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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      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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Janet's Log - Stardate 2016

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Books read In 2006 - 20
Books read In 2007 - 30
Books read In 2008 - 40
Books read In 2009 - 65
Books read In 2010 - 45
Books read In 2011 - 60
Books read In 2012 - 76
Books read in 2013 - 63
Books read in 2014 - 57
Books read in 2015 - 69
 

 Key:
World Challenge (W)
Classics (C)
English Counties Challenge (EC) - total 30/48
Roald Dahl's children's books plus Boy and Going Solo (RD) - 21/21
Library (L)
Kindle (K) Nook (N)
Book club (real or online) (BC)
Audiobook (A)

 

FICTION
CLASSICS
CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION
NON-FICTION
SHORT STORY
PLAYS
POETRY

1. The Snow Sister (2015) by Emma Carroll - ( K ) - 01.01.16 - 3/5
2.The ABC Murders (1935) by Agatha Christie - ( L / A ) - 02.01.16 - 4/5
3. Sense and Sensibility (1811) by Jane Austen - ( C / K ) - 10.01.16 - 5/5
4. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (2015) by Natasha Pulley - 19.01.16 - 4/5
5. The Enchanted April (1922) by Elizabeth Von Armin - 24.01.16 - 4/5
6. Just William (1922) by Richmal Crompton - ( K ) - 25.01.16 - 4/5
7. Love in a Cold Climate (1949) by Nancy Mitford - ( A ) - 26.01.16 - 5/5
8. Fingersmith (2002) by Sarah Waters ( K ) - 02.02.16 - 4½/5
9. A Whole Life (2014) by Robert Seethaler (trans. Charlotte Collins) - 03.02.16 - 3½/5

10. A Moveable Feast (1964) by Ernest Hemingway - 04.02.16 - 4/5
11. The Blue Lagoon (1908) by Henry De Vere Stacpoole - ( K ) - 05.02.16 - 4/5
12. The Rabbit Factory (2007) by Marshal Karp - 06.02.16 - 4½/5
13. Hard Times (1854) by Charles Dickens - ( C ) - 09.02.16 - 5/5
14. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) by Arthur Conan Doyle - ( C / K / EC - Greater London) - 13.02.16 - 4/5
15. The House of Silk (2011) by Anthony Horowitz - ( BC ) - 16.02.16 - 4/5
16. The Stars Look Down (1935) by A J Croning - ( K / EC - Northumberland ) - 21.02.16 - 4/5

17. More William (1922) by Richmal Crompton - ( L / A ) - 24.02.16 - 4/5
18. The Herring Seller's Apprentice (2007) by L C Tyler - 27.02.16 - 2½/5
19. A Study in Scarlet (1887) by Arthur Conan Doyle - ( C / A ) - 03.03.16 - 3½/5
20. Neverwhere (1996) by Neil Gaiman - 05.03.16 - 5/5
21. The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth (2016) by Katherine Woodfine - 10.03.16 - 4/5
22. Cranford (1853) by Elizabeth Gaskell - ( C / L / A / EC - Cheshire ) - 11.03.16 - 5/5
23. A Man Called Ove (2012) by Fredrik Backman - ( K ) - 17.03.16 - 5/5
24. After the Funeral (1953) by Agatha Christie - ( L / A ) - 26.03.16 - 3½/5
25. Greenmantle (1916) by John Buchan - 28.03.16 - 2/5

26. Dedicated to... (2013) compiled by W B Gooderham - 28.03.16 - 1/5
27. The Girl Who Walked on Air (2014) by Emma Carroll - 31.03.16 - 3½/5
28. South Riding (1936) by Winifred Holtby - ( L / A / EC - East Riding of Yorkshire) - 03.04.16 - 5/5
29. The Vesuvius Club (2004) by Mark Gatiss - 04.04.16 - 4/5
30. Room (2010) by Emma Donoghue - ( BC ) 08.04.16 - 4½/5

