English Language - Mark Forsyth
The History of the World In Bite-Sized Chunks - Emma Marriott

Reamde - Neal Stephenson
The Millenium Trilogy - Stieg Larsson

A History of 20th Century Britain - Andrew Marr
The Mess We're In: Why Politicians Can't Fix Financial Crises - Guy Fraser-Sampson
Yesterday's Country Customs: A History of English Folk Traditions - Hentry Buckton

Viva La Revolution!: The Story of People Power in 30 Revolutions - Derry Nairn

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TBR Pile - Kindle Books (purchased pre-2012)

 

Total Unread = 25

 

The Fire Gospel (Myths) - Michel Faber

Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
CK - 12 Biology 1 - Honors
CK - 12 Earth Science Honors for Middle School
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
Grimm's Fairy Stories - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero - Aileen Orr
Killing the Messenger - Christopher Wallace
A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road - Christopher Aslan Alexander
Guiness World Records: 2012
The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance - Nessa Carey
Introducing Neurolinguistic Programming - Neil Shah
Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? - New Scientist
Ancestor Stones - Aminatta Forna
Sapper Martin - Richard van Emden
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

The Last Man - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
50 Facts That Should Change The World - Jessica Williams
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - Charles Mackay

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
The Reluctant Traveler - Bill Lumley
Diary of a Nobody - George Grossmith

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TBR Pile - Tree Books

 

Total Unread = 70

 

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions - Edwin A. Abbott

The Eye of the Storm - Patrick White

Cantata-140 - Philip K. Dick

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K. Dick

I, Claudius - Robert Graves

Shardik - Richard Adams

Surfacing - Margaret Atwood

Murder In The Dark - Margaret Atwood

Last Exit To Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jr.

Song Of The Silent Snow - Hubert Selby Jr.

The Room - Hubert Selby Jr.

The Atrocity Exhibition - J. G. Ballard

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

Black House - Stephen King and Peter Straub

Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

The Outsider - Albert Camus

Junky - WIlliam S. Burroughs

Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke

Woman On The Edge of Time - Marge Piercy

Life Before Man - Margaret Atwood

The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood

The Man in the High Castle - Philip K Dick

Scarface - Paul Monette

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Lila - Robert M. Pirsig

Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco

The Mosquito Coast - Paul Theroux

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

The Memory of Eva Ryker - Donald A. Starwood

The Walking Dead: Descent - Jay Bonansinga

 

The Surgeon Of Crowthorne - Simon Winchester

The Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Greene

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Antonia Fraser

The Blank Slate - Steven Pinker

The Stuff of Thought - Steven Pinker

Physics of the Earth - T.F. Gaskell

The Man In The Ice - Konrad Spindler

The Beautiful Basics of Science - Natalie Ancier

The Universe - John Gribbin

The Earth - Richard Fortey

Life: An Unauthorised Biography - Richard Fortey

The Penguin History of the World - J. M. Roberts

A Very Short History of the World - Geoffrey Blainey

Supernature - Lyall Watson

The Dragons of Eden - Carl Sagan

Life in the Undergrowth - David Attenborough

Life on Earth - David Attenborough

Trials of Life - David Attenborough

The Universe in a Nutshell - Stephen Hawking

The Illustrated History of England - John Burke

King James - Antonia Fraser

The Case of the Missing Neutrinos - John Gribbin

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

Human, All Too Human - Nietzsche

Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins

The Lying Stones of Marrakech - Stephen J. Gould

Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond

Collapse - Jared Diamond

Cosmic Dispatches - John Nobel Wilford

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors - Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Comet - Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection - Carl Sagan

Billions and Billions - Carl Sagan

Science: A History 1543 - 2001 - John Gribbon

Climbing Mount Improbable - Richard Dawkins

Steal This Book - Abbie Hofman

What Just Happened? - James Gleick

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Short-list of books to read next (constantly updated)

 

The Miracle Inspector: A Dystopian Novel - Helen Smith

Last Night In Montreal - Emily St. John Mandel

Alone In Berlin - Hans Fallada

The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi

Watership Down - Richard Adams

I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That - Ben Goldacre

The Human Universe - Brian Cox

The House at Riverton - Kate Morton

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss (wanted this one for ages)

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

The Little Friend - Donna Tartt

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K. Dick

Woman On The Edge of Time - Marge Piercy

The Surgeon Of Crowthorne - Simon Winchester

The Earth - Richard Fortey

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Have a great 2016 BB, you have some great books there to read, on your shortlist The Last Letter from your Lover and The House at Riverton were particular favourites of mine so I hope you enjoy them too. I also have Eats, shoots and leaves on my shelf but for some reason have never gotten around to dipping into to it, another must do for this year! :)

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Welcome to my book thread for 2016! 

 

As for a limit on buying them....pfffftt!! Not gonna happen. :blush2:

 

 

I love your honesty there! I'll be the same! :)

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Have a great 2016 BB, you have some great books there to read, on your shortlist The Last Letter from your Lover and The House at Riverton were particular favourites of mine so I hope you enjoy them too. I also have Eats, shoots and leaves on my shelf but for some reason have never gotten around to dipping into to it, another must do for this year! :)

 

Thanks, Chaliepud. :smile:  I've been planning on reading The House at Riverton for so long, even though I only bought it in 2014 (for some reason I thought I've had it on my list since 2012), so I needed to put it on my "Read it now!" list. If The Last Letter from Your Lover is anywhere as good as Me Before You (the only other JoJo Moyes book I have read), then I'll be happy!  :D

 

I wish you a great reading year in 2016, BB :):readingtwo:!

 

Thanks, Gaia! :D

 

Wahey happy reading in 2016 Bobbly! Looking forward to stealing more reading ideas from you :lol:

 

Thanks, Noll! :D

 

I love your honesty there! I'll be the same! :)

 

Yeah, just no point in setting limits. It just doesn't work. :lol:

 

Well, I've finally updated my Wishlist. Typing 300-ish books out was very exhausting, so I haven't bothered with formatting them yet. :blush2:  It's strange going through my wishlist one by one.....there are so many on there that I have no idea what they are about or who recommended them. :lol:

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The Last Letter From Your Lover is a very different book to Me Before You, more involved and thought provoking, I think I rated it 4/5 and MBY 5/5. If you enjoy The Last Letter you will almost certainly like The Girl You Left Behind also.

 

Have you read After You yet? The sequel to MBY? :)

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No, I haven't read After You yet. I'm waiting for it to come down a bit in price. :blush2:

 

I don't actually know anything about The Last Letter From Your Lover, but being thought-provoking can only be a good thing. :boogie: I shall keep any eye out for The Girl You Left Behind as well. :smile:

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Wow good luck bobblybear that combined kindle TBR is huge!

Just picking out a couple from your shortlist, I very much enjoyed The Windup Girl and The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was very poignant because true.

I also have Woman On The Edge of Time, I must read that very soon!

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Happy reading, Bobbly! Loads of great lists there. I look forward to reading your thoughts throughout the year. :)

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Have a great :readingtwo: year....and yes I always enjoy a good Diane Chamberlain read...I imagine a few of those will be read throughout the year.

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Whoa!  Love the lists, very admirable!  :flowers2:

 

Happy reading year!!  :readingtwo:  :readingtwo:  :readingtwo:

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Hopefully, you will get on better with Devil in the White City than I did :lol: Girl With All the Gifts was great- I loved the twist.

Interesting Phillip K Dick pick!  I have never heard of that one, have you read any of his other work?

 

Happy reading! :)
 

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