31. Revolting Rhymes (1982) by Roald Dahl - ( RD / L ) - 10.04.16 - 2½/5
32. Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons - ( BC ) - 20.04.16 - re-read - 4/5
33. Lord Edgware Dies (1933) by Agatha Christie - ( L / A ) - 23.04.16 - 3/5

34. Rhyme Stew (1989) by Roald Dahl - ( RD / L ) - 24.04.16 - 2/5
35. North and South (1854) by Elizabeth Gaskell - ( C / A / EC - Greater Manchester) - 28.04.16 - 5/5
36. The Nine Tailors (1934) by Dorothy L Sayers - ( K / EC - Cambridgeshire) - 30.04.16 - 4/5
37. The Murder on the Links (1923) by Agatha Christie - ( L / A ) - 04.05.16 - 4/5

38. The Minpins (1991) by Roald Dahl - ( RD / L ) - 12.05.16 - 3/5
39. Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) by D H Lawrence - ( C / K / EC - Nottinghamshire) - 14.05.16 - 2/5
40. The Sign of Four (1890) by Arthur Conan Doyle - ( L / A ) - 14.05.16 - 3/5
41. Dirty Beasts (1983) by Roald Dahl - ( RD / L ) - 16.05.16 - 2/5
42. All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr - ( BC / K ) - 30.05.16 - 3½/5
43. Elephants Can Remember (1972) by Agatha Christie - ( A / L ) - 31.05.16 - 3½/5
44. Murder Underground (1934) by Mavis Doriel Hay ( K ) - 10.06.16 - 3/5
45. Max Gate (2013) by Damien Wilkins - 20.06.16 - 3/5
46. Mrs McGinty's Dead (1952) by Agatha Christie - ( A / L ) - 28.06.16 - 4/5

47. Once Upon a Time in the West... Country (2015) by Tony Hawks - 30.06.16 - 4/5
48. Don't Tell Alfred (1960) by Nancy Mitford - ( A / L ) - 04.07.16 - 3/5
49. One (2015) by Sarah Crossan ( K ) - 05.07.16 - 4/5
50. Gremins (1943) by Roald Dahl - ( RD ) - 06.07.16 - 2½/5

51. 84, Charing Cross Road (1970) by Helen Hanff - ( BC ) reread - 12.07.16 - 4/5
52. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) by Arthur Conan Doyle - ( K ) - 14.07.16 - 3/5
53. The Sussex Downs Murder (1936) by John Bude - ( K ) - 20.07.16 - 3/5

54. Danny the Champion of the World (1975) by Roald Dahl ( RD ) - 21.07.16 - 4/5
55. Mrs Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf - 31.07.16 - 3/5
56. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016) by J K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne - 03.08.16 - 5/5
57. Lois the Witch (1861) by Elizabeth Gaskell - ( K ) - 04.08.16 - 3/5
58. The Finding of Martha Lost (2016) by Caroline Wallace - ( A ) - 05.8.16 - 4½/5
59. The Well-Beloved (1892) by Thomas Hardy - ( A / C ) - 10.8.16 - 3/5
60. Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North (2007) by Stuart Maconie - 14.08.16 - 4/5
61. The Girl of Ink & Stars (2016) by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - 20.08.16 - 3½/5
62. Trouble with Goats and Sheep (2016) by Joanna Cannon - ( A ) - 27.08.16 - 4/5
63. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (2010) by Lola Shoneyin - ( BC / WC - Nigeria ) - 01.09.16 - 3/5
64. Another World (1998) by Pat Barker - ( L / EC - Tyne and Wear) - 08.09.16 - 3/5
65. A Mind to Murder (1963) by P D James - ( A ) - 10.09.16 - 3½/5
66. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1903) by Arthur Conan Doyle - ( K ) - 19.09.16 - 3½/5 
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67. My Name is Leon (2016) by Kit de Waal - ( A ) - 20.09.16 - 4/5
68. The Warden (Chronicles of Barsetshire #1) (1855) by Anthony Trollope - ( A / C ) - 04.10.6 - 4/5
69. The Well of Loneliness (1928) by Radclyffe Hall - ( K / EC - Worcestershire) - 05.10.16 - 3/5
70. Under the Greenwood Tree (1872) by Thomas Hardy - ( K / C ) - 13.10.16 - 3½/5
71. Enchanted Places (1974) by Christopher Milne - 16.10.16 - 3½/5
72. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987) by Fannie Flagg - ( BC ) - 24.10.16 - 4/5
73. A Far Cry From Kensington (1988) by Muriel Spark - ( A ) - 26.10.16 - 4/5

74. Great Expectations (1860) by Charles Dickens - ( C / EC - City of London) - 05.11.16 - 4½/5
75. Smith (1967) by Leon Garfield - 08.11.16 - 3½/5
76. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011) by Ransom Riggs - 27.11.16 - 3½/5

77. Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field (2014) by John Lewis-Stempel - 04.12.16 - 4/5
78. The Miniaturist (2014) by Jessie Burton - ( K / BC ) - 05.12.16 - 4/5
79. The Wren Boys (2015) by Carol Ann Duffy - 05.12.16 - 3/5
80. The Santa Klaus Murder (1936) by Mavis Doriel Hay - 13.12.16 - 3/5
81. A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens (re-read) - 15.12.16 - 5/5
82. The Christmas Party (1941) by Georgette Heyer - 22.12.16 - 3/5
83. The King of Christmas (2016) by Carol Ann Duffy - 22.12.16 - 4/5
84. The Christmas Book (1968) by James Reeves - 23.12.16 - 5/5
85. Lanterns Across the Snow (1987) by Susan Hill - 24.12.16 - 4/5

86. The Snow Child (2011) by Eowyn Ivey - 31.12.16 - 4/5
 
ABANDONED
1. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
 
 
Total read 85

1/5 - I hated it
2/5 - It was okay
3/5 - I liked it
4/5 - I really liked it
5/5 - I loved it

(or variations!)

For how to read 'highlights' on the Nook, see here (With thanks to Claire!)

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PAPER BOOKS ACQUIRED IN 2016 (TITLES READ IN RED!)
 
01. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper - £0.00 (16.01.16 – given to me by my Mum) – Fiction
02. The House of Silk by Antony Horowitz - £2.59 finished 16.02.16 (21.01.16 – Ebay) - Fiction

03. A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer - £0.00 (26.01.16 - Gift from Claire :)  ) - Fiction
04. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway - £0.00* finished 04.02.16 (30.01.16 - Waterstone's Birmingham) - Non-fiction
05. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler - £0.00* finished 03.02.16 (30.01.16 - Waterstone's Birmingham) - Fiction
06. Dedicated to… (compliled by) W B Gooderham - £3.00 finished 28.03.16 (16.02.16 - Waterstone's Trowbridge) - Non-fiction
07. The Herring Seller's Apprentice by L C Tyler - £0.00* finished 27.02.16 (21.02.16 - Waterstone's Bath)
- Fiction
08. The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine - £0.00* finished 10.03.16 (23.02.16 - Waterstone's Cirencester) - Children's / YA
09. In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll - £0.00* (23.02.16 - Waterstone's Cirencester) - Children's / YA
10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - £0.00* finished 05.03.16 (27.02.16 - Waterstone's Wells) - Fiction
11. The Harpole Report by J L Carr - £1.00 (01.03.16 - Bookbarn, Hallatrow) - Fiction
12. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis - £0.00* (02.03.16 - Waterstone's Bath) - Fiction
13. Room by Emma Donoghue - £2.00 08.04.16 finished 08.04.16 (05.03.16 - British Heart Foundation shop) - Fiction
14. The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss finished 04.04.16 (16.03.16 - BHF Shop, Warminster) - Fiction
15. Greenmantle by John Buchan finished 28.03.16 (16.03.16 - Lion's Shop, Warminster) - Fiction
16. Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier - £1.50 (23.03.16 - Charity shop in Sherborne) - Fiction
17. The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll - £1.50 finished 31.03.16 (23.03.16 - Charity shop in Shaftsbury) - Children's / YA
18. Mrs Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - £0 finished 27.11.16 (26.03.16 - Waterstone's Wells) - Fiction
19. Once Upon a Time in the West Country by Tony Hawks - £0 finished 30.06.16 (29.03.16 - loan from Chesilbeach Claire) - Non-fiction
20. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman - £0.00 (30.03.16 - Present from Mum) - Fiction
21. Max Gate by Damien Wilkins - £0.00 finished 20.06.16 (07.05.16 - Present from Peter) - Fiction
22. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - £0.00 finished 20.08.16 (30.05.162 Present from Mum) – Children’s / YA
23. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante - £0.00 (01.06.16 - Present from friend Kath) - Fiction
24. Deep Magic, Dragons & Mice by Alister McGrath - £0.00 (09.06.16 - Present from friend Rachel) – Non-fiction
25. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff - £1.23 finished 12.07.16 (10.06.16 – Ebay Online) – Non-fiction
26. Ann Veronica by H G Wells - £0.00 (28.06.16 - NT Shop Molesley Old Hall - bought by Peter) - Classic
27. Seeing Things by Oliver Postgate - £2.99 (28.06.16 – Ebay Online) – Non-fiction
28. The Gremlins by Roald Dahl - £0.00 finished 05.07.16 (05.07.16 - Sent to me by a friend)Children’s / YA
29. Wren Boys by Carol Ann Duffy - £0.00 (17.07.16 - Waterstone's, Wells) - Poetry
30. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin - £4.30 finished 01.09.16 (26.07.16 – Amazon Marketplace) - Fiction
31. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne - £7.69 finished 03.08.16 (31.07.16 - Waterstone's, Bath) - Playscript
32. Walking Away by Simon Armitage - £0.00 (24.08.16 - Loaned to me by Kay) – Non-fiction
33. Strange Star by Emma Carroll - £0.00 (24.08.16 - Waterstone's, Bristol) – Children’s / YA
34. Cogheart by Peter Bunzl - £0.00  (24.08.16 - Waterstone's, Bristol) – Children’s / YA
35. Smith by Leon Garfield - £1.00 finished 08.11.16 (04.09.16 - Oxfam shop, Cirencester)Children’s / YA
36. Grief is a Thing with Feathers by Max Porter - £0.00 (20.09.16 - Loaned to me by  Kay) – Fiction
37. Lanterns Across the Snow by Susan Hill - £2.80 finished 24.12.16 (13.10.16 – Online, Ebay) -
38. Puffin Book of Christmas Stories by Various - £1.00 (20.10.16 – Bookbarn, Hallatrow) – Children’s / YA
39. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay - £0.00 finished 13.12.16 (29.10.16 - Bought for me by my cousin Ken) - Fiction

40. The Go-Between by L P Hartley - £0.60 (09.11.16 - Lions' Bookshop Warminster) - Fiction
41. A Child of the Forest by Winifred Foley - £1.00 (08.12.16 -  Bookbarn Hallatrow)
42. The Christmas Book by James Reeves - £2.81 finished 23.12.16 (14.12.16 - Amazon Online)Various
43. The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher - £0 (21.12.16 - Present from Mum) – Children’s / YA
44. The Girl on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent - £0 (25.12.16 - Present from Kay and Alan) - Fiction
45. The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig - £0 (25.12.16 - Present from Kay and Alan) – Children’s / YA
46. The Nutcracker by A T E Hoffmann - £0 (30.12.16 - Waterstone's Cribbs Causeway) – Children’s / YA
 
Total new books acquired in 2016: 46
Number of these read: 25

Total cost* of books acquired: £40.68
Library Books: 0
Library Books Read: 0

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

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PAID-FOR KINDLE BOOKS 2016 (BOOKS READ IN RED!)

01. The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier - 04.01.16 - £1.99
02. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke - 29.01.16 - £1.09
03. The Stars Look Down by A J Cronin - 10.02.16 - £1.89 - finished 21.02.16
04. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - 05.03.16 - £0.99 - finished 17.03.16
05. Room Emma Donoghue -  21.03.16 - £0.99 - finished 07.04.16
06. The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts 28.04.16 - £ 0.99
07. The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude - 28.04.16 - £0.99 - finished 20.07.16
08. Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay - 28.04.16 - £0.99 - finished 10.06.16
09. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - 10.05.16 - £5.49 - finished 30.05.16
10. One by Sarah Crossan - 01.07.16 - £0.99 - finished 05.07.16
11. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers - 18.08.16 - £0.99
12. The Imortals by S E Lister - 21.09.16 - £1.49
13. Spectacles by Sue Perkins -   25.11.16 - £0.99
14. The Unforgotten by Laura Powell - 24.12.16 - £0.99

Titles read = Red

Total new paid-for Kindle books acquired in 2016: 14
Number of these read: 7
Books abandoned: 0
Total cost of books acquired: £20.86

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AUDIBLE BOOKS PURCHASED 2016 (BOOKS LISTENED TO IN RED!)

 

 

1. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Suzanna Clarke - 28.02.2016 - free (introductory offer)

2. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle - 02.03.16 - £2.18 - finished 03.03.16

3. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell - 11.03.16 – finished 24.08.16

4. South Riding by Winifred Holtby - 31.03.16 – finished 03.04.16

5. The Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace - 09.07.16 – finished 05.08.16

6. The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett - 09.07.16

7. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon - 14.08.16 – finished 27.08.16

8. My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal - 29.08.16 – finished 08.11.16

9. A Mind to Murder by P D James - 04.09.16 – finished 10.09.16

10. Coffin Road by Peter May - 14.09.16

11. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch - 18.09.16

12. The Warden by Anthony Trollope - 22.09.16 – finished 04.10.16

13. A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark - 13.10.16 – finished – 26.10.16

 
Total read 9
Abandoned 0
Total cost of books acquired: £54.07

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Last year my '2014 and earlier' list stood at 98 and I decreased it by 11 (10 read, one given away).   I've added in 2015's books so now it's at 92.  I hope to make some inroads to it in 2016!  :)

 

TOTAL TO READ PILE 2015 and before (total left = 79/90)

2015

Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel - finished 04.12.16

The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne - finished 16.10.16

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley - finished 16.02.16

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin - finished 24.01.16

The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp - finished 06.02.16
2014
The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne
The Weather in the Streets by Rosamund

When We Were Very Young by A A Milne  
Now We are Six by A A Milne 

Pies and Prejudice by Stuart Maconie - finished 14.08.16
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton - abandoned 21.02.16
Round the Christmas Fire by various
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
A Literary Christmas by various

2013
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
- finished 09.02.16

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - finished 05.11.16
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

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Web by John Wyndham
The Diary of a Provincial Lady (all four volumes) by E M Delafield

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - finished 31.07.16
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers

The Battle of Pollocks Crossing by J L Carr
The Misses Mallet by Emily Hilda Young

A Life in Letters by George Orwell
Letters of Note by Shaun Usher
2012
The Day the Ceiling Fell Down by Jenifer Wayne
The Merchant of Venice (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
English Journey by J B Priestley
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl - finished 21.07.16
2011
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
Shakespeare's Wife by Germain Greer
The First Wife by Emily Barr
A Song of Sixpence by A J Cronin
The Green Years by A J Cronin
The Minstrel Boy by A J Cronin
The Northern Lights by A J Cronin

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
Journals of a Somerset Rector (1803 to 1834) by Rev'd Skinner
Hitchhiking to Heaven by Lionel Blue
Family Life by Sally Magnusson
A Kind of Loving by Stan Bristow
The Travel Books of W Somerset Maugham by W Somerset Maugham

2010
The Chrisalids by John Wyndham
The Comedy of Errors (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

The Children of Knowle Green by Lucy Boston
Boogie up the River by Mark Wallington
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
Trumpet by Jackie Kay

Pre-2010
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg - finished 24.10.16
The Rye Man by David Park
The Bolter by Frances Osbourne
Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
Inside the Whale by George Orwell
Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell
The Man Who Was Thursday by G K Chesterton
The Third Man/The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene
King Soloman's Mines by H Rider Haggard

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - finished 10.01.16
Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome
The Chrisalids by John Wyndham
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks

The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Hamlet (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night (Cambridge School's Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

 
Total read 11
Abandoned 1
Given Away 0

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PAID-FOR KINDLE BOOKS PURCHASED IN 2015 AND BEFORE BUT UNREAD (total left = 7/9)

 

2015

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton - 06.01.15 - £1.80 - finished 05.12.16
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch - 02.08.15 - £1.99
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson - 03.08.15 - £0.99
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - 31.08.15 - £0.99

South Riding by Winifred Holtby - 22.10.15 - £0.99 - finished 03.04.16
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers - 28.10.15 - £0.99 - finished 30.04.16

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters - 06.12.15 - £0.99 - finished 02.02.16

 

2014

Mary Poppins - the Complete Collection by P L Travers - 02.09.14 - £0.99

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo - 15.09.14 - £0.88

 

Read - 4

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MONTHLY BOOK SUMMARY

I kept forgetting to complete this section in 2015!
 
K - Kindle
A - Audio Book
No initial - paperback
 
January - 7 Books
The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll - ( K )
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie - ( A )
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - ( K )
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin
Just William by Richmal Crompton - ( K ) 
Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford - ( A )
 
February -   Books
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters - ( K )
A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole - ( K )
The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - ( K )

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ENGLISH COUNTIES CHALLENGE - (TITLES READ IN RED) PROGRESS = 30/48

 

01. My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates (Bedfordshire) – 5/5

02. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Berkshire) – 4/5

03. The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young (Bristol)

04. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (Buckinghamshire) - 5/5

05. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers (Cambridgeshire) - 4½/5

06. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (Cheshire) - 5/5

07. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (City of London) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (City of London) - 5/5 - (I might read an alternative for this as I’ve read it on numerous occasions already) - 5/5

08. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier (Cornwall) - 5/5

09. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome / The Maid of Buttermere by Melvyn Bragg (Cumbria) - 3½/5

10. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Derbyshire) – 5/5 - I have already read this so may look for an alternative

11. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Devon) - 5/5

12. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Dorset)

13. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (Durham) – 5/5

14. South Riding by Winifred Holtby (East Riding of Yorkshire) - 5/5

15. Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne (East Sussex) – 5/5

16. Flambards by K M Peyton  [alt.Essex] – 4/5

17. Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee (Gloucestershire) – 5/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

18. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Greater London) - 4/5

19. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Greater Manchester) - 5/5

20. Watership Down by Richard Adams (Hampshire) – 4/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

21. On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (Herefordshire) – 4/5

22. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Hertfordshire) – 5/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

23. England, England by Julian Barnes (Isle of Wight)

24. The Darling Buds of May by HE Bates (Kent) – 5/5

25. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – /5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative (alt) Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill (Lancashire) - suggested alternative from Willoyd

26. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend (Leicestershire) – 5/5

27. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (Lincolnshire)

28. An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge (Merseyside) – 3/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

29. The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley (Norfolk)

30. All Creatures Great and Small by James Heriott (North Yorkshire) - 5/5

31. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Northamptonshire)

32. The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin (Northumberland) - 4/5

33. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence (Nottinghamshire) - 2/5

34. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (Oxfordshire) - 5/5

35. Set In Stone by Robert Goddard (Rutland) – 4/5

36. Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse (Shropshire) – 3/5

37. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (Somerset)

38. A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines (South Yorkshire) – 4/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

39. The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett (Staffordshire)

40. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (Suffolk)

41. Emma by Jane Austen (Surrey) – 5/5 - have read this before so may look for an alternative

42. Another World by Pat Barker (Tyne and Wear) - 3/5

43. Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes (Warwickshire)

44. Middlemarch by George Eliot (West Midlands) - 4/5

45. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (West Sussex) – 4/5

46. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (West Yorkshire)

47. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (Wiltshire)

48. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (Worcestershire) - 3/5

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For info:
 
Charles Dickens
1. The Pickwick Papers (1837)
2. Oliver Twist (1839) finished 09.06.13
3. Nicholas Nickleby (1839) finished 21.12.14
4. The Old Curiosity Shop (1841)
5. Barnaby Rudge (1841)
6. A Christmas Carol (1843) first finished 29.12.07
7. Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)
8. Dombey and Son (1848)
9. David Copperfield (1850)
10. Bleak House (1853)
11. Hard Times (1854) finished 09.02.16
12. Little Dorrit (1857
13. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) finished 17.11.15
14. Great Expectations (1861) finished 05.11.16
15. Our Mutual Friend (1865)
16. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870)

6/16
 
Thomas Hardy
(From Wikipedia:)
 
Hardy divided his novels and collected short stories into three classes:
 
Novels of Character and Environment
 
The Poor Man and the Lady (1867, unpublished and lost)

 

Readable
1. Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School (1872) - finished 13.10.16
2. Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) finished 20.09.15
3. The Return of the Native (1878)
4. The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character (1886) finished 26.09.11
5. The Woodlanders (1887)
6. Wessex Tales (1888, a collection of short stories)
7. Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented (1891) finished 07.0113
8. Life's Little Ironies (1894, a collection of short stories)
9. Jude the Obscure (1895)
 
Romances and Fantasies
 
10. A Pair of Blue Eyes: A Novel (1873)
11. The Trumpet-Major (1880)
12. Two on a Tower: A Romance (1882)
13. A Group of Noble Dames (1891, a collection of short stories)
14. The Well-Beloved: A Sketch of a Temperament (1897) (first published as a serial from 1892) finished 10.08.15
 
Novels of Ingenuity
 
15. Desperate Remedies: A Novel (1871)
16. The Hand of Ethelberta: A Comedy in Chapters (1876)
17. A Laodicean: A Story of To-day (1881)
 
5/17
 
Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes' novels

1. A Study in Scarlet (1887) finished 03.03.16

2. The Sign of the Four (1890) finished 14.05.16

3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) finished 13.02.16

  • 'A Scandal in Bohemia'
  • 'The Red-headed League'
  • 'A Case of Identity'
  • 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery'
  • 'The Five Orange Pips'
  • 'The Man with the Twisted Lip'
  • 'The Blue Carbuncle'
  • 'The Speckled Band'
  • 'The Engineer’s Thumb'
  • 'The Noble Bachelor'
  • 'The Beryl Coronet'
  • 'The Copper Beeches'

4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) finished 14.07.16

  • 'Silver Blaze'
  • 'The Yellow Face'
  • 'The Stock-broker’s Clerk'
  • 'The ‘Gloria Scott'
  • 'The Musgrave Ritual'
  • 'The Reigate Squires'
  • 'The Crooked Man'
  • 'The Resident Patient'
  • 'The Greek Interpreter'
  • 'The Naval Treaty'
  • 'The Final Problem'

5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

 

6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) finished 19.09.16

  • 'The Empty House'
  • 'The Norwood Builder'
  • 'The Dancing Men'
  • 'The Solitary Cyclist'
  • 'The Priory School'
  • 'Black Peter'
  • 'Charles Augustus Milverton'
  • 'The Six Napoleons'
  • 'The Three Students'
  • 'The Golden Pince-Nez'
  • 'The Missing Three-Quarter'
  • 'The Abbey Grange'
  • 'The Second Stain'

7. The Valley of Fear (1915)

8. His Last Bow (1917)

  • 'Wisteria Lodge'
  • 'The Cardboard Box'
  • 'The Red Circle'
  • 'The Bruce-Partington Plans'
  • 'The Dying Detective'
  • 'Lady Frances Carfax'
  • 'The Devil’s Foot'
  • 'His Last Bow'

9. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

  • 'The Illustrious Client'
  • 'The Blanched Soldier'
  • 'The Mazarin Stone'
  • 'The Three Gables'
  • 'The Sussex Vampire'
  • 'The Three Garridebs'
  • 'Thor Bridge'
  • 'The Creeping Man'
  • 'The Lion’s Mane'
  • 'The Veiled Lodger'
  • 'Shoscombe Old Place'
  • 'The Retired Colourman'

5/9

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Nook Book Wish List - titles available from the library

 

Claire Tomalin

Charles Dickens: A Life (LibrariesWest and Wiltshire Libraries)

Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man (LibrariesWest)

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Okay, I think I'm done for now, so I officially declare this thread open!  :D
 
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Have a cookie...   :JC_cookies: and a cup of coffee/tea   Coffee%202_zpsjr6gkbyn.gif   or a glass of wine  cheers_zpse75ff92b.gif  

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So many colours! Happy reading in 2016! I see you've read The Snow Sister, and giving it a fairly similar rating to me. I think I might have been a little harsher, actually :P

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Thanks, Noll.  :)  2016 is going to be a colourful year, I think! :giggle:

 

The Snow Sister was an entertaining tale, but not as satisfying as Frost Hollow Hall, which I loved.

I thought the ending was a bit of a let-down, to be honest

  I must read her others this year though. :)

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Thanks, Kylie. :)

 

I'm all behind this year - I haven't read many of this year's blogs yet.  I must remedy that at the weekend.  :)

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Happy Reading in 2016 lovely Janet! :hug: Hope you have a great reading year :) 

 

Very happy to see that you loved Sense & Sensibility :wub: ... hope you loved the film adaptation too. I saw it at the cinema and remember crying over Marianne .. was embarrassed then as had gone with a group of friends  :blush2: So lovely to see Alan Rickman in it portraying someone kind etc .. the whole cast was amazing (some liberties taken with plot etc .. but somehow it didn't annoy me at all though I had read it some time before. How did you fare having just read it? That sort of thing usually irritates me. I do like the Gwynnie Emma but get a bit miffed with it for taking liberties  :blush2:

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Thanks, Kay.  :)

 

I enjoyed it very much - I wasn't 100% sure about Hugh Grant before I watched because he's always Hugh Grant, but I thought he did a pretty decent job, actually.  Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike him, but he's always the same!  :giggle:    Alan Rickman was simply fab as Col. Brandon.  :wub:

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Lovely to see you today Janet :hug: Many thanks for the coffee and toasted teacake  :yahoo: The time always flies by but that's because we enjoy it so much :) Hope you had a good journey back and managed to finish Love in a Cold Climate .. you must watch the DVD soon (fingers crossed you'll love it.)

 

PS: I know exactly what you mean about Hugh Grant .. I'm not really a fan (though loved him in Bridget Jones :D) but he was good as Edward. Alan was fab though as you say. Just the perfect part for him. 

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It was lovely to see you and Alan (and Claire) today too.  :friends3:  And yes, the time whizzed by, as ever.  :)  Shame about the weather - I was going to suggest a wander to a couple of second-hand book shops.  Maybe next time you guys come to Bath...?   I think it's our turn to come up to you next time?

 

I did indeed finish Love in a Cold Climate.  It was fab.  :)  I've reserved the audio book of Don't Tell Alfred.  I shall endeavour to watch the TV series soon. 

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